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Revised comment policy on Travelfish due to the Thai coup Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/6/2014 at 07:46

As Travelfish regulars will be aware there was a coup in Thailand in late May and since then there has been a steady and relentless wind back on freedom of speech, freedom to gather in public, and, well, freedom in general. Earlier today, in the junta's infinite wisdom, they've decided to extend their grasp to the internet. As of today, according to this story on the excellent Prachatai website, "Thai police warned Thai Internet users on Monday that "liking" or expressing approva ...

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Taxi from Bangkok BKK Suvarnabhumi to DMK Don Muang & Khao San Road Sticky!

Posted by adammcintyre on 27/2/2014 at 03:16

The whole point of this thread: The price of taxis in Bangkok: Last weekend, this is what I paid for taxis in Bangkok. Note: due to the riots, our taxi from BKK to Khao San and Khao San to DMK had to take slightly longer police patrolled one way routes. The city was on lock. - (DMK) Don Muang to >> (BKK) Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, 4pm, 45 minutes, 317baht + 75baht toll - (BKK) Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to >> Khao San Road , 7pm = 375baht + 125 baht toll - Khao San Road to >> (DMK ...

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Thailand visa change IMPORTANT! Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 4/12/2008 at 13:12

The Thai immigration authorities have announced a change to the visa-free entry programme effective immediately. The 30-day visa free arrival is ONLY AVAILABLE if you are arriving in Thailand by air. If you arriving by land, you will be given ONLY 15 DAYS. This is being applied at all border crossings into and out of Thailand. The purported target of the rule change is (yet again) foreigners working illegally in Thailand on the 30-day pass, but in effect it is going to punish legiti ...

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Welcome and Terms of Use Sticky!

Posted by somtam2000 on 22/1/2006 at 16:28

Hi, I'm somtam2000 and I'll be moderating the Travelfish travel board. I'm here to answer all your questions -- or at least the ones I know the answer to -- as for those that are mysteries to me, perhaps other Travelfish members will be able to answer. You'll see you need to be a member to post a new question or answer an existing one, but if you're already a Travelfish member, you don't need to join again. Your existing login works just fine. A few of general pointers; 1) I do have t ...

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Advice on planning a Thai trip in August.

Posted by elysium on 27/3/2017 at 00:03

Hey guys, We are going to Thailand in August. Everyone keeps telling us that it's the worst time due to the rainy season. This is why I am planning like crazy and I need some help. So far, this is what's sure: we are flying to Bangkok and planning to stay for 3 days or so. Then probably we will fly to Phuket and stay there for 1 or 2 days and then head to Krabi to check out some of the beaches and islands (I'd really appreciate someone's opinion on which islands to visit and ho ...

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Five friends looking for a cycling tour to get to know Chiang Mai

Posted by trey2993 on 4/11/2015 at 00:52

Hi to all. We are five friends from Slovenia. We already made our way into the South and now we are planning to visit the North of Thailand for a week. We are going to spend 2 days in Chiang Mai and would like to get to know the city and get some info about the cultural aspects, temples, historical landmarks etc. We are thinking a cycling tour would be the best option as chiang Mai is quite flat. Any input on cycling tours in the area? What is the best? We are looking for something not expens ...

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Can anyone advice me on top things to check out and beaches in the rainy season?

Posted by elysium on 13/3/2017 at 10:15

@page { margin: 0.79in } p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 120% } Hey guys, We are going tovisit Thailand in Aug and since it is the rain season...we must plan carefully. The idea is to go to Bangkok and kinda stay inthat area or move as much as it takes to get out of the rainy zone (or as much as it takes if we find something that we really want to see). We really want to check out the must-see attractions, butwe are mainly going for a nice beach holiday. Can anyone advice uswhere t ...

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What are the top 10 attractions/events/places to visit in August?

Posted by elysium on 17/3/2017 at 23:06

I know that it is the rainy season but I was told that there were still loads of things to do in Aug and the rain can be avoided to a certain extent. I am not familiar with Asia and I was wondering what are the must-see and do things in August in Thailand. Thanks a lot. ...

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Thailand Live Videos (Phuket & Ao Nang)

Posted by chrisontour84 on 19/3/2017 at 11:49

Hey! I am working on my Thailand Videos from Phuket, Ko Yao Noi, Ao Nang, Ton Sai, Rei Leh, Phra Nang & Phang Nga and the first part is now ready. Hopefully it is useful for some of you here! Live #30 – Thailand (Phuket & Ko Yao Noi) - YouTube Direct Link [10/02/2017] Thailand is not such a loved vacation destination for many without a reason. This video covers my arrival in Phuket, the new baby cat friend I have made and the awesome Island of Ko Yao Noi; which is, for some reason, n ...

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Khao Lak update 2017

Posted by lucasan on 18/3/2017 at 03:26

While waiting for an update on Travelfish, I post some news from Khao Lak, where I am staying since 10 days. I happen to have a thai friend here, a fashion photographer that moved from Bangkok with his family. Since a girlfriend of mine is visiting in about a week, I searched for accommodation for both of us. Price have gone up considerably, for example The Sandy House charges now, end of march, no peak season, 1200 Baht. No discount walk-in price and no long stay discount either. They have a mi ...

