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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 »
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I just got in Thailand a couple of days ago and at the moment I am in Bangkok, however I'm not planning to spend more time here, and I thought I would ask around for some advice regarding the visa before I actually go to Krabi, which is where I intend to stay for the next couple of months. I didn't have a pleasant experience with the visa on arrival ( like a lot of people I didn't actually expect the authorities to request a return ticket, but they made me buy one on the spot, and I was also frustrated after finding out the visa is only valid for 15 days ), so I was thinking about getting a 60 days tourist visa. Will I be able to extend my current visa with a tourist one somehow here in Bangkok? I know normally you get one before getting in Thailand, but in my case that wasn't an option since the nearest embassy was 1000km away in my own country. Also, if that's not possib... more »
Khao San Roaders should be aware that there are reports that the Bangkok protesters plan to 'lay seige' to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports tomorrow (Saturday 7th Dec, at around 9am).
No need for panic, but probably not a good idea to be near protest areas at that time.
Other news is that Monday has now been designated 'all-or-nothing' day, with calls for protesters to march on every street in Bangkok, starting in the morning. Be prepared for traffic mayhem all day.
Please somebody recommend a an evomicay priced guest house available Dec 15 to Jan more or less. Quiet, easy access to where one should be In Chiangsi
I am going to Thailand for the first time and I was wondering how hard do you have to bargain when you want to book transportation or buy clothes etc.?
I was in Indonesia 2 years ago and you had to bargain all the time and very hard. Most of the time the initial price was up to 400% higher then the price we agreed later after bargaining for a while.
I heared in Thailand it is not that bad?
Thanks for any answer
I fly in to Trang on 16th December and I'm spending New Years Eve in Phuket. I intend to work my up Island hopping, there is so much choice, I wondered if anybody had any recommendations. The only place that is a must see for me at the moment is Koh Lanta, other that that completely open to suggestion.
Any advice greatly appreciated.
I am planning a visit to Amphawa for a few days in January. I have heard that it is so crowded on weekends. Can anyone recommend a place to stay. Something close to the river market and not expensive. Also a place that I might be able to book online. Some places I have seen say "make deposits on ATM" I dont trust that. Anyone had experience making at reservation by ATM?
Can anyone out there tell me if it's possible to travel from Trat to Krabi by (preferably overnight) bus? I'm going to be coming up from Koh Kong in Cambodia and want to head south for some climbing. I've searched around but can't find any information on this route.
I am actually a person who played Escape games a lot and I recently came across an amazing live escape game in Bangkok.
The place is called "Escape Hunt" it locates in a very convenient place right in the middle of Asok area in Interchange 21 building just opposite Terminal 21. You will be a detective and find the killer, moreover you have to escape the room within time as well.
I highly recommend this place for anyone really. For those who look for something new and exciting to do this is your place. Totally worth my time, the game itself is both super fun and knowledgable, the staff are very friendly and welcoming.
You can google for their website and Facebook for more information.
Hello- heading to koh samui next year with hubby and an 18 month old baby. Last trip we stayed at Ban Talay resort which was nice but just a bit too far south- very long walk to the shops/main area. Just looking at other options on Chaweng. We want to be close to the shopping and be on the beach but not too close to Ark bar as we want to get some sleep. Also need somewhere child friendly/with a cot and looking at under about 3500 per night.
Thank you very much.
I am moving to Mae Hong Son for three years and need information on housing specially on detached houses. I will be with my family and need at least a three bedroom house.
Hi, I'm sure this has been posted before but I can't find one right now so I'll just ask again..
My friend and I are going to Thailand next summer (2014 summer) and we will both be 18. I just have a few questions that it would be extremely useful if anyone could answer (even if you can only answer one or two of them). Also we are going for 2-3 weeks:
1. Is booking accommodation a good idea or is finding somewhere to stay easy?
2. Where are the best places to visit, we were thinking Ko Samui so far.
3. Are the full moon parties everything they're supposed up to be?
4. Are there a lot of internet cafe's dotted around?
5. Is it actually safe to go with just two of us being so young?
6. Where is good for partying?
7. Honestly how much is food/accommodation?
Thank you if you can help!!
Right now I am staying in Koh Lanta and I am looking for a great offerdable place to do a yoga retreat.
Somewhere in this area of Thailand. Tips anyone?
My boyfriend and I are 20 something American backpackers. We have been in Ao Nang for 7 days...we love it. We need to begin making our way further south toward Malaysia for a visa run.
We need a good, fun, and inexpensive route for 2 weeks stay along the way. We want to go to koh lanta first and then probably one more stop before Penang. But we aren't sure of the cost to get from lanta to x place and then from x place to penang. Anyone know of a good route? Thank you,Help is much appreciated!
Hi guys and girls,
Is there anyone out there, who's currently in Chiang Mai and who also would like to go to Doi Inthanon Nationalpark, without paying much to much money, for just getting pushed through the main sights and then get back to chiang mai.
I would really like to go there for maybe two or three days on my own and I just wanted to ask, if anyone would like to join me. I would like to get there by motorbike or taxi, which don't know jet. I'd like to explore the area there a little bit by foot and get jast some better impressions. I think it's possible to rent a tent there and I think it's also possible to get wood from the parkrangers, for the fire. Just if you want to join me, be sure that you have cloths to put on which are warm enough.I'd like to get there tomorrow or at least the day after tomorrow. So if you're interested, just contact me and it would be a pleasure ... more »
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