Team Zauren SouthEast Asia Trip

 
 

Good for you, good for me

Jun. 30th, 2010

A common phrase here when buying something or a service such as a tuk tuk ride is, “good for you, good for me”. This is to insinuate that the price, while not fair by Thai standards, is fair for us westerners. While the double charge doesn’t dent our wallets to much, we believe it also leads to other scandals which aren’t so innocent. One such is the well known gem scandal, where a driver takes you to his friend’s store where they offer you rare and expensive stones and gems for cheap. Unfortunetly you are really just buying colored glass that is worth nothing. So while you weren’t strong armed out of your money, you where still cheated in ways. We feel that paying an inflated price isn’t necessarily bad, or a deal breaker, bartering and showing that we aren’t just gullible and ill-informed westerners is a good thing, for them and us.

Capitalism and Buddism

Jul. 9th, 2010

Who says capitalism and buddism don’t mix? Apparently the Thai government requires a permit for every image of Buddah that is taken out of the country. Meening you need to pay money, and not necessarily a trivial fee either, to ship statues, painting…anything with his likeness on it. Not a bad revenue building scheme considering his popularity around the world.

No complaints here though. We have been having a blast in Chiang Mai. We were elephant owners for the day (pictures coming soon), rode mopeds out of town for the day and have been eating some great food. Later today we are heading up to Pai in northern Thailand for a long weekend with the two english fellows we met in Bangkok at the Muay Thai match.

Sending you our love,
Zach and Lauren

 

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