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Note Udom - Crazy Things Thai People Do - Thailand Only!

Updated on February 15, 2012


Khun Note is one of Thailand's most popular comedians, his stand up acts are well known for the catch phrase "Thailand Only". His main focus is poking fun at Thai people, in a good-natured manner, he makes light of funny things about Thailand and Thai culture. His acts often include descriptive re-enactments of his experiences using squat toilets in rural Thailand's bus stations and train stations. As a foreigner living in Thailand for more than a decade, with a good command of Thai language, I find his acts to be totally hilarious. It is also nice to see that Thai people can appreciate the humor in some of their own traits, and not take themselves to seriously.

Khun Note is also well known to make fun of foreigners pathetic attempts to speak Thai, mimicking their horrible accents, and the way they struggle to pronounce various words. His theatrical impersonations are amazingly accurate, with most viewers relating to incidents that have themselves experienced. This is unbelievably funny to watch, whether you are Thai, or a foreigner who has lived in Thailand for a while. In the spirit of good-natured humor, I have decided to compile my own list of funny and bizarre things you see Thai people do, or things that you see in "Thailand Only".


1: Driving down the street on a motorbike, you often see an entire extended family piled onto one small scooter, sometimes family pets, dogs or chickens are also squeezed in somewhere, perhaps in the basket in the front of the bike, or perched up on the handlebars. Small children seated in a little bamboo chair that fits right in front of the driver. If you have never been to Thailand, you wouldn't believe it until you see it yourself, you have to see it to believe it.

2: The most popular food dish in Northeastern Thailand is a salad dressing made from fermented (rotten) fish. It is called "Pla La", and it stinks to high heaven, it comes in a jar and looks like black slime, with a few chunks of what appear to be the remains of a year old fish. Despite the fact that one might often suffer from stomach cramps or diarrhea immediately after eating this dish, people eat it religiously all day long.

3: Thai people seem to be of the opinion that when driving, the use of signal lights when turning is "optional". and not all together very fashionable. That being said, you often see people using their signal lights when a road curves to the left or right, they will signal to indicate that they will follow the road, even though there is nowhere else for them to turn?

4: Now most of us are aware that Asian women don't want to have dark skin, and they try to stay out of the sun at all costs. They buy whitening creams to ensure that their skin looks as white as can possibly be, and some even use umbrellas when going out during the day. Now as ridiculous as it looks to use an umbrella on a sunny day, at least it is probably somewhat effective. What boggles my mind, is when you see a woman walking down the street with her hand in the air, trying to block out the sun's rays with the palm of her hand. You will see schoolgirls holding up a piece of paper, or a book, while they walk along. You might also see girls riding motorcycles with one hand used for steering, and the other for blocking the sun. I often wonder.. do they realize that their efforts are not only ridiculous, but also entirely futile?

5: Foreigners often make the mistake of asking people for directions, not realizing that this is something that has to be dealt with delicately in Thai culture. The thing is, Thais often will give you directions that will send you in the absolutely wrong direction, simply because they didn't want to admit that they don't know how to get where you are going. After living in Thailand for a while, I realized that Thais are very reluctant to ever ask for directions.

6: In 2011, Thai people elected the country's most notorious Pimp, Chuwit Kamolvisit, giving him 4 seats in the national election.Since becoming a politician, Khun Chuwit has portrayed himself as a crusader against corruption, and most recently he has vowed to stamp out prostitution in Thailand. It is just a little ironic that Chuwit made his millions pimping out thousands of Thai women in his Bangkok brothels.

7: In an effort to discourage Thailand's youth from drinking, the government has banned the sales of alcohol during mid afternoon, from 2PM - 5PM. This means that adults can not purchase alcohol during this time, even though it is illegal for children to purchase alcohol regardless of the time of day. It is unclear how this policy is expected to affect youths, seemingly it only causes inconvenience to adults, and potentially forces them to take to the roads in the evening after they have already had a few drinks, because they were not allowed to stock up in the afternoon.



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      Dazzie 5 years ago from Pattaya

      Brilliant, I live in Pattaya, so I can easily associate with this behaviour.

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      Globetrekkermel 5 years ago from CALIFORNIA

      This is cracking me up especially the directions and extended family riding the scooter. THAT IS CALLED INNOVATION!. LOL! Didn't someone say,necessity is the mother of invention?

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Interesting! The sight of a whole family riding a bicycle sounds hilarious! I have an aunt and uncle who go to Thailand regularly, and I will share your articles with them. Well written!