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The worst souvenir from Thailand – latex pillows and mattresses

One of the most burning problems of a vacationer is what to bring from a long trip. Really what ?! From Thailand, which will be discussed, you can bring a lot of stuff. For example, products made of teak (or other teak), such as figurines, utensils, cutlery (Chinese chopsticks that the Thais do not use), ashtrays, and so on. Or leather items: wallets, cases for mobile phones, eyeglass cases, trouser belts, man purses, briefcases, bags, shoes … But who knows? Total not to list. And not the last place in this list of “useless utilities” is occupied by latex pillows and mattresses.

Oh, latex pillows are one of the trendiest Thai souvenirs! But add – only in the eyes of Russian tourists. Now let’s explain why.

Our tourists are usually taken to the “latex factory” of Pattaya to complete any excursion to local attractions. We got here during a trip to the “crocodile farm” (an ordinary botanical garden and at the same time a delightful rock garden, in which part of the territory is reserved for a zoological park, a wonderful place!). The tour was free, and therefore we did not object to the arrival of latex products in the store (it is better to call this institution that way). By the way, after latex we stopped at the “jewelry factory” (on the North Pattaya Street, I think experienced farangs know this place). So the tour operator’s costs for such bonuses are quite worth it – if something is sold during these rides, the tour organizer gets his percentage.

So – the “latex factory.” The spacious pavilion, everything is clean, everything is completely civil.

We buy in Thailand the most useless souvenir from Thailand, a latex pillow

We go inside (from the air-conditioned bus to the air-conditioned hangar), we sit in the showroom. A Russian-speaking employee of the company (we will not designate her name) comes to the screen stretched on the wall, turns on the projector. And – the story begins. Latex is the vulcanized juice of the rubber-bearing Hevea plant. This plant comes from Brazil, but the company rents significant areas in Thailand and grows hevea here. Rubber is obtained from hevea juice … Latex is used to make pillows and mattresses, which are terribly healthy. What are useful? And to everyone. They hold the head in particular and the body of the person as a whole well during sleep (there is a demonstration on the screen of how traditional feather pillows incorrectly support the head). And it contributes to a deep, healthy sleep …

We buy in Thailand the most useless souvenir from Thailand, a latex pillow

You can familiarize yourself with our unique products on the trading floor and buy them for mere pennies. And you should definitely do it, because latex pillow is the best souvenir from Thailand …

It becomes interesting to me – have my companions (in the amount of 34 people) ever studied at school? In a regular Russian high school? Why do they believe everything that this polite person tells? Vulcanized rubber is rubber. From the rubber that goes to car tires, it differs only in additives. Add soot to the rubber – you get solid black rubber. Do not add – there will be this latex.

Further, the material, which the company representative calls latex (pushing against a registered trademark – although it does not occur to anyone to patent, for example, milk or paper), is used everywhere. The seat cushions on the bus in which we arrived at this “factory” were made of vulcanized rubber. They are packed with all the cheapest (cheapest!) Sofas and armchairs. Latex is the most affordable material that is used in the manufacture of furniture. Not more expensive than foam rubber. And no more natural than plebeian straw or cotton wool, which was once stuffed with mattresses.

But we listen with our mouths open. And having learned a bunch of subtleties about latex production (the technology of the third millennium, what are you!), We go to the shopping pavilion, where we are offered to lie down on latex mattresses and pillows. Then the price is announced. Some tourists are a little dumbfounded. But others are ready to pay. And when it turns out that the goods are packed in vacuum bags and then in compact cardboard boxes, and therefore takes up very little space in the luggage, then doubts disappear. And some of the excursion group returns to the bus with new acquisitions …

Latex pillow is one of the stupidest souvenirs you can bring from Thailand. Why? Because the price of this pillow (or mattress) is three pennies on a market day. Because to sleep on this nonsense is not only not especially useful – it is definitely harmful. Because you should not blindly trust the scientifically-based (but not scientific) explanations of the “latex specialist”. This is our man. He is trained to give us everything that the company will require – in this case, a rubber pillow.

And this is – banal rubber. And nothing more than rubber. The latex pillow thrust into the pillowcase takes the form of our relaxed body, but it constantly affects the muscles.

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