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In fact, Thais and Laos have an interesting intermix in culture and in history. Add in the Bangkok Chinese owning most of everything and there are some real dynamics going on. Actually, rural provincial people anywhere in Thailand tend to be salt of the earth people, no chips on the shoulder, and fun. Having fun, sanuk, is a big deal for many Isan people. Finances go up and down, but the Isan people laugh and keep driving their tuktuks, driving their taxis and plowing their rice fields.
For those new to Thailand Lao is a separate language as Portuguese is from Spanish.
In fact, there are a lot of different languages, cultures and peoples. The predominate bunch now, though, are the Isan people. They call them farang khee nok , or literally "bird shit westerners. And while Thais will tell you that the definition is affectionate, let me be the one to shatter that illusion -- it's cruel and probably right on target. I was a proud farang khee nok staying in guest houses populated by eager young Americans, Europeans and Aussies taking gap years to see the world. Those same guest houses were home to hipsters who sat around smoking dope and strumming guitars.
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I found them tedious; there are only so many times one can listen to Neil Young's Comes A Time without contemplating suicide. One night there was a group of hipsters next to me enjoying their fruit shakes while a Thai guide was explaining to them: "While you're here, you must see the Floating Nun. She is number one! I immediately looked up from my copy of Murder on the Orient Express.
She prays and meditates. It's truly unique, and she reaches a deep state of meditation by doing it.
And she floats! She doesn't sink! It's incredible! I have to admit I love such attractions. It is probably how I ended up at the Dwarf Restaurant in Manila a number of years ago, or how I am a regular patron of an eatery not far from my Bangkok home called the Flying Chicken Restaurant.
Order a chicken and before they serve it to you they set it on fire, ring a bell, turn on disco lights then catapult the flaming chicken through the air onto a spike on a helmet worn by a man riding a unicycle. In all my life I had only ever heard of The Flying Nun , my favourite TV show as a kid in which Sally Field played a nun who, whenever the wind blew, managed to tilt her headwear and was able to fly through the air.
It's the kind of idea one can only think up after limoncello and Xanax. She performed her ethereal aquatics at a temple called Wat Tham Mangkorn Thong. The temple was a tourist attraction with sparkling Buddha images but I wasn't there for those.
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