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Gather your materials.
To open your young coconut the way Thai people do it in Thailand, you will need a steady and safe work surface, such as a large cutting board, and a large, good quality meat cleaver. You might also want a straw in order to drink the water. I like to have a dish towel nearby to wipe up any little spills. Once you've learned this technique for opening Thai coconuts, you can be enjoying their sweet taste in under a minute, rather than hitting them with a hammer or throwing them on the ground (both of which I used to do, before I learned this technique!).