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The title says it all Why ask for anything more.
I already know about the laws, I also know not to say anything about the kingdom and the majesty. If you are counting on me to say anything about that, then don't count on me talking about that. Even safe countries that are in a 3rd world can come with crummy things. They ALL do, and there is no ifs, and or buts about it.
Thailand is a good country but, it can have it's horrible down falls. I already made a short informative video about whey Thailand ain't that great. You really got to watch out when it come to this type of stuff.
A. TOURIST SPOTS/ACTIVITIES
1. The Grand Palace is closed/This place is closed
Taxis and tuk tuks are also involved in this scam. If it sounds dumb as heck, then it really is. Only trust, trusted tourists guided that can guide you for a good fair fee. Also check with official via phone and ect.
2. Jet Ski Scam
For this one: if you are too well known for this. Don't ride Jet Skis in Thailand. They will claim you have damaged them, then ask you for a large high fee to replace or repair them. Avoid jet ski rental, swim in the water with your own scuba gear to pass the time.
This scam exist in Mexico, and other coastal third, second world countries as well.
3. Tailor scam
These people will try to ask you for a wire transfers insread of paying them normally over counter. I check reviews online and only go to know reputable tailors, and so on. They will whisper sweet nothingness that sounds to good to be true.
4. The gem scam
Over priced shitty fake gems. If a stranger aproaches with this, tell them that you have enough money on you. You already know, no money no honey. If that don't work then walk away as quickly as possible before they ask you again.
5. Bar/cafe scam
They usually try to get you to buy drinks for them, then bounce once it it is time to pay the bill. This is some lazy female alcoholic based shiftiness right here. If you refuse to pay that bill, some strong men will show up to be that @$$!
Tell her/him that you want them to go to a place with you, and you would like to drink, and so on. They will high tail it if they're up to no good.
6. Sombondee Seafood Market scam
They will try to bring to crummy seafood place, instead of bringing you to the real one that you love and enjoy with all your heart and joy.
Google it like your life depends on it. Nobody wants to pay $5-$12 books for over priced food that taste like garbage out of toilet. Check for the real ones online if approached about it.
7. Sex Show Scam
They will try to lead you to a sex club for and you buy lady drinks. You might even view a few naked ladies. That is until you are given an outrageous bill that is far too much for their establishment to charge.
If you do not pay this bill: you will be beat down by the bouncers, or they could do worse. Just tell them that your penis does not, work or you can't hear them when they approach you with this garbage.
1. Tuk tuk scam
The Thai tuk tuk will offer you a cheap price at first, then try to jack up the price, and take you to horrible shitty locations which you do not want to go and jack up the prices. You could just pretend that you are about to throw up if they ask you, or act like you pooped your pants.
Avoid tuk tuks, no matter how cheap or how sincere they seem.
2. Gang at train station scam
When it comes to train station scams, never accept anything from a random stranger. Never go any where with them, this is attempt to swindle or peddle cash out your pockets. Speak to the staff at the train station, and leave if it does not sound right.
3. Taxi scam
Don't ride in a taxi without no meter in it. Forget all that stuff, you just don't need that stupid stuff. They will say that the meter is broke. If you ride in a taxi without a meter they will charge three times the going rate. They will try to guide you to shitty places you don't want to go, for real just tell them that you do wan to hear it, then you wait for another cab.
4. Motorbike scam
The motor bike scam is like the jet ski scams. You will rent a motor bike and they will claim that you did something wrong to it, and try to charge a large heafty sum. Even if you live there and retire buy your own stuff if you are Thai. They hate a lot of farangs, and to them you ain't nothing but a pile walking money!
5. Overnight bus/train/private bus theft
Hey they got uber for real, I would not even sweat it. If you don't like that there are cheap metered taxis there. Lock all bags, do not leave belongs out, do flash anything excessively there. It will red mark you as target, avoid that bull move out they way of it!
1. Hotel scams
No matter what it is, if it is not the original hotel you booked don't go to it. The cab driver is usually in on this hotel based scam, and you will end paying for a cheaper hotel that is not there. Check your GPS, to make sure you are headed to real hotel, if not cancel the trip immediately.
1. Bird shit scam
A stupid looking person will bump into you with bird crap, the person who kicks with their shins will try and clean you up, while cleaning you of your wallet and other possessions, even jewelry. Run like you have ever ran in your life, when you approached by these people. Like Nike just do it!
