Tuesday, July 19, 2011

East and west at the beach

Jomtien Beach
Samae Beach on Koh Larn
When living in a foreign land, noting cultural differences can be interesting. One of big cultural differences between Thai and western cultures happens at the beach where Thai people have nearly opposite habits to us westerners. First of all, Thai people do not go to beach for sun, they go for the food, having a deep love for seafood. When staying at a beach town, if they make it to the beach at all, it will be late in the day when the sun is not so strong. Of course there is good reason for this, Thailand is a tropical country and very hot and humid most of the year, so keeping out of the sun is a smart thing to do and the seafood is a good excuse to get away. As we know as westerners, the prime time for worshiping the sun is from 10 am to 4 pm, exactly the times that you will not see Thai on the beach.

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