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7 Thailand quotes that explain why people love this country

7 Thailand quotes that explain why people love this country

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You have to try really, really hard not to love Thailand. Everyone has their reasons – food, red lights, islands, jungles, temples…

Here’s the essence of Thailand in a few heart-warming, honest quotes that explain why foreigners adore this country in Southeast Asia.

1. In essence, the Thai people are not materialistic at all. They’re not in the least driven by the kind of ambition that drives us. The more I got to know them, and the more time I spent with them, the more I understood that this was a totally legitimate attitude to life, and why not? John Burdett

2. Bangkok, like Las Vegas, sounds like a place where you make bad decisions. Todd Phillips

3. How I love Bangkok! It’s so teeming with everything that should be forbidden. I’m not just talking about the sex trade. I also mean the ways of driving, the ways of putting up buildings, environmental management arrangements, the continual attention of con artists and snatch-thieves, and the quaint local custom of peeing in side-streets. John Dolan

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4. Bangkok is also safe. If you see anybody wearing camouflage holding a machete, don’t be scared. They sell coconuts. Bobby Lee

5. Just studying Buddhism, then meditating and going to Buddhist monasteries, talking to Buddhist monks, combined with the Thai people themselves, changed the way I look at the world. John Burdett

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6. I landed in 1980 in Bangkok, and I stopped to eat ten times between the airport and the hotel. It was all lemongrass and ginger and chilies. Jean-Georges Vongerichten

7. Bangkok, though, is a rejuvenating tonic; the people seem to have found the magic elixir. Life, a visitor feels, has not been wasted on the Thais. Bernard Kalb 

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