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Visit a proper house or a department store, you won't have any problems. In an area where they eat somtam all day, they won't be very big. Visit other areas and you will feel a lot smaller. Youth in B

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Just now, FritsSikkink said:

Visit a proper house or a department store, you won't have any problems. Youth in Thailand are bigger than you.

 

Note that I said: "Outside the major shopping centers and fancy condos"

"Excluding middle-class parts of Bangkok"

 

When you travel outside those areas, most of the infrastructure is built for people in the 140-170 cm height range.

 

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1 minute ago, nikmar said:

im 190cm - the only trouble i have is buying jeans. 

XL or 2XL Thai clothes all fit me.

Secondhand street market clothing fits me too.

 

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I saw a young man walking through the night market in ChiangMai once. I have no idea how tall he was but he was bent at the knees and waist to get though. The Thais just looked at him with eyes as big as saucers. I'm only 5'9'' and I fell tall here. The funny thing is even though there are some pretty big young women here, when I go to the States all the women look large.

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my wife's around 170, pretty tall for a thai lady, so we dont look like the odd couple  when we go out. But you should see my son in his class photo. 🤣

 

Still, he's popular with his friends when they play basketball. 

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Just now, Kwasaki said:

That's easily avoided using eyes and by ducking.

 

Actually I meant that I used to bump my head often.

 

But yes, I do have to keep ducking.

I don't know of many other countries where 180 cm guys have to constantly duck, except for the other poorer Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia.

 

I've never really had to duck even in India or Guatemala, when average height for rural men can be very short, like 5' 3".

 

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46 minutes ago, RamenRaven said:

In street markets and restaurant stalls, I keep bumping my head against umbrellas, ropes, beams, and what not.

I do agree with this although I seldom bump my head. I just end up with a crick in the neck from constantly bending my head to one side.   

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I'm getting pretty used to it by now.

 

But, I am curious to know:

 

What are some other countries where 180 cm guys have to constantly duck their heads?

 

 

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35 minutes ago, bunnydrops said:

I saw a young man walking through the night market in ChiangMai once. I have no idea how tall he was but he was bent at the knees and waist to get though. The Thais just looked at him with eyes as big as saucers. I'm only 5'9'' and I fell tall here. The funny thing is even though there are some pretty big young women here, when I go to the States all the women look large.

Does large mean wide?

Does large mean obese?

 

(many are both)

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1 minute ago, scorecard said:

Does large mean wide?

Does large mean obese?

 

(many are both)

No, I have just gotten so used to all these 90 to 100 lb women here that a "normal" 120 looks large to me now. Like I said, here I feel tall, back home, I am getting shorter :). I live in a college town when I am back there and most the kids tower over me.

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3 minutes ago, bunnydrops said:

No, I have just gotten so used to all these 90 to 100 lb women here that a "normal" 120 looks large to me now. Like I said, here I feel tall, back home, I am getting shorter :). I live in a college town when I am back there and most the kids tower over me.

 

It's all relative.

 

I used to think that Chinese people are short. Now I realize that is only if you're comparing them to Dutch and Norwegians and oversized Americans.

 

After a few years of living in Thailand, Chinese now look big and tall to me. They usually tower over Thais. Often bigger. They eat twice as much. Americans, quadruple that.

 

Whenever I walk into a Chinese airport, there are plenty of security guards and policemen standing at or over 180 cm.

 

In Thailand, more like 170-175 cm. And shorter still in Cambodia and Vietnam.

 

There's something called Bergmann's rule - smaller at the equator, bigger as you move away from the tropics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergmann's_rule

 

Smaller people withstand humidity better. It feels like being smaller is an advantage in many hot, tropical countries.

 

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44 minutes ago, RamenRaven said:

 

Actually I meant that I used to bump my head often.

 

But yes, I do have to keep ducking.

I don't know of many other countries where 180 cm guys have to constantly duck, except for the other poorer Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia.

 

I've never really had to duck even in India or Guatemala, when average height for rural men can be very short, like 5' 3".

 

It's never bothered me wherever I've been.

Many Thai guys I've noticed for 15 years or so are very tall some girls to.

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I am nearly 6ft---not really any problems-----Shoes, are a problem, always have hunt for the size 11....or 46...  even Lazada runs out of those sizes quickly.

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24 minutes ago, Salerno said:

 

That's a bit of a stretch (no pun intended). You'd be considered tall in the vast majority of countries in the world.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Average_human_height_by_country#Table_of_heights

 

If the average male height is 175 cm, 180 cm will feel like just slightly above average, so you still blend in just fine. In practical terms, it feels like average.

 

So, someone like me walking around in the UK would perfectly fit in height-wise.

 

Not like in much of Thailand, where you literally stick out.

 

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29 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

I am around 6' tall, and I do feel tall here. But, other than the buses or the minivans, which are a bit cramped, not much of an issue. Although I have fantasized about being 6'2" tall (seems to me to be the ideal height), I know anything over 6' tall has it's conveniences. I have few friends who are 6'3", or 6'4", and there are alot of areas where the height is a challenge. Although there is no question height helps in both business, and with the babes. 

For many years in Bkk I had from 3 to 20 European exchange students in my uni MBA classes.

 

90% from Germany. The rest in the class, Thai, Burmese, Sth Korean , Vietnamese...

 

Ninety % of the male exchange students were between 5.11 to 6.6. The male German students dominated the very tall gang. The Female students also quite tall, many 6.0 or just above.

 

The gap in height between most of the German boys and both the male and female Asian students was very obvious.

 

Many of the Asian boys were quite intimidated.

 

The gap in height between most of the European/German boys and most of the female Asian students produced 2 'reactions' amongst the female Asian students:

- Some of the female Asians were frightened of the very tall/stronger European boys.

- Some of the female Asians found the height of the German boys, slim bodies but very strong arms and shoulders to be very attractive and quite a few of the Asian girls didn't realize how their 'joy' was obvious.

 

Over the years several long-term relationships (Asian Girls and mostly German boys) developed including 2 marriages and several healthy kids. Seeing the Asian Girls with their 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 boyfriends was always delightful. Out on the streets locals (as you can imagine) stopped and stared at the height difference.

 

Over the years 1 marriage developed between a Thai man (average height) and a German girl 6.2. The girl was an exchange student but her employer in Germany arranged for her to work part-time in their office in Bangkok. Her Thai bf was welcomed in her office and was ultimately offered a good position. When her studies were completed they had married and had one toddler and the whole family went back to Germany in employment with the same company. 

 

Bottom line, at the uni all the European students fitted under the doorways with no problems.

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8 minutes ago, RamenRaven said:

It feels like being smaller is an advantage in many hot, tropical countries.

 

Also an advantage in nightclubs worldwide ... easier to escape the bunny boiler you mistakenly picked up when you're not head and shoulders above the crowd!

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Thanks, love your story Scorecard! Really enjoyable to read. You had mentioned that your Asian students were Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese.

 

But try taking a metro ride in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, or another one of those highly developed Asian cities. Many of the men, especially the younger ones, have European-level heights. I've walked around with some European (German, Swedish, Swiss) friends in those cities, and many of the local Asian youths were just as tall as the European boys.

 

Bangkok might be on its way there.

 

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