Thailand is one beautiful country, it’s often described as the ultimate travel destination in South East Asia, and I couldn’t agree more. This country, its people, its scenery and so much more are undoubtedly unique. I recently just returned from a three-week trip to Thailand, and my journey was filled with cultural enrichment, new knowledge, new acquaintances and splendid memories. However, there were five major things about Thailand that I wasn’t aware of until I visited the country. These facts may probably be new to you too.
1. Left-Side Drivers
Thai people drive on the left side of the road. To me, this is seemingly a new fact and interesting one at that. I didn’t pay much attention to which ever course/subject it is you are supposed to take that’ll let you know what side of the road each country drives on, so I was certainly shocked to notice that Thai drivers sit on the right and drive on the left side of the road. This is opposed to North America, where the drivers sit on the left to drive on the right side of the road. It takes a bit of getting used to, especially for travellers from countries that drive on the right side of the road. A few times, you’ll think Thai people are driving on the wrong side, or that vehicles may collide with each other, but with time, you’ll get used to it.
2. Thai people’s exclamatory expression
“Oh My God” is a very common expression often used to indicate shock, surprise or disappointment. It’s very common in speech, however some Thais that I came across used “Oh My Buddha” instead of “Oh My God”. This was very intriguing to me. With time, it’ll catch on, and you’ll begin to hear yourself say “Oh My Buddha” at every moment of surprise and awe during your visit to Thailand.
3. 7 – Eleven
Yes! You guessed right. Remember that rare convenience store you often stumbled across at isolated gas stations? Often times called 7-eleven? Well in most cities in Thailand, especially Bangkok and Chiang Mai, this 7-eleven convenience store is located on every street corner just like you’d expect McDonalds on every street corner in the United States. It’s even become a staple, where Thai people refer you to 7-eleven to do groceries, and to purchase other necessities.
4. Thai People are extremely witty
Thai people are generally very friendly. Sure, their knowledge of English may be as limited as most travellers’ knowledge of Thai, so there may be a language barrier. But their heart is made of pure gold. Most Thai people that cannot speak English, end up knowing only few adept witty phrases in English language that may even make you question their stance on not being able to speak English at all. Some witty remarks include, “I love you”, “Will you sit on my heart?”, “Can I be your boyfriend?”, “Can you take me back with you?”, and so many more. Thai men especially, are incredibly charming and it is so easy to get lost in the whirlwind of their charm.
5. The cost of living is very low
Of course everyone knows that most countries in South East Asia are very cheap. Specifically those travelling from countries with very high currency value. But you never truly know how cheap Thailand is until you begin to live in the country. You hear Thailand is very cheap before you leave, but you do not realize that 20$ can actually buy you a week’s worth of meal or that you can extensively haggle the price of various merchandises you wish to buy from local Thai markets, so you may end up purchasing various items for only a few cents. The cost of living is very low for travellers, and this makes Thailand an increasingly attractive country to visit anytime of the year.