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21. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 7y

Quoting Blinq

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.

It's 20 baht? When did that go up - last time I was there it was 10 baht (eventhough the drivers tried it on!)?

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

Inflation maybe?

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

Thanks Mate,

There are certainly quite few scams to be weary about.

I'm a newbie so most of these scam artists will probably see me coming from a mile off.
Ive been told Mr T Taxi is a good reliable way of getting from BKK to Pattaya.
The last thing I want to do is try and negotiate a cab fee at the end of a 12 hour flight.
Apparently Mr T Taxi is 1000BHT including tolls.

The Thai's certainly do have a strange perspective on things though.
In these hard economic times you would think the prices over there would be going down not up.
Especially with the tourists staying away in droves due to the political situation over there.

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

Quoting LEARNER 01

Thanks Mate,

There are certainly quite few scams to be weary about.

I'm a newbie so most of these scam artists will probably see me coming from a mile off.
Ive been told Mr T Taxi is a good reliable way of getting from BKK to Pattaya.
The last thing I want to do is try and negotiate a cab fee at the end of a 12 hour flight.
Apparently Mr T Taxi is 1000BHT including tolls.

The Thai's certainly do have a strange perspective on things though.
In these hard economic times you would think the prices over there would be going down not up.
Especially with the tourists staying away in droves due to the political situation over there.

The hotel you plan to stay at has an airport pickup service. I'm not sure if it's free or not, but in any event, it would be preferable to use that rather than trying to arrange it yourself. Some drivers can't read English and may not know where your hotel is located, or do know but pretend they don't in order to hike up the price a bit.

Returning briefly to the subject of bargirls, this amusing article on the subject is well worth reading: Thai Bar Girls

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

Hey Blinq,

Read the article and form what I've been told the descriptions of the girls are pretty accurate.
I'm a member of quite a few Pattaya forums and the thing they tell you over and over again is WHAT EVER YOU DO DON'T FALL IN LOVE.These ladies are definitely very good at what they do and a sucker must be born every five seconds in Pattaya I think.

As for the hotel and hotel taxi.
It's defiantly something I'll look into.
From what I've read though I was under the impression that they were a bit of a rip off.
If the hotel taxi is around 1000BHT then that might be the way to go.

I haven't booked the hotel room yet. They have just had some type of festival over there (sorry can't think of the name at the moment) where they through water over each other.
I was told to wait until this festival was over before I book the hotel room as I would then get a better rate.
I don't even know whether I'll stay at the Areca for the whole time I'm there.
I might book for a week and wait and see what the hotel is like.
Ive been told there is cheaper accommodation available but I don't really want to stay at one of these rooms you see next to the bars either.

What do you recommend?
Book the hotel for the whole three weeks or book for a week or so and see what else is available?
It's a hard decision as I thought maybe if I booked for the whole three weeks I might get a better rate.

Cheers!

26. Posted by the_smurf (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

so whats the consensus then on the best ATM to use? from this thread, not Siam i suppose...

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