Strange and Weird Habits of Thai People

Last updated: January 9th, 2018 | in Living

Thai people are always laughing about things they think are weird about Farang and don’t understand why we do certain things the way we do them. But then that’s also the other way around, there are so many strange habits of Thai people and situations even after living in Thailand for months and years where I still get surprised about what I experience. If you ask Thais about some of their really strange habits they usually give you an explanation that makes no sense for us. Anyway here are some of the most weird and strange habits about Thai people:

Thai People wash their feet when coming back home

Now that’s the only thing on the list that is strange but actually pretty cool. Whenever you come back to the room with a Thai girl, the first thing she does is run in the bathroom and wash her feet. “Feel better” is their standard response when you ask them why they do it but the main reason is that it comes from the perception of the feet as the lowest and most dirty part of the body (that’s why you should never put your feet up on a higher position as your head or even worse stand on a baht note as it has the king’s head on it) and that’s why they always try to keep them as clean as they can especially when coming from outside back to the room.

When you ask Thai People two questions, they will only answer the second one

You probably know this one very well if you have ever chatted on your phone with a Thai girl. You ask her two questions and she only replies to the second question. As if she lacks concentration or forgets the first question immediately after she reads the second one. But actually it’s not just a thing that applies for Thai girls. I’m confronted with this even in my daily work place. Like earlier this week I was corresponding with that Thai guy from Bangkok Post who is managing our company ads. I ask him if he could send me his best price for advertising for the next year and if it is possible to only advertise on Bangkok Post and not as a package together with a Thai newspaper. Of course the next day I read the reply, him answering exclusively question number two so I had to ask him again for sending me the quotation. Mai pen rai!

Strange Habits Of Thai People

Thai People put ketchup and mayonnaise on their pizza

Everyone knows that Thailand doesn’t have good cheese and even though they do import and sell European cheese in certain places normally it’s just too expensive to use it for a pizza in a standard restaurant. So what they do is they put the worst and cheap crap cheese they can possibly find and often you will even see Thai people adding mayonnaise on top of their pizza for a cheese effect. Almost as damn weird and disgusting is when they use ketchup to make the pizza more sweet, just go to any Pizza Company branch in Thailand and the waiter will hand you a bottle of ketchup if it’s not already on the table. Welcome to Thailand.

Thai Girls wear shorts under their dress

Thai Girls love to wear dresses and I love it too, it just looks beautiful and I don’t understand why Western girls don’t seem to wear dresses as much often as 20 or 30 years ago. One of the reasons why Thai girls are better than Western girls. Anyway, it just freaks me out when I see all these hot chicks running around in beautiful dresses but then they wear shorts underneath them! It’s such a strange thing and clearly falls into the category only in Thailand, I just don’t get why they dress up as sexy as they can with high heels, making up their hair, doing their nails, putting on tons of make up and then mess up their whole outfit by wearing some random shorts under their dress. I asked lot’s of girls why they do it and the common answer is that they feel more comfortable with shorts and would be scared that guys can see their underwear. Come on.

Thai Guys wear two pairs of underwear

Believe it or not but Thai guys take the proverb two are better than one to a whole new level. Tight grundies and then boxers on top of them. They use these boxers as kind of shorts when they are inside but as soon as they go out they put on some proper shorts or pants and then they basically walk around with three layers. Similar to girls wearing shorts under their dresses guys try to protect their first layer of underwear. Weird.

Thai People try to avoid talking about bad things and problems

How often have I made an appointment with a Thai girl and she came late without telling me. Like you agree on 6pm and at 6:15pm she writes you like “where are you now?”. Thai people try to avoid telling bad news or especially admitting that they made a mistake. Even if they do (“Sorry, traffic too much”) they expect you to accept it and not bother about it any longer. Well, I think you can adopt to this behavior and you get used to it after a while and the good thing is you can be late and do mistakes as well and will always be forgiven. Thai people just don’t like worrying too much and analyzing bad events but just go on and live their life.

Thai People repeat what you say

This one is really weird: Thai people like to repeat what you said word by word and smile or laugh along with it. When I first noticed this I thought they are making fun of me and somewhat felt weird when they did it but the longer I have lived in Thailand the more I realized that they just do it to gain time thinking about what to reply. You will note this “repeating what you said” thing even more when speaking in Thai and they are surprised what you are saying to them.

