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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilbaz View Post
    The irony of someone stating "I can't speak for Patong" - then slagging it off at every given opportunity 55555!

    Keep the up to date reporting going Mr. Smiley - good info for the draft Guide.
    Who made that statement?I search all pages for the word "speak" and found nothing relevant

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    So the daytime stuff has been changed to a more general Other Things to note section which I'll post next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ub2yoo View Post
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    There should be plenty to add to this, anything goes that's useful to newbies.

    Other things to note



    Some random general things that are just different in Thailand.

    Cutlery. When eating Thai food you will be given a spoon and fork, no knife. The food is already cut into bite size portions, for western food you will get a knife. Chopsticks are rare too.

    Toilets particularly public ones, at bars etc, thereís usually no toilet paper, ladies are given a bowl with some water, donít be surprised if thereís a gogo dancer getting changed while youíre in the toilet, it may be the only place thereís room, also Thaiís usually donít flush toilet paper if there is some to be used, the pipes usually canít take it so itís put in a bin beside the toilet.

    Sewerage in Thailand isnít good, you will experience a lot of bad smells just walking down the road and in public toilets.

    Paying: If youíre out with your Thai lady you pay for everything, this may include some gifts or bring back some food for her friends. This will gain face for her and donít forget youíre a foreigner so are therefore rich! Thais love to eat and youíll be surprised how much they can put away.

    Donít be surprised to see street carts selling all sorts of fried insects, theyíre very popular in Thailand.

    Although a lot of stuff is cheaper in Thailand electronics tend not to be even though there is a huge selection of IT stuff and phones.

    Haggling is expected in markets but not shops, the usual excuse is the price is fixed on the computer. General rule of thumb with haggling is to half the first offer and work from there, buying more will get you more of a discount, also treat haggling as fun and donít get too stressed about it. That would involve losing face.

    Thais donít do punctuality, expect them to be late and donít moan when they are.

    Itís easy to travel light in Thailand, in the main tourist spots convenience shops will sell everything you need 24/7 and thereís loads of them, clothes and laundry are all cheap.

    Itís ok for Thaiís to tell little lies to save face, this covers a lot of things like lying about their age and how long theyíve worked in the bar to having a boyfriend whoís sending them money from abroad.

    Thai ladies will tell you every phone call is their brother or father Ė itís their Thai boyfriend most likely, also theyíve a habit of calling all their female friends sisters so donít worry if you think they donít look anything like each other.

    Sponsorship from a foreigner is like winning the lotto to a lot of Thai ladies. A sob story is usually supplied to get you to part with your hard earned cash, these are called sick buffalo stories as a lot of bargirls come from rural backgrounds so tell the new love of their life their family back home needs money as their buffalo has become sick.

    Buying property in Thailand can be a daunting experience, technically foreigners arenít allowed own property but as with a lot of things thereís ways and means around this, get yourself a good lawyer recommended by someone you trust whoís been through the experience. You could of course just put it in your new girlfriends name but thatís not a good idea.

    Aircon: Shopping centres and cinemas tend to be quite cold so you may want to change from the beachwear if you want to watch a movie. Also cheaper accomodation tends to come with a fan and not aircon which is a must.

    Dentistry tends to be cheap and of very good quality so if youíve some spare time it could be time to get the smile upgraded.

    Bar Opening hours A lot of bars donít open until the evening and donít get going fully till 10pm so keep an eye out for happy hours(which last longer than 1 hour) for early openers.

    Massage come in a lot of varieties, the legit massage shops are great value and a nice way to pass an hour or two during the day for between 100-200 baht an hour. Be aware that Thai massage can be quite vigorous. The legit places will usually have open plan and lots of windows, also the ladies will be well covered up. The ďspecialĒ massage places will be more behind closed doors, a curtain pulled around you and your masseuse, sheíll be showing a bit more skin and usually make it obvious sheís willing to go further. Some ladies will just ask if you want a special, others will wait for you. Then itís up to you to negotiate.

