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What's the most hospitable thing a Thai has done for you?

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On 12/21/2016 at 9:51 PM, theguyfromanotherforum said:

It's a 3rd year I'm living free in my wife's house. Never asked me a penny, even for the electric. I'd say that's pretty damn hospitable.

I wish my wife would learn from your wife, she thinks that I am an ATM card.

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About 4 years ago on one of my monthly bike road trips to no where in particular, I got caught in the mountains, the sun going quickly, and a pouring rain.  Pulled off to the side of the road and took shelter under a large tree.  About 5 minutes later a man appeared, seemingly out of no where, and motioned for me to move my bike under a lean to attached to his 2 room house.  Him, his wife, and 3 kids.  Using the translator on my phone, I let them know I was heading for Nong Khai, coming from Chiang Mai, just for fun, which made no sense to them.  

They brought food and we all sat on the floor to eat.  Afterwards the man brought a pad, blanket and pillow for me, indicating that I should sleep there.  To me, these people were the epitome of "nice".  Everyone went to bed.  I woke up around 6.  The old man was already up, so we shared coffee and cigarettes.  When I got ready to leave I offered them 1,000 baht note, which they strenuously declined.  Ok.  The kids watched me strap my kit on, reaching out to touch the leg protectors, and checking everything else out.  Before straddling the bike, I handed the oldest daughter (maybe 12 ) a folded up 500 baht note.  Her smile lit up the whole mountainside.  As I drove away, I felt as if I had just experienced something special and unique.  

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2 minutes ago, Just1Voice said:

About 4 years ago on one of my monthly bike road trips to no where in particular, I got caught in the mountains, the sun going quickly, and a pouring rain.  Pulled off to the side of the road and took shelter under a large tree.  About 5 minutes later a man appeared, seemingly out of no where, and motioned for me to move my bike under a lean to attached to his 2 room house.  Him, his wife, and 3 kids.  Using the translator on my phone, I let them know I was heading for Nong Khai, coming from Chiang Mai, just for fun, which made no sense to them.  

They brought food and we all sat on the floor to eat.  Afterwards the man brought a pad, blanket and pillow for me, indicating that I should sleep there.  To me, these people were the epitome of "nice".  Everyone went to bed.  I woke up around 6.  The old man was already up, so we shared coffee and cigarettes.  When I got ready to leave I offered them 1,000 baht note, which they strenuously declined.  Ok.  The kids watched me strap my kit on, reaching out to touch the leg protectors, and checking everything else out.  Before straddling the bike, I handed the oldest daughter (maybe 12 ) a folded up 500 baht note.  Her smile lit up the whole mountainside.  As I drove away, I felt as if I had just experienced something special and unique.  

:smile:..............We know about that stuff............

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Was on a train heading down south and got of at Sonkala(or near there)to break up the journey.Midnight,no transport,nothing.A fellow passenger invited me to stay with her family.All above board chaps.

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On 12/22/2016 at 9:34 PM, transam said:

Being totally accepted....Well there is a bloke at my gym that grrrrrr's at me.... b0232.gif

All the people at my gym wai me,cos i'm the oldest by a long,long way.

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1 hour ago, Keith Bennett said:

During my second trip to Thailand, in 2001, I visited Khon Kaen.  My home town is New York City, where I used public transportation almost all the time.  So when I was leaving a shopping center in Khon Kaen, and the tuk-tuk drivers quoted me ridiculous prices to return to my hotel, I decided to ride a public songtaew. How hard could it be, I’m a New Yorker, I’m city-savvy, right? ...heh...

 

This was of course before the days of mobile phones and data networks, so I pulled out my map and tried to read the street signs, to know where I was and when to get off.  I soon realized I had no idea where I was or if I was even on the right songtaew.

 

The other passengers sensed my distress, and a young couple who were disembarking motioned for me to go with them. Although I was a little apprehensive, I decided that I was better off accepting their offer than not. We got off, and the woman motioned for me to stay by the street with her husband while she went into her house for something.

 

She emerged with two motorcycle helmets, and I figured out that the husband was going to bring me to my hotel. It was about a ten minute ride. I pulled out my wallet to give him my card so we could stay in touch. He thought I was going to give him money and motioned his refusal.

 

This hospitality deeply moved me, and I have tried to model that ever since. About a year later I was in a Korean supermarket in Silver Spring, Maryland (in the USA), and an elderly woman was speaking with distress to a store employee. With my minimal Korean language skills I figured out that she had no ride home. Remembering the Khon Kaen event, I realized that it was time to give back. I drove her home, a 20 minute drive each way. She tried to give me money but of course I refused.

