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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

The food, the floating market, the beaches, James bond island, checking out the ladyboys at Calypso, riding an elephant, seeing the temples, riding in a tuk-tuk, etc. The list goes on...

While it does take much effort to get there, you money will go farther than some other tropical places. And, it helps that Thailand is beautiful.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

We have been invited to stay with a Thai family. I am keen to follow up on some delicious Thai food I have been eating lately. We head out there end of August. Our Swiss francs will go a long way in their local currency.

Also, Hotels and accommodation are very cheap with 5* hotels coming in at 80-120SFr a night.

There is also the Buddhist culture, something a bit closer to me, something I would like to explore "in situ".

Sun. There ain't been much of that these last few weeks.

Beaches. Proper ones with white sand and blue water.

Street food - Far too much Wurst and cricket ball bread rolls here.
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Hmmm... so it's not as expensive as I thought to get there - but it's still a very long way away.

Seems like a lot of effort for a nice beach and a bit of dinner.
But it's very foreign. Which for me, is a lot of the point of going on holiday in the first place. Trust me, when you're walking up a mountain to a Buddhist temple in monsoon season and you catch sight of a giant golden Buddha nestled amongst the trees just as rain drops the size of your fist begin to fall, you'll really begin to look at the world differently.
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Hmmm... so it's not as expensive as I thought to get there - but it's still a very long way away.

Seems like a lot of effort for a nice beach and a bit of dinner.
Qatar are offering Econ flights for 800Sfr, from Zurich, 6 hrs - Qatar, 2hr stop over , 6 hours to Bangkok. That's a nice way to break up a long flight.
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Old 28.07.2011, 12:45
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

I've always wanted to go to that monastery where you can chill with tame tigers. Looks like quite the experience
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Hmmm... cheaper than I thought, more interesting than I thought...

To what extent is the more seedy side of Thailand in your face? Is it everywhere, or can it be easily avoided?
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For me, Malaysia is the place, especially KL and Penang. And as for cost, you'll be surprised.
I'm doing my holidays this year in Sabah to see some orangutans.

I paid for everything in USD so it saved money right there. $1600 for the tour, $1300 for the flight from Frankfurt to Malaysia.

I should mention the reason I don't consider holidays in Europe or NA is that, "been there, done that". I want to see new people, places, and things. I'm not a beach/sunshine/party seeker, otherwise I might agree that it's better to go to Malaga or Mykinos.

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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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This question is entirely hypothetical, as I'll never be able to afford to go there, but I'm just curious: why is Thailand so popular as a holiday destination?
Go and take a look :-) Flights, especially in low season, are cheap. Once there, you can easily live a month on 1000e budget, even less. Long term bungalows will cost you about 150e-200e/month on most of the islands. B&B is typically around 10-30e per night. Tasty Thai food is around 1-3e/meal, soda water 50c and beer about 2e a bottle in a local restaurant. Domestic flights are almost always around 50e, busses 10-20% of that. Boats from island to the next about 10e. Taxi from Bangkok to Hua Hin for example (about 200km) will cost about 40-50e. Affordable?
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But it's very foreign. Which for me, is a lot of the point of going on holiday in the first place. Trust me, when you're walking up a mountain to a Buddhist temple in monsoon season and you catch sight of a giant golden Buddha nestled amongst the trees just as rain drops the size of your fist begin to fall, you'll really begin to look at the world differently.
Did you just watch "the sword of Bushido"?
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Hmmm... cheaper than I thought, more interesting than I thought...

To what extent is the more seedy side of Thailand in your face? Is it everywhere, or can it be easily avoided?
Easily avoided, same way Langstrasse is if you come to Zurich.
That kind of stuff you have to go and look for, and as in any city it is usually clumped together in certain zones.
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Hmmm... so it's not as expensive as I thought to get there - but it's still a very long way away.

Seems like a lot of effort for a nice beach and a bit of dinner.
But well worth it and much more rewarding than going to Malaga with the rest of the UK...
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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Hmmm... cheaper than I thought, more interesting than I thought...

To what extent is the more seedy side of Thailand in your face? Is it everywhere, or can it be easily avoided?
It can be avoided. At least I was able to avoid it when I went. I didn't feel it was in your face either. Also, depends on where you want to go... Bangkok, Chiangmai, Pattaya, Koh Samui, etc.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

This has been great - thank you! I'd obviously acquired some pretty negative preconceptions about Thailand, and it's nice to have them challenged.

(I started the thread because I didn't want to derail the Phi Phi thread).

Thank you all!
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But it's very foreign. Which for me, is a lot of the point of going on holiday in the first place. Trust me, when you're walking up a mountain to a Buddhist temple in monsoon season and you catch sight of a giant golden Buddha nestled amongst the trees just as rain drops the size of your fist begin to fall, you'll really begin to look at the world differently.

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To what extent is the more seedy side of Thailand in your face? Is it everywhere, or can it be easily avoided?
I was there for a week in and around Bangkok and I never saw anything seedy, other than the backpacker district which was filled with loud, drunk, obnoxious 20 somethings. But there were a lot of good eats in that area.
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Old 28.07.2011, 12:51
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But well worth it and much more rewarding than going to Malaga with the rest of the UK...
There's much more to Spain than Malaga you know.

I believe you can find fascinating things in virtually every country.

In Spain though it's easier than in many other countries.
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Easily avoided, same way Langstrasse is if you come to Zurich.
For those that know their way in Zürich of course.

The problem is that many of the hotels at the more budget end of the price scale are clumped around Langstrasse so it's what many people end up seeing.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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To what extent is the more seedy side of Thailand in your face? Is it everywhere, or can it be easily avoided?
Easily avoided.

You'll see a lot of ugly, pot-bellied middle-aged western men with a gorgeous young Thai lady on their arm.

The men may feel like God's gift to women but in reality it's a matter of economics and the women detest the men.
The men pay a retainer and visit the woman a few times a year.

What they may not realise, is that, when they're back home, another man is doing exactly the same for his two weeks and so on.
Quite lucrative and if two men happen to turn up at the same time, the poor girl runs home to her family in the hills, explaining that their mother is poorly.

This is the only seedy thing you may notice (and it's probably not that seedy if it's okay to date someone who could be your daughter) but everything else is avoidable as it's centred on particular locations.

Thai people - lovely
Food - great
Scenery - lovely
Culture - great
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Yet many decent, ordinary (well, loaded and ordinary) people make the effort to go all that way for something more than cheap prostitutes and friendly locals.
That's what they'll tell you, yes.

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Are you looking for the names and addresses of specific bars to "avoid"?
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

People tend to have that misperception that its expensive due to the distance but alot of british tour companies have made it very cheap and affordable. Due to (exploitation of) the cheap cost of labour in Thailand, lots of resorts have opened up and for 500 quid, you can easily get a week's holiday inclusive of flights and a decent 4star hotel in Phuket and the usual tourist spots.

Drinks and food are so cheap. For less than a quid, you get a bottle of beer. Culture is totally different from Spain, Greece and the other usual touristy beach spots in Europe.

And yes - I hate to say this but due to the currency exchange etc, alot of women there have the perception that farang (male westerner) = money = possible better life. Even the most average Joe is treated like a king there.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

The temples
shopping
the food
the beaches
sun
the people.

I love Thailand
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