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drake3781
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:43 AM
I'll be going to Bangkok at the end of May - early June. I expect to be there about 2-3 weeks. The trip is for work, but I want to do as much as possible in the evenings, over the weekends, and I can stay an extra week or so on my own.

1. What should I do to prepare?

- Language: How much Thai language should I learn (as much as possible?) How much difficulty will I have without being fluent?
- Weather/clothes - I think it'll be really hot, right, so what kind of clothes should I bring for getting around all day? Maybe even jeans will be too heavy?
- Other things to bring? - anything special I should bring?
- Anything I should know about the culture to help me appreciate it more, and to not seem like a tourist as much as possible.

2. Great places to go/see?

- In Bangkok, for the evenings after work.
- Near Bangkok - for the weekends... I can travel near Bangkok, either on day trips and come back to Bangkok at night, or go somewhere close enough to get there and back in two days while still having time to enjoy the place.
- For about 5 days Outside of Bangkok - I could go to a different place(s) for a few days up to a week, after I'm done working.

- What's the best way to get around to these places, even in Bangkok how do I get around, and then traveling, what's the best way?

Brett.
Apr 30th, 2006, 05:37 AM
I'll be going to Bangkok at the end of May - early June. I expect to be there about 2-3 weeks. The trip is for work, but I want to do as much as possible in the evenings, over the weekends, and I can stay an extra week or so on my own.

1. What should I do to prepare?

- Language: How much Thai language should I learn (as much as possible?) How much difficulty will I have without being fluent?
- Weather/clothes - I think it'll be really hot, right, so what kind of clothes should I bring for getting around all day? Maybe even jeans will be too heavy?
- Other things to bring? - anything special I should bring?
- Anything I should know about the culture to help me appreciate it more, and to not seem like a tourist as much as possible.

2. Great places to go/see?

- In Bangkok, for the evenings after work.
- Near Bangkok - for the weekends... I can travel near Bangkok, either on day trips and come back to Bangkok at night, or go somewhere close enough to get there and back in two days while still having time to enjoy the place.
- For about 5 days Outside of Bangkok - I could go to a different place(s) for a few days up to a week, after I'm done working.

- What's the best way to get around to these places, even in Bangkok how do I get around, and then traveling, what's the best way?


1. You don't need to learn Thai language as alots of Thai people does speak english fluently.

- The weather is going to be really hot and plenty of humid, so its better to wear a singlet and a short. But if you want to go to the temple, you must wear long pant and a long-sleeve length shirt because its Thai's religious culture. If you go inside the temple, you must always take your shoes off.

- Uhmm, no need to bring anything special.

- Thai Culture - If you see a thai man or a woman looking at you, you must smile all the time.
Do show respect for the king: Thai people show great respect for their king and they expect visitors to do so too. The national anthem is played twice a day (typically at 8am and 6 pm) and also before every film at the cinema. Everyone is expected to stand whilst it is playing. You should never insult or joke about the king or royal family.
My tourist guide told me that you must not point at anyone or anything with feet (including your feet when you trying to close the door which is really wierd.

- If you want to buy (excluding at restaurants, or any take away food shop), you can reduce any prices as you think if anything is really expensive but you must smile so they can accept it.

2. I cannot think of anything much in Bangkok, the only adventure that i went to the temple. It was absolutely beautiful by looking at statues, temple, listening these thai musics.

If you want to go outside of Bangkok for a week, Phuket is definitely the next best place to visit called Patong. Great place to visit, its got so many bars, pubs, alots of beautiful ladies to meet if you smile hehehe. The beaches isn't really popular at all in Thailand which is unfortunate.

You are welcome to ask anymore questions if you are confused

drake3781
Apr 30th, 2006, 08:50 AM
Thank you.. I appreciate the information!

