This is what Ronald McDonald look like in Thailand … Wai’ing is an important part of Thai culture. I guess folks at the McDonalds corporation didn’t want to make a social error. So I give you fast food giant’s icon complying with local culture 🙂
He does some other poses as well, I’ll have to get a photo – One of which is him sitting looking extremely camp – Gay Ronald ?
Taken in Thailand (c) Don Charisma 2014
46 thoughts on “Wai’ing Ronald McDonald – Thai Style”
Creepy Ronald. The Tween has never liked those statues.
I’m yet to photograph the camp mcdonald, but I’ll get him soon !
She might like him lol
Stranger things have been known !
So creepy. I wonder what the Thai Burger King looks like.
Exactly the same dude, burger king rock !
I have a picture of myself with such a Ronald which I took in Hua-Hin still one of my favorite holiday pics hahaha
🙂 that’s awesome, and I bet back home people are surprised to look at the photo, judging by reaction I’ve had here !
Ha ha- I have a photo of Sa Wa Di Ronald as well 😉 Did you take this at MKP?!
🙂 yes good old Saw Wa Di Ronald .. good name … What’s MKP ?
I agree with kinda creepy but I think the USA Ronald is odd too. But the cultural aspect is interesting to say the least.
For sure … I’m gonna photo the camp one, I’ll post him soon …
I kinda like him.
Truly, the stuff of nightmares!!!
If you want to get away from it all Thailand is out! When I heard some years ago that McDonalds had opened a branch in Moscow my first reaction was – “Now Communism is well and truly dead”. And so it was, as the USSR soon began to disintegrate.
Is it a good thing that everywhere we go in the world we see the same shops, hotels, foodstuffs, eating houses etc? Westerners bring their “culture” with them. Nor do they force it on the world – the world seems happy to absorb it and comes back looking for more of the same.
Of course it is 2-way traffic. The West has its shops stuffed with goods manufactured in the East.(Formerly manufactured in the West). Largely because of the computer the universal language is now English, thus allowing English-speakers to avoid learning languages and becoming even more insular!
Never mind- its all good fun. Des.
Hey Des, for sure, not much I can add really, it’s a fair, reasoned and logical point of view 🙂
Oh.. a bit creepy, indeed. Nice colors! 🙂
I’ve got used to him now, so not a big shock anymore …
Nice point and photo Don.
You’re welcome irene 🙂
Oh, ma goodness. Micky D. in Thailand. Please tell me you didn’t actually eat there. Over here it;s heart attack city.
Nah, I was next door in Burger King, their veggie burgers are better 🙂 … I’ll post a photo later …
Ah cultural hybridization. Trap unsuspecting consumers in other countries by catering to the local culture. The McDonalization of this country is now taking over the world.
For sure … McDonalds been at that for a very long time …
Hahaha boy, was that picture a funny one to look at! It would be even funnier to find a Ronald like that here in the US and see how others would react.
Already had a couple of reactions from the other commenters, I think it would most probably be a negative reaction …
It’s amazing that McDonald’s is culturally sensitive enough to do this, but cook their fries in beef tallow in India. Oh snap!
I’m sure it’s mostly financial motivation … KFC seems to be more popular here and they seem exactly the same as everywhere else, so perhaps bending to cultural difference isn’t “the best” way always …
That’s a great pic to remind us that our point of view isn’t the only one.
For sure !
Ahhhh the ways in which we torture our children with scary characters! LOL! I guess we have to do make sure they have enough material for therapy somehow…
There’s just something wrong with him?! Is it his eyes? He doesn’t look like his happily greeting people but more on like begging or something like that. Is it just me?
LOL, i think it’s just the contrast with the Ronald where you are … I’m used to him now so he doesn’t stand out for me …
Maybe! Lol! I plan to visit Thailand this year. I never thought that I’ll be looking forward to see Ronald there!
LOL, look out for the camp one too, that one’s even cooler !
Have you already posted it? I want to see! Hahaha..
Ah, no, not yet haven’t even photographed, didn’t realise how popular Ronald was going to be … I’ll get a photo next time I’m passing …
Sure thing! Haha.. I was wondering how he’ll look like.. :p
For sure, I’ll see what I can do, trick is remembering to take a photo next time I’m passing !