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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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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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Bamboo Bay Resort - Ko Lanta - Closed

Posted by mtbakerstu on 6/11/2018 at 03:59

Just a quick word to TravelFish admins that I booked at Bamboo Bay Resort in Ko Lanta for December earlier this year. Just received word via Booking.com that Bamboo Bay has closed their business. I see Bamboo Bay as a reviewed and recommended resort in your reviews for Ko Lanta, so thought I would mention it here. Now in search of another place to stay in Ko Lanta in December.... Happy Travels. Mtbakerstu ...

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Update on Ko Jum

Posted by antoniamitchell on 13/12/2018 at 01:09

Having recently (Dec 2018) having returned from my second trip to Ko Jum (first was Dec 2016), I wanted to share a few updates. The island hasn't changed much since my last visit. There is a little bit of new development around the top end of the long beach (the Golden Pearl section) – I saw a new small bungalow development going in between Golden Pearl Beach Resort and Season Bungalow. I also noticed a new coin-operated laundrette opposite Season Bungalows, and a couple of new houses. But ...

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Dentist recommendations in Chiang Mai

Posted by JKretzer on 20/8/2018 at 23:24

Hello I will be in Chiang Mai for about a month and would like to get some dental work done. Teeth cleaning, a crown and one filling. Does anyone recommend any clinic or dentist? Does anyone know the average cost for the work? Thanks ...

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Chiang Mai / Chiang Rai

Posted by mtbakerstu on 20/11/2018 at 10:45

So I'm headed to Chiang Mai next month. Told my dad, who said that he found Chiang Mai boring??? LOL. I'm not sure he knew how to hit it. He did suggest that Chiang Rai is a more compelling place to go, though when he went it was on a travel restriction advisory of some sort, so he didn't get there. Was wondering: 1. Is Chiang Rai an easy travel reach from Chiang Mai, (which will be my home base). If so, how far in time to travel? 2. Is Chiang Rai safe and worthwhil ...

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Ko Rok closes to camping?

Posted by mtnmichelle on 17/11/2018 at 05:03

Hey all, I’m on Koh Lanta staying at Kantiang Beach and we tried to arrange a transfer to Koh Rok to camp at the national park for a few nights and several different travel agencies told us that camping there is no longer allowed. Not sure if that is actually the case, we were unable to clarify whether that just meant until the busier season but one travel agent said it is closed due to trash like Maya Bay. If anyone has any insight that’d be appreciated. Koh Lanta is nice but we are more l ...

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3.5 days in Chiang Mai - What to do

Posted by Pb2484 on 15/11/2018 at 04:10

I'm having some dental work done and have about 3 and a half days where we can explore the city and get away overnight if there is somewhere special to go. I have a bike licence and can rent a scooter. We prefer the non beaten track. After Chiang Mai we are heading to Chiang Rai for a couple of days and over to Nth Laos for a few weeks. Any suggestions please? Thanks, Pete ...

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What other interesting events are in southern Thailand?

Posted by jimby on 6/11/2018 at 11:19

I went to Koh Pha Ngan recently and did the full moon party. It was cool but I don't think I can do that again. Is there any other cool events in southern Thailand that's worth checking out? ...

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Khao San Road Guide - What to do, etc.

Posted by patjk on 21/10/2017 at 20:41

Hey guys, I've been living in Bangkok for several years and put together a Khao San Road guide that I think would be useful to people visiting. http://khao-san-road.org Any feedback would be much appreciated. Works good on mobile and working on a pdf download for offline too. Thanks. ...

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Solo female on the Mae Hong Son Loop

Posted by miech333 on 4/10/2018 at 21:26

hey guys, I'm hoping to do the Mae Hong Son loop when I visit this January, 2019. Heading in solo and going to find some fellow people that want bike the route with me. However, if I don't find anyone, I still want to do it. Solo female doing the Mae Hong Son loop? Thoughts? I am moderately experienced on a motorbike. I live in a city and ride a 50cc scooter around town. I also survived in Vietnam, albeit sleepy Hoi An. Oh, I almost drove off a cliff in SaPa, but I feel like I learned s ...

