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  • Unusual & Funny Things in Phuket

    Phuket Attractions

    Every country has its idiosyncrasies. What is unusual to a visitor can be quite normal to a local and vice versa.

    Thailand is no exception and has its fair share of quirks and unusual sides. Here are our Top Ten Thai out-of-the-ordinary sights you will see here.

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    Beer on the Rocks
    Beer with Ice in Phuket

    In Thailand, beer needs to be refreshed with ice cubes otherwise it goes warm within minutes.What could be considered as a lack of taste in Europe is widely practiced in most local bars. Try it out and you will discover a new way to appreciate your brew...

    Soaked Policemen on Songkran Day
    Soaked Policemen on Songkran Day in Phuket

    On Songkran Day, Thailand becomes a huge water battleground. Even the police have no choice in the matter and they get soaked. Can you imagine throwing ice-cold water at a policeman back home?

    Read more about Songkran Festival.


    Some local restaurants in Thailand don’t bother with the formality of table napkins: a simple roll of toilet paper in a container does the trick quite nicely, thank you… Read More...


    Obtaining a motorcycle driving licence is very easy in Thailand and the exam would be considered somewhat of joke in the West. When it rains, you can often see people riding their bikes holding an umbrella in one hand to keep them dry with seeming little or no consideration for the risks they are running such as altered visibility and wind factor. So it's perhaps no surprise that Thailand ranks among the three highest countries in the world in terms of road accident statistics. Read More...

    Gasoline in Whisky Bottles
    Gasoline in Whisky Bottles

    Gas stations are not always easy to find in some areas. Even in Phuket it is recommended to fill your vehicle up before heading out. So some local people have found a simple way to make a bit of money while helping other drivers; they sell gasoline in whisky bottles. You can spot these colourful and somewhat misleading displays in front of houses or small shops here and there.

    Beach Chairs Made of Plastic Blue Pipes
    Beach Chairs Made of Plastic Blue Pipes

    Ingeniosity rules! If you are a hotel owner and do not have enough money to invest in proper beach chairs, you will need a budget solution.

    And here it is: Collect the spare plastic plumbing left over from your hotel bathroom construction and build your own sun loungers...

    Bamboo Scaffolders
    Bamboo Scaffolders

    Bamboo scaffolding secured by rope, no safety harnesses; builders, painters and window cleaners among many others daily risk their life at work.

    Indeed, for small Thai companies 'Safety at Work' is by and large still just a 'western concept'...

    Parasailing 'Instructor'
    Parasailing 'Instructor'

    On Phuket's beaches, parasailing is a must if you want to see things from above. As most people coming to Phuket are not exactly experts, an ‘instructor’ will accompany you.

    The only trouble is that he’s completely unattached – and we don’t mean romantically, either. If he falls, you’ll have to figure out how to land yourself…

    Rubber Strips on Truck Wheels
    Rubber Strips on Truck Wheels

    Do you know why Thai truck drivers attach rubber strips above each wheel of their vehicles? To hang their hammock from them when they stop for the night? Nope.

    The answer is that it’s an easy way to keep their tyres clean and black. When the truck rolls, the rubber stripes remove the dust and mud. Clever, eh?

    Trucks Overloaded with Workers
    Trucks Overloaded with Workers

    Thai construction workers have enough dangers to deal with on the worksite without needing more but unfortunately just getting to work is a major hazard. Construction bosses think nothing of cramming their entire work force (women included) into the back of small trucks or even pickups. Every morning and evening you will see vehicles, straining and creaking under the weight of workers, all looking remarkably cheerful, considering that sardines have it better.

    Weights Made from Cement
    Weights Made from Cement

    Ingeniosity rules again! How to stay fit if you live in a remote area, far from the ultra-modern fitness clubs available in cities and hotels?

    Why, simply build your own weights! Just take some cement, a metal bar and you'll be all set to pump iron, big boy.

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