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New coverage: Khanom and Sichon

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/2/2016 at 01:55

We used to have some very basic coverage on this area wrapped us as beaches near NST, but we've thrown all that out and have a great new section on the beach strip of Khanom and Sichon - an area which will appeal to those looking for unadulterated Thailand. If areas like Ban Krut and Bang Saphan appealed, then this area is going to be right up your alley. The best way to explore the area is to just get a bike and get going, so that's just what we did. ...

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Surat Thani updated and expanded

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/2/2016 at 01:50

We've just finished updating our coverage for Surat Thani - including the historic town of Chaiya which lies a little to the north. Now I know a lot of you have probably blown through Surat Thani on the way to the islands, but give it a look - you'll find we were able to dig up some interesting things to do, including a boat ride on the Tapi River (homestays available) a good look around Chaiya and, of course, a bit of a poke around Wat Suan Mokkh. Why were you racing to the islands again? ...

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Melbourne to Bangkok on Jetstar, Indian Passport

Posted by coker on 31/1/2016 at 10:01

I'm an Indian passport holder living in Melbourne on a Permanent Resident visa. I'm traveling to Thailand in early March for a holiday. I want to use the visa on arrival facility available to Indian passport holders at the Bangkok airport. I wanted to know if there could be issues boarding the flight with Jetstar. Will they insist on seeing the visa before letting me board? Anyone here used the visa on arrival and have any issues boarding Jetstar to Bangkok? I do have proof of onward travel. Tha ...

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Long stay/Thaimout?

Posted by Mayb31 on 31/1/2016 at 05:03

Hi, hope to get some good advice on staying in Thailand for one year. We are a Scandinavian family who are looking in to fulfilling a life long dream...but we need some advice. We would like to stay somewhere that's not to far from a int. airport, though we want to travel both in Thailand and surrounding countries while we're there. Also our children needs to attend school, so we need an international or Scandinavian school close by. Thees criteria are the most important, But as most, we also ha ...

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Ayutthaya from Bangkok

Posted by rosaan on 29/1/2016 at 14:45

Hi guys! I will go to Tailand and Laos next summer. I would like to know if it is easy to go it alone to Ayuttaya from Bangkok. I will be staying near Chao Phraya River... What do I have to do to go Ayuttaya on boat trip? Best regards ...

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Self drive in Thailand, feasible? (Chiang Mai to Krabi)

Posted by tokidokio on 8/10/2014 at 14:29

Hello, Myself, mother, husband and 3 year old are traveling to Bangkok in mid November for two weeks. We plan to spend a couple of days in Bangkok, then fly (or possibly take the train) to Chiang Mai /Chiang Rai. We are considering renting a car in Chiang Mai and driving down toward Krabi. Some of the reasons we would like to rent a car are that we will be carrying lots of camera gear, could have car seat for baby, schedule flexibility, and reaching off the beaten path places (hot sprin ...

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Visa to Vietnam from Bangkok

Posted by Annielay on 28/1/2016 at 17:22

Does anyone know if it is possible to get a visa for Vietnam from Bangkok and how long it would take. We will be in BK in early May and hope to travel into Vietnam in late May. Any help would be appreciated. We are Australian passport holders. ...

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All rock climbing banned on Ko Phi Phi

Posted by somtam2000 on 28/1/2016 at 03:11

Following on from the random banning of rock climbing on Ko Yao Noi/Yai Thai govt authorities have just banned all rock climbing on Ko Phi Phi . Says the Phuket Gazette: "We have already explained to nine tour operators offering climbing tours in the Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park area that they must suspend their services until they gain the necessary permission from us,” Sorayut Tansathian, the chief of the national park, told Phuket Gazette. “I am sure othe ...

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Anyone traveling from Thailand to Siem Reap who can bring some meds over for me?

Posted by allisandisnot on 28/1/2016 at 09:44

Anyone traveling from Thailand to Siem Reap who can bring some meds over for me? I need Lamictal, for seizures. I have a prescription, not that you need one in Thailand. Better yet, if you know anyone coming over from India...very cheap there. ...

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Thailand by train

Posted by asiantraveler on 24/12/2015 at 13:52

Traveling by train through Thailand is a lot of fun. You can meet local people and enjoy some nice scenery. And it's cheap!!! Bur for this you have to travel 3rd class and during daytime. I made a trip from Udonthani to Khorat, right through the rural part of Thailand with a stopover at Khon Kaen . I will post some videos of the trip the next few weeks. First part is from Udonthani to Khon Kaen. Udonthani is a large city in the north east of Thailand and about an hour from the border ...

