Bangkok is unique in many ways and there’s a lot of weird and unusual things that become “normal” after you lived in the city for a few years.
So to highlight some of them, I asked my friends and followers who live in Bangkok, Thais and expats, to list some of these unique things that make sense only in Bangkok (and Thailand) and that makes living here so special.
Here are their answer
You know you live in Bangkok when…
- Guys look hotter than girls.
- You feel like it’s normal to shop at 3 am (Hello 7 Eleven and Foodland 😁).
- You get a massage every week.
- 34°C is business as usual. 🥵
- You don’t have any cloth for winter.
- You cancel meetings because of the rain and nobody gets upset about it.
- You feel like 120฿ (4$) is expensive for a Pad Thai.
- Food hurts going in as much as it hurts going out. 🌶
- The taxi is asking for 200฿ (6$) and you feel like he is ripping you off. 🚖
- Carrying an entire house and family on the back of a motorcycle is normal. 🛵
- You send a messenger to pick up anything that is more than 500 meters away.
- You know how to spell Chaengwattana and Suvarnabhumi.
- Red lights are only recommendations. 🚦
- You drink beer with ice. 🍻
- A gogo bar is just another bar to have a drink after work.
- You leave your motorbike with the key and your helmet on it when you go to 7 Eleven and it is still there when you come back.
- Your friends in the US and Europe think you live in China. 😂
- The end of the month comes along and you notice an unusual amount of police checks have popped up. 🚨
- You were used to wearing a face mask way before COVID 19.
- You don’t move to a new condo unless there is a 7 Eleven at less than 500 meters.
- It takes one full day to visit every shop in a mall.
- You accept that “Thai logic” like having someone hand you a ticket from an automatic machine. 🎟
- You’re stuck in traffic for 2 hours across a 1 km distance. 🥵
- It’s cheaper to eat outside than to cook yourself. 🍚
- Sometimes you need to ask 10 taxis before one accepts to put the meter.
- You can spend 4,000฿ into a dinner one day and 40฿ the next day. 🤷♂️
- Monday is ladies night, Tuesday is ladies night, Wednesday is ladies night…
- Saturday is for pool parties.
- Boxes of good wine cost more than a house. 🍷
- You think Khaosan road and Tuk Tuks are only for tourists.
- You know what time and days you can’t buy alcohol.
- Line, Grab and Foodpanda are the apps you use the most.
- The Festival season is 12 months.
- Your favorite thing after a night out is a ham and cheese from 7 Eleven.
- You forget your card in the ATM because in Thailand they give you the money first and then the card. 🏧
- You know where to find sex toys. 🔞
- You can’t remember the last time you fell in danger late at night.
- You know Kha/Khap doesn’t mean “Yes, I get it”. 😅
- You know where to go after 2 am when most clubs close.
- There’s no such thing as breakfast, lunch, dinner but only “I’m hungry, let’s eat”.
- You can easily tell the difference between Thais from Bangkok, from the north, from the south, Korean, Chinese, Japanese…
- You always order rice with Thai food.
- Cockroaches and geckos are your neighbors wherever you go.
- You often need to get out of the city but you miss it after a few days.
- You’ve been to 7 Eleven in pyjamas in the middle of the night.
- You don’t go to a buffet unless it’s 50% off on Eatigo.
- Everybody has to take a picture of their dish, the table, the group, and the restaurant before you can touch your food. 😂
- It’s too hot to walk. 🌡
- You know where to find good street food in the middle of the night.
- Even though life here is challenging sometimes, you don’t want to live anywhere else.
And we could keep this list go on forever.
Now before you roast me, please keep in mind that they’re not all from me.
But I stand by all of them.
And if anything gets you offended, get a sense of humor.
We all love this city and that’s just one of the many ways to show it.
Now if you want to know more about what it’s like to live in Bangkok, here are all my posts about life in Bangkok.
And if you’re just passing by for holidays, check my travel guide that contains recommendations about what to do, where to stay and where to party in Bangkok.
Now over to you.
Which one is your favorite?
What would add?
You know you live in Bangkok when…