I have been once for about 9 days. Visited Koh Samui, Bangkok and Koh Pha Ngan. Thailand is a very odd place its like a 3rd world country but it has some elements of "first world" in there. Things are rapidly evolving and changing so perhaps it improved. The usual money grabbers are "custom suits" knock off sneakers, knock off purses/watches, and girls... but you're bringing sand to the beach so that won't matter too much.D Griff wrote: ↑Mon Jun 20, 2022 1:41 pmI've heard some crazy stories about the depths of the money grabbing schemes out there. How many times have you been?
We should be good as we have a local guide/group tour thing for the whole trip.
We will also spend a day in Helsinki on the way which should be
Usually there are two pricing systems also. One for tourists and one for locals. For ex. Thailand can be insanely cheap, $20-30 a night for hotels $2-3 a meal etc... or you can go $400 a night/$50 a meal also... sometimes in similar locations across the street from one another.... I have never witnessed such pricing disparity.
Their... toilets are a bit ... funny to say the least. Unless you're in a 5 star place (western brands)... And their "star rating" is also wonky... as everything is 5 stars somehow if its their local brand.
Overall Thailand really wasn't my thing, but I have met people there from Sweden that fking LOVED it because of how different it was from their first world experience.
That said I think you'll enjoy yourself. International travel is fun. Most locals speak a lick of broken English and you can get by on sign language relatively well. And people are really friendly in general. There are plenty of land marks and sights to see.