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Trying to find out whatever I can about Bangkok trouble at the moment from various sources before I make any amendments, if any.
I'm flying to Bangkok on Friday 20th December, and will arrive on the Saturday. From peoples experience or advice from previous trouble is it too early to be thinking about my plans during this time?
Also, as a whole is it worth thinking about a plan B to Thailand? I was looking at Laos/Vietnam/Cambodia as an alternative if things go from bad to worse. If not, maybe just avoid staying overnight in Bangkok altogether and travel the rest of Thailand?
Any advice would be appreciated. I'm just erring on the side of caution for now. Don't want to make any rash decisions yet.
Traveling with the family during December and wonder if I should buy our train tickets now or is it safe to wait until we arrive in Bangkok.
We think that we want to take the overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on December 24th. I'm hesitant to commit because plans can change so easily when one is out adventuring. But it is during Christmas and their might be lots of other tourists wanting to do the same thing.
What do all you seasoned travelers of Bangkok during December think?
Name and email/phone of resort at Mae Hat / Ko phangang
i´m going to ko phangan in 2 weeks and there is one resort where i´d loke to go.
It´s in the north at Mae Hat (the beach where koma island ist), and its about 10 cheap bungalows at the western end dircect at the beach behind the river direct
It´s not one of the big resorts, it´s not on google maps, and it´s not in my lonely planet.
Does anyone have a name, and email or telephone?
I never lived in there bungalows, but i like the beach and last time i had a look at thim and in my eyes it was the best option at Mae hat for about 400Baht.
We are a couple with a six-year-old son. We want to spend about a week in the Trang Islands and I have a few questions:
1. What is the best way to get from Bangkok to Trang? I thought it might be fun for my son to take the night train from Bangkok, but I worry about its reliability. Otherwise I think we'd take a plane instead of a bus to save time. Any comments or experiences?
2. I'm thinking of Ko Ngai, Ko Sukorn, and/or Ko Kradan. Is there a significant difference between them? Are some more suited to a six-year-old?
3. Is it realistic to try to spend, say, three days on one of the above islands and three days on another. Or is that a bad idea given our short (one week) time (ie, should we just stay on one island and maybe take a few boat trips)?
4. Related to 3, is it easy to get from one of the above islands to another, or does it basically take up a whole day?
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I'm arriving in the early morning at the Suvarnabhumi airport, and will need to catch a flight at noon of the same day at Don Mueang International Airport. Is the free bus travelling between the two airports still in operation? Will it travell across the city, where the protests are going on? I'm a bit worried about the traffic and safety. Thanks!
I understand that this beach is 'boat access only'.....do I catch the boat from the Pier at Thong Sala or elsewhere??
What sort of weather can I expect in April, May June ??
Are there good accommodation options in Wai Nam or is it best to try at Had Thian or Had Yuan? - I'm looking for long term stay and more FlashPacker than Backpacker budget.....not resort or super luxurious, but not super budget either.
Next sunday december 8th I will arrive in Bangkok, main reason is to apply for a Burmese visa (and leave december 12th for Burma).
Already booked a room close to Khao San Road (Banglamphu). But the unrest in Bangkok made me think of plan B and even plan C. Plan B would be to change to a hotel further away from the center (i was thinking of the Bangkok Rama hotel, 1546 Pattanakarn Road, between Pattanakarn 48 and 50). Plan C would be not to stay in Bangkok but apply for a Burmese visa in Kuala Lumpur and just change planes on Bangkok Airport on december 12th. Would like to have some honest thoughts from people who know Bangkok well and will have a better view on the current situation and the places of unrest in Bangkok.
About also a few questions:
- Are the protests likely to go up again after the King Birthday (dec 5th) and would it be wise not to stay in Banglamphu? And bette...
Can anyone recommend a nice, clean and cheap accommodation in Mae Hong Son.
Hello, I'll be in Krabi Town later this week for 5-7 days. Are there any good, walks in the town. I like to walk in the morning for 3 hours or so just for exercise. Any hills worth walking up. That kind of thing.
I am living in Thailand but will be leaving after my teaching contract is up in March. I am interested in getting back to the States (anywhere really) or even Central/South America by way of boat. Although I'm in Thailand, I could arrange to leave from anywhere in SE Asia or Australia. I just want to be on the ocean! Any ideas? Yachts, cargo ships...no cruises. The cheaper the better. Thanks.
I have to go to Thailand to get a visa. That won't take long, but I have taken 3 weeks for the trip since it happens to coincide with Christmas. I don't want to be running around much. So trekking is out. I would ideally like to have a nice view and to be able to work on my laptop wherever I stay.
I will probably go someplace at the start of the trip, then head back to BKK mid trip to take care of paper work, then go somewhere else for the final part of the trip. So I probably need two locations.
I have thought about spending some time in Hua Hin, which I read on this forum has some budget guest houses.
I visited Thailand in the early 90s and went trekking around Chang Mai. Apart from this, and Bangkok, I've not seen the rest of the country.
I don't have a specific budget and money isn't a problem. But I don't need to stay in expensive hotels.
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I'll be travelling to Thailand for 30 nights during peak season (mid Dec - mid Jan). I'm curious if we'll have any issues getting on buses, ferries or trains between cities/islands? Should we be pre booking transportation?
We'll be going roundtrip Bangkok to Seim Reap via bus, Bangkok to Koh Phangan via bus/ferry, Koh Phangan to Phuket/Khoa Sok via bus/ferry, flying to Chiangmai and over night train back to Bangkok.
Thanks for the help.
Having trouble making contact. Does anyone know if it is still operating. Not getting response to inquiries. Anyone have contact information?
Dear fellow travellers,
I am planning a trip to the area of Ubon Ratchahani and Southern Laos between Christmas and the end of this year. I was wondering if it is possible to visit the temple Preah Vihear from Kantharalak, Thailand at the moment, now that the international court in Den Hague has made its decision. Has anyone been there lately?
And if it is not possible to reach Preah Vihear from Thailand, is there a fast way to get there from Southern Laos?
Can you recommend me a travel agency who could arrange a car and driver to get me there and back within one day or two? I am aware that I will have to get a Cambodian visa for this.
Thanks so much for your advice in advance!
Best wishes and happy travels!
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