I know some people may have already seen this but I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it with you. Basically, the show is about what a mess Thailand is for tourists. From the old jetski scam to getting banged up for drugs the program shows Thailand in the worst light possible.
On one level it does seem somewhat sensationalized which is to be expected of anything you watch on television but on another level this stuff does happen. The jetski rental guys are crooks. Dumb ass tourists take drugs in Thailand despite the ample warnings everywhere. Idiot drunks get themselves in trouble and get the crap kicked out of them by locals. So on that level, all of this stuff happens. The big question is whether it happens as frequently as portrayed in the program.
Shows like this or Cops are like those funny spots they do when they try to prove how stupid Americans or Brits or ?? are and they go around on the street and ask them simple questions to which they show an endless stream of idiots who are clueless as to the answer. “Where is Iraq on this map,” the man asks as the village idiot points to Brazil. Well, this is sort of like that. They film and film and film and then they pull out what they think will get people to watch. Just like the comedy bit where they don’t show the people who answered the questions correctly, here you won’t see all of the boring interactions where everybody is having a good time and nothing exciting has happened.
Is Thailand dangerous? Well, I’m more worried about getting clobbered by a drunk foreigner in a bar than I am about a Thai ever putting his hands on me. Violence and aggression are simply not the Thai norms. That doesn’t mean that if you do something stupid you won’t get a good ass beating or you may run into the wrong guy on the wrong night but you’re probably safer in a nightclub filled with Thai mafia gangsters drunk off their asses than you are in a pub in England after a football match. In terms of physical violence against farangs in Thailand you generally have to go looking for trouble. Back in the world trouble often comes looking for you.
The one thing I never, ever, ever, ever, ever understand are these idiots who get banged up and can’t even produce the most trivial of bribes to pay off the police. For instance Annice Smoel, the Aussie who recently got banged up for stealing a bar mat, it took her AND her friends several days to put together $3000 bail. And the gal in this video is asked to pay off the cops 70,000 baht which is like $2000. Not only do neither her or her boyfriend have the ability to put together that kind of money but he says her parents don’t have that kind of money either. For fuck sake people, it’s $2000 USD to keep your ass out of a Thai prison. You can’t beg, borrow, or steal $2K?
I’m sorry, maybe I’m at a different place in life financially but I just can’t imagine not being able to get my hands on that trivial amount of money when I’m looking at possible prison time in Thailand. I have friends who I haven’t seen in 10 years who would spot me that kind of cash if I told them I was in trouble.
So what does it really say about these individuals?
Allow me to offer the following advice to people thinking of coming to Thailand on holiday:
1. Don’t do drugs in Thailand
2. If you are stupid enough to rent a jetski on the beach, bring your camera and photograph it from every possible angle, and then give the camera to a friend who is staying onshore or put it in a waterproof case and take it with you.
3. Don’t do drugs in Thailand
4. Don’t invest your entire net worth into coming to Thailand on holiday. That’s doubly true if all your friends and family are as broke as you are.
5. Don’t do drugs in Thailand