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A Bangkok taxi driver tells me how it is…

I must have been in over a hundred Bangkok taxi’s over the past five years,normally you get little conversation apart,what is your football team in England or ”is this your first time in Thailand” meaning can I charge you extra and get away with it.

On Christmas eve I finished my shopping and flagged down a taxi outside the central mall,for the first five minutes the driver said nothing,and then he asks,do you speak Thai ? I replied,A little,good said the driver,so many farang(foreigner) come here and do not try to learn Thai.

He then laughed and said,every farang go drinking today for Xmas,many police charge farang when he drunk in car,I told him that I know of people that have been caught drink driving by the police and been let off for 20,000Baht (£400) , he said that is a good price,normally that is Thai price,if you are a foreigner its normally more.

I then told him that I have read you can pay a motorbike taxi driver 10,000 Baht (£200) to murder someone for you,is this true ? the taxi man said yes this is true,the price starts at 10,000 but can go up to 500,000 Baht depending on how important the person is,I said so if the person was a nobody they could be killed for 10,000 ?,yes,it’s no problem said the driver,you have to understand the Thai mind,we have different blood to the rest of the world,we do not have the same emotion or feeling that other nationalities have,I said is this anything to do with your religion ? (Buddha) No said the Taxi driver,it’s just the way we are made,he said I am driving along now,if I hit one of these people on the side of the road,I would not feel bad,they are not real people to me,they are just a thing,if I hit them I would not stop,I would just carry on and hope no one see me….

There were moments at the start of our conversation that I thought this driver was…. well normal,I seem to have hit a chord somewhere along the line and now he wont shut up.

Taxi Driver – I do not like Nigerian man,he come to Thailand and not talk,not have money, just look ugly,I not like nigerian man,one time in my taxi two nigerian men pretend to fight in my cab so they not have to pay,I have knife and bat in my taxi,I hit them until they pay the fare.

I said oh OK.

The taxi man then said, Indian man is OK, but they talk too much and want everything for free.

I tried changing the subject, …I think the people in Chiang mai were the nicest I have come across in Thailand,they are happy to talk without the incentive being to make money from you,Ha said the driver,people talk about the famous Thai smile ” LAND OF SMILE”

What they don’t say on the advert is the Thai will stab you in the back a second after the smile,I said yes but in Chiang mai people just seemed happy to talk,NO NO NO said the driver,in Chiang mai they play the long game,in Pattaya and Bangkok the Thai’s only talk if they think you spend money there and then,in C’M they are older so they play on being friendly knowing the farang likes this,we pull up at my address and I kind of feel relieved,the conversation was becoming weird,others may say honest,I am not sure but I do know there are exceptions to every rule.

Having my tooth pulled in Thailand – Truthfully painfull

When I was a kid,like other kids, I hated the the dentist’s,into my teen’s it did’nt really bother me having to go,then my dentist went private their fee’s went up, and pretty much from the age of 18 I did not attend a dentist until I was 29,up until then, I brushed twice a day and used mouth wash everyday,at the  time of the pain arriving I was enjoying the best part of year travelling around Thailand,this is where my story begins…..

I had tooth ache for around 2/3 days,I was kinda hoping it would just go away,until one night when the pain was incruciating,I phoned the local dentist and managed to book an emergency appointment,on arrival everything seemed ok,I left my shoes outside,so apart from half a dozen men sitting there barefooted with a nervous look on their face,it was normal,for a dentist surgery.

After around fifteen minutes,the nurse informed me that I should be seen in a few minutes,at this point, screeming started to come from one of the rooms,followed by a big crashing sound,like a hundred bits of cutlery being chucked onto the floor,and then a different sound,one of a man,yelling with what sounded like tears on the back of his throat,STOP! STOP ! STOP !

At this point,my leg started to develop a bit of a springy bounce,I was seconds away from casually walking out of the door,when a slim Thai man, walked into reception and mispronounced my name,part of me felt like pretending it wasn’t my name,but as I was the only person left in the waiting room it would have made a hard sell.

As I followed this Asian man down a corridor,I passed an Australian man,I detected his groan as he walked towards me,(this was the man yelling stop) he nodded at me,and then uttered some comforting words,THEY’RE BUTCHERS MATE ! I TOLD THEM TO STOP, BUT THEY WOULD’NT,BLOODY BUTCHERS!!,followed by a groan as he made his way to reception.

Now I was in the dentist chair,I was being examined,while questioning my own sanity for still being in this butchers disguising itself as a dentist,after a few minutes,the dentist told me that I need to have a tooth extracted,but as it was infected,I needed to come back within a week, once the infection had gone away,he told me the pain would be very bad if he tried to take it out,in the condition it was in that day,he followed this up by telling me he could offer a cleaning service that day and even go into teeth whitening prices,at this point I presumed the dentist was just trying to put my extraction off to make more money out of me,the Thai’s can be a crafty bunch at times,was my thinking as I left his premises.

After a few sleepless nights had passed,I told my girlfriend that I could not bare to live another day with this pain,she mentioned an all female dentist,that she goes to,she said they were very honest and straight forward,the idea of an all female dentist gave me comfort,women in general are kind hearted was my thought process as I arrived at this new and recommended dentist.

On telling them that another dentist had refused to take the tooth out,they waved this concern away with a NOT WORRY,WE TAKE OUT TODAY FOR YOU,SIR.

I started to relax a little,im sure this wouldn’t be pleasant,but at least their not trying to sell me whitening gel in the process,I sit down,in the black leather chair,and two very small Thai ladies inspect my teeth,then within 30 seconds,they inject the area around the problematic tooth,im thinking they are gonna send me back to the waiting area for the numbness to commence,no such luck,no more than a minute has passed and I see what looks like plyers going into my mouth,I then feel a YANK! and then I get my official invitation to pain city,I can feel every tug,every twist,because the Thai female dentist is so small she cannot angle her device to really get hold of what is now a broken tooth,she decides to gain extra leverage by placing her elbow in my eye socket and twisting and yanking with all he little might,mean while,back in the reception area my girlfriend is laughing as,she tells me that there was a gentleman waiting in there,but after hearing my howls of pain, walked out of the surgery,(CLEVER BASTARD).

My hell continues for around 30mins,blood is pouring out of my mouth,and each time they venture into my mouth,they swear,its for the last time,I hear the nurse call me a big baby in Thai,and then before I leave I detect a bad vibe from them,as the receptionist informs them that their other victim is no longer around because of the noise I had made.

All this pain cost me £20,I would rather have paid a million not have gone through it,once back in England I visited a new dentist who said,she was surprised I wasn’t climbing the wall,explaining that the infection would have made the drugs I was given useless,and that it could not have been more painful if I had done it myself,the first Thai dentist was right to refuse to extract.

With my face throbbing I had to drive my motorbike to get home,with Thailand’s roads being one of the worst in the world,I managed to drive into a pot hole on the way home,at the same time catching my big toe on the ground whilst recovering the bike,so I now had a heartbeat in my gum and one also my big toe,that was now streaming of blood,not one of my best days!

Expats have informed me that,a lot of the dentist’s in Thailand,do not want to be dentist’s,and that its a lot of family pressure to continue in the family business,regardless if they have a caring nature or not.

If you are stuck in Thailand with a tooth ache,refer to pain killers and alcohol until you get back to the UK.