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1. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 11y

I'm going there March 31st - April 8th.........will be my very 1st time to Bangkok, actually my 1st time to Asia period!

just looking for any advice that i may need.

thank you. Zach

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

cheap, plaesant, hot.

head to Khaosan Rd - you don't have much time.

don't forget about hours of a daily thai massage

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Zach,
Pull up some Internet info on Thailand and decide what is your priority. Do you want mostly beach, warm water and diving? Head for the Krabi area. Is trekking and hill tribes your choice? Head up to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai. Old civilizations? Then head to Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, on to Korat area, then maybe to Angkor Wat in Cambodia if you have time. The Travel agents on Khao San Rd. will show you all the options available. Have a great time.

4. Posted by sean_s (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Generally speaking:

-Learn these words: “Miao Khawp” (my-ao-khrop) meaning “I don’t want!” it’s the easiest way to refuse street venders, tuk-tuk drivers, bar girls, and beggars. (However if do want any of that trust me they all speak English)

-Don’t buy any gems EVER; there are no government sales or tourists discounts (It’s all a scam)

-Never trust ANYTHING a tuk-tuk driver tells you.

-Don’t get mad, yelling gets you nowhere in Thailand.

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Don’t buy any gems EVER; there are no government sales or tourists discounts (It’s all a scam)

-Never trust ANYTHING a tuk-tuk driver tells you.

-Don’t get mad, yelling gets you nowhere in Thailand."

Good advice from Big Chang. Zach, there is no reason for you to get in a tuk-tuk in the first place. Take the skytrain, bus, meter taxi. Stay off the motorcycle taxis(dangerous). My rule of thumb is to get as much metal around you as possible. Way too many Thais drive like maniacs. When you have a choice, take the train, then the bus, van, a meter taxi, baht bus. Do not leave your common sense at home. Try to pair up with another traveller, someone to help out when things go astray. Have a great trip.

6. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

Be prepared , it will be very hot at during that time. April to May seems to be the time the temperature is highest here.

What a pity, you will be leaving just a week before the biggest festival "Sonkran Days." As it's too hot during that time, people are allowed to splash/throw water to each other, mainly, during those 3 days from 13 to 15 April. Believe me, no one gonna get angry when someone throws a bucket of water at him. Kao Sarn is the most famous place where foreigners go fight with each other with water. Check out pictures of troops with weapons in here:

http://hangoverguide.com/out/th/sonkran/

And it cannot be more correct than this --- "Getting mad and yelling gets you nowhere in Thailand." ........ Being loud is by no mean the way to solve problems here. You may become invisible for people acting like that.

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

scarry stories about songkran - the best is probably to avoid it

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Is it better to drink Beer Chang ?

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

I have read an article referenced by Chada - horror.

any beer - anytime. The cheaper - the better

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

And the more formadelhyde in the beer, the better ?