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Weird things Thai people do

Thai people do some wired things it's the cultural differences that perhaps to me seem weird but to Thai people and others they don't think it's weird at all. By weird I mean abnormal to me, things like peeing in the shower wearing clothes that don't need to be warn, walking around calling yourself black to anyone with white skin, might be culturally different but I still think it's weird.

Thai girls pee in the shower

Maybe I'm just old fashioned or maybe it's that I just don't like pee but the majority of Thai girls I know pee when they are in the shower. Why can't they take a few steps sit down and take a piss. How many times I've been in the shower with a Thai girl and she starts making a face and then I look down and there is pee running down her legs. It's just plain weird, I don't pee in the shower but hey this is Thailand right. Do western women pee in the shower too?

Thai guys wear two pairs of underwear

I like wearing boxers but boxer huggies are OK too for a bit of support, but why would you wear a pair of grundies then throw boxers over them? What's with that? Ask most Thai guys and they'll tell you they wear the huggies and the boxers, the boxers are for show to show out of the pants but the underwear are the actual underwear? So why wear both? What I want to know do they still wear both when they go swimming? Plain weird.

Thai Girls wear shorts under a dress

Thai girls are just weird in general but the weirdest thing for me is they like to get all dressed up do their nails, the hair, throw on 20 ounces of cream lotion get out their sexiest dress put the high heals on then ruin the whole outfit by throwing on an old pair of denim shorts that make their ass look bit and the dress all wrinkled. What's up with that? Plain weird.

Thai's like to compare skin tones

Imagine you were back home at work in the office and there was this creeper who would go around the office putting their arm next to you pointing at you then pointing at themselves and saying "I'm black". Weird. Well that's what Thai people are like all the bloody time. The whole thing is kinda creepy and weird.

Thai's eat KFC with a knife and fork

You ever see Thai people struggling to eat the damn chicken legs with a knife and fork, it's called finger food man! Think that's weird then go to Mister Donut and watch the Thai's eat a doughnut with a knife and fork. Hundred years ago Thai's were eating plain rice with their fingers, in fact many still do! So how do you go from eating runny green curry and rice with your fingers to eating a KFC chicken leg with a knife and fork. Just plain weird.

Thai's Put tomato sauce on a Pizza

When you buy a pizza it's already perfect, well if you were smart enough to buy it from the Pizza Company it is. Great thick crust ham and pineapple my favorite then the Thai people I'm with take that great cheesy tasting pizza and whack a whole bunch of Ketchup on the pizza, then top that off with another layer of Oregano, if I was lucky enough to get the Hawaiian instead of the seafood, just gross and totally weird.

This list is far from complete so before people start telling me I'm generalizing too much again I'd love to hear what you think Thai's do that are just plain old weird. Comments section below. Let the crazy begin.

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Chris founded LivingThai.org in 2011 and has received over 3 million visitors. He has lived here for over 10 years and speaks reads and writes very good Thai.

60 Responses to Weird things Thai people do

  1. Anan March 31, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    One that’s always puzzled me is that Thai’s will go all out to cover their mouth when using a toothpick but have no problem shoving half their finger up their nose in front of everyone.

  2. Twinkles March 31, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I’m ok with the pee thing. I will pee in the shower if I want to at the time and I’ll even do it in the bath. For a bit of cheeky fun you can even try to pee on your missus while in the shower, but make sure you know your boundaries in the relationship, it may not always appreciated 🙂

  3. Twinkles March 31, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Oh on the dress thing, yeh the shorts under dresses is a shame but what about the jumpers in the middle of the day. They where these hot little outfits and look all sexy but then cover up and sweat there guts out so that Thai boys don’t see them, at least that is what the girls I have takled to have told me, weird!

