Asia - Thailand
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I am heading to Thailand for a month, from late February to late March. I have never been to Asia before, let alone Thailand. In fact I am not much a seasoned traveler; I've only been out of the USA once, for a couple of months in South Africa. I'm excited and scared and any advice or help that others could give me would be much appreciated!
I only know the basics of my trip so far. I will fly into Bangkok, and perhaps spend a week or so there. Then I'd love to take a train north to Chiang Mai. Aside from just exploring these two cities, eating as much Thai food as possible, and perhaps taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai I have not planned anything else. As far as places to stay, do guest houses need to be booked in advance? Are guesthouses even the best choice of accommodation for a young traveler on a budget? I am open to all and any suggestions about must-see/do in c... more »
In Asia with the wife from the end of Jan, but...
My mother & step-father are going to be joining us for three weeks at the beginning of Feb and whilst I'm quite knowledgable on the southern islands, I've never been to Koh Chang or the eastern islands.
With that in mind I'm looking for what people consider the best island for snorkeling, lazy days etc off Koh Chang to introduce them to Thailand (They've never been to SEA before)
We'll be taking them in to Cambodia and to a couple of their islands towards the end of their trip, but would like to give them a bit of the 'away from it all' lifestyle prior to Siem Reap, and we will be spending a few days on Chang prior to this also.
I'm not looking for bungalow suggestions or anything like that, just best beach/best snorkeling/best atmosphere in peoples own opinions.
Any input is appreciated as always.
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I'm wondering if Baan Thong Ching is still open. I'm planning to go to Thong Ching Bay from Surat thani airport in the end of June but I have received no response from their email or from their website.
i'm going to thialand in 9 weeks just wonderig what some really good hotels are in bangkok
hi everybody, i know i can reach the airport from the railway station by foot,
but i have a little question for you..i will be travelling from chiang mai to bangkok with sleeper train and arrive at don muang railway station at 6.05 am..will i be able to catch a flight to Krabi at 08.00 am or it is too risky?!
my other option is to arrive at don muang at 09,10 am and catch the flight at 13,40 (1,40 pm)
every suggestion is well accepted!
It's twenty years since I first came to work in Thailand, since which I've notched up four postings here, countless holidays, weekend trips, day trips.
I've driven the length and breadth of Thailand, visited every single province and raised a couple of kids here along the way.
To add to the 'risks' I've lived and worked most of that time either within spitting distance of Pattaya or the heart of Farangland in Sukhumvit Bangkok.
As I'm coming to the end of my latest duty posting I'm in a contemplative mood, looking back over my most recent posting here, and way back to those early days I can't recall anything like the stream of problems, scams, dangers, disappointments or bitter experiences that Titima spends his life warning us against.
Perhaps I am indeed missing something that Tits in his wisdom sees where I am blind.
Any recommendatios for hotel with wifi internet?
Trip will be on next week :)
I recently heard there were 4 buses/times doing this route not just 2, I also saw there was a cheaper, more complicated route? Not that I'll do that but would like an update on the transport situation from Ubon.
warm greetings from, Jakarta-Indonesia.
I'm about to travelling to the andaman for about 5 days 4 nights on mid-february
I will be arriving in krabi airport at 2 pm.
Let say what will be the best, straight to Ao Nang or Koh Lanta, and how to reach both place?
Anyway, my main destination is Koh Lanta-Phi Phi and perhaps the city transfer Ao Nang-Krabi Town.
Would you like to help fixing my itinary ?
Ok so I've left this a bit late, (to be fair I was misinformed!!)
Im going to Thailand in 3 weeks, and have a 6month return flight (which I can amend, so I can come home early or stay longer)
I am hoping to teach when I am there, but I don't have a job as yet.
I think I need a tourist visa, and if I get work then get a buisiness visa?
I don't know if I need to get the 1 entry visa which lasts 3months (I'm hoping to get a job after 1 month, and to be fair, if I don't I'll have to come back to the UK before 3months as I will have run out of funds!) or to get the 3 entry visa which lasts 6months, as my flight is a 6month return!
Any help is highly appreciated!
Thank you :)
I have an Indian passport and will be travelling to Phuket from Singapore.
I understand that there is visa on arrival for Indian passport holders. My query is about the condition of having living expenses of THB 10,000. Should I be carrying hard cash or my credit cards would do?
Awaiting a quick reply.
Thanks in Advance
Last February I went to Thailand for 12 days on a holiday with a mate. We visited Bangkok and then flew to Koh Samui and checked out the island, Phangan and Tao. Yesterday I booked a return flight to Bangkok and I'll be in Thailand for 27 days starting mid Feb as a solo traveller.
This time round I want to head to Chang Mai, Phuket, Phi Phi, Krabi, Samui and Koh Tao.
I know quite a lot about Bangkok, Samui and Koh Tao but I know little about Chang Mai, Phuket, Phi Phi and Krabi. The forums are full of ideas and potential trips but I wanted to ask a couple more questions in this thread so I don't miss out.
Bangkok - (2 nights) last time I did the golden buddha, palace, koh san road etc so for the 2 days I have in Bangkok is it worth going to the floating market, if so how is best to get there or should I do it as part of a tour.
Train - Sleeper train to Chang Mai from Ban... more »
as has been widely reported in the past day or two, China has now finally passed the milestone of 50% + 1 of its population living in cities.
I took a look in the CIA handbook at some of the SEAsian pages and realised that with the much faster rates of urbanisation taking place in Laos and Myanmar as opposed to Thailand, though they are slightly behind Thailand in the book, the figures only go up to 2010, and thus indicate that both of them should be overtaking Thailand around now. If this is now true, and Laos and Myanmar are in fact more urbanised than Thailand in 2012, then this would make Thailand the most rustic and least urbanised country in SEA, apart from Vietnam, only slightly behind, and Cambodia. But because Vietnam is urbanising at 3% per year, but Thailand at only 1.8%, then it looks like Vietnam will overtake Thailand soon too.
the CIA SEA figures in full
Singa... more »
for tomorrow morning I need to get to Bumrungrad hospital for a 9am dental appointment.
On a bit of a budget so i'd like to take public transport , does anyone know the best route? I have tried google and the journey plan it gives is all in Thai...and im not that fluent just yet!
Alternatively, how much would a metre taxi cost and how long would it take?
thanks for any help
I'm going to be traveling from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, specifically to see the Erawan waterfalls. Whats the best way to get from Kanchanaburi (Erawan National Park) up to Sukhothai? Would it be best to go through Ayuthaya? From my research it seems that would be best but I just wanted to check. Thanks.
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