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Details on closure of northern Thailand train line

Posted by somtam2000 on 15/9/2013 at 02:44

We've just published a wrap on the situation regarding the closure of a 250km stretch of Thailand's northern railway for repairs. In summary the section between Sila At (in Uttaradit province) and Chiang Mai is closed from tomorrow (Sept 16) till (at least) November 1. The railways are still flogging thru tickets though -- you'll just do the last stretch by bus. You can read the full post here. ...

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Posted by somtam2000 on 10/9/2013 at 07:11

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Bangkok- Chiang Mai - Septemeber - November

Posted by juliette13 on 11/9/2013 at 07:58

Hi all! Just a quick post for anyone like myself who had planned to travel to Chiang Mai by train during september - November I have recieved an email from the train company that there will be engineering works being done which means services are cancelled : The State Railwayof Thailand (SRT) has maintenance plan for the Northern Line railroad tracksbetween Sila-Art station to Chiang Mai. As the result , SRThas stop train services from Bangkok Chiang Mai for Train No.1 and 13 fromSept ...

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Ultimate Thailand tour with Ultimate Oz

Posted by Proctec on 11/9/2013 at 11:05

Hi, I am a 31 year old female travelling to Thailand for the first time on 7th October and I am a bit nervous as I am travelling on my own. I am debating booking the Ultimate Thailand tour with UltimateOz as it looks like it covers quite a few of the places I am keen on going too. I was wondering if anyone had done this tour and had any comments about it? I have heard that it is not necessary to book a tour, however I am a bit freaked out at the prospect of finding my own way around at the star ...

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Where can I find a good machete in Bangkok?

Posted by daydreamfarmer on 10/9/2013 at 14:01

I'm looking for the heavy duty kind you see those guys using out in the bush (the kind that can take down small trees) not those whimpy butter knife things you find at home. Is there any place in Bangkok worth checking out? Thanks ...

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2 weeks between september and october

Posted by carpa on 11/9/2013 at 18:24

Hi there guys, We're a couple of workaholics that are almost boarding to Thailand without a definite destination. We'll be very glad if you could help us on this particular period of the year. As I've seen on your weather chart the best zones are between Chiang Mai and Koh Samui. Correct me if I'm wrong! Can you please advice me for some activities up in the north and down in the in the islands? If it is a good option... otherwise we are glad if you suggest some of your own. Don't mind about ...

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First time travellers Bangkok

Posted by rudder6 on 11/9/2013 at 15:43

Hi all! My girlfriend and i are planning a 6 month trip October next year visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. We are just in the early stages of researching everything and planning first stage of trip ie Flights from Glasgow to Bangkok and accommodation. We are planning on staying in Bangkok for 3 nights before moving on our budget we are looking to spend in £50 a day. Any information on which part is best to stay, hotels and best way to travel from airport to ...

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Confusion with Thai Visa's!!

Posted by KoalaBeans on 8/9/2013 at 11:34

Hi everyone My girlfriend and I are planning our first ever trip around the world and are looking for some advice on Visa's... I guess these questions pop up alot but we cannot find the answers we are looking for! The first part of our trip consists of approximately 4 months in Asia... We fly into Bangkok on 3rd November and are intending to head up north for 14 days through Chiang Mai and into Laos (3-5 days) , Vietnam (3 weeks) and Cambodia (12 days) then back overland into Thailand as we ...

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A month in southern Thailand

Posted by somtam2000 on 12/8/2013 at 19:49

Hi all, Am just kicking off my Southern Thai mainland trip which has me covering stuff for the four weeks. If anyone has any suggestions on destinations, places to stay etc they'd like to see considered for review, please let me know. I'll be doing as much as possible by train and plan to cover from Ratchaburi right down to Narathiwat though will be skipping the Andaman Coast spots. Very very much looking forward to getting back to Bang Saphan Cheers ...

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Bicycles in Bangkok-MRT

Posted by bigmig on 2/9/2013 at 19:11

I will visit Thailand in October and will bring my bicycle with me.I will do a bike trip first up north, then to the south. My hotel in Bangkok is in chinatown for the first 2 nights because i will catch the train to Ayutthaya for the start of my bike trip. Has anyone had any success on bringing a bike( in a bike bag) on the MRT or does anyone know roughly what a taxi to chinatown( near Hua Lamphong) should cost from the airport? I know they don't allow bicycles on the MRT, i was hoping by kee ...

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai NYE

Posted by adammont on 28/8/2013 at 05:20

Hi, Me and my girlfriend are arriving for our second visit to Thailand on 30th December at around 7am. We are looking to head up to Chiang Mai for New Years Eve... so we are a bit short on time. We have thought about heading into bangkok for the day and getting the overnight train to Chiang Mai or simply booking a flight onwards from Bangkok to Chiang Mai a few hours after we land (would book in advance as busy times etc) We would probably prefer to get the overnight sleeper as we enjoyed t ...

