🇹🇭What’s Your Life Pro Tip in BKK?
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If something doesn’t feel right, listen to your instincts.
Don’t let people threaten you with scare tactics. They have lots of experience of terrified foreigners doing anything to make a problem go away. This includes the police.
If you have anything in your pee that can get you in trouble.. have a plan ready.Like weed, go get a Dr certificate for medical weed so they can’t get you with pee test.
Walk happy, be nice, happy, smile, confident, attract what you project bla bla
All other tips I have are either weird or privileged information ;)
If you see a long line up at a street food cart, get in the line.
Don't move there as a couple unless you're 100% secure in your relationship! The temptation for men is great!
Maybe it’s just me (slightly unrelated to the topic also), but I lived in Chiang Mai for many years and now had to move to Bangkok for work reasons. Somehow I really dislike this city. It’s way too big, inconvenient and at times an ugly concrete jungle. Also seems hard to make friends so far, everything in Chiang Mai seemed easier 😣
If you can read/speak Thai, you'll be living in a completely different country compared to your friends that cannot.
"it's not hard" doing a lot of work in that sentence tho lol
When you're a westerner arriving to live in Thailand, many people will recognise you as a legitimate source of money for them to try to access. I let my Thai wife make all purchases and seek all quotes with me not present. As soon as I am present, the two price thing happens. Example, we were shopping for a big screen TV. Retail price 120,000thb but it's a model being replaced and on sale. Together, the best price we could get was 85,000thb at 3 stores. My wife on her own approached one retailer and got the TV for 65,000thb. This is not an isolated experience.
I used to get pissed off with my tight partner would always want to do the bargaining alone. But I realize that what you were saying above is completely true so I keep away after we make our decision.
1) Trust no-one be they Thai or foreigner
2) Ignore questions about your past or present financial situation. You’ll only earn contempt or envy. 3) Smile to acknowledge that you heard a question that you don’t want to answer. It’s not rude, it’s smart.
3) Forget sarcasm, they just don’t get it
4) Remember you are a second class person in a third world country regardless of your available bank balance.
5) What human rights?
6) A policeman is not your friend and will not have your best interests at heart.
7) Wear protection
8) Despite being told otherwise if it feels wrong, it is.
9) If you are caught on the wrong side of the law, tell ONE cop that you want to CLEAR. Emphasize the word CLEAR and do it now, not at the cop shop. That means pay to make the problem go away.
10) Pay and walk away. Right or wrong you rarely win.
11) In the Thai criminal courts you are guilty until proven innocent.
12) Do NOT use the F word, be it in jest or anger.
13) Don’t raise your voice. Thais just close their ears to what you’re saying and perceive your loudness as a deplorable lack of self control.
14) Don’t ask “Why didn’t you do xxxx?” Ask “How can we get xxxxx done?”
15) Trust no-one. Ever.
Bitter sexpat with a racist username? Unsurprising as usual.
Says the non contributing hater with a gender confused username? Boring as usual.
> with a gender confused username?
You couldn't think of better insult? Log off the internet and seek the fucking therapy.
So you liked the “non contributing hater” bit?
That part was also insulting not just a statement of fact. You can’t see that? Perhaps you have low self esteem. Please consider logging off the internet and seeking therapy.
Ugh, you're a creep. I can't help you anymore.
Enough with your mirror mantra. And don’t forget your appointment.
Dont agree with #7
This Farang agrees with you 😀
You've pretty much hit the nail on the head.
Sounds like you’ve had pretty bad experiences here. I have plenty people in my life who I trust here in Thailand.
Curious - I’m a foreigner currently living in Vietnam where I ride a motorbike. It’s a way of life here - it look some getting used to but I love it. The traffic looks crazy, but people actually tend to drive quite slow. You need to “go with the flow” like a fish. And of course, red lights are usually optional…
I will be moving to Bangkok soon and can’t imagine life without a motorbike. But I’m quite put off my this thread! Has anyone lived in Vietnam and Bangkok and can compare the safety of driving? 🤔
I loved driving in Vietnam. It terrifies me here but I’ll get a bike as soon as I can do it legally. It really does change the place.
Very different. People in Thailand drive much faster and more aggressively. I found riding a bike in Vietnam to be less stressful or dangerous.
