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Sometimes, something happens that goes a long way toward restoring your faith in humanity and Thailand and the Thai people.

Yesterday, I was walking up Suk Soi 7 toward the beer garden.  I don't know what happened, but I stumbled, couldn't recover, and went down hard in the street.  I saw a motorcycle avoid me once I picked my head up.

Before I knew it, before I even had time to start thinking about how I was going to get up, there were people around me, asking if I was OK, helping me up.  I finally counted four men and one woman.  They got me stood up.  I had some scrapes, bleeding.  Someone found paper towels somewhere, they helped me clean up, and one of them then walked with me to the beer garden and saw me safely to a stool.

The beer garden dek serve found a towel and then their box of plasters, and we finished the cleanup and bandaging job.

TIT.  Thank God.

The Thais are still some of the most wonderful people on the planet.

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43 minutes ago, baa99 said:

... and then found my wallet, watch, and mobile missing.:monkey:

Nope.

None of the above.  Watch was still on my wrist, wallet still in my pocket, mobile still back in my hotel room, room key still in pocket.

You're jaded.  I was surprised.  And grateful.

 

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There was a local cleanup here that one needed to take a boat to.  Big event, lots of kids, government workers, governor speeches, etc.  Out of maybe 1,000 there were 2 other falangs besides me.

 

Getting out of the boat, coming back after the event, I stumbled and fell on the dock (embarrassing, had boats most my life).  I was fine, but 5-6 Thais (I'm kind of big) helped me up, grabbed my arm, and wouldn't let go until well on shore.  I could have done without it, but it was nice.   

I've quite a few other examples of very helpful Thais, funny how these are all outside tourist areas!!

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I used to get lost in Tokyo, school girls would queue to help me and try their English.

In Laos, most folk I come across, would help you and invite you home for a meal, such is the relative scarcity of Farangs living there.

In Surin, Thailand I was sitting on a bench outside a shopping mall and I musta looked sad (waiting for then wife who was shopping),  a robed monk stopped and had a talk for 30 minutes and cheered me up no end, I honestly believe he had 'the force', not that I believe in 'the force', but if any one has got it, it's him.

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Another was China in the early 1980s.

The Chinese would come up to me and start rubbing my hairy arm....555...maybe they thought it was good luck or something to do that?

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When I came here in 1973, Farangs were rare outside of Bangkok and the towns near US military bases. If a group of Thai men saw you, they'd call you over and insist that you had a few drinks with them. Once they realised you could speak Thai, they'd be asking you all sorts of questions. Foreigners were a novelty back then and always attracted attention. I'm a six footer, but one of my friends was 6' 3" and another 6 4". If we walked down the street together, Thais would stop and stare. That's when the average Thai guy probably wasn't more than 5' 6", if that. Nowadays, a foreigner is usually no big deal, and I've had a few male students who were taller than I am.

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