The Mantra of the Savvy Traveler

The Mantra of the Savvy Traveler
Cheating is not robbery, it is taking advantage of a person, normally under the maxim…
“If I can get away with it, why not?”

“Beware unscrupulous owners who will charge you first world prices and then pocket the difference.”
Hoz

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Bangkok, Thailand Khao San Road
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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Say Om Om Om, this comment by Hoz on the prior post about Made in Philippines should be the Mantra of the Saavy Traveler.

Mantra
"They are intended to divert the mind from illusion and material inclinations. Chanting is the process of repeating a mantra." Wiki

Now say with a low resounding voice, chant repeatedly until you really believe, because this is the 100 percent truth.

“Tourist Bubble areas try to charge First World Prices in the Third World….”

“Tourist Bubble areas try to charge First World Prices in the Third World….”

“Tourist Bubble areas try to charge First World Prices in the Third World….”

The Chant of the Idiot traveler or tourist…
I hear constantly, and too stupid for words

“But it so cheap compared to home.”

“But it so cheap compared to home.”

“But it so cheap compared to home.”

I have screamed at travelers,
“The daily pay in this country is 7 dollars per day, there is no way should cost 7 dollars to have my laundry done. I am damn sure it didn’t not take more than two hours to do my laundry.”

I use this strategy, I try to always maybe allow up to double the pay, so if the daily pay of a country is 4-15 U.S. Dollars according to how naïve you are, then think,
“this job would take this.”

The cost of labor to build a building in Thailand is about 90 percent cheaper than the cost of labor in the USA; the room rent should reflect this, so when you are paying the same, they got you… please bend over.

The sad part, if you pay first world prices for products, what happens the local vendors get use to this, and start charging locals. Next thing you know the locals cannot afford to live in the area. However most of the time they are all in concert laughing at the naïve foreigners.

I say in Thailand Mak Mak..
“Pang, Mak Mak.”

Meaning, way too expensive, and whey you say, “Pang Mak Mak,” in Thailand they know you have learn how they cheat, they come off the price and life get easier, but they often are so accustom to cheating, it part of the culture.

Trust me the least fools on the plant are the Israeli people, I think they are the most savvy travelers on the planet. People do not like them sometimes because they do not accept getting cheated.

The Mantra of the Savvy Traveler

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