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BANGKOK 22 March 2019 17:14
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Newbies Guide to Surviving Thai Driving Style

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Has any thread like this been done ?

It is obvious that there is a 'certain way' that we learn first-hand on Thai roads to be mentally prepared for that the FOBs don't know who end up mangled in hospital after renting scooters who assume they drive same as back home.

 

As in...all the quirks/crazy habits that occur on the roads...

A top 20 (or 50 !) things to watch out for here....if it can save one life it would be worth it !

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You can just go with the flow, yet expect the unexpected mergers, lane changes, pedestrians, or food carts appearing at any time or place while driving. 

The higher volume of scooters, vehicles, and people on the roads here just means a lot more crazy situations you will encounter IMHO.   

 

 

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1. Read the news for a few days, there will be a few articles per day about the road carnage, then you'll realize that you shouldn't rent that scooter in the first place.

2. If you still believe you're a skilled rider, please remember that 99% of the drivers around you are not.....

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1 minute ago, Damrongsak said:

41 years ago I went over the bars by hitting two stupid kids who ran an intersection on a scooter outside town. There was virtually no traffic back then in Loei.  I wasn't exactly a newbie.  I did my best Superman impression and flew through the air.  The locals were so impressed that they straightened out a couple bent parts of my bike and gave me a push start toward town.

And then you became a stuntman?

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2 minutes ago, RotBenz8888 said:

And then you became a stuntman?

No, I went home and nursed every part of my body that got sprained that day.  If I'd had video of me flying off the bike down into the ditch by the side of the road and getting up, I'd be an internet sensation.  And that shit happened about 100 yards from a police checkpoint. Help? Who? What?  Nah ...  And I was carrying a big bag of charcoal on the back of the bike for my mother-in-law.

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What's an FOB please? I'm English.

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5 minutes ago, Damrongsak said:

If I'd had video of me flying off the bike down into the ditch by the side of the road and getting up, I'd be an internet sensation.

Not like now days when there are cameras basically everywhere you go.

5 minutes ago, Damrongsak said:

Help? Who? What?  Nah ... 

That part has however not changed....

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8 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

What's an FOB please? I'm English.

F&&&wit On Board?

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10 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

What's an FOB please? I'm English.

Fresh Off the Boat.

 

Sophon

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2 minutes ago, Lacessit said:

F&&&wit On Board?

I'm English. What's a F&&&wit please?     LOL

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10 minutes ago, RotBenz8888 said:

... That part has however not changed....

The villagers jumped into action, like a pit stop in an F1 or Nascar race.   The Cops did not.  No change, as you say.

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10 minutes ago, wgdanson said:

I'm English. What's a F&&&wit please?     LOL

You're just trying to get me banned.

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