    And how about ordering food they don’t like or buying drinks they don’t know, just for the sake of it! bah…

    • Chris March 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      omg! you hit the nail on the head there, why buy stuff you know your not going to eat or like! omg that’s my biggest pet peeves

    • Watt November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      If the food costs a lot (hi-so food LOL), they often buy it to take pictures of it and brag on social sites like facebook, tagged, etc. Thais sometimes (all the time?!) like to show off and pose as rich, for some reason I still don’t understand.

  4. Andrew Wilson March 31, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    You complain too much!! Go back to your wonderful/perfect/fantastic Australia!!!

    • Chris March 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      I havn’t lived in Aus for 10 years and am not about to go either, there is a reason I left, it sux.

      • fas March 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

        Ye seriously, wtf is with these complaints lately? You write these posts drunk? They really seem so.

        • Chris March 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

          I didn’t think the list was a complaint really, just things I think Thai’s do that are weird didn’t say it was wrong just weird. I’ll something upbeat next.

        • fas March 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

          I find the differences refreshing. And also, my old western girlfriend peed in shower too 😛

        • Monique December 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

          I don’t see this post as complains, but very informative. Much appreciated by me when people speak from their hart sharing their personal view or feelings.
          It is my first time reading the site. It contributes to my understanding of the country and as personal experience from people who live(d) there. Great!
          It is fine, sharing your personal thoughts on things in life. That is different from giving an opinion about something. Please , don’t confuse that. It is a wonderful thing, when someone is willing to share their thoughts about themself.

  5. Andrew Wilson March 31, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    And you wonder why you have lost 187,742 visitors????!!! Don’t be so negative about Thai people and Thailand all the time, then your site will be popular. Try it once in a while!!

    • Chris March 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      lol readership is stronger than before, I’m really not being that negative, just saying is all that’s it’s weird.

  6. Andrew Wilson March 31, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    And, you will probably tell me i am a fool/idiot/gay/lesbian or be rude and come back with some smart ass comment! Which you usually do when you get ANY negative feedback lol. Just being honest.

    • Chris March 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

      that’s ok I appreciate everyones comments good or bad.

  7. คลิฟ March 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I tried to get a taxi on Asoke/Sukhumvit in Bangkok last night. 5 taxis told me that their meters aren’t working and wanted me to pay 300% of the normal (metered) rate. I finally found an honest one.

  8. Buttercup March 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    What I find weird is that you actually believe that the “Pizza Company” sells pizzas. It just shows you don’t know what’s a real pizza 🙂

    • Chris March 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      everyones a critique, i like their pizzas.

      • Buttercup March 31, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

        I did not say their food was not good 🙂

        • Chris March 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

          What do you mean then? confused

        • Buttercup March 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

          I mean that in my culture what you barbarians call a Pizza is actually a Pissaladière

      • ChiangMaiGuy April 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

        me too…

    • Milbrath April 8, 2012 at 8:08 am #

      Pizza is pretty limited in Thailand.

      Though, since Chris is in Pattaya now, he should check out New York Pizza on 3rd Road. Thank me later.

  9. Mr. Somchai April 1, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    motioning for you to go somewhere by doing this weird wave with the hand down thing

  10. American April 1, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Why are people complaining about you pointing out funny observations? People didn’t pick on Jerry Seinfeld for the same thing. Anyway, as for pizza, I like more sauce on mine than comes standard in Thailand but all they have is ketchup… not the same thing. I agree with you that The Pizza Company is as close to western “Americanized” pizza (or barbarian’s pizza as some may say 😉 as you can get from a chain in Thailand but why oh why do people put ketchup on it. I have never seen that but I do get packets every time I order one.
    Jean shorts under skirt? Two reasons I have been told. So nobody sees her undies in public which I guess is way more embarrassing in LOS than the US. And a few girls admitted it gave them a nicer butt and hips.

