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    They all have family in your home country!

    by Joenes Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    When a Thai starts talking to you about a brother,sister,son or daughter who lives or is going to live in your home country just walk on otherwise he will invite you to his house and offers you food and drinks but this is all to get you to do something illegal!

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    Don't climb over the walls

    by herzog63 Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Most of the buildings have crude security systems such as these shards of glass placed into concrete at the top of walls that surround the building. It's not really a danger but more of a local custom unless you want to try wall climbing then it would be a danger! I remember the first time I saw this style of security..I thought it was very interesting!

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    Bird Bomb in Silom Road

    by zazatann Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    Do you know where bird toilet in Bangkok is? Somebody said it’s on their head and some is in their mouth!!!
    In the evening along Silom Road, one of the most popular night life for tourist (PatPong market), we have a lot of Magpie robin bird come to sleep on the tree along this road. They'll stay at night and leave in the morning. It's been like this for long time since I was young. We know that when we walk along the street around this area, we won't open our mouth or we would keep walking under the shade of building as we try to avoid a bird bomb from the tree. Sometime, you'd feel like you hear the sound of rain in Silom, please don’t be surprise because it's not rain but it's bird poo from the top of the tree. So, please run and close your mouth. Ha…..

    May I say 'bird poo' to make you clear as some of you may think it’s not safe for life when I say 'bird bomb'

    little birds on the trees
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    Thai New Year!

    by aukjejetty Updated May 8, 2003

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    Be aware at the Thai New Year, there is no way you can keep anything dry on those days. Make sure you have some ziplock bags to put your money in, or it will be all soaking wet. One time I only went out for five minutes to buy something next to the guesthouse, well I came back with the water everywhere it was dripping from my clothes and out of my ears ☺.

    Truckloads of Waterfighters
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  • Smoking Area

    by volopolo Updated Jul 29, 2014

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    Smoking Area

    Thailand is a non smoking country. They are some smoking areas in different places in Bangkok where you can smoke (For example in Mo Chit Bus Station there is a smoking area outside and on the end of the building where you can smoke. You will see the smoking sign - check my pictures). Be careful because if you smoke in places that are non smoking places then you have to pay 2,000 bath.

    My Photos:
    First Photo: Smoking Area in Mo Chit Bus Station
    Second photo: Smoking Sign in Mo Chit Bus Station
    Third Photo: No Smoking Sign in Thailand
    Fourth Photo: No Smoking Sign in English language in Thailand
    Fifth Photo: No Smoking Sign in Thai language

    Smoking Area in Mo Chit Bus Station Smoking Area in Mo Chit Bus Station No Smoking Sign in Thailand No Smoking Sign in Thailand No Smoking Sign in Thailand

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    What's Up Starbucks?!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 5, 2014

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    Nearly every single establishment I went into, especially for food, had free wifi available. Starbucks was the only place I went to that charged money to use their wifi. This is very strange as it is a big reason in the States people hang out at Starbucks, free wifi. I was quoted 100bht per hour at every Starbucks I checked. My first visit, I cancelled my order when I found out they did not offer free wifi. The other places I asked before placing an order and they all said the same.

    Took my business elsewhere.

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    You'll Need Plenty of Clean (Non-holed) Socks.

    by Bangkokjoe Updated Oct 19, 2005

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    If you are intending doing the sites of Bangkok, (temples and museums and palaces and the like) you will need to ensure you are well prepared for leaving your shoes at the doors and pad about inside in your socks or bare feet.

    No one nicks your shoes and they will always be quite safe. Promise. However, a big toe poking through the end of a worn out sock is really not the done thing in Thailand / Bangkok. Feet may be the lowest part of the body, but tatty socks and the like will make you assume the appearance of a tramp (farang kee nok is the rather more derogatory term). Plenty of spares and new cotton jobs and you'll be fine.

    This lot of shoes are out the front of the Museum of Corrections, so of course they are extremely safe. So do not ask me why there is one lonely training shoe in the middle. I only noticed this just now. Also note the very shiny, well polished, black set belonging to the Police Colonel Leapingupandownaporn; who was inside at the time checking up on some refurbishing work.

    This tip dedicated to Lesley aka "Purpleshade", and her crushed velvet dress; which she bought only this week.

    Clean Socks and you'll be laughing...
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    Scooters on the Sidewalk

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 5, 2014

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    I found this to be rather dangerous for the average pedestrian. Because it is difficult to cross some of the major roads, people riding scooters have a tendency to ride on the sidewalk to avoid driving against traffic on the road. This is because there might be a long drive to the next turn-about. From I can tell they are not that far apart but driving on the sidewalk is more convenient for them. Stay alert!

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    Bangkok Cinemas.

    by rsleisk Updated Nov 12, 2004

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    We were in Bangkok when Spiderman 2 opened and happened to see that it was playing while strolling through the Siam Center Mall. Be warned that it is pretty confusing while in the lobby trying to figure out how much a movie is and there are no employees available to ask.

    We ended up asking someone in line how much a ticket was and they said which ticket? The deal is that Thailand cinema has three different seating areas with different comforts and price ranges.

    Anyway we found out how much Baht but the film we wanted to watch was sold out and the next showing was in 2 1/2 hours so we had to wait till we got back to the states.

