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Going to Thailand in a week for 2 weeks, what should I bring?

  • shore9

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    I am heading to Thailand next thursday for 2 weeks. I will be visiting Bangkok for a few days and the Phuket area. Just wondering if I should consider bringing pants at all, what abour a sweater, or should I not bother? I also hear that many toilets have no TP, should I bring a roll, or will I be fine? Any other suggestions as to what to bring with me?

    #1 Posted: 1/11/2007 - 11:19

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  • marianwarren

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    Hi shore9

    Take an empty pack (specialised medicines maybe) - you can buy everything you need - maybe a handypack of tissues - just in case. Practically everything you need is already there - such a great place!

    Enjoy your stay

    Marian

    #2 Posted: 1/11/2007 - 18:05

  • marianwarren

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    Hi shore9

    Take an empty pack (specialised medicines maybe) - you can buy everything you need - maybe a handypack of tissues - just in case. Practically everything you need is already there - such a great place!

    Enjoy your stay

    Marian

    #3 Posted: 1/11/2007 - 18:05

  • exacto

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    shore,

    as marian says, you can get practically anything you want in thailand. small items like TP are readily available. you'll also find small packs of tissues for sale at the counter of any 7/11-style convenience store. they are only a few baht and are versatile for all kinds of clean-up situations.

    depending on what the weather is like from where you are departing/returning from thailand, you'll want to have appropriate clothes so you don't freeze to/from the airport. probably not a problem if you are travelling to/from sydney but definitely an issue if you are leaving from chicago.

    also, it is probably appropriate to have at least one pair of long pants and a long-sleeve something to cover up in the evenings to protect against mozzies and the occasional chill. some kind of cover up is also good to have in case you are on a long train or bus trip, as the temps on the buses and trains (and airplanes) can get pretty cold.

    there is info on the website here suggesting what to take and not to take for a trip, and generally the recommendation is that less is more. give those tips a read and you'll be all set. i hope that helps. have a great time. cheers.

    #4 Posted: 1/11/2007 - 21:14

  • shore9

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    do hostels provide TP in the bathrooms or are you on your own?

    #5 Posted: 2/11/2007 - 10:58

  • exacto

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    it depends. more and more places are now providing toilet paper in the bathrooms, but some places still do not. typically, the places that don't provide TP have rolls for sale at the front desk. or, as mentioned above, you can purchase toilet paper just about anywhere once you arrive in country. if you are really that concerned, there is no reason not to take a roll or two with you so that you'll feel prepared for whatever situation you find. cheers.

    #6 Posted: 2/11/2007 - 11:32

  • goo_stewart

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    The bum gun is almost always available in places for your toiletry needs, try it, use it and you will become a lover of it, saves on toilet paper and gives you a more hygienic clean. Firs time you see one in Thailand, try it out, you will love it (toilet paper often isn't supplied because it bungs up the inadequate sewage system).

    #7 Posted: 3/11/2007 - 13:45

  • khunwilko

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    Here are 20 things to think about when visiting Thailand…

    1. Bring a cell phone “unblocked” and buy a Thai SIM card for it on arrival, they’re cheap (apprx. 250 baht) and include some credit already on them - e.g. - International calls to UK are about 5 - 8baht per min…

    2. Money - Bring ATM and/or credit cards. - check fees and tell your bank your are going abroad. - Take Travellers cheques only as back-up. Bring very little cash (Baht) – you tend to get a better rate of exchange here than any home country. Just enough to get you out of the airport.

    3. Bring very few clothes – they are so cheap here and you’ll only bring stuff that is too warm anyway.

    4. Very little luggage – this makes you more mobile if you need to be and less vulnerable to taxi touts and undesirable men….Before you go home you can buy any extra luggage (cheap) to take souvenirs etc.

    5. Internet access is everywhere – even on the beach… you can get all your photos copied to CD - If you have a lap-top you can connect it (broadband) at most cafes.

    6. Food - Thai food is very unlikely to give you food poisoning but can contain more chillies than you ever thought possible….Street food is usually safe (and delicious!), check for numbers of customers and general looks of the stall. Western (“farang”) food is much more likely to give you food poisoning – fridges are not part of Thai cooking lore yet…beware of Western Fast Food outlets and hotel buffets - food that has been out for over an hour or so. Thailand is not used to fridges/chill-serve etc.

    7. Always carry a pack of tissues - they don’t supply free tissues in most loos!

    8. Drink bottled water - not tap water. Even consider not brushing your teeth with tap water. Ice is usually safe in drinks and for anything else.

    9. Use common safety sense – it is easy to relax too much here…when it comes to petty crime the rate is certainly lower than in places like the US/Europe etc…but every country has its share of con-men and psychopaths…..

    10. Don’t be afraid to go to Pattaya – it is the sex capital of Thailand but they don’t jump out at single women and couples and it has good, cheap hotels, shopping and food. Not a bad place to start off for Koh Chang, Koh Samet or Cambodia.

    11. Bring an international driving licence – although most national ones are accepted by motorbike and car hire companies and anyone else who wants to hire you something….you may not be insured without an IDL! In Thailand they drive on the left - cars are Right-hand-drive. However driving is really only for the experienced. Be especially careful on a motorbike - Samui has the highest accident rate in Thailand.

    12. Public transport is cheap. Planes, Trains, Buses, Minibuses, Taxis, from town to town. If you’re in a minibus or taxi, tell the driver you’ll tip him if he keeps the speed below 90/100 kmph! National speed limit is 90kph (120 on motorways)

    13. Around Bkk try to use meter taxis with the meter on...it’ll be cheaper than the tuk-tuks. Take a tuk-tuk once for the experience then use meter taxis. Don’t let the drivers take you out of your way...they’ll try to take you to some (relative’s) store where they get commission.

    14. Medical - Check out a few “jabs & medications” – don’t bother with the malaria ones – too heavy! You can get tetanus or rabies here if you’re bitten by a dog - it’s cheap. Most medicines (including antibiotics) can be bought over the counter without prescription and are cheap. A pharmacist will give you what he considers right for your symptoms but you can just as easily see a doctor at a local clinic for a couple of hundred baht. They usually speak a little English.

    15. Check up on Thai manners and customs – this will earn you more respect from the locals. - Keep up some dress sense – how you dress in Thailand is quite important. Don’t go topless without checking out if it’s acceptable where you are – usually it’s frowned upon. You’ll notice that Thai women (even sex workers) are very modest in public –they usually swim fully clothed.

    16. Check out table manners – Thais tend to eat from communal dishes in the centre of the table – don’t pour everything onto your own plate!

    17. Don’t knock the royal family – even in jest.

    18. Body language - Don’t point your feet at people – the body is seen as hierarchical and the feet are the lowest part and should not be waved about (this is like a “fingers up” sign. Before entering someone’s home you must take off your shoes; this also applies to some shops and businesses. - Never take a shoe off and wave it at someone – this could lead to violence.
    It's also impolite to touch people on the head.

    19. It’s not necessary to “Wai” people - the Thai greeting - as you’ll probably get it wrong. If they Wai you, you might try a wai back.

    20. Remember, this is the Land of Smiles and you will find everything goes much better when you have a smile on your face - whatever the situation….

    #8 Posted: 6/11/2007 - 17:33

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