FarangFarang reacted to funky_house in Thailand the Land of Hubs (LOH)
And another one...http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/933051-dsd-to-promote-thailand-as-hub-of-elderly-aged-care/
The government really need someone to put a cap on all these hubs. They could sell it as a new initiative called the "Hub cap"
FarangFarang reacted to PiAnt in Thailand: Is The Party Over For Now? The Effect Of The Curfew On Tourism
I was beginning to think you wouldn't get back on that one.
FarangFarang got a reaction from Apollo69 in 2014 Wtf?--- News Hot Off The Press That Makes You Say--- Wtf?
Not really news but funny . . . While intoxicated in Thailand I had a guy paint me shooting an m-16 while riding a rhino. Possibly the best investment I've ever made!
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Bangkok is the 61st most expensive city to live in. Not too far behind NYC.
I know people can eat for a buck or whatever and there are rooms you can rent for a few thousand baht per month but, really, when you look at western style accommodations and dining, this doesn't seem too far off.
FarangFarang got a reaction from kaunitz in An Open Response To William Heinecke
William Heinecke penned the following below in an open letter in the Bangkok Post the other day. Mr. Heinecke is the CEO of a major Thailand-based tourism company. I wanted to respond.
One does not need to be targeted to be harmed. I'm sure the two children who died in the Big-C bombing were not targeted. I know he wrote this before the Big-C bombing, and I'm not trying to sensationalize what I'm saying, but when violence continues to show a pattern of escalation, innocent bystanders can and do get hurt. Declaring Thailand safe because tourists are not targets is not doing anyone any service. Richard Barrow has been doing the same up until today too. All of his messages are that things are safe as long as you avoid protest areas. I'm glad that Mr. Barrow has finally decided to begin advising people that they may want to skip Bangkok. https://twitter.com/RichardBarrow/status/438442149919457280 But "safe" is not binary. It is not black or white. Safe is relative. Safe is something you measure on a scale of 1 to 10. The ambassadors that Mr. Heinecke is trying to appeal to understand that because they work in security where threats and risks are measured on a scale. They issue travel advisories and travel warnings when risks rise above an acceptable level. If you read the US Embassy's travel warning for Thailand there is nothing said that is factually incorrect. http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/021414_thailand_travel_alert.html I've read similar advisories from other embassies and they all pretty much follow the same procedure. One also needs to keep in mind that his words appear alongside people cautioning about the outbreak of civil war or a bloody coup in Thailand. However likely or unlikely either of those scenarios are, the fact that locals are talking about the possibility of them happening doesn't really sound like what most people would consider to be a "perfectly safe" place to travel to.
That's a debatable statement that Mr. Heinecke provides no proof for.
How is a advisory that is factually correct unnecessarily severe? If Mr. Heinecke disputes the facts contained in the travel advisories then he should stick with those facts and ask that the embassies revise their advisories to be more factually correct. While it's unfortunate that many Thais have been impacted by the political unrest going on, tourism is not an entitlement. Nobody should be duped into taking risks they are not willing to take just so the local people in Thailand don't suffer any financial hardship. If someone is uncomfortable with the level of risk in Thailand right now, that is their prerogative and it would be much more comforting if people like Mr. Heinecke understood and addressed their reservations rather than trying to downplay the risks.
This is like saying that I should buy an inferior product because the people who make it will suffer financial hardship if I don't. Mr. Heinecke seems to misunderstand the first rule of salesmanship, it's not about what you want, it's about what the customer wants. I think it's also worth pointing out that when tourism is doing well in Thailand, tourists aren't cut many breaks. Weren't Thai authorities recently considering a 500 baht tourist tax?
The difference, Mr. Heincke, is that demonstrations like the ones happening in Bangkok are unlikely in Washington or Paris. I'm pretty sure there's a protest in Washington at least every day. Same with London, Frankfurt, or Paris. But, protestors rarely get into gun battles with police. They rarely plant bombs. They rarely throw grenades or explosives into crowds. Protests are rarely moving mobs of people who pop up here and there and thus are unpredictable in terms of where the protest areas are. The bottom line is that demonstrations in Washington and Paris are fairly tame in comparison even if the passions are equal. Police in most western countries are well trained and no demonstration would go on for the length of time the protests in Bangkok have been going on. Protesters would not be allowed to dig in and create an entire support infrastructure (food, sanitation, etc) so they can protest indefinitely. Just like when the Yellow Shirts took over the airport years back. I can't think of a single western country that wouldn't have brought that situation to a close and restored airport operations in a few hours. And that's why Bangkok can't be compared to western countries. The governmental institutions that ensure an orderly society are not on par with western countries. When protesters, yellow or red, can take over major parts of a city for weeks or months on end and the police and the military sit back and do nothing, can they be relied on to protect innocent tourists who may find themselves in a dangerous situation? Those conditions mean that the government has lost control of those areas. Should something happen to a tourist, the government can do nothing to help them. The protestors control entire sections of the city. I've been in Thailand for both the yellow shirt protests (when they captured the airport) and the red shirt protests in 2010. I lived in an area (Ratchaprasong) that was completely under red shirt control. There were no police. There were no emergency services. I had to pass through checkpoints, armed by red shirt guards, to get back to my apartment every night. This simply would not happen, nor be tolerated in Washington or Paris. To make the comparison is to utterly misunderstand why the embassies have issued travel advisories.