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Renting motorbikes in Chiang Mai, police problems

Posted by lucasan on 18/3/2017 at 02:06

I stayed some 10 days in Chiang Mai in march 2017 and had a free motorbike form a friend that lives there. In town, along the moat and on the "Superhighway" there were several check points where the police stopped only thais with no helmet and all the farangs, regardless of if you have an helmet or not. Unlike in any other place in Thailand, Cambodia and Burma, where I spent almost four months, moped drivers with no international driving licence, like I was, are fined 400 Bahts for t ...

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Chiang Rai to Tha Ton

Posted by lucasan on 18/3/2017 at 01:55

At the end of february there was no public boat service because of low water levels. You can still hire a boat for some 2500 Baht, max 4 passengers, some 6 hrs trip. If travelling alone you probably want to go by bus. I checked both bus stations in Chiang Rai and now there are only two minibus a day, leaving the old central bus station at 8 AM and 2 PM, and stopping 30 minutes later in the new bus station before leaving Chiang Rai The minivan takes you to Fang in about 3 hours, very nic ...

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Bus to the white temple in Chiang Rai

Posted by lucasan on 18/3/2017 at 01:16

As of the end of february 2017 the bus departing from the old bus station (in the center) has the following timetable: to the white temple 06:15 - 07:10 - 08:10 - 09:10 from 10 AM to 2 PM every 30 minutes 14:35 - 15:10 - 15:45 - 16:20 - 17:00 it takes 20 minutes and costs 20 Baht Try to go as early as possible, at 9 AM there are already a couple of hundred visitors... Temple entry is now 50 Baht... no pictures inside the shrine To go back to town simply walk to the main road and on your right ...

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Thailand and Vietnam... Help needed

Posted by hamada on 13/3/2017 at 02:56

Hi guys, I will be relocated to Singapore for a job and I will be taking 1 month off work and would like to travel to some of the neighbor countries.This is my first time to travel to this region. So far the plan is to travel through out the month of April and would like to end the trip as near as possible to Singapore to join my duties in May. I will be living in Singapore for one year then relocate to another country. I will be traveling with my wife and 14 mos daughter. Basically I would ...

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Where to find an electric kettle in Koh Lanta?

Posted by Megancornelius on 12/3/2017 at 23:20

My partner and I are staying in Koh Lanta for 10 days. We found a great affordable room but we are looking to cook in our room to save $ on dining out. Any idea about where to find an electric tea kettle on the island? A handheld water boiler would work as well. We are in the south but could rent a scooter to get north if need be. ...

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Taxi from Mae Sai to Chiang Khong

Posted by DeborahInAsia on 11/2/2017 at 04:38

Hi Everyone, I have been unable to find any information about private taxi service in Mae Sai. My boyfriend and I will be crossing the border at Tachileik around midday on Feb 14th, and need to get to Chiang Khong / Huay Xai by that evening to catch a slow boat (already booked) at 8AM on Feb 15th. Ideally we would cross into Laos that evening but could do so early the next morning if necessary. I'd like to avoid having to take a bus to Chiang Rai first. It doesn't seem that there are Ma ...

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Travelfish and Ko Kut in the New York Times

Posted by somtam2000 on 8/3/2017 at 16:57

Well, this qualifies as the kind of mention we love to wake up to! Travel writer Freda Moon went to Thailand for some dental work and ended up on one of our all time favourite Thai islands, Ko Kut. "On the recommendation of the indispensable Southeast Asia travel guide, Travelfish, I had made a reservation at Ngamkho Resort. A dozen or so bare-boned cabanas built of rough-hewed logs, bamboo mat-lined walls and a corrugated plastic roof, the family-run Ngamkho isn’t a resort in the typic ...

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How to around Thailand

Posted by SlimSoul40 on 6/3/2017 at 17:02

All advise welcome, as this will be our first time. We are stay in Bangkok for 2 nights and then was going to fly (do you recommend, price and how longs the flight, if not other option.) to Phuket . One night there and then off to the Phi Phi Island. Recommend transport, again welcome, was thinking small boat, but not sure where to arrange it in Phuket? This is the tricky one. We are on Phi Phi Island for 4 days, but we are going to Koh Yao Noi too for 2 days and the we need to get from Koh Y ...

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Nong Khai to Chiang Khan bus

Posted by 12388a on 28/2/2017 at 19:41

Took the bus from Nong Khai to Chiang Khan today. This journey is done in 3 parts. First caught an old but clean green bus at 7:30am from Nong Khai bus station to another bus station which I arrived at around 11:35 am along a scenic Mekong river. Then caught a large songthaw (large public taxi style car) to Ban Trad around 1.5 hours away which left around 11:50am. These 2 parts of the journey cost 120 baht for both.From Ban Trad cross to the other side of the road from where you were dro ...

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Haircut in Thailand

Posted by simonmobiledisco on 2/2/2009 at 19:14

I am about to leave to go travelling in asia and could do with a haircut so i'm nice and cool and no horrible tan lines when i get it cut again Now i don't expect it to be like in London, but I would like to remain resonable attractive (got to the best i can with my locks) have people had experiences with getting a hair cut, was there any comminication issues? Would saying, give me a local look be style suicide? ...

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