cliveyten wrote:All undeveloped areas do eventually become popular in time. I have travelled to many idyllic places throughout the world and seen them turn into thriving tourist attractions. My parents had some old pictures of Bournemouth when they went there on honeymoon just after the 1st World War, when it was just a pine forest with a few dirt roads with a few small guest houses. Now look at it! The old saying "Money attracts money" comes to mind. Peoples opinions do change in time.
While Buksida does say noone has yet got deported or shot, there was one farang who really upset some of the local Thai population and decided to leave for his own safety. He basically told porkies in front of the wrong people. He could have been deported for his actions on one particular occasion, but those involved knowing he was a sick man took sympathy on him.
Is the forum getting "bitchy" Everyone has a right to their own opinions. As for dealing in 'smells' that tends to be a bit personal towards certain individuals.
We local farangs are all trying to make Bang Saphan into a nicer place to visit/stay and good luck to those who have enough business acumen to try and make it so. As for fleecing individuals there is another section on the forum dealing with unfair treatment towards farangs and many instances where individuals have been overcharged. Local farangs are not just there trying to make a killing and move on. The rate of return on investment in Thailand overall is very slow and Bang Saphan is probably very,very slow.
Your mention of 'one' farang telling porkies and leaving for his own safety brings back memories of a very small amurikann who's all-encompassing ego led him to affirm to me among many smallities and in between numerous drunken brawls as much with benevolent locals as unknowing foreigners (where were the 'local' falang to bring him back 'in line'), while opening a takeaway box of pizza from Lek's, that not only was pizza invented in New York but that Italians, namely Neapolitans, were dumb f**ks and all locals to Bang Saphan should be shot, no pussy in the area being worth anywhere near the amurikann equivalent. The logical response was to ask what he was doing in TH, but then again, suffering 'the lamest shit' is no doubt better than 130 years in a federal penitentiary...
I figure that more than one falang is bound to arrive in paradise and tell porkies, would-be-long-term-residents included; viz the discussion between those 'ave been there sooo long (as of three weeks) and those who are just trying to make a life spamming this board with biased and/or uneducated 'information' (... "will look into it", or, 'aven't been there yet... but know all about it", even though I don't, as long as I put a word in for my own sunshine and don't give a fart either way about this board or its readers or affording information as to what's happening (obviously nothing - who needs a dynamic community?) in Bang Saphan!
" As for dealing in 'smells", you might start taking an interest in the local association (Thai) that's trying to combat the 'smells' and other 'effluents' (killing you -not so slowly) emanating from the steel works. In their struggle you could find the real reason why 'tourism' (both native and international) doesn't take off. But then again, it comes down to courage in your convictions, adversity to deportation, and/or hot lead in the head. By the way, the founder of the environmental opposition group to the steel works' increased destruction of the environment (a certain part of wot mite bring you dosh, the environment that is), was shot dead, probably not far from YOUR home...
But then again it might take a solid dose of COURAGE AND IMPLICATION IN LOCAL LIFE (the concerns of those who were actually born in the place, don't have pink skin, and don't spend their time boozing and eating food from their own kind - believe it or not they're all around you - you might take them as an infection) to do so (please don't cancel my tourist visa, and no, I don't work, it's my wife's business so the tax man is irrelevant to me (boo-hoo the bitch stitched me up), even if I complain about power cuts, mouldy water, and crappy roads, nooo don't shoot me, let's find an arrangement). And then you would be almost CERTAIN to see some hot lead flying in your direction, which would definitely not be good for your business plan (should you have one)... Just don't stir up the mud, don't even put your toe in it, and you might one day call the place "hell".
"Is the forum getting "bitchy" - I admit to reading this board with enthusiasm and assiduity. However, when some bod comments that it will not comment because the posts are becoming bitchy, and reading the same bod's numerous posts most of which suffer no contradiction, it is in effect opportune to point out that he who criticises is effect criticising him/its self!