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Northern Thailand - Chiang Dao or Tha Ton

Posted by danyagreenfield on 19/4/2015 at 06:22

I've been in Chiang Mai a couple days and would like to go further north to spend about 4-5 days in a more remote, peaceful setting where I can do some trekking (perhaps to visit hill tribes) and explore the natural surroundings (caves, waterfalls, hiking). Does anyone have suggestions about whether it would be better to stay in Chiang Dao versus Tha Ton? Which is less touristy but still has some trekking options that won't be exorbitantly expensive for one person traveling alone? Thanks! ...

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On animals, and animal abuse, in Thailand

Posted by somtam2000 on 30/3/2015 at 09:34

From the latest newsletter: On animals A couple of days ago a beach club in Phuket posted a collection of photos from a Sunday brunch event on their Facebook page. A number of the photos showed a baby elephant being led around poolside and at times being ridden by a man drinking. Once the photos were shared online, the response was fast and not at all positive. A discussion on Jamie Monk's Facebook page elicited tonnes of comments and shares -- the comments were near universally negative. ...

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Posted by STEEBEE84 on 20/4/2015 at 08:40

Hey guys I have an indirect flight booked from chiang mai to Saigon. At which airport will they take my departure card off me? Chiang mai or Bangkok. Our plans have changed and need to stay over after the first leg. Is this possible? ...

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Mini Van from Krabi Town to Koh Lanta after 4PM in May

Posted by sunkohsun on 15/4/2015 at 02:49

Fellow travellers, I arrive at Krabi Airport 4PM (give or take some delays) on 5th May, may I know if I take a shuttle bus to Krabi town, will I be able to catch a mini-van to Koh Lanta? I get so many conflicting information online. Some site say a trip with mini-vans can be booked anytime before 10PM from travel agents in Krabi Town, others say after 2PM is not possible. Then the resort owner tells me there is a mini-van which departs from Krabi Airport 4.30PM but I may not catch it in time, ...

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Is prebooking accomodation a must during Christmas/New Year (Dec10th - Jan12th)

Posted by appsapples on 14/4/2015 at 05:12

Me and my boyfriend are travelling to Thailand between Dec 10th - Jan 12th, we preferably don't want to book accomodation but keep hearing that trying to find accomodation over Christmas and New Years will be a nightmare. This will be our first time backpacking in Asia and we didn't want to plan out our exact route beforehand and wanted to either turn up and find accomodation or prebook a few days before. Will this be possible or should we book a few months beforehand? We preferably want to sta ...

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Andaman Coast Islands in April/May - Possible?

Posted by theaudiobully on 20/3/2015 at 06:42

Hi, My partner and I will be in Thailand for just over 2 weeks from April the 23rd. Initially, we were looking at spending 2 weeks island hopping around the Andaman coast (Phi Phi, Lanta, Railay, Lipe etc) but have read that a lot of the passenger ferries stop in April and don't open again until October. As you can imagine, we were both quite disappointed to read this as we have both been to the Eastern part of Thailand but not the West. So my question is, are some of the things we've read ...

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9 days in Thailand, starting point Koh Samui, where to go?

Posted by Mahsa on 8/4/2015 at 08:51

Hi there! My partner and I are travelling to Thailand on the 7th of May. We'll be spending our first week on Koh Samui and then venture out for 9 days, ending in Bangkok. I'm thinking; Day 1; Koh Samui - Mu Ko Ang Thon National Park Day 2: Mu Ko Ang Thon National Park - Surat Thani - Khao Sok Day 3-4: Khao Sok Day 5: Khao Sok - Surat Thani Day 5 onwards I don't know whether we should head towards Bangkok and explore whats between Surat Thani and Bangkok by train or whether we should go f ...

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Increasing prices now outweigh the shortcomings

Posted by tezza on 13/3/2015 at 17:51

After several dozen visits to the beaches and islands I willl no longer return on a regular basis. In recent years prices in the Andaman and southern Gulf have gone up way in excess of Thailand's general inflation rate - I'd say they have doubled on average over 3-4 years: some more than that, approaching or in a few cases exceeding western prices. In the past I have always been prepared to overlook the area's shortcomings because it was a genuine low-cost destination. But I am no longer prepar ...

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Accommodation availability Christmas/New Year - Thailand

Posted by foxiebex on 11/7/2013 at 06:29

Hi, I was wondering what the accommodation availability is like over Christmas and New Year. We will be spending almost month from 12th December until 7th January. We are flying in and out of Bangkok where we will book something in advance. Other than that we were intending to be spontaneous. Our only major plan at the moment is to end up at Koh Lanta at some point. It is my first time in Thailand but my bf spent a month there ten years ago, he thinks we will be fine but I'm a little concerned ...

