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The Farang




Farang or falang is the Thai name for people with white skin, both tourists and people living in Thailand. People with black skin are often called farang dam, which means "black farang". The word farang is a neutral word, so there is no need to feel insulted if someone call you this, or describe you as such one. (although the word of course can be used with a "negative sense") Farang also means Guava (the fruit), and maan farang means potato.

The origin of the word is disputed. Some believes the word originates from français, which Thai pronounces as farangset. Another theory tells that the word is a loan-word from Persian, in which "farang" means Franks (Germanic federations around the river of Rehn). A third theory mean that it originates from Arabic. Almost similar names describes white skinned people in many Asian countries.




Farang walking on the beach
BEACH STROLLING ON HAD RIN BEACH - Photo by Jens W, Yenit.com



The farang has spent a lot of time in Thailand when he/she...



(Note... This is just a playful trifle around "culture differences")

...bows when he/she pass older sitting people.

...has mostly Luk Thung and other Thai music in his/her iPod.

...understands the headlines in Thairath and Daily News.

...goes to a restaurant with his friends, who shares all food and end up in a karaoke club.

...drinks Black Label with lots of ice and soda water.

...not think that four people on a motorbike is "sensational".

...wakes up and wants rice soup and an omelet instead of corn flakes, toast and coffee.

...thinks that loud people has to be at least a little "uncivilized".

...calls the capital Krung Thep, without reflecting on it.

...would never walk more than 500 meters if it's not absolutely necessary.

Night fishing on the beach
SITTING ON THE BEACH AT SUNSET - Photo by Jens W, Yenit.com



...thinks it's ok to take a nap at work, if it's nothing to do at the moment anyway.

...ask people about lucky numbers before the government lottery drawing.

...thinks it's natural to eat Som Tam so spicy that you cry.

...thinks it's more important to have symbols in the rear-view mirror than a safety belt.

...showers twice a day, even if he/she works in an air conditioned environment.

...would never wear shorts in a restaurant.

...smiles slightly embarrassed if seeing women sunbathing topless.

...almost never spends time at the beach. But if, it will (of course) be in the shadow.

...thinks that the family is the most important factor in life.

...has a long sleeved shirt when it is 35 degrees Celsius.

...collects Buddha Amulets instead of stamps.

...know the name of all 76 provinces.

...thinks buffalo fighting and cockfighting is more important than soccer.

..."smiles" when he/she gets angry.

...thinks it is as natural to sit on the floor, as in a chair.

...thinks about food if seeing a chicken or even a frog.




Tourist below the Thai flag
BEHIND THE THAI FLAG - Photo by Jens W, Yenit.com



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