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22. Posted by CNyrud (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi There.

just want to tell you about something that happened to a friend of mine when he was in Thailand.
It all started when he decided to take a shower, and luckily for him, his girlfriend was in the room with him.
In the middle of the shower, when he got the shampoo in his hair and his eyes his girlfriend started yelling and shouting,
and then he heard a big bang right next to him! It turn out to be his girlfriend crushing a huge scorpion with her book.
She said that the scorpion was right next to him and it looked like it was going to sting him when she killed it.

it turned out that this scorpion wasn't deadly, but he would have ended up in the hospital for at least a week if he have
been bitten.

this was not to scare anybody from traveling abroad to foreign countries, just the opposite, I encourage people to travel.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

23. Posted by Malapacua (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Quoting CNyrud

Hi There.

just want to tell you about something that happened to a friend of mine when he was in Thailand.
It all started when he decided to take a shower, and luckily for him, his girlfriend was in the room with him.
In the middle of the shower, when he got the shampoo in his hair and his eyes his girlfriend started yelling and shouting,
and then he heard a big bang right next to him! It turn out to be his girlfriend crushing a huge scorpion with her book.
She said that the scorpion was right next to him and it looked like it was going to sting him when she killed it.

it turned out that this scorpion wasn't deadly, but he would have ended up in the hospital for at least a week if he have
been bitten.

I doubt that. There are no realy dangerous scorpions in Thailand (have never seen one in several years in Thailand).
A bit from a scorpion in Thailand is compareable to a bee-sting.

24. Posted by arida (Full Member 17 posts) 6y

Trust your instincts as they are usually right. I was approached by a very friendly turbaned Indian looking-guy (possible Sikh or just posing as one) in Bangkok on the Khao San Road. He was approaching tourists and chatting, but I noticed he was trying very hard to gain full eye contact and really get my attention. It did not feel like he was coming on to me, but something was not right and I knew his attentions were not good. I am good at cutting unwanted attention completely dead and got rid of him pretty quick.

Don't feel obliged to give someone the benefit of the doubt and be polite. I later found out that he was a hypnotist or just very persuasive (I think this is pretty rare)! He spoke to a friend of mine a week later and somehow charmed her into parting with a lot of cash. She is a pretty sensible woman and was embarrased to tell me exactly what happened. She didn't know why she did it, but she actually went to an ATM to get him money and would not disclose how much money she parted with. She just felt compelled to follow his instruction!

In popular toursit spots there will always be dodgy predatory people with some kind of money-making scam or worse. It's not rife and usually you can easily discern who to swerve. Other tourists who have maybe developed a drug, or visa problem and need cash fast are often trying to latch on and ingratiate themeslves with gullible travellers to see what they can get in terms of free meals, ready cash etc.

It's good to be aware, but no need to worry unnecessarily in advance as mostly you meet great people and have a fantastic time.

25. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 6y

Don't feel obliged to give someone the benefit of the doubt and be polite.

Actually, in Thailand, always be polite. Rudeness will result in like treatment and anger will dig you in deeper. Thai don't handle confrontation well. And, because of their overwhelming accommodating politeness, when they do finally retaliate, that retaliation is often way over the top!

That said, politely ignore anyone wandering up to simply chat it up. Thais are quite friendly, and very helpful when called upon, but few will walk up to a total stranger. When one does, there's almost always an angle.

She didn't know why she did it, but she actually went to an ATM to get him money and would not disclose how much money she parted with. She just felt compelled to follow his instruction!

She knew exactly why she did it. She was just embarrassed to admit how gullible she was.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Sep-2010, at 16:33 by Curt1591 ]

26. Posted by willcowan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

I cant believe the scorpion story - I have never seen one in Thailand. As for taking pics - Thai people are normally very happy to pose for pics. The only people that would want to charge you for a pic will be the guys selling snakes, cockroaches, locusts and the likes. Only because they have realised that tourists want to take pics, so they want to earn some small change.

As for transport in Bangkok, I never take a tuk-tuk, as they will easily charge you 5 times the going rate. And very true about blatantly lying to you about places being closed. Any place they offer to take you to (from tailors to shows) will charge you up to 10 times the normal rate. Taxis are a good enough way to get around, as long as they switch the meter on. Ask the driver if he will switch the meter on before you even get in. Not switching on the meter will result in about 3 times the meter rate.