2. Fake police (sometimes even real ones do this)
Honestly on my soul: when approached by these guys call the police to verify them, and ask to see there bag. Number one get fake identity documents made and present those things to this guy. Jojo McFartenstein DumAzzer would be a good name to put on these documents to give them a hint. (just lamentate some false ID paper)
3. Timeshare scam
Man if a third world Thai approach you about some time shares: you know they ain't got that type of money. If they do they probably got that type of money ripping you off and with those time shares that are not even there decline that crap like it is bad credit card.
4. Wrong change given scam
I will be real with everyone. Look at the bills that you just gave them, and let them know how much specific baht of each type you gave them. Then they say that you didn't, don't sweat it and let them know that you payed the correct amount, and was not given more than legal tender.
5. Cards/poker/blackjack scam
Never play black jack or poker nor card games with Thai Nationals. They will use short stories of anecdotes to loosen you up evolving family, friends, and even you to the house. Just tell them some screwed up stuff or starting speaking another language that they can't under stand, and walk away from this.
6. Fake baht scam
They all about that baht that you got, throw some Bs on it! Honestly watch your money, they will try to swap it out for a bill that is that is counter fit, asking you to pay again. If you pay again you will be paying double. Don't do this this crap! All use smaller bills, always!
7. Bird food scam
The approach with a bag of bird seed, bump into you and spill it on the ground. First of all: through it in that bitch'sface! Joke! Do not do that, just reject like that famous hip hop dance move.
Rule of thumb:
Watch: Thai-Thai get extremely angry!
8. Laundry scam
If you have very expensive laundry or clothing… You might want to have it done yourself. Your laundry will disappear and they will send you else where, which they get a commission for doing of course.
Pick pockets will try and work in teams by accidentally bumping into you, and getting your hard earn cash. I wear a tourist pass port holder, or I wish to keep all my belongings in it. Money belts also work very well of course.
D. GETTING HELP
1. Emergency Numbers to Call
thailand tourist police
Tourist Police 1155
Police (General Emergency Call) 191
Medical Emergency Call 1669
Tourist Service Centre : 167
How it All a Begin…..
I am became a good a U.S. Soldier to fulfill part of my American Dream to serve my country and become a troop. I chose the U.S. Army to become an American Soldier because because of he enlistment incentives such as, $20,000 bonuses, jobs skills through training, payed tuition, G.I. Bill(s), and various Veteran Affair medical benefits.
Coming to Circumstances
Coming from poor ghetto communities it was not very hard to decide of course. Stay at where you are an only make minimum wages, and struggle each and everyday for may days. Working as hard as possible is not what you want to do, especially if you have very little money to make by the time the end of day is through. I said why not join the U.S. Army heck my A.S.V.A.B. score was high enough to join this branch vs getting a hire score to join the Navy. Staying in a dangerous ghetto or joining the military, what would be more easier? The answer for me at that time join the military and gather myself mentally upon waiting to be sworn in.
Preparing For BCT, AIT & Transitioning Into a Soldier
The few weeks gather and regrouping my thoughts and preparing for 6 months until I get sent to basic training. The getting sworn in part was easy preparing for basic was not. This would be the first time leaving my family for 5 months total 9 weeks of basic training, plus the 2 months and a few weeks for my military job training school to get MOS qualified. I focused and went through the stress to parts training, I joined in 2006, here we still had drill sergeants at AIT which is not common presently. Now a days they have trained platoon sergeants who are in control of these army soldiers.
Once I graduated AIT, I did up to 3 contacts with all 3 components of the U.S. Army. This was not very easy process. Every time I signed a contract I was more scared every time. When I sign a contract I never know what might happen that is why. When you are working hard at being successful at being a soldier it is very stressful.
Attention to Detail
Everything has to be perfect! When I say everything I mean: your combat uniform, your dress uniform (Class A's Dress Blues), PT Uniform, wear of of uniforms and unit/individual awards. Sometimes you get yelled or pressured to make sure troops underneath you are successful as well. Even shooting at the shooting range, running, push ups, and sometimes aspects of your personal life is heavily scrutinized. These can make your life stressful if you are sub-par in even one of these areas.