I'm a girl, in case any details need to be specific for female vs. male. (Like I read if I speak any Thai sentences I need to say "kaa" at the end, and a male would say something different at the end. :eek: :confused: )

jimbo mack
Apr 30th, 2006, 10:30 AM
bankok airport confuses me. i stopped over there on my way to new zealand in december

hardly any of the airport staff can speak english, although they are very friendly

the toilets :tape:

but the shops are cool :cool:

xin_hui
Apr 30th, 2006, 10:45 AM
it's almost may, kinda hot over there. so just wear comfortable and light. tanktops and skirts/shorts will suffice. jeans might be a little too warm in the afternoons ( of course if u are visiting some temples, u might need to cover up)

for shopping, it's chatuchak (only on weekends, the MTS stop is called mo chit) and mah boon krong (MBK, the MTS stop is called national stadium) or the siam square area. great shopping :hearts: but DO NOT go to the toilets in chatuchak even if your life depended on it :tape:

for transport, it's very convenient with the skytrain and subway (forgot what they call it there). they connect to all the main areas around bangkok

it's generally safe over there (one of my trips was just a group of seven 19 year old girls, no problem whatsoever). taxis are quite ok (although i hear the cabs that are top yellow bottom green are the safest)

as for language, it will take a bit of effort to communicate with the locals, but it's ok. you dont really need to learn anything (for all my trips, i still only know "peang", which means expensive :lol: )

i would have advised u to visit the erawan shrine, but apparently it's under repair now. but for culture, just ask for directions to the temples, they are really magnificent. if u go to the floating market, be careful not to go to the fake one

for nightlife, i'd recommend suan lum night market (forgot which subway stop it is), where's there's great entertainment, food and shopping. there's the famous patpong, but it's kinda sleazy and overpriced, so i dont recommend that

for outside of bangkok, phuket or chiang mai. chiang mai would be more rustic and phuket is a place with a lot of seasports activity. chiang mai's weather is considerably cooler than the rest of thailand

oh, i forgot. for shopping, first quote a price that is at least only 20% of what was quoted to u. then slowly work your way up. if that person refuses to sell, walk away. he will usually call u back. if he doesnt, that means he really was not gonna make a profit with the price u gave

drake3781
Apr 30th, 2006, 05:40 PM
bankok airport confuses me. i stopped over there on my way to new zealand in december

hardly any of the airport staff can speak english, although they are very friendly

the toilets :tape:

but the shops are cool :cool:

OK, thanx, I'm gonna "go" on the plane before it lands :D .

I should be having a driver picking me up; the kind that holds a sign with my name on it. Feels so special...........:lol:

CooCooCachoo
Apr 30th, 2006, 05:43 PM
You may come across two of my friends who will be backpacking in Thailand, Vietnam & Laos then ;) Have fun :banana:

Vut
Apr 30th, 2006, 05:46 PM
all of the above are your answers!!!

we called skytrain as BTS and MRT for subway. i recommended u to shop at chatuchak[we also called JJ, weekend market], the price are quite cheap. for the well-known shop i would like u to visit Siam Paragon. their are many many shops.

i thinks gurl_tennis answers all of your questions. i will be good if u smile here :D

Slumpsova
Apr 30th, 2006, 08:49 PM
hotduncz & gurl_tennis answered all the questions :yeah:
here is my tips

- don't worry about thai language. if you stay in bangkok and big cities. english is fine. just try to speak as slowly as you can. especially the thai names, it's always confused thai people when foreigners calling thai names. you better write the name down on the paper, or show them the map, it would be more help.

- the weather in May/June is hot and wet, the rain comes almost everyday so prepare for it. even i hate this time of the year :(

- no need to bring anything. except some small guide book just incase.

- the temple is holy place so make sure you dress well.

- public toilet is :eek: so done you business at the hotel or shopping malls.

- transportation in Bangkok is great. BTS & MRT can bring you anywhere. try to avoid city bus 'cuz the drivers & bus hostesses hardly speak & understand english :o

- you can go to Ayudhya for day trip. the city is not far from bangkok. it's the old capitol, lots of temple and histerical places you can't miss. i usually drive there in the morning and get back to bangkok at the dawn. only one hour away.

