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  • Currency Exchange

    Bangkok Favorites

    Beyond doubt.....The best currency deals can be found at 'Siam Exchange' - It is conveniently located by the BTS National Stadium station. (Opposite MBK) They have a live web site that is up dated a couple of times a day...So you can see what the rate is before you visit. Google http://www.siamexchange.co.th - They also have a map on the site to...

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  • Island beaches

    Phuket Favorites

    Phuket is one big party and resort island and since the main attraction here is the beaches in and around phuket and the islands of the Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Bay, there are many water and beach related activities that you can to like para sailing, snorkelling, jet ski rentals, banana boat rentals, Long Tail Boat Rentals, having a henna tattoo,...

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  • Beaches

    Ko Samui Favorites

    Chaweng is a busy and fun beach if you are interested in meeting people. Choeng Mon is a quieter beach that is relaxing and not far from the night-life. So many to choose from, one of the real highlights was the ready and sincere smile of the local people.

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  • Hill Tribes and Volunteer work

    Chiang Mai Favorites

    STOP 4 on DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR Just up the road from the ranger station is a Hmong market, which sells produce from the Royal Project and Hmong villages around Mae Chaem. Actual Hmong hill tribe people live here. We stopped to have a look at their wares (mainly produce), and to see them dressed in their colourfully embroidered...

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  • General Street Scenes

    Hat Yai Favorites

    In our usual morning walk thru the city, we came across this aerobic session in the open spaces in front of the Robinson Department Store in the vicinity of the Hatyai raiway station... The music was lively as the the people exercise in rhythm with the music and the leader who is on a raised platform... Nearby, there are some elderly ladies doing...

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  • Weather

    Bangkok Favorites

    Bangkok can be hot and humid throughout the year, with temperatures often reaching 35°C (95°F). The best time to visit is between November and February as April is generally the hottest month and October the wettest. The Thais often say: We have only two seasons, hot and hotter. This is true as far as it's never cold in Thailand. Officially...

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  • Health and weather infos

    Phuket Favorites

    Phuket has a different weather system than in Northern Thailand. There are basically two seasons here, the rainy season that starts earlier, from may to october and hence is the lean season and the hot season from november to april and is the peak season to visit Phuket and Southern Thailand and it coincides with winter in the Northern Hemisphere...

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  • Wildlife & Nature

    Ko Samui Favorites

    I could not pass up adding these pictures of one happy elephant. What was interesting to me was that the Thai helpers set out the bucket of water, but that was it.... the elephant seemed to take his bath all by himself (or herself!). Nothing like a cold shower on a hot day!

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  • City activites and events

    Chiang Mai Favorites

    In all packed tours we have to visit a few factories clearly prepared tor tourist and guide commissions. In Chiang Mai it looked a little bit different - as we were a small group we were taken from a small workshop to another covering all the popular activities, without the pressure to buy, and with the opportunity to a close and nice contact...

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  • Obtaining Money & Currency Exchange

    Hat Yai Favorites

    It is always very important you are healthy and wealthy during a visit to some other places. Carry cash, credit cards and now debit cards together with you. I think traveller cheque is a little bit out dated compare to 10 years ago. Some banker would need your activation acknowledment prior your departure, so you have to arrange for it before your...

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  • Eating

    Bangkok Favorites

    If you plan to visit Thailand and intend to bring home some souvenirs but are clueless what to buy, i'm understand, since you have yet to set foot in Thailand. But as you touch down and visit the places of interests in Thailand you may want to know what products / items are a true representation of Thailand, so you can look out for them during your...

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  • Excursions

    Phuket Favorites

    good english speaking helpful travel agent in phuket try phuket travel company on soi banzhan english owned and english speaking staff great service and prices on day tours and excursions very knowledgeable professional service highly recommend them for your travel requirements whilst in phuket

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  • Waterfalls

    Ko Samui Favorites

    I have so many favorite things about Ko Samui. The locals are all usually very helpful and friendly,and the seafood available here is very good and at better prices than Phuket or Bangkok. At night my favorite place to go is the Reggae pub in Chaweng. During the day I enjoy kicking back on either Chaweng or Lamai beaches, and also riding around the...

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  • Jungle Trek

    Chiang Mai Favorites

    This is another Jungle Kid, the Little-Pinky-No-Pants. He is good at asking for candies, playing with baby puppy, riding a dog while twisting its ears like riding a motorbike, and playing with knife. He chop his fingers, without crying, laughing instead! I was woundering why these kids don't cry even he cut his fingers. Perhaps their born character...

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  • Street Vendors & Hawkers

    Hat Yai Favorites

    The way that meat is stored and sold in Asia has always made me feel a little uneasy. In the hot weather there is no sign of ice or refrigeration and flies are common on the produce. However, it doesn't seem to cause health problems. Perhaps we are too cautious in the west?

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  • Khao San Road - Thanon Khao San

    Bangkok Favorites

    shrimp paste is a generic thing in south east asia where it is used to flavor dishes or as a dipping sauce, it is only in thailand where it is added to the rice itself and made into a complete meal. the fermented shrimp paste rice, where the fermented fish paste (Khao Kluk in thai and bagoong in the Philippines and balachan in malaysia and...

