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I disagree with the generalization that Thai people are not bothered by such things, many are as they will express in private BUT they know their culture and know that the little noodlle must not question or confront the big noodle (sen yai or pu yai) they just endure as do we.

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I disagree with the generalization that Thai people are not bothered by such things, many are as they will express in private BUT they know their culture and know that the little noodlle must not question or confront the big noodle (sen yai or pu yai) they just endure as do we.

i think you're right. However, a factor here may be that a lot of locals have grown up and live in very close quarters. So they learn at a young age to put up with other people's ....um...idiosyncrasies; and the associated auditory consequences. it's one of those 'facts of life' you can't change, so you just deal with it.

Then there's always the (vitally important) issue of not wanting to step on someone else's (especially those of higher rank) so-called merriment/enjoyment.

Along these lines a lot of people appear to have developed an ability to essentially 're-tune the frequency' and not be overly bothered by otherwise invasive and irritating noise. A survival mechanism of sorts.

I've asked people to show me how it's done, but they just smile.

A 'How To' book on this would be a best seller.

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Standard remedy is a safety pin pushed through the cables and snapped clean so it can't be located.

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The CIA already knows only too well. Check out the Frontline program about the "black" interrogation center in Bangkok. Extensive exposure to "music," usuallly rap or repetitive C & W or other obnoxious music was used as part of the advanced interrogation techniques. The Frontline program is very complete. I'm sure that it can be found on YouTube.

Thailand with speakers is one big black interrogation center, if they would just ask us questions.... "please, stop the sound! I'll say anything!!"

Under no circumstances give a Thai a mic and PA system. Never.

I recall few years ago some Jomtien international bars football tournament. Kept blasting "Hey, sexy lady". I walked over to DJ or whatever and said "If you keep playing this song over and over, I will come back and destroy your equipment". I was calm, not aggressive, rather matter of fact. He changed the music...

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It is common practice in rural villages to place loud speakers around the village , to broadcast messages to the public and to play music .

My village installed one on an electric post at the corner of our garden , with the speaker facing into our garden .

I went straight to our head man and asked him nicely to take it down and put it somewhere else , otherwise I should have to climb up and cut the cable to disable it .

He very kindly instructed the men to move it to some distance from our house .

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Im getting a few of these utes with speaker announcements coming past my place just over the last couple of days, Its pretty irritating when u focus onto it, I want to try to tune it out and just bear for the 30-60 seconds another part of me wants to get some eggs out of the fridge and fire them down at the van as they come past inconsiderately in the later hours of the afternoon.

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Does anyone know at what beaurocratic level the announcment are generated? Easy to know in a small village but I live in CM city and I very rarely hear anything from our local speakers and there are none on my soi thumbsup.gif I can hear them in the distance and they seem to not be the same.

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i was travelling on a night bus in india and the driver was playing music at a stupid volume. another backpacker got out his penknife and cut the wires. if you can get away with it i'd cut the wires to the speakers nearest your place. whistling.gif

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You will get used to it .That should be ''you have to get used to it '' ,my Village same ,same .

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When I posted here a few days ago about some arseling setting

very loud firecrackers off at 3.55 AM, one poster said it was all

my fault !, Thailand is a very noisy country,frogs,speakers,karaoke,

Cocks crowing,dogs barking,no problem,just learn to live with it.

it just the noise you don't expect.

regards Worgeordie

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It's normal in the villages. Might start before first light, but one thing is for sure, the volume must be so high that the horn speakers distort the sound, but at least it lets the locals know who's the boss.

Seems to be right,

Innovative Thai marketing. Just rape your ears so you don't ever want to buy their product.

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It's normal in the villages. Might start before first light, but one thing is for sure, the volume must be so high that the horn speakers distort the sound, but at least it lets the locals know who's the boss.

Seems to be right,

Innovative Thai marketing. Just rape your ears so you don't ever want to buy their product.

Thai village doctrine....... if the volume knob goes up to 10 then you must turn it to 10.

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I had this problem in Vietnam where the local authorities would blare out announcements morning at 5am.

Two strategies were used:

1. If you are young and fit enough, you can do this yourself. If not, get someone from a far away district and pay them well. After dark when there is no one around, get a ladder to access the offending loudspeaker; turn the speaker upwards and fix into place. The rain will do the rest. No one gets blamed, no speaker was stolen.

2. Get close to someone who is in charge of this kind of thing in your locality. Depending on the configuration and where the speaker is located, you may be able to have the speaker moved based on some excuse, such as you want to change wiring or it interferes with your cabling. Or just pay him off - it always helps if you find something that they want, bottles of whiskey or whatever.

If all this fails, just get someone from out of town who is prepared to cut the wiring to the offending speaker for a fee. It always helps if you get someone from out of town to do the arranging, the further the better - costs more but creates an extra step of separation between you and the guy if he is caught and he won't be gossiping around your village.

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