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Mask Wearing Trends in Mid-Peninsular Thailand February 2020

Posted by exacto on 18/2/2020 at 13:03

As a follow up to Stuart's Coronavirus update in today's (#375 on February 18, 2020) Travelfish newsletter, I've spent the last week in Ranong and Chumphon Provinces in the middle part of the Thai peninsula. Mask use is fairly sparse in these places. For the most part, I'm only seeing people who work with the public full time are wearing them, like the train attendant on the diesel rail car trip today. They were definitely more common on the flight from Bangkok to Ranong (sorry, Stuart, ...

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from Koh Yao Yai to Koh Poda, then Ao Nang

Posted by suanonna on 10/12/2019 at 09:25

hi everybody, I'm searching for informations about long tail boats from Koh Yao Yai to Koh Poda, then Ao Nang as next stop. I know that there are many day tour from Ao Nang, but as I'm staying in Koh Yao Yai, I would like to to avoid going to Ao Nang first. Does anybody know about this connection? ...

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Price Guarantee of AGODA works?

Posted by motohachi on 5/12/2019 at 10:32

Have any of you ever successfully used Best Price Guarantee form of After I entered everything accurately and attached jpg files (very small), and press Submit. Nothing. No error message or anything. So I send an email with attachments. But the response I'm getting looks more like 'avoidance' rather than customer service. As Agoda seems to be using travelfish site to advertise, I wonder any of you have any positive experience. ...

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Phrae and Phayao

Posted by gatoguts on 17/10/2019 at 06:16

I will be traveling around Nan and will have 3 or 4 days to stop in Phayao and/or Phrae, two provinces I've never been to. I could split my time between the two, or just spend the entire time in one. Is either one of those places worth the longer stay, or would 2 nights in each be sufficient? ...

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Your favorite area close to but not in Phuket

Posted by LTnHH on 24/5/2019 at 15:45

Hello We are planning our Singapore-Thailand trip (Dec 2019-Jan 2020) and will be ending it by four days in the Phuket area--chosen because air connections back for US return are plentiful. I am trying to find feedback on beach areas close to Phuket airport but not Phuket-it does not at all sound like our kind of place. We are in our 50's, not budget travelers but not overly extravagent; love a good beach, good food, and a few tourist options (maybe Elephant sanctuary? Or Tiger prese ...

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Pattaya to Hua Hin Ferry - anyone used it?

Posted by exacto on 24/7/2019 at 18:16

I recognize that most Travelfish members don't frequent either Pattaya or Hua Hin, but it seems like the new ferry service linking the two places would be a scenic and time-saving way to get from Ko Samet to Prachuap Khiri Khan, for example, without having to slug through Bangkok. Has anyone used this relatively new service? What did you think? Cheers. ...

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Import Duties to Thailand

Posted by DonH on 19/10/2019 at 07:57

This situation may not apply to many readers/subscribers here, but is currently proving a real headache and timewaster for me. My main activity is cycle touring. For my last trip I brought my bike from Australia, never a problem duty-wise crossing borders. This time I ordered a new high-end bike from the Netherlands to be sent to my Bangkok hotel, with me arriving from Tasmania to meet it. Two weeks on it is stuck in Customs with them demanding over 70000 Baht import duty. The bike is my r ...

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Custom Clothing - Chiang Mai if possible

Posted by LTnHH on 14/10/2019 at 18:58

Hello We will be visiting Thailand (arriving first in Singapore) end of December 2019. I am interested in custom clothing-perhaps a pants/jacket for me (female) and suit for my husband but we are larger than Asian sizes so I want to look into custom options before we leave US. We will be in Chiang Mai Dec 31 for 4 days - I am not sure yet if New Years is a holiday there- and then Bangkok for three days. I would love to be able to head for somewhere at beginning of either city's visit so as ...

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Sea liceLESS swimming areas?

Posted by Ooolga on 10/10/2019 at 07:44

Any suggestions, please...? For now, the only absolute secure place I've found is Ko Muk, and some parts of Lanta and Bulon Le. I visit Thailand in February, mainly to enjoy in swimming, and few times I had awful experiences (Samui, Phangan, Jum) I know not all the people are sensitive to sea lice bites, also that streams which carry these invisible little monsters change, but still hope to here some recommendations from sensitive swimmers... Looking forward to... ...

