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  • taxi from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International

    by seagypsy Written Jun 24, 2009

    As per the above two informative posts, it's better just to use a taxi if it's 2 persons or more. The Airport Express Bus takes an hour or more and charges 150bahts/person; thus it's faster and more economical just to take the taxi. Some of the taxis are small Toyota Corollas so if you're a larger family, then seek out the occasional taxi van.
    Oh, and you're expected to provide small thai baht notes (20s, 50s) to the taxi driver to pay the toll fares so make sure you've got some smaller notes too (besides, when paying the taxi driver at the end, the occasional, 'I don't have any change' response means that you should have smaller notes handy but round up 20-50bahts as a tip is always appreciated, esp. if you've got a lot of luggage). Also best to watch the toll fee in case the occasional taxi driver charges you more than the actual toll fare.

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    Thailand and other places

    by Marine_boy Written Jun 15, 2007

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    Many people might say Thailand is a tourist trap because its a popular place? It only becomes a trap if you become a "sucker" for common scams, some that are done the World over. There are many scams in Bangkok if you choose to fall for them!

    Unique Suggestions: Think about it for one moment, why would a very poor guy bother to learn English. He could just use it to talk in friendly way to tourists about his city (or yours maybe), but that would be a total waste of his time..
    If you can get a friend to pick you up from the airport and show you the ropes it would be better on arrival. My brothers wife is Thai, so we got showed around and warned of a few things. The Thai guys that "accidentaly" meet you and seem lovely are just the ones to avoid!!
    "Where are you going", these are the friendly words you will hear...keep walking!
    Pre-book a good hotel before you arrive. I took a hard suitcase and lock to go round it, save temptation for cleaners. Staying a really cheap places you sometimes get ****** and have to go to the police...and all the stress! And the ladies...of course

    Fun Alternatives: Where few people speak English. "What" you say?? Yes, because it shows tourism has not become a "trap" there. I went to some places in the deep south of Thailand and most people did not have a clue what I was saying!

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    Disneyland Merchandises (Tokyo)

    by muddybok Updated Nov 25, 2006

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    These shops at the entrance sell all the Disneyland merchandises. You may just keep swiping you plastics (credit cards) because all your friends expect you to bring back some souvenirs.

    Most of the merchandise that sold in any theme parks are mostly produced some other part of the world (like Taiwan ot China) & fetch a very high premium price.

    But for memorable sake, do we have a choice?

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    No, not a trap

    by Sharrie Updated Feb 27, 2004

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    This tip is here so that you won't be trapped!

    We all need to know the exchange rates whenever we travel.
    I found this site to be useful: Official Site: Oanda.com

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    The Odoriferous Durian

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 11, 2003

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    Signs posted in hotels: "Durian Not Allowed In Rooms."

    This should give you the first clue. Durian has a very strong odor. It is quite a controversial fruit. It seems that either you'll love it or you'll hate it. Actually, I think it is just an aquired taste. Takes time to get used to the flavor and then it is loved."

    Unique Suggestions: Try it at least once, it won't make you sick or anything. If you are coming from a Western society it might be better that you don't get to like it as it is quite hard to get on this side of the world and when it can be found, the price is very expensive.

    Fun Alternatives: Take a taste and then choose a fruit that can be easily found in your home area.

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    The male clings to the female,...

    by InnerValley Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The male clings to the female, and the egg is pushed out.
    The female loses the nature.
    The male puts the egg pushed out in the mouth, and [it] moves to the surface of the water.
    There is a nest built with the bubble in the surface of the water.
    The egg is carried there.
    The male does not sleep and the egg is taken care of.
    The female does not take care of the egg.
    Hatching starts on about two days.
    Until the child comes to be able to swim
    The male looks after on the side.

