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Bangkok shutdown

Posted by zls on 2/1/2014 at 05:38

Hello, unfortunately my long haul from Bangkok leaves on Jan 16. I will arrive by train from the south and wonder if and how I will be able to get to the airport. Right now I plan using MRT and the airport train and I have a lot of time. Anyone have a better idea? I will also have to go through Bangkok on Jan 9, but don't expect major difficulties on that date. Opinions? Thanks for sharing your thoughts, ZLS ...

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Renewing Visa

Posted by pdropl on 2/1/2014 at 19:51

Hello everyone, My 30 days visa is about to expire and would like to stay a couple of months more traveling around the country. I am in an island on the border with Burma and I heard one can take a boat to the border, spend a few hours there and renew the visa. The question is, would I have problems if I do this twice in two moths to get two more 30 days visas? Any tips? Thanks in advance. ...

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Protests / Where to Stay

Posted by ktothej on 27/12/2013 at 13:33

Hi All, First post here, thanks for the knowledge you all impart, I've been doing a considerable amount of reading. I'm looking for some opinions on the protests and where to stay to best avoid them in Bangkok. My wife and I will be in Bangkok for 3 days 12th - 15th of Jan then again on the 30-31, I currently have accommodations booked on Samsen Rd in Banglamphu area. Based on Richard Barrow's map of the protest areas, it seems a bit close to the zone around the Government House so I'm consi ...

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Ao Noi resort, Ko Kut/Kood

Posted by Tennouji on 7/12/2013 at 00:08

Has anyone stayed at this place in one of the fan bungalows as a walk-in customer recently? If so, how much did you pay? I'm not a great fan of booking in advance but as I'll be heading to Kut in the run up to Christmas I thought I might. They don't seem to have their own website and the booking sites have the fan bungalows for 1,400! Seems a bit pricy for a fan room. The beach looks lovely but I'm not really wanting to pay so much to book if is cheaper as a walk-in. However, I've been to Kut ...

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where to buy a new iphone / galaxy in Bangkok

Posted by meronmona on 31/12/2013 at 23:57

hello i'm looking to buy the new iphone 5s / new galaxy. I know there are many shopping malls in Bangkok and that many places sell fake cell phone. anyone has a tip for me ? where to buy ? how do i make sure it's not a fake one ? thank you ! ...

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Nakhon Nayok/Uthai Thani

Posted by chriswotton on 5/8/2010 at 19:17

Hi all Am thinking of making a short-ish trip up to one or both of Nakhon Nayok and Uthai Thani in the next couple of weeks, and wondered if anyone had visited (whether recently or in the more distant past)? I realise this is less trodden ground than elsewhere, but if anyone has any experiences worth sharing I would love to hear. Thanks Chris ...

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Best Experience for Wildlife

Posted by RachelW on 8/3/2011 at 04:26

Hi there I was looking to go back to Thailand in Sept / Oct and wanted to spend some time with local wildlife. What is everybody's best experience / recommendation? and which are the ones that really are genuine conservation programmes and in the animals best interests. I am sure most of them will not be 'wildlife' per say anyway as they will be in reserves. I have the following ideas in mind Elephant Nature Park Lampang - Mahout training Tree top Asia (Gibbon safari)- not strictly wildlife ...

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Andaman Coast/Itinerary Advice

Posted by Ace8c on 30/12/2013 at 12:14

My husband and I are headed to Thailand in mid February (we are in our early 30s). We will be there 10 days. We fly into BKK and would like to go straight to Chiang Mai for 3 days and then head to the South - we were thinking of flying to Krabi and then heading over to Koh Lanta and maybe doing some island hopping for 5 days, then heading back to Bangkok for 2 days before we fly out. Does this seem feasible? My biggest question is where would you suggest going in the South? I have heard ...

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Running shoes in thailand?

Posted by Carbide on 28/12/2013 at 14:08

Hi, I am curious what to bring for footwear to Thailand. Only bringing a 40L pack and have some flipflops and Aasics running shoes right now. Will this be sufficient? I would like to workout during my travels so I figured a running shoe would be appropriate. They are black, will this be a problem in that climate? Should I opt for Nike Free's? (they are a bit lighter in weight and can get bright colours, probably more packable). Will likely want to do some hiking in Chang Mai, etc. I have size ...

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Does durian grow in Chiang Mai?

Posted by Durianwriter on 5/12/2013 at 01:02

Hi, I've been under the impression that durian only grows as far north as Uttaradit province, but recently someone told me they'd seen it growing in Chiang Mai. Can anyone verify this? Do you know of any durian trees growing around Chiang Mai? Thanks! ...

