“Unclaimed package for sale” scam at Taiwan night market

I don’t know if you’ve ever visited night markets in Taiwan. I absolutely loved it, especially the snacks.

But I also noticed there are this kind of scam, you see these packages that they claim to be unclaimed from online shopping and sell it per 100g.

Those sellers look kinda real at first glance, but then how could those people get all these packages? Where did they get them? How come every night market have one stall of such kind? Why are they so many unclaimed packages?

it actually fits in perfectly at night market I believe. Since you can buy all kinds of cheap snacks, why not some cheap package as well? And lucky bag is a thing in some Asian countries anyway.

Those people are professional, they were telling with a speaker, how you might get something valuable from the packages and how they also have no idea what are inside.

I stayed for a while to see if really someone buys it or just actors who pretend to buy. There were really people who bought, I think at least 2-3 of them. They shaked the package, while the sellers told them what they think can be inside. One girl got a fake brand bag for around $15, another girl got a useless massage oil for around $1 I think. Probably most of the packages are such useless stuff.

Really weird sort of scam though. I wonder who came up with such idea, how they started and how long it’ll continue until everyone figures out.

Found back lost wallet

Remember I lost my walket before I went on the trip? That was so annoying especially when you lost your bank card and ID card. I had to pay the expensive fee for the new ID in order to get it the day after.

Those few days I went to different embassies and quite a few ither places all around the city, I didn’t remember lose them, how could I lose the purse and wallet together, weird.

Seems like I really did lose them all together, in a chocolate bar. Someone found them on a chocolate bar and the police imformed me to pick it up after I got back.

hm…. I must have been daydreaming then, or maybe the chocolate was too tasty, so I didn’t even remember to bring the purse with me after finishing it?? I wasn’t even drunk, it was a chocolate bar, unless I took something with alcohol there? Still strange.

Better be more careful next time. Good that I found it back, I love my white purse, it’s too cute to lose ^^

Overnight Train experience in Thailand

I love travelling by train normally, almost all the countries that I’ve been to, I take the train to go around, if there are any.

Thailand is a great country for train travels, distance from north to the southern islands. Plus Thai train is quite cheap, with OK comfort (enough comfort for me).

I took the overnight train from Malay-Thai border to Bangkok two months ago and it was a horrible experience, which made me almost want to quit backpacking (only at that moment), mainly because of the hassles at the border, plus I was unlucky enough to have someone spill soup on me, on the 16 hour train, can you believe that! Luckily Bangkok was so much fun, I forgot the train quickly after I arrived.

Still, train in Thailand can be a great experience if (most likely) you won’t be that unlucky like I was.

Thai train still looked the same as 7 or 8 years when I did my first solo trip. Was great memory, I felt immediately nostalgic when I saw it, back then I did a lot of train ride.

At night they will turn the seat into the bed for you.

If you order food, they will make a table for you. Coffee…is not as good as in Vietnam.

Train arrived at several stations in Bangkok, before the main station, I jumped out the closest one to the hotel, and walked to the hotel.

I’ve written a post about the story. (That’s how angry I was, because these days I mainly shitpost on Steem but that day I made a long post!):

https://steemit.com/steempress/@joythewanderer/worstbordercrossingexperienceeverpadangpesartoenterthailand-urssr661p8

And also a Border crossing Vlog:

Worst border crossing experience ever! (Padang Pesar to enter Thailand)

Yesterday I travelled from Penang to Bangkok and the Padang Besar border crossing to enter Thailand has been the worst border crossing ever!

Horrible experience.

Ironically it should be a super easy crossing point as you only need to show up board your train to BKK. I’ve read quite a few reports by my fellow Chinese passport holders online and reckoned it should be OK, many mentioned everything went smoothly, some mentioned you have to brought enough cash (10000 Thai baht) to show to the customs, that’s it.

I guess Padang Besar is also a border for a lot of people staying in Thailand with tourism visa to extend their visa every 3 months, so normally should be quite OK in this case.

There are two Padang Besar train stations, one at Malay side one at Thai side. The train to Bangkok passes both station but nowadays you can just board the train from Malay side, easier to connect your previous train from Malaysia.

When I tried to board my train as any other people before me, I was stopped after the customs saw my passport. I was actually quite prepared for the hassles at any border nowadays because of my passport (probably you already know, my passport is among the worst ones). So I tried to be polite and asked what the problem is. Customs woman looked super annoyed with me even though I didn’t do anything, she said you don’t have a photo which I don’t see any of the previous passengers before me gave them either. I told her you have a camera here, if she can help me make me one or find a photo booth then in this case. (I think that’s logical, visa on ARRIVAL right). Plus, I’ve read reports before, some saying no photo needed to show, so it’s apparently not necessary.

kinda hate this place now lol

So wtf is this? They just wanted to make my life difficult.

I asked again where I can take a photo nearby to can they let me through. She became very angry, saying there’s no way. I have to go cross the border by myself and take the train at the other station, they are closing now so I can’t just take a photo then return and take my train directly from there. Seriously wtf.

I was too tired to argue anymore after a long trip. There is one hour difference between two countries, but I was so busy can’t think about it at that moment. All I had in my mind is to find a photo booth, go to the two borders myself and stamp the passport, find the train station at Thai side and not to miss my train.

The customs woman doesn’t speak much English and I guess she’s too retarded to express everything in English. So better just to figure it out myself, I then walked a long way to reach the Malay border office downstairs ask them to help find a photo booth and Thai border.

This was the time I realised luckily I’m doing backpacking with a small backpack, because I could easily catch a motorbike ride, from border to border and then to the Thai side of train station, so I didn’t have to walk all the way in the 35 degree tropic sun.

To issue the visa on arrival at Thai border was also a hassle, it was another terrible woman, with again an annoyed face. I mean if you aren’t happy, then why should you still work there and make other people miserable? The woman at the visa office didn’t make much sense, she took my passport then she couldn’t remember where she put it, then it became that she already gave it back to me, but of course she didn’t. She insisted saying so until she found it, of course no apology, they are the boss 😉

What an idiot lol, I guess maybe she was too stupid she also forgot to charge me for the visa, of course I’m not gonna ask to pay… for such hassles they made for me? Unless I’m also an idiot. I asked that’s it? She said yes, and gave me a dirty face wtf, she said now go take your train. OK, fine, I don’t mind free visa then, even though it still didn’t compensate all the hassle I went through.

But really, f*ck it, Thai border at Padang Besar! And f*ck you, “Go cross border yourself” woman!

I was in a hurry to take some pictures of them, words can’t really describe how terrible they are, when you see it you understand better!

I mean, I love travelling, seeing people and learning their culture, which has absolutely nothing to do with how their government and authority is. I’m always a supportor for the borderless and cruelty free world, probably because of all these silliness and the stupid authority pride in all these places I’ve seen during my past travels.

Now enjoy Songkran in BKK.