6 Signs You’ve Been in Thailand Too Long


  1. Bwhahaha I love this. I’ve lived up in Chiang Mai a couple times (usually for a few months at a time), as well as Bangkok, and this post has me giddy about flying back in a couple weeks. I’m weird in that I enjoy all of the above things. Mind you, I haven’t lived in Thailand for four straight years, so my views are a tad skewed. lol

  2. Well, what happened to his foot! ha ha Are you coming home!?

  3. veena says:

    Ha! I am actually working on a post right now called “Signs I Know I’ve Lived in India Too Long”. Many of the same things you’ve mentioned, especially the line about families of 4 and 5 people crammed onto one motorbike to get around town. Anytime I meet someone from Europe or the States who exclaims over something – yesterday it was the number of monkeys – I have to take a step back and remember that it’s not normal life for many of my friends. Great post!

  4. Katie says:

    When I moved to Rayong to teach English, I packed a few jeans and sweaters. People laughed and said I wouldn’t need them, but you know what? I wore them ALL OF THE TIME. It’s so easy to get used to the heat that even the slightest cool makes you freezing! Also still love using my spoon for most food (burritos so far excluded…) 🙂

    • Alana Morgan says:

      I wear skinny jeans still and had a couple cardigans that I wore teaching often! In the “cold” season up north, it does really cool down in the evenings and especially when you’re on the motorbike you want to cover up!

  5. Juju says:

    I remember first being in BKK in 1997 and wearing jeans as all the Thai girls do. The jeans stuck to me I was so hot.
    You know you’ve been there too long when you can wear jeans and not feel sweaty in BKK!

  6. Absolutely brilliant! Laughed out loud to this one. After leaving Asia 18 months ago and living there for 2 years I can totally relate. My favorite is going for Thai food abroad and asking for it spicy then realizing thats like a mild meal in Thailand. Im never sure if that makes me extra weird or just extra bad ass. Im going for the latter. Happy trails! Anna + Oscar x

    • Alana Morgan says:

      Yeah, spice is usually a joke for food prepared for foreigners even in the country. My boyfriend (Thai) has sent things back before asking for more chilies and the people serving will look at me and remind him that I’m not Thai…

  7. Justine says:

    I’ve only been living in Southeast Asia for a little over a year but already I’m becoming such a wimp with the cold. I spent the month of July in California and I got so cold at night. It was literally 70 degrees. What is wrong with me?!

  8. Tamz says:

    Thailand is my go to place in any case. Have visited 5 times in the last two years and still wanna go back for all the crazy times.

    • Alana Morgan says:

      That’s so much! Where’s your favorite place?

      • Tamz says:

        Koh Tao definitely tops the list. Krabi comes a close second ever since I spent a couple of days with some of the local rock climbers there, just experiencing their way of life..I like Phuket too as long as I stay away from Patong Beach. But m going to Chiang Mai on my next Thailand trip.

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