Safe in the bowels of Kao San *Welcome to Bangkok*
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Welcome to Bangkok, The city of angels
What an odd place this must seem, for me and many others this is home and a wonderful treasure trove of places to find and explore. This is not just a cache but hopefully a beacon to information to cache further in this amazing city and country.
So with all the tourists and touts out there where do you keep your safe?
Outside of course on the pavement where everyone walks by.
There is a lot more going on if you walk and look about. The "heart" of Bangkok is to be found away from the malls and the massage parlours. The little streets and areas where progress has not made it's mark is where much of the best of Bangkok is to be found. Often a tad cheaper than what is out on the main street.
Safety and security
It is very safe to wonder about the city and country, the Thai people are gentle and happy to see you. Yes crime does occur but it is a rare thing. Be smart as you go about, don't tempt fate. There is no such thing as a free lunch and there is no Tax free day for jewelry.
Watch out for:
- Jewelry Scam
A few folk will tell you about Tax free day or something like that and not make the sale. Tell you how somone made loads of money buying jewelery in Thailand and selling it back home. The third person will try and make the sale and take you off to a jewelery store. They are real gems just not worth the amazing resale value they are claiming. Most likely a jeweler back home would offer you 80% on what you paid for them.
If you want Jewelry choose a store don't be led to one and compare prices. :-) Often tours by taxies and Tuk Tuks will take you to Jewelry stores as they are paid too.
- The attraction is Closed
This can happen near any tourist attraction but still happens a lot outside the Grand Palace. As you approach, someone will tell you that the palace is closed for various reasons. Ignore them as you will end up in either a gem store or a tailor shop.
How to deal with Muggles.
With the population of Bangkok running in the range of 11 million plus there are a lot of Muggles out there that we need to be aware of. Blending in is the easiest way. In this area there are lots of Tourists, so it makes it easier.
Here are some tricks that are helpful for getting to or returning the cache:
- On the phone
Always carry a mobile phone or a device that you can pretend is a mobile phone. The general public will pretty much ignore someone on a telephone and understand that they will poke around and "doodle" while talking. So you have a good idea on where the cache is but you are in a very public place with every tout for 10 kilometers watching you. Get out the phone and pretend to have a conversation. after a minute or so, start casually looking/feeling around and no one will pay you any mind.
Can fill in the log and put it back if you are calm and very casual about it. Say or seem to be saying "uh huh" once in a while and all will assume you are talking to someone.
- Got to have that picture.
Another great trick for caching is pretending to take a photograph. Tourists are a blight on the environment and go to the most extremes to get some picture from just the right angle (happens to be right where the cache is). People world wide are used to this and if they see you pretending to take a photograph they will assume, you are a tourist and therefor your are to be forgiven for not being normal.
Good things to take along (What is in my backpack):
- TP (Toilet Paper) always good to have your own.
- Liquid, Bangkok is hot and a little bit constantly is so much better than a lot all in once on the system. bring along a bottle. Bangkok is a hot city and for most visitors hotter than they are used to. Watch the locals, always in the shade and they move slow and steady. Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in noon day sun.
- Pencil/pen Many of the caches are urban and are BYOP
Tours and other Useful Caches:
- Bangkok Tour - Rattanakosin Island (Very old part/Grand palace):
This is a 4 ish hour tour of all the main attractions of the old Part of the city, The Grand Palace, Wat Po, National Museum, Giant Swing, Golden Mount and so on. Thirteen stops and a lot of caches. Every ones happy.
- Kung Kaseam Canal walk:
A walk along a canal from the Kao sarn area to River city. 3 ish hours and 27 plus caches. A great way to see the city and different aspects of it in one go. There is a River bus that connects the canal at either end making it a ring. :-)
- Best Bangkok has to offer:
This is a list of locations on the must see list for visitors that are in the city. Some are known others are off the beaten track. Enjoy.
- Tourist Assistance:
Bangkok Metropolitan Authority has an office catering to tourists needs in the Kao Sarn area right under the Phra Pin Klao bridge. They have maps, help, lots of friendly smiles and folk to help you. This is a free service offered by the City.
- Bike Rental:
Fastest way to cache. All that is needed is a copy of your passport page and 300 Baht per day or 50Baht per hour.
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** WARNING ** There is a cache guard .... ** WARNING **
Be aware that the folk in the tattoo parlor and the lady selling ice tea are all in on it. Please wai them (Bring both hands together in prayer like motion) and say "Sawadee Ka" for girls and "Sawadee krup" for boys, "len game" which means "playing game" in Thai.
So this cache is really a 10/10 if.... you can crack the safe.
If you can't well feel under it.
(No hints available.)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum