Beware of Gem Scams!
I really haven't tried to book online for a place in where we can stay when we arrived in Bangkok, because I thought at that time that it's dangerous to enter your credit card number in the internet... well, i was wrong.
We planned to ride in a airport bus to get to Sukhumvit and then just find a hotel to sleep there but it didn't went that way. We were blocked in the airport by this old man in a Royal tourist agency and offered us a free tour around the city if we would avail their hotel nearby the airport. Being nice, we said yes thinking that a free tour would be very accommodating since it's our 1st visit in Bangkok and it's getting late. He booked us in Royal Pacific Hotel, for 2 days and 2 nights. I think we paid less than 7000php.
We took a cab from the airport to the hotel, service fee is 300Baht and it only took us less than 30mins to arrive in or destination. We were exhausted that we slept easily that night.
But then again, the place near the airport is not accommodating since we always need to ride a cab to go in the cities to wander.
We live, we learn.
the next day we were toured by a tourist guide as promised also with a service car, but before the tour ended (around 1pm) we were brought in these expensive jewelry shops to buy something... my friend and I really not into these things that's why we were so irritated at that time. But still being nice and because we were in a different country, at least we bought something on that shop. But we were surprised it's not just 1 jewelry shop we stopped by, there was another but this time it sells this illuminating rock or whatever you call it!!! we never bothered to buy again because we had enough and it's not our point of interest!!!! we thought it's the last shop, we were wrong again!!!
the 2 thais stopped by another store, this time the jim thompson's shop, it's a well known shop for fabrics and silks... but it's not what we like you know!!! we like touring around bangkok not asking some tailors to make us new clothes!!!! well, it's not a really good experience to give you instructions on where to go... especially spending money on something you don't like!
Lesson learned: Don’t accept hotel offers from people in the airport. They would really bring you mischief by taking you to the gem/jewelry shops. Book your hotels in advance.
Unique Suggestions: Learn to say "NO" but still be polite and say "thank you", and just say that you don't need it.
Fun Alternatives: again, learn to say "No", it's your freedom. it's your money. Don't spend too much on something you really don't need.Related to:
- Budget Travel
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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
The http://www.amphawafloatingmarket.com/ is much better than that other tourist crap and there is some lovely accomodation right on the canal.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, is a fire, contrived, concrete rip off. Amphawa is the real thing.
Unique Suggestions: Look at all the tourists trapped in a traffic jam of boats, baking under the hot sun then go straight to Amphawa.
Fun Alternatives: Amphawa Floating Market. Just nearby.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
That floating market is a dire tourist trap. We stayed on the river a few clicks away with a proper traditional floating market, nice restaurants, art shops, monks in the morning etc. which was much better. I visited the Damneon Saduak Floating Market out of curiosity and walked out after 5 minutes of wall to wall tourists in boats, stall after stall of trinkets, overpriced food and drinks. Beats me why anyone would want to go there.
Unique Suggestions: Go further along the river.
Fun Alternatives: As above
Get in a Tuk Tuk early on in the day and ask to go practically anywhere and you will do a mandatory stop at a tailors or jewlers...
They get commision or free petrol for this so be warned it may take you a while to get to your destination...
Also never say there going to fast as it will only get much faster!!!!!!
Unique Suggestions: Ok so if you do end up at a jewlers or tailors you dont have to buy
Fun Alternatives: Use the taxis (make sure you ask them to turn the meter on) or the bus..
Better still is the sate of the art sky train, always efficent with icy cool aircon.
Theres a metro as well, but ive personally never used it
The notorous traffic jams in Bangkok
The notorous traffic jams in Bangkok are for real, so you need to make extra time for all your outings. This is especially important if you are going to the airport. Do have some patience when waiting in the traffic jams, and ways of beating it include taking the river transport, monorail transport or make sure your journey does not clash with the office rush hours.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
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