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adding a pic

Posted by Johng on 17/11/2009 at 23:07

hi All, I can't seem to add a mugshot :( any thoughts? when I go to edit profile, the last thing I can enter is I think future travel plans... also, can anyone see the one or tow sentences I put in about myself? many thanks john ...

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Viewed 1,760 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by Johng on 18/11/2009 at 15:11


Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand

Posted by somtam2000 on 17/9/2009 at 18:43

The first part of a British "documentary" covering the supposed problems in Thailand has just aired and has created quite a storm of controversy -- primarily because the opening scene (jetski) really looks staged, and the others are not particularly sympathetic cases... Below are YouTube vids for the first episode, would be interested to hear other's thoughts... ...

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Viewed 5,425 times, with 35 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 17/11/2009 at 05:12

The state of females in thai buddhism....

Posted by think87 on 6/10/2009 at 09:03

So anyone who's been to thailand has either seen a temple or a monk, or you never left the bars :-P But how many have seen female monks? if you have, again lay off the beer, you're seeing things. Thai monks believe the lineage of women died out centuries ago and cannot be revived, because there are no nuns left to perform a legitimate ordaination which requires 10 nun's. The subject of women in the monkhhod is TABOO inside thailand's monasteries, and the monks want no part of it. They use ...

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Viewed 4,644 times, with 19 replies. Last reply by somsai on 14/11/2009 at 19:31

Should I go home for Christmas?

Posted by christay2009 on 3/11/2009 at 11:45

I am having a troubled time at the moment mulling over whether to keep on traveling over Christmas rather than going home as planned. So far I pretty nicely under budget - although lets see what Bali does to that! - and reckon if I went to cheaper countries like Cambodia Vietnam or Thailand I could probably get another 2 months. Or I could head somewhere like new Zealand etc a nice problem to have but still a problem! ...

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Viewed 3,674 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by greenman42 on 6/11/2009 at 11:40

For all you plane spotters

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/11/2009 at 21:20

Nothing to do with Asia, but well worth a look: http://casper.frontier.nl/ It's realtime movements in and out of Schiphol airport in Holland. You can speed up, slow down, get details on the aircraft etc... very clever and cool yeah ok, I'm going to bed now. ...

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Visa Blues

Posted by Spinnekop on 24/10/2009 at 14:34

Hi Everyone Just another stupid question from a poorly experienced traveler! I was in Thailand start of this year and only stayed 3 weeks, wow what a place!! So I'm planning going back in January 2010 for +/- 60 days this time but also to visit Cambodia and Vietnam. I'm South African so I'm exempt for 30 days without needing a Visa. Here is the question: When I land at Bangkok international with my current plane ticket it says I will only leave Thailand in 60 days and not 30, what quest ...

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I love copyright in cyberspace

Posted by fondo on 23/10/2009 at 12:23

Having been home for nearly a month, I'm obviously planning another holiday! These two pages about the attractions of Ha Tien make interesting reading: http://www.travelfish.org/location/vietnam/mekong_delta/kien_giang/ha_tien http://www.odctravel.com.vn/destination/general-132-General_informations_about_Ha_Tien_Beach.html ...

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Viewed 3,243 times, with 7 replies. Last reply by tezza on 25/10/2009 at 18:43

Connecting flights with Air Asia

Posted by Rohan on 20/10/2009 at 17:53

Not sure if this is the right topic for this, but there didn't seem to be anything specific. I have booked a flight home from KL to Australia with Air Asia. However, Air Asia does not fly to Sydney (where I live) and so I am traveling via Melbourne, and I do not now how long to leave for the connecting flight. Does anyone have any experience flying Air Asia? Do they tend to run on time? ...

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Viewed 3,480 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by wanderingcat on 21/10/2009 at 09:25

A tribute to the one and only

Posted by mattocmd on 14/9/2009 at 22:41

This is not related to him being banned so it is justifiable to start a new thread. Here is a tribute I made for the man. Please enjoy and add some more if you would like. These comments are from two threads. I could find 100s more but I thought this would be a good start. ENJOY!! "From what I can gather the Guy has extensive experience of traveling through SEA, and his advice is well thought out & presented objectivly." -Skimonkey I don't agree with Bruce on lots of things ...

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Viewed 5,031 times, with 33 replies. Last reply by mattocmd on 17/10/2009 at 07:44

Full Size Batmobile Replica

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/10/2009 at 09:44

Yes I know, nothing whatsoever to do with travel, nor even Southeast Asia. I'm probably the least "interested in cars guy" you're ever likely to meet, but I thought this was very cool -- a lifesize replica of the Batmobile. You can see all the pics here or here's the video below... ...

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Viewed 2,008 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by tezza on 6/10/2009 at 11:33

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 4,319 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 5/10/2009 at 08:16

Censorship!!!

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 3,157 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 3,570 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 2,014 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 4,512 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 1,986 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 2,770 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 3,672 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 2,227 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by chrispyrolls on 11/9/2009 at 18:48


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