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THAILAND NOVEMEBER 2011

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1. Posted by lequan (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

Hello everyone !

My name is Le'quan, and I'm hear to speak to anyone who has any advice or previous expereince in Thailand. Also if anyone is planning to travel to thailand male or female in NOVEMEBER please let me know as i will be backpacking from the UK!

I plan to travel to the following cities

Bangkok
Phuket
Pattaya
Ching mai

and possibley fly over to philliphines aswell.

Thanks!

Hope to recieve lots of friendly comments

Le'quan

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1589 posts) 5y

Millions of tourists will be in Thailand during November!

Excellent transportation available in Thailand. Some tourists use the overnight train to get to Chiang Mai. Pattaya will be much cheaper than Phuket.

If you are young maybe for Bangkok stay in the Khao San Road area. A little older or mature maybe use the Sukhumvit or Siam area so you can use the Skytrain rail service.

Wait until you get to Thailand before you change any money over to Thai baht for the best rate. Banks available at the airport to change money over 24 hours a day.

Read up on older posts, especially for customs and transportation. From Thailand you can fly to Manila and return pretty easy. Local travel agencies can set you up with plane tickets and tours.

Good luck.

3. Posted by carl_86 (Budding Member 22 posts) 5y

hey there,

i am heading over to thailand at somepoint end of this year/beginning of next year. i am travelling solo so deffinately looking for people with a similar plan in mind to meet up with. my plan is to go as of sept for about 6-10 months finances providing, starting in japan i am heading over to china, hongkong, thailand,malaysia and cambodia...however i am open to changes and new suggestions. Hopefully speak soon to anyone who is doing the same.

carl

4. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 5y

FYI: From wildfk,Travellerspoint:
Here are 20 things to think about when visiting Thailand…

1.Bring a cell phone “unblocked” and buy a Thai SIM card for it on arrival, they’re cheap (apprx. 50 baht) and include some credit already on them - e.g. - International calls to Oz/UK are about 5- 8baht per min…Phones are cheap too – and unblocked

2.Money - Bring ATM and/or credit cards. - check fees and tell your bank you are going abroad. Take Travellers cheques only as back-up. Bring very little cash (Baht) – you tend to get a better rate of exchange here than any home country. You can change money on arriving at the airport...(keep some cash in reserve in case of flight delays/diversions etc) – there is now a 150 baht surcharge for all foreign cards used in ATMs!

3.Booking – there is usually no need to book rooms before you come as there is plenty of cheap accommodation. Exceptions would be in high season if you want a particular place and maybe for your first one or two nights just to get orientated.

4.Bring very few clothes – they are cheap here and you’ll only bring stuff that is too warm
anyway.

5.Very little luggage – this makes you more mobile if you need to be and less vulnerable to taxi touts and undesirable men….Before you go home you can buy any extra luggage (cheap) to take souvenirs etc.

6.Internet access is everywhere – even on the beach… you can get all your photos copied to CD - If you have a lap-top you can connect it (broadband even wi-fi) at most cafes.

7.Food - Thai food is very unlikely to give you food poisoning but can contain more chillies than you ever thought possible….Street food is usually safe (and delicious!), check for numbers of customers and general looks of the stall. Western (“farang”) food is much more likely to give you food poisoning – fridges are not part of Thai cooking lore yet…beware of Western Fast Food outlets and hotel buffets - food that has been out for over an hour or so. Thailand is not used to fridges/chill-serve etc.

8.Always carry a pack of tissues - they don’t supply free tissues (if there is a vending machine at all!) – learn to use a “bum-gun” !!

9.Drink bottled water - not tap water. Even consider not brushing your teeth with tap water. Ice is usually safe in drinks and for anything else.

10.Use common safety sense – it is easy to relax too much here…when it comes to petty crime the rate is certainly lower than in places like the US/Europe etc…but every country has its share of con-men and psychopaths…..beware of fellow travellers!

11.Don’t be afraid to go to Pattaya – it is the tourist-sex capital of Thailand but they don’t jump out at single women and couples and it has good, cheap hotels, shopping and food. Not a bad place to start off for “All points East” - Koh Chang, Koh Samet, Khao Yai or Cambodia.

