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    Rip Tides at Phuket

    by machomikemd Written Oct 28, 2012

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    Southern Thailand may have some of the beautiful beaches in the world but the problem here is that during the monsoon season (from may to october), the beaches facing the Andaman Sea like Patong, Nai Harn, Karon, etc, experience strong waves and rip tides. It has claimed 20 people in the last 10 years and they usually place red flags at the beaches to warn the people if there are rip tides and strong currents present at the beaches. Rip tides are also present even when it is not the monsoon season so be careful when swimming at the beaches and do not go too far from the shoreline if your are not an experienced swimmer.

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    Renting Motorcycles

    by machomikemd Written Oct 24, 2012

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    A Word of Caution in Renting Motorcycles in Phuket, motorbike rentals here depends on the displacement of the bike, if the bike is 100 cc or less, then it is cheaper but when the displacement of the bike is more then 300 cc, then it is expensive. rentals go for 300 baht a day minumum for the motorbike. But the Caveat Here is that the motorcycles you rent have no insurance and if you happened to be involved in an unfortunate accident here, then you will pay for all the expenses like your medical bills, the medical bills of the injured if you are the offending party, the motorcycle repai and the police as if you don't have a valid Thai License or a valid International Drivers License, then you go to jail. this is the risk when renting the motorbikes instead of taking the more expensive taxis or tuk tuks/songthaews in Phuket so think twice before renting a bike!

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    Tuk Tuk Drivers (Songthaews)

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 24, 2012

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    Like in any tourist friendly country in the world, there are rotten eggs in a basket and this maxim is present in Phuket as you will encounter unscrupulous tuk tuk driver. tuk tuks are really more expensive here in phuket than in bangkok as the tuk tuk here is bigger and is like a reconfigured pick up truck rather than the two stoke reconfigured tri-wheeled motorcycle type that you can found in Bangkok. the average short ride up to 4 kilometers long is 150 baht if you are good haggling with the driver and about 200 baht if not, however the unscrupulous ones may charge up to 500 baht for the short ride and they are usually found near hotel entrances. for longer rides like going to karon beach or kata beach from patong beach, the average price will be 350 to 400 baht and if you are not good at haggling then it goes up to 600 baht.

    before riding a songtheaw (tuk tuk) negotiate first with the driver for the price (the price is fixed whatever the number of persons that will ride it). the average songthaew will sit about 4 is the seat is configured horizontally but the common ones with dual vertical seating will sit up to 8 people.

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  • Don't swim in the sea! Dangerous monsoon riptides

    by jjokeefe Written Jun 18, 2012

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    We were in Phuket at Kata Beach in June 2012 and whilst we were there in the space of 3 weeks there were 6 tourist drownings at Kata, Karon and Patong Beaches (see local Phuket media reports). The riptides at this time of the year are extremely dangerous and the only way we found out about the danger was from locals on the beach. There were red flags all along the beach, however these were mistaken by many toursist as areas where you could swim (as the case in Australia) and unless you read the signs and the flags which say "Don't swim, dangerous riptides" many tourists are none the wiser as they enter the water. There was silence from our beach front resort about the dangers of swimming in the sea. These drownings have to STOP!!!!!

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    kateoys - boy girls

    by MARGS1968 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    these boy girls will usually come up to you and your friends requesting to have a photo taken with you and as one of them poses with you the other takes your photo. sounds all innocent until they request money from you for posing with you.
    Mind you they are using your bloody camera. the cheek.
    kateoys can be very deceitful and very annoying and make a big fuss and start swearing profanities at you when you refuse to pay them as this happens all the time in patong beach
    A friend of ours who was out with us one night and had been drinking quite a lot had sex with one of them thinking it was a women as some of them are incredibly beautiful and he was extremely drunk, we wern't with him when this happened,.
    i know this sounds suss but he was arrested for bashing her/him ,he ended up paying off the police and the kateoy and it was a nightmare from that day until we left Thailand because our friend was humiliated and disgusted and we ended up having to look after him the whole time.
    I believe his drink may of been spiked because he has memory blocks of what happened.
    As i said kateoys are very deceitful so beware and always have someone with you when venturing out for the night and dont turn your back on your drinks.

