12 Moments Every Backpacker Experiences in Thailand

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1. When you encounter your first Ladyboy

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2. When you encounter your first squat toilet

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3. When you rent a scooter with no previous experience and use your passport as collateral

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4. When you realize the food is spicier than you anticipated

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5. When you pretend you can understand Thai

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6. When they try to give you a bag and straw for your beer at 7 Eleven

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7. When someone tells you they’re going to take the overnight bus/train journey from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani

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8. When you see a bum gun for the first time and not sure what it’s used for

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9. When you first see “sky lanterns” during Loy Krathong

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10. When you discover buckets of alcohol

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11. When a local first greets you with a “Wai”

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 12. When you realize it’s time to go home and you’re going to miss this wonderful country

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