5 Things I will never understand about Thailand
When you live in Thailand for a while you start to get familiar with a lot of things. You start to understand how things work, why is this, and why is that. But then there are things you don't understand, things that just boggle the mind beyond the laws of reason sane and normalcy. Those things can either run you mad or they can be of utter amusement to everyday life in Thailand.
1. Why do Toms use the Girls bathrooms?
You ever been to a club in Thailand and seen the lineup to the bathroom? Pretty typical of a club anywhere in the world really the girls bathroom lines are always long but the thing I'll never understand about Thai public bathrooms is the Kratoeys (lady boys) use the girls bathrooms but then why don't Toms use the boys bathroom?
2. Why do all Thais speak English to me?
No matter how good I get at Thai they still continue to speak English to me. Actually I have a mate who is so pissed off that Thai people continue to speak English to him and why? Because he wants to practice his Thai and no one will speak Thai to him because they all try to speak English. I'm from Australia and there most people say "This is Australia so speak English" in fact if you don't speak English people get offended so maybe that's why I don't understand. This is Thailand so why won't you speak Thai?
3. Why do Thai people tell me when they drop a bomb?
Do I really need to know what your going to do in the bathroom? Do I really need to know that you want to take a shit? Of course I don't and I don't even think Thai people want to know but you'll hear it over and over and over again. Oh I need to Pee oh I need to take a shit. Sure if i'm out with the guys we'll say something like that for laughs but Thai people don't laugh about it, they don't refer to the toilet in some funny slang they just grab their stomach squinch their face and blurt out I need to poo. I'll never understand why Thai's do this.
4. Why are there no speed limit signs?
I've driven on every road down every soi in front of every school backstreet alley anywhere you could drive a car or bike in Chiang Mai and I've never once seen a speed limit sign. I've seen a few in Bangkok and a few I mean very few and they have been in stupid places. Actually the only real places I've seen speed limit signs were on the mountains and placed near the curves thank god they have them there but when I do go the limit people start honking behind me and start tailgating making it even more dangerous. There are speed limits because they briefed over them at the driving test but surely there must be probable reason to put the signs up like in front of schools, I'll never understand.
5. Why do Thai's play music so damn load?
There are plenty of places I don't go out in Thailand now because the noise is so loud I swear i'm going deaf and because I frequented places that play loud music too much I probably have lost some hearing. But why do they play it so damn load something I'll never understand.
So Thailand still remains a place of mystery and wonder and even when you think you know you don't but I wouldn't want to be living anywhere else right now. Oh if you think you know the answers to these questions please let me know in the comments below.