Thai People put ice in their drinks even when they feel cold

There is nothing wrong about iced whiskey, juices, coffee and I even have gotten used to put ice in my glass of beer. Thailand is hot most of the time and we all know there is nothing worse than warm beer. But then what I see now here in my office in Bangkok is again really strange. Winter this year is unusual cool with morning temperatures from as low as 17 degrees, a lot of my coworkers already caught a cold. But then I see the girls walking in the office with jacket and scarf – and an iced coffee in their hands! Then they sit down drinking it and at the same time complaining how cold the aircon is today. Unbelievable!

Thai People treat foreigners different

I know I should probably make a separate post of that but still let’s mention it here Thai people treat Farang different, even if you speak Thai and try to adapt to the local culture as much as you can, but when you meet a Thai person in the first place he or she will always assume you are a tourist, don’t speak Thai and have no idea about how things are being done here. Example? If you go to the restaurant it is common for the man to make the order but every single time I go eat with a Thai girl they always ask her and not me. Maybe it’s because Thai people are shy and even a bit scared or Farang? Who knows.

There are lots of other weird habits that Thai people have, how about that:

  • Thais eat KFC chicken with fork and knife instead of using their hands.
  • Thais always order some drink with their meal. However, they would never actually drink while having their meal.
  • Thais like to take off their shoes while having a meal.

I think there’s always more to discover in this country and if you know of other funny and strange things Thais are doing please leave a comment below.

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Cemento
Cemento

There are actually many other countries where pizza is eaten with ketchup. Ex-Yugoslav countries (where there’s even “pizza ketchup”, specially flavored for pizza), Iran (one parlor I ate have given me a variety of sauces including Thousand Islands-which I found to be good with pizza), India (there must be a ketchup boom out there, I had been served ketchup with samosas etc), and my native Turkey (mostly in the city of Izmir, it’s a regional thing there).

Lost in the jungle
Lost in the jungle

Why do Thai people cover their mouth when they use a toothpick, but will openly dig in their
Nose? Makes no sense.

Got7
Got7
I’m kinda cringing at some of these and the comments too. Only half of these are actually accurate. At first I thought this was just a post by someone who was visiting Thailand or learning Thai, but now I realise you’re one of those people. The people who fetishize Thai girls. The washing feet and mayonaisse habits are true (Thai people don’t exactly know what mayonaisse is for), but western girls wear shorts under their skirts too… “it just freaks me out when I see all these hot chicks running around in beautiful dresses but then they wear shorts underneath… Read more »
Ajay kumar
Ajay kumar

Well I have never been to Thailand however after reading every single article been posted by people, what I understood so far is that don’t try and understand Thai people as they are from mars and we still being earth man

goldengirl
goldengirl

Good article and I agree 100%! I’ve also noticed a couple more things: Thai girls always flush the toilet before sitting on the toilet seat (I would like to know why!), sometimes they wet a piece of paper and “clean” the toilet seat too. Often, they will also bring their phones in the toilets to chat or talk with someone. Another thing I can never understand is that you are not supposed to wear clothes in the office that might show too much of your chest, but wearing a skirt so short you can nearly see the bottom is fine.

Kelly
Kelly
I have never been to Thailand nor do I speak Thai. However I work in a Thai restaurant for a Thai family. I work with there friends and I was told when I first started that Thai people can be very rude. Yes this was correct for the first few days. Now I feel like I’m part of their family. They are fantastic I love them. We eat out together, go clubbing together they text me telling me they love me and they always want to spend time while either at work or out. I have even had offeres to… Read more »
Newbi
Newbi
I’ve got a good bit a Thai logic from two days ago.. I went to a Muay Thai fight with my Thai girlfriend. I wanted to bet to make it interesting even only 10bht, she wouldn’t do this because how can she know who will win?? That’s the point!! Then she goes on to say you can’t tell by the size or look of the opponent, it’s how good they fight. Totally agree on that one. She points out that the world champ is Thai and has beaten many bigger opponents from Europe. Ok also fair enough. So no betting,… Read more »
Got7
Got7

Calm down. Just because one Thai girl does that it doesn’t mean all Thai people are like that

testing124747

Really??? I would say that attitiude is pretty standard here. They are the best at everything, even if they cheat & if they are proven beyond a doubt to be inferior somehow/anyhow, then its unfair.

Children!

