I’m 40s from Thailand. These are what I’ve learnt from staying in the US.
Tourism, Cultures and Society
- Rain coat that they provide at Niagara fall are made in Thailand.
- Farang are not the same. American and European and others are not the same.
- Texas is big. There are many big towns in this state. Not everyone wear boots walking around. They drive car on streets. They don’t ride horses on the street.
- New York is not too big but New York city and upstate New York is not the same.
- When someone said “I live in New York.” It doesn’t mean one lives in New York City. New York state and New York City are totally different.
- Fish with head is the weird thing to eat. They mostly sell fish that already cut in a supermarket.
- “Apartment” in the US is totally different from “Apartment” in Thailand. … Absolutely, it’s more luxury.
- Buying things online is very very and very easy.
- The delivery guy might leave mails, parcels, boxes in front of your door without any worry.
- They have zoning in most of areas in a town. There are residence area, business area, etc.
- If you know that you are from Thailand please prepare to answer this question. Do you do Muay Thai?
- Just say “hello” is not enough, you need to say “how’re you?” as well. Even though nobody want to know the answer.
- You might answer “pretty good”, “good”, “I’m doing well”
- Don’t forget to ask back, it’s a polite way to do.
- Mc Donald is a cheap food.
- In different states they have their own laws. Please learn before you move in.
- Americans society is more conservative than I thought I knew.
- There are a lot of Vietnamese descendants in the US.
- NYC is awesome. If you visit US you have to visit NYC.
- Austin is awesome. If you visit Texas you have to visit Austin.
- Austin is a hipster town. But I would say Chiang Mai is more hipster town. (in my opinion)
- Most of business transactions you could do it online.
- There are some good deals in outlet. Let’s try.
- You don’t need to worry (a lot) when you’re driving in your lane. Mostly American don’t cut off in front of you.
- There are much more car brand in the market that you choose.
- The price compares to the cost of living is cheaper than Thailand.
- There are “Speed limit” in every road.
- It’s very slow to drive under speed limit. Comparing to driving in Thailand which the speed limit are not (very) enforcement.
- GPS makes your lives easier. It’s worth to invest. Choose one that have “lane assist”, it makes your lives much more easier.
- Driving without a driver licence is a very serious issue. Don’t try to do that.
- Driving in the US is easier than driving in Thailand.
- There were only couple car accidents when I drove from NY to TX. It is almost 2000 miles (3000 km).
- I drive slower in the US than driving in Thailand but it is less tired.
- Americans (those I know) tends to do everything 100%.
- Americans (those I know) don’t know to “just play”. They like to compete with everything they do.
- Also they like to win.
- However they respect the lose.
- Americans who I’ve met they follow and respect the rules, laws, and other people’s rights.
- They like to mow the lawn so much.
- Also because of doing that they like to use a blower to blow grasses too.
- Most of the time when Americans know that you are from Thailand the next topic of the conversation would be Thai food.
- Some Americans still confuse between Thailand and Taiwan.
- Some don’t even know where the Thailand is.
- Educated people tends to understand Thai accent more than some people in a very country area. Oh, yes. It’s because they haven’t heard this accent before.
- Americans easier understand Indian accent (from India) more than Thai accent. Oh, yeah. There are more Indian people than Thai people in the States.
- They may equally know Burma to Thailand.
- The hospital is the biggest place in the town that people work with.
- There is a gym that’s called Clark sport center.
- The nearest Asian supermarket is in Utica but the one in Albany is bigger.
- The road condition in Houston is terrible. Really horrible.
- The museum of fine art is open for free on Thursday.
- The medical center area is safe enough to take a walk after 5pm. However use your common sense.
- There are many public tennis courts in the town. Fleming park and Weir park are my favorites.
- Houston is a good place to live but it’s not a very good place for a tourist. There are not much too see.
- There is only one light-rail in Houston. (2014)
- H-Mart has many good Korean food shop.
- Viet Hua is a good place to find Thai ingredients.
- There is a Thai grocery couple miles up from the downtown.
- Every apartments have their own pool. (I’m pretty sure)
- The rodeo show is a big event in Houston. Don’t miss it!
Thais in the US
- Some Thais like to call themselves as “Karen lives in USA” to make them look inferior, immature, and naive to the modern world. It’s annoying me every time I hear it. Surely, it’s racist.
(to be continue)