Central & Eastern Thailand Warnings and Dangers

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Central & Eastern Thailand Warnings and Dangers

  • Patpong & Prostitution

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Bangkok is, arguably, one of the best places in the world if it is the red lights you are searching for. The beer is cheap and cheerful and so are the girls for that matter. As long as you are not a *** who is stupidly naive and easily led you can see scams coming from a mile away and you are perfectly capable of saying NO to them. The two best...

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  • Taxi scams

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I have written a full account of a taxi driver who tried to scam us in Bangkok. We took photos of various stuff on the way (meter, maps etc) and when he took us to the police station to try and make us pay more we got the sympathy of the police. Its a long story! You can read it here:...

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  • Tuk-tuks

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    What a disaster TukTuks are ! What a reputation ! - they don't bring you where you want, but to places they get commission for: fake gem shops and (wait for it !) the Thai King's Royal Cashmere Factory, which is actually a tailor shop which want to sell you synthetic as Cashmere, - they charge you multiples of what was agreed - in addition to the...

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  • Jewelery & Gem Scams

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Hi, I'm glad I'm reading this, because the exact same thing has happened to our family so apparently we're not alone in this. We were planning to go on our last day in Thailand to the national museum, so when we were trying to find it, this guy comes up to us, saying he's a teacher and that today is a special day. He said to us a couple of things...

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  • Water Quality

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Yes; Bangkok's water is treated at the facility. And, when sampled, at the facility, it will pass all the tests. The problem is contamination from the delivery system. The pipes that carry the water,to the public, are often old, broken, and in a state of disrepair. Cleaning out the mother-in-law's holding tank, besides all the mud, we have found...

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  • Drugs & Spiked Drinks

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    On the 23/10/2014 at approximately 3am, I decided to leave Ko San Road and walk back to my hostel. I took short cut up an alley at the end near Burger King. I was pestered by a crazy disgusting ladyboy, I said no no no!!... im going to bed. From behind another person waved some kind of drug in my face, litrally knocking me out, helpless and alone...

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  • Dress codes

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Although Thais are very tolerant especially to foreign tourists, it is best to show respect in dress code when visiting temples. This dress code is strictly enforced at the Grand Palace. But do not dispair, being tourist friendly, you can rent long loose pants for guys, long wraps and cover ups for gals. Of course, you will be charged for rental....

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  • Traffic

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    There's no chance to program a local trip by car without two or three hours of tolerance. The traffic is always jammed, and the pollution very high. We took a taxi for a five kilometers ride to a restaurant, and were forced to use the highway (extra payment) to do it in less than three hours. If possible... walk (get yourself a mask, as most...

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  • Pickpockets

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Hi, my husband and I visit bangkok/thailand often and we have never experienced any issues with the Thai people, I find the Thai people quite pleasant and helpful. I find that if you keep to yourself, you can pretty much do as you please. WALKING IN THE CITY :We have decided to walk a little instead of taking a taxi or tuk tuk and have gotten...

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  • Grand Palace Closed Scam

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Outside the Grand Palace they warn you "do not trust wily strangers." They underline the warning, so you can guess it's pretty important. The problem, which we didn't encounter as we shunned all friendly approaches outside the Grand Palace, is the "kind stranger", sometimes dressed as an official, who advises you that the Grand Palace is closed,...

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  • Airport Departure Tax

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I LEFT BANGKOK JULY 2007 AND WAS TOLD BY MY TOUR REP THAT DEPARTURE TAX HAD INCREASED TO 750 BAHT. I HAVE BEEN TO THAILAND SEVERAL TIMES AND DID NOT SEE ANY KIOSKS AT THE NEW AIRPORT TO PAY THE TAX. AND EASILY PASSED THROUGH PASSPORT CONTROL WITHOUT PAYING TOUR REPS SEEM TO HAVE WRONG INFORMATION ON THE NEW TAX I NOW UNDERSTAND IT IS ALLREADY...

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  • Weather & Climate

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Be aware of the heat and the humidity in the country before you go as it can be extremely hot out there. It was very very hot when I visited last month and had to use a lot of sun block to protect my skin. Dont forget to take a shawl to cover up when required.

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  • Stray dogs

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    BANGKOK Like other countries in Asia always beware of stray dogs. The stray dog populations in this city are vast and it is best to keep well away from them at all times..The vast amount of stray dogs in the streets here have rabies.To be bitten by a rabid dog or animal of any kind is an extremely dangerous situation to be in. If you are bitten...

