Trip. Stub your toe. Almost fall, as you place your foot where you think the ﬂoor is (or should be) but isn’t. The culprit is a Thai uneven ﬂoor.
At ﬁrst you’ll think the uneven ﬂoor is an anomaly. An architectural faux pas. But they’re far too common for that easy explanation. Uneven ﬂoors are everywhere in Thailand, from humble homes to the ﬁnest hotels. And they can be found in almost any room, especially bathrooms. These abrupt ﬂoor variances can range from a half inch to several inches. Some hotels and commercial stores may even have a sign (that you never notice until after you nearly fall) warning you of the uneven ﬂoor.
There is no outward logic to a Thai uneven ﬂoor. Even newly built, modern homes and buildings have an uneven ﬂoor here and there.
There was no reason when the structure was designed and built that all the ﬂoors couldn’t be even. So why does a modern Thai building or home have an inch or two difference in ﬂoor height between the bathroom and hallway; or the kitchen and living room? If it were just old teak houses, I would easily understand the uneveness. But with modern buildings where millions were spent on design and blueprints?
Uneven ﬂoors are just another enigma of the Siamese puzzle box. Find the answer and you will have discovered a secret passageway into the foggy mystery of Thai logic. Kneel before Lord Buddha and seek enlightenment about uneven ﬂoors…and then tell me why.