Specific areas that change frequently.
FarangFarang got a reaction from kaunitz in Good news for FB users who are neither Male or Female
As long as they don't create separate bathrooms for all 50.
FarangFarang reacted to pandorea in Decency drowns in a culture without a sense of shame
Love your post Bill. Too bad I haven't got reputation points enough to give you. and I totally agree with Johnno. As long as PeeThai keep our mouth shut every time we see something wrong, that means the wrong will continue. Pity!
There was a Thai saying "ชั่วชังชี ดีชั่งพระ" (never mind an immoral nun, never mind a good monk). Basically "Thai" teach "Thai" not to give a **** to whatever other people do. I really want to know who the hack started this saying because it's totally wrong. See what happening in Thailand....shame!!
After this article of Voranai, he's got himself another Thai fan.
FarangFarang got a reaction from kaunitz in Teacher
Depends on where and whether or not they have actual teaching credentials. Obviously BKK is going to command a higher price than out in the middle of nowhere. But I know some teachers who make 100,000+ a month. But they have actual degrees and prior teaching experience.
For public schools, they can't afford that so they hire anyone who purchased a certificate off of KSR. But many of the higher end private schools do pay well.
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FarangFarang got a reaction from Volker in Alice Atsawaphanon - AliceBkk - Alice Bangkok - Emmy
You're either the world's worst hider or she's some sort of human-hound mix that can sniff out cash. :-)
No offense, but giving her a second shot sounds like a rookie mistake. I simply do not trust anybody who steals money from me. I don't care if it's 100 baht. If you steal from me you possess a character defect which is not correctable. I mean, do you hire a pedophile to watch your kids because he said he was sorry he diddled the last kid?
I can forgive them. But I know their brain is wired wrong. Getting angry with her for acting the way the synapses in her brian tell her to is like getting mad at a junkie for using again after you gave him a good job in a heroin processing plant.
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FarangFarang got a reaction from kaunitz in Is it safe to come to Thailand??
a friend of mine got stabbed to death by his Thai wife
Not even going to ask about that but there are a lot of variables in these domestic violence cases.
a European guy was shot dead in Pattaya
And some guy walked in and gunned down 8 people in a beauty salon in Seal Beach about 10 miles up the 405 freeway from me. Does a random act of violence make a place unsafe?
And Pattaya, at least to me, is the ugliest, most disgusting, least Thai part of Thailand. It really doesn't surprise me to hear about crime or murder happening in Pattaya. Pattaya is like a different country.
a friend of an acquaintance of mine died when falling out of a rolling train
I'll pin that one on your friend's acquaintance. Even if trains in Thailand don't meet US/European safety standards it's pretty hard to fall out of a train unless you were riding it in an unsafe manner (hanging on, standing in the doorway, etc) or drunk (or both).
a tourist couple was shot out of no reason by a berserk policeman off duty
If that is the guy and his girlfriend somewhere up north I'm pretty sure the facts that have slowly trickled out seem to indicate that the couple provoked the incident (the guy grabbed the cops gun and was shot and then . . . duh . . . the woman tried to intervene and he shot her too).
There is also the UK couple, which also began with the couple acting up. The police officer in question calmed things down and was giving them a ride back to their guest house when the couple started up again. Somehow the cop shot the guy and when the woman bailed out of the car he ran her down and shot her.
Not exactly by the book and the cop did receive 2 life sentences (only escaped the death penalty via his previous years of service as an officer). He got what he deserved but maybe the lesson is don't come to Thailand get drunk in the local bars/restaurants and piss off the cops. It would be great if it was like home and you didn't have to worry about stuff like that but no matter where you are in the world, grabbing a cops gun or getting physical in the presence of a police officer does dramatically increase your odds of getting shot.
Personally, I think Thailand is very safe as long as you're not an idiot. You need to have a bit of street savvy about you. If you read the story above about the couple getting shot and said, "Yeah, I would have grabbed his gun too," Thailand probably isn't the place for you. Stay in the UK or the US or wherever it is that the police have spared your life so far. Darwin is always on the prowl to eliminate your kind from the gene pool and in places like Thailand Darwin tends to have more clout than the legal system.
Kaunitz, I don't think you're lucky. You're just not stupid. You're able to handle quarrels, deal with extortion, etc. You seem to have some street smarts which means you're more likely to die of old age than at the hands of a berserk cop. Just watch out for falling roof parts :-)
FarangFarang reacted to CiaranM in WTF?--- News hot off the press that makes you say--- WTF?
anybody who thinks 65,000 is excessive obviously hasn't had a crazy thai ex-gf !!!!