I don’t know if I mentioned the Thailand FAQ I did at my main site (Thaipulse.com) but a while back I decided to start pulling together a lot of different resources into one big page of links to help people that were trying to answer some questions about Thailand.
The result so far is here “Thailand FAQ“.
Here’s a special Thailand Snakes FAQ I just made. Don’t miss my ThailandSnakes.com website that has a lot of information about snakes to avoid in Thailand – there are dozens.
If you have something to add, shoot me an email and tell me about whatever it is and I’ll add it if it fits.
This will be the most boring post I’ve ever done… but, if you happen to need a flashlight…
Go to Tesco and get a blue and white 7 inch long (18cm) Toshino “Living Simplicity” flashlight. It is re-chargeable, lightweight, and the damn battery just won’t quit on these things. It’s an LED light with either 3 or 6 LEDs you can turn on at a time. I used one for 5 hours of snake hunting, then, as a test, turned it on 36 hours ago – on full 6 LED – and it is STILL WORKING. It is not as bright as it was with full-charge – but the fact that it’s still working after 41 hours of use is incredible.
I think it cost 160 THB.
If you’re coming to Thailand anytime soon and you are looking for a guide that goes beyond the usual hotel reviews and how to wai a Thai person…
Here is a new book full of tips for Thailand visitors – realistic, useful, street-smart tips to help you stay safe in Thailand during your visit – whether short or long-term.
Thailand is an amazing place and one that is very different from your home country. Don’t be caught unaware by box jellyfish, poisonous snakes, styles of Thai fights, the concept of “Face” and what it means to Thais’. There are easily 200 tips for helping you get through your stay safer and so, enjoying yourself a lot more.
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Get the book.
Thai food made in Thailand is a little bit different at times. Sure it’s spicy more than most can handle, but there are other differences as well.
I used to enjoy eating Kow Pad Gy (fried rice with chicken). The place I ate it at was great – the food was delicious and prepared the same way every time. I ate there almost everyday.
Then, I moved to another city and changed restaurants – in their fried rice there are, more times than not – pieces of chicken bone hidden in the chicken because they just don’t take the time to remove the meat from the bone. They chop it all with a meat cleaver to make small pieces – but there are bone chips and large bone pieces in the chicken that will give you a surprise as you crunch down on one. I’ve known one expat to lose a tooth over this and heard more than a few gripe stories about it. Me included.
Be careful eating meat and fish as Thais don’t typically take out the bones.
If you want to return an item you bought at a store in Thailand, a street stand, or from an individual…
Probably you can’t. Understand that first and have that in mind when you go back to where you bought the item to try to return it. Also have in mind that you are not going to accomplish anything by getting angry. Nothing positive anyway. Lose your temper and you lose face in front of those at the store, the employees, but also anybody you came to the store with.
If you are trying to return CD’s that don’t work to a street vendor in Pattaya and you lose your temper you might get beat and put into intensive care. In public in Pattaya, Bangkok, or Patong Beach it’s a real good idea not to lose your temper with someone because their friends will come behind you and whack you in the head with a bottle or metal bar.
Returning items is an art if you can make it work. I’ve been successful at it and unsuccessful more times. It will help if you can speak a bit of Thai. It will likely not help if you bring a Thai friend to try to negotiate it for you because the Thai friend understands there are no returns and will accept that and tell the store owner you just didn’t understand, mai pen rai, we’ll be leaving now.
You on the other hand won’t ‘mai pen rai’ so easily and get more angry that nobody is listening.
If an outright return is out of the question – and it usually is, you can try to swap the item (if it works) for another item of equal or greater value. I’ve done this with phones at TeleWiz.
Usually in Thailand a store that just sold you a phone, tv, something else of value must give you one in working condition if the one they gave you originally is inoperable. If they refuse I think you can call the tourist police on that if you wish. Thais hate the police more than you do – and the police will work with you to resolve it.
Another tip – if you ever threaten to call the police for any reason -Thais will usually give in to whatever you want. Unless they’re absolutely sure they are in the right. Remember that, it’s handy…