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11. Posted by LEARNER 01 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Hi guys,

Taking out large amounts of money from the ATM's would definitely be the way to go.
I don't mind paying a few dollars but if you were using them every day it could be a very expensive holiday.
I just checked the website of the hotel were I'm staying and they don't mention having an ATM machine in the hotel.
Maybe it's only the larger resorts that have them.
Never stayed in a hotel before so I wouldn't have a clue.
Suppose I'll just have to get large amounts out at a time and be very careful getting back to the hotel.

Thanks for the tip about the ATM machines over there dispensing the cash before the card.
The last thing I want to happen is to loose the card.
That would be an absolute disaster.

Cheers!

12. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

@ Dodger, the thought occurs to me that the system might be open to abuse, that is to say, a given bank charges for cash withdrawals on an ordinary ATM card rather than just for debit or credit cards.

I sent a mail to the Thai Bankers Association yesterday seeking clarification on the subject, but haven't had a response yet.

But checking through my own bank statements for February this year which was the last time I was over there, there's nothing to indicate that any charges were made by any of the Thai banks or my own. The exchange rate for the Euro was pretty dismal though @ 44,4732, but I seem to recall that that was the case back then.

@ Learner, where in Thailand are you proposing to stay? If it's in a well known tourist hotspot, ATMs will be plentiful I'm sure.

One other thing though and that is to advise your bank of the dates you're going to be in Thailand so that they know cash withdrawals will be made from there during that period. It's unlikely that they would block your account even if they didn't know, but it's always best to err on the side of caution I find.

13. Posted by LEARNER 01 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Hi Blinq,

I'm traveling to Pattaya.
From what I've been told there are plenty of ATM's around.

Thinking of staying at the Areca Lodge.
I don't have a lot of money to spend on accommodation and I've read quite a few good reviews about this hotel.

I was a bit worried when I saw the riots on the news the other week but I suppose that sort of thing can happen anywhere in Thailand.

Cheers!

14. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting LEARNER 01

Hi Blinq,

I'm traveling to Pattaya.
From what I've been told there are plenty of ATM's around.

Thinking of staying at the Areca Lodge.
I don't have a lot of money to spend on accommodation and I've read quite a few good reviews about this hotel.

I was a bit worried when I saw the riots on the news the other week but I suppose that sort of thing can happen anywhere in Thailand.

Cheers!

You won't have any problem finding an ATM in Pattaya. There are probably more ATMs than hookers in that resort.

15. Posted by LEARNER 01 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Yes your right blinq,

Plenty of ATM's in Pattaya.
In fact I think the hookers refer to the tourists as walking ATM's.

Cheers!

16. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting LEARNER 01

Yes your right blinq,

Plenty of ATM's in Pattaya.
In fact I think the hookers refer to the tourists as walking ATM's.

Cheers!

Yep. All they need to do is to figure out the pincode and then help themselves.

Pattaya is not really my scene. It's a bit too 'in your face' and the beaches are dirty. But if it's your first trip abroad, it's a real eye opener.

Your hotel looks OK. It's part of the Siam group and the rest of them are here: Siam hotels

Here's a map of the place: Pattaya Bay

And if you'd like to take a virtual tour of the place: Pattaya To use the map, click anywhere on it to focus it and then click a blue circle to jump to that point. You can look around with the left/right arrow key. Hit the "End" key to reverse the direction you're facing.

The Google map below can be zoomed after which you can click a blue dot and the map will jump to that location. You can also jump to certain locations in the left hand menu. Click "Tips" for more instructions.

Have fun. ;)

17. Posted by LEARNER 01 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Hi Blinq,

Thanks for the map and the virtual tour.
It would certainly help if I knew my way around Pattaya before I get there.
The way they name the streets can be very confusing.

I know Pattaya is not everyone's cup of tea, but I've been doing research on Pattaya for quite a while now and I think I'll have a great time.

I think I've probably got more chance of being ripped off by another tourist than the Thai people themselves.
And yes don't worry, I know about the beach. I don't plan on going for a swim at the beach, not unless I want to spend some time in one of the local hospitals.

Cheers!

18. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Quoting LEARNER 01

I think I've probably got more chance of being ripped off by another tourist than the Thai people themselves.

