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Travelling around Phimai Lao/Songkran?

Posted by DLuek on 21/3/2009 at 20:22

Hi, I'm heading into Laos on April 1 and am planning on getting to Luang Prabang around April 7. My dilemma is this: I want to spend at least 4 days in LP, and would like to be in either LP or Chiang Mai for the new year. I also have commitments in Chiang Mai starting April 21, so I have to get there by that date. Would it be best to leave LP by boat or bus on the 10 or 11th (flying is not really within my budget) and try to make it to Chiang Mai just in time for Songkran? Or, if I s ...

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Safe accomadation/trek in chiang mai

Posted by paulshuttle on 21/3/2009 at 18:17

I am planning trip in July. We really want to do a trek, probably 2N3D in chiang mai. So 2 questions.... need a place to stay in Chang Mai, i have read quite bit bout bags being stolen whilst on the trek. Where is a good place? And what companies to avoid for the actual trek? And the best 1s stil on a budget? Thanks ...

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money matters!!!!

Posted by barrylad66 on 21/3/2009 at 15:04

hi everyone having travelled a fair amount to se asia,namely tahi laos viet cam,i have just booked a flight back to bkk(itchy feet!!)...this trip i am planning to travel to malaysia and indonesia.could anyone give me an idea what i will get for my pound?.i have heard it is fairly cheap in indonesia,but i'm not not really sure about malaysia..gratefull for any replys regards adrian ...

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Are there lockers for backpacks at Bankok train station?

Posted by cjt on 2/2/2009 at 02:02

I've heard conflicting reports. Can anyone shed any light on whether there is a safe place to store baggage at Bankok train station? Thanks ...

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Chiang Dao - trekking, transport, etc

Posted by citizen on 19/3/2009 at 19:30

Hello all -- Thinking about heading up to Chiang Dao for a couple of days and doing a short trek. Has anyone got any experience of trekking out of there? E.g. I was looking at some of the guesthouses in Chiang Dao on here that offer treks - seem very expensive but has anyone used them? Is it possible to get up there and back in a long day from Chiang Mai - or would an overnight be better? What's the transport like there and back? (believe it's about an hour each way) Someone I wa ...

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Ideas for a short trip out of Pattaya?

Posted by cubedweller on 13/3/2009 at 00:00

Currently in Pattaya and would like to take a short (2 night) trip somewhere. I've been to Koh Samed so I would like to go somewhere new -- flying is an option (out of Bangkok or Pattaya) but would rather not -- any ideas? ...

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weather in september

Posted by halongbay07 on 18/3/2009 at 01:34

can anyone advise me on what parts of thailand will get the best weather during september? in particular the islands! cheers. ...

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new website

Posted by barrylad66 on 18/3/2009 at 14:40

no question really,just to say that the new look website is looking "boss"!!! ...

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Posted by Jellena on 18/3/2009 at 18:57

I would like to travel to Thailand in October. Could you please tell me about outside temperature and tepmerature of the sea in that time? Are those days in october (first half)very raining? Thank you! ...

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Any Accommodation recommendations for Full Moon??

Posted by hupourdat on 18/3/2009 at 20:47

Hi All, we are hoping to pre-book accomodation for the Full Moon party on Ko Pha Ngan on April 9th - hoping to get there around the 5th and stay until the 11th. Has anyone got any hostel/guesthouse recommendations? Thanks. ...

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Rentals for months in Bangkok

Posted by mcbees on 16/3/2009 at 23:46

Anyone have knowledge of renting in Bangkok for 6 months? Any good agencies or places to look? Is it easy to do. Would be grateful for dos and don't on the subject. Cheers ...

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Bangkok's top 10 guesthouses for 2009

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/3/2009 at 07:18

We published this story yesterday, but I didn't have time to mention it here on the blog, so here it is! During a recent foray through Bangkok, we put together a list of what we think to be the top ten guesthouses/hostels in Bangkok for 2009. The list covers different budgets and we've tried to cover all the "main" districts in Bangkok -- it was a difficult list to boil down to ten -- that's why there's actually 12 places listed. Our final list is: 1) Sam Sen Sam Place 2) Shambara Bou ...

