What were the scams that got you when you first visited or just moved to Bangkok?
Today, I sat down and was hit with a distant memory from 2004. It was my first time in Bangkok. 2nd or 3rd night. I was drinking it up at Bedsupper Club. I walked outside and as it was closing and asked a couple of people if there were any after hours bars. Someone mentioned Spice Club. So I walked out to the parking lot and asked a Tuk Tuk to take me there.
Well, old Dude took me for a ride. Charged me 100 bht and deposited me exactly one hundred feet down the road from where I started.
To get there though, he drove up past Q Bar around to Soi 5 down to Sukhumvit and back up Soi 11.
I didn't really figure it out until about 3 months later when I partied at BSC again but this time with some friends. BSC closed. One of the gals said; "Let's go to Spice!" I said; "Cool. Let's do it." and started to get a Tuk Tuk. The chic looked at me like I was an idiot and was like come on you lazy ****.
She turned and started walking down the street. i followed. When I saw Spice, I remembered the tuk tuk ride from earlier. I just started laughing. Everyone was looking at me like I was crazy. So I told them the story. And they all laughed at my dumb ass.
Luckily, though, the first time that I went to the Grand Palace, I'd read lonely planet and been warned about the touts and "it's closed today, let us take you to thirty gem stores and 14 tailors" so we can get gas coupons and ****.
I did ride around with a tuk tuk guy for free once or twice. He drove me around the city for free. I saw everything and every once in a while, we walked into a Tailor shop or a Gem Store and I acted interested and promised to return the next day with my credit cards because I was "fearful of carrying them with me in the big bad city of Bangkok."
It was actually a fun day and the tuk tuk driver was a cool old guy. I've got his pic somewhere. Nice old dude.
I've done some weird **** in Bangkok.
Still looking for that damn two story after hours bar with the big ass tree trunk and a circular platform around it in the middle of the dance floor. I'd love to party there again. Been there three or four times, but, each time too drunk or tired to remember the name of the joint.