I’ve been to HCM for a week the streets looked like an overcrowded zoo! I loved taking a grab bike it was so fun lol… ive lived in Thailand for half a year now and own a Honda forza , very comfortable to drive in Thailand and bangkok, many cars/bikes but it’s optional to stop at red lights also optional to drive on the correct side of the road. I’d recommend getting a smaller bike like a click or pcx though to fit in tighter spaces. It’s very easy and efficient to have a motorbike , many places ( especially touristy ones) have bikers that die from time to time , but that’s the same everywhere no? Plus there is just such an enormous volume of motorcycle drivers it’s hard not to, accidents happen all the time. I’d chalk it up to inexperience or bad driving. I come from usa , and drive an R1150RT there, my god are American drives such dicks and never watch motorcycle drivers, I see bikers in accidents ALL THE TIME, and yet the ratio is 1 bike per 1000 cars. Meanwhile Thailand it’s literally 900 bikes to 100 cars. Thailand has been the most biker friendly country I’ve been to/lived in. ( in my Opinion ) I feel very safe riding a motorcycle , but I highly warn you to stay away or keep distance from people in pickups especially Ford rangers/Toyota hilux… those guys are insane , welcome to Thailand 🇹🇭 ( I plan to gtfo of bangkok ASAP though not my cup of tea at all, waiting for the missus green card, kids have their passports already)
In koh phagnan this year we passed by an accident. Chap was dead. The person taking care of him new he was dead. Just a straight up sobering experience. Drove at 40kph for the rest of the day.
Hahahaha this 100%
Only move/live in Thailand if you have as much money as you make in your home country. If you can't, just visit for a few years, start building a nest egg remotely.
Always ask, are you a lady boy?
Unless your into that.
If a Thai, foreigner, or just anyone just comes up to you out of nowhere being extremely questioning and friendly - be very wary.
Choose your friends carefully. Ask yourself this question - "would I be friends with this person back home?". This isn't meant to weed out expats, just the awful ones who give the rest of us a bad name.
Smile a lot. Be polite. Learn some Thai language.
You'll do well.
Yeah that's what I thought you dicks.
You should learn to read Thai numbers and learn how to haggle prices because if it’s from the market then it will almost always have a higher price than normal. I’m Thai-American but most people don’t think I know Thai at all so when they try to trick me into paying extra and things like that, I can just tell them I understood everything they said and that the (for example) 2 signs that said the price (50 baht and ๗๐ บาท) were different and they were planning on having me pay 20 baht more than their already spiked prices.
A lot of the time from my experience, Thai people can be VERY racist at times. It’s kind of annoying when you can hear them laughing like “oh look at the pharung, cant eat anything” (but in Thai). Although not everyone is that way, certain people are.
You should be careful what you say in public and how you act. Things like touching heads or lifting your feet at someone is like super bad. If you ask a lot of questions they’ll think you’re disrespecting you by thinking that you don’t think they are right.
PS to the last paragraph above, revenge is a mighty thing and you will feel the Asian wrath. I don’t think anyone is beneath lying
Hey guys, I just wanna give my two cents about the motorbike tips,
Driving a motorbike is a hard thing that requires experience and many physical lessons about how to properly brake, turn, avoid cars, etc
I was a dirt bike rider when I was younger and later worked as a food delivery driver in France
I rented a motorbike in Bangkok but it’s kinda hard to be confident and the smallest mistake you will do can have big consequences so if you are inexperienced you need to practice and be extremely careful
Also learning the « Thai way « to drive will help you as many Thai just don’t use red light and do weird turn
Basically be careful not to have a dramatic accident
I witnessed one at Asok recently and it’s not a pleasant experience
Also NEVER NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE A SCOOTER OR CAR !!!!
Take care guys
I agree, so many people tell me “Thailand is chaotic to drive” but I’ve got 12+ years bike experience,
So the chaotic side was exciting for me.
But I could understand for a first time rider being overwhelmed with this!
You should probably avoid the guys drinking at 1pm and all they can talk about is how shitty it is in Thailland. Really avoid the guys doing the cost comparison of moving to Laos because Thailand is too expensive.
You’re planning to live here, please get a job or find something that you can use your time constructively with. Drinking all day and complaining about the country is the least interesting thing that you can do with your life.
learning to count is easy and being able to haggle or talk price is an easy extension to this
share some love...people are having a rough go financially so if you can spend some money locally without it hurting you try to do so
if you can donate to one of the many orphanages or if its appropriate volunteer there then do so
never be afraid to nope out of any situation that looks like going downhill
This one is easy and I've saved a few folks over the years with this one. If you are in a taxi and it happens to get into an accident, immediately pay the taxi driver whatever the fare is plus a tip of say 100 baht or whatever you can afford. Then proceed to get out of the taxi and walk as far away as possible.
