The Thai Pulse column in today’s Bangkok Post that details the story of a Thai backpacker who thumbed her way through Switzerland on a road of lies and deception has me thinking backpackers the world over act equally as bad.
Thais giving farrangs a hard time about cheapskate tactics ought to look hard at a female compatriot who pulled out all the stops to spend no more than 30,000 baht on her Swiss adventure.
Switzerland budget travel saga inflames net
The story of the female Thai backpacker bragging about cheating her way around Switzerland was first published in the January issue of More Move magazine. It was then shared on the popular Pantip forum which is where it caught the eye of the Thai Pulse writer.
In the article the young woman described how she cheated staff at a Bern hostel to get a 20% student discount so she could save 1,000 baht. She was proud to present them with her Thai driver’s licence knowing they couldn’t understand a word of it telling them – “I am a master’s degree student travelling to Switzerland for research, study and touring”. Of course, the hostel staff took the con artist at her word and gave the cheaper rate for students.
But the hostel didn’t get swindled just the once. She hit them for a double by eating twice at the breakfast buffet that was included in the deal. The author delighted in arriving for breakfast bang on 7am for it opening before returning for a second sitting just before it closed at 10am, helping her save several thousand baht.
At another restaurant she built a 30cm tall salad tower in a small bowl to ensure she got her 400 baht’s worth – a move sure to warm the heart of Budget Bobby. When counter staff seen the greed they were shocked and inquired where she was from. In a bid to “preserve Thailand’s dignity” she lied and told them, “I’m from Taiwan”.
Pantip users described her actions as disgusting, deceptive, vile and shameful as hundreds commented on the thread.
“Does the author know no shame? It’s already unusual that she dared do those things, but she also has no qualms about publicising them,” one member said.
Is this story of a young Thai woman conning her way across Switzerland any worse than what the backpacking bellends pulling similar stunts here in Thailand and getting lambasted for it when their antics go viral?
No it isn’t, it’s worse because she bragged about it thinking it was funny to trick and con people with lies and deceit.
Food Park At Big C Ratchadamri Is Dead Without Chinese Tourists
Photos of the Food Park located at Big C on Ratchadamri Road in Bangkok looking like a ghost town have been widely circulated on social media over the past 24 hours.
Of course, food courts are currently closed in Bangkok due to the government order, however, this has been the scene since last April.
Normally the Big C Superstore would be packed from open until close with thousands of Chinese tourists passing through its doors every hour.
The Ratchadamri branch was the companies flagship store making more money than any other in Thailand.
The overflow reached every part of the complex including the Food Park which just like the supermarket, was packed from morning until night.
Now, with restrictions on entering Thailand still in place, both are deserted and like a ghost town.
Lower Sukhumvit Is A Ghost Town
This was the scene showing many closed bars, hotels, shops and restaurants on Sukhumvit Road this week.
Like many people living in Bangkok, I was hoping the powers that be weren’t going to pull the plug on restaurants. Sadly, they did.
They’ll be staying closed until further notice when someone decides it’s safe for people to eat with friends and family again.
There’s a lot of people whose livelihoods are been lost. It really is a sad sight.
Quakers: Pet Duck Rides Owner’s Motorcycle
This motorcycle rider is often seen around Chinatown at night carrying his pet duck on the back of his bike.
Here he is in a video at a retro night market near Bangkok’s Ong Ang canal. Shoppers gathered round to take pictures of the unusual pillion passenger and ask the old man questions about the cute pet.
He said his duck has a name tag around his neck which also has a flashing light and his phone number, in case he ever gets lost. He has a remote control which he says controls the duck.