Friday, May 29, 2009

Bangkok Tips

One of the few bad things to watch out for were the tuk tuks (auto-rickshaws) and taxi drivers around the tourist areas. Tuk tuk’s invariably charged too much and it was cheaper and easier to take an AC metered taxi. All taxis are required by law to use the meter, but lots of them try to bargain for a high set price. To get across town from Khao San Rd should only cost you around 80-100Baht (~$2.25-3US). Even during high peak rush hour sitting in a taxi for an hour only cost us about 500 Baht (~$14US).

Another bad thing was of course the sex tourism that you saw everywhere. The working girls were very good in making even the most boring, dull, moronic, and imbecile of a guy feel like a king. It was comical to watch as these guys were trying to teach the Thai women how to play pool, not realizing that the women were experts from being there everyday. Nevertheless, the stroking of the male ego continued and the fantasy was sustained.

Oh, another bizarre thing about Thailand is that you will see a zillion 7-11’s. It’s like the Starbucks of Thailand, one on every corner.

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