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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    But they aren't starting a fight or ripping you off..........that's my point

    They are stating a price they will do a service for you...............up2u if you want to pay it
    i know this is from a few years ago , but I am not aware that they have changed

    https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/T...ilitary-Phuket

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stillearly View Post
    i know this is from a few years ago , but I am not aware that they have changed

    https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/T...ilitary-Phuket
    No doubt they are assholes

    But it still is just business

    I have more issues with them blocking all the spaces than anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    No doubt they are assholes

    But it still is just business

    I have more issues with them blocking all the spaces than anything
    yep mafia business

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    But they aren't starting a fight or ripping you off..........that's my point

    They are stating a price they will do a service for you...............up2u if you want to pay it
    Yes, you are correct. The smart people say "Fuck you", we will go somewhere else.

    Call it what ever name you want, Paul. My point and that of Stillearly is that their actions hurt other businesses. When enough people get pissed off they take their tourism business elsewhere. The small, Mom and Pop businesses lose out.

    I know at least a dozen men who used to spend their winters in Thai resort areas, but now go to Vietnam instead. For a few years they went to Sinoukville in Cambodia, but that changed when Chinese mafia started building casinos there and cut off the local businesses.

    I hear the complaints from small Thai business owners. Not from tourists. It is not like it was even 8 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    Yeah but you don't get raped or stabbed as much in Phuket 55.
    55 you need to buy the premium ticket to get the rape / stab package on the trains here 5555
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Forbes View Post
    Yes, you are correct. The smart people say "Fuck you", we will go somewhere else.

    Call it what ever name you want, Paul. My point and that of Stillearly is that their actions hurt other businesses. When enough people get pissed off they take their tourism business elsewhere. The small, Mom and Pop businesses lose out.

    I know at least a dozen men who used to spend their winters in Thai resort areas, but now go to Vietnam instead. For a few years they went to Sinoukville in Cambodia, but that changed when Chinese mafia started building casinos there and cut off the local businesses.

    I hear the complaints from small Thai business owners. Not from tourists. It is not like it was even 8 years ago.
    When was the last time you were in Patong?
    No one is hurting for business there.......trust me

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    But they aren't starting a fight or ripping you off..........that's my point

    They are stating a price they will do a service for you...............up2u if you want to pay it
    My first trip to Thailand (BKK) i jumped into a TukTuk with my exwife after being told a price, to go to a certain restaurant (Sonboon Seafood Restaurant)the other side of town. To say the journey was a nightmare is an understatement. I have a fair sense of direction, and with map in hand, realised this idiot was taking us around the world and wasted much of our evening time. He ended up taking us to a restaurant that was not the one agreed on. I demanded he take us to the original quoted, which he did after a song and dance.

    Instead of turning up to the restaurant cool and calm, we arrived late and were on edge from the crap experience.........

    Now, i will only use these dishonest cowboys if i am desperate which is not often. I have used 2 times since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobba View Post
    My first trip to Thailand (BKK) i jumped into a TukTuk with my exwife after being told a price, to go to a certain restaurant (Sonboon Seafood Restaurant)the other side of town. To say the journey was a nightmare is an understatement. I have a fair sense of direction, and with map in hand, realised this idiot was taking us around the world and wasted much of our evening time. He ended up taking us to a restaurant that was not the one agreed on. I demanded he take us to the original quoted, which he did after a song and dance.

    Instead of turning up to the restaurant cool and calm, we arrived late and were on edge from the crap experience.........

    Now, i will only use these dishonest cowboys if i am desperate which is not often. I have used 2 times since.
    Oh, and the price was agreed on before we disembarked but when we finally arrive, gave him less for wasting our time...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobba View Post
    My first trip to Thailand (BKK) i jumped into a TukTuk with my exwife after being told a price, to go to a certain restaurant (Sonboon Seafood Restaurant)the other side of town. To say the journey was a nightmare is an understatement. I have a fair sense of direction, and with map in hand, realised this idiot was taking us around the world and wasted much of our evening time. He ended up taking us to a restaurant that was not the one agreed on. I demanded he take us to the original quoted, which he did after a song and dance.

    Instead of turning up to the restaurant cool and calm, we arrived late and were on edge from the crap experience.........

    Now, i will only use these dishonest cowboys if i am desperate which is not often. I have used 2 times since.
    Ummm......it sounds to me he didn't know where you wanted to go
    Not that he was ripping you off

    Again someone travelling to Thailand expecting it to be like good ole home

    A 1st time visitor had a miscommunication mishap

    You ain't in Australia anymore......

