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  • What is so hard about travelling O/S with a Thai?

    I met my Thai wife in Goa- although we did not become an 'item' until a later date in Bangkok. Subsequently, we lived together in HK, Sth Australia, and got married. Now we live in Isaan.
    She always missed the Thai instant noodles, and made a mean toned down glass noodle salad that was the favorite at any local aussie bbq. Aussie rules is her favorite sport too.

    What is so hard about travelling O/S with a Thai? Mine has travelled to many countries. She missed the Thai instant noodles, and her mum.

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    Nuthin'. She's traveled to Cambodia, Laos, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, USA, Mexico ... no issues whatsoever. But as in your case, don't get too far removed from noodles or rice, she goes into panic mode.


    While living abroad for five years, she never missed Thai culture, Thai news and entertainment, Thai music, fashion, gossip or anything but (Lao) food. I don't think she's much of a Thai at all. Her outlook on her country is markedly different from all of her friends and family. They chalk it up to being married to evil farang, I attribute it to gaining a vision they will never realize.

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    • #3
      many Thai women, after experiencing life in a developed country, will adopt the same jaded view of their hopeless homeland as many of the more realistic foreigners have done.

      food and families is all they miss, the filth, corruption, dishonesty, petty mindedness, consumerism, superficiality and propaganda is hardly missed at all.

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      • #4
        the filth, corruption, dishonesty, petty mindedness, consumerism, superficiality and propaganda is hardly missed at all.
        She from Blighty?
        “Don’t get sick of me just yet, for I will be here for quite a while”

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TAXEXILE View Post
          food and families is all they miss, the filth, corruption, dishonesty, petty mindedness, consumerism, superficiality and propaganda is hardly missed at all.
          Overall, I agree. With the exception of a few descriptives: consumerism, superficiality and propaganda. There is an abundance of all this in the west. The deer won't go hungry.

          Regarding consumerism: My wife and I were discussing this the other day, comparing our life in Los Angeles with our life in rural Isaan. In LA our mailbox was stuffed to overflowing every day with garbage adverts and credit card offers. The amount of mail we received was phenomenal. More than once, a legitimate bill was accidentally thrown in the garbage among the heaping piles of dross. It was a chore to watch any television program. Every 10 minutes you'd be interrupted with an ear-splitting series of 4 or 5 commercials shlepping some sort of garbage. Thank fkuc for the mute button. The only programs I watch in Thailand are cable/sat shows that only pitch future programming (an hour or two a week). I still mute the nonsense ads.

          Superficiality: Let's not pretend Thailand has cornered the market. That would be ... well, superficial. I've come to the conclusion that at least half of every person I speak with is lying about something -- the reasons are various and I couldn't give a steamer. I stop listening (with genuine interest) the moment I suspect they're lying. Life is too short to deal with idiots and I don't have time to vet people properly. I always trust my first instinct.

          Propaganda: This doesn't require much explanation beyond a simple acronym: MSM. Media is not news.

          Aside from that, I agree with your observations.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TAXEXILE View Post
            many Thai women, after experiencing life in a developed country, will adopt the same jaded view of their hopeless homeland as many of the more realistic foreigners have done.

            food and families is all they miss, the filth, corruption, dishonesty, petty mindedness, consumerism, superficiality and propaganda is hardly missed at all.
            A compliment to their character, I trust???

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Texpat View Post
              Overall, I agree. With the exception of a few descriptives: consumerism, superficiality and propaganda. There is an abundance of all this in the west. The deer won't go hungry.

              Regarding consumerism: My wife and I were discussing this the other day, comparing our life in Los Angeles with our life in rural Isaan. In LA our mailbox was stuffed to overflowing every day with garbage adverts and credit card offers. The amount of mail we received was phenomenal. More than once, a legitimate bill was accidentally thrown in the garbage among the heaping piles of dross. It was a chore to watch any television program. Every 10 minutes you'd be interrupted with an ear-splitting series of 4 or 5 commercials shlepping some sort of garbage. Thank fkuc for the mute button. The only programs I watch in Thailand are cable/sat shows that only pitch future programming (an hour or two a week). I still mute the nonsense ads.

              Superficiality: Let's not pretend Thailand has cornered the market. That would be ... well, superficial. I've come to the conclusion that at least half of every person I speak with is lying about something -- the reasons are various and I couldn't give a steamer. I stop listening (with genuine interest) the moment I suspect they're lying. Life is too short to deal with idiots and I don't have time to vet people properly. I always trust my first instinct.

              Propaganda: This doesn't require much explanation beyond a simple acronym: MSM. Media is not news.

              Aside from that, I agree with your observations.
              All true Tex, the amount of crap filling the letterbox in the west was amazing, here almost none, mind you having no letter box helps, just a small holder for bills.