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    Listen - the Japanese are...

    by ktmac Written Sep 2, 2002

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    Listen - the Japanese are really fond of following the crowd. That being said, just because there's a line-up in front of one ramen vendor that wraps around the whole village, but the guy in the next booth, selling the exact same thing, keeps seeing tumbleweed rolling by, DOES NOT mean that the first guy is selling something better - that's just the assumption. BUT - there are also line-ups for things that are traditionally bought when in the area - like the tako-yaki spot in Osaka. It could also be that being a Canadian, I'm happier to try the shorter line so that I can get the heck out of there and still have time left in the day to go an play...

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    Heidi at our farewell...

    by chetans Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Heidi at our farewell dinner
    If you are doing the Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing then make sure you book from the booking hall as it is cheaper than one of the private tour companies. We asked a taxi driver to take us there and he took us to a private tour company near there who tried to make us book the tour through them. It was more expensive then the hall. The taxi of course will get commision from this agent if we book. Also he showed us hotel and a cheap rate. When we said yes he took us to a completely differnt one. Generally don't rely on photos for boats or hotels as they probebly did look like that but 50 years ago!

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    If you are doing the Yangtze...

    by chetans Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you are doing the Yangtze River cruise from Chongqing then make sure you book from the booking hall as it is cheaper than one of the private tour companies. We asked a taxi driver to take us there and he took us to a private tour company near there who tried to make us book the tour through them. It was more expensive then the hall. The taxi of course will get commision from this agent if we book. Also he showed us hotel and a cheap rate. When we said yes he took us to a completely differnt one. Generally don't rely on photos for boats or hotels as they probebly did look like that but 50 years ago!

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    Whilst the people are...

    by ozysinchina Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Whilst the people are friendly, many have a strange notion that all 'foreigners' are rich. This has led to a type of unofficial 'foreigners tax'. Generally we pay more for most things. My advice is to bargain for everything you want and always to ask the price of food or drink before you ingest it.

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    anything recommended by a...

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 26, 2002

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    anything recommended by a tuk-tuk driver is either a tourist trap or a scam (or both)... from day 1 i have decided to cross check anything that's been told to me by those drivers... not once they actually spoke the truth... no, there are no buddha's days... no the attractions are not closed... no there are no ceremonies in an hour anywhere... no, it-s not the last day of some fair with discounted jewels or silk... no, the place u are looking for is not far.
    More in general I should maybe add that most Thialand, if not all, is a big, fat, huge tourist trap. It has some nice places to visit but it is still a tourist trap anyway.

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    In Bangkok/Thailand be aware...

    by samuiman Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    In Bangkok/Thailand be aware that there are NO special treats as special Gemstone-Jewellery deals, try to be friendly but direct if a scooter (tuk-tuk) driver tries to convince you to go 'shopping' with him, it can turn out to be a real hassle.
    Always compare with prices of goods back home.
    General awareness and common sense can keep you out of trouble.
    When renting or hiring a vehicle be always alert don't allow a passenger or children to divert your attention from what is happening in front and around the vehicle, NEVER drive it when intoxicated!
    Always make sure your WATER intake is adaquate, 2-3 liter a day should do!
    Do not trust people you do not know!
    Do not go with people if you are not sure-trekking should be done ONLY in company or with a well known registered agent.

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    Bangkok - the tuk-tuk's that...

    by Loolabelle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Bangkok - the tuk-tuk's that want to take you gem hunting, only they are really sly, people will approach you on the street and try to help you, put you in a tuk-tuk - where you will be taken all around Bangkok - seeing some of the places you want to see but end up in a gem shop - where they will try and sell you rubbish for stupid prices - don't go there!

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  • Cyclos at night in Ho Chi Minh...

    by martync Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Cyclos at night in Ho Chi Minh city anyway. The drivers are poor,unlicenced and will set you up for theft or a mugging. Catch a meter taxi.
    Make sure you know the price before you start on anything,one trick is to charge for those little hand wipe towels in restaurants.If you are catching a taxi from/to the airport make sure the price includes all tolls and airport fees.

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  • If you see bars lines up on...

    by budgettours Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you see bars lines up on the streets (expecially in Thialand), you can be guaranteed that they are out to make the most money from you that they can. As far as genuine tourist traps, the beaches of Southern Thailand and south central Thailand (Pattaya) seem to fit into this category.

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