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  • Pollution

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Avoid Bangkok until the authorities sort out the air quality controls for the city. I'm currently holed up in the Baiyoke Sky Hotel on the 43 rd floor looking out at the city, I can see a THICK bank of pollution hanging over the city. I have been physically sick for three days due to the pollution here. If you have any breathing issues like asthma...

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  • Begging

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Its entirely up to you if you want to give your money to these people. Who knows the real reason or their circumstances of why they are there. I did give a small amount of shrap that I didnt want to keep.

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  • Street Food

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    While many people rave about the street food in Thailand, I was a bit turned off by it. It looks great and I did try it several times with no problem. However, a few things to keep in mind. As you can see in the photos, the food is out raw and uncovered. What you can't tell from the photo is that it is 95 degrees and 100% humidity. There is no...

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  • Fake Police

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    You know the saying that "bad luck never comes alone"? After the whole shenanigan we encountered at Samboondee Restaurant, we encountered another one as my buddy and I were leaving the con man's restaurant by taxi. Only this time, it was trickier because it involved a corrupted policeman. On our way back to our hotel from that fateful restaurant,...

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  • Pedestrian safety

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    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...

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  • Chatuchak Weekend Market

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    I had a bad experience yesterday when I had gone with my kids to chatuchak weekend market in the afternoon at around 3pm a nice looking couple approached me and started a conversation in pretext of asking about some arabic or indian food nearby then the male asked me if I had some indian currency as he wants to see coz they were very soon going to...

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  • Walking Alone

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Bangkok is generally a safe place for travellers however like any big city it does have it's fair share of crime.You should be very careful when you are walking alone at night if you are alone .For example , guys on motorbikes snatching handbags from unsuspecting female victims and knifing them in the process.I've know a couple of people getting...

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  • Driving

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Taxi Formula 1 drivers under construction My Photos First Photo: Taxi in Bangkok Second Photo: Main street in Bangkok Third Photo: Main street in Bangkok Fourth Photo: Street in Bangkok by night Fifth Photo: Rama road in Siam

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  • Khao Shan Road

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Saongkran Festival can be witnessed at its best at Khaosan Road, startong from 12th April till 15th but can cuase great damage to your eyes so Be careful and wear Googles or Sun Glasses while out there having fun and stay safe. Report Published on 4th April 2009- Bangkok Post Revellers run the risk of serious eye damage, including blindness, from...

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  • Fake Tickets

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Unfortunately there are touts preying on tourists in Bangkok. They could be well dressed, friendly and speak fluent English. One of the scams is to sell you fake admission tickest or tickets at inflated prices. Do not fall for that. Tickets are sold at the entrances of temples. At Wat Arun, there is no general admission and you only buy tickets...

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  • Mosquito Repellant

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    BANGKOK When travelling to Bangkok or anywhere through Thailand ALWAYS carry and use a strong Mosquito Repellant at all times. Like all tropical areas travelling here makes you suseptible to Malaria and Dengue fever. These are extremely dangerous conditions.. Make sure that you are looking after your needs.. Because of the sometimes extreme heat...

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  • Canal & River boats

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    High speed river buses fly along some of the remaining Bangkok canals and can be great fun for the more adventurous. They are fast, direct and cheap but not for the feint hearted. Some of the stops are no more than flimsy, unidentified landing stages tethered to the side of the canal. The drivers don't take prisoners here so you jump for your life...

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  • Medical Concerns

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    It's important to know your risks! ------------------------------------------ MEDICAL FACILITIES: Medical treatment is good. This is particularly true in Bangkok, where excellent facilities exist for routine, long-term and emergency health care. ---------------------------------------------------- Thailand has been experiencing an epidemic of HIV...

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  • Bargin - Haggling

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    This is a scam that you will almost certainly encounter in one form or another while you are in Bangkok. Some locals are extremely keen for tourists to spend their money while they are in their city, and will be only too happy to point you in the direction of opportunities to do so. Commonly, this involves ”one day only sales”. The exact story...

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  • BTS Skytrain

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Bangkok is world renowned for its terrible traffic problems, so getting around on the roads is a bit of a nightmare. Yes, Bangkok has a metro but it only consist of one line (at the moment) and, yes, it has the BTS Skytrain but this doesn't go anyway near the city centre in order to get to the main tourist destinations like the Grand Palace, Wat...

