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Stopover in Phrae or Phitsanulok ?

Posted by altmtl on 9/2/2015 at 18:12

Phrae or Phitsanulok? I think I asked a question along these lines months ago... but I can't find it. I want to break up my journey from Chiang to Loei/Chiang Khan - so I was wondering where most interesting place to stop for a night or two. Looking for guesthouses in the 300 - 350 baht range. I like markets, river towns, Places with a little life and walkable things to do during the day. P'lok sounds like a good option because I can go be 3rd class train and it seems to be more lively. Train ...

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BKK to Hua Hin - Anybody want to share a taxi? Leaving Thursday

Posted by nodnud on 10/2/2015 at 02:32

I'm in BKK and want to head over to Hua Hin for a few nights. Instead of being cramped in to a mini-van or taking the train (unexpected delays or whatever) I would prefer to just take a taxi their at my own leisure. Approx. 2.5 hour trip depending on traffic. If anybody wants to get to Hua Hin on Thursday 12th February and split the cost of the taxi please let me know. I plan to leave before noon. The taxi fare is approx. 2,000 baht one way from Bangkok to Hua Hin subject to fixed price ne ...

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MISSING in Bangkok - young british woman - please help

Posted by TMD1973 on 2/2/2015 at 15:52

My daughter is missing in Bangkok. We were contacted by someone who found her in the street clearly psychotic from drugs. She was last seen at The Mall Bang Kapi and said she was staying at the Sawasdee House Guest House but they say they have not heard of her. Please contact us if you see or hear of her. She is likely to be very unwell and is a danger to herself when ill. Her name is Hannah Davies. She has long brown dreadlocks, is caucasian, about 5 ft 6 inches and does not usually wear make ...

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Food Poisoning in Thailand

Posted by altmtl on 6/2/2015 at 07:31

I've been to SE Asia many a time and have been proud to say I never got sick... but I guess there's always a first time. I eat pretty much about anything and always take ice cubes... and I never worry. The other night in Phang-Nga I had a simple noodle soup with pork and a beer... the next morning I was feeling a bit under the weather but the real symptoms started in the late afternoon, luck should have it that I was in my room (with my own bathroom) - vomiting, the runs and cramps - couldn't ...

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Bus service from Nakhon Ratchasima to Laos

Posted by qifitness on 8/2/2015 at 04:00

Has anyone here made this trip recently and able to share information? I understand that there's now a daily bus from BKK to Vientiane that does stop in Nakhon Ratchisima, but can't find out at what time. Also, no luck finding out about booking. Since there's just one daily bus, it does seem likely that it could be full before reaching NR. So I'm wondering if it's possible to book in advance online (as with some Vietnamese bus companies). Any help appreciated. ...

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Mosquitoes in April and May.

Posted by BuzzmFrog84 on 3/2/2015 at 14:58

I've been reading more about the mosquito situation. So far from the advice I've been given I'm going to wear long sleeves and pants in the evening and morning hours and wear repellent with deet. I'm wondering if I should just buy (if available) the repellent as soon as I land. It seems there are regions that are more of a threat, like Koh Chang, where I plan on going. I hear the risk is especially higher in May and closer to the rainy season. I'd rather not catch anything from these suckers s ...

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Thai Tourist Visa Extension - Are days lost if you apply too early?

Posted by altmtl on 6/2/2015 at 03:42

Has anyone extended their 60 day thai visa (for another 30 days) recently? I'm getting mixed responses about this "losing days" issue if I apply too early for the extension... some say a month before is ok others say a week, others say a few days. In Theory you should lose no days at all as an extension is supposed to begin the day after your first visa expires. I assume they will tell you at the desk if it is too early before you apply? thx ...

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Thai ATM withdrawal 30,000 baht... Which Bank?

Posted by altmtl on 26/1/2015 at 07:44

I've asked this question before but never really got a straight answer... Does anyone know which Thai bank ATM's you are able to withdraw 30,000 baht from (international debit card) as opposed to the regular 20,000. I know they exist. I'll be in Ranong, Phang-Nga & Krabi, then Pai and Mae Hong Son Has someone done such a transaction recently? Please don't reply with a visa, mastercard or cash advance answer. - ATM ONLY - Which Bank? Does it depend on the branch? Yes I know 180 baht fee, ...

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Viewed 1,909 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 6/2/2015 at 02:24

Price hike at some Thai national parks

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/2/2015 at 19:02

Richard Barrow has put together a handy reference chart of the price hikes at Thai national parks that kicked in on February 1. I'm not going to bother getting into the whole double pricing thing, as I've ranted about on many occasions before, but I am curious just how they come up with these prices. Take for example four pretty good national parks, which are all now 300 baht for a foreign adult Kaeng Krachan National Park Sai Yok National Park Erawan National Park Khao Sok National Park The ...

