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top3 places thailand

your top3 places thailand?
17 years ago, April 1st 2006 No: 1 Msg: #4834  
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been once to thailand (krabi and bangkok) want to go there again...
could you give me you top3 places to visit and tell why?


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17 years ago, April 11th 2006 No: 2 Msg: #4963  
my top place destinations are Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya. Reply to this

17 years ago, April 11th 2006 No: 3 Msg: #4965  
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Oooh, tough to narrow it down to just 3 places; Thailand has far too much to offer. I was there for 2 months last summer and am going back for another 3 this summer!

My fav places had to be:

1.) Rei Lei (or Railay), Krabi - Just a cool place in general. Great rock climbing, plus, just s short boat ride away from Koh Phi Phi.

2.) Koh Tao - Amazing diving and a chill little island to hang out on for a while.

3.) Pai - 12 hour bus ride north of Chaing Mai. It's a tiny little town with lots of artists and live music bars. Definately worth a visit if you need to slow down from the hectic pace of much of the rest of the country.

Hope you have an awesome time! Reply to this

17 years ago, May 24th 2006 No: 4 Msg: #5860  
Sorry "Tor" about your picks. Bangkok as a favorite place? I live here and I can find more enjoyable and wonderful places to be.

1. Khao Lak (Phang Nga Province) Small quiet tourist town and haven for backpackers, scuba enthusiasts (Similan Island off the coast), without the go-go bars, drunkards and crowded beaches like Patong in Phuket.

2. Kho Phi Phi (off southeast coast of Phuket) Paradise, if you find yourself there just before high season or just after. During the season its so crowded you can't see beach. They boast that they filmed the movie "The Beach" there (actually on a neighboring island, Kho Phi Phi Ley), but who gives a crap. The island you are on was actually digitally removed from the movie scenes. But still beautiful. Stay on the east side and further north from the main part of town, unless you are a party boy.

3. Give me more time, and I'll give you a third. Need to get up north more.... Reply to this

16 years ago, June 30th 2006 No: 5 Msg: #6443  
Definitly share the recommendations of Johnny :-) Would add to it if you are diver few days on a liveaboard to explore the Similan Islands, one of the best diving trip ever done (departure from Phuket). Have a look at my diairy if you have interest in that type of hollidays.

Have a good time in Thailand !
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16 years ago, July 5th 2006 No: 6 Msg: #6518  
I have actually enjoyed my time in Bangkok each time I have gone there but I haven't spent extensive time there as a tourist (three days here, three days there). Went to a Thai traditional wedding on one visit and it was amazing to see and be part of that aspect of the culture. I have also eaten some awesome food while in Bangkok but my husband and I tend to stay away from the tourist scene and find places to experience that are more authentic. When we do go to tourist attraction (which you have to do when you visit anyplace) we do it generally on our own rather than signing up with a tour group. We did visit the Grand Palace on one trip and we use Khao San district for tickets and visas to other countries. We have visited the floating markets outside of town as well. One cool place to check out if you are into the local scene is the Weekend Market at the end of the skyrail. I can't remember the name off the top of my head but it was an amazing afternoon, that is for sure. If you are in Bangkok for any length of time, I highly recommend taking the train up to Ayutthaya. It is the ancient capital of Thailand and if you aren't ever going to get to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, then it is an absolute must. We went there after spending some time in Cambodia and the temples were still very impressive. The buddhas are just gorgeous.

If you don't speak Thai, I would recommend ChiangMai because it is a cool place to visit and you can get by without knowing a lot of Thai. You can get out and visit some outlying areas from there pretty easily. We took a bus up into the Golden Triangle and of course headed up to Doi Suthep while there. I have been to Chiang Mai area twice (once with a Thai speaker, and once without) and both times were a lot of fun. You just have to get away from the tourist scene and experience some of the culture to really appreciate it.

I have stayed in two different island areas of Thailand and unless you are really into the tourist scene I would recommend Krabi and AoNang. We went there on our first trip to do some rock climbing and had a ton of fun. There are some great little local restaurants in Ao Nang and it (was) a quieter little town than some of the other more publicized beach locations (Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui).

I guess I went over 3 places, but Thailand is one of my favorite countries to visit so it is hard to narrow it down....my husband has been to several other areas that are equally as good (Udon Thani, Lomburi, Korat) so don't limit yourself if you don't have to. The country has tons to offer no matter where you end up.
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16 years ago, August 24th 2006 No: 7 Msg: #7166  
Just to add to Lidixia's comment on the Similan Islands. National Geographic noted the Similans as one of the top 10 diving destinations in the world. Think about that...."in the world". So give it a try.

Also, its actually better to get to the Similans from Thap Lamu pier just south of Khao Lak in the province above Phuket island. When you leave from Phuket, you have to cross at an angle to the Similans, and anyone that knows the tides will tell you that the ride is rougher and takes much longer. From the pier at Thap Lamu, you head directly west and coming back you come in with the wave. Less chance of getting sea-sickness...and a faster run and hence more time to dive.

In any case, don't miss the Similans when you are here....you'll regret not going.