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              • #8
                Then there's my bro- married to a Bangkok girl born n bred, but they're living in Adelaide now and she's completing an accountancy qualification (her Thai book-keeping qualification being unrecognised there). She loves living there, and his no ambition to return to live in Thailand- although regular visits to family are naturally part of the agenda. Ironically he loves Bangkok, and wants to go live there 'one day'. At least he's got the sense to get the money & kids education right first.

                Other stereotypes are easily discarded too, in the rough cauldron of actual experience & first hand observation. Mrs sab loves cheese, especially smelly blue cheese- which I taught her to enhance further by washing it down with port. She is very open to all sorts of foreign cuisine, and equally at home eating a western as Thai meal (one strange aversion though- she doesn't like chips/fries). Likes Indian food too, and a nice earthy red wine- and how couldn't she, having lived in the Barossa. I'm open to most 'exotic & weird' foods too- but I draw the line at anything containing that bluddy pla ra. So arguably she is more flexible and cosmopolitan in her tastes than I.

                Basically, I don't think there are any more issues travelling or living abroad with a Thai than any other nationality. Individuals differ, thats all. Lets face it, some of our benighted members here have experienced more difficulty adjusting to Thailand, than others. Why should it be any different with the Thai?
                Last edited by sabang; 10-08-2014, 06:18 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sabang View Post
                  Then there's my bro- married to a Bangkok girl born n bred, but they're living in Adelaide now and she's completing an accountancy qualification (her Thai book-keeping qualification being unrecognised there). She loves living there, and his no ambition to return to live in Thailand- although regular visits to family are naturally part of the agenda. Ironically he loves Bangkok, and wants to go live there 'one day'. At least he's got the sense to get the money & kids education right first.

                  Other stereotypes are easily discarded too, in the rough cauldron of actual experience & first hand observation. Mrs sab loves cheese, especially smelly blue cheese- which I taught her to enhance further by washing it down with port. She is very open to all sorts of foreign cuisine, and equally at home eating a western as Thai meal (one strange aversion though- she doesn't like chips/fries). Likes Indian food too, and a nice earthy red wine- and how couldn't she, having lived in the Barossa. I'm open to most 'exotic & weird' foods too- but I draw the line at anything containing that bluddy pla ra. So arguably she is more flexible and cosmopolitan in her tastes than I.

                  Basically, I don't think there are any more issues travelling or living abroad with a Thai than any other nationality. Individuals differ, thats all. Lets face it, some of our benighted members here have experienced more difficulty adjusting to Thailand, than others. Why should it be any different with the Thai?
                  you share some similarities with my own situation, my wife loves cheese and butter, I am often saying butter is not Thai food, as she piles it on. and cheese, cant keep it in the dooyen at all, and the young ones are worse with western foods, in general Marmite or the oz equiv "vegemite" they will spoon it out.
                  And as you know, bloody expensive here and can't be purchased at any old BigC. I
                  my self am quite happy with Thai food, apart from plara, the same as your self.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by serrollt View Post
                    She from Blighty?
                    ..or anywhere in the developed West, for that matter.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sabang View Post
                      What is so hard about travelling O/S with a Thai?
                      1. Travelling... Wife absolutely hates travelling, be it by air, rail, ferry or even car. She loves the different places when she gets there; simply doesn't like getting there. That is completely different to me, who likes to travel but never wants to arrive at any destination, much like my philosophy in life.

                      2. Immigration...Wife, as a "third national" is treated as if she has ebola, most of the time, when transiting to and from the UK. Speaks English but not to B1 standard so not qualified for a marriage Visa.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by troy View Post
                        Speaks English but not to B1 standard so not qualified for a marriage Visa.
                        Fascinating. I've met several Britons who speak as if they've had a heard of wildebeests trample up their throats and out their mouths, yet they're qualified.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Texpat View Post
                          Fascinating. I've met several Britons who speak as if they've had a heard of wildebeests trample up their throats and out their mouths, yet they're qualified.
                          Britons need a marriage visa for the UK?

                          Only an angry, bitter drunk chewing on an arse-plug could dream this nonsense up.
                          “Don’t get sick of me just yet, for I will be here for quite a while”

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                          • #14
                            Taking the Mrs to Italy in three weeks, she thinks it's going to be all handbags and shoe shops! Asking her if she wanted to go to the Uffizi gallery in Florence she said OK as she wants to see some Picasso paintings! Like most Thai women no knowledge or interest, it will be one big opportunity for pics to post on FB without having a clue what the locations are all about. My mate said took his to Paris and then Turkey and it was like travelling with a slightly demented child, that's about right.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by peterplonker View Post
                              All true Tex, the amount of crap filling the letterbox in the west was amazing, here almost none, mind you having no letter box helps, just a small holder for bills.
                              They prefer to use pickup trucks with loud speakers in Thailand. At least you can ignore junkmail. Those pick up trucks are forced advertising using noise pollution.

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