- nighlife in bangkok, there are a lot of clubs around the city. Si Lom Road is the most famous as well as Khao San Road.

good luck and have fun drake :wavey:

Slumpsova
Apr 30th, 2006, 08:58 PM
as for language, it will take a bit of effort to communicate with the locals, but it's ok. you dont really need to learn anything (for all my trips, i still only know "peang", which means expensive :lol: )

apparently "peang" is the most famous thai word in Singapore :lol: when i went there for shopping last year. i whispered "peang" to my friend while we were looking for a digital camera at the shop on bukit street, the sellers laughed and made fun of us :o

drake3781
Apr 30th, 2006, 10:01 PM
it's almost may, kinda hot over there. so just wear comfortable and light. tanktops and skirts/shorts will suffice. jeans might be a little too warm in the afternoons ( of course if u are visiting some temples, u might need to cover up)

for shopping, it's chatuchak (only on weekends, the MTS stop is called mo chit) and mah boon krong (MBK, the MTS stop is called national stadium) or the siam square area. great shopping :hearts: but DO NOT go to the toilets in chatuchak even if your life depended on it :tape:

for transport, it's very convenient with the skytrain and subway (forgot what they call it there). they connect to all the main areas around bangkok

it's generally safe over there (one of my trips was just a group of seven 19 year old girls, no problem whatsoever). taxis are quite ok (although i hear the cabs that are top yellow bottom green are the safest)

as for language, it will take a bit of effort to communicate with the locals, but it's ok. you dont really need to learn anything (for all my trips, i still only know "peang", which means expensive :lol: )

i would have advised u to visit the erawan shrine, but apparently it's under repair now. but for culture, just ask for directions to the temples, they are really magnificent. if u go to the floating market, be careful not to go to the fake one

for nightlife, i'd recommend suan lum night market (forgot which subway stop it is), where's there's great entertainment, food and shopping. there's the famous patpong, but it's kinda sleazy and overpriced, so i dont recommend that

for outside of bangkok, phuket or chiang mai. chiang mai would be more rustic and phuket is a place with a lot of seasports activity. chiang mai's weather is considerably cooler than the rest of thailand

oh, i forgot. for shopping, first quote a price that is at least only 20% of what was quoted to u. then slowly work your way up. if that person refuses to sell, walk away. he will usually call u back. if he doesnt, that means he really was not gonna make a profit with the price u gave


Thanks a lot! I'm gonna take notes and remember all this advice.

What is all the buzz about shopping? I don't really want or need anything... sometimes like to shop just to look around but hate being bombarded by people trying to get me to buy stuff (like in Jamaica, Mexico) when I just want to look around and maybe buy something if I find it myself... is there a lot of that kind of thing?..... and why so much talk about shopping (not by you but what I read on forums) ....are there some specific things that I really should look for that are great to buy here? :confused:

AceTennisGrrrl
Apr 30th, 2006, 10:28 PM
Go visit the brothels in Bangkok, I hear they have really nice decour

Slumpsova
Apr 30th, 2006, 10:35 PM
Thanks a lot! I'm gonna take notes and remember all this advice.

What is all the buzz about shopping? I don't really want or need anything... sometimes like to shop just to look around but hate being bombarded by people trying to get me to buy stuff (like in Jamaica, Mexico) when I just want to look around and maybe buy something if I find it myself... is there a lot of that kind of thing?..... and why so much talk about shopping (not by you but what I read on forums) ....are there some specific things that I really should look for that are great to buy here? :confused:

no. just because you are girl. the world expects all girls are shopaholic :lol:

xin_hui
May 1st, 2006, 04:16 AM
apparently "peang" is the most famous thai word in Singapore :lol: when i went there for shopping last year. i whispered "peang" to my friend while we were looking for a digital camera at the shop on bukit street, the sellers laughed and made fun of us :o

well, u have to know most singaporeans go to bangkok for a yearly shopping pilgrimage, of course we have to know "paeng" :lol:

xin_hui
May 1st, 2006, 04:17 AM
Thanks a lot! I'm gonna take notes and remember all this advice.