  11. jack April 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I was smoking a shisha in soi rambuttri with a mate one evening and went to the toilet in an adjacent bar restaurant.I took aim at the the urinal and the Thai guy that was changing the mouth pieces exited the crapper and left the premises without washing his hands…..weird, there was no toilet paper or bum gun only a bucket of water, despite the hand basin containing a bar of soap….WEIRD, DIGUSTING, FILTHY, DIRTY BASTARD.

    • Crusader79 April 2, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      That always shocks me too, but unfortunately it happens everywhere, not just Thailand. I have just recently stopped holding the handrail on escalators, for that reason!

    • Buttercup April 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      If you go that way, the most hygienic is to wash your hands _before_ you take a piss

  12. jack April 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Stay in thailand chris, your correct Oz sux, there cannot be anything over there like the illiterate Julia bogan gillard, and her elite incompetent party of losers, beyond WEIRD.

    • Chris April 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

      Oz has been going downhill since the 80’s, doesn’t look like it’s getting better anytime soon.

  13. ChiangMaiGuy April 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I think one is the weirdest things is putting sugar on most of their food… but there are many more 😉 (and, no, it doesn’t mean I want to home – I could tell you 100 irritating things about ‘farangland’ too).

    • Chris April 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      I had an Australian g/f who stayed with me in Thailand for 3 months when I first got here, she even says that the women would do the same in the womens toilets.

      • Anon April 2, 2012 at 9:33 am #

        put sugar somewhere?

  14. Charles Rahm April 2, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Well. I liked the post and it contains some truth. 🙂
    And it is absolutely ok for me to criticise the country you live in. I don’t see the problem, why some people then immediately have to say: “Go back to your home country”. Im criticising my home country I currently live in all the time too. Nothing bad about that either I guess.
    Thank you for this post, Chris!

    • Milbrath April 8, 2012 at 8:04 am #

      Thai apologists like to say that. They are always the first to tell you to leave if you don’t like it.

      People are allowed to grumble and not like something 100%. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to be here. It just means we wish something was better. No harm in that. You should always want things to be better if it doesn’t suit you, and everyone will find something they want to be better regardless of where they live on earth. That’s just the way it is.

      You have to wonder about the type of guys who don’t want a little improvement in their life. And have you noticed that it’s usually Pattaya guys who are the first to tell you to leave?

  15. DavidMac April 2, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    I’ve pissed in the shower for as long as I remember:Conserve water..I had a freaky g/f who used to exchange golden showers with me in the shower..I used to tell her,”You be a doggie,I’ll be a tree,lift up your leg and pee on me.” She was lots of fun and worth the wierdness.

  16. Jake April 2, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Funny, eh, the comment haters. 😀

  17. Mark April 5, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Thai girls go to pick rice, but first get all dolled with make-up and perfume. to go get all sweaty picking rice?

    • Milbrath April 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

      Every talked to the families and done the math on their rice harvests? Most of them lose money every year. Very few actually turn a true profit. Sad part is they don’t see it, understand it, or want to hear solutions on how to make profit.

      • Brunst January 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

        Many thai people have superficial knowledge about plus and minus but that’s it.
        “Saving? If have money spend that money. If more money is needed “bollow” money. Cheap, only 7% per month! If have no money to pay back just go to someone else to bollow more.”
        My gosh, I thought max 15% per year was legal.

  18. TONY April 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Chris im from the UK but got a home and g/f in Pattaya i think u do a good job . I think you look at it as just good fun but wot you say is so true . Keep up the good work .And welcome to fun town

  19. bacardiboy April 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    great observations ……… keep posting

  20. Milbrath April 8, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    They buy all their food, even hot food and drinks, in a clear plastic bag. That is weird.

    But the amazing part of that is the person who wraps the rubber band around the top of those bags. David Copperfield himself would be impressed.

    Being able to eat literally ANYWHERE is weird. How many times have you seen groups of Thais sitting (squatting) on top of a smelly sewer drain or directly next to huge piles of trash? Doesn’t bother them one bit. They just sit/squat and eat anywhere they see fit, even if it is filthy and smelly. I find that very weird.

