Phuket, Thailand
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Posted 4/6/09
I am going to Phuket at the end of the month and was wondering if anyone on CR lives there or is really familiar with it. I messed up my plane ticket, and will be alone for the first night I'm there (no place to stay, yet). I'm a bit freaked out, and have heard of taxi scams. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.

I did do a search, so if I missed a thread and this is duplicated, I'm sorry.
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Posted 4/7/09
Thailand...isn't that the sweet and spicy food country?
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Posted 4/7/09
My friend lives there but she wasn't online for a few days now.
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Posted 4/7/09
i don't really know anything about that place
but thailand is a very nice country...yummy food and rich culture
Posted 4/7/09
taxi scams?


walk then. lol
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Posted 4/7/09
i heard abt it..
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29 / M / San Francisco CA...
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Posted 4/8/09
Phuket! Im quitting my job and going to thailand!

hello unpaid vacation!
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116 / F / Boracay....sana.
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Posted 4/30/09
Phuket...hmm...
F*ck it. woah.
I'm just kidding yah.
No. I've never been there
before. Give me tickets
to Thailand so I can tell you.
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Posted 5/1/09
Take the Took Tooks -they're funny looking taxis
As with most locals they enjoy ripping off tourists so it pays to be firm with them don't give an inch or they'll take a mile.
Also as a side the markets are a great place to buy cheap, illegal items and fake ripoffs of well known brands like Oakley or Diesel.
The stall owners love to haggle -just like most of southeast asia haggling is not only a way to get a better deal but it is also highly social.
Now when you approach the owner (more likely the owner approaches you) about that fake Rolex you've been eying up the first price he gives you is always too high if you accept the initial price at the markets then you deserve to be ripped off. The second price he gives you is still too high as I'm sure you know what haggling is all you need to do is keep naming a low price while manipulating the stall keeper into giving you what you want. Some owners will panic if you tell them you're going to another stall -if you're lucky they'll agree to a cheaper price
Stall keepers are always happy to sell in bulk -they'll often give you a good deal if you buy three T-shirts instead of one -however they'll only give out bargains if you ask them for them.
I once made an outright lie and got three sweat-shop made Diesel T's for 600 Baht when the initial price was 400 Baht each! This only worked because I told the owner that I was given the same deal at a different store.

Now the biggest tip you can get is to never get angry when dealing with stall owners -try to be friendly at all times and only appear firm when they're blatantly ripping you off (this all applies to Took Tooks as well)
-Also never try to bargain with permanent stores outside the markets

Now a lot of this may not make sense but as shopping is a big part of the phuket experience I felt obliged to tell you the tricks to South East Asia


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