Mark
Thai people know almost every detail of world current affairs, but nothing of history, which most regard as irrelevant. If there is a volcano eruption or hurricane somewhere, they know about it. If any country is holding an election in the next three months they know all about it. Ask them about the millions of people killed by the Kmer Rouge in Cambodia, and they will reply that they did not hear about it and then ask when it happened. When you tell them it was in the 1970,s they reply how can I know about that, it happened before… Read more »
Mark
Mark

You can say any kind of erotic thing to a girl in a bar in English, but say some of the same things in Thai and you might get a reaction of “I no like people who talk bad, go sit over there and no talk”

Mark
Mark

If you say something in Isaan, they repeat it, in a loud voice, looking at their friends.

Mark
Mark
If you go into a tourist type resteraunt and French fries are one line item on a menu, and steak is a different line item on the menu, it makes no difference how much you explain that you want both on the same plate, together, at the same time, as one meal. You will get the chips and when you are finished eating them, then you get the meat. ” You ask for two meals”. Try asking if they get rice, which they have to finish eating, followed by meat when they get food from a Lot Saleng/Lot Poo-Ung/Lot Ken,… Read more »
Mark
Mark

All Thai girls think that the word in English for breasts is “milk” because it is a word common to both meanings in Thai. If you try to explain what the words for breasts are in English, they don’t really believe you and remain convinced that is milk.

John
John

Waiting until outside on a busy road to sqeeze spots on the face and pluck out hairs. Changing from sexy clothes to wearing slippers with Teddy Bears or ducks on the tops to walk through the streets at midnight. if an elderly male, letting a sigle hair from the chin or neck grow until approximately eight inches in length. Having a University uniform requiring young men to wear shorts. But here,s a Farang one: Backpacker hippy type men who think its cool to wear a “Mat Jook” without fully comprehending they are making an unintentional statement of being gay.

Got7
Got7

I don’t know where you’re getting your information from, but having your hair like that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re gay. It’s common for young boys to do this.

Panpanpan
Panpanpan

Re: maniack

I wonder what kind of Thai peeps you have been exposing to. Lots of thing you mentioned are pretty much considered disgusting+disrestpectful in Thailand too. 😓

hombottyvong

I’m Thai (born here) and I do none of what you wrote in this article. I guess I’m special? LOL

Noweej
Noweej

Haha some things are soooo true !! But I have to disagree with the fact that they don’t respect manual work. I saw some people of a small jewellery factory and they liked their job and were proud of it.

maniack
maniack
today i was considering how totally weird people in thailand and generally in asia are.. even you see for example an arab or indian in an asian country may times they will desire to talk to you just to interact with somebody more “familiar” there is throughout all of asia some traits and in thailand these are most strong.. some of these traits are good some bad and some just strange but neither bad nor good.. what surprises me is how little people in thailand understand “foreigners” for example ive stayed in mongolia and there very isloated country closed to… Read more »
Daza
Daza

So very true regarding the money . My Thai partner is currently earning far more than I. He will often but me dinner , pay for a movie etc. whilst he would like me to be in a better financial situation , he is very understanding this will come with time as my business grows . It’s a comforting feeling knowing he is with me for the right reasons

fletch
fletch

Please continue! you have me in stitches and i can not stop laughing!

Pedro @travelwithpedro
Pedro @travelwithpedro

Great list! The more I read about Thais’ habits, the more I realise I know nothing!

Bigger
Bigger

Actually most of Thai people can’t speak English well enough. So if you go to restarant with your Thai friend, It is very normal that waiter or waitress will ask who can speak their language. It is easy to communicate. right?
I also accept that Thai people are shy when speaking with foriegner because they are afraid to say something wrong or even offend any foreigners. Grammar is a thing that most of them worry about.

Wombat
Wombat
I agree with this. If you’re talking to a Thai person, whether it’s a friend or a street vendor or whoever, if someone comes up and interrupts you mid-sentence, talking to the same person, their attention will immediately shift to the interrupter – if they are speaking Thai – and you are relegated to second. Have noticed exactly the same thing in other Asian countries and it used to really piss me off until a friend pointed out that I do exactly the same thing when trying to talk to her in her language. I think it’s pretty normal that… Read more »
slashingboys
slashingboys

what is the habits of thailand?? i dont understand

GB
GB

Where can I find a girl (not a whore or a freelancer) to live with for 2 weeks in Thailand?

