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  1. I save 100% by not giving my gf money. Haha.
    I found in Loas that may be true but once I learned the real prices they don’t jack me around.

  2. Way to go, Rob. Now you are going to have 300 Yankees expecting your friends to do their grocery shopping for them ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™โค

  3. I have bought a shirt from your website the (I need help) in green like money. Thanks again for the advice for Thailand.โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  4. Yo Rob long time not watch you mate ! Missed ya too lol. Laughed at your save 30% vid … true as the sun shines with your advice and comments. I’m coming to Phuket to live soon. Benn few times so know a bit about the place. Like to check ya n’ have a chat n meal maybe. I’d like to get your help with renting a decent cheap place around your neck of the wood Kamala, Surin too if you’re up for it. Perhaps we can chat privately ? Let me know how your doing and how the rain n’ storms are doing lol. It don’t rain in Phuket huh … it’s more like let’s go outside and take a bath in 10 seconds …lol

  5. Oh, one other question. Taxes, how does it work for expats and is there a tax issue(s) for Americanโ€™s. Example, in the 80โ€™s when I was living and working in the UK. I was exempt from US taxes on my first $76K earned overseas, provided I was out of the US for 330 days. I was however liable for UK taxes. Which I could deduct from any US tax liability.

  6. Rob, do you know any expats who live on a boat instead of a house or apartment? How about marinas? How funny about having a Thai buy your stuff. In the 80โ€™s I moved to Scotland and lived there 8 yrs. I learned that if I had my Scottish girlfriend, who also borrowed her sisterโ€™s baby for added effect, go and rent a house. She got a great deal as opposed to the โ€œYankโ€ offshore oil worker guy go and negotiate a price. Hmmm, funny how that works all over the world ๐Ÿคฃ

  7. Hello: love your video! Ill be in Bangkok next April/May. Don’t have any friends there so I may take you up on your offer and borrow few of your’s! Ha! Ha!

  8. Jeez, you guys… This is the way it works everywhere outside of the Western Bubble. Everything is relationship based. Thailand takes this to a bit of extreme but really everybody in the country feels that they are related to everybody else. So you don’t gyp your relatives, but strangers are fair game. Answer: don’t be a stranger. When you walk by a bike shop stop in and say hi and ask if they do whatever. Stop in when you’re walking by just to shoot the shit. Then when you need something done for real you’re not a stranger. Works in markets too. (Have a read of Patrick Mooney’s comment for a first hand experience.) AND, BTW, I guarantee you Rob doesn’t send in his Thai friend to get the best price. He’s not a stranger anymore. Good job, Rob.

  9. I have been in Thailand over 3 1/2 years now, I am a retiree. I don’t live in a tourist area, but I do live in Bangkok. I have found that most things in markets are at set prices. Occasionally they change, there are end of the day specials perhaps like anywhere else. My wife shops the markets all the time, and so do I. I have never been charged a “Falang price” here.

    The only exception to that is admission to various attractions like the zoo or something. As far as a different prices for bowls of noodles or something like that? Never. Perhaps this is because I live in a non-tourist area of Bangkok. Last stop on the train. All of these things that were said in this video are completely foreign to me. This whole 30% thing in my opinion is absolutely not true.

    Listen, Thailand is a great place with great people. No one tries to rip me off, or charge me more, or treat me differently. If I go to a tourist area, things do change. But in the place where I live? Never, never do I see this. And as far as attempting to haggle for a baht? Sorry man I would be ashamed of myself trying to get a man sitting in a stall all day for very little money to give me a discount of 3 cents . Let’s up that for sake of argument 20 baht = 65 cents. So can I imagine saying “come on sweetheart give me 65 cents off” to the woman at a vegetable cart? A woman probably working two jobs a day, living in a one room apartment, so she can send all her money home to her family in Issan? No I would not, but when I lived in NY City, the kind men and women who manned fruit stands all night would have gladly gave me a discount had I found myself short in the pocket while buying a pound of grapes or something, and you know what, they would do the same here.

    Frankly I would be embarassed to try and ask anyone for a lower price at the market. These are my neighbors man. The reality is this: the prices are set, unless you are in a tourist area and looking to buy a large quantity of ladies handbags to sell back home. These are people I see everyday – they have been selling fruits and veg for the same price since I have been here. If something goes up my wife will come home and it will be news to her. How do I know? my wife and Thai daughter know the prices and if I were to pay high they would tell me…it doesn’t happen around my home. It’s a strange life in Thailand described in this video if you ask me.

  10. I have a question if I may, I am planning to come bake to Thailand By the end of the year and instead of the standard thirty days as I am a Canadian I would like to come for 60 days and maybe extend it for 90 days If I get the 60 day visa here I have to show the flight arriving and leaving within that period so if at the end of the 60 I wanted to extend another 30 days I would have to change the departure time with a penalty. I know I can just apply for the 90 days but the embassy recommends the 60 with a 30-day extension. Is there any way around this departure flight dilemma. What do you recommend? Thank you and I certainly enjoy following your videos and especially the love one day!! Robin

  11. yes so correct i was in soi 6 pattaya my girlfriend ordered food from a couple of young guys at a street food stall .now i know 40 baht for thai people they charged her 120 baht ,i gave them the money and i could see from the expression on their face they thought wtf farang pay ,they even knew they got away with murder ,the thing is i knew it was too much but i was going to give them a tip anyway ,so i thought cheating fuckers good luck to you its only a few pounds what was good food anyway,i did not mind paying over the odds when my girlfriend said aloy aloy if however the food was shit i would not pay ,up to you

  12. You should have seen the look on the hotel Managers face when he saw me walk in with my wife, he was like “Oh Shit” ” I just lost a bunch of money” !!!

