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1. Posted by dar egan (Budding Member 67 posts) 9y

hey people,just wondering whats the biggest culture shock for a westener in south east asia? i heard landing in bangkok for the first time is like going to another planet! ive only been to european cities and the states once,so ill get to experience the cultures of thailand,laos,vietnam,cambodia!what was your first time like in se asia?thanks folks for your info!!

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Darren,...
i am from SEA too.....can't really help....
But when i go to western countries, i had a cultural shock too......

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Dar Egan:)

I find the biggest culture shock in Thialand is what is perceived as good or bad maners.
There are so many things that are perfectly normal to do here in Europe, that are bad maners in Thailand.

Mel

4. Posted by t-trippin (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

Hey Dar

SQUAT TOILETS!!

I visited S.E.A. for the first time this year. As a lone female traveller I was very aprehensive about the different cultures and what would be expected of me. I'm very concious about not offending people, so I read up on what was and was not acceptable in each country I visited.

Landing in Bangkok wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. If you've travelled alone before, or are savy, you'll have no problems. Just relax and take your time. A little bit of research goes a long way.

Part of visiting Asia is to experience the different cultures, you might feel uncomfortable, or strange, but you'll look back and think WoW.

I learnt so much about myself. I got into some sticky situations but now I can remember and laugh.

Enjoy.

5. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

I thought most tourist-y places had western toilets - was this being optimistc?

We will be going off the beaten track and I know not to expect creature comforts there(and have been warned to carry toilet roll in my backpack!)

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting clarife

I thought most tourist-y places had western toilets - was this being optimistc?

Most touristy places in Thailand do, but not all.
U will get used to the squat toilets. They are no more uncomfortable than peeing in the woods. ;)

Mel

7. Posted by TunaOK (Budding Member 107 posts) 9y

Most asians are very warm and friendly...dont be suprise by thier over friendliness..

8. Posted by MishMish (Budding Member 44 posts) 9y

After Thailand, Malaysia, and China....I came to the conclusion that squat toilets are probably cleaner than western toilets.

Imagine a lady sitting on the filth, if they had western toilets! I have, in Hong Kong, used very dirty western style toilets, and trying to hover above the seat without touching anything else is REALLY HARD!!!

In Malaysia, with a western toilet, i was wearing overalls....which meant as I was trying to hover above the toilet, the front part fell and touched the ground. All my money, and camera, fell out of my overall pocket...onto a poo/wee filled floor!!!!

With squatting, although dirty, I dont have to touch anything but myself!

Culture shock: fried cockroaches in Thailand and huge lizard like things (bigger than my dog!) in Malaysia

9. Posted by Darren7 (Budding Member 63 posts) 9y

I hope you have a very small dog because my girlfriend will freak if there are massive lizards running around when we arrive in Malaysia in December!

10. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Quoting Darren7

I hope you have a very small dog because my girlfriend will freak if there are massive lizards running around when we arrive in Malaysia in December!

I found Lizards to be my best friend in Thailand . The Mozzies didn't stand a chance . I actually welcomed them.They wont come near you anyway, they just sit in corners .There good to have in your room.