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Trafficking at the tiger temple

Posted by khunwilco on 23/1/2016 at 18:58

If you are still, after all the negative publicity, interested in visiting the tiger temple, Kanchanaburi, please read this Nat Geo article first... ...

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Bangkok to Pak Chong with train

Posted by sarah88 on 21/1/2016 at 13:41

Hello everyone, I'm planning to take the express train that leaves Bangkok at 10:05 AM and arrives at Pak Chong at 13:20 (scheduled time). How much time are these trains usually delayed? Can I count that this train will arrive at Pak Chong by 14:00 or 14:15? Can the ticket be purchased the very same day? Thank you in advance ...

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Advice on Thai island hopping between April/May

Posted by Natashasusan on 21/1/2016 at 03:43

Hi all. I'm embarking on an extended backpacker trip throughout Southeast Asia following 1 week in Bali. From April 20, I'm looking to loosely plan a month of island hopping in the Thai Gulf. I've only ever visited Koh Yao Noi (twice) and this island is a must see for me, again! I am wondering the best town/route to start with. The other islands I want to visit are Ko Lipe (to make day trips across to Ko Adang), Ko Bulon Lae, Ko Muk (maybe) and Ko Jum. I'm an experienced traveller and hav ...

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Ko Phayam in May?

Posted by geo_shack on 21/1/2016 at 08:41

Hi folks. Just going to be ending a trip in Myanmar with 10 days or so relaxation in Thailand. We intend to spend a few days at Koh Sok National park then on to an Island... I realise the rainy season will be starting in May...will Ko Phayam likely be too wet to enjoy the beach around this time? (Mid may). Or would we be better off trying to find a quiet part on Ko Pha-Ngan or Ko Samui at this time of year for a few days beach bumming? No interest in partying etc. Thanks in advance for ad ...

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Ban Krut

Posted by freiburger on 8/4/2015 at 17:01

I am heading to Ban Krut end of this month for a week. I will stay at Ban Krut resort, this is already decided. But besides that, does anyone have some uptodate information on Ban Krut. I am looking especially for infomation on "bars" and restaurants since these tend to change quite fast. Any good advises out there? How about snorkling? Worth taking all the stuff or better leave it in BKK? I am going to Bali for scuba diving later on, so if there is nothing to do, it makes more sen ...

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Fee for visa on arrival to double from 1,000 baht to 2,000 baht

Posted by Captain_Bob on 19/1/2016 at 15:27

WTF? Another brick in the wall. ...

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30 y/o Solo Female in Thailand for 8 Weeks

Posted by wanderwoman22 on 12/1/2016 at 13:41

Hi All, I'm in the process of planning my first trip abroad from the Midwest USA, and I've pretty much settled on Thailand. I plan on spending eight weeks in the country beginning mid-March 2016. I'm not really interested in partying or drinking, so my main goals are to experience the outdoors (trekking, scuba diving, and beach bumming), see temples and other interesting cultural places, eat fantastic food, and take some classes on meditation and cooking. I realize that this is a very HOT ti ...

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Which Data SIM card should I get?

Posted by Bilbo1 on 14/1/2016 at 06:38

Hi everyone, I'm travelling in Thailand for 3 weeks mainly island hopping in the Andaman sea and would like to buy a data sim card to use mostly for Skype and email and make the odd domestic phone call. Can someone recommend the best SIM to get (not too expensive) that gets good coverage? I know it's possible to get SIM cards at Suvarnabhumi Airport but I arrive at 6am and have a flight from Don Muang at 10am so I'm not sure I'll be able to buy one so early in Suvarnabhumi. Is it possible ...

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from Khao Lak to Krabi Town

Posted by Baloon on 17/1/2016 at 11:35

Hi im looking cheap transport from Khao Lak to Krabi . and if someone can tell me how long this trip take ? and from where i can take this transport ? cheers ...

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Koh Lipe ATMS: Do HSBC VISA DEBIT cards WITHOUT cirrus, plus or maestro symbols work?

Posted by bnotm on 16/1/2016 at 11:01

Hi all, Can anyone tell me if they have successfully used a HSBC VISA DEBIT card without the maestro, plus or cirrus symbols on the back at the ATMs on Lipe? My banks says I should have no problems but I want to be sure of course. Many thanks in advance! ...

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