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Visa requirements, do I need to send my passport?

Posted by swiggle on 21/3/2016 at 16:06

Hi everyone. Just wanting to find out whether I need to send our actual passports with our visa applications or if I can just send photocopies. If so, which parts of my passport do I need to photocopy? Am I better of sending something else as proof? Thanks in advance! ...

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Killing time in BKK airport before 6 am flight

Posted by cusekyi on 20/3/2016 at 11:44

Hi all, I am going to Myanmar for a month this summer, and will be flying to and from the US through Bangkok and then taking an AirAsia flight to Myanmar. I have done this trip before and know that AirAsia flies into Don Muang, and that there is a free shuttle from Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi. On my way back to the US, my flight leaves Suvarnabhumi at 6 am. I will have to fly from Myanmar the day before, but am unsure how to kill the time before my next flight. I know I won't be allowed to check ...

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Thailand in August - Alternative Itinerary

Posted by tiagosorio on 21/3/2016 at 08:59

Hi everyone, I'm traveling to Thailand in August for 2,5 weeks. Because of the weather it's a bit difficult to choose the itinerary. With the exception of Bangkok for 3 days, I would like to travel a bit off the beaten track: - do some trekking, preferably without drowning in mud - contact with wildelife (not zoo-like experiences) - 4 days of beach / snorkel - would like to get a flavour of the culture, but not that into temples. Any tips? Kind regards, Tiago ...

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Searching for Full Mooners Pre 2005

Posted by juliannemacd on 21/3/2016 at 08:16

Has anyone attended (or know anyone) who has attend one of Thailand's famous Full Moon Party's pre-2005? I am covering a story on the evolution of the party over the years and would love some feedback or someone I can contact. Thank you!! ...

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Posted by bman88 on 14/3/2016 at 21:54

whats involved in getting 2-4 week extension on my visa? ...

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Trat and the Islands

Posted by ChrisJenko on 29/11/2010 at 18:06

Hey guys, after some information in regards to banks / int ATM's. Im looking to use Trat as my base for jumping to the islands of Ko Chang, Ko Mak and Ko Kood and im wondering how i go about getting cash withdrawals on my debit card. Is there an abundance of Int ATM's in Trat or the islands or would it be advisable to organise cash before leaving Bangkok? Cant find much info about it that isnt dated back to early 2000's ...

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getting US dollars in Bangkok

Posted by andrej123 on 1/3/2016 at 08:00

Hi all, I know a lot has been written on this topic, but I was wondering whether the information I read is still up to date. So, I need to get US dollars for my onward travels into Laos to buy the visa at the border, as well as for buying a vietnamese visa later on. Since I am not going to Myanmar I don't care if the dollars are pristine, I just want to minimize my loss through exchange rates and commissions. I have an american bank account. (i) as far as I've read, there is no way I can direc ...

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From Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Siem Reap - transfer time problem!

Posted by Brammio on 7/3/2016 at 09:26

Hi everyone I am currently travelling through SE Asia with my girlfriend and we were planning on going from Chiang Mai to Bangkok with the night train, arriving at 5:25 AM. Then we want to take a flight to Siem Reap from there but the cheapest and most convenient flight leaves at 7:25 AM (Suvarnabhumi). Do we have enough time to get the flight? And are the night trains from CM often delayed? Any help will be much appreciated! ...

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'Thaintro' or STA travel

Posted by benjturner95 on 11/1/2015 at 14:51

I'm going to be travelling to Thailand in April for about 6-8 weeks, I'm 19 and I'll be travelling on my own! I want to do a tour at the start of my trip to ease myself in and meet some new people, hopefully who I can travel onwards with. I'm torn between the week-long 'Thaintro' and an STA tour, the 20 day 'Cambodia/Vietnam' tour. My concern is that the tour involves a lot of really long bus journeys, so i could spend half my time on a bus rather than seeing a country, whereas Thaintro is mor ...

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Crappy Ko Phi Phi

Posted by somtam2000 on 3/3/2016 at 07:50

A story in the Phuket Gazette about Ko Phi Phi's ongoing pollution woes. Read the story if you'd like to see a photo illustrating a very good reason why you shouldn't swim on Lo Dalam. Interestingly: "A stink about the untreated wastewater was raised after it was revealed that about 1,800 cubic meters of wastewater was produced on the island each day, but only 300 cubic meters could be handled by the Wastewater Collection and Constructed Wetland System in place." The processing pl ...

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Andaman island hopping advice

Posted by Bilbo1 on 26/2/2016 at 05:55

Hi everyone, I'll be travelling from Krabi to Ko Lipe but also want to visit Ko Kradan and Ko Libong and will be finishing in Ko Phi Phi (after which I have to catch a plane from Phuket). I'm wondering which route would be ideal in terms of cost and time. My initial route would be the following: 1. Ko Lipe 2. Ko Libong 3. Ko Kradan 4. Ko Phi Phi but was wondering if going to Libong first then Lipe followed by Kradan and finishing with Phi Phi would be better? Any advice would be a ...