There are many wildcards that can and do occur if you stay in a taxi. Those with experience can no doubt imagine several immediately after reading this. Remember, Thai logic would dictate the accident is your fault. This used to be a scam in fact about 30 years ago but has since run its course but I'd imagine it's still done to this day from time to time.
I was at the Sala Daeng intersection with Rama IV many years ago and did this exact thing and witnessed the driver of the taxi pointing which way I had walked. I was peering off in the distance about 5 minutes or so after I left. Keep in the mind, there was a police pod not far away.
Hope this helps and pass it along as it is a possibility. Cheers!
I’m not sure how correct this is. I have actually been in taxis that have been in accidents and nobody, please, drivers, taxi drivers have cared about my own experience. They don’t even care if I stay there, I just walk away.
I have lived in Bangkok nearly 20 years and know a lot of people and participate in many local forums and I have NEVER heard of this actually happening.
Private car?? To be sure but as a passenger in a taxi, unless you are riding in the front seat and the driver claims you grabbed him or the wheel, no way.
Because you never heard of it means it never happens? Since you are on a lot of forums perhaps this might be illuminating
This post is asking about a foreigner DRIVING and involved in an accident. Your post suggested a scam involving a foreigner sitting in the passenger seat and still being blamed which is utter nonsense.
Word of advice people, stay clear of Thai Visa forums otherwise you’ll always feel like you’re being hunted
OK creampuff good day
Was in a car accident in a taxi 2 weeks ago when the driver assumed a truck could see him merging. Completely blocked traffic. I paid my fare and was on a grab bike in less than 5 minutes..no fucking way I'm sticking around for the aftermath of that
Good move my friend. I have heard of some rather unpleasant extortion situations over the years among other things.
“Thai logic would dictate the accident is your fault”? As a passenger in a taxi? A scam involving 2 vehicles crashing? just to get money from you?
What’s with the paranoia?
Been in Asia a very long time is all. Some may call it paranoia others know better. Are you saying there is no invisible skin tax on foreigners in many situations or is that paranoia?
There are scams alright, I won’t deny it, but what you described is an Ocean’s 11 level of scam, hardly plausible
Your right my friend, this is entirely impossible. Perhaps I better go crawl under a rock like some people..... Cheers! Your rationale is indisputable just like the fact you entirely missed the levity and sarcasm. Good day!
You can also link the Rabbit card to Line Pay and you never have to top up again.
Do the exact opposite of what the government/media tell you to do.
This is the best mate. The best fucking advice on this thread.
Life pro tip: leave BKK and work remotely from Koh Samui. Every single person we know who lives here loves it, as do we. My only regret in life was not living here since birth
how do you guys manage the visas - I’m slowly planning my escape from the city 😂
Elite visa I’m guessing
As a long time BKK expat: Don't step on the sewer covers if you can help it.
Years ago that would spark an army of huge cockroaches and giant rats to appear. Still does in some places.
And 20 years ago you regularly heard of those lids failing and the unlucky pedestrian covered in excrement or worse. It actually happened in the past year, too.
Yep, I recall now that you mention it and know of a couple of incidents firsthand. I used to own a popular establishment in town and ran across a few horror stories in my time. Another one I guess would be careful walking on older sidewalks as brick may break or you can wedge your foot between a crack and hurt yourself. This was quite common and happened to my father resulting in a nasty sprang. This wouldn't apply as much as it did say 20+ years ago. Back then you had a lot of roads literally falling apart as you walked. Most notably a lot of Sukhumvit Streets, much better now.
I've known about 3 expat women friends who have broken ankles in past few years so it's still a problem. When I want to wear heels, I carry them and switch when I get to the venue. :-)
Sorry to hear about your friends, having a broken ankle is nasty from something like that. It doesn't surprise me that it's still common as "THIS IS THAILAND" TIT comes to mind big time. At least it's not as bad as the Philippines having open holes in the middle of streets and even on side walks. Worse I've seen anything of this nature.
Roadway construction sites and adjacent walkways are notorious for leaving holes small and large, totally unmarked with any kind of lighting at night.
prepare a thousand baht in case the police calls you over for something. Hand the money to the police with subtlety to avoid problems. "Subtlety" is very important.
