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Thailand in 35 days

Posted by ZimboEm on 5/11/2016 at 17:09

I have worked out a rough itinerary for a first visit to Thailand in Jan 2017 and am wondering if anyone can give me tips on which areas I should drop/add. Am travelling with my husband and we are in our 50's ..adventerous and love scenic beauty and not afraid to hike (not taking tents but plan on doing the guesthouse route). Itinerary I am thinking: (days in brackets are definate) start in Phuket (4), Ko Lanta (2), Ko Lipe (2), Hat Yai for train/fly to Bangkok (4), Ayutthaya, Kanchana ...

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This years NYE in Bangkok

Posted by freiburger on 6/11/2016 at 06:15

Hi, my girlfriend and I planned to spend this years new years eve in Bangkok, so we booked our flights and hotels already in September. We will arrive 30th December in BKK and leave on 1st January for Siem Reap . On 4th January we will travel back via BKK to Krabi for one week scubadiving on Koh Lanta. Following the news I understood that all major NYE events in BKK are canceled. Any idea what we could do at NYE? Cancel our hotel in Bangkok and spend NYE in Siem Reap or stay in BKK? Our ...

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need help with travel planning

Posted by nancyw on 5/11/2016 at 11:00

Hello and thanks in advance for your help! My 17, almost 18 yr old daughter will be travelling to Thailand for a sort of gap semester experience this spring. She plans to take an intro to Thai class at Chiang Mai univ. for 3 weeks, spend approx 1 week at the Thai Elephant Home north of Chiang Mai, and then make her way by train probably, stopping to see the capitals and landing in Bangkok for a day or two. She will then go to the Wildlife Rescue Center near Hua Hin and volunteer for 2 m ...

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Chiang Rai Expat Bar for USA Election Watching?

Posted by chellie99 on 4/11/2016 at 06:11

We're two Americans traveling in northern Thailand, and will be in Chiang Rai during the USA election - results should start to come in early morning on Nov. 9. We were hoping to maybe find a good ex pat bar or hotel to watch the election returns - any thoughts on what the best bets might be? Obviously, early morning is not typical bar time, but given the amount of interest in the election, maybe somewhere is opening early? If you have a suggestion of where the ex pats hang out for us to check ...

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Ko Tarutao and Ko Adang, do I need to book for early December?

Posted by AlexSEAsia on 4/11/2013 at 05:19

Hi everyone My girlfriend and I are planning to stay 3 nights on ko tarutao followed by 3 nights on ko adang from 1-6 December. Does anyone know if we should book the 2 person bungalows or will we be fine just turning up at this time? If we need to book then has anyone had experience using the online reservation system at the national park website? I tried to make a reservation but it requests payment by bank transfer as I am outside Thailand at the moment. Does it really work or is there an ...

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Chiang Mai Travel in March - What to expect?

Posted by goldylockz on 3/11/2016 at 10:01

Hello, I have planned to travel to Chiang Mai March 11-15th, but after reading about smoke being an issue this time of year I'm second guessing my plans. Does anyone have any experience in Chiang Mai this time of year? Is it worth a visit or should we make other plans? Thanks! ...

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Phrae To Chiang Khan Bus

Posted by jsmadrinan on 1/11/2016 at 01:09

Hi! Would anyone be so kind to help me find information about buses from Phrae to Chiang Khan ? Particularly the following questions. (1) Is there a direct public transport/bus going to Chiang Khan from Phrae? (2) If not, can the route Phrae-Phitsanulok-Loei-Chiang Khan be covered as a day journey by public transport/bus, probably leave Phrae 5:30AM and arrive Chiang Khan 7-8PM? (3) what's the schedule of the buses Phrae-Phitsanulok, Phitsanulok-Loei, Loei-Chiang Khan? I hope someone c ...

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phi phi to khao sok in 1 day ?

Posted by ChrisBee on 31/10/2016 at 09:33

Hi, My wife and I are in Thailand in January and planning to travelfrom Phi Phi to Khao sok in 1 day. I’ve been to Thailand a few times before andknow about the combined (boat/bus) tickets you can get at most travel agents. What I can’t seem to find out though is ifthis particular connection is possible, particularly in relation to the ferrygetting there in time to catch the bus/minibus leg. Has anyone done it ? Do you recommend the Phuket of Krabi route ? Thanks Chris ...

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6 week itinery

Posted by jbrown89 on 9/10/2016 at 06:47

Its my first time travelling to SE Asia and looking to see as much as I can. I am flying to Bangkok. I would like to go to Chaing mai and also make it down south to places such as Phi Phi. Then i was hoping to go to Cambodia to see Angkor. Does anyone know if 6 weeks is doable and does anyone have suggested route? ...

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Visa free arrival rules: are they enforced?

