Oh no! You have a flat tire on your motorbike! What can you do? Well you can push it to your mechanic OR…
Do you know that you can get your motorbike tire repaired wherever you are.
One of the great things about Chiang Mai be able to get around on the motorbike but what happens if your tire is flat? well it’s very easy to just give someone a call and they will come to you and fix your tire.
These pics were taken all over Chiang Mai!
It’s called a ba yarng (ปะยาง), a motorbike tire fixer. they are all over the place and the local guy will come and fix you up within about 10 to 15 minutes. And have you back on your motorbike within the hour.
One of the most important things for Thai people is relationship. One of the most important things for relationship with Thai people is eating together. One of the most important things about eating together is eating the right way, so here are some great tips about Thai eating etiquette.
Very important Thai eating rules:
1) Only eat with your RIGHT HAND.
2) A fork and spoon are the usual eating utensils. However, noodles are often eaten with chopsticks.Only use the fork to put food on the spoon.
3) The spoon is held in the right hand and the fork in the left.The fork is used to guide food on to the spoon.
4) Wash your hands before eating.
5) if you are in a homestay, shower before eating (as much as possible).
6) Sticky rice is a hand food! Ball it up, then make it into a pinch pot and use it as a little edible spoon-bowl type thing to eat.
7)When eating, it is considered very rude to blow your nose or to lick you fingers. The right hand must be used to pick up food eaten with the fingers.
8)Most meals are served as buffets or with serving platters in the center of the table family- style.
9)You may begin eating as soon as you are served.
10)Leave a little food on your plate after you have eaten to show that you are full. Finishing everything indicates that you are still hungry.
11)Never leave rice on your plate as it is considered wasteful. The words for food and rice are the same. Rice has an almost mystical significance in addition to its humdrum ‘daily bread’ function.
12)Never take the last bite from the serving bowl.
13)Wait to be asked before taking a second helping.
14)Do not lick your fingers.
Thai people are very tolerant, although they hold strong feelings about certain things, which, as visitors you need to be aware of. This is why understanding Thai culture can help you a great deal. It is important in Thailand to consider how the normal “things you might like to do” will affect others, especially when you are a “tourist” in a new land.
This is a must do for Thailand. If you do not comply it is extremely disrespectful. Take your shoes off before entering the following places, like the inside of a wat, someone’s home, before standing at the same level as the Buddha image, eating on a mat, entering a monk’s quarters, and before going into a temple. A good rule of thumb is that if there are shoes by the door or the entrance, you need to remove your shoes before you enter. It is important not to ignore this custom as the wearing of shoes indoors is considered very ill-mannered.
When entering a Thai person’s house, ALWAYS remove your shoes at the door, even if they say that it is OK not to.
One of the strongest of these feelings is toward the cleanliness of feet and footwear. So it is important to know the following Thai standards –
NEVER put your feet up on anything, even when relaxing.
NEVER point your feet towards anyone or anything.
NEVER step over any object. If possible, move the object “with your hands” or walk around it.
Don’t point the bottom of your feet (bare) at anyone or anything sacred. This is also a very important rule. Specifically, by the culture, pointing a bare heel is very bad and extremely disrespectful. The bottoms of the bare feet are considered the most unholy part of the body.
And there is good cause also Thais accept the fact that bare feet are meant to be dirty.
Thais are very clean and shower sometimes more than three times a day, but the bottom of their feet are always dirty. Squatting toilets only affect the bottom of the feet. This is why the bottom of the feet is unholy so don’t point them at anyone (including pictures and or statues of the Buddha, famous monks, and the king).
Be warned, if you break this rule, even accidentally, Thai people will be disgusted with you. Normally the Thais are very forgiving and understanding but this one is very bad, although may seem silly to you.
The Thai culture is strong with regard to the demonstration of respect toward authority figures, including parents, and anyone who is your senior.
The king of Thailand is very important to the Thai people. He is loved by the Thai people. If you ever drive by statues of the king in Bangkok you may see your taxi driver waiing in the car, out of respect to the king. Do show respect for the king! The Thai people will like you for it! Being disrespectful could land you in some deep trouble. The people here love their King and Queen. You will see their picture in every business and in every house. This is one understanding of Thai culture, that you make sure you “get”.
This is just a sign of respect.If you are tall you should kneel or sit so your head is not above that of the central Buddha image.
Just a cultural note!
Show respect to your elders
It is a Thai custom to wai when you meet people. Hugging and kissing is not appropriate, especially in public. The wai is the meeting of the hands under the chin, or higher, depending on status. You should give a higher wai to a monk, especially an older monk (up to the forehead), a higher wai to old people and your parents (if you’re Thai, which you’d know already). The Buddha deserves the highest wai, the only time one wais above the head. The wai under the chin is to an equal and is the most common. Farangs are normally forgiven if they make a mistake, so don’t worry.You do not return a wai to children, but a nod.
It is easy, entering a foreign culture for the first time, to make mistakes in etiquette. If you do so, just smile, wai the person you may have offended, and you are forgiven.When you consider that shaking hands, and kissing, are perhaps the easiest means of passing germs, the wai, is in fact a suitable greeting.
Revealing clothing, worn by either men or women, is a little disgusting to most Thais. Shor t shorts, low cut dresses and T-shirts and skimpy bathing suits come into this category.
In temples especially, long trousers or skirts must be worn. Do not wear shorts and ladies please dress modestly if you are entering a temple. Most temples will have some suitable items available for hire, if you need them.
Ladies, do not touch monks under any circumstances. If a monk enters a songtaow, please move to the opposite side. Just follow the others in the vehicle.
Don’t touch the top of children’s head
It is considered rude to touch the top of children’s heads. And for that matter the top of anyone’s head. The top of the head is considered to be one of the most holy parts of the body and cannot be to uched by others.
Do not kiss or hug your partner in public
Do show patience with Thai people who speak English
They are speaking a foreign language in their country. How many languages can you speak fluently?
Do tip even if he service is not up to your expectations
The wages here are very low and perhaps there was a misunderstanding that led to your not being completely satisfied with the service.Many people here work 7 days a week and 16 hours a day to support themselves and their families.
If you are in the market for comfortable sandals for men, then you need to head to this stall at the Sunday Night Walking Street Market.
When you go to the Walking Street Market and you really want some good quality, long-lasting, comfortable sandals you should head down towards Wat Chedi Luang and just past the main gate you’ll find little market stall in
the middle of the road with amazing comfortable sandals.
For the past 5 years, this small stall has supplied me with awesome comfortable sandals and I would always recommend them as the place to buy men’s sandals. I have bought about 15 – 20 pairs of shoes from the stall. Over the years on average the shoes last me around about six months plus of everyday use.
They have ladies sandals available as well, but I don’t know how good they really are.
However if you have big feet like me you will probably need to at least order a couple of pairs and give them a week to make them. Maybe you can contact me and I can place an order for you if needed. I take size 44 Thai size which is about 11 or 12 US/UK size. Sizes up to 42 are available anytime.
Here is a comparison between 4 month daily worn sandals (right) and the brand new version(left). The upper is slightly different from the former matte material, but it is still super comfortable and super strong. These sandals can handle anything, they are strong and well made and almost indestructible.
There’s not too much to say about these shoes except that after a week or so, they will be your best friends and you will walk around town all day with them very impressed to have found such comfortable sandals.
You can find the stall in the middle of the road in this area of the Sunday Night Walking Street Markets.