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Ummm......it sounds to me he didn't know where you wanted to go
    Not that he was ripping you off

    Again someone travelling to Thailand expecting it to be like good ole home

    A 1st time visitor had a miscommunication mishap

    You ain't in Australia anymore......
    You assume alot Paul. Your analogy holds no weight especially when i showed the hotel staff where i wanted to go and they wrote the name and address in Thai on a piece of paper for me to show the taxi/tuktuk or other forms of travel i chose.

    The driver knew exactly where we wanted to go................

    It is clear to me this idiot was a scamming arsehole, probably getting a backhander from the other restaurant he first took us too.

    As Ian said, the bad experiences stay in the mind of tourists and these bad experiences (ours was rather mild) can influence a persons decision to return to a given place which ultimately affects the areas tourists business..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobba View Post
    You assume alot Paul. Your analogy holds no weight especially when i showed the hotel staff where i wanted to go and they wrote the name and address in Thai on a piece of paper for me to show the taxi/tuktuk or other forms of travel i chose.

    The driver knew exactly where we wanted to go................

    It is clear to me this idiot was a scamming arsehole, probably getting a backhander from the other restaurant he first took us too.

    As Ian said, the bad experiences stay in the mind of tourists and these bad experiences (ours was rather mild) can influence a persons decision to return to a given place which ultimately affects the areas tourists business..............
    Well 1st off you said none of that in your 1st post
    I assumed on exactly what you said

    How many times you've been in Thailand?

    My wife is obviously Thai, I can't even try and remember how many times she has still has communication mix-ups with fellow Thais that leave me wondering if they even speak the same language
    I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times we've been lost in Thailand when being driven by someone

    By the way
    I especially like your 1st time in Thailand with a map and I know best attitude 5555

    You are coming as as one of those ugly tourists on your 1st trip that know all and everyone is trying to rip you off
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    By the way
    I especially like your 1st time in Thailand with a map and I know best attitude 5555[/QUOTE]

    555555....... Yes the map ....... 5555555. And i still carry one tucked away in my bumbag each and every time i travel there 555555.

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    You are coming as as one of those ugly tourists on your 1st trip that know all and everyone is trying to rip you off
    Yes, and this is where its sad. These parasites (not all are) prey on the vulnerability of the innocent tourist that are living the dream of visiting their country. To be ripped of by these parasites is like receiving a kick in the teeth, leaving a mark and bad taste in the mouth of the victim. Most will not forget (as i havent) that bad experience.

    I have not let this scar me, hence all the return visits. Others may not be so forgiving, hence, never to return............

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    When was the last time you were in Patong?
    No one is hurting for business there.......trust me
    You are right, Paul. I haven't been back to Phuket for 8 or 9 years... for the very reasons we are talking about. Each time I visited Phuket it was more of the same thing... too many shysters. I enjoyed myself and never got taken, but by then I was pretty much aware of the possible pitfalls that tourists can get into. I just don't like supporting any rip-off artists. However, at the time I had a nice time share property in Pattaya, and Phuket was the only city in Thailand that did an exchange that was even somewhat reasonable. All the other exchange resorts were 30 km off in the boonies somewhere, and you were pretty much stuck there without transportation. I've since dropped my membership with that time share; it was okay while it lasted, but there are far better deals if you know where to look.

    I have no doubt that Phuket has grown and changed... just like everywhere, but from the sounds of things the shysters are still there and running the show.

    However, I also know I can't change the world. All I can do is support a few people who actually need my help and appreciate it. If I were to EVER go back to Phuket it would only be to meet some of the gang here who live down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobba View Post
    By the way
    I especially like your 1st time in Thailand with a map and I know best attitude 5555
    555555....... Yes the map ....... 5555555. And i still carry one tucked away in my bumbag each and every time i travel there 555555.



    Yes, and this is where its sad. These parasites (not all are) prey on the vulnerability of the innocent tourist that are living the dream of visiting their country. To be ripped of by these parasites is like receiving a kick in the teeth, leaving a mark and bad taste in the mouth of the victim. Most will not forget (as i havent) that bad experience.

    I have not let this scar me, hence all the return visits. Others may not be so forgiving, hence, never to return............[/QUOTE]

    But my point is he likely wasn't ripping you off

    And I should have said, I've been an "ugly" tourist before myself

    And looking back I was likely wrong in most of the situations

    We go to a country worrying about getting ripped off or expecting things to work like a developed country or think we know better

    And most times we are usually wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    ^ are they bullet holes from tuk tuk drivers in the side of the bus pictured.....555
    If they are not, there soon will be. 5555
    The little circles that designate the stops could be taken as targets to shoot at. Probably not a good seat to sit in adjacent to where the signs are 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    Yeah but you don't get raped or stabbed as much in Phuket 55.
    You have never on the Woolongong Express 555

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