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    "Very Farang!"

    dear forum,

    I guess we all read the books and saw ourselves what "very Thai" is. Spirit houses, food available at any time and any place, tamboon in morning, yellow shirts on a Monday, tuktuk, ...

    Let's change the perception and collect some stories and find out what is perceived as "very Farang" by Thai people.

    Let me begin with a little story which happened during one of travels to Koh Chang. After the arrival of the ferry the passenger were devided on the songteaws ready to leave to the different beaches and I found myself vis-a-vis with a Swedish family ready for their holiday. Mum, Dad and two kids.

    It was written on Dad's face that he paid his attention on the "Dangers & Annoyances" section of a well-know series of travel books so he was ready to bargain the hell out of the driver when it was time for cashing the passengers.

    "Listen, me and my wife will pay the full fare - but half price for our kids, ok." - he insisted - "No problem Sir.", answered the driver and charged him for three persons.

    Later that week my friend told me, that kids usually ride for free.

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    Spending hours and hours sunbathing and getting an ugly dark teint and the increasing possibility of getting skin-cancer.

    Just a waste of time and not good for your health too
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    All those backpackers dressing shabbily and dirty.

    Thais are just wondering how these people can afford the money for buying an airplane-ticket to Thailand but don't have the money to dress nice and neatly
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    I remember when I went with my high school class to the beach for the day. Farang idea of a beach time... I tore off my clothes revealing my skimpy bathing suit (actually it was a one piece, thank you very much) and took off running for the waves.

    When I got out, my teacher quickly gave me a tee shirt and encouraged me to wrap the towell around my waist.

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    Or how about an infatuation with decayed, spoiled, moldy milk (aka cheese).

    I usually bring a new 'recipe' to share with my family when visiting. I made macaroni and cheese for them last year and they all smiled nervously staring at it...smelling the spoiled smell. Khun Paw put it to his lips, declared it "Delicious!" and never ate another bite. Khun Mae ate it between long gulps of water.

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    Sorry for these generalised negative thoughts:

    When I think of 'very farang' - I think of people however close you maybe - their demand for personal space and time is the no.1 priority. I do not mind it... Just a perception in my head..

    They like to own things, else they do not keep it.

    Get Guilty about things very easily...

    Put emotions and intelligence in very separate boxes.

    Happy to offer these positive thoughts:

    Very concerned about justice and fairness.
    Very physical
    Adventurous
    Love Freedom
    Love to simplify life.
    Very good organiser of time and people.
    Never hit someone below the belt; for you are not the creator.

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    for me, being farang here for 1000 days today means that I am unwilling to put up with crap, i.e. when the Thai obsession with good appearances obstructs or destroys real substance. (I don't care about "the show" if it doesn't affect what is really important.) I think we share this "very farang" trait with many colleagues, which Thai teachers will never ever understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djaidee View Post
    All those backpackers dressing shabbily and dirty.

    Thais are just wondering how these people can afford the money for buying an airplane-ticket to Thailand but don't have the money to dress nice and neatly
    Hmmm, ... actually many of them safe a lot of money to do a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Most of them are students etc. with little incomes compared to the pricing level abroad. Which therefore includes not spending money on fancy clothing which they would pay at least six time of what Thai ppl spent going the Siam Square, Prathunam etc.

    But actually they are an interesting species. Having finished highschool or college and doing the McDonalds outlets all around the globe and picking "french fried", chicken wings and "gordon blue" at moo gatha restaurants. As least many of who I met did so when I was still a shabby backpacker to Thailand.

    Its funny when you read Loney Planet & Co. and find it "remixed" as "own" experiences - although my impression is that the "DANGERS and ANNOYANCES" are just for the fun of reading.

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    How about our "farang hands"? I think its nothing wrong preventing a falling door from closing with them? Maybe thats because I grew up with a vacuum cleaner.

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    Re: "Very Farang!"

    im californian in thailand.
    i personally dont like the usage of 'farang'.
    i think it has a negative tone to it.
    but anyways.

    i think being a foreigner.... IM LOUD.
    i laugh loud. i talk loud. i say things in public.

    i notice that thai people are very conservative and shy.
    well, at least the ones that ive seen.

    they dont talk in class, they dont say much.
    me as a foreigner talk in class all the time.
    try to make conversation everywhere i am, etc.

    and backpackers arent bad.
    a few of my friends here are backpackers.
    its like... traveling light, and cheaper.
    you dont have to take everything with you and you're more flexible.

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