This was a ridiculous moment I have to write about. I’ve not said anything negative about experiences in Thailand much lately – but this was so absurd I immediately shot a video of what happened – and still contemplating putting it on YouTube.
We go to see the Sculpture Park in Nong Khai. It’s a bunch of Buddhas and things made of concrete – but in the old style – almost like you’d see in Cambodia or Ayuddyha. I love taking photos – so we wanted to see it.
I had just had a WTF moment with the woman selling herbal remedies – along with multiple sizes of giant penises – all bigger than reality – I’m guessing. I was almost at the end of the video – filming these things… when I found the king kong penis for 900 THB. Then I saw two holes in the base of the shaft that suggested I could loop a necklace through there. I asked the woman repeatedly – not putting her on camera – but just asking – can I put this on a necklace? She gave me the harshest look and just stared at me… I must have asked 3 times. Finally I gave up and made jokes about it.
Then we go for admission into this sculpture park.
It’s 20 THB for foreigners – and 10 THB for Thais. I don’t mind paying the difference – at least it’s nothing like what the Thailand National Park fees are for foreigners versus Thais. I gave her 40 THB and waited for her to hand back the 10 THB. She didn’t. My wife said – come on – that must be it.
I said, “No, it’s not it – there are two people – me and you.”
I said to the woman – 10 Baht chai mai kup?
She said, No – children are 10 Baht.
I said – my 1 Year Old Daughter is 10 THB?
She said – yes, even babies are 10 THB.
I said – WTF?
I shot the video ridiculing the place.
Let’s see – I cannot remember ever in my entire life seeing a charge for a 1 yr old. Can you?
Wait, I mean – BESIDES Air Asia’s 500 THB charge for our 1 year old – besides that.
Maybe I’ll find a lot more of this as time goes on – I hope not though. Seems like a great way to piss people off.