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Thai Girl Habits I Can Do Without

Saying, “It’s up to you” - It’s certainly not attractive when a woman is bossy, but an underrated turn off is to be incredibly indecisive. The first few times you heard a Thai girl tell you, “It’s up to you” was a refreshing change from getting nearly the opposite from women in your home country, but isn’t there a happy medium? I think we can all agree that a man asking the question, “where do you want to eat today?” to a Thai girl is basically a waste of breath and time, unless you want to show your visiting friend just how predictable her response will be. I can handle making all of the decisions on where to go and what to do even though it does get tiresome, but I can’t handle when girls say, “it’s up to you” in completely inappropriate and totally nonsensical instances. “It’s up to you” is not an acceptable response to the question, “can I buy you a drink?” If you’re looking for spare cash tell your girlfriend she has to pay you 20 baht every time she says the infamous phrase.

Nose picking - You see a beautiful woman standing by herself in broad daylight in a parking lot and you’re thinking to yourself, “Only in Thailand is there an exotic looking sexy girl on every street.” And then 20 seconds later you think to yourself, “Only in Thailand would a hot girl go hunting for nose treasure without thinking twice about who might catch them in the act.” There are obviously worse things in life and you do sort of get numb to seeing it after a while. But if you have a girlfriend or wife in Thailand, I think this you have to put a 1,000 baht fine in place for any time you catch her in the act.

Bush - Bar girls and dancers usually at least trim their “below the belt hair,” and I stress the word usually as there are plenty of exceptions to that rule. But if you you’re lucky enough to see a non-professional Thai girl disrobe you need to be prepared for a 70’s style bush. Again, it’s not the worst thing in the world, but after being spoiled enough times by “well trimmed trim,” I think it’s OK to tell a girl to get clipping if it’s out of control down there. For the sake of being sanitary I think it’s the right move to make.

L’s and R’s- Look I understand that English is not an easy language to master, and since I’m in Thailand I obviously can’t be overly critical of Thai’s who don’t speak good English. My issue is actually not at all with Thai girls who don’t speak English. My pet peeve is that once girls get to a level where they can have a decent conversation with an English speaker they usually shut down their wiliness to learn even a drop more. It demonstrates a “just enough to get by attitude” that isn’t all that uncommon here. You hear so many girls say, “Centron” when they’re trying to say, “Central.” Now if “L’s were that hard for them to say I’d get it, but let’s keep in mind how many of them say “leally” when they’re trying to say, “really.” So clearly they can say “L’s” as demonstrated by their word, “Leally.” So if you can say “Leally” shouldn’t you be able to say, “central?”

Sitting sideways on a motorbike- It kills me when I see this; I just don’t get it. There are many motorbike issues to go over and perhaps it’s an article topic to explore one day, but when a girl is sitting sideways on a bike, she’s saying, “I don’t have a problem increasing the odds of me getting hurt dramatically during this ride.” I know some of them just don’t think their skirt or their dress will do well sitting properly on the bike; but whenever I’ve insisted that girls sit normally on the bike after they try to sit sideways, amazingly after a shuffle or two everything is fine. Riding a bike is dangerous in general; I think the least we can do is make sure not to add any extra danger to the mix.

Never having baht on their phone- Do Thai women think putting anymore than 50 baht on their phone at a time is too risky? Enough is enough! Because they’re unwilling to load a couple hundred baht at a time on their phone, they wind up screwed in case of emergency and they wind up making many extra trips to the store. When will they get it?

Buying their way into heaven- I’m respectful of anyone’s faith and the time people devote to it and I think that’s only fair. So if a girl wants to donate her time and some pocket money to her Temple that’s fantastic. But when a girl and/or her family, who are far from being financially stable, donate heaps of cash to their temple just for appearances’ sake or to try and buy their way into some type of sanctity or heaven, this is a problem for me. I know plenty of men who give financial support to their girlfriend’s family, finding out later that they use a large portion of it to donate to their Temple. That is totally ridiculous and it really goes against the values of the faith in the first place. There is a way to be respectful of someone’s faith without having to waste any of your money on it.

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19 Responses to Thai Girl Habits I Can Do Without

  1. harrythailand September 25, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    -Jumping into bed wrapped in a wet towel.
    -Rarely/never punctual.
    -Never consider consequences/future planning.