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Koh Tao SCUBA - do you have any negotiating advice?

Posted by adaminasia on 29/8/2013 at 03:23

Hi, Has anyone who has done the 3.5 day PADI/SSI introductory SCUBA course in Koh Tao had any luck negotiating prices? I'd like to book an operator ahead of time if possible, to ensure I get someone reputable, max of 4 students per instructor, etc ... but I'm not sure how easy it is to do that over email? I emailed 3 operators already and got 3 different prices - some of which include accommodation. I wasn't sure if the prices quoted already build in some negotiating room or not. Any thoug ...

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Rock Climbing In Thailand

Posted by annifrid23 on 16/9/2011 at 05:02

Hello Everyone! I was hoping to possibly do some rock climbing while I'm in Thailand. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go and any thoughts for individuals going climbing? Is it hard to find people to climb with? Any assistance is much appreciated! Cheers, Anni ...

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Tourist mauled at Tiger temple in Kanchanaburi

Posted by somtam2000 on 30/8/2013 at 19:02

Title says it all really. Tourist lucky to be alive. That place so needs to be shutdown. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2407513/Student-19-mauled-400lb-tiger-Thailand-popular-tourist-attraction.html ...

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Thai bar fight

Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 28/8/2013 at 19:50

BANGKOK (AFP) - A British kickboxer on Wednesday pleaded guilty to murdering a former US Marine during a bar fight in Thailand, his lawyer said, reversing his previous plea. Prosecutors allege Lee Aldhouse stabbed to death 23-year-old Dashawn Longfellow -- who was in Phuket after sustaining a combat injury in Afghanistan -- in a 2010 fight in the tourist resort of Phuket. Aldhouse, known in Phuket by his ring name "The Pitbull", fled to his home country after the incident and become ...

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Viewed 2,222 times, with 15 replies. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 30/8/2013 at 11:31

Chiang Mai Lantern festival info and hotel advice

Posted by joeg on 28/8/2013 at 10:22

My girlfriend and I are going to be in Thailand from November 1st to the 21st and she has always wanted to see the lanterns in the sky. I have been researching and it seems as if theres a festival but on the 23rd but that its for foreigners. I am just wondering if its still possible to be able to catch smaller ceremonies and if anyone has done that could help me out with information on how to do this it would greatly be appreciated. Also I was wondering if there was any hotels close to where ...

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Best place to stay on/near Khaosan Road?

Posted by drewebear on 14/8/2013 at 08:14

Hi All, I'll be landing in Bangkok early December (in the evening) and I'm a bit stumped at where to stay because of the amount of choice! After doing a bit of research, I'm leaning towards Wild Orchid Villa but the reviews are very 50/50. I've searched Agoda but I'd love to know about any gem's people might know of? I'd want to stay somewhere a bit above average for the first couple of nights just so I can adjust to my surroundings. Saying that, I do not want to be paying 1,500tbh a room; I'm ...

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Island/beach starting tomorrow - desperately seeking advice!

Posted by saramac on 28/8/2013 at 20:39

Hi everyone - I am currently in Siem Reap and ready to leave TOMORROW (nothing like last minute "planning"....) and head for a beach, relaxed getaway until about September 1. I've done too much research, and the more I do the less clear I get, and - I'm leaving tomorrow! So, I'm really desperate for some help! I have no idea where to go/how to get there... I know I've posted in the Thailand forum, but am up for anything (except Vietnam, I can't get a visa in time). I will likely fl ...

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Viewed 1,253 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by LeonardCohen1 on 28/8/2013 at 21:16

Stuck in Chumphon due to unrest in the south

Posted by afarewell2barms on 28/8/2013 at 00:06

Me and my girlfriend are currently attempting the old UK to Oz overland route. Our latest obstacle is that our train from Chumphon (Thailand) to Butterworth (Malyasia) has been cancelled due to unrest in the Southern provinces... No one is able to tell us when the trains will be running again, or whether we would be able to get a ticket without a few days advance reservation... It's possible that trains will all be running again tomorrow, and we will be able to get a ticket for same day - ho ...

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Viewed 2,610 times, with 25 replies. Last reply by MADMAC on 28/8/2013 at 11:55

Swing Festival in an Akha village, Chiangrai 29 Aug - 1 Sept 2013

Posted by wanderingcat on 26/8/2013 at 09:51

For anyone who happens to be in the area & interested in visiting a hilltribe village during a festival... Ban Apa, an Akha village in Chiangrai province, will be holding their Swing Festival celebrations from 29 August to 1 September 2013. This is held roughly 4 months after the first rice is planted & most of the hard work of preparing the land, planting, & weeding is over. Here is a video filmed years ago in this village showing the construction of the swing & the rituals sur ...

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