Nov 20, 2007
I have been to Bangkok , Krabi and Chiang Mai
They are lovely people and well worth the title of 'thai smile'
they love thier royal family and will expect you to show respect , as they do .
there are buddhist temples ; 'bhats' i think they call them , everywhere and they usually have lots of cats hanging around the temples .
In one of the temples the monks were smoking cigarettes .
u might have to cover your legs to enter a temple .
i have nt done any jungles in thialand , besides a rain forest where we got soaked .
the cities are pretty grid-locked with vehicles but the driving is orderly and the country is generally tidy , unlike most other places in Asia. They drive on the left , same as in Uk , with rh drive cars .
food and clothes are cheap but u can make the clothes cheaper by bartering .
There is lots of cheap fruit and veg around , pinneaples . drinking coconuts , strawberries. in towns and cities they cook and sell food in little 'stands' by the roadside..lots of chicken and fish (yukk !! i'm veggie)
there is no shortage of internet cafes , usually for about 50p ($1) an hour .
the people are also very poor and i have heard that many village girls come to cities to make money in the sex industry , for some reason women are not valued by thai men and i know several pals/associates here in the Uk who have thai girlfriends and wives .
Elephant safaris are good and there is every kind of water sport available , but be careful with organized tours 'cos u will often get taken to all kinds of carpet/trinket/art factories where u can feel pressurized to buy .
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