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    Rude immigration staff

    By ChiefSealth, Created on: 27/04/2009, Last updated on: 19/08/2010

    ยป Is it just me or have you also notice how rude and disgruntled the Thai immigration staff seems to be at BKK? I thought it was just a fluke my first visit but now I've experienced very unfriendly and rude staff multiple times entering and exiting Thailand. And before anyone asks all of my forms and...

    • Domrei commented : [b:127gcu4g][color=#BF0000:127gcu4g]SCY, I'm sorry, I was not attacking you, but trying to join with you in highlighting how badly foreigners sometimes get treated. True, the Thai military was helping with the resettlement of Cambodian refugees during the Indo-China war of the 1980s, however, credit should go to the efforts of the UNHCR, and Western countries such as the USA, Australia, France, Japan etc. who did so much to protect the refugees, and also paid the Thai military so much money to stop killing, and pushing back the refugees into the war zones. One had to be there to see what really happened, and what really happened was that the Thai military committed untold atrocities against the refugees for years and years. True that the Khmer Rouges committed genocide, and the Vietnamese had territorial ambitions, but the Thai military couldn't refrain itself from joining in committing inhumane and criminal acts against fleeing women and children from a genocide. I won't go in to details of the Thai military's decades of military cooperation with Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. The Thai military was the closest ally of Pol Pot in the 1980s to the 1990s.[/color:127gcu4g][/b:127gcu4g]

    • ATM commented : [quote="Domrei":2z7ad6u1][b:2z7ad6u1][color=#BF0000:2z7ad6u1]SCY, I'm sorry, I was not attacking you, but trying to join with you in highlighting how badly foreigners sometimes get treated. True, the Thai military was helping with the resettlement of Cambodian refugees during the Indo-China war of the 1980s, however, credit should go to the efforts of the UNHCR, and Western countries such as the USA, Australia, France, Japan etc. who did so much to protect the refugees, and also paid the Thai military so much money to stop killing, and pushing back the refugees into the war zones. One had to be there to see what really happened, and what really happened was that the Thai military committed untold atrocities against the refugees for years and years. True that the Khmer Rouges committed genocide, and the Vietnamese had territorial ambitions, but the Thai military couldn't refrain itself from joining in committing inhumane and criminal acts against fleeing women and children from a genocide. I won't go in to details of the Thai military's decades of military cooperation with Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. The Thai military was the closest ally of Pol Pot in the 1980s to the 1990s.[/color:2z7ad6u1][/b:2z7ad6u1][/quote:2z7ad6u1] and they are still doing it domrei thai people think if they deny something then it didnt happen very much like the germans in WW2. http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=45475 . I have visited or worked in over 30 countries around the world and yes i have had bad experiences with immigration staff but i have found that when you come to thailand you are guaranteed that the thai immigration will at the very least be unfriendly or as has happened to me many times they will be downright rude (and i mean rude no matter which culture you come from) disgusting people.

    • Happy Expat commented : Dear Chief Selth, You must have a very limited travelling experience. If you had as much as mine you would by now have come to the realisation that ALL immigration staff, wherever they are, are rude. By comparison however I can say that Thai immigration staff do not normally fit into this category. I have found them to be the opposite of what you describe. If you want to experience REAL rudeness try going to any of the following countries:- Australia (Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane), USA (Hawaii or Anchorage take the cake), Russia (Moscow or Vladivostok), China (any point of entry), India, but the one that really takes the cake is Dubai. Been there for the first and last time. Generally the reason is, in my opinion, that these people are drawn from a low level of education and invested with far more authority than they can handle. Add to that the people they deal with inbound are likely to be stressed out after a long flight and are oversensitive to the behaviour directed at them. A mixture guaranteed to create unpleasantness. My advice is don't try to be "nice". Remain stoic, do not try to promote "pleasant" conversation, hand over your passport,remain silent and get on with it. Happy Expat

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