Thailand Journals

Mouse-Dropping Chili and Other Stories

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A travel journal to Thailand by SeenThat

Thailands Gulf Islets Photo, Thailand, Asia More Photos
Quote: On how to deal with Mouse-Dropping Chili, the Urban Legend of the Lost Eye, and other important issues while in Thailand.

First Kiss

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Thailand's Gulf Islets Photo, Thailand, Asia
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After being a while in Thailand, several guesthouses and hotels became my home away from home. Their staff knew me well, and they often spoke with me in a friendly manner, selflessly giving me the gift of their unrivaled smiles. Despite the cultural difficulties—increased by my difficulty to pronounce their tonal language—after a while I began understanding the Thai attitude to life; yet, surprises abounded.One morning I returned early to the guesthouse—I needed to pick up something—when I found that the corridor leading to my room was blocked by a happy meeting of the cleaning ladies. They were joking and giggling in their usual manner. I pressed myself against the wall, trying to bypass ...Read More

The Urban Legend of the Lost Eye

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Bangkok's Bay Photo, Thailand, Asia
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In How close is too close?, I described how to avoid making mistakes while greeting Thais; yet, there is more than that to proper Thai manners. Walking properly along Bangkok’s streets is less trivial than it seems. More than ten million people live in this metropolis. During the rush hours, car can be seen to be oddly parked on the avenues themselves, in lines that run for miles. In every direction, thousands of people can be seen. Yet, while walking in this mayhem, no physical contact is done. No matter how dense the traffic is, graceful Thais would find the way to move around without bumping into others. If paying attention, one would easily discern a few rules for proper walking in Bangkok....Read More
Chilli and Prawns Photo, Thailand, Asia
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On several occasions I described Thai soups. The awesome variety of ingredients, preparation methods and spicing, makes it almost impossible to make a complete review of them. At certain point one realizes the task is impossible, each soup stall has its own peculiarities and flavors. Yet, the spices box offered by this respected establishments display a Pythagorean exactitude that would make NASA engineers envious. No chance of confusing miles and kilometers here, the basic set invariably displays four spicing options. Before commenting on them, I must say that sometimes other options are available: limes and mint leaves are common additions, as well as Sriracha sauce, nam prik chili sauce, sweet chil...Read More

How close is too close?

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Grand Palace Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Understanding the peculiar personal space definition of a foreign culture is critical for the success of a trip there. Knowing how to speak with a denizen while standing at a proper distance is vital; knowing how not to touch is even more urgent. However, sometimes it won’t help, as in Bolivia, where the concept is unknown; bumping into complete strangers while walking on the street, is almost the norm. But that’s the exception to the rule. In sharp contrast, in Thailand personal space is particularly important. Being aware of one’s body is essential, as these graceful people prove with every one of their moves. Close physical proximity is not accepted, except for places like a crowded bus or ...Read More

A Gentle Land

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Arrival Point Photo, Thailand, Asia
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Thailand is often referred to as the Land of Smiles; that’s a true statement, however it obscures another quality of this awesome land: its nature.A long time ago I was showing my Everest pictures to a Thai friend. Those from the way up were sunny and dry, those taken during the way down were snowy and pure. She was looking with a delightful tropical wonder at the last ones. "Would you like to visit there?" I asked. She shivered with genuine revulsion: "Nooooo, coooold!" was the...Read More