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Looking for the next koh kut with little more action :)

Posted by Chancho on 5/10/2019 at 06:07

I just found your website through tripadviaor and wow that's some great pictures you are taking! and a very interesting and well written articles! I started exploring the web on thailand since me, my wife and our 2 year old son are travelling to thailand in November and practically got lost on where exactly to go... We started thinking about koh lanta and the surrounding islands, but perhaps you can share your thoughts... We've already been to thailand in koh samui, koh phangan, phuket, koh ph ...

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fixed or floating jetties

Posted by janmanessi on 28/9/2019 at 14:19

can you please tell me if the following islands have fixed or floating jetties Koh Muk/Mook Koh Jum/Po Koh Yao Yai - has the fixed jetty opened now? Silly question for many of you but with mobility issues it would be great to know before deciding Thank you! ...

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Short on time in Bangkok and like walking?

Posted by Dodgydetours on 2/10/2019 at 02:09

Hello I live in Bangkok and love to walk. Always looking for companions on my wanderings. Have a look at and see what you think. There is absolutely no money involved. Just an interesting couple of hours exploring the city. Cheers Paul ...

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Nan - Bo Kleua Loop

Posted by gatoguts on 19/9/2019 at 20:25

I will be going to Nan, and instead of doing the full Bo Kleua "loop" by motorbike, i was thinking of using Pua as my base, staying 3 nights, and going to Bo Kleua only for the day and back to Pua at night. Is this feasible, or would it be better to spend at least one night in Bo Kleua, and continue on to Nan city for the full loop? ...

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Multiple entry Thailand

Posted by FFfietsen on 31/8/2019 at 15:57

Hi, I read you can only travel overland to Thailand twice a calendar year (more often by plane). Is this is correct? And are authorities strict on this? We'll be cycling through SE Asia for 4 months and will cross the Thai Border overland for at least 3, maybe 4 times ...

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Reservations for the Koh Chang/Koh Kood ferries/boats?

Posted by Harry05 on 18/8/2019 at 19:21

Preparing my next trip I would like to go to Koh Changand Koh Kood (and then back to Trat), probably in the beginning of februarynext year. Would it be necessary to make a reservation in advance or can I justshow up and by a ticket (just me with my backpack, no car or bike)? Thanks answering in advance. Harry ...

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Umphang to Thi Lor Su waterfall

Posted by gatoguts on 5/8/2019 at 00:26

Does anyone know how much a car and driver would cost from umphang town to thi lor su waterfall and back to town? ...

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Travel options between Khao Lak and Ban Krut or Prachuap Khiri Khan

Posted by pzakus on 4/7/2019 at 02:48

Hi: We are going to Khao Lak and then to either Ban Krut or Prachuap Khiri Khan. How does one travel between these cities? Thanks. ...

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Ban Krut versus Bang Saphan

Posted by pzakus on 8/6/2019 at 20:56

Hi: Both of these sound pretty laid back. Any comments on either or both would be appreciated. ...

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Avoid Moonhut Bungalows on Koh Samui

Posted by HarleyRiley on 1/7/2019 at 07:44

Recommending that people avoid moonhut bungalows on Koh Samui. Based on travelfish reviews I booked the AC bungalow. Arrived to find out the AC doesn’t work. Staff aren’t really helpful to resolve the issue; three hours later all they offered me is a bungalow with a door that doesn’t lock. So unless you want to sweat to death or get raped and murdered in your sleep, I would pass on moonhut. ...

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Ferry from Chumphon to Koh Phangan.

Posted by CathJones on 27/5/2019 at 13:35

Hello, We want to get the ferry from Chumphon to Koh Phangan to arrive on the 26th July. I think the best option for us is the early morning ferry, but we are also considering a night crossing. Anyone have any advice or recommendations please ? How far in advance should we book our tickets ? Is it cheaper to book with a tour agent in Thailand rather than on line? If we go for the early morning crossing, is there a guest house close by that anyone could recommend please? Thank you , Cath ...

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