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  • Airport Travel

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    "Letters of complaint to the papers here in Thailand make it clear that passengers are regularly detained at the airport for alleged shoplifting, and then made to pay middlemen to win their freedom." Read the rest here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8154497.stm

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  • Rain - Flooding

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    is anyone still living in the floodarea, we are exchange students from Thammasat university, we are taking a class project, which is aimed to help the people suffering under the water. see our homepage on: http://on.fb.me/t2w7Ed

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  • Elephants

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    in front of the big mall pratunam marlet i and muy husband had a huge argument and then a short fight with a mafia like guy who was carrying over an...elephant, obviously on drugs poor baby, whose head was bouncing uncontrollably....I aked him why he was doing THAT horrid thing to the poor animal, and they pretended they cannot understand my...

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  • Fake Goods

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    We visited the much recommended MBK shopping mall where on the 4th floor are dozens of small electronic shops and stalls. We purchased a 4Gb Apple I-pod Nano for a considerable sum of Baht 2600 - it came supposedly with leads, headphone, software CD, an apple box and a guarantee plus the lady gave us a slip for the VAT refund at the airport. When...

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  • Excess Luggage Fees

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Just be cautious of your luggage weight and what you carry in your hand luggage as the customs at the Bangkok airport is quite strict. They will just throw away whatever that is not allowed to carry in your hand luggage where you will feel sorry for it later on. Hence, all over quantities of perfume, liquids in any form, creams, wines/liquor to be...

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  • Wat Arun

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Very steep and narrow steps lead to a balcony high on the central tower of Wat Arun. Take care when going up and coming back down. Everybody was having difficulty with them when I visited so please take care.

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  • Bird Feeding

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    Whilst walking by the Royal Field, close to the Grand Palace, during a visit to Bangkok in September 2007, I came across another scam to extort money out of visiting tourists. It was nothing too serious, just another method by which enterprising locals attempt to earn a few Bahts from their foreign guests. There are many birds flocking around...

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  • Littering

    Bangkok Warnings and Dangers

    At Siam Square, please be aware that there is such a thing as Bangkok Clean Zone. Me and my friends were fined 500B each for "throwing things on the street" by two policement who dragged us from a telephone booth right across Hard Rock Cafe to their booth at the end of the street. They asked us for our passports & we were forced to sign some kind...

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  • Hotels offered in Airport

    We haven't the booked online for a hotel to stay so when we arrived in Suvarnabhumi Airport, while looking for the public transport in Sukhumvit, there's this old, fat man that approached my friend and I. He dressed in a coat that made him look a professional. He said he's working for the Royal Pacific Hotel Bangkok. Since we're looking for a place...

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  • be street wise...

    Renting a car and driving around Thailand in it was an experience. Not a bad one, but certainly, well ... "interesting".Thais do (in my opinion) have a very special way of driving. And here they definitely loose their famous politeness.Some examples:- They drive on the left side of the road (ok, that is only new for some mainland europeans as me...

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  • you never bath alone ...

    This we encountered at the Erawan Falls, but I am sure it is true for many other Falls and bathing oportunities as well.So when you found your place at one of the seven steps of the Erawan Falls and settle down into the water in one of the pools, you suddenly feel something on your toes.You are being picked at. By fishes. They will eat the skin...

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  • Always bargain FIRST

    HMMM, yes. We should have known, we were not in Thailand the first time. Anyway.There we are, on the Khlongs of Bangkok, sun burning down on us and we get thirsty. So when the Boat driver stopped at this swimming shop, my husband ordered two cokes.Said and done she handed us the opened drinks and said: 200 Baht. What? We managed to get her down to...

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  • Bangkok, go prepared

    I am not the first nor the last here to write this.The very minute you hit the road in Bangkok and have a look at your map (where are we going next?), you will have someone friendly come to you and offer help. These friendly people are ofte directly related to tuk tuk drivers or shops. They will say anything to get you have a trip with a tuk tuk...

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  • Traffic

    Unless you are a very experienced driver with a good map sense i recommend that you do not drive. It was scarey enough being driven around by TukTuk driver or taxi driver. Be careful of motorbikes they pop up everywhere. Also horn are sounded to indicate intentions so listen carefully.

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  • Scams

    While the Thais are generally very nice people, there are some scams going on so be careful. These scams usually prey on greedy tourists who wants to buy items in Thailand and then sell them at a profit back in their own country. The most common involves jewelry e.g. sapphires which turn out to be less than the value which the tourist pays....

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  • Scams

    While the people of Bangkok are generally very nice, there are some scams going on so be careful. These scams usually prey on greedy tourists who wants to buy items in Thailand and then sell them at a profit back in their own country. The most common involves jewelry e.g. sapphires which turn out to be less than the value which the tourist pays....

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