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1. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 7y

I travelled to Thailand a sweet smiling country. I enjoyed my short trip there. I found that this vast country follow the wise advice of her kingdom. The streets are clean, and most cars or at least public transport use LPG, (liquefied petroleum gas). Also I found that everybody is content as a result of their relegion, Buddhism. Almost everybody smile, easy going people. I noticed everywhere except hotel for Western Tourists, toilets are equiped with water and hose in order to clean yourself and not being smelly! Perhaps as a result of kindness of Thai people, and being beautiful, many people from other nations came to Thailand to have 2nd or 3rd wife for the rest of their life and few decided to escape from fast track of West and stay in this tropical country for good. In other hand few people from other nations use this country as a sex tourist country which is very shameful.
Overall I liked Thailand and Thai people and perhaps I would like to visit again in near future.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-May-2009, at 22:25 by kombizz ]

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

Yes, it is indeed known as the Land of Smiles and the people are both friendly and hospitable. But if you delve beneath the surface, you'll quickly discover that the country is deeply polarized with deep divisions within society. The ruling elite backed by the army overthrew the democratically elected government in 2006 and subsequently forced out two more prime ministers who were aligned to the now exiled prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin himself was accused of coming to power by vote rigging, having given 1,000 Baht to every voter to fund the cost of their trip to the voting booths. What seems to have got up the current government's noses is Thaksin's sale of his shares in the Shin Corporation to Singaporean investors leading to loss of control of a major Thai industry by the country's business leaders.

But the ruling elite controls the country's wealth and there is very little in the way of welfare programs. Consequently, the rural poor are more or less left to fend for themselves. Thailand blocks access to many web sites deemed likely to encourage dissent leaving many Thais with a sense of frustration.

The current government uses Lese Majeste laws to suppress freedom of expression and anything which is deemed to undermine its authority. A Thai blogger was sentenced to 10 years in prison just last month for allegedly 'insulting the monarchy' Thai blogger sentenced His actual 'crime' was to have manipulated a YouTube video clip to portray a an unnamed member of the Royal Family in a humorous way.

The government has even made a website available by which Thai dissidents are encouraged to inform on each other, reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the late 1930's. See Protect The King

The Thai PAD leader has just accused soldiers of attempting to assassinate him in Bangkok last month. Soldiers tried to kill me
This particular incident seems a bit odd in a way because it was the PAD which occupied Suvarnabhumi Airport in December last year which more or less brought the country to a standstill and paved the way for the army to instigate a coup. So you would have thought that attempting to kill the PAD leader would be tantamount to shooting yourself in the foot. But that's Thai politics for you.

There has even been talk of Thailand descending into civil war. Hopefully, the incumbent Prime Minister who incidentally was born in Newcastle, England and was educated at Eton, will be able to pull a rabbit out of the hat and prevent another round of demonstrations, turmoil and yet another coup.

3. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 7y

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself - however I think before you come again - most of us do - you should changed your spectacles - for some not quite so Rose-tinted!

4. Posted by asiafile (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I can't believe what I read. I had a very different experience in Thailand. I went there as a young single male so maybe that made my experience very different but my impression of Bangkok was just one big whore house. Everywhere I went I got solicited for whores. Everytime I got into a cab, the cab driver would take me to a whore house no matter where I told them to go. Most of the people I tried to talk to there just wanted to rip me off. In fact I have never been to a country where I have had so many people try to rip me off. And to top it all off I was actually robbed one of the nights I was there. Of the few people I interacted with you didn't feel that they were automatically entitled to my money just as many of them were rude as they were friendly. Bangkok is one seedy place. On the other hand there are a lot of tourists sites to see there but I would recommend another country in Asia. I found Japan and China, much nicer places to visit. Both countries were much more friendly, and although in China some people tried to rip me off it was not even remotely comparable to Thialand. Both China and Japan are more interesting places with more in the way of culture to offer.

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 7y

asiafile - or is that "phile"?
May I suggest then that you never come to Thailand again.

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

1st time poster, bad mouthing one country and plugging others, sounds suspicious.

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting wildfk

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself - however I think before you come again - most of us do - you should changed your spectacles - for some not quite so Rose-tinted!

Wil and I have disagreed several times on Thai issues. On this we agree. Anyone who has spent more than a few weeks in Thailand realize just how thin the veneer is when Thailand bills itself 'the 'land of smiles'. Yes, on the surface it all seems very pleasant: warm temps, beautiful beaches, smiling, kind people. Look beneath this veneer and you get a different view of Thailand. I am sure Wil has his stories of 'real' Thai behavior, as do I.

Send me a PM if you think it is all 'smiles' in Thailand.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jun-2009, at 13:00 by vegasmike6 ]

8. Posted by chrisuki (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Having been travelled to various countries, i think it is wrong where one poster said that China and Japan is better than Thailand. All countries have good and bad people. Alot of people probably go on a 2-3 weeks holiday in Thailand or China and think they have seen the country when they have just been to the touristy areas. The best way to explore is to get real advice from locals and ex pats who actually live there.

Behind "The Smiles" is also greed. I don't want to sound all negative but am being realistic.

Quoting kombizz

Perhaps as a result of kindness of Thai people, and being beautiful, many people from other nations came to Thailand to have 2nd or 3rd wife for the rest of their life and few decided to escape from fast track of West and stay in this tropical country for good. In other hand few people from other nations use this country as a sex tourist country which is very shameful.

Sorry, i can't agree on your statement about people coming to Thailand to marry. I think this is disrespectful.

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting chrisuki

Sorry, i can't agree on your statement about people coming to Thailand to marry. I think this is disrespectful.

Thousands of foreign men marry Thai women every year. Nothing wrong with falling in love with a person
from another country. As long as both parties are consenting adults and the marriage is legal, nobody
else has a vote.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jun-2009, at 17:54 by vegasmike6 ]

10. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 7y

Quoting kombizz

I travelled to Thailand a sweet smiling country. I enjoyed my short trip there. I found that this vast country follow the wise advice of her kingdom. The streets are clean, and most cars or at least public transport use LPG, (liquefied petroleum gas). Also I found that everybody is content as a result of their relegion, Buddhism. Almost everybody smile, easy going people. I noticed everywhere except hotel for Western Tourists, toilets are equiped with water and hose in order to clean yourself and not being smelly! Perhaps as a result of kindness of Thai people, and being beautiful, many people from other nations came to Thailand to have 2nd or 3rd wife for the rest of their life and few decided to escape from fast track of West and stay in this tropical country for good. In other hand few people from other nations use this country as a sex tourist country which is very shameful.
Overall I liked Thailand and Thai people and perhaps I would like to visit again in near future.

I am glad that you enjoy it Kombizz...;)