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Charlie House Pinklao

Posted by pam80 on 24/7/2008 at 09:13

A warning to first timers in Bangkok, this small hotel advertises itself as central to all attractions and although it is clean and comfortable, central it is definitely not. It is situated down a grimy 500 metre alleyway off a busy road, and has a tuk-tuk with which guests are shuttled to and from to a nearby petrol station where the taxi's stop. But the main problem is getting back to the hotel from other parts of Bangkok after a day out - most taxis and tuk-tuks refuse to take one there excep ...

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Thailand August/How to get around

Posted by cmz11 on 23/7/2008 at 11:15

Hi- I'm I just found this site and think its great how much useful information it has!! Anyways after doing some reading i'm still have some questions/concerns. I was thinking of traveling to Thailand for the month of august but was concerned because Of how much rain certain areas which I really want to visit receive ex: southern Gulf islands of Samui/Phangan/Tao, KO Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, and Krabi. I think this may be one of my only opportunities to go so don't want to pass it up, how ...

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Samui, good choice for vacation in thailand?

Posted by Flacha on 22/6/2008 at 22:00

Is Koh Samui good choice to travel in september ? This will be my first time in thailand with my wife. ...

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Koh Yao Yai

Posted by ruzickaf on 21/7/2008 at 15:59

Hi everyone, I've been attending a diving course and it is divided to the two parts. First part runs in a classroom and in a swimming pool in Prague and the second one can be finished on the island Koh Yao Yai in Thailand (Elixir Resort). Has anyone ever been to this island? Which is the best connection between the Yao Yai island and Bangkok? Is it good choice weatherwise at the beginning of September? Thanks a lot. Filip, Czech Rep. ...

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Koh Lanta and Phi Phi - a few questions

Posted by clare84 on 8/7/2008 at 17:25

Hello, I'm new to the website and finding it really useful so far, so thought I would join in and ask a couple of questions! My boyfriend and I are planning a 17 night trip to Thailand late November-early December. I have been before but he hasn't, so I was thinking of starting off showing him Bangkok and surrounds (maybe Kanchanaburi if I have enough time as I love it) for 5 days or so. He is also keen to go to an island, I've been to Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan so would like ...

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Transportation Issues & Diving bookings

Posted by Py on 18/7/2008 at 04:18

Hi there, I'm trying to figure out the next few things: - how to get from Chiang Mai to the Mae Sa valley? Is this only possible through organised tours or via own motorcycle/car? Or is there a public bus, if so, any idea where I can get my hands on practical info about that mean of public transportation? - how to get from Khao Sok National Park to Ao Krabig? Is it so that the only way to do this is to catch a minibus to Krabi city and from there on head to Ao Krabig? - Also, we've quite ...

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Where to book floating rafthouse Khao Sok

Posted by sansan on 20/7/2008 at 19:34

Hi there! I want to go to Khao Sok July the 25th and stay in a floating rafthouse without having to book a tour in advance. Anyone has some idea where to go or where to call? As all the guesthouses in the guides seem to be at the beginning of the park.. Thanx! ...

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Backpacking alone in Thailand

Posted by ztezet on 13/7/2008 at 14:59

Hi, I'm from Indonesia, and I'm planning to do a backpacking trip from south of thailand all the way up to cambodia around mid december for about a month. I want to ask, will it be hard if I travel alone? will I be able to find a place to stay or a bus to take if I don't make any reservation before? Thanks before for your help. ...

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Tourists: ignore the begging elephants in the cities and don't buy food please!

Posted by mistifarang on 18/7/2008 at 14:18

The begging elephants are getting in the street-scene of Bangkok (and other towns) again more and more common unfortunately. This abuse is against the Thai law but this law has not been enforced in a proper way. One of the reasons is that, when the authorities are coming into action the mahouts are getting besurk, going very far in that. The poor Elephants are suffering day-in-day-out under abnormal circumstances, sometimes they are not fed well resulting in food-poisening, stress of noises and ...

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Koh Phangan Hotel / Bungalow reccommendations anyone?

Posted by chambers on 13/7/2008 at 14:05

going to thailand next week, Just wondering what hotels people thought were good value/location on koh phangan? particularly on hadd rin or somewhere very close. I've been told that the 'sunset' hotel/bungalows is a good choice. Just really after something cheap (1000 baht or less per night) with a decent location. a pool would be an added bonus! What have been some travelfish users' experiences and would anyone reccommend any specific hotels on Haad Rin or somewhere close? Also wondere ...