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Diving Koh Tao

Posted by cjbaines on 2/2/2015 at 13:11

Hi, I'm looking at doing a Padi Open Water diving course late March, and I'm wondering whether it's best to book when I get there or before I leave? If anyone has any advice or would recommend somewhere, I'd appreciate it. Alternatively, any free diving advice would be great. Thanks, Charlie ...

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May i drive Toyota Hiace minivan in Thailand?

Posted by thomcat on 30/1/2015 at 15:56

Hello everybody, my question: may i drive Toyota Hiace minivan in Thailand with european B category driving license? My problem is this B category is valid for 9seater cars in Europe, but in Thailand at the car hires i seen only Hiace with 12 seats... Thailand is in the signatories to the 1949 Geneva Convention and in my international driving licence is only B cat. BUT in Thailand there are no B categories, but there are categories type1-7!! See below: Type 1 - Temporary Private Car: This licenc ...

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Bangkok-Ayutthaya-Khao Yai Transportation preferences and advice?

Posted by wormann on 27/1/2015 at 12:33

Hello Traveling community! I have been doing some reading and research but I had a few questions that I was wondering if anyone with personal experience might be able to answer or give preference on My husband and I want to travel first from Bangkok to Ayutthaya just for the day and then later make our way to Khao Yai National Park where we will spend the night and then be there the following day in the morning for a full day tour in the park. I have read about taking buses and mini vans ...

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Learning basic Thai

Posted by karibou on 1/4/2013 at 23:22

Can anyone suggest a good free tutorial (online) for learning some basic Thai? I have almost a year to study up before my first visit, and I'd like to master at least some rudimentary phrases to help me get by when I stray from the main tourist trails. Thanks! ...

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Any buses from Bueng Kan to Nakhon Phanom

Posted by stekmer on 29/1/2015 at 14:06

I've just read that there are no buses that run from Bueng Kan to Nakhon Phanom, only buses between Bueng Kan and Nong Khai. Does anyone know if this is still true? ...

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Viewed 553 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by MADMAC on 29/1/2015 at 23:54

Ubon Ratchatani to Bangkok sleeper train booking

Posted by dastott on 22/1/2015 at 01:26

I want to travel back from Pakse to Bangkok overland, getting a sleeper train from Ubon Ratchatani to Bangkok. The sleeper trains leave at 18:30 and 19:30. Is it possible to book this train in advance online, or do we have to book in advance at the station and spend an extra day in Ubon? Thank you. ...

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Viewed 970 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by dastott on 27/1/2015 at 17:42

Rent a house for a month in Phuket?

Posted by lok2015 on 27/1/2015 at 09:34

Im on a long holiday with my girlfriend, booked a hotel and after arivel found a great 2 staged house near Kata beach (5min on bike). Its my second visit to Phuket, so i know the island pretty much. This house has Gorgeus view! Nice kitchen and 2 balconies. 2 bedrooms and seperate bathrooms. Its much more beutiful then hotel and cheaper (whole house is 1800$ per month, its more like villa realy). How do you think is it safe to share a house with traveling couple or a solo traveler (i want to lo ...

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Where to stay in Ko Lanta? - Quiet, no big parties but still social

Posted by miriamamanda on 26/1/2015 at 10:06

I´m heading of to Ko Lanta on saturday, and would appreciate any advice on where to stay. The parties further north sounds a bit to rowdy for me, and Kantiang Bay might be a bit too slow? I´m leaning towards Khlong Nin at the moment. I (27) have a week off from my research in Myanmar, and I´m looking for a place where I can have some downtime during my visa-run. The perfect week would consist of me reading my books, swimming, doing some yoga (by my self or take a class) have some ...

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Viewed 546 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by DLuek on 26/1/2015 at 21:59

Bangkok police harassment

Posted by daawgon on 26/1/2015 at 19:49

A very important problem with police harassing tourists was reported in the current newsletter. Have any of you had personal experience with this harassment, lately? ...

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Viewed 1,012 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by DLuek on 26/1/2015 at 21:39

Chiang Mai Airport to Arcade Bus Station...

Posted by altmtl on 25/1/2015 at 00:35

I read that a taxi from the airport to the bus station was between 150 - 200 baht? Is this correct Is there an alternative way of transport - shuttle or bus - Songthaews - Where would I catch them? Thx ...

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Viewed 592 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 26/1/2015 at 07:40

'Thaintro' or STA travel

Posted by benjturner95 on 11/1/2015 at 14:51

I'm going to be travelling to Thailand in April for about 6-8 weeks, I'm 19 and I'll be travelling on my own! I want to do a tour at the start of my trip to ease myself in and meet some new people, hopefully who I can travel onwards with. I'm torn between the week-long 'Thaintro' and an STA tour, the 20 day 'Cambodia/Vietnam' tour. My concern is that the tour involves a lot of really long bus journeys, so i could spend half my time on a bus rather than seeing a country, whereas Thaintro is mor ...

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