Keep away from the rat temple in Bikaner, India. That place will really freak you out when the rats are running all around your feet! You get a few big fellas in bangkok, but mostly rummaging around the filth on the streets in the darker, dingier places.
I've no doubt in SE Asia you will see a few.
I have been living in Thailand for a year and have literally seen one or possibly two rats here. One of my friends just went to Vietnam and said that they were everywhere. It might have been his poor luck as well. I don't know. I'm from NY and that is where I have seen the most rats in my life.
Rats appear off course where lots of garbage is and also places without a lot of hygiene. There where many people live (and a lot garbage), and also in relative poverty, are rats. That happens in in the slums of Delhi, in a filthy hotel in a suburb of New-Mexico and in poor New York neighbourhoods. You will easily notice where rats might be, based on the neighbourhood, use your nose.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 9, 2007, at 2:51 PM by wouterrr ]
Rats are bound to be found in filthy places, found in abundance in India. They are harmless creatures left to themselves. However, I would like to throw light on the largest of the rats I've seen, called bandicoots. I've seen cats getting scared of these and running away, as most of them are larger than an average cat!
When choosing hotels, its better to spend that extra buck to ensure clean rooms, or else, you may end up finding not just rats, but the entire pest community including bed-bugs, ticks, dust mites, deadly mosquitos, and maybe even scorpions!
You are never very far from a rat where ever you are, you just don't necessarily see them. Did see many rats in SE Asia, although I'm sure there were plenty! I've probably seen more in the underground in London.
some people also get confused with rats and mouses! you can get big fat mouses too! so cute hey!
in london there are much more rats than people! but you rarely see rats!
I found that rats enjoy bungalows as much as people do. In one bungalow I had a rat eat my soap which prompted me to not leave my toiletries in my backpack to avoid rats eating holes in my bag. This happened to some others I was travelling with.
In another bungalow I was sharing with a woman I had met a few days earlier (no funny business, just saving on accommodation), a rat in the middle of the night had my new friend sitting up screaming. My main concern was that her other friends in the 'resort' would think I was attacking her (which they did). I didn’t share a room with her again.
I was lucky I brought a rat-proof mosquito net – that’s what I kept telling myself anyway.
I think the worst encounters with rats and mice in asia is when you are sleeping in a beach bungalow and there is no electricity at night so they get a little brave and you can hear them running around inside the roof - did anyone else experience this or were we unlucky? It never bothered me but my boyfriend hated them so he fashioned a little shaker thing out of an empty water bottle with some stones in it. when that never worked he would just throw it at them. it was hilarious!
the only other times we met rats were when we were sitting in a bar in Bangkok and there was a huge rat clinging to the post next to our table watching us the entire time. i think it might have been thirsty
i also managed to kick one up the arse by acciddent in laos but it didn't come back for revenge. i think they're pretty timid creatures so if you see one just yell at it and it will bugger off.
i would die of fear if i found a snake in my bungalow though...
Since were are on the topic of rats, let me add this:
Ever heard of the Irula people of northern Tamil Nadu?...well they feast on rats they smoke out of burrows in rice fields! They are experts in trapping these rats which devastate padi crops!
danalasta - those people that you just described, they dont work for Rentokil? do they?