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Bangkokians are a rare breed who enjoy the trappings of a Western lifestyle whilst living in Asia but there are some quirks and ‘Thai Ways’ that are just unavoidable……..here is a list of but a few. I’m sure you will be shocked by just how much you have assimilated to Thai life – see which ones you agree with and then feel free to add to list any that are more apt for you.
You know you’ve been in Bangkok too long when:
-You think it’s normal to have a beer at 9:00 a.m.
-You begin to enjoy Thai TV programs.
-You look four ways before crossing a one way street.
-You realize that All your problems are caused by Thai girls or cranky ATMs.
-You put salt and chilli on your fruit
-A Thai cop stops you for a minor infraction and you automatically reach for your wallet.
-You think that a Honda Civic is a prestigious car.
-All your tee-shirts are emblazoned with the name of some bar.
-You can’t remember the last time you wore a suit and tie.
-You aren’t upset when the bar girl next to you eats beetles as a snack.
-Later the same night, you actually kiss the bar girl who earlier dined on the beetles.
-You haven’t had a solid stool for five years.
-You think white wine goes well with Som Tam.
-You understand when your Thai wife says, ‘My friend you’ or ‘Same, same, but different.’
-A Thai bar girl you’ve just met tells you that her mother is deathly ill and you just laugh and walk away.
You realize that your Thai wife’s loyalties belong to
1. Her parents.
2. Her brats from a previous marriage to a Thai scoundrel who deserted her.
3. Any remaining blood relatives.
4. The family buffalo.
5. The family’s goldfish.
-You consider you mobile phone a fashion accessory.
-You no longer enjoy Songkran. It’s for the tourist’s
-When driving a car you’ll start using every free inch of the road.
-You flash your 4 indicator lights when driving straight on at an intersection.
-You stand in the shadow of a telephone pole while waiting for a bus.
Walking into a ‘Western’ fast food place, looking at the overhead menu, working out how much cheaper you can buy a Thai dish for, and walking out, hungry.
Whilst driving, spotting the motorcyclist pulling out in front of you, thinking, ‘if you get in my way mate, that’s your problem’
Getting stopped by the cops (when you’ve committed a heinous crime, like switching lanes) and winding down the window, unphased, with 200 baht ready in hand.
The restaurant around the corner from you leaves a roll of toilet paper on the table for you to use as a napkin and you are not phased. Actually, you are considering stealing it.
In that same restaurant, you observe as your food is delivered to two other tables before finally being delivered, with triumphant smiles, to yours.
There are so many different things that only people that have been in Bangkok too long could possibly understand – See if you can add more to the list in the comments below !!!!