Originally Posted by Iao
Ziggi I'm not sure where you hung out to see all this problems.
If anyone has only ever lived at home with your mum then its probably not the place for you. I grew up in London and worked in the night club industry so interms of saftey I've downgraded in threat level. My friends have been for 5 years plus without incident.
Of the 3 Casino's, one is attached to a large hotel, and the other is geared ter towards foriegners (having an unwritten no locals policy). The Manager is Korean and organises friendly $1/2 games occasionally.
Coruption is rife but shouldn't effect anyone either on holiday, living here but not owning a bussines. As for drug addicts I'm sure they are here but I haven't found them.
I been visiting the town for over 10 years have friends living there for years so i think i know a little about this city that i saw fastly growing from a village to a city and saw it change to the bad.
It still looks like paradise but not for the people who knew it from the old days.I do understand your new there so before you replie please do some homework.
Since the Russians building bridges from mainland to a tropic island(nice view) the city is not the same anymore its all i say,enjoy your stay and i keep it by an occasional weekend to there when i am in PP because like you say its very beatyfull there(depends what beach you go)
You mention you dont see addicts???? Are you just arrived this week?every motorbiketaxi ask you to buy something(anything)
I know the chickenfarm is almost whipped out but all those girls are addicts and basicly locked up,good some NGO's did fight this for years and thats the reason its almost closed down now.
As for coruption and or crime on tourists i wouldnt wana give food to the ones robbed(stolen) of there monney in geusthouses by the owners or girls or there rented bikes been suddenly stolen(by the owner ofcourse).
Its true this should be moved to the travel forum because i could go on and on.
About 3 years ago a friend of me is killed there by a local who worked for him(smashed his head just for nothing)
As i said before i spended alll toghether alot of time there so i do know what i say but you seems to know it better thats good for me.And i am sure in a short while you will see more and hear more.
The thing is i compare with the past(when you could only reach it by boat from Ko Kong and a drive from PP to there toke ages or by dirtroad from Ko Kong crossing the river few times by little boats where now they build bridges) And it changed for the bad thats all i say and thats what every of your friends who living there for a while will agree with.Its not so long ago that simply a car was not that comon and i am not speaking 10 years back then.Trafficlights and decent roads where non existing....i know the world change fast some places for the good some for the bad and snookyville did for the bad....thats my opinion and so do the people(friends) who still living there and do for many years do feel it,kind of funny you argue with somebody who have the connections and 1 st hand experiences of many many years.
1 thing we agree on is that there some damn nice beaches there.
P.S i forgot to say that since your new there that soon your first rainseason is coming did your friends warned you alredy how funny it is there then?
like you said it is a great place to visit "if you skip the rainseason"