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    Do you speak English Khun Noy?

    By surapong, Created on: 26/07/2010, Last updated on: 07/01/2016

    » Ms Noy’s gonna need some English lessons in order to pass her tests to prove that her command of the language is good enough before being granted her visa. The number of Thai women from the Northeast marrying foreigners is rising every year. Over the past few months, almost 2,000 people have shown...

    • Rasken commented : As many of you have said, Isan is a big area. I guess you find all kinds there too, but may be they in some respect have a different approach to education than people from other parts of Thailand. Then it is interesting to find out why it is so. In my country (Norway) there has been some research about this issue. It seems that your fathers profession is playing an important role in whether you take an education and if you do: the kind of eduction. Education has been an important part of my countrys plan for bringing equality to all people, but so far they have failed. Education are often based on the values of the middle class people. Many people from the working class find it hard to indentify them self with such values, therefor they struggle more then children coming from middle calls or higher. It has nothing to do with genes or lack of intelligence, it is most of the time a result of class and with whom you identify yourself with. Also can we se that people from lower classes don't get adequate jobs after qualifying, that too send a signal to some that education is waste of time. Yes, there will always be some who make it, but induviduals is of no significance when we will enlight this kind of issue. It is the matter of big numbers that counts. I read many posts in this tread like "I know someone.." "I have seen this and that..", all fear enough, but doesn't function to explain a social problem.

    • 130 replies, 902,399 views

    Thai airports, trains, buses, public transport

    Bangkok cabs rank 5th in world!

    By terry, Created on: 09/08/2010, Last updated on: 19/08/2010

    » Well toot my horn!! Bangkok taxis rank among the top five in the world according to an annual taxi poll? Bangkok scored 14% in votes on several categories by travellers, ranking fifth in the survey conducted by travel website hotels.com. The website scored city-based taxis on their levels of cleanliness,...

    • krystalchua commented : Beware of Violent taxi Driver in Bangkok - Pink Taxi I had a very bad experience with a taxi driver in Bangkok. We came from Siam Paragon and was having a hard time finding a taxi that would use the meter, so we agreed to the flat rate of 150 baht that the driver charged us with. The taxi driver was irritable from the heavy traffic, and was driving very fast when he got the chance. Upon arriving at our hotel, he did not see the first door (probably because of his speed) where the hotel lobby was. Instead, he went straight ahead to the next wing where there was no bridge to the main lobby. My brother who was sitting beside him called his attention (nicely) and told him that we were supposed to get off at the first door. It was roughly only 20 to 30 steps away from where he stopped, and he was also going to pass it on his way out of the hotel premises. It was raining so we thought we would just get off at the lobby for us not to get wet. He angrily shouted "200 baht! 200 baht!" and stepped on the gas so hard to make a U turn. Startled with his outburst, I sternly told the driver that we would just get off right there, and that he should not treat tourists so rudely. My brother, after being shouted at, slammed the car door as he got off. The taxi driver did not stop there. He too, got off the car, and opened the trunk. He took his tire wrench and was supposed to attack my brother with it! The hotel guards stopped him just in time and asked him to leave. While driving out the hotel premises, he left a threat to us that he will be watching us and waiting for us outside. I was able to get the taxi's plate number from the guard. It is a hot pink taxi and the plate numbers looks something like "NS4521" (the NS was written with curves? I attached it a copy of the paper that the guard gave me with this email). During our stay in Bangkok, and we rode taxis around four times. The first time was from the airport where we were charged 500 bhat. We had no problem with that since the driver just went about his business and was professional. It was a blue taxi. The second, third, and fourth time were all pink taxis, wherein not once had it been a good experience for us. For the second taxi that we rode, the driver told us that the mall we wanted to go to had closed early, and that it would be better to just have dinner somewhere near the night markets. He then suggested a "cheap and good" seafood restaurant, so we agreed. When we arrived, we noticed that the prices were ridiculously high, and later on, upon reading the same stories on the web, realized that we were scammed. The same thing was offered to us by the next taxi driver (also of a pink taxi). Since we already knew better, we declined his offer and just made up an excuse. Now, the last taxi that we rode had the rudest and meanest taxi driver that I had ever encountered in my entire life! These 3 encounters all from pink taxis had made me wonder if this is a common practice among them. I really lost all the excitement I had for Thailand after the incident. Shouldn't they be doing something about these taxi drivers if they really want to promote tourism in their country? I believe my Bangkok stay has by far been the worst vacation I have ever had. I have never been scammed and treated so rudely so many times in a row! My vacation has turned out to be very frustrating, disappointing, and infuriating, If you have friends or relatives who are going to Bangkok, please warn them about this particular taxi driver. Also, please ask them to read about the different scams that some locals trick the clueless tourists into. Please pass this email to your friends and family. It is best to be prepared and aware, so as to avoid these kinds of experiences. Thailand sure has plenty of things to offer, but if this comes with visiting their country, I think I would rather not return unless needed, and would not recommend friends and family to visit too.

