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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, I am travelling with my girlfriend for 31 days starting in Bangkok, Thailand, from mid August to mid September. Our flights home are from Singapore, so we can travel to anywhere between the two destinations. We are currently set on heading south from Bangkok through Malaysia. We are thinking 2 weeks in Thailand, a week in Malaysia, and a few days in Singapore.
My main concern is the weather, and places to avoid if it's rainy, as it seems we are heading for the rainy season. I have been doing some research on islands to visit, such as Koh Tao, Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui etc. but if the weather is rubbish maybe we should think of other places? We have considered going along the coast and crossing the border at Cambodia and staying there for a bit.
Our aims for the trip are beaches, islands, elephants, temples, culture, scenery
I was wondering if there were any places that ar... more »
Hi, my daughter and I will be arriving at BKK airport from London and then flying by Cebu Pacific to Manila 10 hrs later. We will spend 8 days in the Philippines and then return to Thailand for 25 days, then we will return to London. Could anyone tell me if a visa on arrival will be sufficient for our stay in Thailand? Does the 30 days start when we first arrive in Thailand even though we are not planning to leave the airport, or do we get another 30 days when we arrive back in Thailand from our trip to the Philippines?
Hope this makes sense!
I would like to study thai massage while i will be visiting Thailand.
First of all where do you think is the best city? Bangkok, Chiang Mai or the South?
Second what is the best way to learn?
Again I find myself in the situation of being to a place before (with an organised group of thai speakers) and now wanting to come back on my own but not being able to find my way or see how to do it.
I want to stay in Kallapangha bungalows on mea haad beach but all I see is a phone number its again not available on any booking sites. I am too much of a scardy pants to not book and just try my luck on the day, what if they don't have rooms? Anyone stayed here before have some advice on how to book, should I just fly by the seat of my pants and hope for available room I fly to Thailand in 5 days and nerves are kicking in
I would also like to ask one last question does anyone know of a restuarant in Koh Tao like whitening like whitenings sister restaurant but way up in the mountains with such a pretty view.
We are planning our 2 week honeymoon in Thailand and I want to get your opinions on schedule and a few other things. Below is the schedule. I am also looking for recommendations on a cooking school and elephant farm in Chiang Mai. Other tour recommendations would be great also. Hotel suggestions in all 3 places would be great also! I was thinking of staying at JW Marriott in Bangkok, as we have points to use and I believe its close to the skytrain. I am leaning towards Chedi Chiang Mai, in CM and have no idea about Koh Samui. I chose Chiang Mai before Koh Samui as we will probably want some relaxation after Chiang Mai. Thanks!
Leave Atlanta July 12
Arrive Bangkok July 13
3 nights in Bangkok
Fly to Chiang Mai July 16 (flights $65 per person)
4 nights in Chiang Mai
Flight from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani - Then you take the ferry to Koh Samui - $255 per perso... more »
I Unverstand there is a daily night train from Bangkok to Vientiane Laos?
We need two seats (or what ever they over) for Saturday June 1st going from Bangkok to Laos and two tickets going from Laos back to Bangkok an Sunday the 2nd...
Does anyone have info on how and where to book? I could get to the train station earliest on Friday so 24h before the train... Is it ever sold out?
Thanks for any help!!
It's been a couple of months since we last had a flight from Don Mueang airport - back in March we noticed it didn't have any mobile phone service desks like Suvarnabhumi airport.
Has this changed since March - if not, does anyone know if the 7-11 air side sells DTAC sims and load? I remember asking in the 7-11 in Suvarnabhumi once and they didn't stock sim or load cards, so obviously not all 7-11's stock them. I had a look at DTAC's website and it only lists a centre at Don Mueang plaza which unfortunately closes at 20:30 (we don't land until 21:40).
Any info would be great.
we are 26 & 30 years guys and want to visit thailand in January 13 for approx 10 days, I want to know the islands where we can go for some good snorkeling, Jet skiing, kayaking, chill out on nice beaches with beer but not loud music or parties.
We don't like so much crowd but not honeymooners looking for total solitude, pls advise it is Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Samui or any other ...
I want to book lopburi city hotel for my one night in Lopburi and I cant find a site to book it Ii want it as you can open your wondows and see monkeys come up Ive stayed there before and it is the whole reason Im going back please help me find a way to book this hotel or one like it with monkeys. I cant even find their website
I've searched previous posts before writing this but I haven't been able to find anything very helpful, and internet searches haven't been too useful either, so hopefully someone will be able to help.
I'm planning a month-long trip to SE Asia in August - the only concrete plan I have is that we're flying into & out of Bangkok, and we're trying to figure out roughly where we'd like to go although we'll be booking as little as possible in advance so we're able to change our minds along the way if we want to. I'd like to spend some time somewhere on the coast, but I'm neither a party person nor someone who wants to just lie on a secluded beach for days on end. I love the sea and coastal scenery, but I don't want to end up in a place where the only thing to do is sit on a beach. Equally, I don't want to go somewhere that's going to be busy and full of tourists who mostly just want to lie... 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!
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