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Carrying ~300K On Soi Asoke ..

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DS said it.But Exchange tower was a sort of grey colour last time I looked.

 

Didn't know there were any decent sound shops inside, I must peruse.

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Gobbie I have walked around with double that on more than one occasion. Just relax go about your business and you shouldn't have a problem.

I have caught the BTS from Nana to Silom with 550K in an envelope with no trouble at all. Don't be paranoid. Or even better do as DC suggested.

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When I brought $22,000 over from U.S., I wore shorts under a pair of jeans and carried the cash in an envelope in the front pocket of the shorts. I had no problems for the 2 days I spent in Bangkok before going to CM.

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Thanks for the tips, guys.

 

- ds, you know we are accustomed to a bank transfer taking anywhere up to two days in Oz - I'll look into this further.

- dean, that's how I travel on the plane, but I figured they would frisk me. Like i said - paranoid ....

 

Cheers.

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Hi,

 

Not sure how long bank transfers take, interbank transfers by ATM are usually instantaneous, but I doubt you can transfer 300K that way.

 

Most shopping centers have multiple banks in the building though, so you could easily withdraw the money from one bank, walk 10-20 meters to the other bank and deposit it again.

 

Sanuk!

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I've heard a lot of stories about Police stopping folks for "shakedowns," looking for drugs. And - if you are carrying viagra, or Valium, or whatever - they might offer to not arrest you for a few thousand baht. But - I have never heard of Police in the Asoke area stealing money from a foreigner. I have read of several cases where the Police wanted to inpsect the contents of a wallet - and a "victim" removed 10,000 or 12,000 baht from the wallet before handing it to the Policeman - and the Police made no comment - inspected the wallet, found no drugs, returned the wallet - and let the victim proceed on his way.

 

So - it iS not at all "normal" for Police to rob passers-by of their cash in hand. I walked from BTS Asoke to my office near GMM Grammy Building - and back - at least three timse per week for eleven years now - and very frequently walk past the Interchange Tower corner in erakly evening - headed up to Soli 33/1 - and I have NEVER been stopped or searched. And - 90% of the time, I am carrying a black zipprered folio a bit larger than an A4 sheet of paper.

 

In 14 years, the only time I was ever stopped on foot was once, on the Sukhumvit Sidewalk, between Sois 24 and 26, by two young policemen on one motorcycle - around 7:00 pm. They checked my folio, asked me to empty my pockets, patted me down, inspected the contents of my wallet - which had maybe 1,200 baht in it - found nothing - returned everything to me - nodded, smiled and sent mre on my way - maybe 150 seconds total. That was about ten years ago.

 

Late at night, I think encounters with Police are likely to be more problematic - but while the sun is up, they seem to behave reasonably straight.

 

Cheers!

SS

 

Cheers!

SS

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:yeahthat:

 

Stopped once driving along Sukhumvit toward Thonglor. 2 cops on mocy flagged me down and searched right through the car. They were happy to meet my request that one stay on the sidewalk and one carry out the inspection whilst I watched, closely. Absolutely no monkey business or a suspicion of it. During the process the one doing the search was happy to chat, just said they had a tip of a similar looking car being involved in something. They didn't search me.

 

Carrying 300k Baht in your pocket might not be the most sensible thing to do at any time but I'm sure it's as safe on Sukhumvit in the daytime as anywhere. When I've been in Vasu, corner of soi 7/1, there are folk changing some pretty big sums of cash and walking in and out all day. I'm sure if any were getting 'taken' it would be known about, and likely kill their business.

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When I've been in Vasu, corner of soi 7/1, there are folk changing some pretty big sums of cash and walking in and out all day. I'm sure if any were getting 'taken' it would be known about, and likely kill their business.

that reminds me.....years ago the Thai guy in front of me at Vasu exchanged 6M Bt to USD, all in a big plastic bag :)

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Why don't you just get a taxi to drop you off outside Exchange Tower and then you only have to walk a few yards to enter the building. It's right on the corner of the intersection (even number side of Suk).

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