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Direct bus Chiang Rai to Luang Namtha via new bridge-any updates?

Posted by boleslav on 3/10/2013 at 16:34

I just found out this information on the hobo's web site and would like to know if anyone has any update on when/if this direct bus from Chiang Rai to Luang Namtha starts running? thank you - A new bridge over the Mekong about 10 km south of the current immigration checkpoints is finished and scheduled to open later in 2013. It's far outside of the towns on both sides and will provide options to cross the border and completely avoid Chiang Khong and Huay Xay. A direct bus from Chiang Rai t ...

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Chiang Mai second half of March

Posted by simao on 13/1/2015 at 14:37

Hi, I am planning a trip to Thailand in March. We wanted to see a less touristy city, so thought maybe Chiang Mai could be a good place to see, maybe take some cooking lessons and just see something different before heading to the beaches in the south. I've read about this haze from the burning of farmer fields and I read we should not go to Chiang Mai during this time. Is this haze so bad that a trip to chiang mai during this time is definitely not recommended? Thanks ...

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Sak Yant Tattoo

Posted by lostintime on 10/11/2013 at 09:19

Hey guys, Wondering if anyone has any experience with Sak Yant tattoos? I have been travelling extensively around Asia for the last 4 years whenever I have had a spare moment but strangely never gotten a tattoo in Thailand even though it's always been highly appealing. I know 'Wat Bang Phra' is the most famous for Sak Yant tattoo's, my random question, does this tattoo have to be on your back/arm? I know the monk should pick your tattoo and place it which is extremely interesting. But due to ...

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Khon Kaen to Chiang Mai

Posted by DicoR on 5/1/2015 at 07:47

Hi there, I need to get from Khon Kaen to Chiang Mai. I know there are overnight busses from KK to CM. This is going to be one hell of a ride for sure, I'm guessing somewhere around 14 hours... Does any of you know whether there are other things to do on this route? Would be great to split this trip into pieces since I've got plenty of time. Thanks! ...

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Pattaya In Feb 2015 - Solo Traveler

Posted by DPFDO on 31/12/2014 at 05:39

Hi All, Wish you all a very happy new year (2015) Would like to know about travelling to Pattaya in month of FEB would be good?? I am travelling solo and looking to visit places and party. Thanks and looking forward to get some feedback about Pattaya. DeePee ...

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Solo Female Traveller- need advice on where to safely go

Posted by itsmoekoh on 1/1/2015 at 18:06

Hello! I'm heading to Miri, Malaysia for a week mid April to visit my dad. After that I have two weeks open to travel before I meet up with my boyfriend in Singapore. I'm trying to figure out where to go in that time while I'm traveling on my own. I've heard that South East Asia is pretty safe in general for traveling solo as long as you use common sense and exercise caution. I'd just love some advice from female travellers who have ideas on where to go. Really any advice in general is app ...

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ko kut, ko ,chang lodging

Posted by darlygross on 1/1/2015 at 14:02

We may arrive at either ko kut or Chang next week for several days to finish our trip to SEA. Agoda is showing only expensive lodging options. Are there less expensive options available in early to mid January for those who show up unannounced? Thank you. ...

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Bringing medication to Thailand

Posted by BuzzmFrog84 on 8/12/2014 at 15:45

So before I really look into what I need to bring, I have to figure out the deal with bringing meds to the country. I've looked at the FDA's website and it says that with certain medications (especially one I take for anxiety,) you can't bring anything that's prescribed for more than 30 days. Does anyone have any experience with this? What if you plan on going for over a month? Thanks. ...

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female travelbuddy jan '15 thai islands

Posted by ana113 on 26/12/2014 at 11:33

Hi all, Im a 25 year ols female and im planning to go to the islands in Thailand in january 2015. I dont want to go alone. Want to do some sightseeing and ofcourse some partying and maybe share a room. Are there any other solo female travellers here? Please let me know and maybe we can plan smtng. ...

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Chiang Rai- worth the stop, cheap guesthouses and amazing food

Posted by nattbm on 24/12/2014 at 19:01

I stoped in Chiang Mai but i wss avoiding crowded places so i went straight to chiang rai which is much smaller. Got to a small and very nice guesthouse called Ban Lotus by recommendation, cause you cannot find it over the net or guide books. Is run by an elder lady who is a sweet heart, very welcoming, will make you feel like home. Is located in a small guesthouse area near the provincial police station at the end of santirach road, 15 min walk from bus station or 60 THB tuk tuk. The main roa ...

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Crack Down on KPN Parties - except for the FMP.

