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Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Bangkok, Thailand

Aug 15, 2016

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Bangkok, Thailand

An expat who moved to Bangkok appreciated that most people in Thailand don't interfere in other peoples' lives. He also appreciated that Thai people respect their elders.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Bangkok

Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?

No

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If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?

Learned after I got here

Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?

No

How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?

I didn't experience any

Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?

No

What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.

None of the above

What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?

Few busybodies, do-gooders and bleeding hearts interfering in the lives of other people. Respect for elders.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

I didn't find anything particularly challenging, but I made up my mind that I would study the culture, behavioral characteristics to try and understand the differences, and there are many.

Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!

I probably inadvertently butchered the language, but the Thai were too polite to criticize.

Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?

Learn the do's and don'ts and review them periodically. Don't interfere in the personal lives of the hosts unless specifically request to help.

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