 

To this day I am moved by acts of kindness given me by Thai people. Of course, there are bad people too, as there are everywhere, but it’s important to realize that we naturally tend to magnify in our minds the negative experiences. We need to compensate for that negative bias by reminding ourselves that it is a bias and that the statistical reality is not nearly as bad. For every reckless driver, for example, there are a hundred who carefully and gingerly proceed from a traffic light allowing motorbikers like me to pass safely.

 

A single act of kindness is multiplied in this way.  Negative actions are multiplied as well. May we all remember this when we deal with strangers, friends, and loved ones – and when we post on ThaiVisa.
 

That is my experience as well.I 1st came to Thailand 40 years ago and have been a regular ever since,now live here.The kindness and hospitality shown to  me in the early days changed my way of thinking.I help strangers when ever needed.Missus thinks i'm crazy but i believe what comes around,goes around.

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11 minutes ago, louse1953 said:

All the people at my gym wai me,cos i'm the oldest by a long,long way.

This bloke don't like me cos he don't understand how an old guy does that... b0215.gif

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On 20/12/2559 at 9:57 PM, Seligne2 said:

If I were to do a word association game with the word "Thai", hospitality would not  be anywhere on the list. Some of the things that would be are:

Plastic

Family-oriented, despise Mother Nature

Ignorant

Materialistic

Deferential to authority

Sexy (ladies-ladyboys)

Opportunistic

Honest (with strangers)

 

I could continue in this vein for some time without  hitting on the word "hospitable"

I wonder if you are still living here. If yes, I would ask you why ?

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7 hours ago, Gandtee said:

Get out of the wrong side of the bed this morning?

I think he slept outside with the soi dogs.

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On 12/22/2016 at 0:11 AM, thehelmsman said:

 

You're a keeper alright.

 

On 12/22/2016 at 8:59 PM, thehelmsman said:

 

Your high standards are amazing.

 

9 hours ago, kenk24 said:

 

Yo - Charlie from another planet - Are you proud of this? 

 

8 hours ago, catman20 said:

You Sounds more like a spunger

 

 

Of course, replies like this are to be expected.

 

The topic of the thread is what is the most hospitable thing a Thai person has done for you.

 

I have provided the appropriate reply.

 

Unlike every single gf that moved to my place in Canada, a Thai woman offered me a place to live one week after we met and two years before we got married. I know this rubs some people the wrong way.... especially the ones being taken advantage of, but I am pretty proud to say that my gf of 2 years and my wife of almost a year never asked me for a single baht.... not even for the wedding. 

 

So, to summarize.

 

Yes, I am proud of this.

 

Yes, I do have high standards.

 

No, I am not a "spunger" or was that supposed to be a sponger as I do have my own healthy income. ...

 

... and yes, I am a keeper and so is she.

 

 

If you are not a tattooed sex tourist, I can hook you up with some of her friends from work. All beautiful mid 30's women working for an international company. Let me know..... plenty of women like this around and no need for jealous posts.

 

Kind Regards,

 

theguyfromanotherforum

 

 

 

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A friend of my suggest me to date her single sister when i said i was single. She did all the match making.. picking me up from home going dinner with her sister and to movies with her tagging along for few days.

A week later, she gave me her car keys and said i could use her car to go dating with her sister as she will be away for holiday for 2weeks. I was damn shock and surprised by her kind offer. I ask her how and why she could trust me and handover her car to me. She just said you been kind and polite to all of our friends i can trust you.

Like other TA member mention, if you always been kind and polite to others im sure they will feel and return the same. So when you complain about thai being an ass, unpolite and rude...please assess how you treat others first.

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I had a mechanic in the village fit a fan belt for me.He told me at the time,i would need new front brake shoes.He came down yesterday and fitted new shoes to back and front.He bought the shoes and he did it all in an hour,in my front yard.he charged me 600 baht for the shoes.When i asked what i owed him,he said,'your wife is family,if i have problem with toilet,you come fix' She had told him that i was a plumbing engineer. I dont know what Honda would have charged me for the job,but i guess it would be far in excess of 600 baht.His English was not good,but he managed a 'melly clitmas' before he went.That guy,now has my undivided attention if he ever needs my help.I know that he did a favour to get a favour,but he could have ripped me to bits,had he wanted to.

Thais! some times they bring a tear to the eye.

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Well...Let's see...

All the people involved at the Thai  immigration authorities have accepted me without question for 28 years ...so I guess that is pretty hospitable in a significant way while I am not at all alone so I guess that makes it all the more significant....lol

Cheers

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