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    Protests and Coup

    by Applelyn Written Jan 23, 2014

    Favorite thing: Expect a coup every 3 to 7 years. However, they are generally peaceful. If the airport is shut down, take a bus to Pattaya, Phuket or even Cambodia. You will be able to get back to wherever you come from.

    Fondest memory: Food! Thai Street Food! Like the grilled meat and noodles.

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    Thai Fruits

    by machomikemd Written Nov 1, 2013

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    Favorite thing: thailand is a powerhouse in fruit production and it has vast agro-industrial estates devoted to planting and harvesting large quantities of both tropical and even temperate fruits (mostly citrus fruits), which are acclimatized to Thailand's humid weather. you can buy assorted thai fruits like bananas, watermelon, mangoes, long kong, rambutan, durian, bread fruit, grape fruit, pomengranate, pineapples, longgan, winter melon, jackfruit and more, all around bangkok and prices are very cheap, even at the supermarkets and at the markets around bangkok and then partake of the delicious and very cheap fruits.

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    Cigarettes In Bangkok

    by machomikemd Written Oct 30, 2013

    Favorite thing: being an international tourist destination, Bangkok Has it all, even cigarettes and cigars. thailand has local cigarette companies and international cigarette brands and tourists and locals are spoiled for choices as there are marlobors, philipp morris, winston, camel, lucky strike, 777, benson and hedges and a lot more brands available in stores, supermarkets, convenience stores and at pubs and bars and lounges all around bangkok. one common denominator though is that all cigarette packs of whatever brand has graphic pictures of the bad effects of smoking occupying half the cigarette packs!

    cigarette prices are from 80 to 110 baht, a pack, depending on the brand.

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    Be cheerful and nice to people..

    by Treshi Written May 7, 2013

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    Favorite thing: It doesnt take much to be nice to people no matter where you go in the world. Therefore, be decent and pleasant to people in Bangkok and specially to vendors. They tend to be rude at times mainly due to the language barrier as they are not fluent in English which most of us talk. I found the people over there to be very nice and a bit moody at times but we did get help from various people over there and they didnt hesitate to help at all.

    Fondest memory: I enjoyed the lovely food and the shopping malls over there. Amazingly wonderful food including street food which one must not miss..

    Me and my friend in front of the hotel
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    Dawn Over Bangkok Sky : Can ask for more?

    by goutammitra Written Dec 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Those who know me well, also know that I love to take hundreds of pictures while on the go! Some think, this is totally foolish! My logic is that they really don't know me well. I think, once I come back from a place it's about only a month or so you remember the place well. But if you have taken pictures of every possible moment , it can be highly rewarding, like these pictures! We could not go to Wat Arun, but I did get the opportunity to see Bangkok Dawn as I was carrying my Olympus Tough with me to capture Dawn while landing at Bangkok at 5.30 AM. I could have slept for half an hour more but I would have missed dawn of Bangkok sky!

    The lesson is that I should have kept D-90 ready with me to ensure the quality of the pictures! Better next time!

    The Water Body and The Reflection ! Dawn at Bangkok from Thai air flight! The Rays of Hope! The Water Bodies and Rice Field of Rural Bangkok!
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    What makes the City Great?

    by goutammitra Updated Dec 12, 2012

    Favorite thing: In the last several years or say since I visited last in 1984, when it looked like an extended village like Kolkata, but in the 30 years or so they have developed so much to become one of the biggest competitor to the city of Shanghai! Today, the roads of Bangkok are wide, concreted, toll gates installed, clean. Today the city looks swanky and beautiful can be compared with any developed city!
    At the time I visited last , there were thousands of slums in the city of Bangkok, today they are gone, and only a few remain. They also looked clean and split AC installed over their roof! That's really a sign of betterment of the people and certainly the per-capita income has certainly improved a lot!
    To me, since I come from city of Kolkata ( which is very large in length and breadth, but still far behind among the beautiful cities) Bangkok , has made enviable progress among her Asian sisters!

    Beautiful clean tiered road The clean Canal of Bangkok The well planned Multi flyovers The wide roads The tolled roads.
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    Travel by Thai Airways

    by goutammitra Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Travel by Thai Airways always have been a good experience for me, in all I have traveled with them for 12 times to Bangkok and Bali all ways. Their service is really very good but in their recent flights I noticed that they have reduced the quality of food and drinks. They are now serving very cheap Scotch , no Black Label or Chivas anymore! I also noticed during flight to Bali that they are serving the same brand, I asked why so, they replied they are coming from China all their whiskeys are finished. But again then we noticed the same whiskey being served during our flight to Bangkok, last month. Food is also in limited supply , we paid the full fare the escalated one from Rs.16000/- return to Rs. 27500/- charged for the festival season almost business class fare. While booking we were asked what food we shall prefer? But during flight we were just served what they had, my wife had to satisfy with their bland vegetarian , though she likes vegetarian food.

    Well, got got ourselves compensated with a can of Coke! Smart marketing?

