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15 Weird and Funny Things in Phuket (and Thailand)

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Living in Phuket for so many years has brought a lot of fun sights, and we should get used to them. But sometimes we smile (or clench teeth) when we witness one of the following weird or strange things. We are not only talking about the good old ‘Phuket Vegetarian Festival‘ of course: these 16 strange things we encounter regularly. We all get shocked the first time, then it just becomes part of our landscape, and we could easily add another dozen without hesitation.


1. Throwing Water at Cops

Every year in April, the Songkran water throwing ritual starts rather gently in Phuket Town in the morning, turning into a full-scale water dogfight in the afternoon in Patong, Kata and Karon. It usually goes on in a hectic, gigantic wet war zone in Bangla Road until late at night. No one will stay dry, not even the cops! Read more about Songkran in Phuket


2. Ice in Beer

A little weird habit that will shock you at first, but will start making a lot of sense if you live here long enough and get tired of drinking warm beer. Some people never get used to it though.


3. Second Hand Shoe Shop

Or should we say ‘Second Foot Shoe Shop’? This kind of trade is probably the weirdest and oddest kind I ever saw (and smelled), but it is a general business in Thailand. Go and see it for yourself at the Phuket Weekend Market. I suspect if your shoes are stolen in front of your house one night, you might be able to buy then back here. (Remember, we don’t wear shoes inside Thai houses, so if you have a brand new pair of Nike, don’t leave them outside all night 🙂


4. Driving in the Rain with an Umbrella

There is not much to say about that one, just appreciate the technique: drive fast on a wet road, with no helmet, often only with one hand as the other hand is holding an umbrella against the wind. Anyway, with the rain in your face, you can’t open your eyes, can you?


5. Sleeping on a Bike

Looks comfy and easy? Do try this at home!


6. Gasoline in Whiskey Bottles by the Road

Don’t get fooled when driving past some bars along the streets. The bottles you see on a table by the roadside might not be what you expect! It is very common in Thailand to sell gasoline by the litre in glass bottles as you see it on the photo. Don’t try to drink it!


7. Tuk Tuk Fish Spa

Fish Spa


8. Garbage Made of Recycled Tires

Thailand started to recycle old tires long ago, and it is very common to see these round bins along the roadside. It’s pretty well done and it might not strike you at first, but yes, these are tires smartly stripped and rearranged into trash bins, with its stand, handles and lid. And they last!


9. Rubber Strips to Clean your Tires

Since we are talking about tires, here is a little trick that works well. Hanging a dozen of recycled rubber strips next to each of your tires will continuously clean them and keep them shiny black! Now I wonder if the solution is not uglier than the problem.


10. Helmet Abandoned on the Road

helmet-in-phuket

Not to worry, nobody crashed. Phuket people are sometimes so resistant to safety laws, lots of motorcyclists just store their helmet in the front basket. A cop in sight? Not to worry: pop the helmet on your head, smile and drive by. Few meters further, remove and put it back into the basket! But often while driving on a road bump, the helmet bounces off the basket and crashes on the floor. Leave it there; it was just made of cheap plastic anyway!


11. Four on a Bike (or 5)

Riding a Motorbike in Phuket

It’s such a common sight here to see three people on a bike. It’s not legal, but that would mean stop a lot of bikes to do something about it. Now, how about four on a bike? Yes, it does fit, I once saw four cops in ununiform on a motorcycle! None of them was wearing a helmet anyway!


12. Bamboo Scaffolds


13. Jellyfish Bathing

jelly-fish4

Yes there is such place in the north of Phuket called Haad Pak Phra Beach, where a group of fishermen clean jellyfishes all day to dry and resell on a Bangkok market for culinary purpose. And the easiest way to do this cleaning operation? Sit in the middle of it and do the job on the spot. Weird and kind of smelly too. Read more


14. A Branch on the Road

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It’s not a decoration; it’s a warning signal! Some hills in Phuket are treacherous and steep, old cars or trucks often can’t make it to the top and have to stop in dangerous curves. A triangle would be costly or complicated to collect once you got lucky enough to restart. So be smart: break a nearby a leafy branch and drop it a few meters away from your troubled vehicle! Abandon it there once you leave, who cares anyway! read about the Art of Driving in Phuket


15. Dogs Sleeping on the Road

dog

This is something I never saw anywhere else. You are driving at night on a curvy dark road and suddenly, right in the middle of the road is a dead dog! Your first reaction is, of course, to break hard to avoid it, or if you are a good Samaritan like us, you might even stop to check if the dog is still alive. As soon as you approach the dog will raise a lazy head with an expression like ‘who dares intrude in my bedroom!’ The dog is very much alive and enjoys the warm asphalt, knowing very well that cars will avoid him!

15 Weird and Funny Things in Phuket (and Thailand)
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