    • maximus January 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      “future planning”: Therefore they want and need a smart, stable and good man who´s capable to plan the future for her and the relationship. It was exactly the same in the west for 60 years ago. This is what a real man do! “Punctual” In Norway we say that a real lady can come late bcs she have to take care of her outfit/good looking as she want and need. We call it the queen time. If you want a real lady you must be able to pay the price. At least it´s like this in the social class i belong to. “wet towel”: Thank God they are taking care of being clean and hygienic, wow!

  2. Mambo September 25, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Leaving food out all day so it gets the required amount of salmonella.

    Riding a motorbie to a shop thats 50 metres away.

    Carrying on a conversation while I am in the shower and she is on the squatty potty.

    An addiction to the latest Thai soapie to the exclusion of the entire universe.

    Never throwing out anything (including plastic, bottles, paper, cardboard) because after accumalating two tonne in 18 months she might get 120 baht.

  3. TylerB September 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    I always found the sitting sideways on a bike very feminine. Even sexy. Seems to be old skool but I like it.

  4. Kstrp September 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    If you can say “Leally” shouldn’t you be able to say, “central” ? I would answer “Not Leally”. In Thai, beginning consonants and final consonants are different. There are really few final consonant sounds and they are swallowed so you can’t really hear them. When an “R”begins a syllable , it is pronounced “R” like in “Leally”. In your example, when an “R” ends a syllable, it is pronounced “N” like in “oN”. So it is logical for a Thai to say “CentraN” instead of “CentraL”. Of course, I agree that they don’t give a shit in pronouncing correctly because they pronounce only half of the final consonant. For example, in Thai “I tink Centran it te furt choi for shopping an I wan si et” means “Central is the firt choice for shopping and I want size S”.

    • Konungr July 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

      “I tink Centran it te furt choi for shopping an I wan si et”


      “Ai ting sentan it dte foet choi fo chopping an ai wan sai et”


  5. "the kid" September 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I’m feeling the wrath of no.3 right about now.

  6. jack September 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    L n R, s.” Ha roi” baht =500 baht . I often hear “ha loi” baht, for years i thought this was the pronunciation, until i heard thais, using “Ha roi” rare.There are other e.g.s How is it they have r sounding words but no one can pronunce them ? picking the nose is shocker and the childish grin they give you when they realize you been watching them in horror makes it worse.
    Bring back the bush!

  7. Milbrath September 26, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Books could be written on this subject.

    I tell my girl, if you can’t say it properly, we are not going to go there or do it. She makes an effort, especially when she wants to go to the mall.

  8. Farang ngong nguay September 26, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    I have an “l” and an “r” in my name…similar to “Larry”.

    No matter how many times I repeat my name to Thai people, they always either say “Lally” or “Rarry”.

    My Thai language teacher recently showed me how to write my name in Thai script. Now, when I show them my name written in Thai, they are able to pronounce it perfectly. Go figure.

    I also find that when you are pronouncing many English words correctly, they have no idea what you are saying until you say it with the “correct” Thai mispronunciation.

    • ParadiseCity September 30, 2012 at 8:27 am #

      That’s a rough name you have for Asia; they don’t stand much of a chance 🙂

    • Johnnie Walker October 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      A guy I know is called Daryl, he’s given up and had to resort to Daz which he doesn’t like.

      • Konungr July 25, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

        Thais can’t pronounce Daz though…

  9. MagicMax September 28, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    “Up to you” drives me crazy too.

    Bush rules, hate shaved!

    I actually met a lady from down South who insisted that I should say Krap instead of Kap etc. like I was taught in Phuket.

    My girlfriend doesn’t even have a phone after she was mugged by two Thai guys on a bike. She will not accept anything other than a new iPhone which I am refusing to buy her again. I offered her my old one but that’s not good enough so she would rather have none!

  10. J September 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Up to You….yes that is my Pet Peeve too

    My other Pet Peeve is when i ask any Thai Girl how was this or that…and there response is always ‘Its OK’ which means they hated it.

    Which coincides with there culture it is bad to say anything negative

    So when a Thai Girl tells you “its OK” just remember that it was the worst thing ever.

    • maximus January 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

      What do they answer when they like it?


      • Konungr July 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

        “It’s OK” with a rising tone :p

  11. didi November 6, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    loom -room
    lain – rain
    wekaam – welcome
    enoup -enough
    ‘up to you’ is classic

  12. Thaibird October 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    5 5 5 ( five five five ) = ha ha ha


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