I hate to dispel your sense of complacency, but Pattaya is the one place in Thailand where you will get ripped off by the locals especially if you intend to engage in extracurricular activities.

One precaution I'd advise you to take is to buy a Thai SIM card when you arrive in the country and then add this number to it: 1155. That's the phone number of the Tourist Police. Don't call the ordinary Police because they don't understand English and they'll more often than not side with the Thai you have a dispute with. It's the job of the Tourist Police to look after your welfare.

The Thai "AIS 1-2-Go" network SIM cards are available in supermarkets, 7/11s and most other places. The SIM card gives you the number and costs 120 Baht and then you have to top it up with a recharge card which are sold in 100, 200 and 300 Baht units.
To top up, dial *120* enter the PIN number, press the # key and then press the Call button. The credit expires in 3 months, but the number remains valid. You do need an unlocked phone to use it of course.

Walking Street is the main Go-Go strip, but it's some distance away from where your hotel is located. I've set Mapjack to open at the beginning of Walking Street here If you hit the "End" key, you'll have to view back towards the point where Mapjack opens in the previous link I gave you. That'll give you an idea of how far away you are.

This site should also help you find your way around: Pattaya Walking Tours

When are you going by the way?

19. Posted by LEARNER 01 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Hi Blinq,

I'll be arriving in pattaya June 10th.

Thanks for the info about the Mobile phones over there.
I wasn't planning on getting one but maybe it would be a good idea for security reasons.
I might be better off buying a cheap phone over there rather than getting mine unlocked.

I definitely won't be approaching the local police for help, from what I've heard the tourist police are a much better option.

As for the location of the hotel.
I know It's not very close to Walking street but I was thinking of spending most of my time in the beer bars and maybe just traveling to walking street at night to see the sights.
I think the GO GO bars on walking street might be a bit to much of a culture shock for a beginner.

As for the Bar girls.
Yes, I've heard they drive a hard bargain.
Also heard you've never been yelled at until you've been yelled at by a Bar girl.
I'll have to be on my best behavior.

Cheers mate!

20. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Well, the Bargirls are there primarily to earn money for the bar and they have many devious ways of separating you from your money. You'll hardly have time to sit down before they descend on you like a bunch of vultures all wanting you to buy them ladydrinks. These are non-alcoholic, watered down cokes with usually with more ice than liquid in the glass, but costing 200 Baht a time. A favourite ploy is for a girl to introduce you to her 'sister' who you'll naturally be asked to buy a drink for, and if you fall for it, a bunch of her happy, smiling friends will join her to quench their thirst at your expense as well. And then there are those frequent visits to the toilet which she has to make during which time another one comes over and says hello and another drink is added to your tab. You need to keep an eye on that because some unscrupulous bars will add more tabs than drinks you actually bought and you'll end up with a bill for 5,000 Baht by the end of the night even though you might have only had a couple of beers yourself. And avoid ringing the bell that you'll see hanging from every bar. If you do, you'll have to pay for a round of shooters for everyone in the bar.

Also, watch out for taxi drivers who offer to show you the surrounding countryside for what might seem to be a menial amount. You need to be a quick thinker and put the price in context of what it costs to get to the airport. If it seems disproportionate, like an offer of say 500 Baht for the trip taking several hours, then it'll have an extra zero added to it when you complete your journey. You won't get much sympathy from the Tourist Police even if you fall for that one.

All forums tell you to avoid tuk-tuks like the plague because they've made ripping off tourists into a new art form and I agree with that, but that taxi drivers are an honest bunch. Don't believe a word of it. They're just as bad as their tuk-tuk counterparts and will fleece you for all you're worth. Same goes for the Songthaews which are converted pickup trucks which ply the beach road and other parts of town. A ride from end to end (3km) costs 20 Baht, but for tourists, the price becomes 200 Baht. If you do get stung, pay up and put it down to experience. It's not worth getting into an argument with Thais because noone will come to your aid if it turns nasty.

If you want to go anywhere out of town, arrange it via the hotel's tour desk. That way, you pay the hotel and get a ticket which you give to the driver. You can still tip him if you want to, but 50 to 100 Baht is more than enough for that purpose.

In these economic times though, Thai pysche is increase the price of everything to compensate for the drop in tourist numbers so that they earn the same money from fewer people. ;)