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    Mosquito Repellent

    by Tina-Perth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    UPDATE: Phuket is encountering a resurgence of Dengue Fever. Be sure to take precautions.

    It is vital to carry mosquito repellent with you to any areas of Thailand, as with much of Asia, particularly if you have an allergy to mosquito bites. Although Malaria is not a problem in Phuket, it is wise to take precautions. The mosquitos that carry Malaria are the brown coloured Anopheles and Dengue is borne by the Aedes Aegypti, which is most active in the early morning and late afternoon. They tend to dwell in domesticated areas, around houses and in shade, as opposed to the Anopheles which tends to live in the jungle areas. Mosquito spray is cheap and effective, also travel sized and widely available, so be sure to carry some with you, particularly in wet areas.

    Over a million people die every year from Malaria, which can be a problem near Cambodia or Myanmar. You can take anti-Malaria medication such as Malarone as a preventative, but not getting bitten is best. Symptoms can take up to one year to manifest, so if you're worried, it is advisable to be tested when you get home just to be sure. Dengue Fever can be contracted through mosquitos in Thailand and recent years have seen an upsurge in the number of infections, resulting in severe pain and even death. Check the link below for details about Dengue.

    The Thai people believe that black clothing attracts mosquitos, and I guess they'd know. I do wear a bit of black, but I must admit I haven't had that much of a problem with them. I believe they are also attracted to body temperature, pheremones and carbon dioxide which is heavy and hangs low, so be sure to spray your feet and exposed legs.

    Once you hear the cicadas start their song at sundown, it's like a wake-up call for the mosquitos, so be prepared.

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    Urgent update: Jellyfish in South-Thailand

    by georeiser Updated Nov 21, 2010

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    This is an urgent update! Unfortunately many of the beaches in South-Thailand have incidents of Jellyfish with burning tentacles. It may look like the spreading is increasing.

    It's NOT known that the western beaches of Phuket has the socalled "Box Jellyfish", which is the deadliest of all Jellyfish. It is however worse on eastern side of Phuket, Phi Phi Islands and Koh Lanta. The swedish woman Carina Löfgren was killed by Box Jellyfish in February 2010 in Langkawi, Malaysia (south of Phuket). In 2008 the 10 years old swedish girl Moa Bergman went into an anaphylactic shock and died after the same stings in Klong Dao beach, Koh Lanta.
    I felt an itching on my arm when I was swimming in Karon beach in March 2007. The itching became worse when I started to scratch on it. However this was not the socalled "Box Jellyfish".

    Some beaches in other countries use net to catch the Jellyfish. It's about time Thailand and Malaysia do it or warn the tourists with signboards.

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  • Siam Sea Canoe , Dangerous and careless

    by umayr Written Jul 31, 2010

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    The people running the tour care almost nothing about the tourists onboard. Now let me explain what happened We took the Phi Phi , maya bay tour on 26th july 2010 . The siam sea canoe company took us , we were on boat 59/3 the trip went well till we reached kai island or something the last island on the tour.. A major thunderstorm hit us and we were stranded for almost an hour more than planned. What happened afterwards was absolutely stupid from the Head guide of the boat. There was low tide (or so they said) so the boat had to be kept at quite a distance almost 800 meters from the shore, while all other boats (boat 19, boat 919 etc etc) asked all their passengers to stay at the shore for another hour, our guide asked us to walk to the boat. The sea was rough and mind you he hadnt given us any life jackets or even a rope.. We told him we couldnt swim he shouted saying WE CANNOT GO BACK NOW and have to follow him. My parents BOTH above 75 who are almost 5 ft some inches tall and my niece who is 13 were asked to walk in the rough sea.. the boat kept creeping away from the shore as the sea was rough and they didnt even bother having a rope or the crew around us. The head guide had my nieces hand and kept walking while the waves rose to more than 5 ft 9 inches .. they almost swept me and my parents away 3 times.. we lost our spectacles, we couldnt see afterwards, lost our slippers and the worst part is my Professional Camera equipment (CANON HD video camera and CANON DSLR camera and 3 lenses) worth 3000++ USD which was in my bag got all wet and destroyed. The video camera was hardly ever used. And this all happened because they wanted to get the ship back to shore quickly.. they didnt want to bring in their boat because low tide would damage it , all the other boats waited.

