Category: Customs, habits and myths

Thai Lottery Lucky Numbers – The Smoking Toad

Anyone who has spent even a small amount of time in Thailand will know its people are crazy about their country’s National Lottery. Twice a month, Thailand gets lottery fever in anticipation of the next lottery draw. Thais have crazy methods for getting their hot lottery picks; some rub lucky trees,...

Why Does a Thai Woman Cut Off Her Husband’s Penis

Why Does a Thai Woman Cut Off Her Husband’s Penis

Regular visitors to Thailand will have heard horror stories of Thai women cutting off their husband’s penises and wondered if it’s really true. Thailand expats will have heard of these ‘marital mutilations’ and know the stories are unquestionably ‘bona’ fide. So why does a Thai woman cut off her husband’s...

Tick Tock

Tick Tock

In our village house we have a clock in the living room which sits on a shelf in a corner next to the bathroom. It’s a cheap affair, bought for about 200 baht at Nong Khai’s Indo-China market on the Mekong River. Why I bought it heaven knows. Wonderful Wi...

Thai Smiles

In July this year troops from the 13th Infantry Regiment in Udon Thani will make up a large part of the 8oo strong Thai Task Force 980 which will be undertaking a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operation in Sudan. After the UN’s successful deployment of Thai soldiers in East Timor,...

The Thai Two-Finger Salute

If you have spent any time in Thailand, then the pose in the picture above will be one you have seen plenty of times before. For many months, I had a slight obsession with trying to solve what exactly the Thai two-finger salute meant. Then one day, when reading web...

Coconuts Keep Falling

A pensioner in Dundee, Scotland, is suing Tesco supermarket after a pineapple fell on her head at the Scottish store. The lawyer of Mary Raimo, 76, said that she could receive thousands of pounds in compensation. The basis of this unusual claim is that Tesco stacked the pineapples carelessly and the...

Thai Lucky Charm

Thai Lucky Charm

The western world calls it a talisman but in Thailand the lucky charm worn by millions is named an amulet although they are not always lucky. Such is the popularity of these lucky charms in Thailand that in April 2007 a woman was stampeded to death at an amulet auction...

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