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Health & Safety..... What's that?
As you are no doubt aware from reading this blog, living in Thailand is extremely dangerous. From the poisonous animals inhabiting your backgarden to the dangerous drivers on the roads. Not to mention the litany of health and safety failings that are observed daily.
For your viewing pleasure I present the following photos. But if you are a health and safety inspector, may I suggest you look away now...............
To make matters even worse, the 3 photographs above were taken opposite a local school!!! Accident waiting to happen me thinks.....
The picture of the roadworks above was taken in a "soi" or sidestreet near my residence. There were no warning signs and nor was it fenced-off in any way to minimise the risk of accidents.
The 3 beauties above were taken outside a well-known local convenience store. Just imagine popping in to the shop to buy a loaf of bread and ending up neck-deep in shite because you've fallen down the drain!!!
The final photo needs no caption.... merely to say I will be awarding the local electricity authority with this month's "Richard Cranium" Award!!!
The nightlife in Thailand is the stuff of legend and a thousand bar room tales.
When I first visited the "Land of Smiles" back in 2003, I will readily admit that I was more than a little naive.
I had heard stories from friends and acquaintances about the shannanigans that went on, but dismissed most of it as jocular pub banter, but little did I know that most of the eye-opening anecdotes were actually true!!!!
Arriving in Bangkok, I can remember approaching the "naughty bar" scene with a sense of trepidation, coupled with a feeling of sheer unadulterated joy, like finding the golden ticket to visit Willy Wonkas chocolate factory.
The aim of my post is too introduce first-time visitors to the nightlife in Thailand, guide them through the complexities and hopefully help them to avoid any pitfalls.
I shall start by giving you the low-down on the types of entertainment venues that you are likely to encounter.
1) Beer Bars:
The Beer Bar is probably the most common venue that y…
Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I have been in Chiang Mai with my girlfriend renovating our holiday home....I will update you all on the progress of the improvements and post some photos in due course.
Having recently encountered a massive scorpion in the garden, (see below!!!), it got me thinking about all the potentially dangerous creatures that you are likely to encounter in Thailand.
There are plenty of run of the mill critters like ants, wasps and bees, ands although a bite or sting can be extremely uncomfortable, they are only really dangerous if you suffer an allergic reaction.
However, there are plenty of other flying, slithering and swimming critters that can pack a lethal punch.
I shall give you a breakdown of some of the worst offenders……….
One of the smallest and most common insects is responsible for more hospital admissions than all the other animals combined and that is the humble mosquito.
Most people just consider them to be a nuisance, but they can tran…
I recently heard a quote about driving in Thailand that made me chuckle.....
The first rule of driving in Thailand is: Don't! The second rule of driving in Thailand is: Don't!
It's incredible to think that a race of people who are inherently kind, friendly and forgiving turn into complete psychopaths when sitting behind the wheel of a car or riding on a motorcycle.
However, despite its horrendous reputation driving in Thailand isn't quite as bad as many people would have you believe!!!! But, I would advise caution and it's not something to be undertaken lightly or by those of a weak constitution!! I once vowed that I would never drive in Thailand, but, on my last trip to the Kingdom, I broke that promise and drove for the first time. We travelled from Bangkok to Pai via Ayutthaya, Sukothai, Phitasanlouk, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son, then back to our home in Banglamung near Pattaya, a road trip of several hundred kilometres!!!Having returned in one piece and not having…