    Not only was this a life threatening situation it was highly irresponsible and has caused us great stress mentally and financially. I would like to warn everyone before taking this tour, they have made lame excuses like snakes would come out on the island and so on after i contacted them. But what i can tell you is these people do not care about anyone's life.

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    Feeding the fish

    by georeiser Written Apr 13, 2009

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    Feeding the fish

    Some small islands outside Phuket, and especially Khai Nok Island, is popular because you can feed the fish. They eat bread and banana from your hands. It's quite fun.
    Be careful so the fish doesn't bite your finger. And tell your children not to hold their fingers to close. A tiny rip can be dangerous. I know about one case where a man got blood poisoning because a tiny rip in his finger. The pain increased with a red stripe up his arm. He had to visit the doctor after 2-3 days to get antibiotics.

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    Monkeys at Kao Rung Hill

    by balhannah Updated Feb 23, 2009

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    At the top of Kao Rung Hill at the lookout, you will most probably encounter wild Monkey's. There is a sign warning that they will bite. Be careful, especially if you have food in a bag, as they become aggressive and don't leave you alone. As you can see in my photo, THEY ARE NOT THIN!!!

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    Credit card details being stored / fraud /advice

    by satsumamoon Written Dec 1, 2008

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    Pay a visit to your bank before you go abroad. Give then the dates of your holiday.
    That way, they wont suddenly decide to stop your card due to all those 'unusual payment patterns', in the middle of your holiday.
    Upon your return home, you can also instruct your bank to refuse any further transactions from abroad.
    This is helpful in case someone has stored your details for further use.

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    Be smart. Don't die.

    by bluebug Written Sep 30, 2008

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    Mocha at Nai Harn Beach

    Watch out! Two people died this week at both Nai Harn and Kata beaches. And many have died in the past. The waves are big and people love to go out and play in them, but the undertow is invisible and will suck you under no matter how strong of a swimmer you are. My advice is, when the red flags are put out on the beach don't go swimming. Also when the flags are absent just go in up to your waist. The waves will still come high up over your head but this way you will have a sturdier hold on the ground beneath you.

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    Don't support cruel Elephant Camps

    by bluebug Written Sep 30, 2008

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    Please don't support these camps. The wrost ones are located in Patong right next to the main road. Living within such close proximity of so much traffic causes the elephants' sensitive ears to go deaf at an early age. The keepers at these camps don't exercise these creatures and they're just tied up to chains all day unless taken out when tourists ride them. If no one supports these camps then they will close down. If you do want to do some trekking go to Rawai. There are 2 camps. One is in Rawai and the other is between Rawai and Kata behind a bar. Both camps take excellent care of the animals. They are taken for walks every morning rope free and they live in a quiet and lush camp.

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  • Beware anyone offering you scratch cards !

    by vikkitraveller Written Sep 5, 2008

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    In Patong Beach, there are large numbers of foreigners being ferried around on scooters (mopeds, motorbikes) who target foreign couples offering scratch cards. Guess what happens .... you have scratched off a winner. Well don't be too pleased, everyone is a winner, every scratch card is a winner HOWEVER you are then subjected to the hard sell of what is commonly known as "timeshare" or "shared ownership" in properties in Phuket and other areas in Thailand. Beware as they don't like to accept NO as an answer.

    One way to put them off is to ask to see their work permits, which in most cases they reply "oh yes at the office" which is another ploy to get into the hard sell.

    On the other hand, you might like to take advantage of their kind offer as they show you around the Island and their properties, in the knowledge that they are expecting a rewarding commission when infact you politely refuse at the end of the day.

    You have been warned !!!!

    Vikkitraveller
    (born to travel)

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    Thailand under Emergency Rule!

    by seenoeveil Written Sep 2, 2008

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    Things have change a little again as they have imposed emergency rule. It is hard to say what this is going to mean as the military has said it will not put down the unrest. I would just keep an eye on the situation for the next few days or weeks to see what comes next. I also just talked to an American friend of mine who was attacked and beaten by about 10 Thais when he had stopped to help one who had had a motor bike accident just over the bridge in the north of Phuket. I think it is a really good time to lay low and access the situation and try to stay out of the Thais way for the moment till they can bring their country back under control. Do not leave tourist areas and if you have to do not get out of your car unless the great flood is coming.

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