Originally Posted by BobMac
I'm in a relationship I value. That's about the only reason I remain and put up with their racism. If my relationship ended I would leave and probably never return. PIs & Malaysia would be the countries I'd consider. Like La I no longer recommend Thailand to anybody for any reason at all. If anybody wants to retire in SE Asia then Malaysia is the place; for the beach-bar-broads brigade the PIs beat Thailand hands down; for general holiday makers looking for a friendly & exotic SE Asian destination then VietNam is the now the place to go.
I worked in Thailand for quite a few years, in the 1970s, and then again in the mid 1990s. They were good times to be working Thailand.
On my three most recent trips (2006-07-08), we have come to the conclusion that we will not be revisiting Thailand in the foreseeable future.
The racism and legistlative prejudices against farangs has now gone beyond tolerance.
I'm reasonably fluent in the Thai language and it shocks me the discussions that take place amongst shop staff, restaurant wait staff and stall holders at markets regarding farangs.
I rebuked some of them regarding their offensive remarks made in Thai to each other pertaining to the farangs they were serving, to their shock and dismay, which is not always a wise thing to do in public in Thailand.
If half of the tourists could understand what is being said in front of them, accompanied by laughs and smiles they would be disgusted.
Like everyone else, I would recommend Penang and other parts of Malaysia over Thailand in its present mode.
For something different, try Vietnam, particularly Hanoi and Hoi An. I promise you will be in for a treat.