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Below is a guest post written by Thomas Tanner, author of, “The Amazing Stories of Tom in Thailand”. He is 45 years old and currently lives in Thailand. More information about Tom and his book can be found at the end of this article.
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Just like in the mockumentary, “This is Spinal Tap”, I want to make a case for how Thailand goes to 11, as it’s at least “one better” than all other countries. I challenge anyone to name a country that has all 11 of the positive traits that Thailand has.
Here are the top 11 reasons for living in Thailand:
Thailand is either warm, hot, or hotter n’hell. While some people may say that Thailand’s hot climate is a negative, I think it’s a positive. Where else can you ride on motorbikes while wearing sandals, shorts and a t-shirt with a hot babe in a skirt sitting behind you almost 365 days a year? Rarely do you see the sexy creatures of Thailand all bundled up because it’s almost never cold. And that’s great, because concealing these beauties would be the equivalent to displaying the Mona Lisa in a root cellar.
It is my opinion, and it may or may not be mine alone; Thailand has an abundance of very beautiful women, and I find them to be prettier, as whole, than American women. Not only are many of the women here stunning, they will usually talk to you and not turn their nose up and whisk themselves away like many of the beautiful women do in the west.
Nearly everything in the Thai culture is a big social event. Eating, shopping, going out at night; it’s all a big social ordeal here. You’ll likely never see a Thai person alone in a restaurant or bar, as socializing at all cost is embedded in their DNA. The atmosphere in all of the Thai cities I’ve visited is lively because of this.
Thai food is the best with an unequaled array of zesty foods that tend to be healthy.
I don’t know if Thailand is the free-ist country in the world or not, but it’s certainly many times freer than America, as well as probably every other country in the west. It’s goofy that you’re required to wear a helmet while riding a motorbike (enforced lightly), or that you can’t buy beer between 2pm and 5pm (at the 7-11’s at least), but the overall sense of freedom and lack of regulations found here is unrivaled.
Where else you can you have three meals, a fancy coffee and a large beer for $12? Where else can you rent a luxurious apartment or a three bedroom house for less than $300? The cost vary depending on what region of Thailand that you want to call home, but Thailand is one the most affordable countries to live in the world that has modern amenities: good roads, WiFi, clean public toilets (okay, the last one is bullshit).
Thai people, at least here in Chiang Mai, are usually very accommodating, and most go out of their way to help you. The service is not always Candied Skittles and Sunshine, but overall the service is fantastic with a smile to reinforce why most people like it here so much.
The town that I used to live in in Washington State closed down at midnight. In Thailand, every night can be an extended Friday night if you want, and there’s always something to do or a festival to attend.
I rarely read about how non-aggressive the Thai people are, but I find them to be very peaceful as a whole. Unless a Thai is desperate and very intoxicated, it’s pretty rare for them to commit acts of violence, as being passive and non-confrontational is part of the Buddhists culture. It’s evident that America is basically a thug-culture, unfortunately. The “hero’s” that the youth tend to idolize are usually from the NFL (No Felon Left-behind), and the video games bought are thug related. Grand Theft Auto V, the record-breaking sales phenomenon, is a perfect example.
Thailand has affordable, modern health care. American as well as other western governments tout that their healthcare is the greatest, but that’s a misnomer. Never is a mention of how inefficient and expensive it is. And American’s have a train wreck coming their way, known as Obamacare, which will likely make their healthcare system even worse.
Have you ever heard of getting a good, Korean massage? Or a relaxing Uruguayan massage? Thai massages are the best and most famous of any country. Not only can a one-hour Thai massage be had for $5 (in Chiang Mai), it’s healthy and gives you energy for hours afterwards. Of course there are oil massage options, as well as “special” massages in many parlors– whatever type of massage tickles your fancy, you can find it in Thailand.
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Tom has written an informative and entertaining book about Thailand. It has been recommended that every Thailand newbie should read it before visiting, and every person who likes a good “travel yarn” will find it to be a page-turner. It’s titled: The Amazing Stories of Tom in Thailand. Click here to preview for free or to download