Posted by altmtl on 26/10/2014 at 20:39

All public parties in the Koh Pha-ngan district in Surat Thani province - except the full-moon party at Haad Rin - have been banned to "prevent crime and vices" - http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Full-moon-party-only-at-Haad-Rin-30246258.html See also: http://kohphangannews.org/party-zone/koh-phangan-police-will-propose-scrapping-half-moon-festival-black-moon-party-due-safety-concerns-1921.htm I was wondering if there were any islands where these bans are in effect (besid ...

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Ko Bu Bu a winner

Posted by tezza on 16/12/2014 at 15:19

Every traveler is looking for a small tropical island with a nice beach only one resort. Even better if it is one BUDGET resort. Better again if there are no villages, roads or other development. Ko Bu Bu between Ko Lanta and the mainland can do this. I found it one of the most relaxing and inexpensive islands I've stayed on in recent years. Lovely family running the joint too. Rather than fill up space here where it will slip down the board and become ignored I've done a USER REVIEW with more ...

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Viewed 2,017 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by tezza on 19/12/2014 at 02:59

Martial arts and sports for kids in Chiang Mai?

Posted by ashsmoen on 18/12/2014 at 19:00

Hi, we are in Chiang Mai with our five year old boy for a month and woukd love to get him into a lesson or organised activity such as tae kwon do. Any suggestions in area around CMU? ...

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Calm down Fido or I willl go get my stock whip

Posted by tezza on 18/12/2014 at 03:23

Two weeks ago I decided I'd make my 4th visit to Ko Jum. The best sand/water is towards the south of Andaman Beach, an area I've never stayed before, so I decided to book into NEW RESORT - one of the 2 original Jum bungalow joints and tending towards the lower traveler end of the budget. It read up real well here on travelfish but my experience was somewhat different. I'm suggesting you don't stay at this place if you don't like being harassed by resort dogs, followed by being told it is all you ...

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Thai Visa Update...

Posted by altmtl on 17/12/2014 at 08:00

Just found this online: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Phukets-Chinese-Ukrainian-visarunners-allowed-unlimited-reentries/41793 ...

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Underwhelmed with Maya Bay sleep-aboard.

Posted by tezza on 16/12/2014 at 15:36

I've done some great sleep-aboards in Thailand, Australia, Indonesia and Turkey so when I heard some dudes had an overnight version out of PP Don to Maya Bay, I jumped at the chance a few weeks ago. I was not whelmed. I found it uncomfortable and overpriced. The snorkeling was poor, the sights familiar, I got little sleep, rolled on my glasses and broke them and kicked my toe in the dark big time. I was worried I would get rained on when trying to sleep. If you think I'm having a big sulk you ar ...

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Ton Sai Phi Phi still the wrong side of the shark

Posted by tezza on 16/12/2014 at 03:32

About a year ago I posted that Ton Sai/Loh Dalum at Phi Phi had jumped the shark - crowds, rip-offs, rampant development etc was over the top. Following my latest late Nov 2014 trip I judge it even worse. Note other parts of Phi Phi Don are worth a visit - I reckon areas around Long Beach and up the eastern coast can be pretty sweet. Ton Sai and Loh Dalum are further over the shark on account of: * crowds - I figured the Andaman as a whole was 50+% down in tourist numbers compared to November i ...

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Ao Nang-Phi Phi and Phi Phi-Phuket

Posted by edost4 on 14/12/2014 at 19:53

Hey guys, I will be traveling one way between Ao Nang- Phi Phi and Phi Phi- Phuket and was looking for possible ferry options. My impression is that there is really only 1 boat doing these transfer, since any website I looked into it was the same time and length- 2 hours!.. I also noticed that organized trips offer a speedboat that does this distance in about 45 minutes, but it also includes the trip itself! So 2 questions, 1. What are the actual options in terms of taking this ferry (onl ...

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pre book or not for phuket airport transfers

Posted by Northwig on 2/12/2014 at 02:31

Hello, my and my girlfriend will be starting our first trip when we arrive in phuket on Saturday night. We have a 34 km journey to the novotel hotel. Can any recommend a taxi? I've heard that it is possible to be ripped off but just wanted to make sure. Should I ask for a metered taxi on the night or try to sort something good out in advance. Any help or contacts would be greatly appreciated Regards chris ...

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Prachuap khiri khan to Ranong...

Posted by altmtl on 30/11/2014 at 07:47

Is there a bus from PKK to Ranong or will I have take another on in Chumphon? thx ...

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Viewed 1,299 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by altmtl on 12/12/2014 at 10:46


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