Sawadee Ka! (Hello in Thai)
Being black in Thailand is an…interesting experience. It was for sure, 100% a welcomed break from life in the States. A respite, if you will.
I’ve heard some horror stories and some interesting accounts of the experiences of people of color in Thailand and in countries outside of the US in general. Everyone’s journey is different. Let me tell you about mine.
I, a black american woman, highly recommend Thailand to anyone currently feeling the weight and toxic atmosphere that surrounds the black community. Pressure from within and from outside forces. I wouldn’t say I didn’t feel black while I was there but I didn’t feel like my blackness was viewed as a flaw or something to downplay. I felt like I could just be myself, wear my hair the way I want, walk down the street without worry that my skin tone would potentially cause problems for me that I didn’t solicit or deserve. The difference is very noticeable.
While I personally haven’t had any distressing situations with the police back home, it’s still a daily thought. The visuals are so prevalent in the media, on Facebook. Literally, everywhere you look. I have had minimal interaction with the police in Asia and none of them were negative. Not having to concern my thoughts with that feels amazing.
Outside of that, just about everyone else is friendly, courteous, and helpful. I can’t complain, at all.
There are some drawbacks to being even more of a minority in a foreign land. Ladies, this one is for you. Any of your beauty products, particularly hair care and other specialty items, you won’t find them here. No kankelon hair, no hair mayonaise, no bonnets, no edge control, no nothin’. So bring it with you! If you plan to stay a while and will potentially run out at some point, make good with someone back home who will be willing to ship them to you.
To wrap it up, I couldn’t praise the Thai lifestlye more. I felt at peace, at home, and I loved it. I’ll definitely be returning, hopefully something a little more #beachvibes next time!
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