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1. Posted by Djana (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Hey guys.

Whats Thailand, Laos and Cambodia like in comparison to Nepal?

In other words, is it common for locals to snatch, holler, bug people, esp. those going solo?
Is it dirty, smelly, full of bugs and flies, etc.?

Regards to all....need your help.....thanx....

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

Locals to snatch, holler, bug people, etc. happen everywhere... even in Vatican City

Just be more alert...

3. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

You will get hassled for shure by beggers and people trying to sell you things , more so in cambodia (infact in cambodia it can be pretty crazy for being hassled) but not in an intimidating way , there are a lot of very poor people so they are just trying to make money and and earn a living , but it is quite competitive with the locals selling you things , so they will prob seem quite desperate to sell you somthing because they know there is a lot of compitition (if you dont want somthing just be polite and say no)Dont be angry at them because they are just trying to make a living. As for bugs and flys etc of course you are gonna get that its a tropical country .

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 8, 2007, at 12:21 PM by paul j ]

4. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 8y

Quoting Djana

Hey guys.

Whats Thailand, Laos and Cambodia like in comparison to Nepal?

In other words, is it common for locals to snatch, holler, bug people, esp. those going solo?
Is it dirty, smelly, full of bugs and flies, etc.?

Regards to all....need your help.....thanx....

In Thailand you will have your beggars and touts but in a more controlled way. It is no problem to ignore these pests. Touts will be at the airport trying to get you to buy overpriced transportation into town, touts will be at the national train station posing as "official something or other" to get a piece of the pie! (At the airport there is a "real" taxi sign up desk outside the arrivals hall, and at the train station ignore the touts and simply buy your ticket at the appropriate window inside.)

The airport also has the "Airport Express" bus service that takes you into town for 150 baht. There is a separate bus station at the airport that can take you into town for real cheap or to many of the other towns and provinces! In town there is a modern rapid transit service called the Skytrain that can take you to many areas in Bangkok. (Doesn't go to the airport yet!) There is a new subway that also connects many areas in town including the national train station and the Skytrain.

In Thailand you will find that many shop owners, street vendors and other service industries often speak sufficient English for you to understand enough or for you to get your point across. Thailand has modern malls that are just as good or even better than you have back home. Lots of familiar fast food franchises all over Thailand; such as Burger King, McDonalds, KFC, Seven Eleven stores, and more. Pharmacies have government controlled prices - you will find many meds cheaper than back in your own country! Lots of restaurants selling familiar foods at good prices! You will find European and other Western foods available in many places.

Transportation is well organized in Thailand. Bus and rail service is cheap and efficient. In Bangkok you can take a meter taxi and get a fare that is cheaper than bargaining! Banks and mini bank money exchanges are all over town and at the airport. The exchange rates are set daily. The rate you get at the airport on arrival will be pretty much the same for all of the banks in the country (for that particular day!).

Smelly? Well, like many places in the world you will have your "exotic" aromas! Fortunately with so many cheap hotels available (cheap compared to Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Europe and the U.S.) you can sleep sound in your air conditioned room with the windows closed!

Bugs? You will always find bugs in Asia! In the big cities fewer bugs than out in the countryside. You will also find the bugs cooked by various means - boiled, grilled, fried in oil or baked in pastries - oom, oom, finger licking, lip smacking good!

Safety and money. In Thailand you use Thai baht for all purchases. You change your money over at the airport or in one of the many mini banks in town. Don't change money over before you arrive at Thailand - you get a better rate of exchange in Thailand! Stay in hotels that have security boxes for storing your valuables. You will find the same amount of crime or less than you have in major cites in the world. Bangkok is probably safer than Moscow or no worse than New York City!

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

Well said above poster.

It seems to me that most people who "suffer" at the hands of touts and beggars bring the problem upon themselves firstly by their attitude and secondly by the condescending approach they have to people who are worse off than they are.

Im Thailand a smile accompanied by "Mai ao Khrap/Khaa" will usually suffice.....if you really want to be clever try "Mai raab Khap" it's much more formal.

6. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

Quoting wildfk

Im Thailand a smile accompanied by "Mai ao Khrap/Khaa" will usually suffice.....if you really want to be clever try "Mai raab Khap" it's much more formal.

Its better if you try to say 'Mai Pen Rai Kab/Kaa'

7. Posted by Djana (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Safety and money. In Thailand you use Thai baht for all purchases. You change your money over at the airport or in one of the many mini banks in town. Don't change money over before you arrive at Thailand - you get a better rate of exchange in Thailand! Stay in hotels that have security boxes for storing your valuables. You will find the same amount of crime or less than you have in major cites in the world. Bangkok is probably safer than Moscow or no worse than New York City![/quote]

Thanx much for the info, very valuable and useful, trust your judgement. Although have you been to Moscow to compare?