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Farang Farang! – Foreigners in Thailand

When crossing the streets of Thailand you might get a lot of eyes on you. Reasonable since you might look quite different than Thai people. Especially in areas where people are not that used to foreigners, they will look at an talk about you. You might not understand that much of what is said, but one word will be repeated quite often. Farang. Farang (spoken: Falang).

farang - guave

When you google for Farang, different pictures might come up. On one hand a farang is a fruit (guave). Tastes quite ok – pretty good when dipped into salt (at least I liked it that way). On the other hand farang is a word for foreigners from Europe, America, Australia…western people. It describes the ‘long nose’ & foreign attitude. So when you walk around Thailand and happen to listen to Thais and they use the word falang, smile and let them know, that you understand that they are talking about you….they will start laughing and you are going to have fun conversation.

Do not be upset or angry since this won’t change anything. Furthermore farang is a common phrase and does not have a ‘bad meaning’ everytime it is said. Only when it comes to old Europeans with young Thai women it might sound a little discriminating.

Sascha Funk

Founder / Editor at My-Thai.org
Sascha is the publisher of my-thai.org and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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