What is all the buzz about shopping? I don't really want or need anything... sometimes like to shop just to look around but hate being bombarded by people trying to get me to buy stuff (like in Jamaica, Mexico) when I just want to look around and maybe buy something if I find it myself... is there a lot of that kind of thing?..... and why so much talk about shopping (not by you but what I read on forums) ....are there some specific things that I really should look for that are great to buy here? :confused:

i dont know about u, maybe u dont like shopping. but the stuff there are really cheap and good :yeah:

drake3781
May 1st, 2006, 04:38 AM
You may come across two of my friends who will be backpacking in Thailand, Vietnam & Laos then ;) Have fun :banana:


When I know the exact dates and where I'm staying, I'll let you know. If we are actually there at the same time, I like to meet up with people for drinks or whatever.... and I'd love to hear their trip stories for a bit... I used to travel like that too - staying at hostels and seeing everything I could. Of course it's since I don't even know you (but I do like you on the board), much less your friends, it's a stretch, but who knows?!? :lol:

esquímaux
May 1st, 2006, 06:33 AM
I was not impressed with Bangkok.

Slumpsova
May 1st, 2006, 08:45 AM
drak, if you plan to spend the night outside Bangkok. wherever it is, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, the Islands. DO NOT travel alone. a lot of girls who did that ended up been killed, attacked and even raped :scared:

fnuf7
May 1st, 2006, 08:55 AM
I only spent a few days in Bangkok but I wouldn't say you need to learn the language, most things either have translations with them, or are easily recognisable as to what they are, or the people in fact speak English themselves, and I believe many other languages...

One thing I'd say is go look around all the little markets you find hidden in places cos they are full of random stuff, great stuff, horrid-looking stuff, pointless stuff, hidden treasures... I loved them! :D Also there are loads of little stalls set up on the street selling fresh fruit and drinks for literally the cheapest prices I've ever encountered, and the pineapple is, or at least was when I was there, the best pineapple I've ever tasted! And they do a really nice but weird iced tea drink which you buy and it doesn't come in a cup, it comes in a plastic bag with a straw stuck in it, v cool and refreshing in the muggy heat of Bangkok :cool:

Brett.
May 2nd, 2006, 07:51 AM
I never been to any public toilets in Bangkok - thank goodness :rolleyes:

I went to somewhere on my trip outside of Bangkok (i don't know which direction) about 2 to 3 hours on bus to a place where all the monks lives. And also I went to an Australian Memorial Service too! Im not sure where about in Thailand but just few hours outside of Bangkok. Thanks

drake3781
May 2nd, 2006, 08:30 AM
thank, you, everyone for the advice, i wil reply some more when i have a little time. :kiss:

drake3781
May 3rd, 2006, 02:46 AM
all of the above are your answers!!!

we called skytrain as BTS and MRT for subway. i recommended u to shop at chatuchak[we also called JJ, weekend market], the price are quite cheap. for the well-known shop i would like u to visit Siam Paragon. their are many many shops.

i thinks gurl_tennis answers all of your questions. i will be good if u smile here :D

Thank you Vut! I will get the Skytrain and MRT/Subway maps, so I can figure out how to get around.

What kind of things do you and everyone buy at all these shops - at Chatuchak and Sain Paragon, for example? Are you shopping for clothes, or ??

Now about smiling, I keep hearing about this too. Should a person basically smile all the time, or what? :confused: Always when you are talking to someone? Do they care if you are obviously trying to smile insead of really smiling all the time?

I think my work will be in Wellgrow Industrial Estate... have you ever heard of that, and is it far from downtown?

10nisfanofruz
May 3rd, 2006, 06:13 AM
What kind of things do you and everyone buy at all these shops - at Chatuchak and Sain Paragon, for example? Are you shopping for clothes, or ??
- "Siam Paragon" has everything you need. It's the biggest department store in Thailand. However, it's hard to find anything cheap there.
Here's the website - http://www.siamparagon.co.th

Now about smiling, I keep hearing about this too. Should a person basically smile all the time, or what? :confused: Always when you are talking to someone? Do they care if you are obviously trying to smile insead of really smiling all the time?

- You don't have to smile all the time. :lol: It just shows your hospitality. Most Thai people are not comfortable with foreigner so they tend to smile even when they can't communicate with you. You just smile back that's all.

I think my work will be in Wellgrow Industrial Estate... have you ever heard of that, and is it far from downtown?
- Sorry, i've never heard of it.
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Enjoys visiting Bangkok! :)

Vut
May 3rd, 2006, 04:54 PM
At Chatuchak, you can find many many shops there and most are about cloth. IT'S VERY HOT!!!