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Equipment for hiking in northern Thailand

Posted by ruzickaf on 15/7/2008 at 14:40

Hi all, I'm gonna spend my vacantion in Thailand between Sep. 7 and Sep. 21 with my wife and I've decided I'd cover a trek to the mountains (Chiang Mai/ Chiang Rai surroundings) in northern Thailand in my plans. However, recently I deal with a question about outdoor equipment, such as appropriate shoes, clothing, backpack, gps and so on. I've read some travel guides (for example Rough Guides, Student Agency Travel Guide...) and the information are offen quite different and I'm a little confused ...

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East or West - December

Posted by mark1980 on 14/7/2008 at 23:37

Hi, We are finalising our trip and we will be in Thailand from the 5th December (2008) until the 7th January. We're planning on going up to Chang Mai and then coming back down to Bangkok for around the 20th December - our dilemma is whether to spend our time from this point onwards on Ko Phagnan and then moving towards the Western islands after Xmas OR to fly straight down to Krabi and stay around this area. Now the other dilemma is money! Things look rather expensive in Krabi compared t ...

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Koh Samui - Lamai Inn99 - anyone know?

Posted by Flacha on 14/7/2008 at 14:33

Hi Anyone know this resort in Samui? Is this good ? any recomendations? ...

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Is there some reason I cannot find any info of travelling from Chiang Khong into North Thailand?

Posted by coojee on 8/7/2008 at 21:31

I cannot find any info about travelling in this direction. The overall plan of this leg of our travels is to head north from Luang Prabang by boat to Huay Xai then from Chiang Khong to CM via CR or whatever one has to do. Can't find much info at I say, is there a reason why this seems such an unpopular route? I have found a little bit of info going the other way but bugger all heading west... cheers! ...

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Bus from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong

Posted by queanbeyan on 7/7/2008 at 08:53

Hi I plan to catch a flight from Bangkok to Chiang Rai on a Tuesday in October that will arrive at about 9.05pm. The next day I would like to take the nagi of mekong boat to Luang Prabang - this leaves at 9.00am. What time is the first bus from ChiangRai to ChiangKhong, and what chance is that to arrive in time to exit Thailand and cross the river to Huay Xai. I will get my visa for Laos in my country before I leave. I think that it possible to pre-book the ticket to chiang khong but ...

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How do I travel cheap over land?!

Posted by kirstwardo on 28/6/2008 at 10:38

I want to travel across S,E Asia, for about 2 months, but im on a really really really shoe string budget! Ive heard the cheapest way to travel across these countries is over land? How do i go about doing this? Is there a website with destinations and prices? Im just finding it hard to get my head around it!?! Any other tips for backpacking cheap? ...

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Thai-American Shopper Verbally and Physically Assulted by Store Owner at MBK Mall- June 30th 2008

Posted by MellyMel on 3/7/2008 at 15:29

Greetings all. I am a travel writer who went shopping and was verbally and physically assaulted by a shop owner 2 days ago at the MBK shopping mall. I am writing this as a warning to travelers and shoppers on the many various levels of customer service in this country. Some shop owners in Thailand are very nice and helpful, while others are very rude and nasty, and to warn against supporting this kind of service, or therefore lack of. First off I would like to state that I am Thai-Americ ...

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Where to Honeymoon for a few days followed by a year of backpacking?

Posted by jenniemcmartin on 24/6/2008 at 12:32

My husband and I are going to backpack SE Asia, India, & Europe over the next year, so we're clearly on a budget, but would like to spend a few days, maybe on Koh Samet or Koh Chang, honeymooning in a nice, but budget concious resort. We'd like to spend our few days in a nicer guesthouse then we plan to be in throughout the remainder of the year, but we have to really keep in mind how much we spend. Any suggestions? ...

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Chiang Mai - Bkk Train

Posted by scomoore1 on 23/6/2008 at 01:40

You can book train tickets on any train in Thailand at ANY train station in the country. When you book, try to have the agent put your name on the ticket. Just took the overnight train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Booked the a/c sleeper in Ubol. The Chiang Mai-BKK overnight train has a lot of foreigners on it and some of the staff have developed some scams to use on farangs. The first is the 'welcome drink.' A pursor/waiter comes by when the train is underway with glasses of orange d ...

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Viewed 1,828 times, with 2 replies. Last reply by paulspad2002 on 10/7/2008 at 01:14

Christmas on Koh Mak

Posted by Fireflower on 17/8/2007 at 19:36

Hi Have friend who lives on Koh Samet and I am going to visit for 3 weeks over Christmas. I would like to get off Samet and thought about going some where quiet like Koh Mak but I have not been before. Has anyone been there over this time? How busy does it get and do we need to book? I don't want to spend over 1000 baht for a room. Can anyone reccomend a place to stay? Any tips will be much appreciated:) Kawp khun maak kah! x ...

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