From dialects, choices of booze, and what types of rice Thais prefer, a sarcastic set of politically incorrect maps “12 Ways to Divide Thailand” went viral on Facebook this week.
These hilarious, yet thought-provoking maps were made by international news reporter and Post Today columnist Kornkit Disthan, who said he was inspired by Bulgarian artist Yanko Tsvetkov, known for his best seller book “Atlas of Prejudice.”
Kornkit, who did not immediately reply to Coconuts’ request for comments, disclaimed in his Facebook post, “Please don’t take it seriously, folks, because there’s nothing serious about these maps.”
The set started of with the “Languages of Thailand” map, which illustrates the idea that most Bangkokians who speak “standard Thai” don’t understand dialects other than their own, since some regions have their own set of vocabulary.
The rest of the series touches on political views (Hello, Thaksin), religions (mocking Thais as “pseudo-Buddhists”), the type of rice we eat, nonexistent winter, and choice of plants we grow (by plants, he meant only cannabis or kratom).
The most shared map, however, was the “Portrayal of Thailand in Films.” Basically, we have two cities called Hangover II and Sin City, and the rest of the country can be compared to Gotham, the city in Batman known for corruption.