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Bangkok - has anyone been there?

Hi,


I AM A 70 YEAR OLD MALE AND AM CONSIDERING A WEEK IN BANGKOK NEXT MOHTH.


I HAVE RECENTLY MANAGED HOLIDAYS IN COPENHAGEN AND SOFIA ON MY OWN BUT WONDER IF THIS MIGHT BE A BIT TOO MUCH FOR ME.


I AM PRETTY STREET SMART AND TAKE CARE SAFETY WISE.


ANY COMMENTS GOOD OR BAD WOULD BE WELCOME THANKS IN ADVANCE


RICHARD


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sables
24th Jun 2021 17:50:27
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Thanks for voting!
I would love to go there when its safe to do so
Camperman
28th May 2021 13:49:15
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Years ago before I retired, a colleague went on a visit to Thailand and ended up marrying a local girl. It's a convoluted story, but to cut it short, she ended up returning to the UK with him.

I was relating this story to a drinking buddy who was an M.O. in the Royal navy , to which he commented, "I've never been to Thailand, but I've treated plenty of people who have"!
BrianJ258
20th May 2021 01:29:41 (Last activity: 20th May 2021 05:18:55)
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I visited Thailand recently to visit my uncle's grave at Chung Kai , as I didn't know much about the geography I ebded up with a hotel in Pattaya. I'm told that it's very much like bangkok and if that's so I'd not lower myself to go there again. I was disgusted to see old European men , men like myself, walking down the street with a dolly bird young enough to be their granddaughter on their arm or see the girls in the bars , I only went out once at night. The sexual explitation of the poverty stricken Thais is sickening and I'm not a prude but I do have a sense of decency,
Response from ralfwechs made on 20th May 2021 02:50:28
I do agree but it's worth point out that guys our age get monetary exploited by them as well. That's probably how most couples fitting this description stay together, for a time at least.
Night life is never my thing either.
Response from BrianJ258 made on 20th May 2021 05:18:55 > @ralfwechs
I'm sorry but nothing is ever going to excuse the actions of the these men to me, I was sickened by the sight of them , apparently the majority are Russians.
ralfwechs
20th May 2021 02:46:59
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Bangkok is just like any other big cities in America. It has a pretty side and an ugly underbelly. It is completely safe to get around unless you specifically look for trouble. Don't go where most people don't. Don't stop for hagglers or seemingly nice people who offer you "help" without being asked for (mostly in tourist traps) and use common sense!. Try traveling outside of big cities and you'll have a much better experience but knowing the language or someone who can guide you is a must.

I'd say go if you can afford it. Just so you're aware, right now during the COVID time, you'll have to get a Special Tourist Visa (STV) as they currently don't give out visa on arrival. Also, you'll be required to go into quarantine for 2 weeks at one of the hotels approved by the government which means they aren't a lot of choices and they are mostly high end that can cost up to 3000 USD for the entirety of your quarantine. You are pretty much free to travel after that. Going through all this just to stay for a month is a complete waste of money in my opinion.


Let me know if you have any questions.
Ralph
AngelaB46
29th Nov 2020 16:19:54
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Hi, I holidayed in Thailand in my 20's and found Bangkok dirty with a lot of poverty. Decided I wasn't going back to it, however, I was there for a week this time of year in 2018, absolutely loved it. It has changed so much. There is plenty to see and do, and you can get around easily by train, hop on boat or taxi. I hope you enjoy it
Tribalover
29th Nov 2020 01:43:02
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I passed through Bangkok traveling from south Thailand to Chang Mai by bus where I stayed for a week at an Elephant Nature Park, went on an extensive horseback ride for several days and hired a guide to visit the Indigenous Hill Tribes by staying in their hut/homes. It was quite an adventure.

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