    • modsquad commented : from a reader: I'm from New York and have been living here in Bangkok for six years. I take the taxi everywhere and never once in these six years have I come across a dirty taxi, a driver who wasn't pleasant and accommodating and one who didn't know where he was going when given directions (in his language) or a map. Yes, we all know London taxis are the best and New York among the worst, but please stop complaining and doing your own taxi ratings, Mr Reynolds, it's a bit much. Happy Passenger

    • charliechang33 commented : From a passenger point of view, Bangkok Taxi drivers are crooked, they tend and mostly likely will take longer route to make extra bucks on the meters. Billing honesty and driving style are poor, if not the worst. From a motorist point of view, I have had few incidence with flat tires and dead battery, taxi drivers, being a Thai, were very kind to lend an helping hands to save me from helpless roadside disasters. Thumb up for their kind hearts and generosity.

    • 5 replies, 13,364 views

    Thai news stories

    Thai infrastructure

    By drake, Created on: 13/08/2010, Last updated on: 11/11/2013

    » [quote:31gxfa6m]by drake on Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:21 pm How about industrial infrastructure instead of govt. admin ? The ppl might get some real skills then. by Voice on Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:07 pm I do agree with you there drake Thailand need much of those infrastructure like railway and better motoway...

    • drake commented : [quote="Voice":3hpttve1] What you said could be ideal for Thailand but the law and restriction need to be change. Of course Thai elites won’t allow that when they can enjoy joyride with foreigner partner and it could be some small change for those so call politician to keep their pocket full of change happy. Plus they could control the situation and money coming in as government policy shift every time they have new government. I really that one day there will some people strong enough to stand up and bring the change that could improve my country in positive way.[/quote:3hpttve1] So, you are saying that there is no chance that someone like CP would diversify in to semiconductor manufacturing on it's own [b:3hpttve1]IF[/b:3hpttve1] it thinks it can make a lot of money ?

    • 24 replies, 34,169 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    Ripped off by a taxi driver

    By raymp, Created on: 14/08/2010, Last updated on: 30/08/2010

    » My thai girlfriend, her mother and me got a taxi from Ancient Siam to Samut Prakan jetty on Sunday at 3 pm. She left her bag on the back seat. Taxi left and i chased him up the road while she was calling her phone in her bag on her mothers mobile. I gave up chasing. We stood there calling for 30 minutes....

    • 4 replies, 9,962 views

    Family - searching for lost relatives

    Suvattana Lowhaphan

    By miss_daisy1979, Created on: 14/08/2010, Last updated on: 16/08/2010

    » I am trying to trace my mother (named in subject box), without going to Private Investigators, what agencies can i use to help me find her?

    • 1 replies, 6,424 views

    Domestic / cross cultural issues - Thai / Foreigner concerns

    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...

    • raymp commented : NO i live in Phra Pradaeng with my girlfriend. I seldom see another farang here. Thais are always wanting to talk to me. Not a day goes by with out a complete stranger wanting to shake my hand. My gf's mother has a shop where thai's gather to drink whisky after work. I shake a dozen hand every time i go there. When we go to Big C or Lotus the staff always talk to me first. Farnag are not invisible

    • 29 replies, 50,831 views

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