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Run out of money? Here’s the ‘how to’ guide to Begpacking.

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“Aren’t you technically homeless? Why shouldn’t YOU cash in too. Why shouldn’t other people pay for you to travel? Begpacking (or beg packing) is a way for backpackers like you to earn money while you travel by begging for money or busking around the world.”

Thailand has its fair share of ‘beg packers’ each year – young travellers who apparently run out of money and end up on the streets, begging for additional funds to continue their travel. They come in two sizes – the ones that are simply sitting and begging and the others that are busking or doing something to earn some coin.

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Begpackers really get a big response on social media. Some netizens say ‘leave them alone, they’re not hurting anyone’. Others call them pariahs and ‘should be sent back to where they came from’. Still others think they should be ‘discouraged’ with local police attention and fines.

In a Buddhist country the culture of ‘giving’ to the poor or less-fortunate is engrained. Sociologists believe that western travellers sometimes take advantage of Thai’s good nature when travelling around the Kingdom.

But now there’s actually a website that shows people how to ‘beg pack’ with the article titled…

BEGPACKING: How to pay for your travels by begging and busking

Everyone wants to travel around the world. Why wouldn’t they? Traveling is the best way to spend your teens and early twenties before you get too old to enjoy yourself. The problem with traveling though is that you need money to do it, no matter how cheap you are. And most of us don’t have a ton of money because we either quit our job to travel or never had a job in the first place. But don’t let a little thing like money stand in between you and your dream ‘round the world trip’. Need cash to travel? There’s a new way to get it: begpacking.

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These two begpackers rounded up and fined by police three times in Krabi, Phuket and Bangkok

The article is mostly upbeat encouraging potential begpackers to earn the offerings made by passers-by. But suggestion Number 5 is to, well, just beg!

5. Just Beg for Money

You don’t need to busk to make money while begpacking on your travels. All you have to do is beg. Sit on a street corner, put out an empty cap or coffee cup, and start asking for money. It sometimes helps to have a cardboard sign that explains that you are backpacking abroad and need money to continue traveling.

Or something like, ‘HELP US FULFILL OUR DREAM!’ or ‘WORLD TRAVELERS NEED YOUR HELP!’ Everyone loves a sob story about how desperate your situation is. Locals will feel sorry for the foreigner trapped in a strange country and offer up anything they can spare. Other backpackers will feel your pain and will surely give you a few bucks of local currency. And other non-backpacker travelers will probably throw you a couple of bucks because they will give to any beggar they see.

Thailand has photos of begpackers being snapped and posted onto social media often enough. Here are a couple of eastern European begpackers that were caught by police three times in Krabi and parts of Phuket, last seen in Bangkok, trying the same trick.



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Eight days in southern Thailand

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mtv.co.uk have visited Thailand recently and come up with their own short, cool, stays in the southern region. If you have a spare eight days, here is their guide for a quick southern beach holiday.

Phuket: 2 nights

How to get there

It’s time to switch it up and head to the Southern region of Thailand. The easiest way is to fly direct to Phuket, an hour from Bangkok, to hours from Chiang Mai, an hour from Kuala Lumpur and 90 minutes from Singapore. Book in advance with any of the many budget airlines that have direct local flights into Phuket – Air Asia, Nok Airways, Jetstar, Lion Air, Bangkok Air, Thai Smile. Many airlines fly direct to Phuket from overseas airports. There is also daily bus services travelling to the island and a train from Bangkok, but you’ll need to get off at Surat Thani and take a three hour bus to Phuket.

What to do

Phuket is often seen simply as a gateway to the islands in the Andaman – but with over 30 beaches of its own, it’s a great destination in its own right too. Visit Patong and Patong Beach for a raucous night out on Bangla Road (think neon lights, rowdy bars, and crowded streets: see The Hangover 2 for reference).

For those who prefer a quieter holiday, Phuket old town has many excellent restaurants, quirky shops, cafés and art shops with lots of local history, while a day trip to the Similan Islands is an absolute MUST – you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a legit screensaver. Phang Nga Bay and the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyee are also highlights of the region. On the island there are temples, Big Buddha, international stage shows, ladyboy shows (family friendly) and lots of markets and shopping opportunities.

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Koh Phi Phi: 3-4 nights

How to get there

A 90-minute ferry or 45-minute speedboat ride is all takes to get from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, which is actually two islands: the larger Phi Phi Don is all about beach bars (featuring fire throwing shows), busy township with touristy shops and hedonistic vibes. In contrast the smaller Phi-Phi Leh is undeveloped, with coral reefs, towering cliffs, and lush greenery. It’s hotel-free too – and can only be visited for the day. Remember, for now, Maya Bay remains closed to tourists and can only be viewed in a drive-by with local tour boats.

What to do

Get. Beachy. Phi-Phi’s gorgeous white sands, vivid turquoise water and awesome rock formations make for a tropical paradise – perfect for lazy days sunbathing, snorkelling, and generally riding that relaxi-taxi all the way to stress-free town.

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Krabi: 1 night

How to get there

Another short ferry ride (between 1-3 hours) will take you back to the mainland, and deposit you in the hectic heart of Krabi, backpacker central. Ao Nang, the main beach town in the area, is renowned for bar crawls, clubs, and that fresher’s week feel, so stay for one night of fun and then move on, heading across to the East Coast.

What to do

Party, honey. Alternatively, take it easy and enjoy a dip in the shockingly clear waters of Thung Teo Forest National Park’s Emerald Pool, after working up a sweat exploring forest trails and waterfalls. Oh, and while you’re on the ‘natural pool’ flex, the mineral-infused Klong Thom Hot Springs are an hour’s drive from central Krabi. If climbing 1237 steps to Buddhist nirvanas your thing, then a visit to Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave Temple will provide you with a lot of exercise (take GOOD walking shoes) and an astonishing view when you reach the top.

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Koh Lanta: 2 nights

How to get there

Ferries between Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta take 1 hour, and cost 400 baht, approx.

What to do

After some potentially wild nights on Phi Phi, Koh Lanta will feel like a haven, with its long, quiet beaches, relaxing reggae bars (grab a bean bag chair for a front seat to spectacular sunsets), and almost empty roads – perfect for exploring by scooter. Head to Koh Lanta’s National Park (there’s a small entry fee, but it’s worth it) to hike trails, do some monkey spotting, and visit two idyllic beaches.

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Himalayan griffon vulture found in a Krabi rubber plantation after storm

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A large but weak Himalayan griffon vulture has been found in a Krabi rubber plantation after poor weather on Monday. It’s believed to have come from Tibet.

The head of Phang Nga Breeding Centre, Teetat Damudom says, “The Himalayan griffon vulture was brought to us on Monday. The vulture was been found by locals at a rubber plantation in Khao Phanom, Krabi.”

“The vulture – measured wingtip to wingtip – is about two metres wide. It is weak from a lack of food and water.”

“We believed that the vulture might have been trying to avoid tropical storm ‘Pabuk’ and was lost. It might have originally flown from Tibet.”

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Krabi taxi driver fined after not using taxi meter

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A taxi driver has been charged after he was found not using his taxi meter at Krabi International Airport yesterday (Tuesday).

The Chief of the Krabi Land Transport Office was notified by officers at the Krabi International Airport that a the taxi driver was found not to start his taxi meter and had the meter covered so the passenger couldn’t read it. The taxi driver used a piece of paper to cover the meter screen.

The Chief of the Krabi Land Transport Office contacted the taxi driver. The taxi driver admitted that he had covered the meter screen. He has been fined 1,000 baht for his ‘error of judgment’. If the taxi driver is caught doing this again, his taxi driving license will be suspended.

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