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Strangest foods you've encountered...

Posted by think87 on 8/10/2009 at 06:43

I'll start this off with a bang. How many ever been to india and tried Kutti pi? Kutti pi is a dish from the Anglo-Indian cuisine, consisting of the flesh of an unborn fetus from an animal a friend of mine actually tried it, but I must say I wasn't brave enough. Not to mention it was like buying drugs. He had to pay a local butcher at a farmers type market twice the cost of the meat itself just as a 'finders fee' to get it lol ...

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travelfish for europe?

Posted by buecax on 18/3/2010 at 22:37

hi all, while i was planning my asia trip last autumn (and even while i was over there), i found travelfish an invalueable help. this year i am planning a trip through (eastern) europe and i´m looking for similar website/forum. it could be english and german. any suggestions? cheers, axel ...

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Blank emails and missing posts?

Posted by chrispyrolls on 11/2/2010 at 14:15

Hey I have had a couple of blank emails from Stu now (10/02) addressed to 'undisclosed recipients' which makes me think it's a bcc list - replied to one and got a blank reply back? Also I have noticed posts missing off a thread ( - there were a few ones with good recommendations but they have disappeared ... i'm pretty sure they were above board so not sure what is h ...

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Posted by think87 on 22/11/2009 at 00:00

Currnetly in khorat, been kinda folling the int. i had discussed here. Anyhow, heading for ubon soon and should be dropping into Muk on the 24th or 25th. I'm not really into the whole party thing much which i guess is weird for a younger guy but if your free it would be cool to meet up. know its kinda short notice. my email is ...

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Was Bruce banned?

Posted by MADMAC on 12/9/2009 at 11:13

Stuart, I got an email saying he can't log in. Tell me it's a technical problem. ...

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Going Native

Posted by greenman42 on 15/11/2009 at 14:25

I am planning on moving to Thailand for a year or so, mostly sticking to the islands and doing scuba diving. I'm curious as to how easy it is to find work while travelling. I have a one year student visa, will I need to get a non immigrant type B working visa and a work permit, or are things pretty relaxed on that front? ...

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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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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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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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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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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: 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: ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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