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    Are Farang invisible to Thai?

    By Jason McDonald, Created on: 21/06/2009, Last updated on: 15/12/2010

    » I ask this to find out if farang are really invisible to Thai. This has happened to me many times and I was wondering if it happens to other Westerners who live in Thai areas of Bangkok (or maybe elsewhere). When I am out with my Thai wife, especially shopping, I find that, Thai people refuse to...

    • sulasno commented : I could venture a guess the lady serving you does not speak English and hence avoid you

    • Ian commented : [quote="sulasno":28jq4kd7]I could venture a guess the lady serving you does not speak English and hence avoid you[/quote:28jq4kd7] Exactly so, if you see her regularly and she gets to know you much will change. I have had the opposite also happen, I went to a health food shop with my Thai gf and had 6 shop assistants all trying to serve me, my gf and other shoppers were ignored. The same when I go to the bank, everyones says hello and the Bank manager rushes forward to deal with me. At a local large store I go to they always fetch me a chair to sit on while the gf wanders around the aisles and shelves.

    • 29 replies, 50,831 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    The Value of a Tourist.

    By Sean Moran, Created on: 18/01/2009, Last updated on: 15/12/2010

    » What are some of the most common positive and negative results of foreign tourists from overseas visiting Thailand? Thai opinions welcome, kap.

    • patrickoniam commented : [quote:2hs8kp70]"patrickoniam"][quote="james":2hs8kp70]Another farang bites the dust. Just watched another farang on the news get tossed out of thailand. Something not that easy to do. First the guy gets taken advantage of by a thai bargirl . All his money and belongings gone. Then decides to sleep alongside the road with the thai mafia nearby. Smart move again. Then decides to cause some more problems himself , breaks into a public telephone to steal the coins. Just proves that a majority of the tourists that visit are,nt too bright. Another good reason the thai government should screen these people before entering and worry about what money these low life types bring here. Pattaya is a fine example and attracts the lowest types of tourists.[/quote:2hs8kp70] I agree with you there james. See, thats the thing with some tourists, that they dont understand and respect the regulations and cultures of different countries. they think they can act like theyre back home. Im Thai but I live in Sydney Australia and I dont know what other countries are like but i can tell that Aussies - guys - act like complete idiots when theyre drunk. Ive seen this when i was in Phuket as there are alot of aussies that holiday there. This gets to me when i see them act like that and disrespecting thai culture and people but at the same time - i feel ashamed for them as i been in Australia for a long time and consider myself aussie aswell. But its just a small percentage of tourists that act like that though. as i said, most toursist are quite well behaved that i see when i go home and they are good for the economy and good for thailand overall. How would immigration police or stop the kind of toursits you gave example of above from entering thailand though?[/quote:2hs8kp70][/quote] to volenteer - just look at my comments. i totally agree with you

    • patrickoniam commented : i think that if you are a tourist in another country - you need to acknowledge that countries' rules, customs etc as a tourist, it is up to you to earn the respect and respect the locals. If you do that in thailand, i guarantee you, you will recieve that back. Thats how thai people are - in general. Regardless of how much money you spend there But on continuing on volunteers and my posts - some tourist act like complete idiots and have no respect at all. And im sure they act the same way in their own country Best example is Australia - Australia has no identity and no real history or culture of its own, so aussies dont understand other countries' cultures/customs/way of life - so when aussies do travel overseas - in particular young males, they act like they do back home cause they have no clue. I can say this cause as i said previously, Im thai myself but have been in Sydney for the past 25 years. Ive seen these types of tourists and its not just in Thailand Im sure. But i have seen them in Phuket, Phi Phi and Koh Phangan for the full moon party where they trash the beach completely. These are the tourist Thailand can do WITHOUT. Theyre the back packer types that spend crap all money ( which is ok) but the main thing with them is little understanding and respect. They think they can just go overseas and act like they do back home. And treat locals like they treat people back home. These people need to learn the hard way and spend a couple of days in a thai prison!!! Im sure that will sober them up and knock some sense and respect into them in no time

    • 85 replies, 111,416 views

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