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    Anyone ever slept on the streets in Thailand?

    Anyone ever had to 'rough' it here?.

    By this I mean sleeping on the streets due to having no money - ie: not out of choice.

    I don't mean sleeping out on a beach or just ending up so drunk somewhere that you've passed out on the pavement.


    I'm talking about hitting rock bottom (financially at least).

    Things aren't so bleak for me but I'm certainly having to count the Baht more and more the longer I stay here and almost certainly always earlier in the month.

    It's definitely got to the point when walking through poor areas that I realise I'm only a weeks worth of money away from being there myself .

    Any of you long timers gone through a broke patch where you've had to properly slum it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era

    Any of you long timers gone through a broke patch where you've had to properly slum it?
    Ask the bloke on Sukhumvit soi 8

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    Is he a regular foreign 'down and out' ?


    Like I said in the OP , drunks ending up on the pavement for the occasional night are to be expected.
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    He gets looked after by sympathetic bar girls I heard. The shoe's obviously on the other foot now as they say!

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    You'll find as you get more time in, that saving money everywhere you can gets easier. But it's never that hard to find a nice Thai lady to care for you. no need to sleep on the streets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    But it's never that hard to find a nice Thai lady to care for you.
    Are all men obsessed with Thai women here or what?


    My post didn't have anything to do with Thai women yet it's straight back there - first 'bargirls' and now 'nice Thai ladies'.

    do you really think any Thai woman is going to be interested in some dodgy foreign guy that is sleeping under a bridge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    Anyone ever had to 'rough' it here?.

    By this I mean sleeping on the streets due to having no money - ie: not out of choice.

    I don't mean sleeping out on a beach or just ending up so drunk somewhere that you've passed out on the pavement.


    I'm talking about hitting rock bottom (financialy at least).
    When I was 19 or twenty, that would have been cool - even idealistic or Bohemian. After the age of 20 - no.

    If I was in that situation I would fly home. With my own money, that I would have reserved for being broke enough to fly home.

    People that get into this situation often have problems. Not necessarily big problems. They just don't think very well, and they don't have much logic - unless - they're trying to be a Free Spirit.

    Not me.

    And I am referring to LOS;

    homeless in our country - which I have been lucky enought to NOT have been, doesn't count.

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    Thankfully, never happened to me!

    If I ever was that low, I would fly home. I've always kept an "escape plan" and some money with my family at home so that they could get a ticket and get me out of any place.

    Fortunately, life is pretty good, and I can't imagine it happening anytime soon! (Knock on wood!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by colourful-era
    It's definitely got to the point when walking through poor areas that I realise I'm only a weeks worth of money away from being there myself .

    Any of you long timers gone through a broke patch where you've had to properly slum it?
    I couldn't and wouldn't stay here if that was the case, but I'd never let it happen. I could have been if I continued to stay here in 2003, coz I was earning 25k a month but spending 50k, and my savings wouldn't have lasted forever, but luckily common sense kicked in plenty early enough, and I went home to "sort my life out".

    How do u feel about being down to your last few thou Baht?

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    do you really think any Thai woman is going to be interested in some dodgy foreign guy that is sleeping under a bridge?
    Yeah they would be. I mentioned it as an alternative to the bridge. Thai women at about 32 begin to panic if they ain't got a fella. You'd be surprised what they'll do to get one. 'course if If a dude's dumb enough to end up under a bridge before he does something about the situation he may not get a play.
    Was an equally serious a response to the post numb-nuts
    When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty -- T. Jefferson


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    If you're are really skint I suspect that your problem is money management. 25K B a month should be enough not be broke at the end of the month....if you are by yourself. If someone is completely broke and able bodied then their problems go beyond money management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg
    How do u feel about being down to your last few thou Baht?

    It's not great but then again it's just reality for most people in this country.


    25k/month can't have been much fun - how much savings did you have left when you decided to bail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danbo
    25K B a month should be enough not be broke at the end of the month..

    maybe if you live like a monk...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meoff
    If I ever was that low, I would fly home. I've always kept an "escape plan" and some money with my family at home so that they could get a ticket and get me out of any place

    If it came to it I COULD get back home by borrowing some cash for sure but thats not really 'riding out' the problem as such is it.

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    I can see it happening if someone without adequate health insurance gets hit with some high and unexpected medical expenses from an accident or other sudden onset health problem.

    When I lived in Saipan I'd see now and then some poor old sucker who'd bailed from Asia to the closest place (Guam or Saipan) where he could use his Medicare.

    I remember in particular one pitiful alcoholic who came straight from the airport to our office, still in Continental Airlines wheel chair. He was penniless, stunk to high heaven and didn't have a cent to his name. We arranged a place to stay, some food and got him up to the hospital.

    I never want to end up like that....

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    Was an equally serious a response to the post numb-nuts

    serious maybe , but you are obviously obsessed with Thai women..

    you need not be their slave!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buadhai
    I can see it happening if someone without adequate health insurance gets hit with some high and unexpected medical expenses from an accident or other sudden onset health problem

    That is one way - how about also if you were robbed, mugged , or stitched up by your job (ie: not paid).


    Planning for the future is obviously essential here (money wise) but unforseen things can happen.

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    Thailand, No.
    America and Germany, Yes.
    India, Yes, but only because all the hotels closed early.

    I saw a farang panhandler on Sukumvitt one day. He gave a sob story about having no money. I told him I couldn't give him anything because I only had a 1000 baht bill. The bastard reached into to his wallet to give me change. If he can break a thousand than he could hold out for a teaching job at a bad language academy. I walked off leaving him nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken May
    I saw a farang panhandler on Sukumvitt one day. He gave a sob story about having no money. I told him I couldn't give him anything because I only had a 1000 baht bill. The bastard reached into to his wallet to give me change. If he can break a thousand than he could hold out for a teaching job at a bad language academy. I walked off leaving him nothing.
    That is classic!

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    fund for the homeless farang

    What about starting a fund, like 30 thb a month to save the under the bridge falangs...

    We could register a foundation in Phuket area and build a house slowly with the ...in need of work and no money ( no honey ) people...

    Once the house beautifully build in this superb area, staying there for a while following the rehabilitation programm ... this lost fellas would get new powers and energy to start a better life.... or eventually just settle there until no more life .... but this with booze and honeys...

    How many falang chaps could be subject to taxation or donation ?


    could anyone arrange a poll for this...



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    Once on Suk a guy wanted 500B to get his phone out of hock - supposedly. Amazing really that someone gets themselves in that state. There was also this wacked-out Aussie at Thonglor staggering about outside a 7-11 after 55B for a bottle of Toilet Duck....

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    this might be the place for you if you're down to your last razoo
    So please do work for these people (ELT) if you just need a job but don't have any qualifications. Just turn up. As long as you are a native speaker and breathing you will be given work.
    I loved the "and breathing" part

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    No, not yet and hopefully never, unless it counts falling asleep drunk on various pavements, beaches and bars to which I have had several experiences - usually waking up to find mosquitoes have sabotaged me, oddly enough usually on my knuckles.

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    We could build a six floor house and see how many "fall" off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gentleman Scamp
    usually waking up to find mosquitoes have sabotaged me, oddly enough usually on my knuckles
    yeah, I reckon that would be the worst part of it - the frigging mossies...and cockroaches (urgh....)

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