    Their all important “face” and the lengths they go to in order not to lose it is weird.

    Having said that, my GF thinks I’m weird for all sorts of reasons. She can’t wrap her head around why I like foot fetish porn videos. Or why I don’t send money home to my family every month. But the best is when I explained the details of Christianity to her and the magical man who lives in the sky and controls the universe. She laughed for a day. But nothing, and I mean nothing, made her laugh like the day I explained the “tooth fairy” to her. Extremely weird. But no more strange than their ghosts and unusual up-country beliefs.

    Love it or hate it, weird is always good for a laugh.

  21. Milbrath April 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Weird: Giving red Fanta cola to the spirits.

    How in the world did this come about? Was this a brilliant marketing ploy from Fanta? And what did they use before Fanta? And why RED Fanta? Why not Mountain Dew or Coke?

    Weird: Their incredible fear of ghosts.

    I think back when I was 5 or 6 years old and afraid of “the boogieman” or monsters in the closet or under my bed. Of course I grew out of this ridiculous fear, but the Thais never do. It seems to only get worse the older they get. “Pi” is everywhere at all times and they are always covered in blood or disfigured if a Thai claims to have seen it. IMHO Thais watch too many horror movies.

    • Chris April 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

      Yeah I think that is weired, I’ve asked a lot of people why don’t the spirits drink coke? Noone knows, it’s just what they do. That’s what I don’t get is why people do things that they don’t even know why they do it, what’s the point.

      • Anan April 9, 2012 at 11:46 am #

        Tried to get an explanation from my wife about this. Apparently the Goomahn enjoy sweet beverages kids would enjoy and especially the color red. Here in the States we have a carbonated beverage called Big Red, never seen it in Thailand, and Mountain Dew Red probably came along after the tradition was established, so they went with the Red Fanta. However it also appears there are some Goomahn who enjoy green drinks. Gatorade comes to mind. Apparently the Goomahn will let you know what he prefers. I asked what the Goomahn were offered before these drinks came along. Her reply was milk, he’s like a baby or young kid.

        • Chris April 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

          Our Goomahn told me he likes beer but my girlfriend says he’s too young to drink beer, no worries i’ll have one for him.

        • Anan April 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

          Purely based on my Issan in-law’s preferences, I’d have to go with Lao Khao with a little red food coloring for my Goomahn. 🙂

  22. 007 April 9, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Just, checking out what farangs talk about Thai. I like to put ketchup on my pizza cuz the sauce is so bland, need more flavor on my pizza.

  23. Hoof Hearted April 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    On motorcyclists in Bangkok – Its april and hot as hell, time to put a friggin black ski mask on under my helmet.

  24. Jai Dee August 20, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    All Thai ghosts are kind of fascinating and weird, especially the amount of people who do believe in them.
    Sadly I can not write Thai (yet) however some of the weird ghosts are “Pee bob ” ,and “Pee Gaseu “( a woman’s head that hovers and flies with it’s entrails hanging out of it’s neck).

  25. passingby September 3, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    that’s funny, as an away from home thai, when I look back, I pretty much agree on almost every things. but not sure about “Thai guys wear two pairs of underwear” as I ware only one or less.

    and don’t forget they put chilly (or anything spicy) on everything can eat ! chilly on fruit, chilly on white rich, chilly in taffy, chilly in sugar …etc
    I watch a documentary in Japan which say that people back home put a big ball of wasabi in Japanese ramen! now that weird.

  26. Krypt February 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    I like your posts mate. Since I’ve been to Thailand several times, I agree most of your words. Now I’m living in Laos (right NE of Thailand) and it doesn’t differ too much. Well, I’m not sure about the pee. And I don’t know about the “two-underwear” fashion since I’m not Thai. About the shorts in dress, my g/f said guys have tricks to look beneath their dress so they have to protect themselves (though many don’t wear). About the skin comparing, ALWAYS lol. Laos don’t have KFC yet so they drive over to Thailand and buy it, but my Lao friends all ate (everything) with their hand (even pizza) all the time (except in a big restaurant, with a guest, with a friend or in a friend’s house without permission).

