Often we post stories showing the less appealing side of Thailand and it is easy to forget how genuinely caring Thai people can be. So I feel that I should highlight this following my recent encounter with a dog at the Buriram driving range.

On Saturday I was bitten on the leg by a dog at the range. It was a completely unprovoked attack which drew blood so obviously hospital treatment was mandatory. The manager’s wife immediately cleaned the wound with antiseptic and she was very distressed.

I went straight to the local hospital and 6 injections later, in various areas of my anatomy,  I was allowed to go home. But not before I paid a hefty bill of 6,489 bht. As the day wore on the injection sites became very painful, making moving about very difficult.

A further three visits to the hospital for more injections will be necessary and I was feeling very sorry for myself. Obviously, I couldn’t just let the matter rest as the same dog had tried to bite me on a previous occasion.

My dilemma was that over the years I had become very friendly with the family who run the range. They are really nice people and I was afraid that this could affect our friendship. I left a copy of the bill at the range on Sunday and waited to hear from them.

Last night , having just returned from a friend’s funeral, I received a call asking if they could come and meet me. I assumed they wanted to discuss the bill.

This was not the case. They all turned up with a large basket of fruit plus an envelope which contained the full cost of the treatment. They showed only concern over my well-being and not about the money. To my shame, this took me by surprise and it was a reminder of why I love this country.

When writing about so much negativity, it is easy to forget that there are a great number of lovely people here who you are lucky to have as friends. It is something I won’t forget again.

By Juninho

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