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Hotel reviews from our latest trip

Posted by ding on 2/1/2007 at 19:46

Good ones; Manhattan -in Sukhumvit. Excellent value, great pool warm enough to swim and wonderful staff. Great location and price for AC,TV, pool. Great breakfast included. New Siam Riverside -by Khao San Rd and Tha Phra Arthit (across from Peachy GH). Not finished by our Dec. '06 stay but we swam at pool across the street at New Siam 2. Right on Chao Phraya River, had 2 rooms with great view. Very well done larger boutique hotel. Sai Kaew Villa -Ko Samet. Treated well. At great beach, Ha ...

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Safety - beach huts

Posted by ValenciaPilgrim on 2/1/2007 at 13:19

Hi! I am a 26 yr old female traveling alone to Thailand in mid January. My plan is to visit Bangkok, Ayuthaya, and Ko Samet. I have 2 questions: (1) I would prefer to stay in a cheap little hut right on the beach, but is this safe for a female traveling alone? Would a hotel be better? (I can't afford high-end). (2) I was thinking that it might be better to visit the island mid-week to avoid crowds, but is that safe? Will the beach be TOO deserted to be safe if I go Tuesday - Thur ...

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Stopoff points in Sthn Thailand

Posted by marianwarren on 31/12/2006 at 16:44

Hi Somtam We're are going to do a little exploring of Nthn Malaysia. We intend to enter at Padang Besar and exit at Sungai Kolok. What spots in Thailand do you recommend for a couple of nights stay along the way, we'd like to visit Khao Sok NP and Songkla sounds great, any others? We still have over 3 weeks before returning home so maybe 7 - 10 days Thailand wouldn't mind some snorkelling if easy to get to. Many thanks Marian ...

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spas in bangkok

Posted by hannsax on 31/12/2006 at 21:54

Hi I am looking for an affordable spa in bankgok . It needs to include meditation , yoga, massage , facials . its my first night in bangkok coming from Sterssful London and looking to treat myself at bargain prices! ...

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Koh Lipe Fisheries Department Bungalows - in operation?

Posted by hediss on 1/1/2007 at 21:55

I have tried several times to phone the Fisheries Departmenst Bungalows at Koh Lipe following the phone number in your overview. The number, however, is apparently not in use. Can anybody help? Thanks Henrik ...

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guesthouse in Chaing Rai?

Posted by londonalbion on 1/1/2007 at 23:34

Can anyone recommend a good reasnably upmarket guesthouse in Chaing Rai? I am arriving on the 5th Jan. Thanks, Guy ...

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airport bus schedule

Posted by itchyfeet on 2/10/2006 at 08:58

We are getting into the Bangkok airport at 11:50 PM. How late do the official airport buses run? (specifically AB2 to Ko Sahn Road) Thanks ...

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Bombs in Bangkok

Posted by somtam2000 on 31/12/2006 at 20:10

AFP and the BBC are reporting at least four bombs in Bangkok. BBC is reporting that police have cancelled all New Years celebrations. By all reports the bombs were small in size, though there are some reports of at least two dead. Thai police reports are saying it is an "internal affair", bombs went off by the Democracy Monument and in the Khlong Toei part of time. Not more to report at this stage -- but probably a good idea to flick on the TV if you're planning on heading out tonight. ...

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Train confusion

Posted by roverinexile on 17/12/2006 at 07:54

I'm trying to sort out an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and getting very confused. We're traveling in January, but the Thai Railways site only allows you to check availability up to the end of 2006. We'd like to take the 19:35 train (#35), since the arrival time seems most convenient. The Traveller 2000 web-site doesn't list this train. The site posted by Exacto ( indicates that the only 2nd class sleepers on this train are a/c (we'd like fan if possib ...

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SE Asia Internet access

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/12/2006 at 10:55

As anyone trying to use internet access in Thailand (and I assume Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) knows, the access is glacial at the moment. The service is banged up due to the severing of cables off the coast of Taiwan after the earthquake there the other day. Unfortunately we've not the resources to sail out off the coast of Taiwan to sew them up ourselves, so in the meantime, we'd suggest heading to TRUE internet cafes where access is semi-reasonable and I'm able to access about 80% of o/s si ...

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web access and printers

Posted by murwill16 on 28/12/2006 at 16:53

I have not needed a printer before so have taken little notice, but are printer facilities relatively common in internet cafes? If I use an online agent to book a room or book another flight I will need to print the voucher. ...

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Getting to Nakhon si Thammarat from Bangkok

Posted by dylanone on 24/12/2006 at 06:15

Hi I'm planning to head down to Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phattalung from Bangkok. Can anyone tell me what's available in terms of transport (train/boat/plane?) to get there? thanks :-) ...

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Need help finding a place to stay in Phi Phi

Posted by 4connie2006 on 24/12/2006 at 23:52

Hi, Can you recommend good backpacker places in Phi Phi. Its high season and everywhere I have checked on that island seems to be booked up. Im worried I wont be able to find something when i arrive. Thanks ...

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Viewed 2,166 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 25/12/2006 at 09:26

Elephant Mahout Courses

Posted by chewbaca on 28/11/2006 at 09:11

I am interested in taking one of the elephant mahout courses offered in Thailand. The only one with a website that I can find is the Elephant Conservation Center just outside Lampang which offers courses ranging from 3,500 - 8,000 baht. These prices are a bit out of my range. Does anyone else have any suggestions? Thanks so much. ...

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Chong Jom / O Smach border crossing

Posted by kimmistaus on 23/12/2006 at 08:45

has anyone crossed this border into cambodia? is it easy to do? any help would be appreciated. thanks kim ...

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Nok Air - International credit cards can now be used

Posted by murwill16 on 22/12/2006 at 16:37

I posted this earlier this evening on Lonely Planet. Nok Air has finally put in place a system to again permit use of foreign credit cards to pay online for flights. A new highlighted box appeared on its website yesterday. As I understand it the card, as relevant, needs to be registered with "verified by Visa" or "master card secure code" to use the system, I have just used my card that is so registered to book 2 tickets to Trang, have selected our seats and received an email confirmation. Th ...

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One More Question: Laos Visas in Chiang Kong

Posted by Tilapia on 20/12/2006 at 12:28

I read somewhere that it was no longer possible to get a Laos visa in Chiang Kong. Is this true? Something tells me it isn't, but I'd like to be sure as we may be heading in that direction and could be tight on time. Thanks in advance. ...

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Viewed 1,753 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by Tilapia on 22/12/2006 at 01:53

krabi to ko lipe?

Posted by scootypaul on 21/12/2006 at 10:51

any idea's of best way . scootypaul loving it!. ...

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Viewed 2,796 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 21/12/2006 at 17:57

Hotel in Bangkok - near Khao San Road

Posted by beckyflood81 on 20/12/2006 at 14:35

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can help me remember the name of a hotel I stayed in. I'll give directions to it, the best I can and hope somebody knows where I'm talking about! If you walk up to the top of the Khao San Road (not the Burger King side) and turn right (you pass a petrol station on your right) and take the next left (there is a bank on the corner). About half way down, there is a hotel on the right hand side (past the Indian restaurants/tailors). THe hotel has a pool on the roof ...

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Renting Motorcycles

Posted by Tilapia on 15/12/2006 at 22:32

Thinking of hiring a motorcycle in either Kanchanaburi and/or Trang. Does anyone have any idea of the going rates for renting for, say, a week? 100 cc is all we're looking for. Thanks a lot. ...

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