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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Last time i was in Bangkok, i met an American woman.
She said, there are very poor people, living near the river, in Bangkok. When she buys toys, for the kids, the parents usually take the toys and sell them. So she buys them McDonalds happy meals, instead. So, i suppose those people must be very poor.

Does anybody know the exact location, of these people?
I have some clothes and shoes, which are too small, for my 5 year old daugher. Would these items be useful, to the poor people? I want to find this, out, before i go to Thailand, because i dont want to carry them all the way there, unless somebody will want them.


2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

This is a difficult decision to make. Yes, there are poor in BKK and I am sure someone could use your daughters' clothes. But, would I carry them to Asia? No, I would not. I would donate them to a charity in your area. When you get to BKK and find a charity or family that you feel needs your attention, I would buy the needed items there. Clothes are cheap in Asia, esp. used clothing. Find out what is needed and what size, then buy them there. That is my advice.

3. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

I know that woman probably means well, but McDonald's Happy meals? That's insane! For a fraction of the price you can buy much healthier meals from a local vendor or market.
Anyway, there are many poor areas in and around Bangkok. One of the biggest slums is in Klong Toey, not far from the river. There is one very good organization - the Duang Prateep Foundation - that a local woman runs. They have been helping this community for many years. More info at:

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Thanks guys.

Vegas Mike
I have to laugh, when u suggest i give away my second hand child things here. This is one of the richest areas of Germany. People are materialistic and wasteful, to disgusting levels. There would be no takers for my secondhand things. I do not have so much money, that i would be able to buy people new things, in Bangkok, but i am willing to give away, what is too small, for my daughter. If i buy new things, it will be for my own daugher. I will bring just as many as i can comfortably carry. ie a shopping bag full, of shoes etc. And same again, on my next visit to Thailand.

Thanks for that information. I will try to find that slum, or at least the woman who helps them.
I suppose the woman who bought the McDonalds was aiming at giving the kids a treat, they would otherwise never get.
Now that i see there are British chain store pharmacies on the khao San Road, i am thinking of going to the slum, and taking my 5 year old daughter to play with the kids there, when i deliver my bag of kiddy clothes. If she is unlucky enough to pick up headlice, the pharmacy is at hand, to sort the problem quickly. But are there any other problem u can predict, i would have by bringing a 5 year old, to the slums. Or would it be unadvisable, to do it?


5. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

The Klong Toey slums are known to have lots of drug addicts and crime. You should be safe during the day, but even then it would be better to have some local Thai people go with you, preferably men that could help prevent any problems or misundertandings. Usually foreigners are safe - even in these poor areas - but it's wise to be careful anyway. Check out that Duang Prateep website. They are really good people and would probably be happy to give you some advice or suggestions if you contact them.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Thanks Buzzard

I think i will contact the Duang P folks and see if i can deliver my bag of clothes to them, instead.
My daughters safety comes before anything. I dont want risk it, in any way.


7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Would anyone know, where the closest subway station or boat stop, is to the Duang Prateep Foundation building?


8. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

Quoting Mel.

I have to laugh, when u suggest i give away my second hand child things here. This is one of the richest areas of Germany. People are materialistic and wasteful, to disgusting levels. There would be no takers for my secondhand things.

??? No Rote Kreuz, no second-hand shops? Who cleans the houses, the toilets, etc. At the very least wouldn't there be organizations to collect there who would deliver to other towns? Generally the wealthier areas (at least in my experience in Los Angeles) are the best places to get second-hand and discarded items. Lots of good stuff that is still wearable. Worst case, send them to the "poor but sexy" city of Berlin.

Kevin Pfeiffer

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 10y

Hello Pfeiffer

There is a clothes recycling unit, near our house. But i think most of the clothes which go in there, would never be used again.
Even people who do cleaning, for a living, here, would have kids, looking like ones in a clothes advertising catalogue.
I suppose, yes, the clothes might be taken to Berlin, or someplace. But there are enough clothes thrown in the garbage, belonging to our appartment, to keep a busy second hand store stocked.
Sometimes somebody comes and collects clothes to be taken to refugees, in other countries. But still plenty get thrown, in the garbage.
Anyway, on each visit to Thailand and some other places, i will take a bag of second hand clothes, belonging to my daughter. I think people in third world slums will definatley make more use of them, than even the people in Berlin. The people in Berlin are not what i would call poor. Just not as rich, as the ones in Bavaria.


10. Posted by miumiu (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

When I was in BK, I was told not to give anything to the poor. As some of them are controlled by some syndicate. Thus, if you give them the money, they may not get everything eventually.

What I heard is that, young girls will be sold to work as prostitute while the young boys or elders, will have their arms or leg amputate. And send them to beg on the street.

Well, in every part of the world, there is poor people. We can only help whatever we can....