Dealing with culture shock in Thailand
Thailand is located in South-East Asia. This is a long way away from many Western countries. Therefore, it is not surprising that Thai culture is quite different from that of its Western counterparts. It may well be possible to buy branded clothes, designer jewelry, electrical goods, in Thailand. But, some things are very different.
Food is a basic necessity and it is very important to know about the local cuisine and what to expect. Thai people like to eat at all times of the day and night. Whether it is 6:00am in the morning or 11:30PM at night you will see Thais eating on the streets. Thais will also eat things like fried chicken and rice drenched in chilies at both these times.
This can seem quite strange to Westerners – especially at 6:00am in the morning! Also, it is not just the different times of the day that some people find strange when seeing Thai people eat, but also, what they eat.
If you are brave enough to visit a Thai Outdoor Market you will see that the Thai cuisine is worlds apart from the western world. Some of the food that is eaten by the locals may be considered strange by visitors. You have been warned.
Regarding road travel, this is another ‘colorful’ area in Thailand. In many Western countries road rules and regulations are very strict with safety in mind. In Thailand, no rules apply. You have a very good chance of seeing 25 people crammed into the back of an open-backed truck speeding down the highway. You will also see families or 4 or even 5 people holding on to a motorbike as the rider struggles to see where they are going!
You may see long distance Lorries with tires that are smooth with no tread flying down the roads. But even with all this you will rarely ever see an instance of road rage with people blowing their car horns in anger. This does say a lot about the Thai people as a whole.
These are just a few of the things to watch out for if you plan to live or do business in Thailand. Adding the stress of leasing out or renting a property for whatever you have planned in Thailand is not a wise move.
This is where we at HomeConnect come in. With 30 years of experience in the industry you won’t have to worry about the customs, traditions and the legal drama involved as we will take care of it all, Thus making your transition to beautiful Thailand a very smooth one.