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What is the strangest thing that has happened to you in Thailand

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Many of us see Thailand as an alternative universe. What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while there?

 

For me, one memory is going to buy the Bangkok Post one day at a small shop in the northern outskirts of Bangkok, and they still had the previous days paper on display. When I asked if he had that days paper he said he had but he wasn't selling it as yesterdays hadn't sold out yet.

 

Other things I've experienced are being at a seafood restaurant on a beach which had no fish

A McDonalds that had no beefburgers

A KFC that had no chicken

 

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I bought my wife some farmland from her sister and didn't plan on doing anything with it for while just fenced it off but 3 months later noticed all the trees had been cut down,  on enquiry to what's going on her sister told my wife we sold you the land not the trees. :laugh:  :biggrin:

 

Wife did get a share of wood sale. :thumbsup:

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I bought my wife some farmland from her sister and didn't plan on doing anything with it for while just fenced it off but 3 months later noticed all the trees had been cut down,  on enquiry to what's going on her sister told my wife we sold you the land not the trees. :laugh:  :biggrin:
 
Wife did get a share of wood sale. :thumbsup:

I'm just about ready to buy a wooded property from my Thai partner's family, and your post raised a bit of an alarm in my head.

According to my Thai partner, that was definitely a "family scam," not a "Thai scam." But you probably figured that out anyway.

Ergo: I think I'll still keep a more vigilant watch on the plot until I use it. Thanks for the heads up.


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Bought a cheapie watch on the street in Bangkok (Sukumvit). Just can't resist those high-tech looking 100-baht watches. So, I paid the price, strapped it on my risk, took four steps down the street, and the crystal fell out onto the pavement.

My Thai friend thought there might still be hope if I retraced my four steps, and ask for a replacement or refund for something purchased less than a minute earlier.

The lady vendor looked at my bare-faced watch, and then trained a steady, schoolmaster gaze on me. Suddenly, I felt like the naive little child who had just made a ridiculous request (e.g. Oliver Twist in, "May I have some more porridge, sir?")

With a straight face, and waving her finger, she lectured me: "Farang no understand. Watch made to work without glass. No problem."

She then took the crystal, wrapped it in a little tissue, tossed it in my bag, dismissively waved me on my way, and turned her face to her next victim.

Remarkably, without a crystal, the watch lasted longer than all my two-dozen other cheapo timepieces did. Maybe I'm onto something.



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Taxi ride from the old airport.

 

Me, clearly: Novotel Bangna

Driver: Novotel, Novotel, Novotel....Siam Square!!!

 

Me, louder and more clearly: No, Novotel Bang-na

Driver: Novotel, Novotel, Novotel....Lotus!!!

 

Me, still louder: No, Novotel Bang-NA!

Driver: Novotel, Novotel, Novotel....Bangna, Bangna okay Bangna!!!

 

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In my much younger days, before I became sensible. A night out in Bangkok with a friend. Both off our heads on LSD. It doesn't get much stranger than that. 

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3 hours ago, mogandave said:

Taxi ride from the old airport.

 

Me, clearly: Novotel Bangna

Driver: Novotel, Novotel, Novotel....Siam Square!!!

 

Me, louder and more clearly: No, Novotel Bang-na

Driver: Novotel, Novotel, Novotel....Lotus!!!

 

Me, still louder: No, Novotel Bang-NA!

Driver: Novotel, Novotel, Novotel....Bangna, Bangna okay Bangna!!!

 

So it IS true!  Raising your voice helps them unnerstand Engrit mo' betta!  :laugh: 

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My condo got raided by 6 police officer who hunted a murderer. The murder was not in my condo.

 

But one police officer threatened me i would go to monkeyhouse because he found a carton of cigarettes without the taxes on it. Another officer stepped in front and told me, don't worry, we are your friends. Then they leave. That was quite a shock.

 

Strange enough?

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3 hours ago, dbrenn said:

In my much younger days, before I became sensible. A night out in Bangkok with a friend. Both off our heads on LSD. It doesn't get much stranger than that. 

 

In Bangkok you don't need LSD. You know that, now you're older and wiser :P

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1 hour ago, Bangkok Barry said:

 

In Bangkok you don't need LSD. You know that, now you're older and wiser :P

you have obviously never tripped out then

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I had never heard of songkran and went to Krabi 20 years ago. Took a motocy taxi, my friend also one but the people on the street sprayed us all the time while yelling. Alright, no big deal...but when i stepped off it a girl run to me and rubbed some white crap on my face while yelling loud....then her friends came and all did the same :shock1:

 

I saw a bucket full of water on the sidewalk, grabbed it and threw it over the first girl....they loved it! And many more came out to throw water over me and my friend.

Then a policeman on a motobike passed us, he stopped, drove back against traffic and asked if we wanted to buy beer which was in his bag...:partytime2:

 

We played songran all day and the policeman came back to our hostel as well to sell us more beer. It was great!

 

Some days later we went to Riley beach by longtailboat. At the end of the day it was stormy weather and we took a longtailboat from the beach back to Krabi. While we wanted to leave another couple came running to the boat and also wanted to go with us, captain said it was okay.

 

At sea the waves got huge and came overboard all the time...the boat was overloaded with 7 iirc passengers and the captain gave me an old plastic oilcan to scoop water out of the boat all the time or we would sink. So i was busy with that.

 

Then suddenly a loud bang, the outboard engine was missing but the captain hung half overboard holding the engine with one hand...it was broken loose so we had to help him getting it back out of the water.

 

Luckily it still started so my friend had to hold it in place all the trip back to Krabi while i was scooping water. 

 

I've never been so scared on a boat and won't go on Thai boats anymore.

 

 

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The flood gates have opened for the keyboard warriors. 

And you have voluntarily joined the audience.


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19 hours ago, Bangkok Barry said:

 

In Bangkok you don't need LSD. You know that, now you're older and wiser :P

It was an unforgettable night. The hardest part was trying to behave normally, which even by Bangkok standards was extremely difficult while we were out of our minds. 

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