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Worst island in Thailand

Posted by greenman42 on 1/10/2009 at 15:56

I personally love the islands and do a lot of online research concerning these alone. The problem is that they all sound so perfect for one reason or another. So just a flip side to that coin please. What is your worst Thai island and why? ...

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Viewed 3,950 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 5/10/2009 at 08:16


Posted by BruceMoon on 1/9/2009 at 18:28

Over recent months, we have been left in no doubt that some subjects are taboo. Like the phantom, one can't even put a name to the taboo subjects for fear... But, it appears censorship is even more pervasive? Earlier today, under a post to Idle Banter I commented on the new pic under the 'author' of somtam2000. Not knowing the background, I asked whether the pic reflected a place Stuart recently visited, or somewhere Stuart would like to visit, or some other connotation. The retor ...

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Viewed 2,870 times, with 37 replies. Last reply by mattocmd on 2/10/2009 at 09:34

Full moon party out .......Roy Fest in?????

Posted by mikethediver on 23/9/2009 at 20:26

It appears the 'authorities' are going to clamp down on the goings on at the full moon parties. About the same time as I heard that, Phuket announces it's to hold a Roy Fest, descriped as: " KARON, PHUKET: Phuket is about to witness the birth of its very own dance music festival – ‘Roy Fest’, which debuts on Karon Beach this weekend. In Southern Thai, ‘roy’ means ‘fun’, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hoping the more than 50 international DJs and musicians ...

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Viewed 3,306 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Sparts on 1/10/2009 at 05:28

Thanks Bruce

Posted by laallee on 25/9/2009 at 02:18

you helped me out on my recent trip and also for my next one. you can please some of the people all of the time you can please all of the people some of the time but you cant please all the people all the time! best wishes lee. ...

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Viewed 1,756 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by Sparts on 1/10/2009 at 05:21

The 50 best things to eat in the world, and where to eat them

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/9/2009 at 21:55

The Guardian has put together an especially odd list of 50 eateries. It is a very Euro-centric collection, but one really caught my eye: "5. Best place to eat: Pho Pho 24, Vietnam ...However, the sleek chain restaurant Pho 24, with branches around the country and across Asia, produces Vietnam's most reliably good pho. The meat is of a consistently high quality – a rarity in Vietnam – and the stock impresses even the hardest-to-please critics." Phi24 is fine for a tourist friend b ...

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Viewed 4,223 times, with 19 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 21/9/2009 at 23:19

Is travelling as a group of 5 too many??

Posted by gandhiji on 18/9/2009 at 16:23

Hi all, Our plans to backpack round SE Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia) as a group of 4 have changed as we have added one more person to our itinerary. Is 5 people too large a group to travel as? We are worried that it will make finding accommodation and transport etc problematic... Cheers! ...

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Viewed 1,731 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by SBE on 19/9/2009 at 03:44

Bruce Moon's reply + goodbye

Posted by ValeBM on 14/9/2009 at 13:21

The verdict is in. Clearly, Stuart doesn’t want me to contribute. Sobeit. However, let me have my final say - assuming, of course, that Stuart allows same. Unlike my responses to those seeking info, this is a measured statement. I canvas three issues: the substantive matter (leading to Stuart’s decision), the sycophants, and the future. - - - The substantive matter To my way of thinking, the substantive issue involves arbitrary and subjective decision-making. I challenged ...

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Bring Brucemoon back!

Posted by mattocmd on 12/9/2009 at 15:08

I feel like a child again. Daddy can I say this??? Daddy can I ask you why you do that?? ...

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Viewed 2,509 times, with 11 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 13/9/2009 at 13:42

Plans up in the air, ideas?

Posted by christay2009 on 7/9/2009 at 18:20

Hey, just left Beijing, it was a great place andcould easily have spent months there! I have it on good authorty that I won't be ableto extend my visa because it's too near the national day here... For those that didn't know I had planned to crosss by land into Laos after 2 months in china then head to Malaysia after that. I was thinking I could probably get a flight to Malaysia or Thailand wire easily with airasia from Guilin. If I went to Thailand I couldstill cross the borderinto Lao ...

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Viewed 3,351 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by christay2009 on 11/9/2009 at 20:36

Why? Why? Why?

Posted by BruceMoon on 11/9/2009 at 12:03

Why is there censorship on Travelfish? There are a couple of 'issues' that Stuart/somtam has indicated are 'off limits'. The ramifications on one have been widely canvassed in the SE Asian media. On the other, when contributors get abusive, somtam deletes part or all of the post. Usually, a 'trace' has been left by somtam indicating the improper or abusive post/section has been deleted/removed. But, recently censorship of a different kind has me baffled. On another post... ...

