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ski 09-27-2006 04:54 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
How bad a problem is AIDS/STDs? According to the cia they have a 2% rate for aids (sounds pretty big).

Is AIDs concentrated in certain regions? Is there anyway to know if they girls you are having sex with weren't hooking the night before?

ski 09-27-2006 05:00 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
Also, how is the english.

It would be cool having girlfriend(s) there, but does it get boring if all you can both appreciate is sex?

How difficult is it to meet guys or girls to just be friends with and be able to commyunicate well with?

Also I'll be in Thailand on Nov 21st. Planning on staying there 1 month+. If anyone wants to PM me or meet up that would be cool. I'm 22 and just started playing cards professionally in Jan after I got my degree in music.

xwillience 09-27-2006 05:11 PM

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great thread.


how hard would it be to find a really big house or a couple of them in near proximity to each other?

Hiltonian 09-27-2006 05:12 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
Can any of you guys who live there tell us where specifically you live, what its like, and why you chose there?

09-27-2006 05:47 PM

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siccjay 09-27-2006 05:50 PM

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The Thailand myspace! SHIP IT!

09-27-2006 05:53 PM

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09-27-2006 05:57 PM

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TheDudeAbides 09-27-2006 05:58 PM

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Excellent post man.

I too am interested in the cost of living and quality of life.

1. What would a middle class (North American standards) couple with no children have to spend per month on food/lodging/entertainment etc.. if they wanted to "upgrade" and live "well"?

2. What are the biggest issues with living in what is commonly accepted as a third world country?

3. How reliable is basic infrastructure (electricity/cable/internet/roads/public transport - etc...)?

4. How corrupt is law enforcement (a 2+2 poster was caught with some weed and extorted out of $2000 USD in exchange for not getting booked - is this common?).

TIA - I will ask more as I think of new questions.

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At the full moon party they have a nice little racket going. If you are caught with drugs you owe a very large fine in cash on the spot, or you go to jail. I beleive its about $2k US and that might be what happened to said poster.

The cops dont get paid much so I'd imagine if you were in some ish you could bribe them...but there really isn't the need for that. If you are coming to cause trouble...go some place else.

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I'll own up to it - it was me. I certainly wasn't looking to cause any trouble (especially because in my short experience the Thai people are extremely humble and welcoming people). I was also young and stupid and thought I was safe, and couldn't pass up the chance to buy an ounce of weed for <$5. It was actually in a Songtow (sp?) coming back from a trek in Chaing Mai. The cops pulled us over for a 'routine' spot check, but I have a feeling they were tipped off by the driver (who, ironically, was high as hell on opium at the time). Is that common?

Also - how do you handle the influx of North American, White businessmen who come there with the sole intention of getting some 12 year old Thai boys? I found that the most difficult thing to get over when I was there (again - mostly up North). Just seeing it made my skin crawl, but I'm certainly not one to impose my values while in another county. But I will say it detracted from my overall enjoyment of the trip.

Is it true the STD rate among prostitutes is >90%?

Awesome thread by the way.

veganmav 09-27-2006 06:03 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
I think with Thai girls you just have to be there.
Grow some balls and talk to them.
If you do that in America, you have a higher percentage chance of finding a gf. If you do it in Thailand, you are almost guaranteed a gf.

So go out, party, and have fun, and when you see a girl who you like, just freakin talk to her, and it's very likely to happen.

I know it sounds simple, but it's pretty true.

veganmav 09-27-2006 06:06 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
So when I got to BKK it was like 11pm and I was tired. There was a long ass line, maybe 60 or 70 people for the standard, taxi. I'm like eff that, so I walk around the corner where some sketchy dudes are like, "you need taxi? we have taxi! we take you anywher".

I get in with them, aware that it could be a scam. But I was tired and didn't think too clearly or care too much.
I arrive at Bill's place after like half an hour, and they say "ok 2000 BAHT" i'm like "that's too expensive'.

Oh yeah tehre are 2 sketchy taxi drivers not just one. So they look at eachother, then look at me and repeat "2000 baht". I kinda was scared, and was like oh well whatever, so I gave them 2000 Baht, and was a fish.

Moral of the story: Only ride in Taxi's with a meter, and make sure they start the meter when you get in.

Also, you will probably get scammed once, but learn your lesson.

It cost me 2000 Baht, not too much, so I learned cheap.
I didn't get scammed again.

09-27-2006 06:14 PM

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multious 09-27-2006 06:17 PM

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Phi-Phi is the nicest place I have ever been. Can't wait to go back.

veganmav 09-27-2006 06:17 PM

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If you have VeganMav skills and make friends with every single person that passes you at any point on your trip, you'll have tons of friends and 11 year old girls to go swimming with.