Hanging on By Fingernails
My own mental health started to drastically decline due to mal-treatment, and lac of sympathy for general needs. The NCOs put in charge of me were almost like bullies, the only time that they were there is when I was on suicide watch. That means anyone from a E-4 and above were to watch me to make sure that I do not commit suicide. I was on unit watch twice while being in the active US Army within that three year contract. Constantly feeling that I was never good enough, I could never try harder to make anything happen, it was very over baring and burdensome. There was even the insults, feeling constantly scare that I would get less than honorable discharge, and leadership trying to get me kicked out, which added fuel to the fire.
The Bull Shit Begins
I used to be insulted constantly, and be persecuted. I was persecuted because of my strong Christian ideals, and devotion, my nice care free attitude. The average person at my unit thought of my attitude as : I don't give a shit about anything, and I don't take soldiering seriously, that is not it. I loved being a soldier and I took being a troop very seriously obviously. If I did not take being a troop seriously I would have succumbed to UCMJ (Uniformed Code of Military Justice) action and been in court with jag offices on a Colonel’s red carpet. They try to write negative counseling statements about me judging everything I did that was just a little bit wrong, I could be just a missed shave every once in a while, a not so perfect PT uniform. I was even yelled at for having a dirty uniform after shooting and crawling around in the dirt for hours. I had a close appointment and did not have to time to change it! I can't be late for an appointment I would be pressured, yelled and get a negative counseling statement from one of my higher ups, in the command chain. The same E-5(Sergeant) told me once that a half filled cup was his 4 year old daughter, and I had to stay in the front leaning rest position for a long time, he even drew a crude depiction of his daughter on the cup, which was half filled with water. This is some disgusting stuff even for me, I was starting to see why so many of our soldiers a the unit I was at were not stop alcoholics even during the 5 day work week! This same NCO even got the Captain (company commander) to agree that I should be eventually kicked out if I was a hindrance. This same E-5 in charge of me had a history of abuse outburst, and rational deterrent behaviors which is not good for the military but, the chain of command over looked that.
I remember this absolutely evil and crazy staff sergeant that was in charge of me. I even remember on a day off she made me change my pants because it had only one cannabis leaf on my upper left or right buttocks pocket. My shirt even covered that part of the dark denim, which no one could see nor ask about but, she forced me to change my pants into something else. I felt scared to even breathe around this female staff sergeant. No matter what I did it was never good enough to satisfy anything they asked of me. Needless to say we had suicide attempts, a suicide, and multiple discharges and AWOLs while I was serving for two years with this active US army unit. I even remember two 3 times I freaked out and started crying while they were in charge. I even remember almost flinching at this E-5 and E-6 with my shoulders cocked back. I had a talk with my First Sergeant (E-8), that was in charge at the company level. I told him about the disgusting and violating acts that was done to me, and how I never got any mental closure, and comfort. I could never got the SSG that was in charge for anything, and the counter part E-5 that was by her side either. He temporary relieved her of duties and gave her a few days off without any consequences, and told the E-5 to politely tone down his aggressive and compulsive nature. They were both doing their jobs but there is not need to be a bully or an ass hole when it comes to these types of requirements, Discipline is discipline, and you can not change the hardcore duties and discipline of being a soldier fine but being be-little and for little to no reason, and taking your personal problems our on your fellow troops and sub subordinates is never tolerated. The unit leaders at the HHC(company), and Battalion level stopped sending me on every single combat exercises and decided to send the others which never went, thank God!
From all the mental abuse and unreasonable punishments, sometimes for no reason I had to endure I have psychological problems until this day. I am medically retired from the US military, and I'm so mentally damaged I can not even work at a normal regular job without freaking out and having traumatic episodes. I do not control when I have these. I also am plagued by nightmares each and every night. This is the sucky part of course. I still lived serving my country, the leadership in the active component was by far the worst ever. Even worst, was that it is better to be in a forward deployed environment than to be a regular run of the mill unit. When your life is in danger, you think a lot differently and these troops all have loaded weapons, you want them to be on your side in a fire fight of course.
The Freedom to Serve and The Joy it Brought
It is a blessing that I still held on to my dreams even when odds where against. I wrote this as a way to tell those of you fighting for your dreams to hold on to them. Especially if you are like me and you are good at your dreams and passions in life. I loved being a soldier, I served eight years, and don't regret a drop of it. I got to see what truly horrible people are like so that, I do not become what I am disgusted with. I was a warrior, I was a member of a team, I was honorable, noble and honest soldier. I was a solder.