Practical Lessons for Living in Thailand (Part 3)

Number Twenty-one (Yee-siyp et): If you really want to feel Thai, ride three people on one motorcycle.  It’s not too scary actually.  A little uncomfortable, but not too bad!

Number Twenty-two (Yee-siyp song): Breakfast?  Pork on a stick and sticky rice!

Number Twenty-three (Yee-siyp sam.  Are you getting this pattern yet?):  If you’re smelling something in the market that is extremely foul, like the cross between rotten meat and old fish, you’re probably smelling Durian, a fruit that Asians love!

Number Twenty-four (Yee-siyp see): Warning!! While climbing waterfalls, do not wear slip-on shoes.

Number Twenty-five (Yee-siyp ha): Did your mother ever tell you to “watch your tone”?  Well, it’s so true when speaking Thai.  You might think you are saying “yes” but you are really saying “kill”.  Thai is a tonal language and using a different tone can completely change the meaning!

Number Twenty-six (Yee-siyp hok): Every night of the week the restaurants are busy up till midnight.  I guess you could call it the ten o’clock meal time?

Number Twenty-seven (Yee-siyp jet):  If you want to see snow, visit the Chiang Mai zoo.  They have a Snow Dome.  Entry fee: 150 baht per person (roughly $5).
Number Twenty-eight (Yee-siyp bad): When someone is praying in Thai, be sure to listen closely for the “Amen”.  It’s terribly embarassing to be sitting there with your eyes closed while others begin to eat!
Number Twenty-nine (Yee-siyp gao): Clothes can be hung to dry anywhere really.  It’s commonplace to see people’s…..ahem……clooooothes fluttering in the wind on the side of the road.
Number Thirty (Sam-siyp): Spicy = good food.  Not spicy = add 2-5 more ingredients to taste (fish sauce, peppers, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, etc.)  Salt = fish sauce.