Frustrations ordering in Thailand
Today I woke up like every other day and went to find something to eat. Not sure what or where as I'm still trying every place I can, my last adventure in Pattaya I didn't do this. I happened across this chicken and rice stand which looked OK so thought I'd try it out.
I ordered my food in Thai and got some blank stairs. This always makes me self conscious that my Thai is less than perfect (which it is) but especially when doing something as simple as chicken and rice you don't expect people to give you the blank stare like you're talking an alien language and if you really think about it the store only sells one thing, rice and chicken, so even if you said it in the worst Thai possible it's hard to comprehend how they could not understand you.
So I repeat my order in the most clear pronunciation of Thai that I can muster, this time they heard me but of course they reply in English that is obviously worse than my Thai and then the guy begins hand gestures like pointing to the box and lifting his finger and saying one. YES PLEASE.
This is not uncommon, in fact I get it all the time. Girls who come out with me often say to me "you speak perfect Thai, why don't they understand you?".
After waiting for around 15 minutes which is extremely long time for simple chicken and rice the guy hands it over to me and says 40 baht. Huh? The sign says 35 baht krup. Yeah but I gave you the special. I didn't order the special I say, if I wanted to special I would have asked for it I just wanted the regular, what I ordered. The guy get's all pissed at me and slams 5 baht into my hand and calls me cheap.
This is one of the most annoying things that I experience in Thailand. Ordering Food. The Thai's assume everything and don't listen. Actually this is typical of anywhere in the world but in Thailand they take the assumptions to a whole new level.
For example last month I went with a girl to have noodles, she orders something then I order small noodles with beef balls. Then it comes out and I get egg noodles with red pork. First I tell the server that it isn't mine but she comes back puts it on my table, I say no I didn't order this. Then the guy making the noodles (the guy I ordered with) comes over and says no this is correct, Farang like eating this and hands me a fork. I know I shouldn't get angry at this stuff but still I didn't get what I ordered and he gives me a fork like i'm a child, honestly you guys live in Thailand, ever seen anyone eat street side noodles with a fork?
Not getting what you ordered, being treated like a kid on a short bus, being abused verbally by stall owners is just some of the fun times you'll have in Thailand. No matter how well I speak Thai, how well I dress and no matter whom I'm with these same things happen over and over again, it's getting old.