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Thailand Best and Worst List

In keeping with all parts of the (civilised) world, there are many good and many bad things about Thailand. It is what makes for a wonderful experience in life.

As with life in general, the bad things will often seek you out; but in Thailand the good things will also be very evident.

We are not yet sure, whether or not the often used phrase 'Mai Pen Rai' (Khrup/Ka) is one of the good or bad things about Thailand.

The basic translation means 'never mind - It's OK - No Problem!'

But in Thailand it is not only a phrase - It is a way of life.

Be well aware of that before you visit Thailand, because many things in the west that might cause a problem, may not be a problem in Thailand.

Most things are accepted for what they are, so don't blow your top over things which - basically when you think about it - "Mai pen rai!" It has a wonderful calming experience.

List of Good and Bad in Thailand

Best Things About Thailand Worst Things About Thailand
Bangkok Taxis - Brilliant but scary! These guys work for a pittance, yet keep so cool. Bangkok Pavements and Footpaths. OK for motorbikes but not for walkers. Watch out for the pot holes and other uneven surfaces.
BTS Sky Train - The UK needs to sit up and take notice! Bangkok Traffic - just a choked-up mess.
Traditional Thai massage is so relaxing - afterwards! Thai Massage - ouch!
MRT Underground in Bangkok. Never had to wait more than 8 minutes for an air-conditioned run to all the major places in Bangkok.
The diversity of Bangkok Shopping Malls - Whaw! The Best. Bangkok Beggars! Touts! - All of them everywhere. The worst.
His Majesty The King. He was once the world's longest reigning monarch. Loved by the Thai people and respected throughout the world.
Falangs! - Some are the best. Falangs! Some are the worst!
The younger generation! The future of Thailand seems to be in capable hard-working, fun-loving hands. Politics! A small vociferous minority may yet tear the country apart. A deeply divisive subject in Thailand and best avoided by visitors.
The Songkram Festival Last day in Pattaya has to be one of the best days in Thailand. This is Thailand at its best. Beautiful people, family atmosphere and genuine wishes of happiness and health for the future. Falangs would do well to try and savour the atmosphere, not create their own! The Falangs who try to hijack the Songkran festival in Thailand. They should try to be part of it. The water throwing is fine - if you accept the meaning behind it. Many just throw as much water as possible, without any thought for the greater experience.
The Thai people who still uphold the natural dignity, respect for family and those who deserve respect. They are mainly to be found in the 'country' areas now as the prosperous areas become more westernized by the day! Corruption - Rife throughout Thailand. It is seen as a way of life for many!
Drivers in Pattaya. It would be safer to ban the use of indicators. At least that way, you have a 50/50 chance of knowing which way the driver is going to turn!

Did you have a good or bad experience in Thailand? You can contact us with your comments.

Note: That list is about the best or worst things in Thailand. It is not a comparison of the best places in Thailand - or the worst places.