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plan from bangkok to the islands?

Posted by halongbay07 on 17/3/2009 at 23:27

im heading to thailand for the 1st time in september and plan to only stay in bangkok for 1 night before heding out to the islands, after reading up on here i definetly want to avoid phuket, koi sumi and any of the other heavily touristy & commercial islands. so i would just like to know which route of bangkok people recommend to get to the best islands, im also thinking about going into cambodia to see angkor watt for a day or 2 if anyone has any thoughts on thats as well? Thanks. Ben. ...

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Ko Chang and surrounding area

Posted by davythelegend on 18/3/2009 at 01:44

Hi, I'm heading to Thailand in April/May. I'm planning on going from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Phenom Pehn and then down to the Ko Chang area. 2 questions for anyone who has been 1. Is Trat worth spending a night in? 2. Is Ko Chang much of a party island? (I'm planing to split my time here and one other island maybe Ko Wai which will be quieter) ...

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First time to Thailand

Posted by demoncleaner on 11/3/2009 at 06:38

Hello everyone, My girlfriend and I are planning an 8 week trip to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. I have been doing some research/planning for it and I have found this site to be very helpful, though I still have several questions. 1) Many people/articles mention bartering. I have been about before, but was just wondering of the general tone/feel of it, and whether it is appropriate to barter over budget accommodations. Is it more like Latin America where the vendor will state a price and yo ...

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anyone ever bought a tuk tuk?

Posted by peppermintpaddy on 17/3/2009 at 04:38

i was recently in udon thani,and saw brand new tuk tuks for sale-from£1000,-£1300 uk.anyone ever bought one?Anyone know if they can be taken across borders-eg,laos and cambodia.Thinking of a mad trip with 2 mates-It depends on cross border feasability.Any suggestions?/ideas/experience? ...

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Islands 15th - 21st needed!

Posted by inthroughthebathroomwindow on 10/3/2009 at 19:30

I'm a wee bit busy volunteering at the mo and my indecisiveness is being increased in the heat I'm sure, so I need some help in planning a week down south. I'm planning on going down South for my last week of my 16 month trip and I'm not really sure where to go. I want beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets, a bungalow with a hammock & some other stuff to do i.e. snorkelling, maybe some hiking. Chilled out and not super busy, but a few people around for some fun too. Backpacker budget applies. M ...

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Thailand VISA FEE Waiver Program and re-rentry extensions

Posted by Kostichka on 12/3/2009 at 03:33

Hi, I just got a 60 day tourist visa free of charge at a Thai consulate (outside) Thailand but valid only for single entry. I am a national of one of the countries that can get 14day visa upon arrival. The consul told me that I can get re-entry stamps (for a fee of course) in immigration offices. I will need two more entries (total of 3). I would like to know how long does the procedure take? Are there any restrictions on number on re-entries? Can I get multiple re-entry stamps simultaneousl ...

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Free Thai Visas

Posted by citizen on 6/3/2009 at 05:33

I was at the Thai embassy in London today - expecting to pay GBP 28 for a 60-day tourist visa - only to find out that from March 5th through June 4th anyone eligible for the visa-free 30 day entry can get the 60-day visa free of charge. No idea if this applies at embassies throughout the world but it would seem likely.. ...

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Thailand, Laos, Cambodia route?

Posted by hunt_101 on 9/3/2009 at 21:22

4 of us flying into Bangkok on 30/6/2009 and returning home on 1/9/2009. This gives us about 8-9 weeks to check out Thailand, Laos, Cambodia. None of us have been to SE asia before and would like to get some advice on a decent route to take. Obviously not getting too specific about where we go just a general outline. We are all in our 20s and so want to try everything whether its jungle treking or zip lining etc. Perhaps incorporating the FMP on 9th July or 6th August. Maybe getting your ...

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