Haven't flown on my own and am a bit nervous
Replies: 83 - Last Post: Oct 26, 2012 6:22 AM Last Post By: deeral
Oct 13, 2012 4:00 AM
Oct 13, 2012 4:23 AM
Oct 13, 2012 5:52 AM
47Thailand is an easy country to travel around. Just avoid tuk tuk and taxi drivers promising cheap fares (they want to take you shopping for commission or free fuel). Walk away from any strange thais coming up to you in the street trying to sell things. Don't be scared, it's just a normal pressure play to make some money from dumb tourists. Keep walking and they give up after 10m.
Oct 15, 2012 11:01 AM
Thailand isn't event the most bent place in South-east Asia, but (a) the Thais are very unsentimental by Western standards and (b) they have a somewhat flexible (again by Western standards) approach to ethics.
Let me give you an example: a decade ago, I was at a bank in Danang, in Vietnam, changing a $100 USD bill into đồng, which made quite an impressive stack of toilet-paper-like bills. No A/C in the bank of course and a strong breeze came in the open window and blew my money all over the room. Money just filled the air.
The other customers in the bank, few of whom earned $100 in a month, all gathered my money up and put it back on the counter, every đồng.
Two days later, I was walking down Siloam Road in Bangkok and spotted a 10-baht coin (about 25¢ US) on the sidewalk. I bent over to get it and by the time I straightened up, I was ringed by Thais with their hands out, each one had a story about how it was his coin.
(I just tossed the coin in the air and it was like throwing a scrap of meat to a pack of dogs, but I never forgot the lesson.)
Uh, more likely sell you his sister, but, yeah, if it's a stranger, he has a business transaction in mind -- probably an honest one, let me be clear, but certainly something.
Oct 15, 2012 12:31 PM
Oct 16, 2012 2:27 AM
Oct 16, 2012 4:49 AM
Oct 17, 2012 8:00 PM
53When your flight is ready for boarding...get on...find your seat...stow your bag...fasten your seat belt...and wait for the drinks cart to arrive... I recommend vodka and bloody Mary Mix...repeated as often as needed...drinks are free on most long international flights...so why settle for orange juice...?
Try not to think about the 12 or more hours of flying...just sit down...and go with it...there are usually movies to watch...you'll "do" three or four of them...at least...
You might consider a aisle seat because its easier to get in and out on a long flight without interrupting the person next to you... You may want to walk around a bit every three hours or so...because long periods of sitting can cause blood clots or swollen feet in some people...even young women...its not just an old persons concern...
Bangkok is a 24/7 airport...if you don't have a reservation...or arrive very late...the "Hotel Service" will set you up with a nice room and a ride to a hotel near the airport... Or you can take a taxi to your hotel straightaway...most hotels have a 24/7 desk clerk...after 3am check under the hotel counter...they are often sleeping there...!
You will love Bangkok...its full of eye candy...the Wats are open and photos are allowed...try not to use flash...Lots of Gold and Glitz in Bangkok... Khao San Road is "Party Central" for the Backpackers...it never closes...so try to get your room at least on the next block...away from the noise. There are lots of young Westerners on Khao San Road...and they will be glad to give you advice...
If you get "Watted Out"...try the Siam Square area...which looks exactly like a Western Hyper Shopping Mall district... Siam Square looks nothing like the rest of Thailand....
It helps to study up on the Thai brand of Buddhism...which is the "simpler" version...as it was intended by Buddha to be... It will help you understand what you are looking at...in Bangkok...
Learn to used the River Express Boats....as soon as possible...they are fast, cheap and cleaner than Tuk Tuks...
Don't believe all the nonsense about Bangkok Traffic and Tuk Tuks... I love going around by Tuk Tuk. They are very safe...but taking a scarf to put over your nose while stopped it might help with the fumes...occasionally... The Train Station is in Chinatown area...and that is how you get to the other parts of Thailand...
The so called "Red Light Districts" are very limited and on short streets...not all over town... One is called Cowboy Soi...its up by Sukumvit Road...the other is Pat Pong...around Chinatown... Both are very limited to just a few blocks... Yes there is vice in Bangkok...but its not "in your face" unless you want it to be...
Oct 18, 2012 12:51 AM
The OP asked for procedure up to boarding and after landing No.54, and you recommend getting half sloshed! You then go on, after that nonsense, to advise the OP to ignore any advice about Bangkok traffic and tuk tuks - simply because you love them. Are you really advising a newbie to use tuk tuks? Are you really indicating that they are not rip offs?
The little advice you give in relation to her post is unhelpful. The rest nothing to do with the original question.
Oct 18, 2012 1:12 AM
55anybody that thinks it is a good idea to drink on a flight and arrive drunk in any foreign country, never mind one where the culture shock is going to be immense anyway for a first time solo traveller, is a true, 100%, total, utter moron.
unfortunately you will come across more than just a few of those kind of tourists in Thailand.
Oct 19, 2012 12:39 AM
Oct 19, 2012 1:27 AM
The OP asked for procedure up to boarding and after landing No.54, and you recommend getting half sloshed!
This was what you wrote after #54. #54 said repeat as necessary, he didn't say get sloshed, your interpretation. ok so we are aruing about the insertion of the word half. Sloshed or half sloshed. There is no need for the abuse. I didn't see #54 saying getting sloshed, half sloshed, pissed, rat arsed or any other implication.
Repeat as necessary to me means 1 or 2 or 3 etc until you have had enough or collapse. I think the op is capable of deciding what her limit is. For me it is one or two. Others it is none others do get sloshed but the only paralytic passengers I have seen were Kuwaitis on a Thai Airways flight who spent the whole flight in the galley finishing off bottles of whisky.
Oct 19, 2012 1:45 AM
Not arguing at all, being factual. Not abusing, being factual. It would seem unlike you, I can interpret correctly. Having read post 59 I now withdraw my assertion "your undoubted ability to disseminate wording", you obviously cannot.
I like to think that I can communicate without the use, or implied use, of bad language on an open forum - again unlike you. Now if you will forgive me I will withdraw so the original post can be better addressed. My last two pence worth.
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