12.Bring an international driving permit – although most national ones are accepted by motorbike and car hire companies and anyone else who wants to hire you something….you may not be insured without an IDP! In Thailand they drive on the left - cars are Right-hand-drive. However driving is really only for the experienced. Be especially careful on a motorbike - Samui has the highest accident rate in Thailand.

13.Public transport is cheap. Planes, Trains, Buses, Minibuses, Taxis, from town to town. If
you’re in a minibus or taxi, tell the driver you’ll tip him if he keeps the speed below 90/100 kph! National speed limit is 90kph (120 on motorways)

14.Around Bkk try to use meter taxis with the meter on...it’ll be cheaper than the tuk-tuks. Take a tuk-tuk once for the experience then use meter taxis. Don’t let the drivers take you out of your way...they’ll try to take you to some (relative’s) store where they get commission.

15.Medical - Firstly it is best when you can, to consult with a doctor at home who specialises in tropical medicine. - Check out a few “jabs & medications” - Hep “A” & “B” require a long course before leaving and are a pretty good idea –unless you are going to remote areas, don’t bother with the malaria ones – too heavy! You can get tetanus or rabies here if you’re bitten by a dog - it’s cheap. Many medicines (including antibiotics) can be bought over the counter without prescription and are cheap. A pharmacist will give you what he considers right for your symptoms but you can just as easily see a doctor at a local clinic for a couple of hundred baht. They usually speak a little English.

16.Check up on Thai manners and customs – this will earn you more respect from the locals. - Keep up some dress sense – how you dress in Thailand is quite important. Don’t go topless without checking out if it’s acceptable where you are – usually it’s frowned upon. You’ll notice that Thai women (even sex workers) are very modest in public –they usually swim fully clothed. Table manners – Thais tend to eat from communal dishes in the centre of the table – don’t pour everything onto your own plate!

17.Don’t knock the royal family – even in jest.

18.Body language - Don’t point your feet at people – the body is seen as hierarchical and the feet are the lowest part and should not be waved about (this is like a “fingers up” sign. Before entering someone’s home you must take off your shoes; this also applies to some shops and businesses. - Never take a shoe off and wave it at someone – this could lead to violence. On the other hand it is impolite to touch people on the head.

19.It’s not necessary to “Wai” people - the Thai greeting - as you’ll probably get it wrong. If they Wai you, you might try a wai back.

20.Remember, this is the Land of Smiles and you will find everything goes much better when you have a smile on your face - whatever the situation….

NB – Occasionally, in some circumstances, the wearing of yellow or red could be construed as showing support for political factions most frequently engaged in public protests.. Avoid any political demonstrations etc.

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6. Posted by carla0806 (Budding Member 17 posts) 5y

Hi i am heading to Thailand on 30th Novemeber. Bookin my tickets at end of month. Im 21 and just looking to travel round thailand for 3 months too. As of yet i am going alone, hoping to meet alot of people out there! But would be good to have some travel companions on the way out there!

x

7. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

I left Bangkok five weeks ago and the place was packed with tourists. Book your flight about July (trips with one stop can often save quite a bit) and your accommodation soon after.

Air Asia (think of Ryanair) will get you around Thailand and elsewhere fairly cheaply.

Philippines? Why? Not my first idea of a second country to visit.

8. Posted by carla0806 (Budding Member 17 posts) 5y

Hey im planning on going to Thailand too in novemeber im heading there on 27th November, when are you going?

Carla x

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1589 posts) 5y

Quoting carla0806

Hi i am heading to Thailand on 30th Novemeber. Bookin my tickets at end of month. Im 21 and just looking to travel round thailand for 3 months too. As of yet i am going alone, hoping to meet alot of people out there! But would be good to have some travel companions on the way out there!

x

Get your visas sorted out ahead of time. You probably know you just can't show up and stay as long as you want.

For 3 months in Asia you also should notify your banks where you will be if you intend to use a debit card for cash.

Good luck.