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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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Spa recommendations for Bangkok, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, and Ko Samui?

Posted by HarleyRiley on 19/5/2019 at 14:55

In addition to checking out thai massage, I also wanted to splurge occasionally on spa days with aromatherapy, body scrubs, etc. Does anyone have recommendations for good but not too pricey spas in Bangkok, Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, and Ko Samui? Thanks! ...

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Staying in Hostel Dorms - how much is age a factor?

Posted by exacto on 13/4/2019 at 04:01

The recent post for Ban Rim Nam Hostel near the Phun Phin train station got me thinking about staying in dorm-style hostel accommodation again. I did this a great deal when I was younger, particularly in places like Australia and the United States, but not so much in Thailand, as it wasn't as common an option back then. When I was in my 30's and 40's, I sometimes (but not always) felt made unwelcome by the 20-somethings staying in the dorm rooms, which made me self conscious about it. Now that ...

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3 pairs of kids togs left in Chiang Mai

Posted by goodmclean on 25/4/2019 at 04:46

Hi, we have left some clothing at our guesthouse (Manee house) in Chiang Mai , they will not send them to us. Is there anyone going to Chiang Mai who would be willing to pick the items up (3 pairs of kids togs). We are in no rush, but would like them back eventually as they were birthday presents. We are happy to pay the postage to Brisbane, Australia. Thanks in advance. Any help appreciated. ...

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Krabi and surrounding islands in July ?

Posted by CathJones on 18/4/2019 at 11:14

I’m travelling in Thailand with my husband and teenage daughters for 3 weeks in July/ August. We’d like to spend 3/4 days in Krabi, on or around Railey beach and perhaps head off to some of the islands in that area. I’m a bit concerned about the weather. I would expect downpours as it’s the rainy season, but are the showers short-lived in the main and will there be enough sun to make the most of the lovely beaches? My friend went to Phuket last August and the weather was glorious the ...

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Driving a 4 wheeled vehicle in Thailand....

Posted by khunwilco on 20/4/2019 at 14:59

Driving in Thailand - perception versus reality... ““Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” Foreigners who drive in Thailand frequently turn on the vitriol when it comes to talking about their fellow roads users...automatically excluding themselves from the equation and concomitantly implying that their driving skills are far superior to those of any Thai people..... Self-perception suggests that they are the ...

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New guest house in Phun Phin, near Surat Thani train station

Posted by tilosettmacher on 26/3/2019 at 04:48

Ban Rim Nam is a new, modern hostel style of guest house, offering a dorm and family rooms on affordable prizing. The rooms are airconditioned, for which you need the thick duvets offered. Space is limited, and the location at the river can not promise a quiet night. but their river terrace snack bar is a perfect place to relax in this charmy small town, if you want to spend a night between train and bus and ferry and not stay at the provincial capital. More information on their web presence and ...

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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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