The Stories We Could Tell

Thailand

As you know, we just spent three magical weeks in amazing Thailand. We fell in love with the country and can’t wait to share our experiences and photos with you. First though, we want to share our general impressions of the country as a whole. Enjoy!

General Observations About Thailand:

1) The people there are amazingly friendly and open to visitors. It wasn’t uncommon for total strangers to randomly embrace us on the street. Although we had no idea what they were saying post hug, we could still feel the love.

This man called James "handsome" then demanded a photo!

2) Thailand is surprisingly safe. Everywhere we went throughout the country felt the same. We never once had any concern for our well-being. Could be because a large majority of the country is Buddhist, but we tend to believe they are just genuinely good people.

3) The minimum wage in Thailand is only $6.86/day and is often even less in rural areas. $6.86/day people! Think about that next time you want a raise! Even though most people make almost nothing, they still do their work with a smile and they word HARD – most folks are just happy to have a job. This is an attitude we hope we take into our next careers.

4) Driving in Thailand is an experience in itself. Not only do they drive on the wrong side of the road, but one must maneuver around hoards of motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and tuk-tuks (crazy three and four-wheeled taxis). Frequently we saw entire families all riding together on one “motorcy” (that’s what the Thai people call it). Forget car seats… we saw many young kids on the backs of scooters helmet-free.

Tuk-Tuk

On the cell and with her kid in her lap, just another Thai driver!

5) Thai people eat five times per day. OK, maybe not specifically five times per day, but they eat frequently and when they eat, they eat a lot! Outdoor food markets are huge in Thailand. There were several in each town we went to. Chicken, fish, and beef would be prominently displayed with no signs of refrigeration. We often wondered what the FDA would think about the conditions…. but we threw caution to the wind and ate at outdoor markets several times without getting sick.

6) Thai toilets are scary. Maybe I am a sheltered princess, but I prefer a good old porcelain john. Just to try it, I managed to use a traditional Thai toilet once. Wow. Luckily I brought my own TP. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me explain. There is no seat in a Thai bathroom. Rather there is a hole in the floor marked by two tiles where one is supposed to place their feet. Imagine this, pants down, you have to squat your knees in the perfect position just so that you won’t pee (or worse) on your pants. If you pass the first challenge and successfully make it into the hole, you can move on to adventure #2 – the rinse. As I mentioned earlier, there is no TP. Instead there is a scooper and a vat of clean (?) water. Idea is you take a scoop and rinse yourself off, again avoiding getting your pants wet. Unless you are a princess of course… then you leave the scoop behind and bring your own TP.

7) You need to go to Thailand! We fell in love with the place and can’t wait to go back, and we have a feeling you’ll like it too!

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December 15, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. Sounds like you had many interesting adventures during your trip. These all help to make the stories much more interesting. Glad you had a good time. We enjoyed visiting with your mom during Thanksgiving eating traditional turkey while you ate – whatever you ate. Love you.

    Comment by Jamey | December 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. WOW,,been looking forward to hearing about your latest adventure..sounds like Thailand was another fantastic experience..can’t wait to hear more!

    Comment by auntie | December 17, 2010 | Reply


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