09/08/2016

7 Surprises in Thailand

Thailand is full of surprises ehem, ehem if you know what I mean. Ok, this little joke is cringe worthy but I could not help myself. Anyway, let's move on and talk about what surprised me in this vibrant country where food is delicious, drinks are colourful, and at every corner someone is waiting to barter with you. 

1. Restaurants in less or more touristy areas prepare Westernised Thai food when they see a tourist. The only spicy food in touristy areas I had was after I clearly stated that I want traditional Thai style rather than the tourist abroad way. In all other cases I had Thai green chicken, which was more like a korma.   

I actually believe that I only had real Thai food once, and that was in Bangkok when I kind of get lost and ended up in a working part of town where I could only see Thai people. Food was very spicy and extremely cheap, around 75% cheaper than in the restaurants near touristic attractions, quite frankly it was delicious!  

2. Where as in the UK you have to pay 5 pence per plastic bag, in Thailand you will get hundreds of them for free. Plastic bags are used to pack everything starting from groceries, cold food, desserts, warm food, your ready to go soup, and even drinks poured straight into them from the street market. 

3. If you do not speak Thai, that's ok. Visit Phuket to practice your Russian. 

4. Sea water again from the shower... I am not going to mention how much my hair and skin did not enjoy showers. I was not ready to taste like a salty chip yet there I was. Salty, and sexy or not, and sun burned on Phi Phi. 

5. When you are in Bangkok, feeling like a king because it's the beginning of your trip, splashing cash for taxis and tuk tuks because walking 500 meters is too much to handle in the heat... You can save that money for later, buy a magnet for your mum or another overpriced thing, and instead take a public bus. Yes, I mean ordinary city transport with people going to and from work. Instead of 100 baht or however much it cost to get to MBK for a taxi, be a smart cookie and save money instead, and pay only 7 baht for a bus. To make it easier, on your phone have the Thai name of the place you want to go to. The travel attendant, who you buy your ticket from on the bus, will tell you when you have to get off for your stop. They will either speak English or tap you on your shoulder when it is time to leave.

6. Coral reef are sharp, very. Probably more than you think. I knew they were sharp, I just did not expect it to be so extremely sharp! Actually, it is so sharp it slightly made me freak out when I noticed how my travel companion accidentally cut his feet. 

7. Monkeys are strong, and aggressive, and very protective over their little ones. They also steal everything, anywhere, and from everyone. So if you want cute photos from the Monkey Island near Phi Phi take extra watermelons with you and hide your Go Pro or hold onto it very well. Monkeys seem to love watermelons and stealing gadgets! Everything for a cute photo, right? I actually just picked up a leaf. Even if you are a buffed dude, monkeys don't care, they are still stronger. I actually have a video of a monkey robbing a guy from my travel group. His face expression is priceless, so hilarious. 
      

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  1. I've never been to Thailand, I can't believe they have showers with salt water!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. I did not expect that too! Imagine a salty shower after being cut by coral reef, exciting times, not. ;)

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  2. I've seen a video where someone got some coconut water from a street stall and the guy just poured it in a bag and handed her a straw, it was a little weird, but also quite practical too. But, I still hate plastic bags though, so I'd probably just hold out my own bag and hope they know what I mean.

    I've never had the chance to visit Thailand or any where in Asia, but it's been a long time life goal to go there and live for some time one day!

    ~ K

    www.lifeasunusuals.com


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    1. I am sure you will visit any place you want to! It's exciting how much you can learn while traveling, people you meet, and relationship you create. Traveling is a fantastic way to learn more about yourself so book tickets asap! Cannot wait to meet you somewhere by chance while traveling!

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  3. I enjoyed reading this post so much and it made me learn a few new things I didn't know about travelling to Thailand. I'd really love to visit it someday! :)

    xx
    www.smilesnapsparkle.com

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    1. Thank you! Always a pleasure to share! I am glad you found it entertaining!

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  4. I'm wanting to visit Asia next year and Thailand is on the list. It'd be lovely to see the monkeys as mischievous as they are! But salt water showers? Really...? Grim... haha

    Amber - ambambe.com xx

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    1. That's fantastic! Where else would you like to visit? Monkeys are very mischievous! Make sure to have extra watermelon so you can snap a few pictures with the little ones!

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  5. This was such a great post. So many people post so many stunning photos from their holidays to Thailand but it was also great to be able to read about some more of the concrete differences between Thailand and the west.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Hi Rae, the differences are still visible but I believe Thailand becomes more and more Westernised, which from one side is an advantage but also can affect Thai culture. I guess finding the perfect balance between two is going to be hard, but I really hope Thailand succeeds!

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  6. Nice post.
    Actually the plastic bags are for free in Greece too.

    It was very surprising when I visited Ikaria island(Greece) and found out that in a certain village you could found a mini market open at 3 in the morning lol :)

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    1. They used to be for free in UK but now both England and Scotland charge a small fee to reduce waste. At first I was not sure if it will work but I can see a positive change in a few households, which started to use and carry around reusable bags.

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