    Soapies are a body to body massage most definitely of the special variety, there are specialist places where you pick from a wide variety of ladies who are sitting in what is called the fishbowl, theyíll wave and smile and try and grab your attention, each lady has a number and when you decide on one tell the papasan(men seem to be in charge in soapies) who will call her out. You can have a drink and bring it to your room. Soapies are like hotels and are for a more upmarket experience and the price reflects this. Typically 2000-3000 baht + the lady will expect a tip. The usual routine in the room is shower, bath, move onto an air mattress where you lie down and she grinds and slips her way around you until itís time to shower again and move onto the bed. The whole experience takes about 90 minutes.

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    Slightly O.T but a bit of fun.

    21 Signs You've Spent Too Much Time In Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
    Toilets particularly public ones, at bars etc, thereís usually no toilet paper, ladies are given a bowl with some water, donít be surprised if thereís a gogo dancer getting changed while youíre in the toilet, it may be the only place thereís room, also Thaiís usually donít flush toilet paper if there is some to be used, the pipes usually canít take it so itís put in a bin beside the toilet.
    I do believe they have public toilets other places than gogo bars.

    Suggestion to replace some of your text, it may need some improvement by a native English speaker:
    Thai people do not use toilet paper the way we do. They use a bum gun, which is a water hose next to the toilet, to cleanse themselves, and they use the toilet paper to wipe off the water. They do not flush the toilet paper as the pipes in many older buildings cannot take it, instead they put it in a bin beside the toilet. In newer buildings plumbing is better, thus you can flush the toilet paper. If in doubt, do as the Thais and use the bum gun instead of throwing dirty toilet paper in the bin.


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    Haggling is expected in markets but not shops, the usual excuse is the price is fixed on the computer. General rule of thumb with haggling is to half the first offer and work from there, buying more will get you more of a discount, also treat haggling as fun and donít get too stressed about it. That would involve losing face.
    Some places you can safely start by a third of the price. Remember to always haggle with a smile. At some point, if you can not get the price further down, you can say "No, thank you" and walk away. Typically the seller will call you back with yet another offer.

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    Aircon: Shopping centres and cinemas tend to be quite cold so you may want to change from the beachwear if you want to watch a movie. Also cheaper accomodation tends to come with a fan and not aircon which is a must.
    "... which is a must" should probably be "... which for many is a must".

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    ^^ All good points I'll update the master document to include.

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    Ok ladies and gents that's pretty much it bar the Thai language basics, please get back to me as soon as you can with anything that's been left out or you'd like to see changed or updated. I think we'll have a very good concise document at the end of all this which should be useful to newbie travellers as well as helping site content.
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    Let me know how you want to handle the posting and stickying aspects.. Along with editing in the future..

    A great bit of work..

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    just read this from the beginning, pretty good work there mate.

    1 observation, around post 40ish you mentioned Bangkok, Pattaya and 'Bangla', would Patong or Phuket be more appropriate??

    The areas mentioned are cities and then 'a single street'.??

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    Well done DP ...excellent work there

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    Well done DP....#1 on google for 'newbie guide to thailand' for this would surely be the icing on cake

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontpanic View Post
    ^^ All good points I'll update the master document to include.
    Early on under Airports there are two different spellings of Don Muang (there are probably 3 on the road signs 555!).
    Sipping from the Fountain of Youth that is Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowy View Post
    just read this from the beginning, pretty good work there mate.

    1 observation, around post 40ish you mentioned Bangkok, Pattaya and 'Bangla', would Patong or Phuket be more appropriate??

    The areas mentioned are cities and then 'a single street'.??
    Yes that should be changed to Phuket I think, and then highlight the various nightlife areas like Patong, Karon and Kata.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamweaver View Post
    Well done DP....#1 on google for 'newbie guide to thailand' for this would surely be the icing on cake
    I'd settle for top 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilbaz View Post
    Early on under Airports there are two different spellings of Don Muang (there are probably 3 on the road signs 555!).
    Thanks I'll change that, at least I got Suvarnabhumi right

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    Cool guide

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    Just to update, I've some time off work around Easter so I'll put in the additions and suggestions and send on a master document to Lil to put up as a sticky.
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