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Bang Saphan-Ban Krut reviews Seven years old

Posted by sayadian on 5/7/2013 at 22:35

Can't say I am over the moon when I rely on Travelfish and then find at the bottom of the reviews nobody has visited since 2006.
Sorry Travelfish but a seven year old review is worth nothing.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/7/2013 at 02:34 admin

Yes I agree.

It's also a shame more travellers don't add reviews of where they go and stay to help to keep material at least partially current for the benefit of others.

As for when it will be updated, most of mainland southern Thailand is sched for August. We're out of sync having just had to research Krabi Railay Beach etc twice. They're now up to date at least :)

Cheers - will be interesting to see how much they have changed.

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Posted by sayadian on 6/7/2013 at 05:18

I don't suppose much has changed here in Ban Krut. Rooms around 300 baht. If people visit go by rail as the station is only one and half kilometres from the beach whilst it is 12 kilometres from the road if you arrive by van. The beach is OK and we just discovered they have a very good Saturday market selling lovely food.(Pity it's only one day a week) Lots of seafood restaurants at prices around 120-150 baht a plate. We found one plate was enough for two. Seems a young Thai party crowd hit the beach on the weekend. Bets on how long before they fall over or drink the 7-11 dry.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 6/7/2013 at 06:49

Hua Hin and Cha-am are a lot busier than 7 years ago, crazy busy

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Posted by captainbkk on 7/7/2013 at 07:30

just look at facts: todays -and certainly the newbee tourists, dont trust anything thats not on the www or web-bookable, or seem even capable of thinking this might even be possible. SO all those HTL-reservationsites also do reviews-and will tell you the latest.For the dirt cheap tipical Thai guesthse scene- no more rooms/places of that type seem to be added-OTOH many older places fold down, get renovated, renamed and up-marked in price- just deleting seems best to get updated that way.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 7/7/2013 at 07:57

It would be good if you used more correct English so we could read your posts.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/8/2013 at 04:39 admin

Sayadian - just about finished up here -- curious, when you were here where did you stay -- I've only found one place with 300 baht rooms and I'm staying in it!

Cheers

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Posted by sayadian on 29/8/2013 at 05:02

Good question. I didn't mean that I had visited lots of places offering 300 baht rooms, perhaps it sounded that way. I meant that there were plenty of rooms available in the place we stayed. It was hardly luxurious but very friendly. I can't remember the name but if you come in by road from the town it is first place on the right opposite the store. The lady who owns the store also owns the guesthouse.
OK Asked my wife, she has a better memory than me and also got to know the owner quite well. She said it is called Chatchai.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/8/2013 at 05:06 admin

Yup if it is the two storey building with a couple of bungalows out back, that's is where I'm staying -- Siripong Guesthouse -- as you say, hardly luxurious, but very friendly.

Cheers

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Posted by sayadian on 29/8/2013 at 08:47

Sounds about right. It had a mini bungalow on stilts behind a picnic table with fixed benches. I think the lady who owns it must be called Chatchai but the bungalow is Siripong.
As far as the Saturday market goes (sorry Leornard) it is not a town market but more of a farmers market held in a field just off the road to the beach. As well as the usual delicious staples they sold freshly cooked boar. Well it's one of my favourites :-)

I think it would be worth a mention.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 29/8/2013 at 09:29

Boar is nice. I often eat that if avail as it's got more flavour than normal pigs.

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Posted by MADMAC on 3/9/2013 at 05:03

I'm with Stuart. During the winter I intend to ride the Mekong, from Kong Chiam up to Nong Khai. And I'll do some reviews at each location. Mukdahan already done of course.

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Posted by sayadian on 3/9/2013 at 14:51

Madmac
Are you sure you are on the right thread. That last post is a non-sequitur if ever there was one.

Ban Saphan is a long way from the Mekong.
That aside if you go near Chang Khan there's a stretch of the river ten clicks or so (East or West I can't remember, too long ago) where people crossed from Laos by wading, as the river is very wide there. As you speak Thai maybe you could find out from some older locals where the place is. A bit of history.

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Posted by MADMAC on 3/9/2013 at 22:37

Sayadian
I invite your attention to the following:

"It's also a shame more travellers don't add reviews of where they go and stay to help to keep material at least partially current for the benefit of others."

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Posted by sayadian on 4/9/2013 at 02:09

Have a look at the title of my post.
You must be a lawyer to find something like that in the small print. I think he meant do it not mention the fact that you might be able to do it. I was asking about Ban Saphan and Ban Krut , that was the title of the post hence Mekhong is irrelevant to it. TBF nobody has followed it up with tales of the Mekhong (except me :-( ) but suddenly a post about Ban Krut can become a post about surfing in Mogadishu.

I've mentioned interesting places in Cambodia but they just go up on the forum. e.g. Kamphong Speu Resort, Kirirom. I wouldn't have the faintest idea how you put them elsewhere as a review and these are places not covered on here and which for the life of me I can't understand why they are not promoted by the Cambodian Tourist Board (if they have one!).

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Posted by MADMAC on 4/9/2013 at 11:42

Surfing in Mogadishu? I've never seen anyone surf in Mogadishu. I know people swim at Lido beach... but never saw surfing. They have surfing there?

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Posted by sayadian on 4/9/2013 at 14:26

They got some good breaks. Surprised you missed the experience. Kevlar n plates weigh you down a bit though
Now I'm for the headmasters study as I gone off topic. Darn Madmac

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Posted by MADMAC on 4/9/2013 at 21:54

You're the OP. You can go off topic.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 23/9/2013 at 00:27 admin

Towns of Ban Krut and Bang Saphan Yai have now been updated.

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