    The cinema lobby anyway looked very cool and modern, I wonder what the balcony seating was like.

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    Street protests

    by expatbangkok Written Jun 27, 2008

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    I've lived through coups, birdflu, tsunami, SARS, bombings, protests. Thailand is safer than most own country Australia and I am glad I am here and bring my daughter up in a civilised society.
    P.S. I agree with the above, have a look through the Thailand forum before you post on this the most popular subject.

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    Traffic and Taxi's to and from Sukumvik

    by PeterVancouver Updated Jul 15, 2014

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    Arriving at Hua Lamphong railway station from the E & O Express from Singapore, it was not hard to find the taxi rank. However, being mid afternoon rush hour I simply could not get a taxi to take us to the Westin Hotel on Sukumvik. They simply said no, or that they were already booked.

    After getting the run-around for five minutes, I noticed two railway police sitting around simply watching the world go by and complained to them that I was having real problems getting to the Westin. At first they appeared quite disinterested and simply said they needed to have the address of the hotel which presumably us the area number ie 19, on Sukumvik. I pointed out that it was probably one of the major hotels in their City centre so really cant belive they were unable to assist or didn't know its approximate location.

    I abondonded these guys, but in a minute or two, whist trying my luck with the sixth taxi, one of the police interrupted as he could see I was getting nowhere with the driver. A heated argument between the two started, and the cop simply told me to get in and the driver clearly had no choice any more over the matter, especially as the officer's hand was constantly over his gun holster.

    The driver moaned and groand in Thai most of the way until we got to Sukumvik, one of the main streets through Bangkok, where we ground to a stop in massive traffic. It took almost 30 mins to cover 1000 yards so I can see why the drivers were not keen on this trip. this road becoming a two and three lane car park for a good part of the day. At this stage I wondered about the competence of the driver as clearly there were numerous side streets which many vehicles were taking to get out of the traffic mess but this guy simply crawled a couple of paces every minute along the main road

    Although if taken late in the evening, this journey would be less then 20 mins,however it took nearer a hour in this traffic and although he appeared to be an experienced driver, he even managed after all, not to notice the off ramp into the Westin, and was going to creep onwards by this time memorized by the huge amount of vehicles on the road. Fortunately there is a street alongside which leads around the back of the hotel. It could be that he was not the regular driver, as the license photo in the cab, was certainly not identical to the guy driving, and my thought at this stage was perhaps he was not familiar with downtown hotels, hence all the moaning during the trip.

    Just to make his day, but partly as he was such a miserable devil, I had only US Dollars on me so told him I would have to change these to Baht in the Reception. Fortunately this being on the seventh floor of this hotel, I was shown the way by a young man of the downstairs concierge who said he would pay the driver once I have local currency which he did without me having to go back downstairs and kindly brought me not only the change, but also the drivers receipt which was impressive and exceptionally helpful. Had I had to settle up with the driver, numerous additional charges would have suddenly appeared for Tolls and baggage.
    At departure time in the evening, the hotel arranged a cab for us which used a meter and even through moderate traffic and a Toll, the price cam to just under 300 Baht which I understand from the locals, would be the maximum price anyone should pay be it metered or not, from Downtown to the airport or reverse

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    disgusting little monsters!

    by paragianna75 Written Sep 13, 2007

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    If you are afraid of cockroaches like me, then be aware ... they are eveywhere in Bangkok and when sun sets they start getting out of the saps and taking a walk on the sidewalks! I had a very bad experience when trying badly to return to my hotel after a short walk around the streets :P

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    Chinatown and Claustrophobia

    by ann500 Updated Jan 13, 2006

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    If you suffer from claustrophobia avoid part of Chinatown - I think it was Sampeng Lane. The day I was there you had to shuffle down a very narrow aisle between the rows of shops and stalls, totally packed with people. Shuffle was absolute top speed. I'm not claustrophobic and I didn't enjoy it very much. I don't know if it is always that crowded. Just take a look before you plunge into the crowd because once you are in, you can't exit quickly.

    The rest of the area was great though, especially the nearby large flower/fruit/vegetable market Pak Klong Talat (one of my favorite sights in Bangkok).

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    Don't say anything bad about...

    by LAOWAI Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Don't say anything bad about or even make fun of the king in front of Thais. Not only will people not like you (because they LOVE their King), but you could possible get killed by the State. Yet, I still live!

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    by Adeline_Foo Updated Nov 10, 2002

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    Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of one. If a woman has to give anything to a monk, she first hands it to a man, who then presents it

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  • Aug 10, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    I will never put my foot in Thailand ever again, that country is land of scam not as samone said land of smile full stop. I was in Bangkok tuk tuk took me for ride to Jewellery shops givinng me advice like its special day today buy gold jewellery only one in year oportunity lucky me i felt somthing is wrong also took me to restorants and there they ripped me off paid big money 2 waiters come to table sorunded me and i have to pay bill. Also got scamed in Phuket limusine took from Phuket airport driver talking like he has to go to office to stamp ticket and took as for ride said come to office have drink, we wnet inn they scamed as with some expensive trips to phi pi island . Never again Thailand for me shame that such beautifull country full of scams and dishonest people. Please aviod this country at all cost i experienced myself all.
    Zack Melbourne

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