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  • Island activites

    Phuket Favorites

    I visit Phuket for three weeks in June 2009 and had a wonderful time. In terms of food, look for the Red Onion Restaurant in Karon Beach (approx 4 km South of Patong) It is REALLY worth it!! A very decent local meal cost under Bt 300 with soda drinks. When I visit there in June 2009 and it was still very cheap compared to any place else. The only...

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  • Local People

    Ko Samui Favorites

    I would like to share this with you as it blew us away during our visit to Koh Samui. Being South African, we love good quality red wine and having visited Thailand before we knew that if you wanted good red wine in Thailand you either take it with you or blow half your budget on a half decent bottle. We legally imported our quota of two...

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  • Excursions

    Chiang Mai Favorites

    STOP 2 on DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR The Siriphum Waterfall is tall, pretty waterfall. The waterfalls are actually twins, two parallel streams of water, named for His Majesty King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The name of these falls comes from a combination of Queen Sirikit and King Bhumibol, so you might sometimes see this...

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  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles

    Hat Yai Favorites

    Anyone who wants to travel from Butterworth to Hat Yai can book a seat in one of those vans which shuttle regularly between these two towns. At the taxi stand at foot of the stairs (from the Pg-BW-Pg ferry), you will be able to see some wooden shophouses ahead. The ticket booths are at those shophouses. You can ask the taxi drivers waiting there...

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  • Grand Palace

    Bangkok Favorites

    Guys mus say "Sawadikap" n Girl mus say "Sawadikar" mean a greeting words 2 anyone. Thai ppls is very warmest 2 welcome u to there... Thr was a lot of nice foods n culture in tis country. So go n 5 out ba... I miss d shoppin cause tat was 2 big n cant finish shop shop n d thing is damn cheap n nice. Tht is gud quality n nice. Wish u can 5 ur...

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  • Nice views

    Phuket Favorites

    Personally, one of the best way to discover Phuket is to hire a car, in my case it was a little jeep, drive around the island and visit every popular beach. It is an interesting experience especially when Phuket is a hilly area and does pose a challenge when driving. I started from Patong, up to Bang Tao and so on to Phuket town where I can find...

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  • Temples & Wats

    Ko Samui Favorites

    There seems to be a discrepancy between believers of Buddhism as to whether or not the 7 different poses of Buddha are related to the days of the week, or differing times in his life, but it is definitely that many men and women do worship one of his poses, mainly based on the day of the week that the individual was born. Sunday is "Seven Days...

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  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

    Chiang Mai Favorites

    I love the style of the golden umbrellas and the whole setting of Wat Doi Suthep. On most days you can get a nice cool breeze too! It would be a hard bicycle trip up but of course could be done and you will want to make sure you have brakes if you're gonna attempt the downhill on a bicycle!

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  • Religion

    Hat Yai Favorites

    One of my fondest memories was finding a small Wat while I was walking around Hat Yai. I sat inside for a while as it was a very peaceful environment and began reflecting on Buddhism and what it meant in real terms to the Thais. I wanted to find out more about the religion. While sitting there with these thoughts going through my mind a monk walked...

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  • Thai Massages

    Bangkok Favorites

    My second night in Bangkok, I met a few locals at one of the Buddhist Temples. After a few minutes of chatting, they offered to take me to get a traditional Thai Massage, I was very leery of their offer (especially since I was traveling alone), but I weighed the risks and decided to tag along... if I ran into trouble, I could easily get away. They...

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  • Elephants

    Phuket Favorites

    I had mixed feelings about the elephant safari. On one hand I felt a bit sorry for the elephants but on the other hand it was an interesting experience. Apparently elephants were used extensively for labour but not that it's not the case anymore, elephants end up transporting tourists and being used for pleasure. I guess most of the elephants...

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  • Big Buddha

    Ko Samui Favorites

    The most amazing thing in Samui was the Big Buddha Statue. The Big Buddha is 15 meters tall and it was built in 1972 by the local society. WOW! Here in Finland people doesn´t show their religion that much... Go and see the statue and the temple area.

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  • Monuments and Wat

    Chiang Mai Favorites

    STOP 5 @ DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR Heading up the Mountain in our bus, it became foggier & foggier, this was in June, 2009. Near the top of the Summit, where the Royal Chedi's are, it was thick fog, and rain! not the best to see the supposedly beautiful gardens and distant views. From the carpark, there is an escalator that will take you to...

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  • Weather & Climate

    Hat Yai Favorites

    The Thais have some interesting ways of staying dry in wet weather while riding motorbikes. Most popular is wearing a big plastic bag but it is extremely common to see them riding around underneath umbrellas. Sometimes the rear passenger holds the brollie. Solo riders operate their machines using their right hand and carry the umbrella in their...

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  • Don Muang International Airport

    Bangkok Favorites

    The airport departure tax is 500 baht... Unlike other airports, this is not included in your air-ticket... So make sure that you have the necessary money when you leave Thailand thru the airport... Only Thai baht is accepted... If you do not have the Thai currency, you can change at the many airport money changers... You can purchase the airport...

