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 12, 2012 4:16 AM
15#15 I have never noticed much of a differance in the rate compared to the rates offered in their other branches
If by that you mean between different banks, you are not correct. Sometimes, the rate difference is sufficient to pay my hotel bill for a night when I change a large denomination TC.
Kasikorn Bank usually, but not always, has the best rates when changing to Thai baht.
Oct 12, 2012 4:28 AM
16"Whilst i agree it is wise to be careful I am sorry but this is a completely unwarented slur on the Thais"
I think that I can safely say after 32 years of travelling to Thailand, except for dealing with a seller, if a Thai initiates a conversation it is a scam. I don't see why that would be a slur on the Thais generally.
Oct 12, 2012 4:32 AM
17I would advise if you want an aisle seat to pre book it. If you wait until you get to the airport you will get what is left. I wouldn't worry too much about getting bumped. If you are bumped the airline has to give you quite a sizable wodge of cash now under EU regulations.
They normally ask for volunteers anyway so anybody not in a hurry will opt to take the cash.
Oct 12, 2012 4:37 AM
18If you are bumped from a flight and your flight was either departing from an EU country, or if you were on an airline registered in the EU and your flight departed outside the EU for a destination within the EU, you would have the following rights:
Reimbursement of the cost of the ticket within seven days or a return flight to the first point of departure or re-routing to the final destination;.
Refreshments, meals, hotel accommodation, transport between the airport and place of accommodation, two free telephone calls, telex or fax messages, or emails;
- 250 euros for all flights of 1,500 kilometers or less;
- 400 euros for all flights within the European Community of more than 1,500 kilometers, and for all other flights between 1,500 and 3,500 kilometers;
- 600 euros for all other flights.
Oct 12, 2012 5:25 AM
19@alex2306 Like you I have been a long time traveller to Thailand and find that on buses (government) and trains Thais often initiate conversation. i am regularly greeted by Thais asking where I am going as a way to initiate conversation
I suppose it might help that I avoid pattaya, bangkok, phuket and most of the islands but yes I have met (and avoided) the odd scammer but the truth is that most thais are both friendly and genuine
Oct 12, 2012 5:25 AM
20One thing I forgot to mention.
Make copies of your return ticket and the information page of your passport and put them away, don't carry the copies with your originals. Things do get lost or left behind sometimes. Example, I left my condo keys in Yangon, but did not know it until I got to my condo in Thailand.
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Oct 12, 2012 10:07 AM
26I'm conflicted, I love a wondow seat so I can enjoy the view but also the ailse seat so I don't have to bother people if I need the loo. The best solution for me was the LAN Airbus A340 we travelled on from Auckland to Santiago. the seats on the outside of the aircraft were 2 abreast so me and the missus had the best of both worlds. Ha ha. The A340 was far and away the nicest plane I have ever travelled on (I imagine the A330 isn't much different), closely followed by the 777.
Oct 12, 2012 10:27 AM
27"and many others, use travellers cheques in Thailand"
u said u live there so you wouldn't be using them
"I always take some Thai money with me to Thailand."
Either you live there or u don't. Make up your mind.
Oct 12, 2012 10:29 AM
28"A couple of thousand in small notes is enough to get a meal, take a taxi, check into the hotel first night, Saves queuing up for an ATM at the airport."
There's money exchanges in the airport - no need to buy baht outside Thailand at bad rates.
Oct 12, 2012 1:33 PM
I've never, in 12 years of travel, had a Thai make small talk with me. It just doesn't seem to be something they do. If a Thai is talking to you, he has a reason.
That isn't a criticism of the Thais. Every culture has its style.
The Vietnamese, in my experience, do like to talk to strangers. Students want to practice their English, desk clerks want to kill time, workmen want to explain what they're doing.
In an afternoon in HCMC, I'll talk to 10 people without apparent reason, and two of them will be scammers; in an afternoon in Bangkok, I'll talk to two locals without apparent reason, and they'll both be scammers.
Just my experience -- and even if I'm totally right, it's no reason to shun Thais or Thailand, just something to know.
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