The sky train (BTS) is still the best way to get around. Cheap, VERY fast, clean with staff that are friendly and helpfull. All stations and routes are clearly marked in English. Also communication on PA system is in English and Thai. You also get to meet more people and see more of the city. It costs about 10 - 40 baht, depending on the number of stops. You can also buy unlimited 1 - 3 day travel passes. Just 120 Baht buy you 1 day pass, 280 Baht buys a 3 day unlimited travel pass or, if you're planning to stay longer or return to the city later, buy 10 journeys valid at any time, for 250 Baht.

The local Thai railway also now has a link from the airport to the city centre, and it links up to the skytrain at Phaya Thai station. The subway travels East of the skytrain, from North to South through Bangkok.

For traveling anywhere from Bangkok you have various options. Their local airline - Nokair - is cheap and efficient. They fly from Don Muang airport in Bangkok. Just make sure your luggage can lock, as rifling through tourists luggage is a common practice. Airconditioned busses runs all over Thailand, or on smaller routes you can book a seat on a airconditioned minivan. They run from Mo Chit station and Victory Monument circle.

On the islands you have to rent a scooter!! Otherwise just not worth it.

I have only ever gotten into trouble with police once (yes, they are corrupt and always looking for a bribe), and that was for missing the dustbin when throwing away a wrapper. Was officially handed a 2000 Baht fine for littering, but after pleading, I got away with handing the policemen 200 Baht. They hide and watch...

99% of all tourists fall in love with Thailand, and I am sure you will too. It is a magical place, and it really is the land of smiles. Keep an open mind, keep your head, keep smiling and you will have a wonderfull time.

27. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

[quote=Sander]
That comes over as a pretty bigoted point of view.
Oh - yeah? Well just take a look at the guy pissing outside the kitchen while smoking a cig. He's everywhere in that filthy city.
Bigot? Get some travel experience under yer belt before you start spurting off insults.

28. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 6y

Quoting flyingbob

Quoting Sander

That comes over as a pretty bigoted point of view.

Oh - yeah? Well just take a look at the guy pissing outside the kitchen while smoking a cig. He's everywhere in that filthy city.
Bigot? Get some travel experience under yer belt before you start spurting off insults.

My apologies if my remark came over as an insult. It was not intended as such. I don't dispute that there is filth in Thailand, and that to eyes accustomed to Western culture, it might seem to be ubiquitous (though I personally did not experience it as such when there). I merely wanted to point out that the way you phrased "The cheaper restaurants just dont know the word 'Clean'." comes across as pretty absolute, and seems to neither allow for exceptions, nor for tolerance of things simply being done differently (i.e. perhaps not matching our concept of hygiene, but still being "Clean").

(And I wanted to point out that there isn't necessarily a direct relation between incidents of lack of hygiene that you witnessed, and the "bad guts" you experienced.)

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Oct-2010, at 09:55 by Sander ]

29. Posted by BillinCM (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

I have lived here for 18 months and am happy to say that nothing has gone wrong during the whole of my Thailand adventure. Expect the worst and you will more likely find it. Expect a beautiful country, welcoming people, fascinating culture, GREAT food. Enjoy.

30. Posted by sepilokfui (Budding Member 75 posts) 6y

Mini2e3,

There were plenty of advise given, which I personally think - please don't horrify Thai.

I am a Malaysian, been to Thailand 6 times in past 10 years, and going again next week.
My comments will be - Thai is the nicest people I know compared to the 108 cities I had visited in my life. Relax, take thing easy and enjoy the food and beaches.

You will face all the problems and issues as every single big cities (Bangkok pop is 6-8 millions) for a tourist, no diff from Buenos Aires to Shanghai to New York to etc, but Thai has always been helpful and nice for all the occasions I been there.

There are some political situations there, just be alert, careful and also respectful to them. Worse comes to worse, take the train from Bangkok, cross over to Malaysian. I am pretty sure Malaysian will be helpful too.

Enjoy!
Fui