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1. Posted by m4rty (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hi all,

Myself and three mates are landing in Bangkok on Oct 6th and have 3 nites booked in a hotel but have another 4 days spare before we head on our tour from Bangkok to Singapore.. Some ppl say the River Quai is very nice but if we do go up that far we surely wouldnt hav time to go and see Pattaya then if so.. How long does it take to get to the river quai from bangkok? does buses go there or trains or how does people do it? has anyone got any other good ideas? were three fellas in our early 20's and basically want to have as much fun as possible..

All info appreciated..

Cheers

2. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Quoting m4rty

Hi all,

Myself and three mates are landing in Bangkok on Oct 6th and have 3 nites booked in a hotel but have another 4 days spare before we head on our tour from Bangkok to Singapore.. Some ppl say the River Quai is very nice but if we do go up that far we surely wouldnt hav time to go and see Pattaya then if so.. How long does it take to get to the river quai from bangkok? does buses go there or trains or how does people do it? has anyone got any other good ideas? were three fellas in our early 20's and basically want to have as much fun as possible..

All info appreciated..

Cheers

You have two other options besides going on your own. Keeping in mind that some popular tourist destinations often have dual pricing; this means you as a Farang foreignor, will pay more to enter some places than a Thai or if you are on an ORGANIZED TOUR.

You can make a day tour to River Kwai from Bangkok. You leave in the morning and return in the evening. And, that same tour (and overnight tours) are also available from Pattaya.

Since you are already paying big bucks for your BKK - Singapore tour, the day tour price to River Kwai is small in comparison. The River Kwai tour can also include the "Hell Fire Pass" tour too!

Lots of travel agencies available in Bangkok and Pattaya will have a selection of available tours and destinations, choose what you like and they pick you up at your hotel and bring you back there when the tour is over.

Frosty

3. Posted by m4rty (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hi frosty,

yeah i think we may just go to Pattaya and then do one of those tour things you wer chatting about.. have you any idea of how much such tours cost? oh and whats the "Hell Fire Pass"?

thanks

4. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 10y

whats the "Hell Fire Pass"?

its a memorial setup by australian govnt

5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

I think with 3 guys in your 20's you will regret taking a tour for everything, and will find things incredibly easy to arrange. Kanchanaburi on the River Kwai is a great town and very easy to get to on your own. It's only a couple hours and there are lots of options. You can hop on a public bus, or you can take the train for really cheap ($1 or so). The train is slow, but I find it a really enjoyable ride. You can also book a tourist van from Khao San Road that will get you there very quickly and cheaply, and they will drop you off at whatever hotel you want (though you'll have to put up with them pushing their own hotels on you). Once you are in Kanchanaburi, be sure to get one of the floating hotels on the river. A room with a patio runs at about $5-10 a night and is a great place to relax with a few beer and waste a few days.

6. Posted by berni23 (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

I think with 3 guys in your 20's you will regret going to Pattaya.
There are so many much better places in Thailand and the surrounding places.
I don´t know if you know that Pattayas beaches and the sea are dirty, everything is packed with package tourists and horny old men.

7. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

It takes me about 5 hours to drive from Pattaya to Kanchanaburi. If there's 3 of you, you might find it worth your while to charter a minibus and driver for 2 or 3 days (2500 to 3000 baht p/d should cover it).

The 3 of you can have a whale of a time in Pattaya. The girls will so like to meet guys who are fit and can talk and walk at the same time. They will want your money though...be careful not to take out lots with you atr night.

The hotels in Patters are plentyful and cheap.

Pattaya is about 2 hours the other side of Bkk from Kanchanaburi. Kan is a fairly quiet town...a few bars...but good for going off to the jungle, lakes and waterfalls.

As has been said...you really don't need to pre-organise much for Thailand, local trips/activities are plentiful and cheap. You will be much more flexible if you haven't tied yourself into a rigid schedule.

Bring you mobile phones! Buy a local SIM card.

8. Posted by frosty (Full Member 107 posts) 10y

Quoting berni23

I think with 3 guys in your 20's you will regret going to Pattaya.
There are so many much better places in Thailand and the surrounding places.
I don´t know if you know that Pattayas beaches and the sea are dirty, everything is packed with package tourists and horny old men.

Hellfire Pass is part of the Death Railway presentation. (Google Hellfire Pass, Thailand and see it it appeals to you.)

I read somewhere on this forum or another forum, if you don't like the exciting nightlife of Pattaya, the cheap hotels, the cheap restaurants, the cheap transportation - simply hop on a bus and head back to Bangkok! The bus fare is only around 120 baht and a couple hours and you can start over for another place!

9. Posted by m4rty (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Lots of different views and opinions here and some good info too.. still not too sure on my decision.. im just going to have to ask the other lads i guess. thanks for all the help guys

10. Posted by m4rty (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

damn posted twice.. soz guys

[ Edit: Edited at Aug 17, 2006 1:26 PM by m4rty ]