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Crackdown on Koh Samet

Posted by Captain_Bob on 18/11/2016 at 04:38

"National park authorities have launched a crackdown on businesses controlled by mafia groups on Koh Samet..." Goodbye banana boats and jet skis, at least for a while http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1137909/samet-beset-by-graft-probe-finds http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/954291-an-island-besieged-by-corruption-and-mafia-army-reclaims-koh-samet-as-true-national-park ...

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Viewed 629 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 18/11/2016 at 16:56


transfers not

Posted by potatopete on 14/11/2016 at 05:45

Can any one give any information on the best "not necessarily the cheapest " way to get from Utapao airport to Ko Kood island. Also has anyone used the sky train in Bangkok to get from Suvarnbhumi airport into Rambutri. My wife and I have been to Thailand many times in the past but not for a good few years,so slightly out of touch. thanks in anticipation. pete ...

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Viewed 308 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 17/11/2016 at 05:09

30 days in Andaman coast

Posted by Mrko on 8/11/2016 at 06:28

Hello, me and my girlfriend have been traveling in SE Asia for 2 months and we just arrived to Phuket. We planned to travel the islands of Andaman coast in Thailand for about 30 days. The amount of islands and information available is quite overwhelming and now we are having hard time with choosing where to go. We would like to do some snorkeling, trekkin, kayaking etc. and relaxing (I am also considering to go to diving course). Do you guys have any suggestions of islands to visit, or even so ...

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Five friends looking for a cycling tour to get to know Chiang Mai

Posted by trey2993 on 4/11/2015 at 00:52

Hi to all. We are five friends from Slovenia. We already made our way into the South and now we are planning to visit the North of Thailand for a week. We are going to spend 2 days in Chiang Mai and would like to get to know the city and get some info about the cultural aspects, temples, historical landmarks etc. We are thinking a cycling tour would be the best option as chiang Mai is quite flat. Any input on cycling tours in the area? What is the best? We are looking for something not expens ...

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Viewed 5,189 times, with 42 replies. Last reply by trey2993 on 14/11/2016 at 03:50

Beaches on the north coast

Posted by alessandro on 13/11/2016 at 02:51

Hello Me and my partner were looking for having a few days to a beach not too far from Bangkok (to reach by bus) on the north coast in the second week of January.We read of the islands in that area but we wanted to know how are the beaches along the coast. We are looking for a quiet place with no nightlife. What can you recommend?Thank you ...

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Crowds around Christmas/New Year?

Posted by mashiko on 11/11/2016 at 05:47

Hello! We are travelling to Thailand and Cambodia for Christmas and New Years' holidays. I was surprised to see that some seats on a bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap are already sold (only 2 out of 38, but it is 1.5 months in advance). Also I remember that couldn't book some cheap and midrange hotels around Thailand as they were booked out for Christmas in August already... I've been to Thailand before but it was some years ago and I have a feeling that around New Years it might require a muc ...

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Bus Phuket/Ranong

Posted by Juli50 on 9/11/2016 at 04:47

Hi! I arrive in Phuket Airport at 5.45pm and I must go to Ranong soon. I know a bus (Phuket/Ranong/Bangkok) depart at 6.10pm from Phuket terminal bus and stop near PhuketAirport. It don't stop in Airport, but along the street near Airport. But where?? And when?? Sameone can give me any informations??? Thank you!! Juli ...

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Thailand visa

Posted by Paulinebenj on 7/11/2016 at 16:47

I hold a UK passport and I am crossing by land from Laos to Thailand and will stay in Thailand for 20 days. I will then fly back to the UK. Can someone please confirm that the visa exemption (waiver) will cover me for this period of stay with an overland crossing. Thanks ...

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Thailand visa

Posted by Paulinebenj on 8/11/2016 at 00:48

I hold a UK passport and I am crossing by land from Laos to Thailand and will stay in Thailand for 20 days. I will then fly back to the UK. Can someone please confirm that the visa exemption (waiver) will cover me for this period of stay with an overland crossing. Thanks ...

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Viewed 225 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 9/11/2016 at 03:38

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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Viewed 292 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 8/11/2016 at 05:26

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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Viewed 250 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by exacto on 4/11/2016 at 16:54

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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Viewed 278 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 4/11/2016 at 07:26

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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Viewed 228 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by amnicoll on 2/11/2016 at 07:32

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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Viewed 202 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 31/10/2016 at 19:36

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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Viewed 391 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by JW6262 on 31/10/2016 at 04:41

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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Viewed 312 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by JeremyNicholl on 30/10/2016 at 13:28

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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Viewed 457 times, with 8 replies. Last reply by Sknew on 23/10/2016 at 11:51


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