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  1. These are their health checkup packages and prices: https://www.bumrungrad.com/en/health-check-up-center-bangkok-thailand-jci-best/check-up-packages
  2. Count me in amongst those - the yearly checkup at Bumrungrad checks pretty much everything, takes about a day, and you get the results the next day, and is inexpensive, professional and expedient.
  3. There will always be a contingent of people that will insist that the “good old days” were much better, and will never miss an opportunity to remind everyone of it. Kinda like Vegans do. Newsflash : those good old days weren’t always good (Billy Joel sang all about it). Things change - some things for the better, some things for the worse. That’s how it works. When it comes to Thailand, the balance still trends towards “better”, unless all you care about are the price of beers, and the price of a single fuck-variable. If that’s the case, you probably should be going to Thailand, anyway. On a “big picture” point of view, Thailand still has pretty much every other destination beat.
  4. You are absolutely right - stay home, and don’t ever come back, enjoying your beers at home... and take all your friends that feel the same way with you. Thailand is a horrible, horrible place, and it has become so much worse..... Save yourself, save your friends!
  5. Absolutely agree - part of the enjoyment of traveling is to try all the local foods, especially street vendors. A good friend of mine just won‘t have any of that - he‘s a Brit, and he lives on a diet of Heineken, Fish and Chips, Pork Chops and Bangers & Mash.... any efforts to get him to even try Thai food results in a rejection „because it‘s not Fish & Chips“. He does, though, allow himself to drink Singha Beer and Beer Lao, because „... it‘s close enough to a Heinie...“ [emoji849]
  6. I prefer Serviced Apartments since I prefer daily maid service.
  7. Taj Mahal tailors next to Nana, on Sukhumwit. Never been disappointed, shirts I had made over 10 years ago are still going strong. After I had lost a lot of weight, they altered all shirts I had originally bought from them, to fit me, at no extra charge. Professional, good pricing (tailored 100% cotton dress shirts are 1800 baht), and very good quality.
  8. Staples do not count as “damage” - it refers to tearing up or tearing out pages, or having the sections of the passport with identifying information damaged or torn.
  9. This is a funny thread, particularly the whole « detox » myth.
  10. Here’s the thing about these ‘dry’ holidays, when bars are closed. Secure a LT barfine the day before to stay with you the next day. Buy whatever booze that might be indispensable over 24 hours’ time, the prior day and stock up in your fridge. Crisis averted. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 100% what ratchada said - your liver takes care of “detox”, and a built-in process called homeostasis makes sure your body chemistry remains “clean” (also, alkaline waters are a similar scam) At best, you can go on a retreat for a couple of days or weeks, where you are physically prevented from consuming unhealthy products - but that’s not a “detox” (they just call it that, because it’s a trendy term for people that don’t understand biology), that’s just giving yourself a break from abuse. It’s pointless if you then go back to abusing yourself, of course.
  12. Police searched 262 locations around the country on Thursday and arrested 542 foreigners who have been living in Thailand illegally and/or committed criminal offences. Pol Col Nithithorn Jintakanon, acting traffic police chief, held a press conference at 2.30am on Friday at the car park of the RCA (Royal City Avenue) entertainment complex near New Phetchaburi Road, Bangkok, to announce the results of the 25th Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner. He said 48 foreigners had been arrested for overstaying their visas, 262 for sneaking into the kingdom without a visa and 232 others on other charges. Nithithorn said this was the 39th crackdown on foreigners living illegally in Thailand, with the previous operations called Operation Black Eagle. Police have so far conducted more than 5,570 searches and arrested 4,773 foreigners, with more than 3,500 foreigners blacklisted and deported, Nithithorn added. Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30358680 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Total non-issue. Yeah, if you get your technical education and information from Snowden (or, Oliver Stone), then I have a bridge to sell you.
  14. Saeng Arun Bungalows, right on the beach, behind Beach Tango (the coolest and most laid back café right on White Sand Beach). Depending on the bungalow, you’d pay between 1,200-1,500 baht - good, clean bungalows.
  15. More likely because they didn’t finish their antibiotic treatment and stopped taking antibiotics “when they felt better”. It always amazes me when I hear people talking about “I felt better after 2 days, so I saved the rest of the meds for when I need it again” THIS is why bacteria develop resistance.
  16. Laser hair removal really only works if you have dark hair. Won’t work on grey or light hair. That’s where electrolysis is indicated. Waxing... sure, but not a good idea for the face. Laser works best there.
  17. Numbing cream is your best friend.
  18. Ultimately, at the core of what you say, you are correct - and by and large, people shouldn’t just dose up on antibiotics for no good reasons (there’s also the issue of the gut flora being destroyed, and possibly impact on the liver) - on the other hand, when expecting to be in a pathogen rich environment, prophylactic use can be useful. My general goto MO right now is to make sure I always pack amoxicillin and cipro (along with immodium), and use them at the first sign of trouble. Usually, most peoples’ undoing is that they experience the first warning signs, but decide (stupidly) “I can tough it out” or “let’s see if it gets worse”. Well, the answers are “no, you can’t” and “yes, it will” - except by the time they realize that, they have allowed the pathogen to spread wide through their body. If you super-dose at the first sign of trouble (1000mg) and then switch to 2x 500mg for 10 days, you can literally suffer zero downtime - the first sign of trouble being usually the initial rumbling that you can feel within 10 minutes of consuming something “bad”.
  19. No, it doesn’t. You are incorrect. Not finishing a full regimen of antibiotics causes antibiotics resistance. It’s not you becoming resistant, it’s the pathogen you are treating yourself for. By not finishing a full regimen (usually 10 days) you run the risk that more resistant strains have survived, or mutated into resistant strains, and those will then reproduce, now more resistant to the treatment. Hence, whey, whenever you start a treatment, finish it completely.
  20. There’s more infections and pathogens than the ones you stick your dick n, you know - the most typical being something you eat, or something that gets in your eye, or something you get from a girl sticking her tongue in you, etc... A prophylactic course in antibiotic reduces the risk from those infection vectors, if you are concerned.
  21. So, you are from one of these countries? Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Taiwan.
  22. ... and don’t use the data connection on your phone. Ever. Because as long as you are connected to a cellular network, even data only, your whereabouts are known to the network. So, only use WiFi hotspots, and enjoy your paranoia. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Or, likewise, generally “guests” like you, that complain about the hosts, and act like ingrates, shouldn’t be surprised if the hosts treat them as such...
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