At Siam Paragon, there are many luxury shops, 6 stars fitness, BIG movie theaters, etc. but I really likes a B floor there are many food zones.

xin_hui
May 3rd, 2006, 04:57 PM
At Chatuchak, you can find many many shops there and most are about cloth. IT'S VERY HOT!!!



hot is like an understatement :lol:

but that is a great place to shop. so i'll put up with the heat :devil:

drake3781
May 4th, 2006, 04:31 AM
I was not impressed with Bangkok.

Esquimaux, what did you do? And what did you not like??? :confused:

Anything you did really enjoy that you would mention?

drake3781
May 7th, 2006, 02:12 AM
drak, if you plan to spend the night outside Bangkok. wherever it is, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, the Islands. DO NOT travel alone. a lot of girls who did that ended up been killed, attacked and even raped :scared:

OK, Tuna, can I talk to you about this because I do want to travel somewhere and I will be alone. I want to go to either Chang Mai or a beach/island place. What do you recommend? And are you sure I would be in danger? For Change Mai - I could get on a tour to be safe. To go to an island, I really think I would go alone... what should I do to be safest?

And are you talking about the travel part being dangerous, or being there alone? (or both?)

Slumpsova
May 7th, 2006, 09:54 AM
OK, Tuna, can I talk to you about this because I do want to travel somewhere and I will be alone. I want to go to either Chang Mai or a beach/island place. What do you recommend? And are you sure I would be in danger? For Change Mai - I could get on a tour to be safe. To go to an island, I really think I would go alone... what should I do to be safest?

And are you talking about the travel part being dangerous, or being there alone? (or both?)

well i'm talking about being there alone. quiet scary IMO. there were a lot of female tourist got raped and killed in recent years by local people just because they were too trustful. a few months ago there was a case at Samui Island, the girl got killed at the beach when she was alone in the dark.

i don't know if i'm overprotected but i just don't want you to take a risk. but if you really need to do, be very very carefully, try to stick with crowded areas and avoid going out at night.

oh and don't trust people too much especially local men. thai people seems nice but not everyone does. some may think foreign girl appraoching to him is easy and, you know :shrug:

drake3781
May 8th, 2006, 02:15 AM
I only spent a few days in Bangkok but I wouldn't say you need to learn the language, most things either have translations with them, or are easily recognisable as to what they are, or the people in fact speak English themselves, and I believe many other languages...

One thing I'd say is go look around all the little markets you find hidden in places cos they are full of random stuff, great stuff, horrid-looking stuff, pointless stuff, hidden treasures... I loved them! :D Also there are loads of little stalls set up on the street selling fresh fruit and drinks for literally the cheapest prices I've ever encountered, and the pineapple is, or at least was when I was there, the best pineapple I've ever tasted! And they do a really nice but weird iced tea drink which you buy and it doesn't come in a cup, it comes in a plastic bag with a straw stuck in it, v cool and refreshing in the muggy heat of Bangkok :cool:

Thanks!! Sounds like we have the same tastes in shopping! Do the salespeople keep bugging you to buy something, or can you just walk around without being pestered?

Pineapple is on my list! And the tea in bags.... I guess you didn't get sick from it. I've read you have to avoid anybody shaving ice on the street as it is very dirty.

Let me ask you a question about clothes since we seem to be kind of alike. What's the main kind of clothes to bring? Will it be too hot for jeans and boots? Are shorts and tank top too immodest? Are flip flop type sandals but made of leather or cloth good, or is it just too dirty for that? Do I need anything dressy? What kind of things did you find yourself wearing most of the time?

xin_hui
May 8th, 2006, 07:36 AM
Thanks!! Sounds like we have the same tastes in shopping! Do the salespeople keep bugging you to buy something, or can you just walk around without being pestered?

Pineapple is on my list! And the tea in bags.... I guess you didn't get sick from it. I've read you have to avoid anybody shaving ice on the street as it is very dirty.