    • Chris February 28, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      I was just there! I’d love to go back to Laos but really need to take some transport the tuk tuks are so expensive.

  27. Andy March 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    They eat KFC with a knife and fork because KFC is still considered a fancy restaurant in Thailand. Consider that you might pay 300 baht for a KFC meal. That’s fancy for them when they would spend 20-50 baht for a meal on the street. Plus, most Thais still earn less than 10,000 baht a month.

  28. Thai Lady August 27, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    This is sound weird for me too, I am a Thai lady and born in Thailand, Living in BKK for 27 Years ( Sorry for my English Grammar and Spelling, I not used to with it as I using Thai everyday) can’t giving the opinion to cover all of your topics as my time is limited, so these are just something of my view;

    Peeing in the shower : My Family,my friends and I, We not do that.

    Thai guys wear two pairs of underwear : I saw some of Thai guy does that too, and I also have a question lol.

    Thai’s like to compare skin tones : This is true, We love white skin, same as you love tan skin, I heard my cousin’s friend(American lady) said ” Oh my skin too white, I needs to go for a sun bath” in the other hand Thai will say ” I am freaking dark, I needs to put a white screen lotion on”

    Thai’s eat KFC with a knife and fork: Yes, because Thai food always come with rice, and we used to with using spoon and fork, so they may adapted in KFC by using knife and fork. Anyway KFC for me is fastfood, we eat when we need to saving time, but as you know everywhere have a different group of people, KFC may cheap for someone and maybe a fancy thing for someone depending on their income.

    My British and American friend are think Thai Food in their country are the fancy thing too.

    I will have to go for now, but from reading all above I can guess for the place you were and peoples you had met.

    Ask yourself, If you come to Thailand with a purpose of Sex tour which kind of peoples that you are expect to see???

    If you come to see Thai Culture and Natural, which kind of peoples that you gonna see??

    Everywhere in the world have white and dark side, Education and un-education Peoples

    I never proved that all tourist or Thai are bad or good, weird or nice, stupid or smart. before finding information enough to prove that.

    Welcome to Thailand. We have all dark and white part for you to see. My country is not the best but you can come to having fun here I can guarantee!.

    • Craig September 1, 2014 at 12:48 am #

      “Everywhere in the world have white and dark side, Education and un-education Peoples”

      True, but Thailand in particular has a greater than average number of people who fancy themselves intellectuals, simply because they’re slightly more educated than the average farmer. The Thai education system is very lacking when compared the the US and Europe, yet the “educated” in Thailand take themselves *much* more seriously. If you want something to demonstrate my point, simply observe yourself, talking as if you’re a lord or lady, in barely-comprehensible pidgin English.

      “Ask yourself, If you come to Thailand with a purpose of Sex tour which kind of peoples that you are expect to see???”

      Ask *yourself*, if you make assumptions of people without any reason other than idle suspicion and stereotyping, what kind of person does that make you?

  29. Craig September 1, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    Peeing in the shower is the most natural and normal thing in the world. It strikes me that you are the one who’s weird (and also up-tight) for making such a big deal of a totally normal thing.

    • Chris September 1, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      I suppose you pee in the bath and the pool as well.

  30. John February 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    One thing that I really cannot understand is when so many Thai girls ask me if I have sex with Ladyboys and when I answer no, they genuinely ask me why. I would have thought it was rather obvious that heterosexual males would tend not to be interested in having sex with transgender men. OK, there are lots of weirdo foreigners who do it, and who kid themselves on about ” her” , ” she” that they are with. Surely however, Thais do not consider it normal for heterosexual men to want to have sex with other men, who look like women? It seems though that many must.

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