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breaking the law on samui

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breaking the law on samui

Hi all

just to let you know im not asking anybody to actually go and break the law Just advising what happens if you do ,hopefully learn a little Thai/samui culture and have a laugh as well

so to start with

its actually very hard not to break the law on Samui ,especially if you want to blend in with the locals as many of them break the law every day [its true I’m not joking ]

Just arriving at the airport on Samui , collect your luggage , go to the meeting point , into your taxi /minivan and off to the hotel .pretty simple you say???,well was your driver smoking at the meeting point ?,did you light up as well? was he talking on the cell phone while driving? Announcing your arrival? Were you wearing your seat belt?[many taxis don’t have any]Was the glass in the mini van tinted? Did the driver go faster than 45 kph??? [True, yes our speed limit is 45kph]sure he did otherwise he would be blocking all the other law breakers ,was the price fixed for the fare???[Probably] does your driver have a driving license???[50/50 chance]

Did you also know that it is against the law to go topless [women] in Thailand?

Yes it is ,and what’s even worse it that is totally disrespectful of Thai people and their culture

Yet every day along chaweng beach you see topless ladies blatantly breaking the law

Smoking in public places in Thailand is illegal [from 2008]

Yet the minute the smoking tourist gets off the airplane they light up and walk into the terminal and wait for their pick up service, Did they leave their manners behind ?Yes they did, this ,along with common sense is another thing that tourists lose when they come to this island paradise

Did you know the legal age to be in a bar in samui is 20 years of age [maybe 21]half the waitresses aren’t that old ,many tourists bring their kids along to the bar as well

all of the above are breaking the law on Samui

But did you notice something?????? Every body else was doing the same thing, and no body got arrested, and thrown in jail,why you ask?

The police here are great people and they actually need you to break the law ,yes they need you to break the law

Firstly the bib [boys in brown] dont not want you to ever, ever buy a helmet for your scooter

Road blocks are set up usually around 2 week intervals to stop and fine you for not wearing a helmet

[legal fine 500 baht ,actual fine 300 baht for supplementary income fund ]

So why would they ever want everybody to abide by the law??? Its simple math’s ,and the Reason being is, they don’t actually get paid that well ,Officers on samui get about 8000 to 10,000 Thai baht per month [some less than that],From that they have to buy their own hand gun [true, most carry guns] and some carry big guns Some ride small bikes ,some ride harleys

So with such a poor salary they need to earn extra money, some call it corruption some call it supplementary income ,Also Samui doesn’t really have enough prison space for half of the people on the island and I could not see the local police locking themselves up because they break the law also

Really you say? Well it’s true

When you get stopped at a checkpoint for not wearing your helmet [along with many local Thai people as well] the money/fine doesn’t go back to the government, it goes into the supplementary income fund, which is illegal

So the police need you to break the law so that they can break the law as well

So it stands to reason that if they arrest you, then really they need to arrest them selves as well

So with this reasoning alone you won’t ever be arrested for these minor offences

So my challenge really to all tourists is to come to samui and not break the law

Don’t smoke in public, or at the restaurant where others are trying to enjoy their dinner [or lunch ,or breakfast for that matter]

Don’t go over 45kph, [if you try this you will cause more accidents ]

Don’t talk to underage people in the bar [which means you probably won’t be able to order a drink]

Don’t get a ride in a taxi /minivan with tinted windows,[slim to no chance]

Make the taxi turn its meter on[ its illegal not to ,but you try it ]

Don’t jay walk on the road [pretty hard not to as the footpaths have huge trees in them so you have to go on the road anyway]

to get a sense of what I mean just look at the fines involved for smoking in a restaurant [2000 Thai baht for the culprit]and 20,000 for the restaurant, fine for riding a scooter without a helmet 500 Thai baht

so it stands to reason that smoking is a worse offence than no helmet on your bike

so if you do wear a helmet on your scooter you will be denying the police from buying a bigger hand gun or a bigger bike

and ive yet to understand why the police stand in the hot sun and stop scooters for an hour ,When they could be walking around air-conditioned restaurants earning a fortune?????and being environmentally friendly as well

Maybe because the boys [and girls] in brown are just normal hardworking people trying to earn a living

In a very nice and tolerant place called Koh-Samui in the gulf of Thailand

chhers

Dean cleeton

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1. Re: breaking the law on samui

Very entertaining but also very true, thanks Dean I really enjoyed reading through all the Thai laws.

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2. Re: breaking the law on samui

Dean.

Yes, agree with most things you say mate. Especially people smoking in local restaurants, one of my bug bears. There is a restaurant in Chaweng which serves nice baked dinners ( No name mentioned ) and we like it very much, however every time we eat there there is people smoking inside the restaurant. Very frustrating indeed and shouldn't be tolerated as such.

Cheers Bob.

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3. Re: breaking the law on samui

Very entertainment read!

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4. Re: breaking the law on samui

just an update to breaking the law on samui

last week i went and renewed my thai driving licence

most licences expire on your date of birth

and in most countries you are not allowed to drive on an expired licence

not so on samui

in fact i was forced to break the law

as my date of birth is in December ,i went early[ November ] to renew the licence ,only to be told that i could not renew the licence until it had expired ????

when i asked about how much time i had after the expiry date to renew the licence

i was told 12 months ????????

so for 364 days im allowed to drive on an expired thai licence

only on samui

cheers

Dean cleeton

Edited: 25 January 2013, 16:22
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5. Re: breaking the law on samui

The oddity about bars is that customers have to be 20 or older, but staff can be 18 or older. That means on their day off they can't go to a bar as a customer!

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6. Re: breaking the law on samui

These laws and regulations apply to all of Thailand don't they?

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7. Re: breaking the law on samui

Enjoyed your post, Dean - informative as well as being humorous!

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8. Re: breaking the law on samui

What a great follow up Dean, how so very different to other parts of the world in regards to the renewing your D/L.

I just love how the Thais do things, I truly do :)

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10. Re: breaking the law on samui

The av is a picture of a poster that hangs in the Reggae Bar in Chaweng, I find it very amusing and just another way the wonderful Thais advertise their responsible service of alcohol (or lack thereof).

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