Do You Want Your Beer Opened?

Thailand doesn’t have what Americans call ‘container laws’, you can drink a beer pretty much anywhere. I’m 47 years old, there isn’t a great deal of naughty to be found in drinking a beer, but walking out of 7 Eleven with a nice cold beer, opened, feels naughty, and the beer tastes just a bit better for it.

The pinnacle of the service oriented culture found in Thailand might just be the 7 Eleven employee always asking ‘burt mai?’ when you but a beer, ‘burt’ means ‘open’. Really, you’ll open that bottle of beer for me? Right here in the store?

If you see a 47 year old man walking around with a smile most commonly seen on a 16 year old, check his hand, likely he’s just walked out of 7 Eleven with a cold beer, opened.

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About faranginbangkok

Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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