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Obviously in the purest sense.
I made friends with as many people as possible, and love hangin out with people.
Bill and his friends went out to a bar, and I stayed and swam at the beach with a bunch of kids.

It was a lot of fun.

09-27-2006 06:26 PM

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xxThe_Lebowskixx 09-27-2006 06:31 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
i did that too the first time i went to thailand. will never forget it. was so scared i was gonna get killed or robbed. i only paid 600 baht though.

oddjob 09-27-2006 06:32 PM

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i read somewhere there are a lot of hot russian girls there too. any validity to this? and if so, are they all just hookers?

xxThe_Lebowskixx 09-27-2006 06:33 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
speaking thai is hard as [censored]. i just avoid words phrases i cant pronounce because people will try to correct you, and want you to repeat it (friendly) and it is just immpossible for me.

i understand alot, but speaking is pretty hard.

i learned from some books and gf.

Iconoclastic 09-27-2006 06:44 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
Did you only go to bars and such places to pick up girls or were there other different places where you got a number or sealed the deal?

Klompy 09-27-2006 06:54 PM

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How's the healthcare? Did you have health insurance while you were there?

veganmav 09-27-2006 06:57 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
Me and Bill were walking in a cab, he saw a girl who he thought was atractive walking down the street.
I got out and got her #.
Then at the McDonald's I got the McDonald's drive through window girls #.

Also just random people anywhere I guess...

On the street, or at the falafel stand or whatever.

Talk to people.

pokerraja 09-27-2006 06:59 PM

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Great thread Degan. I have spent the last hour at work reading it. now time to go home! How are other 3rd world asian countries, such as Vietnam, Phillipines or Indonesia? Just curious if these are one in the same or not? I always assumed they all had similar cultures.

Vegan,
Your taxi story is very standard and im sure anyone who has been to a 3rd world country has a similar taxi story. Also your avatar is one of the best i have ever seen.

veganmav 09-27-2006 07:02 PM

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[ QUOTE ]
Great thread Degan. I have spent the last hour at work reading it. now time to go home! How are other 3rd world asian countries, such as Vietnam, Phillipines or Indonesia? Just curious if these are one in the same or not? I always assumed they all had similar cultures.

Vegan,
Your taxi story is very standard and im sure anyone who has been to a 3rd world country has a similar taxi story. Also your avatar is one of the best i have ever seen.

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yeah, i'm sure its not uncommon.
Thanks about the avatar... stuey made it [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

09-27-2006 07:06 PM

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09-27-2006 07:16 PM

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Alobar 09-27-2006 07:21 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
the million water bottles in this pic makes me ask

hows the water? Is it like mexico were you have to drink bottled water the whole time?

multious 09-27-2006 07:24 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
Let's get a 2p2 mansion going in Chiang Mai with a summer home down on the islands.

09-27-2006 07:29 PM

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multious 09-27-2006 08:09 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
ugh i shoulda taken this year off university to travel

Jasper109 09-27-2006 08:10 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
I spent 6 months in Korea a few years ago, and found that they ranged from very friendly to completely obnoxious towards foreigners.

I'm curious what the Thai attitude is among parents when it comes to their daughters dating and possibly marrying a caucasian. Typically, Koreans very much frowned upon this.

Also, what are the chances of meeting a Thai woman 35+? Is divorce accepted within the culture? Are there single women in their 30's like in N.Amerca, or is it much rarer in Thailand?

xxThe_Lebowskixx 09-27-2006 08:15 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
divorce rate <1%.

unless you want someone 35+, you can easily get someone younger.

xxThe_Lebowskixx 09-27-2006 08:19 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
poor families welcome a rich husband they can extort money out of.

rich familes, chances are they have been overseas, they may or may not be crazy about the idea.

xxThe_Lebowskixx 09-27-2006 08:24 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
btw, i am sure atleast one OOT will fall for a hooker and kill himself if you guys move here!

09-27-2006 08:25 PM

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Jasper109 09-27-2006 08:27 PM

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also 50 year olds with 19 year old GF's is quite common. why on earth would you want a 35 yr old w/ kids? if you want to date an equal, you are barking up the wrong tree [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Well, I'm not quite 50 yet, but you've got me thinking. [img]/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

multious 09-27-2006 08:31 PM

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gross

microbet 09-27-2006 08:35 PM

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The stuff about Thai women being so nice isn't a big surprise. The Thai women at the Thai restaurants I've gone to regularly have been super super super nice.

Dave G. 09-27-2006 08:57 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
Man, this thread makes me cry. I really need to spend a while in this country. It sounds like an awesome dream. I also love asian girls.

veganmav 09-27-2006 09:06 PM

Re: Ask Degen Anything About Living In Thailand
 
I think I may skip a weak of classes and go with Degen to the beaches in November.

HP 09-27-2006 09:26 PM

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Is it easy to make good friends with locals?


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