    Me and Munu in Thai Airways flight! The Business Class!
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    Similar Items in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand!

    by machomikemd Written Oct 15, 2012

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    Favorite thing: One thing that I've noticed while travelling in these three countries is that they have the tendency to sell quite a number of same or similar items like assorted silk related products like silk bags, silk shirts, silk ties and a lot of other items that are not made of silk like lacquer ware, table linens, table cloth, bed linens and more. They practically have the same design patterns and weavings in the items and you would notice it more so at the silk bags (see my pictures of them from chatuchak market in Bangkok, benh thanh market in saigon and at the old market in Siem Reap). Which leads to the question of who mass produces these stuffs? is it thailand or vietnam or cambodia and they just shipped them to the other countries who buy them whole sale for sale to willing tourists like us.

    Fondest memory: I bought several pieces of ladies bags as gifts for my lady friends and they have the same items in all countries (the price depends on your haggling skills)

    buying the silk hand bags from JJ Chatuchak Mall! buying the same silk handbag at angkor wat! same hand bag at top: saigon benh thanh market! buying the same handbag at Old Market Siem Reap buying it at Chatuchak JJ Mall
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    Never Throw Money or Criticize the King!

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 10, 2012

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    Favorite thing: NEVER EVER say something bad about the Royal Family or the Thai democracy, not only will the Thais be extremely offended by it but insulting the king is a crime! Thailand has one of the most tough lese' majeste laws in the world and if you are convicted of criticizing the king, you can go to jail up to 15 years! unless you are royally pardoned! The King is loved and respected greatly, the Also be reminded that throwing things is considered rude, especially banknotes since they have a picture of the King on them! you can criticize the lord buddha and do not go to jail but if you criticize the king, jailtime is at least 15 years!

    Fondest memory: they also worship the ancient thai and siamese kings as demi gods and you can see there pictures around the various wats around thailand.

    never criticize the king don't criticize the queen king's pictures adorns bangkok everywhere queens birthday is coming up ancient siamese kings are worshipped.
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  • A balanced and mature friend is a like a diamond i

    by magics Written Jul 28, 2012

    Favorite thing: Hi,
    I do not live in Thailand but was searching a mid level hotel for my trip in Sep. I also suggest lowe sukhumvit is better area from every point of view. I have located Aspen in soi 2 and Grand President in soi 11. Soi 11 eleven looks a better choice. Plenty of services nearbye and close to Nana station. U may google to see if any meet ur needs. If not please do look at Dream Hotel in Soi 15. That would be my next coice.
    Wish u have a great second honeymoon.

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    Good source of travel information

    by sourbugger Updated Jan 6, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The magazine 'Farang', is aimed very squarely at the Khao -san sort of traveller / backpacker.

    It's breezy FHM kind of style is very readable and often quite funny. It cats as a good source of information about both Bangkok and other places in Thailand. It's on-line pages perform a similar job. You can pick up a copy at most book stalls for about 100Bhat.

    UPDATE : now name-changed to 'Untamed travel'

    See: www.farangonline.com

    Who is this bloke ?

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    Applying for foreign Visa's in Bangkok

    by earthflyer Written Apr 29, 2010

    Favorite thing: The majority of travellers get their Visa's to other countries in Bangkok through a travel agents, Let them take the hassle and you enjoy more time in Bangkok hassle free

    Most visa's aplications will take a 1-2-3 days depending what country you going to but for Laos if I remember I got it back the end of next working day.

    Don't hand over your passport if it is a friday wait until monday because nothing will be done on weekends and Thai public holidays.

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    Cambodian Embassy

    by deeper_blue Written Mar 29, 2010

    Favorite thing: The embassy for Cambodia may not be correct on your map, it is a fair way out of town, I had to take a taxi there. Visas cost around 1000 baht, on many border posts they can be arranged.
    Incidentally the staff were very helpful here.

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    The People

    by Gerry_Hattrick Written Mar 24, 2009

    Favorite thing: Good advice from Curt1591.
    Haggle with street vendors but don't argue.
    If a situation develops, escape as quickly as possible.
    And remember that to the Thais, 'face' is VERY important. NEVER insult or slight their character, even jokingly.
    They are beautiful people, treat them as such and you will have a wonderful stay.
    And for transport, if you are brave, the motorcycle taxis are really exciting - and also quite safe.

    Fondest memory: I miss the food and the lifestyle.
    Sitting out at a roadside 'cafe' in Bangkok, eating noodles and soup, people watching until the sun comes up.

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    Overload

    by junecorlett Written Mar 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This guy was on his way to the airport from the hotel. Look at his baqs.
    His wife had a huge load as well.
    A family of 3 people hired 3 taxis to take them to the airport as there was not enough space for all the shopping.
    I have been told over and over again, "Take nothing" - "You will get it all in Bangkok"
    I never learn, and we end up buying extra bags to bring all the shopping home.

    Mad about shopping Roger with our new luggage between his legs.

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