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Miserable,unsmiling,and Forlorn Lookings Farangs.....

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Looking for comments about what I have noticed in the Nong Khai area when I go to Tesco, Global etc..

I say hello and smile but the Farangs I meet for the most part want no part of what would be normal banter at home. They seem Gruff and unhappy in a situation where one would think they would be more than happy to converse with a fellow Xpat.

Maybe they are hung over or something I don't know But I just HAD TO ASK.

P.s I did meet a one Canadian at Makro that was very friendly and Outgoing.

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Doubt you are alone in finding this sort of reaction. I'll bet the Canadian is more at peace with his life here than some poor souls that seem to spend most of their time holding the closet door shut for fear the skeletons will escape. I am 17 years older than my wife of twelve years, and no, we didn't meet on the ballroom floor of a five star hotel.

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Sad, but keeps the brain active.There are many farangs here that IMHO are living "Groundhog Day" lives. 10am go buy Bangkok Post, 12pm go restaurant to met the boys, 4pm home and computer..... Drive me crazy. Asked a guy what he was up to and he said he had a doctors appointment Friday week. That is the main event in 10 days?

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Every time I go to tesco it's to shop a task like many people I find boring and just wish to get it over with.If I wish to socialise I go to cofee shops, bars, resturants,town squares or other known places that people meet to exchange ideas or strike up conversation.

Guess there is a time and a place for everything, a complete stranger trying to strike up conversation,whilst I'm getting elbowed by the natives in the veg dept weighing queue.Just because I'm white or foreign will generally get the p-ss off I'm Russian act.

No offence meant but that's my take on it.

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Looking for comments about what I have noticed in the Nong Khai area when I go to Tesco, Global etc..

I say hello and smile but the Farangs I meet for the most part want no part of what would be normal banter at home. They seem Gruff and unhappy in a situation where one would think they would be more than happy to converse with a fellow Xpat.

Maybe they are hung over or something I don't know But I just HAD TO ASK.

P.s I did meet a one Canadian at Makro that was very friendly and Outgoing.

That's because they don't live in Pattaya... 5555

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Doubt you are alone in finding this sort of reaction. I'll bet the Canadian is more at peace with his life here than some poor souls that seem to spend most of their time holding the closet door shut for fear the skeletons will escape. I am 17 years older than my wife of twelve years, and no, we didn't meet on the ballroom floor of a five star hotel. 

... so you are 29 and she is 12..... no reason to smile, rather strange

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Posts like this make me chuckle.

I can just imagine everyone going shopping in the UK, USA , Canada, or where ever saying "Hello" to everyone. You'd be in the supermarket forever.

Just a side note. Do Thais say "hello" to every Thai that they see in BigC too?

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My guess would be that many who arrive in Isaan do just as the gent in Post #1 has commented. But over the years, after you've been stung enough times, you smile and be friendly but then, 'Sorry, I'm running late to catch a train."

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It must be because of Tesco, Global, etc. :(

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Every time I say hello and smile to the only Farang that lives near me he says hello and smiles back! Mirrors are wonderful!

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