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If you have ever been to Thailand, the roads can be chaos and that is why in my last article, I discussed the topic of taxi’s and the new campaign which has been put in place to counter taxi drivers refusing rides, which you can check out here https://bangkokhangover.me/the-go-anywhere-scheme/
Well recently, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration known as the BMA have set up just over 100 checkpoints across the roads of Bangkok where Thesakit law enforcement officers are now on duty ready to fine on the spot people who drive or park their vehicles on public footpaths during the busy rush hour times.
Last Friday, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanwuang said that if you were found to commit this offence that you would be punishable of a fine worth Bt5000 which is just over £110 back home. The clampdown is now refereed within the Maintenance of Cleanliness and Orderliness Act 1992 which follows up from the announcement which was made last year that anyone reporting the violation would receive half of the money from the fine – not too shabby.
How Does It Work
Aswin also went on to say that the 115 checkpoints where the officers are stationed, had been selected based on where the most complaints had been received. If you are found to be violating the act then you will be made to pay the fine there and then. The officers will then give you a paid fine receipt which he will report to the central office at the end of every day. The system is still be assessed which means more changes could be made where necessary.
In the future, there are bound to be more signs and officers lining the streets of Bangkok’s busy roads to combat the issue. To do your part you can report violations to the BMA via the email [email protected] or call (02)4656644.
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In the United Kingdom, tipping is completely up to the individual whereas in other countries such as the United States tipping is commonplace and expected. When visiting Thailand you should know that tipping is not customary and there is no requirement for anyone to tip. Thailand is one of the only countries where tourists can visit and never see a service provider have their hands out waiting for a tip. It really is quite refreshing.
One of the main reasons why Thai service providers such as taxi drivers don’t expect a tip is because rates tend to include an additional fee already. When you ride in a taxi, if the fare comes to 47 baht the charge is normally rounded up to 50 baht. Most hotels and restaurants that you visit will include a 10% service charge which is added to the bill. These tips tend to be shared among staff at the end of the month.
Why Tipping Is Always Good
Tipping in hotels is again not expected but always appreciated. The tip can be as small as you like but it is a good show of gratitude to leave a tip for your porter and cleaners. Spas and massage parlours tend to receive bigger tips for their service, whilst in small local eating spots where the additional 10% service charge hasn’t been added it is customary to leave a few loose coins
Just something to consider when you are in Thailand and have recieved good customer service is that the majority of the workers in the hospitality sector in Thailand are paid very little. A tip of 50 thb which converts to £1.14 may be a very small amount for you, but for a local could really help them out. Of course, if you are not happy with the service you receive, you are free not to tip at all.