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16 years ago, August 31st 2006 No: 8 Msg: #7301  
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Hi guys im going to thialand in October has anyone been at this time of year im a little bit worried on what the weather is going to be like , plus aswell ive arrange to spend my first week in thailand in Bangkok and the 5 days in Patong in Phuket , now ive read mixed reports on Patong Beach where im staying in the north part of the beach in a cheap hotel , some say its a good place to break you into thailand but others say its a seedy place to go , so i would like some advise please ?? cheers! Reply to this

16 years ago, August 31st 2006 No: 9 Msg: #7309  
Hello Walker,
I currently live in Khao Lak, which is just off the Phuket Island north about one hour. I know Phuket rather well, too, and can tell you first hand that Patong is NOT a good representation of Thailand. It all depends on what you like in your travels. Patong is the tourist capital of Thailand, but if you've ever been to Tijuana, Mexico, then you can expect much of the same in Patong (with a beach added for that feel of a vacation). Patong is a small hustle and bustling city crammed full of trinket shops, massage parlors, go-go bars and drug availability on nearly every street corner. To be honest, I'm amazed that people actually take their children there. Prostitution is rampant (many of these girls are victims of child sex trafficking in their sad past) and you can get anything you want there. It consider it a sad and pathetic town as its obvious that older men go there to exploit the women. I'm not an angel by any means, but I find it difficult to look these women in the eyes and imagine what their lives have been like and won't exploit them any further.

The real Thailand you speak of can be found in other areas of Phuket, but mostly when you get off the island (which is nearly 40km in length). Try heading north to Phang Nga province or even in the surrounding provinces of Bangkok. Go to Ayuddhaya to see some of the oldest temples in Thailand, or even Kanchanaburi to see the bridge over River Kwai (kwai means 'buffalo'). Chiang Mai and other places in the far north are also the 'real' Thailand.

Khao Lak, where I currently live, is a small tourist area that is much quieter and more serene than any place in Phuket. The beaches are more secluded and often you are the only on on them. The accomodations are plentiful, from 5-star to budget rooms.

As far as weathe goes in October, you're actually hitting it at the beginning of high season. Most hotels raise their rates from October 15 to end of April. The best place to leave for the Similan Islands (google it...and you won't want to miss them) is just south of Khao Lak and I wouldn't miss it if you are in Thailand and love to snorkel or dive. Natl'l Geographic noted the Similans as one of the top 10 dive spots on earth.

Right now the Phuket area was hit hard by rain. The monsoon season is still upon us but should fade away by October. Still in the 70-80 degree (F) range, its still a lovely place to be even when raining. Bangkok has a storm of two a week but usually doesn't last buy an hour or so. The lightening is spectacular.

In a nutshell: October is fine. Patong is a s**thole. Northern Thailand should not be missed if you have time.

This is only my opinion. I hope you have a great time here when you come. You can always contact me if you need any further help on finding things to do or just need directions.

Cheers back to you!
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16 years ago, September 2nd 2006 No: 10 Msg: #7334  
B Posts: 33
Hi Johnny

Your a star , Thanks for answering my questions and providing me with some real insite and information from first hand someone who has experienced what thailand has to offer i guess i booked Patong beach hotel because of what my friends had said and they had been there ! I though it would be a good idea to prebook a weeks accomodation so that when i get there , Bangkok that is i don't have to be worrying where to stay for a week ! , You will be glad to know that i have since cancelled my hotel in Patong Beach ( loosing my deposit on " hostelworld.com " but thats a small price to pay i think " ) so guess its gonna be turn up in Bangkok and take it from there i think ! I think i am going to head north to Chaing Mai for a few days just to experience the trekking ! im not going to thailand for the lady's or anything like that i should want to be taken in by what thailand has to offer and meet new people .

If im honest im absolutely S****ing myself because other than europe this is my first trip of by-myself and im not sure if my £1600 budget is enough to sustain me for 4weeks and the things that i want to do but either way , im sure it will change me as a person .

Do you think that £1600 is enough for 4 weeks ?

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16 years ago, September 2nd 2006 No: 11 Msg: #7338  
Well done Jonh ! Been many times to Thailand and I definitly share your views on Phuket....

Hi Lee,

Would follow John advices regarding the place to visit in Thailand. As far as budget is concerned, you should have more than enough with 1600... A good way to travel around Thailand without spending too much nor losing too much time: the low costs :-) There are many of them and price wise it is most of the time a bargain! Go on the net and you will easily find them.
Enjoy your trip !



btw... Similan are really great !! and should fit in your budget too ... Have a look at my blog if you want more info on Similans :-) Diving anyone ?? :-) Thailand - Similan Islands
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16 years ago, September 2nd 2006 No: 12 Msg: #7344  
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Hello Laetitia

Thanks for your views i really aprreciate them , i'l be leaving some info on how my trips going next month so stay tuned , and im definately going to paying a trip to the similian islands , say you wouldn't know rougthly how much it would cost me to get my Padi Certificate out there would you , open water course for beginners ? . Im working like mad at the moment in bars and overtime at work to afford this trip can't wait !

cheers for everyones advise

johnny, laetitia

i really appreciate it !