Murphy
Murphy
These are some very good observations. I have been coming to Issan (Yasothon) for over a year now and recently married a beautiful Thai woman. It gets a little easier to speak and easier to understand the Thai culture the longer I am here. But I honestly think I could live 2 life times and never fully understand the Thai language, to include the Issan slang, the types off food eaten (century duck eggs- google it-, fermented clams and small crabs eaten with papaya), the family unit (money for this, food for that), or the Buddhist religious rituals. But each… Read more »
BARRIESAWADEE
BARRIESAWADEE

Just like to agree with everything You just said.Particularly the bit about falling Deeper in Love with Your Wife when You are in Thailand I am the same and My respect for Her just grows and grows and to be honest.

Malila
Malila
Wow. You’re pretty observant. About the cuisine part though. I must admit that I was a cheese lover. But most Thai do not enjoy cheese on their meal very much and from some time living without my homeland food instead having the cheesy food everyday I must say I prefer spicy food now. But the ketchup and Mayo are the right choice. They’re not too cheesy and they have a little bit sour taste which is familiar in most Thai meals. I’m not sure if you have a chance to try Thai cuisine. They usually have all taste combine (Spicy,Salty,… Read more »
larry747beck
larry747beck

I love when you ask a question, SO YOU CANT GO TOMORROW? yees
oh, SO YOU CAN GO TOMORROW. nooo

The yes is……. yes cannot go tomorrow.

So still getting used to the yes / no thing.

Having been to many countries in this world, Thailand is still my #1 pick and will live here the rest of my life, its an adjustment anywhere you go and here its know different.

So take your pick of countries….it is what it is…..and I like it.

LandOfShit
LandOfShit

1.Thai people laugh at their own jokes. 5555=hahahaha
2.Thai people enjoy homosexual dirty jokes.
3.Gay pride is huge. One of the best countries to be a gay man living.
4.Parents’ names are used to piss off that specific person.
5.Our “Your dad” is equivalent to Your “My ass”.
6.Motor Bikers don’t look cool around here… at all.
7.Nerds always skip classes in school.

Thaigal
Thaigal

Don’t try to understand Thais.

Daza
Daza
Haha …… A simple and effective piece of advise but so hard to adhere too. My Thai partner of 7 months continues to baffle me on so many fronts . I love him to bits but boy oh boy, it’s / he/ thai culture is confusing. 99% of the time he sleeps fully clothed, very occassionally in his underwear and t-shirt. His reasons vary from , my room mates sleep in their clothes, it’s cold and the latest its cultural!! My response , but I find you you sexy , especially in your underwear. His reply “thank you”. Ahhhh so… Read more »
thaigal
thaigal
I’m Thai, female and I don’t do any of those things. I wash my hands immediately when I arrive home, it’s kind of an urge. My feet, sometimes. My shins, my calves, all at once.. The ketchup, mayonnaise thing, yup, weird. So much for the great gastronomy of Thailand, I think it’s bad taste. Sometimes, ignorant. People should grow out of that cuz favorable decent pizzas taste better with no ketchup on. Wanna eat ketchup? Eat pure ketchup. Shorts under dresses? I mean, who needs more heat in this country. It’s rooted from third grade, when boys would girls’ pull… Read more »
Piepudding World
I think we like to wash our feet cus In the past Thai people not wear shoes same as many tropical country. So we have to clean our feet before enter our houses. Nowsaday most of Thai houses still not allow to wear shoe inside cus we alway sit, sleep, sometime eat, on the floor. But as you will see we really love to wear slippers or anyshoes which can show our bare feet as much as we can cus of the weather. So our feet alway dirty with dust. That’s why we like to wash our feet when we… Read more »
maniack
maniack

hey not just thailand.. many countries wash their feet when they get home.. because its dusty and dirty and people ware mostly semi-open shoes..
. philipines.. indonesia.. brazil ect ect.. its normal and logical..
i do it too.

what bothers me is that thai people dont wash their hands befor e ameal!! infact no asians do.. and.. fuck most westeners dont any more either..

in russia it is a standard.. even in prison you are permitted to wash your hands and face before you eat..

Nadia karar
Nadia karar

This so true but even stranger things is they never wash there hand after toliet and cook stright away for u also they eat next to toilet while the dors open also the reson for wereibg shorts under dress 90% thia girls are men