I just bought my tickets to THAILAND!!!

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    Sep 10, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
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    I'm headed there for 15 days in early December and am interested in any advice/ tips places to see/ avoid from fellow RJers.

    Right now its looking like Bangkok and a small coastal town in the south called Krabi but ts all pretty open.Also considering the town in the north, Chiang Mai.



    Yay, Vacation!
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  • dragonbunny

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    Sep 10, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
    Chiang Mai.
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    Sep 10, 2011 1:00 PM GMT
    Don't forget Phuket and Pattaya. Thailand is widely known for kathoey (aka katoey, ladyboys, etc.) (aka chicks with dicks).
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    Sep 10, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    Totally jelly.... Take me with u!!!!!
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    Sep 10, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    I loved Thailand. I did 5-6 days in Bangkok- an intense place, but really interesting and I loved it. A week in Northern Thailand, up by Chiang Mai. I was underwhlemed by Chiang Mai. It's nice and relaxed compared to Bangkok, but it's full of Westerners. The best thing I did there was do a 3 day trek into the jungle by the Burma border. I hiked with a group of fun people- we rode elephants, whitewater rafted, and stayed with local tribes.

    Also went to the island of Koh Phagnan. It was beautiful, but took forever to get there. Worth it though. Also did a daytrip to Kanchanaburi, famous for Bridge on the River Kwai of WWII history.

    Have a great time!
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    Sep 10, 2011 1:08 PM GMT
    I went to Chiang Mai , Bangkok and Phuket for my visit there.

    Chiang Mai is very beautiful and so tranquil. Took on an Elephant Safari as well bamboo rafting. Also there is a beautiful Orchid Garden which also filled with rare and beautiful butterflies.
    There is also a textile museums and large jewelry museum/shop. Also I visited honey farms and leather farm that specializes in sting ray and elephant leather.

    There is another museum that documents and display royal garments of the past.

    Not to mention one of largest Buddhist temple north of Chiang Mai.

    Bangkok floating market and night market are some of the places to check out for bargain goods. Dont forget to visit Pat Pong or 'Ping Pong' ;) for night life in the red light! icon_biggrin.gif



    Visit the former palace of the emperors of Thailand. HRH main palace is close by but I don't remember if its open to public.

    Jim Thompson museum is another place to see. Oh and for shopping.

    Gaysron shopping plaza has all the high end goods, the other shopping places to see are all of Paragon shopping centres are the places to shop the good stuff!

    Phuket and the islands are great..The Full Moon parties is the place to be.
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    Sep 10, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
    If you go to Pattaya and you like botanical gardens I highly recommend Nong Nooch Tropical Garden. It's about 30min away from Pattaya, but it's amazing. I was doing some research there and they have an amazing collection of palms and cycads icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 10, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    Have a good time! I've been there before and the culture shock is....it just is really amazing.

    Drink a lot of coconut water, forget about regular water icon_wink.gif

    Are you going to Ko Phi Phi? It's supposed to be very beautiful there.
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    Sep 10, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    Thanks guys.

    Did you fly from place to place or take the train/ bus? Did you have to buy tickets in advance for train/ bus?

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    Sep 10, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    Well from Chain Mai to Bangkok I took Thai Airway domestic...From Bangkok to Phucket I took a transit saloon bus

    It was all in package deal for me and my friends. Fun!
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    Sep 10, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    sundayswim saidThanks guys.

    Did you fly from place to place or take the train/ bus? Did you have to buy tickets in advance for train/ bus?



    I flew to save time. Bangkok to Chiang Mai then to Koh Samaui, where I took ferry to Koh Phangan. Flight back to Bangkok. You can use buses or trains for short trips out of the cities. I took a bus to Kanchanaburi. I didn't do tours except for a jungle trek.
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    Sep 10, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    Go to Koh Tao for scuba diving experiences, it's a must!!

    And Koh Phangan for full moon party if you like. DON'T take any drugs there though.
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    Sep 10, 2011 3:16 PM GMT
    Congratz !!!!
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    Sep 10, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    Just buy Lonely Planet Thailand and follow its advise. That wacky aussie book company never steers you wrong.
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    Sep 10, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    I've been to Krabi - came up from the south (Malaysia). The various mishaps I dealt with getting there is one of my signature travel stories.

    It is a beautiful area; take the boat over to Ko Phi Phi for some great snorkeling and diving on an incredibly gorgeous island. Or, closer by on the mainland, the beach at Rai Lai (usually called Riley's by foreigners) is also great, and the cliffs and rock formations are a mecca for climbers - but you probably already knew that stuff, or you wouldn't be heading for Krabi.

    From Bangkok, best way to get there is to take an overnight bus to Surat Thani (a popular travel hub for backpackers heading south), and then a minivan for a couple of hours to Krabi. All this can be arranged on the fly; no need to book ahead.

    Oh, and to avoid the kind of problems that I had, here's the trick: It's pronounced "kra-BEEEEEE!" (the second syllable is like saying "Wheeee!"), not crabby or krobby or anything else. If you don't pronounce it right they literally won't have any idea where you're trying to go.
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    Sep 10, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
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    I'm headed there for 15 days in early December and am interested in any advice/ tips places to see/ avoid from fellow RJers.

    Right now its looking like Bangkok and a small coastal town in the south called Krabi but ts all pretty open.Also considering the town in the north, Chiang Mai.



    Yay, Vacation!
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    Just remember- they don't call it bangcunt for a reason. Just stay safe and have fun. icon_smile.gif And let us know how it is. I want to go to Thailand just for the food someday.
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    Sep 10, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    lady boys all the way!
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    Sep 10, 2011 8:16 PM GMT
    Ko Pha Ngan for the full moon party. Ko Tao for the diving. Krabi is great. Go to the nearby beaches at Ao Ngan. Incredible. The most beautiful spot in Thailand(if not the whole world) is Ko Phi Phi Leh. You have to stay in nearby Ko Phi Phi Don because there aren't any places on Leh. Don is beautiful and fun too. While you're over on that side of the country, try to take the tour to James Bond Island. It's really beautiful. Have fun. Thailand is one of my favorite countries.
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    Sep 10, 2011 9:57 PM GMT
    If you could, don't forget to shout out a big and friendly RJ "hello" to my younger bro's girlfriend - she's a local of the seaside resort city of Surat Thani (gateway to the world famous Koh Samui), and you can often see her frequent the good seafood eateries around the south of Thailand (many of her relatives work as restauranteurs) icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 11, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    sundayswim saidicon_biggrin.gif
    I'm headed there for 15 days in early December and am interested in any advice/ tips places to see/ avoid from fellow RJers.

    Right now its looking like Bangkok and a small coastal town in the south called Krabi but ts all pretty open.Also considering the town in the north, Chiang Mai.



    Yay, Vacation!
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    Wow this is my dream vacation. I will have to live vicariously through you!
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 11, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    Aside from saying avoid Thailand, I can only say go forth and make us proud.
  • slimnmuscly

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    Sep 11, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    Well done smiley. As long as you don't act like this guy you'll be fine.