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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Attractive travel points in Hatyai,...

    Hi there! Hatyai is my hometown, of course it's nice. The travel points are Samila beach, Kimyong market, Tinnasulanon Bridge, Hatyai city and more places. However if you want to go diving at Andaman Sea, I think Krabi and Phuket are more suit to you.Phuket is a wonderful city but the cost living is more expensive than krabi or hatyai. Anyway, the...

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  • from Phuket to Krabi via Phi Phi

    2 weeks+ is ample time to get to Krabi and you could even visit other islands/areas in that time frame. It should work out well to visit Phi Phi prior to taking a ferry to Krabi-town or Ao Nang. You don't mention when you're going but I'd recommend waiting until you arrive in Phuket to get an idea as to weather conditions before committing yourself...

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  • Beautiful Islands

    Looking at the fish and touching them and travelling around the smaller Islands of Koh Hong Island Krabi Koh Hong Krabi The Beach The Long Boat rides around the islands

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  • Stay in Bangkok

    I pretty much agree with vtveen and the places that they listed to go while in Bangkok. So I will address the time frame that you have stated that you have. If you only have a week, then I would suggest that you stay in the Bangkok area and see the sites from there. You can do the floating market trip or see Kannchanaburi, the River Kwai area in a...

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  • Protecting valuables

    There s always that chance that something could be stolen if you are away for any length of time. I have never had that problem fortunately, but I know others who have. You could check with hotels, but I am sure there would be a fee but it would still be worth it to protect you valauables. Some tips. Wear a suit with zip pockets so you can carry...

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  • Beaches in Southern Thailand

    I would suggest perhaps railay beach in krabi area, you can also travel south to small quiet islands such as Koh Ngai, Koh Mook, or perhaps somewhere a little busier and larger such as Koh lanta, you could try Phuket, most beach areas busy but some quiet ones or try Khao Lak

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  • Khao Lak Thailand

    Hey Dakgirl,I would suggest going to Phuket and heading north. Khao Lak is a great little town that is peaceful and has some pretty nice beaches. If you want to know I can give you directions to beaches that are virtually secluded almost all the time. Khao Lak is not a party town but there are some bars to have a beer or two, but it's definitly not...

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  • Phuket / When with your friends

    Phuket!!!!!The only way to explain the reasons for this you will have to experience Phuket yourself.. I also think that it is much cleaner and safer then any other areas in Thailand.If you want to chill out and just drink with your friends, stay in Kata or Karon. If the club scene is your thing then Patong is a crazy.. Thailand is primarily...

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  • Weather in Thailand

    Who cares, it's Thailand! It could snow and it would still be great!OK, seriously, as John said, there are more sunny days than cloudy, for sure. Even on cloudy days you can still get a good tan and burn. Weather has definitly changed over the years in Thailand. But as always, almost any time of the year you could get some rain and definitly coudly...

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  • Sun,Sand and lots tosee and do.

    Diazjo,In Phuket for accommodation in Patong Beach try WWW.Tatummansion.com, from 1000TBH PN per room(all double rooms) very clean,central, 300 yds to the beach and so much choice for food in Patong Beach.Tatum Mansion will arrange transfer from A/port about 600TBH.We use this hotel every year--going 27/4.Simon Caberet is a superb boy/girl show and...

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  • A helping hand

    If you want to get transport throughout Southern Thailand, you want to go on a tour, get an airport transfer, rent a car or van, get a taxi or need to get to Langkawi on the ferry, there is one man to help out. I'm sure he can do other things like arrange accommodation for you too.His name is Mr Sam (Surapol Pating) and he is worth his weight in...

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  • Monkeys prefer the ladies...

    In Southern Thailand, one thing is clear... Monkeys love the ladies. As evidenced here, the monkey had no interest in me, but was making kissing noises toward my wife!So, if you are insecure, make sure you keep your wife in close eyesight, otherwise you might lose her to a monkey!

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  • Returning To Your Hotel

    I offer this tip for all of Thailand.When you arrive at your hotel and check in ask the receptionist for their buisness card, the buisness card is in ENGLISH on 1 side and in THAI on the other. This makes it easy to get home after an enjoyable meal or a day of shopping, as many of the taxi drivers and tuk tuk drivers don't understand english very...

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