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1. Posted by abiswales (Budding Member, 2 posts) 2 Jun '04 14:02

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Hi
I am starting off my travels in bankok alone. i am a little unsure what to expect and would welcome any advice on safety , dress code, and how not ot get conned,
thanx

2. Posted by moxxo (Full Member, 32 posts) 2 Jun '04 14:36

Im going to bangkok in JUly any tips please inform me...
Im thinking of going from bangkok to HONG KONG...
REgards MOXXO

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member, 611 posts) 3 Jun '04 02:33

Hi There,
Taxis - always insist on using the meter, BEFORE you sit down in the cab. The meter is regulated and cheap, but if you get in and let them state a fare, you'll pay over the odds.
At the airport, ignore the taxi companies inside the building - they charge about 600 Baht to get you into the city (about £10).
Go outside where the ordinary taxis are and get one there for about 300.
(You may be asked to pay a few extra Baht to go on the toll road expressway, which will be quicker. It's usually worth the extra.)

If you go to Patong on Phuket, the opposite applies - fix the fare before you get in the cab !

Kanchanaburi (Bridge over the River Kwai) is about 2 hrs away by air conditioned bus, for about £2.
Phuket is best by Train to Surat Thani (overnight sleeper for about £20), then coach/cab for 2-3hrs.

Safety-wise, just follow normal precautions. The Thai people are lovely, but there are bad eggs in every basket.:)

4. Posted by kl_cheah (Budding Member, 3 posts) 3 Jun '04 02:50

abiswales,
First of all, do not go to places dominated by Muslim. They are seperaties/fanatic and are very dangerous. Lately alot of troubles such as killing (beheaded) buddhist lay persons, government officers and burning of temples, schools and government offices in the South. Becarefull not to go to NW of Thailand. There are quiet a number of Muslim in this area. Elsewhere should be safe.
Dress deciently and not to expose yourslf unncessary and do not wear shoe in buddhist temples.
As a traveller, travel lightly and eat in places where prices are displayed. Bargain where it is necessary.
There are places for back packers in Bangkok. Get more information from them.
Bye2 Have a nice trip

5. Posted by suzy (Full Member, 24 posts) 3 Jun '04 23:19

Hello,

Overall I think BKK's a pretty safe place. I advise you to dress decently when entering temples, especially, meaning no shorts or slippers. Other places you can get away with t-shirts or sleevelss. Insist on meters when taking a cab, they'll charge THB35 for a flag down. Most taxi drivers don't speak english, so make sure you know where you're going. From personal experience, the ones that DO speak english (esp GOOD english) are the conners. Theyd chat with you then bring you around the block a couple of times.
Just watch out for Thais who are overtly friendly to you off the street. They'd usually start the convo with,`Hi..where are you from?--where are you going'. Then they'll proceed in trying to get you to a particular shop or travel agency or try to arrange some sorta tour.
Apart from tht, its a brilliant city with so much life and vigour! And always trust your instincts.

6. Posted by irisherino (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 7 Jun '04 20:33

I just went to Thailand. Head north ASAP to Chiang Mai and then go southeast to Koh Samui, a beautiful island that has inexpensive lodging and beautiful beaches, esp Chaweng(sp). Prices on everything are very inexpensive. I found it cheaper and faster to hire a taxi to take you to places of interest instead of tours that are more money and very slow, especially going up into the mountains. The vans just crawl! Make sure you NEVER pay asking price for anything. Start at a fourth of what they say or a price that is dirt cheap and walk away if you have to if you don't get your price. They will come after you with offers. You can get tops for 100 baht and pants for not much more. Jade is a good buy as is silk and tailor made suits. Get a picture of what you would like out of Vogue or something and they will copy it perfectly!! Get a massage every day; they are soooo worth it! Don't go to other areas in the south as they are NOT SAFE NOW. Have a great time and pack anything you want in one piece in your carry-on.

7. Posted by travelfish (Full Member, 75 posts) 9 Jun '04 19:40

to kl_cheah
"First of all, do not go to places dominated by Muslim. They are seperaties/fanatic and are very dangerous."

What a load of rubbish. Yes there have been "troubles" as you term them - mainly in the three southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala - none of which are overly common destinations for tourists. Just because there are a lot of muslims in an area does not translate into danger. Eg Krabi and Trang both have large muslim populations and have had no problems at all. Or the island of Ko Jum which is majority Muslim yet has a dozen guesthouses on it and no problems at all.

"Becarefull not to go to NW of Thailand. There are quiet a number of Muslim in this area."

What on earth are you talking about? Are you holding your map upaide down? The northwest of Thailand does NOT have large muslim populations (and anyway even if it did - wouldn't make a difference anyway)

To abiwales:
I agree with most of the other advice (except as noted above). Use your common sense, Thailand is generally a very safe country - the roads are arguably the most dangerous thing! Dress conservatively where possible and you'll get a far more welcoming attitude from Thais than otherwise. Re cons, its pretty much a case of common sense. If a complete sranger walked up to you in your home country and offered to take you gem shopping, how would you respond? ;-)

Re the problems down south, as I mentioned above, they are (so far) restricted to a relatively small area of the country in the far south, the more popular tourist provinces (Krabi, Trang, Surat Thani etc) are al unaffected. Nevertheless, read the paper, keep informed of whats happening and you shouldn't have any problems.

Hope that helps!

8. Posted by akberg007 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 15 Jun '04 02:07

Hey,
I traveled in the area last year (November to late January). A couple things I can recommend based on what the others have said and what is left unsaid. First, the advice given is all well and good, especially about the touts who try to hook you with friendliness and whatnot. The Muslim stuff--well, yeah, as said, just avoid the very south, that's where any problems at all occur and it's been avoiding tourists so that's all well and good.
Second (I guess...I'm horrible with this numbering thing), the route you travel is based on what you want to see. Ko Samui is great, I spent a week or so there. In Bangkok, Khao San can be fun. However, both of these places are tourist central. I know, it's hard to avoid. If you want to though, I just went around making Thai friends and went to there 'hang-out' places. RCA was cool in Bangkok as were the 'Thai only' clubs (if you can stand bad American pop that is) but you will be very noticeable there. I loved that kinda stuff, but just me.
Thailand in and of itself is fun and I strongly recommend just having fun. That always works. Make sure it's real jade and silk (it should be, but check).
Cheers!

Jacob