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  • Transportation & Getting Around

    Ko Samui Favorites

    This is were you can catch ferries to Surat Thani ,Ko Phangan or Ko Tao.Across the road from the Pier you will find a number of tour office ,restaurants,a little market and shops.There are also transportation to other beaches.Watch out for the Taxis ,they will charge you a fix price .It can be abit of a rip off if your going a short distance!

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  • Elephant ride

    Chiang Mai Favorites

    The Elephant Tour I usually don't take group tours because of the limited flexibility, but here in Chiang Mai I had a great experience. I took the 'Elephant' tour from one of the numerous tour operators in town. We rode Elephants through the hills, visited remote Tribal Villages and went down the river on a bamboo raft. (Yes, the Elephants stayed...

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  • VT Meetings

    Hat Yai Favorites

    So there I was, minding my own business in Hat Yai, waiting for the rain to stop or failing that, preparing mentally for floods of biblical proportions when a familiar face comes into view. "Phil"? (... recognition ...) "Jen"? Without making any arrangements to meet and without her even telling me she was coming to Hat Yai, jenniferchin and I have...

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  • Chao Phraya River

    Bangkok Favorites

    During our 5 days stay in Thailand , we could never find any traffic jam or road block. The reason, they have built Flyovers all over the city and highways. They are wide, well maintained and heavily policed. We found even the old city of Bangkok is having wide roads and very well maintained foot paths. No one brakes traffic rules unlike India....

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  • Currency Exchange

    Ko Samui Favorites

    Changing money is no hassle on Koh Samui as I mentioned in my tourist trap tip. This general tip is about the f/x rate to the Baht. I know people who while on holidays stress about the f/x rate dropping. I try & change money every couple of days, sometimes you win this way , sometimes you lose, I personally don`t worry about this. This is how I...

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  • Eating & Drinking

    Hat Yai Favorites

    This small cafe has become my regular lunch stop in Hat Yai. Clear soup with a piece of chicken in it and noodles costs just 30 baht. It is served with a bowl of fresh mint leaves and beansprouts. The table condiments available represent the 4 different tastes - sweet (sugar), sour (vinegar), spicy (ground chilis) and salt (fish sauce).

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  • Floating Markets

    Bangkok Favorites

    Expat is exactly right, especially if you do not get there early. The place can be like a zoo when the throngs of tourists arrive. As an alternative you may consider taking advantage of the ones located in Bangkok on the river. Not as flowery and not nearly as expensive and hardly any tourists at all. Try www.asiawebdirect.com and look for...

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  • SIM cards - phones

    Bangkok Favorites

    It is a good idea to buy a prepaid card (prices around 200 Bath), not only to make phone calls inside the country but international calls as well. Making a phone call back home is easy with many phone boots through Bangkok with instructions in English or even better, buy a prepaid sim card from any of the mobile phone companies below so that you...

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  • 7 Eleven

    Bangkok Favorites

    thailand is a major tourist oriented country, and being such, it has a wide variety of local and foreign snack foods, as the international snack brands like nabisco, frito lay, M & M's and more have local subsidiaries here that produces assorted kinds of snack foods, but for a more local flavor, thry to buy the local thai snack foods, which are a...

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  • Traffic

    Bangkok Favorites

    Bangkok is notorious worldwide for it's traffic congestion and in the 1990's they started to built lots of elevated tollways criss crossing around bangkok but to no avail! as you can see in my pictures, even at the expressways, traffic is still prevalent! but don't despair, since not all of bangkok are congested at all hours. the most traffic prone...

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  • Muang Boran - Ancient City

    Bangkok Favorites

    The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Kuan-Yin Performing a Water Miracle The Bodhisttva Avalokitesvara is also honoured as Kuan-Yin, the preserver of the Buddha, is set in the crown above the deity's forehead. Upholding Buddhism means that justice is maintained. The deity conquers the malevolent forces that threaten humanity by performing a miracle...

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  • Red Light Districts

    Bangkok Favorites

    Thai girls in general are kind, polite and extremely decent, however as we all know there are exceptions. There seems to be a division between the more traditional girls and girls that often hang out in bars. The kind of girl you meet totally depends on the bar you go to, the "bad girls" all hang out in one of the three sex area's being either Nana...

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  • ATMs

    Bangkok Favorites

    ATM machines are widely available everywhere in Bangkok (and are Linked to CIRRUS, MAESTRO, PLUS, DISCOVER international ATM consortiums) and they accept most cards, this is also the best way to change your money, bring your local bank card and get the money in Thailand from an ATM (don't change at your hotel). Tip: There are also 100 Baht notes in...

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  • Medical Tourism

    Bangkok Favorites

    It would appear that member "Balisunshine" has copied and pasted a lot of info from a Bumrungrad hospital brochure. I hope he got paid well for his trouble. If you want to read something a bit closer to the truth, Google "joshua goldberg bumrungrad". My fondest memory is not ever having to go to Bumrungrad hospital.

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