There is a saying among expats here in Thailand; if you don’t like it here, go home. If you’re a foreigner in Thailand and are hell bent on complaining, don’t expect other expats and especially Thais, to care.
If you don’t like it, there are certainly other fabulous places to live. Go find somewhere more to your liking and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. The less expats living here complaining, the better. More of Thailand for those who appreciate it, even with all its irrationalities and irregularities. Sort of like a good looking woman with a pimple on her butt and nasty feet.
Don’t like immigration’s unpredictable stipulations? Or banking inconsistencies? Go home! Dislike being called “farang or occasionally being charged more than Thai citizens?” Go home. Feel like you’re a second class citizen? Go home. The easy answer is to leave — farang go home! Doing so means you may be giving up on your dream, or on broadening your horizons, but it also means escaping all that you dislike about the country.
Make your choice, take your pick, but one way or another, stop complaining. If you liked everything about your own country, then why did you move to Thailand in the first place?
Foreigners can debate an issue until they’re blue in the face, but to do so expecting serious change is a fool’s game, like choosing the sexiest dancer in a bar and expecting her to profess her undying love the moment you pay her bar fine. And expecting those words to ring true.
This is Thailand, T.I.T. and this is how THEY operate here. Their way was their way long before any of us were born and I doubt our way will ever fully become THEIR way. Why should it?
No matter the destination, there are always positives and negatives. Some people will never be happy no matter where they live. Many years ago I stated Thailand is no utopia. Nothing has changed. Thailand is still a great place to live with far more positives than negatives, but it’s not a utopian society.
Learn some basic Thai (at least), learn and accept the culture as it is, mind your own business, don’t go looking for trouble with anyone, discard the us versus them mentality and chances are you’ll have a pretty good life here. Don’t do anything stupid and you’ll increase your chance of success.
Toto, you’re not in Kansas anymore, you’re in Thailand.
A long time viewer writes in with yet another question, one of many he has
submitted and I am not amused. Many times money is the root cause of problems
while living in Thailand. In this case, it is immaturity.
I finally go around to paying a visit to the King Power Mahanakhon Sky Walk. At 314 meters high, it was the tallest building in Thailand until November 2018 when the 315 meter tall Magnolia Waterfront Residences Tower opened. To be honest, going up in tall buildings is one of my least favorite things to do. After falling from the fourth floor in the midst of a fire and nearly dying, one might be inclined to think the highest I would go is the second story of my townhouse. Physically, my body still occasionally feels pain from the fall. Mentally, going up high is no scarier for me than anyone else. I don't freak out anytime I'm up fifty feet or higher, but I prefer to be on the ground. After all, are human beings really meant to be walking around in a structure a thousand feet into the air? I think not.
Take the glass floor of the Mahanakhon Sky Walk. From a distance, it looks safe. It is safe. So you throw on some non-slip shoe covers, walk out onto the glass, and laugh. No big deal. Then you look down and feel like you're falling. You mind plays a trick on you. It feels like you're falling, or going to fall. Every person I spoke with who went out on the glass told me they had the same reaction. The instinctual human reaction is a split second, "I'm going to fall," or "I'm dizzy." Only after a few seconds does the mind and body come together to realize you are still standing on something solid and not plummeting to your death. Several people I spoke with have told me there's no way they would walk out onto the glass. Could you fall through the glass and die? Of course, anything could happen, but it is highly unlikely. If you visit the Mahanakhon Sky Walk, you owe it to walk on the glass. It's mind over matter. Face your fears.
A young, depressed American expat looking for a better life believes Thailand is the answer to his prayers. Is he right? As Socrates once said, “How can you wonder your travels do you no good, when you carry yourself around with you?”
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