And then later you can righteously complain about how corrupt the police are.
Yeah got stopped on a motor bike for no helmet for 1000 bht I'm on my way
It’s going to cost a lot more when you get in an accident and your brains are all over the pavement.
You overpaid by a lot.
That's around $30 definitely isn't a lot and it was 2 of us on the bike
It's reasonable if there were two of you, it's the same price you would have paid for actual fines.
Yeah I was with a girl, we ran into a check point.
Last time I checked, the normal fine for that is 500 baht. So yeah, 1000 will do nicely!
This is a good one and should be applied when driving, put that 1000 baht in your upper sun visor for quick access. And away you go...... Helps for drunk drivers too, lol (Speaking from experience)
Grab is your friend.
Use bolt, it’s hella cheaper
100%. I Grab everything
My life was redefined by getting my own transportation. You can see so much more and experience so many more things if you have your own set of wheels. Most motorbike accidents are the result of alcohol or excessively poor decision making. Don't drive drunk and don't drive like a 12 year old and you will be fine.
Get a scooter! Best way to explore and experience the city.
All the local colleagues advised against it (too dangerous). I got one anyway and it was one of the best decisions regarding my time in BKK.
Bangkok is like an onion. You need to actively peel away layer after layer after layer and everytime you do you will be fascinated by the things you discover.
yeah and an easy way is rent to buy from a shop - i made a deal where i paid 5k for 5 months and then kept the bike! best decision i made
You can get financing for a bike or was it just informal agreement between dealer and you?
just an informal agreement
I've seen accidents here that I'll never forget and made me a very careful driver. The worst thing is is that you can do everything right but still lose.
>no one is going to come on Reddit and tell you they crashed and died
Actually, I did!
Now I'm a spooky ghost, and I will haunt you until you send 7777 bahts on my GoFundMe.
Lol I did find that part funny as well. But for real, motor bikes is the best way. Specially 4am leaving the club with a girl even though taxies are always available.
Don't believe what the government tells you
Don’t believe most people.
Yo text me to crash some riot, we fucking hate autho here
Best advice here yet.
Absolutely agree, this cannot be overstated. Having a bit of patience in Thailand makes a world of difference.
Be respectful happy and stay away from arguments or fighting.
You treat Thai people well and they will reciprocate- treat them disrespectfully and they will reciprocate more so
This applies to practically most humans….
What I said above is not actually advise I give to people. I reworded it for some reason. What I normally say is treat Thai people like you are in their home.
Avoid pro life tips from people who feel the need to make every topic about hookers..
Don't know why this is being downvoted.
Never get in a taxi that isn't on the move.
I have heard this advice several times on Reddit. Is it because drivers who are parked are lazy? Or is there a different logic behind it?
Drivers moving around seeking work are more likely to be honest then a driver sitting in front of a hotel or business waiting for someone to rip off.
On the road, assume everybody is here to kill you, or kill themselves with you in the process.
I kind of disagree with this. In my 20 years driving here I would say one out of 20 drivers is insane, while the rest are quite careful even though they might not be very good drivers. It’s just a matter of keeping your eye out for that one in 20, have your head on a swivel, and allow those stupid buffalo drivers to go by and don’t get emotional about it, just realize that they’re there and there’s nothing you can do About it. It’s even in the driver manual from the government when you are facing a hothead, turn the other cheek.
yes and never honk at bad drivers - they could get mad with a machete or worst and chase after you 😂
When haggling never be the first one to give the price. Also “best price” is never the best price
They didn't say if it was the best price for you or for them.
Carry a small chamois/hanky for head sweat or surprise blasts of dirty liquid up your leg from a loose paver
Stop and politely exit ASAP, with payment, if your taxi driver is crazy or falling asleep
Stay away from motorbike taxis unless you have a helmet
Don't get mad, just walk away
If you're early to a rendezvous, get a foot massage while you wait
Use 7/11 to cool down during a walk
Don't fall in love with the first girl you meet
Drink lots of water
Choose a condo with a pool
I swear so much that when I walk to go get something to eat, I’ll walk slow and stop in every 7-11. On the way back I’ll just walk and back to my room covered in sweat. I mostly only wear all black shirts as well because they obscure the sweat.
