Cultural Notes and Observations: Thailand

  • Buddhist
  • Very touristy
  • ATM fees are expensive – 200 baht per transaction
  • So many curries!
  • Use plenty of peanuts and basil in cooking
  • Street food is cheaper than in other parts of South East Asian
  • Elephant pants for sale everywhere
  • Moi Thai boxing is very popular. You always see posters and car with megaphones advertising them
  • Throughout the country, there are posters and shrines to commemorate the dead king
  • Lots of French tourists
  • Local’s English is not as good as in other South East Asian countries
  • Signs at major tourist attractions are only written in Thai
  • Tour guides do not provide much information
  • Hard bargainers – will not budge much on prices

Food I Tried:

  • Green curry
  • Red curry
  • Yellow curry
  • Massaman curry
  • Penang curry
  • Thai Pumpkin soup
  • Mango sticky rice
  • Pad Thai
  • Indian pancake
  • Coconut ice cream
  • Grilled octopus on a stick
  • Patongko (deep-fried dough) with custard
  • Satay
  • Rick crackers with custard sauce
  • Sesame seed coconut balls
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