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1. Posted by lyon (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hello everybody,
I was considering a holiday in Thailand but after speaking to daveh (through travellerspoint)I am told that realistically it would not be on, no dropped pavements, pot holes,ect. in general just not compatable for people who rely like myself who depend on a electric scooter to get about. One of the things that attracted me to Thailand was the very reasonable price of accommadation as I dont have unlimited funds.Anybody out there got any suggestions? I am on my own and approaching 62 years old.
Thank-you regards Scott.

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

difficult - but not impossible.

I have seen several disabled tourists in Pathaya (resort town close to Bangkok).

The best is probably to speak to other disabled who travelled there.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hi Scott,

Maybe you can check with a travel agent - they sometimes have package deals for disabled travellers, which will ensure that every hotel/attraction is accessible and that you'll always be able to get from A to B. Mind, you'll probably travel with a group (which may or may not be a downside for you) and I expect you'll pay a little more than if you were going it alone.

However, the travel agent might be able to give you tips to plan your trip yourself. I found this, which may help.

Good luck!

Tway.

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Tina, that is an awesome and I mean AWESOME website for Disabled Travelers. Sam, Pete! I think that website will be very useful...maybe in the tool forum? I think it should be placed in some obvious place here in TP. Kuddos Tina!!

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Thank, Anne - but I really must defer the praise to Google. They did most of the work! ;)

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

It's so much tougher for disabled travellers! My Mum could write a book and has threatened one or two airlines/travel agencies with doing so in the past. Lol!!

Lyon, I cant help you on the Thailand front I'm afraid. Dave is probably giving you sound advice anyway. The way my Mum usually gets around this is to join a tour group who look after everything from transportation to ensuring ground level accomodation, etc...mightnt be your ideal way to see Thailand but ...better than missing it maybe?

Good luck anyway. I hope you can work something out. It would be a pity for you to have to forego the trip. ;)

E

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Just read this article about a woman in Beijing that might be of interest...

Opening new doors

China's capital proving it can accommodate all visitors ? and their wheelchairs People `literally ran to assist with the navigation' of Canadian's chair during visit

KYRA MCMAHON AND MAURA ROSS
SPECIAL TO THE STAR

After a car accident, Kyra McMahon was diagnosed as an `L1 complete' as a result of a spinal cord injury suffered in the mishap. However, despite having limited mobility, that has not stopped McMahon from being "globally mobile." She continues to travel the world with the use of a wheelchair and with help from various members of her family. Recently she toured China and shares her experiences with Star readers in this report co-authored by her older sister, Maura Ross.

More here...