I have lived in Thailand for over a decade, which not only shows the dedication I have for side-stepping the real world, but that I have stamina, determination, and guile. That really is what it takes to live in SE-Asia for so many years and to keep afloat. Obliviously I am a little mad as well, in the nicest possible way, but that goes with the territory. Even those of us who have survived in the Land of Smiles for eternity, there are still some mad things about this amazing country that always surprises us, even though we shouldn’t be surprised by anything really.
#1 – Bangkok is a Mouthful
You have a dirty mind… I know what you were thinking! It doesn’t mean what it sounds like, on so many levels. We all know Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand, but its real long-name takes the pronunciation skills of Harvard professor. Bangkok’s real name is: “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.” Say that after 10 Chang Beers.
#2 – Enrolling in Monkey College
Monkey college… yep, that’s right, monkey college! You heard me right first time bozo. Thailand has a college for monkeys, and it’s called the Thani Monkey College. Monkeys of all ages and types can learn street-performing tricks, how to collect coconuts and much more. Don’t let your pet monkey run amok in Central Festival… send him/her to college.
#3- Always wear your underwear
Remember when your mum used to say “Make sure you wear clean underwear today, just in case you are in involved in an accident?” No? Just me? Although wearing your underwear in everyday life in many countries is voluntary, there is a rule in place that requires you to wear underwear when you leave home every day in Thailand. Just make sure they are your lucky draws and that they are clean.
#4- $15,000 For a Cocktail
Next time your check bin is approximately 1,000 THB when you think it should be closer to 800 THB, just remember that the most expensive cocktail in the world costs almost 15,000 USD and was created in Thailand. Yep, I know, mad, right? The Vivaldi Restaurant in Bangkok served the world’s most expensive cocktail. This was served as a special ‘Millionaire’s’ Valentines Dinner. It was garnished with a 5-karat ruby that was a lavish replacement for an olive, and also came with a grand 6-course dinner and a one-night stay in their luxury hotel… oh, and a bottle Dom as well.