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Viewed 666 times, with 4 replies. Last reply by DLuek on 28/2/2016 at 23:35

Chiang Mai burning season

Posted by Swmphot on 20/2/2016 at 15:43

Hi all, I know burning season starts around now. I'll be in Thailand in a couple weeks and was hoping to spend some time in the north. I was wondering if anyone had a local report on the climate status or the forecast for the next few weeks. Thanks! ...

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Khao Lak vs Karon Beach, Phuket

Posted by mcgdeborah on 22/2/2016 at 09:25

Please don't shoot me for asking this question. I have been to Karon many times and this year October my husband will accompany me to Thailand for the first time ever. I normally stay at the lovely Pacific Club, Karon where I feel safe, comfortable and eat well and I can swim at either Karon Beach or Kata Beach. However, I have never been to Khao Lak which looks lovely. Can anyone tell me the pros for going to Khao Lak versus Karon? Would we be able to swim in the sea there in October? ...

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Is legitimate?

Posted by thescenicroute on 20/12/2013 at 06:39

Hi everybody, We are looking at booking a ferry from Phuket Rassada Pier to Ko Lanta, and we found a website called that offers significantly cheaper rates than Tigerline (1,800 vs. 2,700 for two people one way). There seems to be very little information about them here and elsewhere online. Has anybody ever used them? Is it a legitimate service? Are they just an agent or an actual provider? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Julia & Julian ...

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China Visa in Bangkok?

Posted by Wanderluster on 13/4/2012 at 19:24

I am returning to Southeast Asia for a couple months at the end of April and have an extended layover in Beijing on the way home. My friends and I plan on leaving the airport since we have 11 hours to spare and thought it would be a great opportunity to check out one last place before we head back home to Canada. I have tried to research the visa situation for China, but have come up with conflicting reports. I know that China does allow airport transfers without visa from Pudong to Hongqiao. ...

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Viewed 2,658 times, with 5 replies. Last reply by ABeaulieu88 on 25/2/2016 at 23:20

3 Week Thailand Itinerary December

Posted by Jo2016 on 24/2/2016 at 08:38

I am planning a 3-weeks holiday to Thailand in December. I have the following route in mind: Bangkok (3 days)--> Flight to Chiang Rai (2 days)--> Rent a car and drive via Thaton (2 days), Pai (2 days), Mae Hong Song (1 day), MaeSariang (1 day), & Doi Inthanon to Chiang Mai (3 days)--> Flight to Surat Thani --> Khao Sok NP (3 days)--> either Koh Tao or Surin Islands+Ko Ra+Koh Prah Thong+Ko Kho Khao (3 days)-->Return flight via Surat Thani and Bangkok. Other option ...

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Help from Bangkok please!

Posted by Chelseamatt1 on 20/2/2016 at 02:17

Hey guys! Long story short I broke my nose and was unable to fly out on my original start date 17th Feb, I will now be flying out Friday 26th! My friends did leave and are currently in Bangkok. Ideally would be great to meet them in Bangkok but understandly they don't want to stay in Bangkok for 10 days while they wait for me. Can anyone recommend a good alternative of where to go and then meet me? I was thinking pop down to a Thai island for 4/5 days then head back to Bangkok to meet m ...

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Ban Chiang Museum

Posted by cuscus on 12/2/2016 at 02:26

HI There! I will be in Udon Thani next month and am hoping to take a day out to visit the Ban Chiang museum for a few hours. Can anyone give me an idea if it's better to stay the night in the town near the museum or better to go back to Udon Thani for the night? I would be driving up to Vientiane the next day or possibly later that night, depending on what else there might be to see in the very nearby area. I have read it's about 50 kilometers from the city but not sure what area ne ...

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ko Libong / Ko Muk /Ko Jum

Posted by woodyuk on 11/2/2016 at 06:57

Hi All Heading to Thailand in March and thinking of flying to Trang then going to ko Libong / Ko Muk /Ko Jum then flying out of Krabi Quick question is 2 weeks to short to do this trip ? has anybody got any recommendations on these Islands ? I am traveling alone and am basically looking at just relaxing and diving Thanks for any info ..... ...

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Viewed 548 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by DLuek on 12/2/2016 at 00:27

Parking at Friendship Bridge # 4 Thailand

Posted by mortmans on 4/2/2016 at 18:38

Is there any secure parking at Friendship Bridge # 4 on the Thai side? We will have a hire car and need to leave it for about a week. Thanks ...

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