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Things I learned today

THAILAND | Wednesday, 23 December 2009 | Views [544]

  • Road rules in Bangkok: There are none. Commit to walking in front of a bus or a car, and they generally won't run over you. Motorbikes however, probably will.
  • Very friendly people: They are not friendly. They are scammers. Mildly friendly people on the other hand, are really actually much more friendly. Attempt some Thai and you get a beaming smile from these mild friendlies. Andrew's yet to crack out a kop-kun-krap (thanks) more than three times. He'll get there.
  • Try the Thai: Just don't get too good at asking questions. They answer back in Thai when you do that. Must say though, I had similar problems in Japan. I need to get used to saying "in English please..."
  • Drink water!: Sounds basic I know. But there comes a time where you're scoffing half a litre of juice because you realise your body has nothing left as your jelly legs go down a set of stairs. Amazing how much more quickly you dehydrate in seemingly familiar temperatures when you're walking everywhere.
  • How to say no: No I don't want a tuk tuk! I will let you know if I do!! And no I don't want to go on a cheap tour of Old Bangkok. If it's too good to be true, then it generally is...
  • Things are different lengths: My new pants are shorter, and the sleeves on my shirt longer. Partial fail. Also different is the time. Andrew and I spent the whole of the day an hour ahead, and sat for twenty minutes wondering why our tour guide was late for our first meeting. Thus, we found a really cool net cafe.
  • Things are friggin' cheap: I withdrew $100 at the airport last night. I've bought pants, two shirts, a plethora of AWESOME accesories, eaten like a King, went on an hour long boat cruise, rocked around on Tuk Tuks, tipped like a maniac, and I still haven't used it all. This trip ROCKS!

Tags: city escapes, learning

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