... the question about how to renew visas has become the most common topic in your conversations with other farangs (foreigners).
... you find yourself thinking about buying a scooter.
... besides all the humble politeness and respectfulness towards other human beings that you might have learned in this country, drunk 22 year old english backpackers do heavily go on your nerves by now.
... you are tired of saying sawat dee kha(p) and khop kun kha(p) all day and make a resolution to learn more Thai soon.
... you have begun to speak Thai-English. "100 Baht cannot!", "Shirt small size have?", "Bus go Main Load?", "Today Bangkok can, tomollow same same", etc. It's fun ...
... you have been to Bangkok at least half a dozen times now, without ever intending to do so. It's just always on the way ...
... you notice that, while you cannot imagine that people appreciate everything you do, nobody has ever dared to criticize or openly judge you for anything.
... you notice that, quite contrary to the west, people here have way more sense for Being than for Doing.
... you have forgotten why exactly you ever wanted to go back to the West.
... you begin to understand the importance of refreshment towels.
... you wonder how a country can be so heavily westernized and dependent on tourism and at the same time still so immersed in its own culture and literally disinterested in foreigners. Or is it really just being overly polite and shy?
... you become a little bit disappointed with Thai buddhism. In fact it is almost as superficial as any other religion in any other country. (But still you admit and appreciate that it looks so much nicer from the outside!)
... you notice that people seem to be quite open concerning two issues that are highly neglected and/or repressed in the West: sex and death. You begin to appreciate the fact that christianity has had almost no influence in this country.
... you also notice that people have very little sense of personal responsibility or guilt. Sometimes you wish christianity had had a little more influence in this country!
... you do appreciate the open hearts of the people a lot, while you also notice that this comes with less development of the mind. Literally everyone has problems calculating e.g. 50 plus 70 plus 10 without calculator. And they are very surprised if you've known it without! But that's again kind of cute ...
... you notice that people are still smiling politely and nicely at you when they actually do dislike you a lot.
... you begin to understand how much more important it is being considered here to be polite than to be truthful or honest. Again you discover how unexpectedly strong your original monotheist instincts for truth, individuality and reliability are!
... it comes to your mind that the superficial need for positivity in human interaction makes it actually impossible to deal with problems. They are simply being ignored!
... you begin to understand why such a huge number of foreigners have chosen to live here. They actually do live in mutual disinterest with the locals. Both simply seem not to care much about each other and are just doing their own thing.
... you see even the oh-so-common farang-man-thai-woman-couples not seeming to have much common topics to talk about.
... besides all the comfort, you tend to find the country kind of boring after a while. Things are just a little bit too easy here. You think about visiting more crazy countries like Cambodia or India. :)