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Budget room near DMK

Posted by Vaishali on 29/12/2013 at 02:38

Hi, I have a flight at 6:20 a.m from DMK. Does anyone know of a budget accommodation for backpackers. Dorm with shared toilet will do too. I want to spend about 500 THB and we are three! I shortlisted We Train International House and they have accommodation of 6 beds in a dorm at 900 THB but they are force feeding me to accept another room with 3 beds. Can anyone living in Bangkok, call them and help me book 3 beds with them? Their address and number are as follows:501/1 Dechatungka Road, Don ...

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DMK Airport to Khao San Road

Posted by Vaishali on 29/12/2013 at 02:33

Hi, Please enumerate the bus and train route to go to Khao San Rd. from DMK Airport. I land at 3 a.m. and wont get my room till 10 a.m. So, I can coose to go by bus or train. Which is economical? And which is better? Ideally, I would like to snooze till 7 a.m. and then shower. Have breakfast and then head for Khao San. Leave my baggage at reception/front desk of my hotel and head for the palace instead of wasting time to get into a room which may not happen for many hours. But does DMK have ...

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Arriving late into Phuket Airport, what to do/where to stay?

Posted by rustythomson on 4/12/2013 at 14:21

Hi everyone, we have a late flight arriving into Phuket airport at about 930pm from bangkok and have a few friends flying from New Zealand and arriving at about the same time. We had planned to travel to Patong town and stay there however we were reconsidering staying one night near Phuket airport as we have heard the drive is approx 1 hour to Patong and just want to jump into bed and leave the next morning. My questions is: Is there any accommodation near phuket airport or is it basically ju ...

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Posted by susal77 on 12/12/2013 at 18:23

hello everyone, i will spend the whole of february in the chiang mai region and i wondered if any fellow yogi may recommend a yoga school or retreat. thank you and shanti-cheers from munich ...

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Travel Suggestions for Couple

Posted by Carbide on 28/12/2013 at 12:50

Hello, We are two newlyweds, late twenties, who will be flying into BKK on January 25th. We haven't definitively planned or booked anything yet and are a bit overwhelmed at all the options. We definitely want to go to Chang Mai to see and interact with the elephants, but for most of the trip we were hoping to explore, scuba (need certification), snorkel and be beach bums. Obviously would like to experience the culture and such as well. We were hoping to avoid the younger raucous crowd that popu ...

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Posted by Starving_Sound on 25/3/2013 at 20:00

So - I finally have my Visa and my tickets and I am bound for Thailand. But I have a conundrum. I have family in Sattahip who asked me why don't I stay with them. That way I won't have to worry about paying rent anywhere. While that's all great and good I also have to give up not only my privacy but also some of my independence. And strange considering - though family - I don't really know my aunts and uncles. Plus - I really want to see what it's like living in a big city like Bangkok - w ...

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Bangkok floating markets?

Posted by blyths24 on 19/12/2013 at 08:57

Hi, I am heading to BBK 26th Decemember and would like to visit a floating market. When I search for them around 8-10 pop up. Im struggling to choose one. Does anyone have any reccomendations or tips? Many thanks, Jack ...

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Can anyone help with some visa info?

Posted by gratefulmames on 26/12/2013 at 11:54

Hey world, trying to get some info on Thai visas. So I'll be arriving in Bangkok on January 10th and doing a yoga program until the middle of April. Now, obviously I will have to renew my visa within this time frame. In order to get my visa before I arrive in Thailand, I need an onward ticket to a neighboring country (or wherever). What I'm wondering is - should I buy an onward ticket within the time frame of the initial visa (a 60day period) and change the flight date later to April after I fi ...

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/12/2013 at 03:31

OK kids, when you go backpacking you don't have to fit a specific image OK? Was at Big C today with the wife. I never go there, but I needed something at the computer store. Walking in front of me were two kids. They were wearing fisherman's pants, loose fitting cotton shirts, flip flops and... conical straw hats! They were carring very beefy backpacks with bed rolls on top. For one, it's way too cold out right now for those clothes. Everyone around them had jackets and nit caps and the like o ...

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Bangkok's 20 best hostels

Posted by somtam2000 on 18/12/2013 at 20:23

We've just released out latest travel guide -- Bangkok's 20 best hostels which is available for free download in PDF format (iBooks is pending approval from Apple). The guide contains detailed reviews, photos, maps & contact details for our favourite picks in Bangkok, so if you're not sure just where you want to stay, it is well worth a look. All the on-the-ground research was undertaken by David Luekens who faced the daunting list of culling it from an initial list of over 50 places to st ...

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