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.
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 was bad”) 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!
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!
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.