Let me ask you a question about clothes since we seem to be kind of alike. What's the main kind of clothes to bring? Will it be too hot for jeans and boots? Are shorts and tank top too immodest? Are flip flop type sandals but made of leather or cloth good, or is it just too dirty for that? Do I need anything dressy? What kind of things did you find yourself wearing most of the time?

it's definitely too hot for jeans and boots. no way u can wear that combination in the afternoons:eek:

drake3781
May 9th, 2006, 06:20 AM
I never been to any public toilets in Bangkok - thank goodness :rolleyes:

I went to somewhere on my trip outside of Bangkok (i don't know which direction) about 2 to 3 hours on bus to a place where all the monks lives. And also I went to an Australian Memorial Service too! Im not sure where about in Thailand but just few hours outside of Bangkok. Thanks

OK I will look for a place to see where the monks live. If you have some more details it would help. Thanks.

Justeenium
May 9th, 2006, 06:30 AM
1. You don't need to learn Thai language as alots of Thai people does speak english fluently.



:)

drake3781
Jun 3rd, 2006, 08:47 AM
Well, my trip is scheduled. I leave on Thursday June 8 and arrive on June 9 around midnight. I'll be staying by the river for a few days - vacation days - then I move to Sukhumvit Road hotel for 2 weeks. That is the work part of the trip. Then I can stay longer to vacation, or probably go home.

Some things I'm still wondering about:
- Best plans for sightseeing on Sat-Sun-Mon.
- Mon is a Thai holiday - does that mean a lot of sights will be closed?
- Specifics on kind of clothes to pack, including shoes.
- I can go to Phuket or somewhere for the second weekend. Will it really be so dangerous that I shouldn't go?

Also, Tuna, or anyone else there, maybe we could meet for drinks one night? Let me know if you would like to do that.

Vut
Jun 3rd, 2006, 05:26 PM
Well, my trip is scheduled. I leave on Thursday June 8 and arrive on June 9 around midnight. I'll be staying by the river for a few days - vacation days - then I move to Sukhumvit Road hotel for 2 weeks. That is the work part of the trip. Then I can stay longer to vacation, or probably go home.

Some things I'm still wondering about:
- Best plans for sightseeing on Sat-Sun-Mon.
- Mon is a Thai holiday - does that mean a lot of sights will be closed?
- Specifics on kind of clothes to pack, including shoes.
- I can go to Phuket or somewhere for the second weekend. Will it really be so dangerous that I shouldn't go?

Also, Tuna, or anyone else there, maybe we could meet for drinks one night? Let me know if you would like to do that.

12-13 June are The Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s accession to the Throne day and it's holiday so I thinks some shops are close but don't worry most are not!

Don't forget to wear a yellow's shirt (t-shirt, polo or else) in that days!

bis2806
Jun 3rd, 2006, 05:52 PM
Be warned that Bangkok is an extremely hot place, so you should be sure to only wear jeans at night I guess. There are lots of hookers and prostitutes hanging around and you should be careful of them. I think the food will be fabulous and you'll like it! The malls there are huge and things are usually very cheap. Thai people are nice :)

fnuf7
Jun 3rd, 2006, 07:00 PM
Thanks!! Sounds like we have the same tastes in shopping! Do the salespeople keep bugging you to buy something, or can you just walk around without being pestered?

Pineapple is on my list! And the tea in bags.... I guess you didn't get sick from it. I've read you have to avoid anybody shaving ice on the street as it is very dirty.

Let me ask you a question about clothes since we seem to be kind of alike. What's the main kind of clothes to bring? Will it be too hot for jeans and boots? Are shorts and tank top too immodest? Are flip flop type sandals but made of leather or cloth good, or is it just too dirty for that? Do I need anything dressy? What kind of things did you find yourself wearing most of the time?

Woah! hope I'm not too late! ;) was just extremely busy with exams and things but anyhoo...

Yeah, when I went it was the end of May/beginning of June and it was absolutely muggy as anything in Bangkok, waaaaay too hot for jeans :) It wasn't excessively sunny and I remember it raining absolutely loads for one day (like proper monsoon style rain) but mostly the weather was bright but v hot and humid. The kind where you walk for about 15 mins and are dying for a drink (hence why the pineapple and the tea drink are so excellent! ;) ). I mainly wore shorts/long-shorts (you know the type that come just below your knee) and t-shirts. Strappy tops are perfectly fine I found (not too immodest, but if you go to a temple or anything like that you have to cover at least your shoulders if I remember correctly)