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Wedding in Thailand

Posted by Ellebanna on 29/11/2010 at 20:31

Hi, I plan on getting married in Thailand in November 2011 and am quite confused at which island/beach to stay at. The plan is to find an all inclusive resort and spend a week holiday with close friends & family with the wedding during the week on one day. I really dont want to end up at a resort where the beach is not private or is in a dodgy area. I was keen on Ko Phi Phi or Ko Samui but have since read quite negative things about them? Can anyone recommend anywhere in particular fro ...

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Suggestion: motorbike rental il Chiang Mai

Posted by Esusino on 22/6/2014 at 06:25

Hi all we plan to do the Mae Hong Soon Loop in 3 weeks time, I'm looking for a reputable shop to rent from in Chiang Mai I've read a lot of stories about scams to tourists (including "simulated" theft of the bike) Do you know if the shops offers full insurance? Including theft Any good experience in Chiang Mai? Many thanks for your help! Andrea ...

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Macky's Riverside Kitchen in Nong Khai

Posted by NongKhaiBart on 11/4/2015 at 03:16


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WWYD - looking for a beach/island for ten days with a toddler.

Posted by Sophiacollins on 2/4/2015 at 03:46

Hi, I'm looking for some advice and hope some of you can help me. We've already spent three months in Thailand, mostly in Pai. For the last month we've been travelling round Vietnam. We're about to head back to Thailand, and will then have 10 days before we fly home to the UK. We'd like to spend that time totally chilling, ideally on a beach. Travelling with a toddler can be a lot of fun, but it can be pretty hard work. Where would you recommend we go in Thailand? I've been reading about so ma ...

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Transfer from Bangkok to Hua Hin and Visa

Posted by nowy on 5/4/2015 at 09:41

Hi guys, I will be arriving to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi at 2.40 pm I want to go to Hua Hin the same day. Do you know if there is any reliable transport straight from the airport? I've googled it but couldnt find any clear information. I will have to get my visa on the arrival, but not sure how long could this roughly take, anyone knows? So basically I need to go to Hua Hin after 2.40pm and after making visa. Will appreciate any help:) Thank you ...

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Koh Yao Yai getting there

Posted by ismagg on 7/4/2015 at 04:00

Hi, We are a couple who travel to Thailand on June-July. We are wondering if you could give us updated information about how to get to Koh Yao Yai from krabi. We will stay there 3 nights, but we have doubts about time table of transport by boat and from which pier in krabi boat departs. Considering that is low season we are concerned about it. Thanks!!! ...

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Is there a limit to how many times I can enter Thailand?

Posted by roro1990 on 6/4/2015 at 14:56

So i'm from one of the many countries that qualifies for a 30 day stay in Thailand on arrival by air, and 15 by land. My question is whether there is a limit to how many times I can do this within a short period of time? In my case, I went into Thailand in October 2014 for 3 weeks. Returned again in February this year for 4 weeks before leaving and returning again in March for another 10 days. I now want to go back to see Songkran before going to Australia on a working holiday, and my question i ...

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Kangar, Malaysia to Pak Bara, Thailand

Posted by roam on 4/4/2015 at 01:30

Does someone know how to get to Pak Bara pier from Kangar, Malaysia by bus or van cheaply? ...

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Training near Cambodian boarder

Posted by Scottie001 on 23/3/2015 at 06:52

Hey. I will be spending June this year in Thailand. I plan on spending the whole month training somewhere near the Cambodian boarder. I've looked online for Muay Thai gyms close to the boarder but with very limited results. Also I'm not looking for somewhere super modern. Just the average Thai gym Anyone know of any towns etc I should look up ? Cheers ...

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Double Entry Visa and Tourist Visa

Posted by irig0ld on 24/3/2015 at 22:58

Hi there guys, A visa question here. I'm from the Netherlands and I'm planning to stay in Thailand (Bangkok) for at least 3/4 months, but before I stay there (myself) I'm planning to take a little trip around Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Bali with my cousin. The plan is to also go to Thailand with him on this trip for about a month at the start of our trip. Here's where I'm getting confused about the visa. I was planning to get a double entry visa that would allow me to stay in Th ...

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Where can I have the best elephant experience?

Posted by karenosullivan on 9/3/2015 at 20:07

I'm planning on backpacking around south east Asia for about 4 months. I believe one of my highlights will be spending time with elephants. I was disturbed to read how about how elephants are treated for the sake of the tourist trade and I do not want to take part in it. Can anyone recommend a place where the elephants are treated well and where I can have the best experience with these gentle beasts? From my research, Elephant world and Elephant Nature Park seem to have a good rep? ...

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