Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand has become a top travel destination with over 6,000,000 visitors per year.  Before I embarked on my own travels through Thailand I read several reports about the country and the culture.  None of them explained some of the more bizarre things that I found.  

My first touch down began in Bangkok.  I had no idea what I would be getting myself into and no amount of research would have prepared me for what I would discover.

So, this is my funny way of explaining my first few weeks in Thailand and the things I learned about their beautiful way of life.  So without further ado, I give you…


  1. You don’t throw anything in the toilet.  Yes, that means your toilet paper.  Excuse me if this is graphic, but when you poop you throw your poopy paper into a little trash can next to the toilet.  Granted you even have toilet paper in your stall/ bathroom.  Always come prepared!
  2. The butt gun.  This strange hose that you might find in your American kitchen sink is in all the bathrooms here.  Basically, since they don’t supply toilet paper you are to use the hose to clean yourself, hence the name butt gun.  As you can imagine, this can get quite messy.  I can’t decide if it’s worse to have a low pressure trickling butt gun, or a high-pressure one that basically gives you an enema and could double as a vibrator.
  3. Squatty potties.  These were really entertaining to try for the first time.  It’s just as you can picture from the name alone.  There is a hole in the group and you squat and do your business.  I just haven’t quite figured out which way you are supposed to stand.  Do you stand to face the wall or do you turn around and face the door?  Is there a tutorial out there for proper use of the squatty potty?  No matter what you do, there seems to be some serious splashback.  Don’t say I never warned ya.  Typically no butt guns either, so good luck all around.
Squatty potty in Thailand

4. Mosquito bites are like a fashion statement.  You consistently have new ones you can wear in pride and you will frequently be comparing them with fellow travelers.  No amount of DEET keeps these pesky little creatures away.

5. Napkins don’t exist.  At all.  When you eat, come prepared with something to clean yourself up with!  The closest thing you might get is a tissue similar to a Kleenex, only much smaller.   Imagine wiping your hands clean after eating wings on a tiny Kleenex.  Not cool.

6. Tuk Tuk drivers are noticeably insane.   They’re playing with peoples lives and love it.  Your driver will be laughing while flying around corners and swerving through traffic.  Meanwhile, you’ll be rolling around in the back like a marble with no seat belt or protection.

7. Bangkok pollution is a real killer.  I absolutely got headaches and felt stuffed up on the daily.  Constantly sneezing and having to blow my nose.  Never have I seen so many people in a city wearing masks.  Actually, I was thinking I should start making fashionable, trendy masks as a new startup.

8. Sunscreen costs a fortune.  It’s like gold here people.  My idiot self left my sunscreen in my carry on and had to buy a new one after they confiscated mine.  $25USD!!!

9. Street food is very cheap, they might as well just give it away for free.  Meals are pretty typically $1-$2.  I’m talking really good, fresh, authentic food!

10. Thailands ceremonial name is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.  Do they teach their kids this in school?  One of my drivers told me this and of course, I had to look it up just now.  But seriously?  Try saying it 5 times fast, or even once for that matter.

11. They eat insects, lots of them.  Crickets, spiders, caterpillars, and grasshoppers are sold by many street vendors.  The demand is so high that they import them from other neighboring countries.  I chose to eat a cricket.  Tastes like chicken.   Below is me eating a frog for the first time.



Julie eating frog for the first time in Thailand

12. Ladyboys are a major part of the culture and I loved that they are for the most part very accepted.  You can find them doing many jobs in fashion, makeup, beauty, and entertainment.  They are sometimes VERY hard to identify.  Some of them take hormones to enhance their female features and others have surgery.  I heard many stories of men being picked up by super sexy females out at the club, just to take them home and find out they were actually male and are sporting a penis.  Awkward.

13. Speaking of male private parts, check out these penis candles below.  You can find literally anything in a Thai market.   My question is, what does one do with a penis candle?  Are they simply for decoration?

Penis Candles At The Chatuchak Market In Bangkok, Thailand


14. You can’t buy or get alcohol between the hours of 2-5 pm or on a Buddhist holiday.  Why do you ask? I really don’t know.  I’ll report back when I get that answer.  Haven’t they ever heard of day drinking?

15. Pedestrians never have the right of way.  Not ever.  Don’t test this theory, it’s not safe.

16. Thai is impossible to read, or at least it is for me, but it sure is beautiful.

17. There are about 35,000 temples throughout Thailand.  They are literally EVERYWHERE.  Definitely making it the land of temples.  Could you imagine visiting all of them?   I sure can’t.  I was pretty templed out after about 10.

READ MORE: Do you love temples?  Then don’t miss my article about Ayutthaya Temples


Can I get a drum roll, please?

18. It’s illegal to not wear underwear.  Going commando is a big No-No.   How do they enforce this?   I have absolutely no idea.  Is there a panty checkpoint somewhere?   Do they walk around with mirrors on the bottom of a stick?  Luckily, I was never stopped and asked to give proof of panty.

So there you have it!  My entertaining compilation of things that I have found funny while exploring Thailand.    Have you been to Thailand?  What did you find interesting?  Please do tell.

With much love,


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