The roads of Koh Samui are in a poor state of repair and the drivers on these potholed roads do not ( as far as I can tell ) follow any kind of highway code. It is common to find motorbikes travelling at speed, in either direction, on both sides of the road. Drivers routinely overtake at high speed in narrow built up areas, forcing drivers travelling in the other direction to take avoiding action. It appears that the mind set is that smaller vehicles should and must give way to any larger vehicle.As a result of this driving madness, it is very common to hear the wail of ambulance sirens, rushing to attend yet another road accident.Drive very carefully on Samui!
If you stay on Koh Samui or the other islands and cannot get a flight out you must fly from Surat Thani and that is where the Mafia get you. Transport is by ferry and then bus but they stop at a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere and say, "you wait for bus to airport", and so you wait and of course people by food because they make it a long wait. Then they take you into Surat Thani centre to the Mafia bosses office and you wait more. The best way is to get a meter taxi or songtheaw to the ferry, get the ferry and then try and get a local taxi to the airport. It might cost a little more but even if we stop a couple of people being caught and they stop more then we can help wipe out this corruption.
watch your steep... be notice at any of the piece of glasses, sharp stick, nails and wooden.. construction is on progress. but I'think now everything's ok. don't worry ok. the local has rebuild thier homes and restraurant after the Tsunami. a wonderful places.
It is vital to carry mosquito repellent with you to any areas of Thailand, as with much of Asia. The mosquitos that carry Malaria are the ones with the white on them. When you see those around, take extra precautions. Mosquito spray is cheap and effective, also travel sized and widely available in Thailand, so be sure to carry some with you, particularly in wet areas.
Over a million people die every year from Malaria. You can take anti-Malaria medication such as Malarone as a preventative, but not getting bitten helps. Symptoms can take up to one year to manifest, so it is advisable to be tested when you get home just to be sure. Dengue Fever can also be contracted through mosquitos in Thailand.
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've heard that 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.
At Thainland Hatyai
I would totally avoid BLUESHIP Agency, a ticket sale counter located at Niphat Utbit3 rd. Besides offering tour tickets it also sell puppies and you could easily locate the ticket counter since it was at the entrance to a basement carpark ramp.
I bought a tiger show ticket for 250 bat and was directed to a hotel nearby. Upon reaching there , there were a few patrons (abt 35 of us) and the girls were in swimsuit like costume. They perform sexy dance similar to that of bartop pole dance, and that is it. By the end of the show, all patrons were so surprise that the entire night just end like this without any sex (intercourse) show as it claimed. I guess everyone else felt CHEATED just like me.
the next day I returned to the counter and tell the lady abt my disappointment. Tho she offer to give another free ticket, she said that the show does not include sex (interco..) , but I can tell that it's just a very unsincere approach.
One the whole, people were very nice there. I will return for more. :)
these operate as ferrys between (mostly) Koh Tao and the Mainland.
Having been built by local freaks who shuold have stayed with surfboards and beeing powered by up to 4 uncoordinated outboarders, these things ARE fast (using aound 800 liters for the under 60 miles trip) - and can be sunk by just a ONE meter wave, which easily appears even in the 'quiet' gulf.
Most local expats agree that quite a few boats get 'lost' each year but that's beeing hidden for the obvious financial reasons.
So if you can't stop yourself from using them, do it only in safe weather!
I've seen it in Patong Beach, but probably applies anyehere:
On the beach, there's some guys renting out jet Ski for not too big money - I think around 500 Baht / 30 min.
While no doubt they ARE fun, you must be VERY careful not to rush over swimmers - there's no separated areas and just a head can be hard to see in the waves. As a swimmer just DIVE for your life, when you see/ hear them coming!
And now: getting to the 'typical thai' part of it: Those Jet Ski are -obviously: for the danger - ILLEGAL!! Not renting them OUT (cause that's what the thais do) but renting and riding them (farangs part).
So you might easily end up having killed somebody and get about any additional trouble for using those things at all...
Phi Phi is a very chilled out island, I never saw any problems that weren't anything more than the result of too many drinks in the heat between tourists...
But I would be cautious the streets at night after the bars have closed are dark, just keep your wits about you.
watch out for falling coconuts, I swear i almost copped one plenty of times. they fall from 10 metres and you dont hear them coming....... they kill 150 people a year worldwide so watch out!
Be carfull with drunk people in your hotel after all night long parties!
Some of them decided to empty a fire extintor in my room!
Cheers Georgie and Carlitos ;)
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