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My travel advices on Casablanca and Morocco:
Morocco interior

Transportation:
Petits Taxis are everywhere which you will soon notice they are red and small and the big old Mercedes taxis are all white. As most people prefer to travel this way you will have to watch your back or you will be soon left out and have to look for another taxi. Taxi is used like a minibus transfer which means more people travel inside one up to the point when you can feel like a keeper in a can, So be careful always to tell the taxidriver where you are heading then you will see if he says yes or no to you, so it’s a hazard but it’s also fun and a cheap way to travel. I would not recomment the bus so much, the timetables are many times wrong and you might wait for hours.

If you're hiring a car in Casa, remember that the traffic can often be a nightmare and it doesn't take much to reach gridlock. Avoid driving if at all possible. The city is served by Mohammed V International Airport, Watch out from and to the airport you must use the train from Casa Voyageurs,the way between the airport and the city is about 30 minutes . If you want to get to the city center get off at Casa Voyageurs Station. The train system is very good and punctual so you can easily get to any cities.
Accommodation
There are plenty of hotels in and around Casa especially in the Old Medina and the Corniche . Problem is that the chance is high that they are full. Try www.hostelbookers.com great hotels, hostels or apartmans for great prices.

Eating out
Regardless of the size of your budget, you can find a superb place to enjoy a meal in Casa. Generally accepted as the best place to eat when in Morocco, Casablanca has a large variety of traditional, seafood and take-away eateries and if you don’t look for the places owned by foreigners then you can have a nice meal out of a small budget. The moroccan food is excellent, try them in simple places, eat a good couscous on Friday especially and any type of Tagine (rouasted meat with veggies ) is just excellent. Watch out muslims do not eat any pork so don’t ask for it.
Bars & Nightclubs
There are many bars and discos especially in the Corniche or in the downtown area. Just look for some good places where your feet leads you or if you are not that fit just ask any taxi driver. I rather prefer the moroccan places.
What to take care of:
Being a muslim country there are certain basic rules to take care of. The key is dressing. Is is accepted to see less dressed tourists everywhere but especially the women should rather dress a bit more covered, taking care of covering the shoulders, and wearing something rather large. Please don’t wear bikinis on the street and nothing too thin especially for girl or women travellers travelling without men, otherwise they can find themselves in some uncosy situations.
People: First of all you will be surprised maybe how many people are always out on the streets. The way of life is different in Morocco, people don’t hurry that much, also the unemployment rates are extremely high, most of the people live of doing business.
People in Morocco are very friendly. Of course like anywhere in the world take care who to talk to and who to make friends with in the downtown and please always behave politely. There are many policemen all around Morocco on the streets, the country is very strict in means of any criminal affairs. So if someone disturbs you look for a policemen and try to ask for help. Usually they speak English and French a bit.
Morocco

Language:
The official language is arabic, and moroccans speak it in their own way, besides there are certain berber dialects, and french is learned in the schools, although being less and less famous, and young people concentrate rather on learning english.
Politeness and respect toward islam:
Be always polite and respect the muslim religion with behaviour and also with words. As you are hosted by a muslim country I think it is the least you can do.
Currency:
Moroccan Dirham and 1 Dirham is worth roughly 0,1 EUR so the counting is easy. Morocco might be not that cheap as you might think, due to the growing numbers of visitors, it is unfortunately getting more expensive, but if you are smart you will find the places where you can get what you want for a cheaper price. Exhange in hotels
Paying with any tpye of bank or credit card:
Don’t count on being able to pay with any of them, or even to get money with them. If possible don’t take any credit card with you when you go out of the hotel and also inside always use the safe.
Weather and Ramadan: The weather is mild in Morocco but the winter is colder that you can imagine so if you want to go from April till june is the best time, from June it gets very hot until September which is great for those who would like to spend the majority of their freetime on the beach or by the pool. Ramadan is the month of festing stating in September and ending in october. It’s not that good to visit Morocco this time, as the foodshops are all closed and so are the restaurants too. People spend their time with praying and talking about the Holy Prophet’s life and start to eat from 18.00 local time until 5.00 am as the sun goes down.
Pickpockets:
All port cities are more dangeorous then the others. You can go and ask for a tourguide in an office especially on your first day, they will tell you where to go and where not to go, beware of any people getting close to you, but don’t ever act rude or discriminating, only take care of your stuff. Morocco is a very poor country and although all areas are heavily guarded by police some insults can always happen. So act smart and don’t go to dark and silent streets if possible and don’t wear too much expensive stuff on you unless you want to go all way long by car.
Shopping
First of all don’t expect K-Markt or any of the shops you are used to. Although the country’s Tesco is called Marjane, but not many people go there to shop, so shopping is done in the little shops you will see that have just anything and everything to sell from break to tyres. The soaps , shampoos and shower gels altogether with the hair colorants are all sold in little bags, looking like the small product samples in the magazines. And watch out ladies, many shampoos are in fact coloured.
Moroccan hospitality

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Bangkok - City of Temples

May 6th 2008 01:29
I arrived in Bangkok late on a February afternoon with one of my friends. We cleared customs and went outside to catch a taxi to our hotel. I am not sure whether it is because we were two females travelling on our own or whether the taxi drivers just try it on with all tourists but the first thing he said was “Sorry that hotel has burnt down let me take you to another one”. “Er no thanks take us to the hotel we booked please’. We finally convinced him to take us to our hotel.

Our hotel had a roof garden so we went up there on our first night to get an overview of the city, and it looked amazing. We could see the bright flashing lights of the city spread miles in front of us. We could hear the tooting horns and see the red taillights of the cars bumper to bumper on the busy streets below.

Next morning we went out to have a look around the city. Everywhere you go in this city and others in Thailand there are Buddha shrines where people leave gifts such as bottles of water or even coke for the gods.

One of the best methods of getting around Bangkok is by boat up the river. We took a boat from Central Pier to Tha Tien to see Wat Po, which is home to Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha – 46m. Wat Po is an amazing complex full of Temples with shrines and people worshipping in front of them.

Largest Reclining Buddha
Thailands largest reclining Buddha at Wat Po


Across the river from Wat Po is Wat Arun, which looked fantastic from a distance. We crossed the river by boat to have a closer look. The grounds are very peaceful and it is nice to walk around but it actually looks better from a distance.

Wat Arun
Wat Arun - Temple of Dawn



I missed the Grand Palace as I was not “dressed politely” that is my shoulders were bare so they would not let me in. Some of the other temples though will actually provide you with a scarf to cover your shoulders with to go in. Something women need to bear in mind when visiting religious sites in Thailand is to cover their shoulders. There are many spectacular looking temples in Thailand but I got templed out by the end of the first day.

We were staying in the Sukhumvit area so to experience the nightlife we just needed to wander out of our hotel at night. The city streets are brightly lit and bustling with people at night. There were beggars, people trying to sell us things, and of course some very old white men with walking around with some very young Thai girls. I kid you not I saw a man on a Zimmer frame he looked about 80 and the girl he was with looked like a teenager.

The next day I decided to have a Thai massage which to be honest I had no idea what a Thai massage actually entailed. It turned out to be one of the most scariest experiences in my life. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be bent and pulled around, my back clicked and my legs stretched back behind my ears. Jury is still out on whether that did me any good.

I liked Bangkok, it is a big dirty city and I did find walking around the crowded streets saying “no” to Tuk Tuk drivers all the time moderately irritating, but I am so glad I visited, the temples are spectacular and the city looks amazing when lit up at night.
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