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how crowded is 'crowded'?

Posted by jasonkim8486 on 29/9/2009 at 07:53

ill be in thailand from beginning of december to february. is this period really that crowded from what ive been reading? how about ko tao, ko samui, krabi, ko phi phi, similan islands and ko turatao? are these places more or less crowded? [im going to stay away from phuket] what are some great secluded beaches during this time period if i havnt already named them above? i also hear due to the recession there are alot less travelers? is this true? ...

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Koh Tao weather early December

Posted by Rosie_4783 on 29/9/2009 at 18:59

Hi All I will be travelling to the islands on December 1st and have five days to spend. I was hoping to spend a good bit of that time on Koh Tao, try my hand at diving etc but looking at the interactive weather map I'm not sure if this is feasible? Essentially if it rains for five days straight I'd be a bit peeved. What does everyone think? Does anyone have experience of Koh Tao at that time of year? Would I be better off sacking Koh Tao and heading straight to the Andaman coast inste ...

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Limited stops in Thailand, where to go???

Posted by krazymary8 on 29/9/2009 at 12:53

Has anyone visited both areas and can you help recommend one over the other, whats they offer and what NEEDS to be experienced? (1) Ko Chang (east of Bangkok, near Trat) AND (2) Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan & Ko Tao (Gulf of Thailand) We are limited on the number of stops we can make and were wondering which stop to cut out. Any suggestions? ...

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Are there good beaches between Bangkok and Rayong?

Posted by marjolijnc on 29/9/2009 at 03:33

Does anyone now about beaches between bkk and Rayong? And anyting about huts or simple bungalows? A quiet out of the way place would be nice. Thanks, Marjolijn ...

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To travel Thailand - car or motorcycle?

Posted by DLuek on 28/9/2009 at 07:39

Well I'm starting to plan the next trip, and am deliberating whether it's better to buy/rent a car or motorbike for use both around Bangkok and travelling around the whole of Thailand.. At first I was set on a car, but am now thinking a motorbike with some power would work for long distance travel, and would save on the budget a bit. Also of course one has to love the freedom of weaving through traffic, rather than sitting stuck in it for hours. Any opinions/advice from those who have tra ...

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Bus travel to Krabi

Posted by monkeymania on 27/9/2009 at 15:47

Hi all, We will be taking the overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani , and then a bus to Krabi. I need a little advice about the bus please. The train arrives at Phun Phin station, which is some distance outside Surat Thani itself. Apparently there are a bunch of private buses that are waiting at the station to transfer tourists onwards, but I have read that these can be a hit and miss affair, and you are much better off with a government bus (leaves on time, safer, etc.). Does an ...

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3 weeks on Thai Islands - Ko Lanta first - then where?

Posted by Kazzer00 on 22/9/2009 at 21:31

Myself and my boyfriend will be spending just over 3 weeks in Thailand in October. We are going straight from Bangkok to Ko Lanta . We plan to spend 2-3 nights in Ko Lanta. Can anybody advise if there is anywhere else we should go to nearby? I know that a lot of the ferries don’t operate until November. We’re looking for somewhere not overrun but not dead quiet either. With some good snorkelling and with some restaurants/bars. We plan to spend the second half of our holiday over on t ...

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proof od drop in tourist numbers?

Posted by furneburner on 27/9/2009 at 07:45

Hi all, Had a heated discussion on friday night (followed my me getting done for DUI) with some ignorant thai friends who say the tourist numbers in Thailand have not decreased lately. I argued the opposite. Of course, as i'm only a farang what would i know? Any online articles i can use as backup? ...

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bus problems

Posted by SEQfunbod on 29/9/2009 at 07:58

I have two problems trying to get info on buses. I am planning to stay at Hat rai or Ao Nang around xmas and want to cover an option. I'm thinking if the boats are stopped due to bad weather, can I get a bus to Krabi? If so, can anyone advise. Later, I'll be staying at Pai . I want to go to Chiang Khong. Do I have to go back to Chiang Mai, or is there a bus that goes from Pai to Chiang Rai and onto Chiang Khong? If there is, what could be the timetable? Thanks heaps ...

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Vientian from southern thailand..

Posted by jasonkim8486 on 29/9/2009 at 01:41

whats the best option for me to get to Vientian from southern thailand [ malay border]. i dont want to end up taking a 2 day bus/train ride. any cheap airfare from the southern region? ...

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Viewed 1,398 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 29/9/2009 at 07:21

Andaman gulf beginning of December

Posted by Seba on 28/9/2009 at 20:58

Hi, I'm planning on going to the Andaman Gulf (Khao Sak, Similan Islands, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Railey) at the beginning of December. My questions: will these be overcrowded that time of the year, or is it only really bad from mid-Dember on? Is it much different from let's say end of October? And is it affordable (I'm a backpacker)? How many days will I need to do the above (I scheduled around 10 days) ...