Shoe-wise I had normal flip-flops (like crappy plastic beach type ones ;) ) and some more slightly nicer ones but also had some light trainers I wore as well (especially at night etc). I didn't actually wear anything too dressy at all but then I didn't really go anywhere where I felt under-dressed at all, they seem pretty relaxed in that sense especially with tourists :) Oh and I personally didn't find it that dirty about from like the tiny little side-roads where like chickens and stuff would wander around! :lol: I felt more "unclean" from the sheer humidty of the place making me all hot! ;)

Oh and the sellers do hassle you quite a bit and they can be persuasive but I think it's cos they spot you (well they did with me! ;) ) as a tourist so target you a bit, but they aren't rude or too full on I found so it's not too bad in that respect. Plus if you get hassled into buying anything it's all so cheap it doesn't really matter! ;)

drake3781
Jun 5th, 2006, 05:52 AM
12-13 June are The Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s accession to the Throne day and it's holiday so I thinks some shops are close but don't worry most are not!

Don't forget to wear a yellow's shirt (t-shirt, polo or else) in that days!

Thanx Vut! I will try to see the Royal Barge Procession on the river that day.

Slumpsova
Jun 5th, 2006, 11:04 AM
Well, my trip is scheduled. I leave on Thursday June 8 and arrive on June 9 around midnight. I'll be staying by the river for a few days - vacation days - then I move to Sukhumvit Road hotel for 2 weeks. That is the work part of the trip. Then I can stay longer to vacation, or probably go home.

Some things I'm still wondering about:
- Best plans for sightseeing on Sat-Sun-Mon.
- Mon is a Thai holiday - does that mean a lot of sights will be closed?
- Specifics on kind of clothes to pack, including shoes.
- I can go to Phuket or somewhere for the second weekend. Will it really be so dangerous that I shouldn't go?

Also, Tuna, or anyone else there, maybe we could meet for drinks one night? Let me know if you would like to do that.

-Sat-Sun-Mon is good but you should avoid 10-13th June for sightseeing 'cuz, according to Vut, there will be a big holidays in Bangkok. it seems a lot of Bangkokians will leave the town to vacation somewhere like the beach and the north. so if you aren't comfortable with crowded places, you better stick around at Bangkok.

-Monday is not Thai holiday, it's only Monday the 12th, so you can go anywhere besides that day. i have to say you are very lucky to visit Thailand this time of the year 'cuz the celebratation is expected be the biggest event ever happenned in Thailand.

-Phuket is fine. i don't wanna to be overreacted anymore 'cuz it's gonna spoil you fun there. so just go wherever you want, have fun but be extremely carefully :)

oh and about the drink things, i'd love to :D but i'm gonna be out of town for 2 days 12th-13th June. besides those days i'm available to meet, you can contact me anytime :wavey:

komorli
Jun 5th, 2006, 03:11 PM
Phuket is beautiful! I used to live there. When you go to Phuket and need grocery, go to Lotus. I find the things there better quality and I thin they are a little cheaper. You will find more "local" things there too. The supermarket at Central is great too. And you have to try MK. Best duck in the world! :lol:

I'm not sure if anybody has mentioned this, but Bangkok is FAMOUS for horrendous traffic. Take the BTS (the sky train) instead. At Emporium, there'a great restauarant called Greyhound, no not the bus line. It's a mix of Thai and western food. Really good stuff. Try their Lichee shake! :yeah:

I hope you have a wonderful time there! I'll be in Phuket this summer too with my family!


and another thing. When you get to Bangkok airport, the immigration line is LONG!!! They have so many booths but they are never open. So try to get out of the plane FAST and run to the immigration line.

thalle
Jun 5th, 2006, 04:33 PM
I was in Thailand last year. Besides it being dirty, I liked the city. People are really nice and helpful. A taxidriver did trick us though. If you do take a cap, remember to agree on the price first. Actually do that all the time before bying:)

I went to Hua Hin for three weeks, I think it's three hours away. Hua Hin is really nice and neat, and I (I was 18 and I am a girl) walked around for my self in the evenings and nothing was bad. Only a stupid tailor who kept annoying me, but nobody touched me or tried to trick me. So consider Hua Hin, but Tuna and Vut knows more about the places than I:p

jmd
Jun 5th, 2006, 04:57 PM
I was not impressed with Bangkok.

