- Red lights are not respected. Most cars will stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk with the walking man flashing, but not all. If you are crossing the street, look before crossing even if the crossing man is blinking and hurry the hell through the crosswalk. I’ve seen motorcyclists miss pedestrians by less than 2 feet.
- Rent a scooter! It makes getting around easier and you can park anywhere. They cost $80-$90 (2,500–3,000 bhat) per month depending on the season. Buy a phone holder (for directions) at Kad Suen Kaew shopping center.
- Awesome food courts in the shopping malls, huge, quick, and cheap
- Bars close at midnight. This is a great thing! If you want to party longer there are places that stay open later.
- There is a small latin dance community here with a few nights of lessons and some dance studios and latin music nights.
- For such a small city (130k) there are a million gyms (15+) and cafe’s nearby
- For the most part, the streets are very smooth to drive on, no big pot holes
- Police will set up checkpoints to extract money from you. A no helmet bribe is 500Bhat and you go on your merry way. I told him I’d give him 200Bhat and he accepted. Actually, compared to my interactions with police in America, this was a rather pleasant one.
- There are a ton of day trips nearby (Grand Canyon swimming park, hot springs, waterfalls, hikes, elephant reserves, theme parks, ATVs, botanical gardens, bungee jump, etc.)
- They have tourist police and apparently, they’re actually extra legit and always side with the tourist. The number is 1155
- So many events because this is such a digital nomad city, literally multiple events going on every night of the week from pool parties, language exchanges, youtubbers, etc.
- No one beeps their horn
- The red trucks are public buses. Just tell the driver where you want to go. 30Bhat per person
Thai Basic Words and Phrases Language Phonetics
Hello - sawatdii-krap
Thank you - khop-kun-krap
Cute - narak-jung
Very beautiful - suay-makma
Stop - yut
You're welcome - mai-pen-rai
No - mai
Yes - chai
Bye - bai
Tasty - zaap / aroy
Water - naam
I love you - phom-rak-khun
How much? - taorai
Chicken - gai
How are you? - sabaaidii-mai?
Known For: Khao Soi