Greetings from Thailand: Bare necessities of life
I am going to Bangkok, Thailand for three months. It’s possible that I might lose a finger or get scammed out of $500 in bahts, as they call them. I could get mugged while enjoying the city.
Countless people are quick to say, “Be careful in Bangkok!” regardless of how long our acquaintance. There are more than enough dangerous anecdotes to get you worried about living as a foreigner in Thailand.
In recent months, I’ve heard from many people advising me on what to expect while in Thailand.
Tuk-tuks will drive the long way to raise their fair, only to stop at gem stores and tailors in attempts to get your money. A simple Internet search will show many different ways non-residents have been scammed. There are dangers in nightclubs, in taxis and on beaches. The alcohol can make one blackout for days on end. Insects and animals are huge and can kill you.
Despite these dangers, this country is one of the most beautiful places and full of the most generous people you will ever meet.
Thailand is full of experiences. Life is easy and much more fulfilling in their new homeland. There are amazing waterfalls, ancient temples and beautiful people. The food is delicious, inexpensive and abundant. The months spent here will be some of the most fulfilling in my short life. There is chance I might become an expatriate with no intention to leave.
In reality, I have no idea what to expect. The advice people have given to me has ranged from “Creepiest idea ever” to “You’ll wonder why you haven’t gone before.” The experience will be an adventure – one with tragedy, transformation, corruption, fire, elephants, ecstasy and strippers.
My job is to chronicle these outrageous events and share them with you. I’ll be going there with only a backpack, so the experiences will be void of the American possessions of my upbringing. Hopefully the times will be as real and strange as possible.
I have not left America yet, so everything so far is mere speculation.
I’ll be studying in the International College with people from all over the world. I promise to do one crazy activity per week. My mission is to entertain you, the above-average student of Towson University.