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Viewed 2,018 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by tezza on 29/9/2009 at 06:56

Pai and Chiang Mai during Christmas

Posted by jsham84 on 14/9/2009 at 23:16

I will be traveling to Pai and Chiang Mai region during the Christmas holidays from Dec 18'27 roughly. I want to do some trakking and the normal sightseeing. Will it be possible to do without advance reservations or will I need to book everything ahead of time_ ...

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caving:Soppong vs Chang Dao

Posted by soQQuadro on 26/9/2009 at 07:46

I'll be staying in northern Thailand for, say 10 days , end of October, till Loi Krathong...and was now wondering if is better to head to Soppong [ I want to go couple of days to Pai] or head north to Chang Dao for both caving and landscape and peaceful Thai village. Is there a bus to go to the Lao border from there? or do I have to go back to C. Mai???? TA ...

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Viewed 2,485 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by soQQuadro on 28/9/2009 at 08:31

taxi hat yai to pakbara and on to lipe

Posted by virupaksa on 28/9/2009 at 00:23

Hi guys Planning to take the Airasia morning flight to Hat Yai and then a taxi from the airport to Pak Bara to catch teh ferry to Lipe. Any of you have any idea how much I should pay for the taxi? The flight gets in at 08:15 in Hat Yai. Will I be able to make it on time for the 11:00 ferry? Also, Castaway resort any good? Or do you recommend another place in the 2000-2500 baht a night range? Thanks! ...

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Posted by phili on 26/9/2009 at 00:26

is koh phi phi don in the aonang region? as seemed to reserved two hotels in the area, one the address is: Phak Nam Bay, Koh Phi Phi, Aonang, Muang, Ko Phi Phi Don the other is;420 / 22 Moo 2 | Aonang, Krabi 81000 are they in the same place as i thought one was mainland krabi and the other koh phi phi (island)? ...

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Viewed 1,502 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by somtam2000 on 27/9/2009 at 18:30

Thailand Itinerary - Please Help

Posted by MikeObrad on 25/9/2009 at 09:12

Hi All, I have put some time into trying to put together a Thailand itinerary for my fiance and I. We will have between 2-3 weeks and unfortunately be traveling during the rainy season in Thailand June - August. This will be our first trip to Asia. Here is the itinerary that I have put together below followed by some questions. Days 1-2: Bangkok Days 3-4: Chaing Mai Days 5-6: Chaing Rai Day 7: Bangkok Days 8-9: Kanchanaburi Days 10-13: Phuket /Ko Phi Phi Days 14-17: Ko Samui Day ...

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Travel during King's birthday-what to expect?

Posted by boleslav on 25/9/2009 at 02:41

Our travel plans coincide with the Kings birthday. We'll be returning from Trang to Bangkok either on the 5th or 6th of December and I would like to check with you what should we expect, what does it mean for the travelers? What should I be aware of in order to avoid any delays, etc. Does this mean that the whole country is celebrating and the services shut down? I have read somewhere that it will be a long weekend, as the 5th falls onto Saturday. Can you please confirm this and which da ...

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Viewed 1,847 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by christof on 26/9/2009 at 20:19

Mid-range High Season Thai Island/Beach??

Posted by Minnaar on 16/9/2009 at 21:43

Hi there, I'm quite new to Thailand and am looking for some suggestions as to where to take my girlfriend on vacation. I'm looking for any suggestions for any beach or Island that you've enjoyed around the south of Thailand that will fit these criteria: Location- Southern Thailand Date: Around November 25th for one week Budget- 1500-2000Baht a night. Will pay less obviously but want something nice. Accommodation- Looking for a bungalow or room with A/c, hot water. Very close to wh ...

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buses to trat

Posted by SophieAlice363 on 24/9/2009 at 17:41

Hello travel peeps, I'm due to arrive in Suvanabhumi Airport at around 18.00 in early November and want to head straight to trat and then ko chang. Whats the best way to get there without too much hastle and avoiding central bangkok? (I do like Bangkok but prefer to avoid cities after 16 hour flights) I've found a few options but I'm unsure if they are still in operation and if they are the easiest way. From what I can gather the last bus from the airport bus station to trat is 18.30i ...

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Viewed 2,847 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by swag on 26/9/2009 at 04:57

Day Pack

Posted by korch1nat0r on 24/9/2009 at 02:27

This may be a stupid question but I have never been to Thailand before. What should I take in my daypack? Clearly I will be taking my camera, some money, my passport. Everyone says toilet paper. And an umbrella. Is there anything else? Thanks for helping a newbie backpacker out. ...

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Viewed 1,642 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by korch1nat0r on 26/9/2009 at 00:07

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