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Thailand has changed the rules for people entering the country via land borders. If you are planning a trip to Southeast Asia, or are on the road now, then read this and prepare to either alter your plans or get better acquainted with your local Thai consulate.
So what's the deal?
While the official English translation of the order has yet to be published (and is unlikely to appear before next week due to today's holiday for the King's birthday), a combination of an unofficial translation and reports from various borders suggest the speculation is accurate. The headline change is that anyone crossing into Thailand by land, who doesn't already have a visa from a Thai embassy or consulate, will be ALLOWED TO STAY ONLY 15 DAYS, not the previous 30.
This does not apply to people flying into Thailand, who can still get 'stamped in' - or in official parlance enter under the 't... more »
Hi fellow travellers :)
So I will be going to Koh Chang near Pattaya around 18th July.
1.How many days do I need to count on when I need to be back at Bangkok intl. airport . Need to catch a flight 26th July, checking inn at 11 am.?
There is going to be some full moon stuff so dont know if there is some kind of rush hour also counting in the weather in July?
2. Also going there in July some say the island is closed down, due to the rain?
3. Any good midrange(20-40$) places around lonely beach, since we are a group of 5-6 ppl. for the full moon, which is said to be best at lonely beach?
Book in advance?
I have a week left for beach holiday in Thailand and am looking for a place with a great beach, some other backpackers and huts for no more than 500 Baht per night.
Not sure where to go: Ko Phangan (been there lots of times, like it), Ko Lanta (never been) or Ko Phayam (never been) ?
Where would you go?
I have a trip to SE Asia planned for the summer (june, july +august). we will be in south thailand in July and planned to travel Bangkok-Krabi-Ko Phi Phi- Ko Lanta- Ko Muk- Ko Lipe- Langkawi.
Ive seena few posts saying the ferries stop in April. Is this ALL ferries? do you think this route will still be possible or should we re-think the route and go over land?
Im just wondering about traveling to Thailand in October I know its nearing the end of the wet season and rain is expected but how much? Will it rain all day with no sunshine or just rain for certain periods during the day? I don't mind a bit of rain, I think it would be nice but if the weather was awful all the time with no sun it would be off putting.
Has any one visited in Oct?
Myself and a friend are planning on spending 5 weeks in Thailand/Vietnam/Bali over August into Sept.
We are completley open to any route/adding in ideas/taking out destinations etc
We have about £1700 spending for the 5 weeks. (is this realistic)
We are more open to the idea of adventures/discovery and checking out places rather than touristy things i.e. elephant rides etc.
If anyone could offer advice on their MUST SEE PLACES - and why, please let us know!
We are also 2 21 year old girls - are we safe enough on our own?
Thanks for your help and suggestions.
Any additional info needed to aid your advice, just let me know!
Coming from BKK on nighttrain and stopover for a day at Ayuthaya.
Staying for 7 nights at ChiangMai or......I'dont know where to go or better how to plan the trip?
Travelling with my boyfriends parents who's mother has backproblems.
We want to see nature, wildlife, some culture. I don't know if we can find an agency for trips not so heavy.....
we surely don't want to go for an elephant trekking.
Maybe going on to Mae Hong son, Sukothai? What about the distances?
Any suggestions are welcome.
I have just seen a BBC television show from about 2011 - ' Stacey Dooley Investigates Thailand' * , in which she examines the dark side of tourism . While waiting for an appointment to see the prime minister about the plight of sea gypsies about to lose their last remaining land on Rawai beach , Phuket she visits the full moon party at Ko Phangan . Her first reaction was to blurt out loudly to the camera - " Its sooo COMMERCIALISED !!!!! , its soooo ENGLISH !!!!!! Its not what I expected !!!!!!. Why don't more partygoers have that reaction ?.
The brief glimpses of Patong and Rawai beaches at Phuket during her visit were shocking. Many posters here fret about the party scene and thats understandable but no matter how moronic the FMP is the elephant in the room is what mainstream and upmarket tourism has done to Phuket . Without the full moon party its possible that H... more »
Where is the best area to find chEap accommodation on Ko Tao? What is the sea like for snorkeling at this time?
Anyone know of an Internet cafe on samui which has photoshop installed on the computers?
So ive travelled to Thailand twice in the past, once when I was 11 and another when was 14 with my family and had the time of my life!.
Over the years ive saved up a fair bit of cash and thought what better way to spend it than to go travelling!
My plan so far is to spend 1 month in Thailand travelling around the country staying in cheap hostels and eating cheap street food as much as possible, then travel to Cambodia and spend 2 weeks there before returning to Thailand for another 2 weeks before flying home from Bangkok.
Ive done plenty of research but there are a few things I would like advice and confirmation on, so here goes!....
1. Would I have any problems regarding visa's if I stay in Thailand for just under one month then travel either by plane or train to Cambodia, spend 2 weeks there and return to Thailand for a further 2 weeks before flying home?
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I am just looking for some advice. Myself and my partner are travelling to Thailand for 18 nights and we have roughly planned an itinerary just so we get to see and do a lot of things, but hopefully get some chill out time to!
The reason we are in koh samui for so long is my brother lives there and we want to spend some time there before going to koh phangan for the full moon party for 3 nights.
Does this itinerary look feasible and would you recommend flying or night train? to be fair if we book with air Asia in advance then it is actually cheaper to fly, or if not completely cheaper the same price as a second class sleeper?
Also we have at the moment chosen Chang Mai however we are considering swapping this and going to Krabi, has anyone any experience of both? we cant decide? or any recommendations for other places to visit? Any ideas of things to do in phuket/cha... more »
I am planning to go to a party in Koh Phangan in July with some friends. We don't really want to be stuck at our hostel before and after the day of the party if the place is too crowded, full of tourists and so on.
We tried to make a booking for 2/3 days which was not possible (5 nights minimum stay at the time of the FMP).
Would someone have any suggestions regarding a nice hostel that enables you to keep your itinery a little more flexible? Would it be a solution to chose for a half moon party instead? Maybe you are less restricted then, also because there are 2 possible data to catch the half moon.
Which leads me to another question: Is the experience of the half moon party comparable to the full moon party? Is it worth it? ( I know this is a personal thing but anyway.. )
First time in Bangkok, we wants to buy scarves, ties etc in real silk.
Where to buy them so they are real?
How much to pay?
Me and my girlfriend have return tickets from the UK to Hong Kong, 19 days. The plan is to spend a couple of days in Hong Kong, fly to Singapore and then fly back to Hong Kong from Bangkok.
This is the plan itinerary:
Day 1 : Hong Kong -> Singapore via flight
Day 2: Singapore -> Kuala Lumpur via flight
Day 3 : Kuala Lumpur -> Phuket via flight
Day 4 : Phuket -> Koh Samui via bus
Day 5 : Surat Thani Airport -> Bangkok flight
Day 6 : Bangkok -> Hong Kong (early morning flight to catch UK flight later that day)
I've done a bit of research in to these places but I'll be honest, I don't know where the best places are to visit and for how long. We both want to do exciting things (See Tigers, Universal Studios etc) but keep it a nice beach holiday too. I don't know if Kuala Lumpur is really the place for us as I've read its nowhere near the beach but as we're there it... more »
It is possible to make one extension with that kind of visa??
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