On a lighter note...
Phnom Penh Travel Blog› entry 19 of 49 › view all entries
We thought you'd enjoy some things we've experienced along the way that have made us look differently about how we've grown up, or simply made us say ''Huh?"
In Thailand, soda's aren't worth a whole lot. As a matter of fact, the soda in a glass bottle is worth less than the glass bottle itself. If you buy a glass bottle of Coke, you can rarely leave the establishment with it. So you have a couple of options. 1) you can bring your own container for it, or 2) they will pour it into a plastic bag and give you a straw! The latter is the more commonly accepted option.
We were driving in a taxi somewhere in Thailand and on our right was a mutant, 1/2 motorcycle, 1/2 fruit cart. The front end of the motorcycle had been sheared off and attached, via some kind of hitch, to the back of the fruit cart.
Street lights in both Thailand and Cambodia have large timers attached to them which countdown the time left until the light changes. In Cambodia, this timer as well as the street light are ignored completely.
In Bangkok there is an electronics mall called Pantip Plaza. There you can get all kinds of electronic gear and supplies, but mostly you get programs, games and DVDs. We wandered into one of the computer gaming places to peruse the wares.
Near the Elephants and Friends refuge in Kanchanaburi there is an Elephant Crossing sign. It's no joke, wild elephants do live in the area, but as you can understand it looked a little funny. Our friend Gary also thought it was strange because it was so unlike the Kangaroo Crossing signs back home!?
In both Thailand and Cambodia it is customary for your dinner host to give you a lot of food. If you clean your plate, they will give you more.
In Kanchanaburi we actually had to have a woman from the street help us dial a public telephone. Before dialing, you must apparently push 1234 then your number. We've rarely felt more like foreigners than at that moment.
It is of social importance here to cover yourself from the sun. Both men and women can be seen in the boiling heat of the day with full head and face wrappings, long pants and long sleave shirts. If you have dark skin it tells others that you do manual labor.
There is a bird in Thailand who's call exactly mimics the series of beeps uttered by the Imperial Probe Droid that landed on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
Roosters in Thailand have accents. Cocka doodle doooooo, becomes cocka doodle d. It's very unsettling.
Craig, the owner of Suan-Nanachaat, told us this story. Imagine it being told with dry, English humor.
The old woman hit him, glanced off and crashed. In Thailand, he says, if you're in a car accident it's always the farang's (foreigner's) fault, but he couldn't help but stop to make sure she was ok.
A crowd of people gathered around the woman, who was apparently fine. When they asked what happened the woman said, in Thai, "Oh, it wasn't the farang's fault. I had my bucket on my head. Couldn't see a thing," to which everyone nodded as if that was obviously the most logical explaination and the crowd began to dispurse.
Craig said that the woman's bike was a little scratched, she was a little scratched but the bucket was fine. "Good bucket that!" The woman had apparently purchased the bucket and groceries but had no hands left to carry the bucket. On her head seemed the best idea.