Thailand Tidbits

Some random Thailand observations I’ve jotted down over the last few weeks…oh, and my two little toes are DEFINITELY broken. Buddy tape for the (slow) win.

Mall Culture – this one is for Southeast Asia as a whole, really. Many of the locals shop/have always shopped at the plentiful street markets. This is slowly morphing into the indoor street market of the modern shopping mall. It’s the next logical step, really. Which explains why there are SO MANY malls, why there is so much money put into them, and why everyone shops there.

Doppelgangers – Every few days I see someone who, for a split second, looks just like a friend or family member. Usually it’s just a trick of the brain, but some people REALLY look similar to someone I know. It’s strange how someone on the other side of the planet just so happens to share so much physical appearance to someone I’ve known for years. Makes me a little homesick sometimes.

Power Grid – I’ve taken a few pictures of this. It seems the entire country runs on extension cords and overloaded circuits. On Phi Phi, for example, power just goes out sometimes. Even in the big cities, walking by power poles you can hear a loud and forboding buzz. I’ve seen people shimmy up the power poles to plug cords in and then across the spanned wires. It’s a wonder more folks don’t get hurt.
Speaker Trucks – Ingenious idea. Since most folks ride scooters around, they don’t hear radio. Many companies have pickups that wander the streets with HUGE speakers in the back telling of the latest Muy Thai matches or other advertisements. It’s quite effective, too; I followed one for a few minutes on the scooter I rented on Ko Samui. You can’t turn it off!

No Freeways – There are some highways around, but very few. Dirt road detours, odd two-lane junctions in the middle of nowhere, and lanes that don’t support the size of the vehicles. I’ve really grown to appreciate the developed road infrastructure we have at home.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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1 Response to Thailand Tidbits

  1. Lory Martin says:

    "Vote for Goldie Wilson!" "Goldie Wilson for Hill Valley Mayor!" He's gonna clean up this town.

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