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Viewed 1,966 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by chrispyrolls on 11/9/2009 at 18:48

travel blog for german speakers

Posted by buecax on 9/9/2009 at 21:10

i don´t know if there are any german speakers on travelfish... but if there are here´s the link to my travel blog: for all others there are at least some pictures ;-) i´m in tokyo at the moment but will be heading to bangkok on friday. and it´s 6 weeks of vietnam, laos and cambodia afterwards. ...

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Viewed 2,921 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 10/9/2009 at 23:54

Outstanding Hostels

Posted by kalasw5 on 4/9/2009 at 23:43

Hey everyone My SEA journey kicks off in a couple weeks. I've spent hours upon hours on this fantastic site--its been an invaluable resource. So here's my question. What are the BEST places to stay in SE Asia? I'm not asking for a couple decent places here and there, no, which little Thai guesthouse blew you away, so much that you remember the name of caretaker 10 years later? There are plenty of five star accommodations all over the place, but you can't buy character. What's your ...

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Viewed 1,654 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 10/9/2009 at 07:16

MADMAC.... question for you

Posted by neosho on 31/8/2009 at 11:29

I will be relocating to Ubon soon and was wondering if Mukdahan(sp)has a Thai immigration office where I can do my 90 day report. If they do, tell me of a good guesthouse and BAR. :) Thanks in advance for any information. ...

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Viewed 1,993 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by Tilapia on 9/9/2009 at 02:00

Finally heading 'out there' tomorrow

Posted by christay2009 on 1/9/2009 at 04:44

after afew months loitering on this forum i'm actually setting off tomorrow! i might even be able to give some good Laos/Malaysia input once i'm done with China I hope all will go well, i'm experiencing some pre-trip nerves but the Johnnie Walker on the rocks has helped Thanks Chris ...

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Viewed 2,155 times, with 10 replies. Last reply by SBE on 4/9/2009 at 16:21

New look forum pages

Posted by BruceMoon on 3/9/2009 at 18:32

Yep, the newer look for the forum pages - with the "Do try a search before posting a new question..." 'box' above the posts, and the 'other' forum links to the left - is IMHO a good enhancement. My only suggestion is - could the term "Do try a search before posting a new question..." be in a strong colour and also bold to really attract attention? Cheers ...

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Posted by BruceMoon on 3/9/2009 at 09:48

No, the topic has no reference to me or indiscretions (I'm past that)... Rather, it's a term increasingly being used by accommodation providers where I live (Australia), and I was wondering whether the idea is taking hold in SE Asia. To quote from my local rag... Not so many moons ago, honeymoons were the only moons in the travel industry dialogue. These days you can book a "conceptionmoon" ((a stress-busting break for couples trying for a baby), a "familymoon" (a honeymoon for the 'bl ...

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Viewed 1,721 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by chrispyrolls on 3/9/2009 at 14:15

1st Night in Bangkok

Posted by ctam2009 on 1/9/2009 at 07:09

My flight into Bangkok lands around 11pm, and I was wondering if people would suggest 'winging it' the first night, or actually getting something booked up for the first night as we're getting in a little late. Young couple, looong flight from Canada -> Bangkok but usually energetic. hah. Thanks for any advise you can give! -Happy travels! ...

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Viewed 3,106 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by KazAussie on 2/9/2009 at 15:56

Music Police....Chiang Mai

Posted by neosho on 26/8/2009 at 09:53

Between 1 or 2 weeks ago, a group was going around to the bars claiming to be looking for music downloads. Very agressive, confiscating computers, and charging several thousand baht to get them back. A few days later the real police came around and said the others were "fake" police. Last night another smaller group came around checking again. Most of the bar owners had wised up and told them to go somewhere. While this doesn't directly affect us westerners, it has caused entertainment to be a l ...

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Viewed 1,613 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Tilapia on 1/9/2009 at 03:05

WHO is the imposter?

Posted by BruceMoon on 30/8/2009 at 19:45

On another link ( here ), we learn that on some days - esp. Sunday's - Somtam2000 isn't!!! Instead, there is a clandestine operator assuming the mantle of Somtam2000!!! Despite requests to uncover the mask, the imposter remains in hiding. The question that follows is who is this other Stuart? What are his/her characteristics? And, will there now be some form of competition to be top dog somtam2000? Cheers ...

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Viewed 2,034 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 31/8/2009 at 18:38

Nasty bee

Posted by MADMAC on 25/8/2009 at 11:33

So a friend of mine is here visiting, and I thought I'd take him up the mountain in Kamcha-i. Big mistake. Last time I climbed that mountain, it was the dry season, and it was easy going up the "path". This time, it was overgrown, and my Thai friends turned back quickly. I was passing a rock and a HUGE bee (or wasp) came flying out of a hole in the rock and stung me - just a quick hit. He didn't land. The he hovered in front of my face as if to taunt me. We went another three hundred meters or ...

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Viewed 2,146 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 27/8/2009 at 16:54

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