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  • 2jams

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    We've booked a 5 month trip to Thailand the end of Oct, getting away from Canada's cold. Just read of the new visa changes! Tickets are bought and paid for & visa's applied for @ Vancouver, BC. Any new news??
    We'll stay for a month at different places, visiting most of the country. Any ideas for appartments/rooms for long stays? BKK will be a short visit, as we prefer country.
    Should we get malaria pills in Can or wait & get them in BKK? Our other vaccinations will be done here.

    #1 Posted: 13/9/2006 - 12:44

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  • tsargood

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    Malaria pills in BKK will be easy to get and much cheaper.

    #2 Posted: 13/9/2006 - 13:50

  • Tilapia

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    The thing about malaria medication is that certain medications are specific to specific areas. I'd find out what you need while you're still in BC and if you aren't interested in getting the medication there, at least you'll know what to ask for in Bangkok. Of course, you'll need to know where you're going before you ask. I wouldn't show up in Bangkok and just ask for malaria tabs or antibiotics. There are some great clinics there, though ... the Nurses' Hospital is one of the best for this.

    #3 Posted: 13/9/2006 - 20:12

  • 2jams

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    Thanks for the advice on malaria meds.
    I've got MD travel health sheets plus info sheets from our Health Unit and will go over them so we know what meds/for specific areas, are required. We'll figure out our route once we get there but plan on going to the Trat area first. The visa changes have us very worried on our stay! We knew we had to go out to renew but had not planned on this.

    #4 Posted: 14/9/2006 - 06:40

  • somtam2000

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    Hi 2jams,

    Welcome to Travelfish!

    Cases like yours are exactly why these new regulations have people scratching their heads... If you're coming in on a tourist visa (valid for 2 months) as opposed to the 30 visa free thing, then you should be fine as it is the 30 day abusers the new system is targetting.

    With the 2 month visa, you can extend it for a third and then leave and come back in on another one, which should be sufficient for your trip.

    Five months in Thailand -- that's doing Thailand the old way! I'm sure you'll have an awesome time.

    #5 Posted: 14/9/2006 - 07:37

  • wolfman

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    thanks somtam
    i spend 3 to 4 month every year in thailand&cambodia and was scratching my head as well cuz of the odd visa thing. as i´m not a 30 days user, your advice of coming in on a2 month visa gave me that click in the head! good thinking-thanks!


    #6 Posted: 14/9/2006 - 16:48

  • russellb

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    Just a note on malaria pills - my advice really is to forget it. Unless you're planning on camping out in known malaria infested regions, the chances of getting malaria are very small. No drugs are effective against all the strains, it's simply better to stay protected with sprays and clothing. If you go to Chiang Mai, it's worth popping into a hospital and asking as this area has many experts on the disease.

    #7 Posted: 16/9/2006 - 13:54

  • michelleush-

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    hey there, I am heading to thailand for 3 months in december - I am applying for my visa today - have been advised to get tourist visa with double entry - im crossing to laos for couple o weeks at a cost of £50 each entry allows up to 60 days. dont know if that helps.....maybe catch ya on the sunny side.

    #8 Posted: 19/9/2006 - 17:09

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