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    Noise pollution - when will this concept arrive in Thailand?

    - Vehicles which lack any sort of noise reduction system being commonplace

    - Shopping centres where the idea seems to be that whoever makes the most noise will sell the most

    - Peasants on a circuit through various sois collecting scrap on an antique motorbike & cart from 5:30am onwards with a pump airhorn (have only noticed these horns in the past year)

    - Loud speakers in parks and on beaches, the kind of places people might want to seek peace and quiet

    - Construction site deliveries at 1am in the middle of residential areas


    I gather that Thais are afraid of quietness and like noise because it scares bad spirits away. I guess I must be a bad spirit

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    TESCO loud advertising in repeat mode,

    City Bus,

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    ^ What about the kiddyish music they used to blast out of the KFC ice cream booths? It repeated every 20 seconds. The poor sods working in the booth from 10am to 10pm had to listen to it over 2000 times every day.
    Hopefully nothing between their ears to be damaged by it....

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    Knuts with loud motorcycle doing wheelstands up and down the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger View Post
    Knuts with loud motorcycle doing wheelstands up and down the road
    Yeah, keep it down you rude prick!

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    Music playing so loud in the gyms lounge that people have to shout to each other to be heard.

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    Schools and colleges sharing their music with you at 7:30 a.m.

    People doing nothing to quiet a fcuking dog that's been barking nonstop for the past 15 months.

    Nonstop announcements at every public place conceivable, which nobody seems to listen to, but which make the announcer feel incredibly cool.

    All part of the price of admission to a third-world circus. Thankfully, since moving to the hinterlands, I only hear the odd dog and occasionally the faint college lunchtime music (1/2 km away).

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    The one that pisses me off the most are the buses. I'm about to enjoy 6 hours of quiet on a bus and reach into my bag to get my novel when all of a sudden loud Isaan music starts blaring from the speakers that are placed around the bus. To add to this atrocity, the bus driver puts on a dvd (usually Thai music video or Thai variety show --- pick your poison) in the front so that our eyes are now subjected to this nonsense.

    Didn't the King come out a few years ago and say that the noise pollution on buses was a bit much???
    "Fuck off. And take your stupid cult with you."

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    F**king BTS in the mornings and rush hour : An insult to everybody riding it. They know nobody will complain, they know nobody can avoid it, they know there is no alternative way to travel.

    Luckily I don't use the BTS anymore at that time. Classic example of the BTS executives insulting people's "intelligence".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg
    Hopefully nothing between their ears to be damaged by it....
    thanks god for that,

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    It's a noisy, dirty country unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smeg View Post
    - Vehicles which lack any sort of noise reduction system being commonplace

    - Shopping centres where the idea seems to be that whoever makes the most noise will sell the most

    - Peasants on a circuit through various sois collecting scrap on an antique motorbike & cart from 5:30am onwards with a pump airhorn (have only noticed these horns in the past year)

    - Loud speakers in parks and on beaches, the kind of places people might want to seek peace and quiet

    - Construction site deliveries at 1am in the middle of residential areas


    I gather that Thais are afraid of quietness and like noise because it scares bad spirits away. I guess I must be a bad spirit
    come to Indonesia then matey, you'll love the noise even more, as there is lots more noise.

    In fact it is law to honk the horn of a car whenever overtaking or passing any other road user.

    And these mosques compete with each other (5 times a day) calling out the prayers and sermons....


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    Quote Originally Posted by durianfan
    Didn't the King come out a few years ago and say that the noise pollution on buses was a bit much???
    How often does he travel by bus?

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    Out in the sticks they have the village tannoy system which blast out music and local announcements at 6 in the morning. Then there's the elections. The candidates send round pick ups with tannoys so loud they'd wake the fcuking dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe
    How often does he travel by bus?
    Perhaps his servants told him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    In fact it is law to honk the horn of a car whenever overtaking or passing any other road user.
    Same in Thailand (lights and/or horn).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Same in Thailand (lights and/or horn).
    IMO, the horns are used far less than in indo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    lights
    Lights mean get out of my way I'm coming through irrespective if there's no room. Dim fcukers. Pun intended.

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    Guys come on....This is Thailand....Since when do they ever give a fok ??? Except for Suvanabhumi of-cause...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivor Biggun View Post
    Out in the sticks they have the village tannoy system which blast out music and local announcements at 6 in the morning. Then there's the elections. The candidates send round pick ups with tannoys so loud they'd wake the fcuking dead.
    I had a co-worker who rented out a house just outside of Pattaya and he found out the first morning that he was living next to one of the loud speakers that blared the announcements at 6am. He was not happy, especially on Saturdays and Sundays.

    It's not only the elections that send around the pick-ups. Those damn kickboxing tournies do at as well, along with fruit trucks. They do the same in Korea, but they do it with a bit more style: Whenever there's a new business open, they'll send around pickups with hot dancing girls in the back wearing next to nothing, and they'll hand out flyers to passerbys. Great stuff.

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    Most likely will be a million years before civilization catches up with Thai to even think of noise pollution, look how long after coming down out of the trees before humans thought about noise abatement,, so just figure how much longer it will be for the Thai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmperorTud View Post
    It's a noisy, dirty country unfortunately.
    I agree completely with you as from this week ik can hear the basses from a fair 3 Km from where I live for the Thai's it is normal any way they are born deaf

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Most likely will be a million years before civilization catches up with Thai to even think of noise pollution, look how long after coming down out of the trees before humans thought about noise abatement,, so just figure how much longer it will be for the Thai.
    remember a German guy told me that the sould cill the one that brought the banana's to Thailand because all the monkeys left the trees

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    So what is the deal with these pump airhorns used by the scrap collectors? And why have they only recently appeared?

    Are they intended to tell everyone in the neighbourhood that the scrap man is passing on his motorised trolley? Does the guy simply not give a fuck about the 99.5% of people who have no interest in his presence but would rather not hear pump airhorns blasting into their homes every few minutes througout the day?

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    One of the two most annoying things I found about living in Thailand, the other issue being safety. From those fcuking 'turbo' sound systems in the back of pickups (and even on the front of motorbikes !!) to loud TV's to the clackers of the kai ping vendor I don't think I had one day of complete silence during 16 years in Thailand. It was ALWAYS noisy !!

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