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(This post keeps getting updated every year!)

First Wiffs of Poy-Sian – Bangkok, Thailand – 2012

When we first arrived in Thailand to have our third baby (Small Kiddo), we would take taxis cause we weren’t very well versed in public transportation. When we go back to visit now we hardly take taxis cause the traffic is unbearable in them, but that´s not the point. The thing is that on the very first taxi we took, we immediately noticed a funny herby kind of smell coming from the drivers seat, turns out he was sniffing a white tube, constantly, like every minute and a half. Sometimes he would leave the tube just hanging off his nose!

After many Bangkok adventures other taxis and seeing and smelling the same funny smell, reminiscent of a fresher version of tiger balm, we saw more and more people with their little inhaler. In taxis, on the train, while they drove their bikes, while watching TV outside their shops, while walking, pretty much everywhere.

Of course we had to know what all the fuss was about so we bought one in the 7-11, a Poy-Sian inhaler with Camphor, Eucalyptus, Menthol and Borneol. The instructions said: for restoring your senses when you’re tired or have a headache or feel dizzy. Hello hangover remedy!!! Now try getting Big Kiddo to stop smelling that darn thing! He just sticks it up his nose like its going to touch his brain! Now we are used to seeing it and smelling it, but as always the Thai will surprise you.

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Maybe its good for raves….”

During one of our infamous Visa Runs to the Border

Teen Kiddo and I were on a visa run and through the rear view mirror I saw the driver of the bus with the Poy-sian thing up his nose, just hanging there, like when you stick paper up your nose when you have a nosebleed. When I went up to the front of the bus to take the picture, he immediately took it out. I was like “no, with the Poy-sian!” Many laughs around the front of the bus, from the thai visa run leaders and the Filipino girls in the front seat.

Researching about the Thai Inhalers we found that its original form is really a metal container with little holes on top. It as a top that can be opened, so you can manage the amount of menthol and other herbs the inhaler has and you can refill it how you want it at the Chinese pharmacies in chinatown. I can really only take so much of that stuff, its like sticking eucalyptus Vicks up your nose permanently.

Now you can get your very own Poy-Sian Thai inhaler via Amazon!

              

UPDATE on April 28, 2015:
We have become completely addicted to herbal inhalers. I prefer the natural ones with herbs over the ones with oils. We brought two of every kind to Bali because we didn’t know if we would find them here.

UPDATE on June 28, 2017:
We are in Sri Lanka now and I have different Thai inhalers all over the house and bag full of new ones in the closet for when we run out. We buy some every time we travel to Thailand!


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Hi! I’m Orana, an artist of many trades and creator of the Crazy Little Family Adventure Blog.
I have been writing about my family’s Adventures in Worldschooling through Travel and Art since 2013. Take a seat and have a look around.

Would you like to Work with Me?
I can write for your blog or we can talk about a collaboration piece on my site.
I am available for PR collaborations any time! Just send me an email through the form below!