  13. Yes true that; I went to the Pattaya Floating market a couple of times,, And it was 200 baht for Farangs, But free for Thai s ,,, Funnily enough,ya donโ€™t see Thais walking around spending money there , Only the Farangs who spend the Baht, Usually with ya Thai girlfriend for the day ๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃโ‰๏ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

  14. Happens frequently, if you live here it’s going to happen to you. Makes me feel both sad and angry. They really think there’s nothing wrong with it and even boast to their friends and family about it.
    It is probably bordering on racism and where I come from you would be crucified for doing such things.
    Frankly Rob I don’t see how you can roll over and accept it as being ok, it’s almost as if you think it’s a joke. It’s unfair, it’s degrading and it shouldn’t be tolerated.

  15. Wow. I suddenly realized how much I missed your vlogs… I experienced this on Guam where there are 3 sets of prices: Local (cheapest), American tourist (mid ranged) and Japanese tourist (high priced.) I had spent many weeks working on the island and started to frequent a little shop. Initially, they would charge me $3.00 for a can of Coke. This was the American tourist price. But after many weeks of constantly going to their shop, suddenly the price dropped to $1.00 per can. This was the local price. They told me if I was Japanese, then they would have charged me $5.00 or $6.00 per can, which is what the Hotels were charging. They said the whole island worked that way and I generally found it to be true. So, yeah, have your local friend get the local price… Thanks, Rob!!!

  16. Very true Rob. It’s the same in most of Asia and places like India, etc. There is always the farang price and the local price. Compared to most people in these countries we are zillionaires by comparison. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Sometimes you can get some sort of discount on cameras and what not, even in the malls and shopping centers. But as for the clothings stores and what not, youโ€™re right.

  18. My ex Thai girlfriend used to go mad at this tried to get a motor bike taxi up to big Buddha she wasn’t happy about the price because I was with her she went into a rage with him and she got him to drop it she had a bad temper over this trust me don’t piss off a Thai women she scared the shit out of me I’m 6ft1 she’s and 100 kg she’s 5ft 2 and 47kg

  19. If they check, that the thai wife, lives long time, out of thailand, it can go worse. They get heavier overpriced, then a normal farang. They just want to loose their face and pay the high price. An other cultural part, you need to know.

  20. Yes, he’s correct. This is one thing I do not like about Thailand. One price for the Thais and a higher price for the foreigners. In the Philippines everyone pays the same price.

  21. Yes, absolutely! Itโ€™s so true, My wife always says โ€œthe Local price…..โ€ for everything, when we were looking to buy land the price naturally doubles if they see you have a foreign, same goes for a car…you canโ€™t be seen!

  22. Stuff like 30 baht boxes of curry and rice it’s definitely one price. You can watch everyone paying it. But jeans, trainers and the like is all up for negotiation. I’m guessing a tourist trap is different for food and the like. But in Udon certainly it’s just posted prices.

  23. My friends Thai wives buys almost everything for them including renting hotel rooms and booking tours, Iโ€™m a bit of an oddball, I donโ€™t mind paying the โ€œfarang taxโ€ and usually leave a tip on top of that, for Godโ€™s sake Iโ€™m getting a delicious meal for 1-5 dollars, I donโ€™t due the tourist areas much so Iโ€™m usually getting a great price anyways.
    Thanks for the information ๐Ÿ˜ŽโœŒ๏ธ

  24. Did you hear that, Rob has spoken, DO NOT do that stay away when your Thai friend is ordering or we will be screwed….LOL. Love seeing the rain on the other side of the world, but wait it’s rainy here today as I watched you in this video. Cheers mate have another beer for me.

  25. Totally agree Rob!
    I’ve seen it myself.
    Renting an apartment too, send your Thai gf/wife (fan/mia) in.
    Best wishes from me here in the UK.

  26. Haha ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚ so true, me and my wife have saved a couple of thousand bath for doing like this I always walk 50m in front checking what I want and text her to get it ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. So true. When we need the car worked on or are just going to get food at the market I am not even around my Thai wife when she gets the price. After everything is agreed upon then I show up if she needs me. I have seen my wife’s mother negotiate prices with the monks for jewelry at the temples. That I could not believe. lol Keep up the great work.

  28. I took my x max to yamaha today and they fitted a new v-belt and fixed it for free ๐Ÿ˜€ but then I took my watch to get a new battery and they wanted 400. My Mrs went to the same shop and was told 200 ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  29. My last trip to Samui I wanted to add another week to my stay. I ask the hotel for the same price I had payed on Agoda. The price they gave me was much higher, so I booked it on Agoda in front of the manager while he watched me. Go figure.

  30. You nailed that one Rob…took me a while to really believe it, but itโ€™s true. I keep out of eyeshot when I need to buy something and just send in my wife.

  31. Sort of a sad commentary on Thailand isnโ€™t it to hear that there is this common financial bigotry towards foreigners? Makes me rethink plans to come over.

  32. I have not found it to be a higher price if my Thai girlfriend is with me, the bowl of food is still 50 baht the dress is still 100 baht, and to be honest I have experimented on a few occasions to send her to buy somethings and no difference in price. Sorry this video is a fail, or do I look Thai myself?

  33. Cool so I guess I can just find a bar girl, have a couple of beers with her (160B), buy her a couple of ladydrinks (240B), barfine her(500B), take her longtime(2000B) and then I can take her to a market stall and get 30% off the 10baht bag of mango that I have got my eye on

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