While shopping in Thailand or withdrawing cash from an ATM in that country, you need to be aware of a scam known as Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC). Victims of this scam end up paying more than necessary for their shopping or cash withdrawals. This scam happens in other countries too, but usually, the merchant or the ATM should give you an option to disallow DCC. In Thailand, many times, they don’t.
Travelling to Thailand and wondering if you can or should use your credit or debit card when you shop there? Well, the answer to the first question is, yes you can! The second question, whether you should use your credit or debit card in Thailand, requires a detailed answer. Let us see.
If you are traveling to Thailand and thinking of using your ATM card to withdraw Thai Baht during your visit there, you need to read this article. Withdrawing cash from a Thai ATM is a viable option for tourists, but it is not the best option to carry money to Thailand. There are a few reasons for this, and the most important one is the cost. I will explain that, and more…
Even after operationalization of Pakyong airport near Gangtok, the troubles associated with travelling to Sikkim have not reduced. At the time of writing this article, there was only one airline – SpiceJet – that flew to Pakyong via New Delhi or Kolkata, and that too, with a less than ideal reliability.
I was looking for an image that accurately represents the system of public transport in Pattaya, and after searching for quite a while, I zeroed in on the image you see above. In this picture, except for the street food vendor carrying her merchandise, almost everything is blurred. Still, you get to see the three modes of transport that help you get around Pattaya – a meter taxi, a baht bus, and a motorcycle taxi.
If you have traveled as much as I have, you will know that it takes more than mere luck to find and secure the best hotel deals. Actually, it may take several hours or days before one can arrive at a decision on where to stay during the upcoming trip and how much to pay for the room. Many times, it becomes a confusing process, or we end up booking a hotel at too high a price. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
I like Sikkim. It is one of the few States in India where the State government as well as the people of the State take tourism seriously. They know how much they need the money and the jobs that tourism brings to the State. Because of this wise approach to tourism, the number of visitors coming to Sikkim has been steadily increasing.
Who doesn’t want to book cheap flights or hotels when planning to travel? I know, I sometimes spend hours to book just one trip, looking for ways to reduce the cost of my travel. With my experience, I can now do my hotel and flight bookings at the lowest possible prices. Recently, while doing a domestic flight booking, I was able to save a whopping 35% when no booking site was offering that discount. Here’s how I did it:
Ayutthaya Historical Park is the site of the ruins of Ayutthaya city. This area was controlled by the Khmers around 850 AD, who had named it Ayodhya after the holy city of the same name in India. Later, in 1351, the city of Ayutthaya was founded as capital city of the Siamese Kingdom of Ayutthaya by its first king – King Ramathibodi I.
Smart casino owners don’t just build casinos, they build integrated resorts, which provide not just a gambling avenue, but also nice (and expensive) hotel rooms, theme parks, nightclubs, food courts, and even fitness centers. Smart casino owners are everywhere nowadays. But here, we are talking about one of the smartest casino owners in the history of gambling – Lim Goh Tong – who not only had the vision to build an integrated casino resort, but also had the wisdom to add a temple to it.