theories foreigners tell me about Thai people

Move over, Margaret Meade. Here is a list of “observations” foreigners have made about Thai people. I weep , I weep for human kind.

1) “What I love about Thai people is they’re not materialistic”

Saying Thai people are not materialistic is like saying Americans are thin or the Japanese lack imagination when it comes to pornography: you start to wonder if they’ve ever been there.

2) Thai women are so feminine and mesmerizing, they keep their Thai men waiting until marriage.

Writes a Western woman:

When dating, even seriously dating someone for many years, many of them are still virgins when they marry, yet they’re experts at getting
men to fall in love with them. As a Western woman who is more used to the freedom of sexual relationships in the West, to some extent I now find myself agreeing with the Thai way and admiring Thai women and here’s why.

I have two words for this woman: Ratchada Boulevard. For non-Bangkokians, Ratchada is lined with dozens of enormous Las-Vegas style brothels, gentlemen’s clubs, massage parlours for Thai men, most of which are probably not waiting for marriage.

3) “Thais love fat people.”

They do. That is why the BTS shows ads for weight-loss clinics and products every two seconds.

Many foreign men have told this to me. I swear some people get all their cultural information from what hookers tell them in Nana plaza.

4) “Meet my friend, the tuk-tuk driver”

Tourists are always getting buddy-buddy with pot-dealing tuk-tuk drivers and shifty bartenders who smile and make jokes in bad English (“same same”) while they overcharge them. I dread meeting the Thai friends of tourists as much as I dread meeting the farang friends of Thais. On that note, dear Thai friends, no, I don’t care to meet Sven the Sexpat, even if we have so much in common by both being white and he’s your BFF.

6 Responses to “theories foreigners tell me about Thai people”

  1. 1 zt January 15, 2010 at 1:22 am

    all i can say is 55555555555555555555 5555555555 .555555555555(5)
    i love culture gaps

  2. 2 rikker January 28, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Likewise: Baaahahahahahahahah is what I commented to myself while reading this post. Brilliant stuff.

  3. 3 Jon Russell February 18, 2010 at 11:16 am

    This is great, and (sadly) so so true – ah the myths…

  4. 4 a thai April 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    probably you don’t have much chance getting to know middle white collar Thai.

  5. 5 Li Morrissey June 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    HAHAHA…So true. In my opinion finding true friendships in Thailand is very difficult, even for myself and I’m Thai. I was brought up in England and I visit Thailand often as my parents moved to Thailand when they retired. I was often asked by Thais, total strangers….”Can you take my son/daughter/nephew etc to live in England with you? He/She is a good girl and want to find a farang husband.” It amazes me for someone I don’t even know and have only met for the first time can think that I would bring a stranger into my home and look after them just because they happen to be the same nationality as me!

  6. 6 julielavoie June 27, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Hi Li,

    yeah, I would like to have some good Thai friends, but in reality, once I get to know people better, I find that the cultural gap is just too big. I feel like we’re from some totally different universe.

    I mean, working class Thais in Bangkok are usually from a rural family, the first generation to undergo urbanisation, and that’s a whole different planet right there. Then middle to upper class Thais that speak good enough English for us to have a real conversation, that went to a university like I did — well, then they’ve grown up rich in a country where most people are poor, and that’s a whole universe itself as well.

    Strangely, I’m really drawn to Thai-Indian people, I find it’s so much easier to talk to them and relate to them. I would like to have more Thai-Indian friends.

    It must be really interesting to visit Thailand after being brought up abroad. What other kinds of strange things do you encounter?

    Rikker, Jon, zt, thanks for the lols — it makes me laugh when people think these things too. 😛

    a thai, I do in fact meet many middle-class Thai people, but certainly it’s possible that I don’t really understand them. What do you think I’m missing about them?

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