Posted by JeremyNicholl on 24/10/2016 at 13:22

The Thai UK embassy website says that people arriving and wanting visa free entry must have evidence of onward journey (e.g. a plane ticket to another country) and $250 in travellers cheques. I don't recall being asked when I last arrived in Thailand, but that was in the last century and I had a return ticket; this time I only have a one way ticket since I plan to travel around the region for a few months. So does anyone know if these rules are actually enforced? I don't want to arrive and get ...

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Kamphaeng Phet to Si Satchanalai

Posted by Sknew on 17/10/2016 at 17:53

Hi all. I am finding it surprisingly difficult to get basic bus information to travel from Kamphaeng Phet to Si Satchanalai. While I have visited Sukhotai before, if the only way to visit Si Satch is via Sukhotai, I will do it. But this seems burdensome. I have yet to find a decent website to get such bus routes, as they leave out the intermediate stops, and Si Satch will always be one. I notice a couple of homestays mentioned under Si Satch. While I'm not young, they should suffice for ...

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Travelling to Thailand - Which mosquito repelent do I need

Posted by psantacreuming on 14/10/2016 at 09:44

Hi everyone, I'm looking for a good and natural mosquito repellent for my Thailand trip next month. I will be in Luang prabang and Siem Reap too but mostly Thailand. I've heard that eucalyptus oil or lemon.. are more effective than the ones that contains DEEP. Can someone recommend a good one? I used Goibi brand but it's disgusting and I guess not very healthy. Thanks for your support and help. ...

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Travel koh samui to phukett

Posted by MelbourneMuzza on 29/8/2016 at 22:46

A 600 baht bus trip is being offered around the island for a direct trip from your hotel on koh samui to phukett. A minivan picks you up, takes you to the ferry office, you hop on a clapped out bus to the ferry terminal where you go upstairs and the bus loads onto the ferry. During this voyage THEY GO THROUGH YOUR BAGS ON THE BUS. My battery pack was taken even though it was well packed inside (my valuables were with me) After we alighted the bus shoots of to Surat thani on this bus, after a pas ...

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Sukhumvit area or Khao san to meet other backpackers ?

Posted by adam0702 on 13/10/2016 at 03:51

Hi guys, I've booked a flight to Bangkok mid Jan 2017 to start a 3 month long trip to SE Asia visiting Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. It's my first time backpacking and I am travelling alone. I have been searching the internet for Facebook groups and forums where I can meet other backpackers to chat with before I leave. I've came across a website introbackpacking.com which offer backpacking inductions in Bangkok. What is the best way to meet other backpackers in Bangkok? I can't really afford a ...

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Why should I visit Khon Kaen?

Posted by maesantos on 21/10/2013 at 05:34

Hello, I wonder what this place can offer for a tourist like me? Any thoughts please? ...

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Visa Exempt Extension Clarification (That's a mouthful!)

Posted by TropicTeaTime on 17/10/2016 at 19:00

Hello there, I was looking for a quick bit of advice on Thailands seemingly always changing visa policies. I'm thinking about planning a trip to Thailand that will be longer than 1 month, so I will presumably need something more than the 30-day by-air visa exemption. I read that you could previously get another 30-day extension once you arrive in Thailand at an immigration office, is this still the case? If that doesn't exist anymore, is it better to just make a border run part of my itinerary ...

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King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died

Posted by somtam2000 on 13/10/2016 at 06:57

Multiple sources are now reporting that Thailand's Royal Palace has released a statement announcing the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IV, who was the world's longest-ruling monarch. It is near impossible to describe how highly regarded he was by many Thais and to say this is an unprecedented event in Thai history is not an overstatement. Our condolences to the Kingdom of Thailand and her people. Because of Thailand's strict lese majeste laws, there has been virtually no official dis ...

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traveling from chiang mai from bangkok

Posted by ytothelo on 12/10/2016 at 12:47

A friend and I will be in Bangkok 10/27 - 11/1/16. We want to visit Chang Mai for a few nights, what is the best way to get there and to stay? Thanks! ...

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Phuket to Koh Phi Phi - Ferry alternatives?

Posted by kpottermn on 12/10/2016 at 13:54

My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to SE Asia in March, including 3 nights in Phuket /Koh Phi Phi. The problem is that our arrival/departure times from Phuket would seem to make it impossible to spend more than one night on Koh Phi Phi based on when we can catch a ferry back to the main island. Are there any alternatives to get across the Andaman at an earlier/later hour that won't cost an arm and a leg? What little I've seen on private speedboats suggest they're pretty pricey. ...

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Fireworks places in Bangkok-31-Dec-2016

Posted by connectingsouls on 28/9/2016 at 11:57

1. Can you pl suggest 2-3 places where one can go to see the fireworks in Bangkok? I remember seeing it (organised by govt) in front of some mall ten years ago where locals had gathered. 2. is the skytrain available after midnight? I read about taxi scams and was worried about that. Thanks connectingsouls ...

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