Today was the third day of a two month trip in South East Asia. I have been vlogging about my trip on my YouTube Channel. Today, however, my brother and I woke up a little bit late and only did something short and then came back to the Airbnb so I thought I would write a blog post instead. I like written blog posts to be honest. In any case, I will probably include what we did do today in my next video tomorrow.
My impressions of Thailand so far are not necessarily positive if I am being completely honest. Of course, I have only been here three days and in those three days I have not been able to see a whole lot, but from what I have seen, and the people I have encountered, I am feeling a little bit bummed out. If you watched my last video, I explained how I almost got in a fight with a taxi driver who was trying to rip us off. There is a common scam where they will simply turn off the meter and say that it doesn't work or there is no meter today (what?) and the fare is some ridiculous amount. The amount is relatively cheap compared to American taxis but it is still more than what it should be.
I was expecting this scam more or less but more than that is just the way people act towards foreigners. I have yet to feel like I am welcome in a place. I don't need, nor want, the red carpet rolled out for me anywhere that I go, but I do expect to be treated with respect simply because I am a human being. So far the best treatment that I have gotten from people is simple indifference. That is fine on its own, but after a while, it can get a little bit annoying.
To add to that, I picked an Airbnb that is in a slightly less than favorable area. For one thing, the Taxi drivers don't want to come out here. It is at the end of the train line which means it is slightly removed from the heart of downtown. It is certainly not ridiculously far by any means, but it is somewhat out of the way. This means that the area immediately surrounding the building I am in is not all that nice.
But, on the positive side, this Airbnb itself is perfect. The actual unit is very clean and modern. Everything works, it is completely furnished, other than the area, there is nothing to complain about.
I think that my experience is pretty a-typical. I do know that the scams are quite prevalent here, but I have not heard of many people feeling the same way I feel about their interactions with Thai people. I am confident that a mixture of positive attitude and patience will result in better interactions. This is the most visited city in the world for a reason, and if everyone went away feeling like I do now, I highly doubt Bangkok would have that reputation. So with that said, I am looking forward to the rest of my trip. And, in hindsight, it has been a lot of fun so far, regardless of the negative aspects. I guess you just have to take the bad with the good in life.