(p.s i need to get a photo of myself on here at some point just need to figure how you do that , im just getting to grips with computers , even though im only 24 ) Reply to this

16 years ago, September 2nd 2006 No: 13 Msg: #7350  
Thank you Laetitia for your kind words.

Walker: 1,600 pounds is plenty. In fact, more than enough. I assume this is how much you have to spend once you get here and does not include the airfare. Even so, 1,000 is still enough. To give you some examples:

1. A meal away from the tourist traps are about £1.
2. A room with hot water is no more than £10, but can go up depending on how nice you want it to be.
3. A taxi in Bangkok will cost you about £2.50 from the airport to downtown.
4. A taxi around town will be much less.
5. A tuk tuk (small three-wheeled motorbike with passengers behind) will cost you about £1-2. DON'T pay more...they will try to get you to pay 3 times that....bargain, bargain, bargain...if you can't get the price you deserve, then don't fall for the inflated price simply because you are a farang (foreigner).
6. Flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is about £40. Go to Nok Air (www.nokair.com) or Air Asia. You will have to fax them some info because Nok Air does not let you pay for a ticket from another country and with a foreign credit card. Flights are plentiful, so you can buy one when you get there. Try getting one at the airport when you first arrive into BKK. (You will be flying into the NEW airport just opened this week...very nice!).

You have plenty of money. Most Thais make less than £100 per month, and many foreigners live here for £750-1000 per month and they own cars and houses. Whenever I get home to the US, I am amazed that I ever spent so much on a hamburger. I love the fact that my money goes so far here in Thailand. It is nothing like Europe. You will be laughing at yourself when you see how cheap it is. Don't get confused with the fact that tourist traps are abundant here. They will inflate the costs a lot. If you see something you like (trinket, souvinir or something) get a price and keep walking. You will see that many shops have the same things and as you ask around, you will see the differences in pricing. Some will gouge you, others want your business and give you a good price right away. This is a good way to feel out what they will eventually sell things for. If its something you can't live without, then buy it anyway and enjoy it. No reason to insult the Thai's by bargaining so much that you make them feel like they have to give it away. They are entitled to make a living, and they are well aware that you have more money than they do.

Don't carry £1,600 in your pocket. That would be foolish. There are cases of robbery and carrying that much money is nuts. Thailand is a developing country, not a 3rd-world and you can find ATM's everywhere. More than you'd see in the US or UK. £50-100 in your pocket is sufficient.

In all the months I've been here, I have never felt threatened or insecure. Its a great country and you will feel quite comfortable here. Not like I felt in Rome or Budapest, or other places in Europe.

PADI: I am a diver and anyone that comes here should go at least once. You can get a great 'live-aboard' trip for about £175. That's 4 days and 3 nights on a large (very large) boat at the Similans. Getting your diving cert here is easy and the diving tourism here is huge. I suggest Sea Dragon in Khao Lak or even IQ Dive in Khao Lak. Run by Germans and very strict, safe and organized. You can google their names online and get info.

If you go to the Similans, its easier (and not as long or wavy) by leaving from Thap Lamu pier near Khao Lak. Don't let Phuket fool you into thinking its better from there. Its not. Similans are due west of Khao Lak, hence the shorter trip and the angle of the waves. Simple physics and geometry.

Not in Phuket for the ladies? Then no reason to go, unless you want to use it as a jump off point to Kho Phi Phi. (they filmed "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio there). Get the movie if you haven't seen it and see the beauty.

You can call me anytime by asking to borrow the hotel phone at 089-990-0026. Or go to my website at www.geckosgrill.net.

Hope this helps.
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16 years ago, September 3rd 2006 No: 14 Msg: #7353  
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Hiya Johnny

Thanks again for all your information , its really helped and put my mind at rest for when i arrive in thailand , i noticed you have talked about the live aboard trips in the similian islands (£175 4days 3 nights) does this include your certificate aswell or is that just for the trip ?

Ive revised my travel plans i think its gonna be a week of cramming in the north of thailand and then finished of with a couple of weeks chilling and doing abit of island hopping and relaxing by the beach .

I know i seem a pain by asking all these questions but what are your views on Ko Samui ?

Thanks again for all your advise its a great help !


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16 years ago, September 3rd 2006 No: 15 Msg: #7361  
To be honest, I have never been there. But I have heard and read online that it is a beautiful place to go. Its in the Gulf of Thailand and nowhere near the open waters. I would google it and read other's reviews to make a decision there. I don't think you can go wrong, though.

The liveaboard boats for diving do not include the basic PADI cert, but they do use some of the time for your open water part of the course. If you can afford it, don't miss it. It very well may be the highlight of your trip. Go to those websites at http://www.seadragondivecenter.com/ and at http://www.iq-dive.com/.

You can go to www.xe.com to get your exchange rates.

If you do go to Kho Samui, then you can always jump over to Khao Tao, too. Nice place I hear.

You're not a pain by asking. That is what forums are all about.


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16 years ago, September 4th 2006 No: 16 Msg: #7369  
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Nice one cheers Johnny ! Reply to this

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