Yep to #2 and whatever you do make sure you get out somewhere not close to your own home. The Yaabah fury is real
Yep no. 2 is very solid advice. Remember getting into a taxi, bloke was wearing boxer shorts and rambling incoherently. Put 40 baht in the front seat and got out at the next set of traffic lights.
The buffalo is never sick
Please explain ...
It’s one of the scam to get your money.
I think it has to do with girls trying to scam money from gullible dudes
Everything is as available as you are resourceful, and cheap as you are able to haggle.
Buying online or before you land includes a premium.
Wrap it up.
Never, ever stare at a Thai guy.
Never assume a vehicle will stop, in any circumstances.
Never get a tattoo in Thai script
Never believe an XL shirt is XL or a 100% cotton shirt has any cotton at all.
Remind yourself every day: 100 Baht is NOT same-same $1.
100 baht = $5 thats my mentality....... even though CDN to Bath is closer to 25bath which is $4
Damnit I bought an XL 100% cotton shirt today
Come to Pattaya, many farangs means many XXXXXXL shirts.
🤩 Thank you
ask to see a girls passport just to make sure lol
Wow you losers have no sense of humour. Dick heads
Never lend money to anyone. Even if they're your friends or friends of friends.
99% of the time it's going be a scam.
Always assume that when someone wants to borrow money they will never pay you back. If you are Ok To give the money away as a gift then let them know and give it to them.
If you’re in a position where lending would be a scam then I don’t think you are on a friend level with that person tbh.
I've seen tens of my Thai Friends get scammed by their childhood best friends and also many of them falling into online get rich quick scams and losing a lot of money. I feel so sorry for them. I've never seen scamming so rampant anywhere else than here and the people falling for them so easily again and again.
There are suckers all over the world. My mom taught me “if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.”
Hold your breath to avoid killer pollution. Don't think walking is easy. Avoid taxis in the city center that don't use the meter. Don't believe it when girls call you a hansum man.
>Don't believe it when girls call you a hansum man.
I'll take the compliment anyway
Isn’t the air quality only really bad in jan-march ?
Pollution all year round from belching buses and trucks, exacerbated by PM2.5 in the period you mentioned.
And also one of the hottest, especially in April.
Most people you'll meet are good, decent people. Not everyone is trying to scam you
also take photo of the license plate everytime you go on a taxi or uber
Taxis have a number plate on the inside of a passenger door, easy to see in case of any trouble. Just check that it exists, no need to waste time photographing redundant info from the outside.
Uber is no longer operating in Thailand.
thats what i meant. you can just take photo of the license plate from the inside. thats what people do
Yes, it's sensible to do that.
However, in 10+ years of using Bangkok taxis on a daily basis, knowing that number came in handy exactly... zero times.
welp, better be safe than sorry ig
nothing ever happened to me but i was told by adults to do it. im not saying that all the taxi drivers are bad but theres so many cases about people going missing. most people would take photo of the license plate and send it to their friends or family just in case something goes wrong
Hang on a minute, who's gone missing? I haven't read reports of that.
well the last time I heard about that was years ago (I moved overseas in 2015), but people get raped and robbed all the time. last year my friend and her dad was on a taxi and the driver was watching porn.. weird shit happens all the time. its thailand
edit: also, sometimes they would drive around longer than they should if they're intentionally trying to hurt/rob/sexually assault you. this happened to my aunt before. the driver didnt let her get out of the car after they'd been driving around the same area for 5 times
A taxi driver watching porn and a taxi driver abducting people are two very different things.
i'm giving you other examples about what could happen ffs🤦🏻♀️
You are making taking a taxi in bangkok sound like an episode of Saw.
you're not Thai are you? I was born and raised in Thailand. I grew up hearing all these news about crimes in my country. Most taxi drivers are nice but some of them can hurt you. This post is asking for a pro life tip in bangkok and I suggested what I was always told when I was growing up as a teenager in that city
Then you also grew up believing in ghosts which are also made up.
never talk to people that tryna sell you random shit at the mall. they would tryna approach you and grab your hand. their products are way too expensive too. my dad paid 1,200 baht for a nail kit once. me and my mum were pissed.
Never feel guilty walking by them when they try to engage you in conversation. Don’t even keep talking to you or sometimes follow you or you just try to grab your hand. Very annoying people but I just keep walking and I don’t care what they say.
Lol why would your dad buy a nail kit? 🤣🧸
they told him that those different types of plastic nail files in the kit would make our nails look healthy :') at least he cares about our family's nails lmfao