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Trekking Recommendations in North Thailand

Posted by blazvidmar on 19/10/2018 at 13:43

Hi guy, Wife and I are travelling to Thailand in a week. We arrive to Chiang Mai and plan to stay a week or so in North Thailand. We would like to use this time to do a two-day trekking. Do you have any recommendations where treks are nicer: Chiang Mai, Pai or Chiang Dao? Do you have a good agency to recommend we do a trip with? ...

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Khao Lak - Ko Surin - Similan Islands - Krabi Trip

Posted by blazvidmar on 26/10/2018 at 06:10

Hello, We would like to do this trip (in mid November): - Start in Khao Lak - [Day 1] - Ko Surin Snorkelling Daytrip, but instead of returning to Khao Lak we'd like to spend the night on Ko Surin. - [Day 2] - In the morning transportation from Ko Surin to Similan Islands to join 2-days (maybe 3-days) Similan Islands snorkelling trip. Spend night(s) on Similan Islands. - [Day 3] - Similan Islands and returning to land. Preferably Krabi (as we continue our trip there), but we don't ...

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Rental Car advice

Posted by mtnmichelle on 20/9/2018 at 14:56

My husband and I are planning to travel to Ayutthaya, Khao Yai and then East towards the Laos border and back down again towards Trat and Koh Kut. We want to rent a car for most of this journey and we expect to travel for month or so. Where is the best place to rent a car? Should we do it in Bangkok and simply return it there? If we go to Koh Kut is there a safe place to park a car in Trat? Would people recommend renting cars in multiple destinations and taking buses for the longer portions of ...

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Banhin Rom Pier to Ko Yao Noi

Posted by kimct on 2/9/2018 at 14:31

I'm trying to see how to get from Phang-Nga area to Ko Yao Noi mid-December...on a Sunday! From info I found it seems like it will be impossible to find a public ferry on this day, so this means I shall either have to travel to Phuket and get a ferry from there... or hire a private boat? Has anyone done this before and has an idea of how much this would cost? And of so, is it even possible to hire a private boat from the Banhin Rom Pier instead of Tha Dan Pier? Thanks in advance! ...

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Islands in Thailand, a definitive guide

Posted by somtam2000 on 27/8/2018 at 02:19

So, David went a bit mad and wrote what I’d say is close to a definitive guide to Thailand’s islands. In this 8,000 word epic, he touches on 109 island in the country. Yes, you read that right, One Hundred and Nine. Welcome to the Travelfish society of island nerds. Broken into six regional groups, there should be some new ones here even for the most dedicated Thai island bum. So please take a look, share it with your friends and do post below letting us know how many of these you have bee ...

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Sand flies on Koh Kut

Posted by kjay on 31/5/2018 at 18:55

Hi, I'm travelling with my family to Thailand in January. We are looking at going to Koh Kut for a week and are interested to know how bad the sand flies are. We spent a week on Koh Mak in 2010 and were covered in bites by the end - I also reacted badly to the bites, needing to attend the clinic for medication. Is Koh Kut similar with sand flies?? Thanks! ...

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New: Bangkok to the islands the slow way

Posted by somtam2000 on 5/8/2018 at 01:02

We’ve been slowly working through our itineraries to make them a bit more useful and just wanted to plug the latest one, which we’ve titled Bangkok to the islands the slow way. Most travellers head from Bangkok to Chumphon or Surat Thani by an overnight train or bus (or via a quick flight) skating past quite a few interesting spots along the way. So what we did was take the existing route, but figured out how you could spend three weeks doing it rather than 12 hours. I imagine some of ...

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Thailand itinerary advice

Posted by mtnmichelle on 2/8/2018 at 14:08

Hello all, My husband and I are arriving in Thailand in October and plan to spend 10 days in Bangkok and then move towards Isaan and then eventually down towards Trat and Koh Kut. My question for everyone here is does it make sense to visit Isaan and then cut through Cambodia to see Angkor Wat and then re-enter Thailand near Trat? We will be in the region for 6 months and will be visiting Cambodia later in our travels but geographically it seems we will be close to Angkor Wat and it may ...

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