Ever purchased from Amazon and had your order shipped to Thailand? If you're lucky, your package will make it in to the country in short time and zero duties will be assessed. Most of the time though, you'll pay a premium for the shipping and duties will be assessed. Get your item through Lazada or Shopee however and you may receive your order—sans duties—faster and for less. Sounds good, right?
I usually only order from Lazada or Shopee for items under $15-$20. Say what you will about Amazon but I have more trust in them than Lazada or Shopee. That trust means paying higher shipping costs and duties plus you run the risk of getting hassled by Thai customs. Also, just because what you want is on Amazon doesn't mean they'll ship the item to you in Thailand.
The bottom line is you need to do your due diligence. This means checking around to see if you might be able to get what you want inside of Thailand. If not, allow more time to receive your order, be prepared to pay more for what you want or to be told "Sorry, can not" and then have to look elsewhere.
A little something different.
I first heard of this troupe in 2005, when South African photographer Pietr Hugo released his portraits of the members with their respective animals. The documentary below takes a closer look at who they are and what is involved in their traveling show. Some may find the treatment of the animals appalling; it is easy to be judgmental. If you look how the vast majority of Nigerians live, and how the Hyena Men live, the animals are merely survival tools that give them a way to provide for their families.
Pietr Hugo Photo Gallery - The Hyena and Other Men
An intriguing film that unravels the myth of Nigeria’s Hyena People, who arrive in towns wrapped in rock pythons, with hyenas in chains and with trained monkeys turning somersaults. Some believe that they are part animal and possess magical powers. The reality is that they are traveling minstrels earning money by performing with animals. This examines the clash between the urban and the wild, and the paradoxical relationship that the handlers have with their animals – sometimes loving, sometimes brutal and cruel.
Bangkok to Nakhon Phanom - Phang Khon - Bueng Gan - Nong Khai to Bangkok
I. Nakhon Phanom (6035 baht) - 3 days + 2 nights
Airfare (One-way - Air Asia) - 2300
Taxi to Airport - 500
Airport Coffee - 105
Triple 7 Hotel - 490 x = 980
Cruise / Food / Drinks - 200 baht
Meals / Drinks / Coffee - 1200
Transportation / Driver - 450
Uncle Ho’s Place (Donation) - 100
Bus to Phang Khon - 200