Then You just don´t apreciate beautiful places

jmd
Jun 5th, 2006, 04:58 PM
how old R you drake, need to know for the advice

Slumpsova
Jun 5th, 2006, 05:30 PM
I was in Thailand last year. Besides it being dirty, I liked the city. People are really nice and helpful. A taxidriver did trick us though. If you do take a cap, remember to agree on the price first. Actually do that all the time before bying:)

I went to Hua Hin for three weeks, I think it's three hours away. Hua Hin is really nice and neat, and I (I was 18 and I am a girl) walked around for my self in the evenings and nothing was bad. Only a stupid tailor who kept annoying me, but nobody touched me or tried to trick me. So consider Hua Hin, but Tuna and Vut knows more about the places than I:p

yeah i love Hua Hin too. it's nearer Bangkok and more peaceful than Phuket. the disadvantage about Hua Hin is her beaches are not so beautiful and attractive like Phuket and other cities on Andaman sea.

but if you need to get away from citylife, traffic and all craziness in town, Hua Hin is always a good choice.

bis2806
Jun 5th, 2006, 07:12 PM
Phuket is beautiful! I used to live there. When you go to Phuket and need grocery, go to Lotus. I find the things there better quality and I thin they are a little cheaper. You will find more "local" things there too. The supermarket at Central is great too. And you have to try MK. Best duck in the world! :lol:

I'm not sure if anybody has mentioned this, but Bangkok is FAMOUS for horrendous traffic. Take the BTS (the sky train) instead. At Emporium, there'a great restauarant called Greyhound, no not the bus line. It's a mix of Thai and western food. Really good stuff. Try their Lichee shake! :yeah:

I hope you have a wonderful time there! I'll be in Phuket this summer too with my family!


and another thing. When you get to Bangkok airport, the immigration line is LONG!!! They have so many booths but they are never open. So try to get out of the plane FAST and run to the immigration line.

In both my experiences, it wasn't that long to wait. Nevertheless, I do miss "authentic" thai FOOD. I did remember at one point we were in this restaurant by the road and they served us coconut with rice:confused: and my mum did not know what to do with them :lol:

drake3781
Jun 6th, 2006, 04:46 AM
Be warned that Bangkok is an extremely hot place, so you should be sure to only wear jeans at night I guess. There are lots of hookers and prostitutes hanging around and you should be careful of them. I think the food will be fabulous and you'll like it! The malls there are huge and things are usually very cheap. Thai people are nice :)


Thanks for the nice info.... all is useful :kiss: .

drake3781
Jun 7th, 2006, 04:31 AM
Woah! hope I'm not too late! ;) was just extremely busy with exams and things but anyhoo...

Yeah, when I went it was the end of May/beginning of June and it was absolutely muggy as anything in Bangkok, waaaaay too hot for jeans :) It wasn't excessively sunny and I remember it raining absolutely loads for one day (like proper monsoon style rain) but mostly the weather was bright but v hot and humid. The kind where you walk for about 15 mins and are dying for a drink (hence why the pineapple and the tea drink are so excellent! ;) ). I mainly wore shorts/long-shorts (you know the type that come just below your knee) and t-shirts. Strappy tops are perfectly fine I found (not too immodest, but if you go to a temple or anything like that you have to cover at least your shoulders if I remember correctly)

Shoe-wise I had normal flip-flops (like crappy plastic beach type ones ;) ) and some more slightly nicer ones but also had some light trainers I wore as well (especially at night etc). I didn't actually wear anything too dressy at all but then I didn't really go anywhere where I felt under-dressed at all, they seem pretty relaxed in that sense especially with tourists :) Oh and I personally didn't find it that dirty about from like the tiny little side-roads where like chickens and stuff would wander around! :lol: I felt more "unclean" from the sheer humidty of the place making me all hot! ;)

Oh and the sellers do hassle you quite a bit and they can be persuasive but I think it's cos they spot you (well they did with me! ;) ) as a tourist so target you a bit, but they aren't rude or too full on I found so it's not too bad in that respect. Plus if you get hassled into buying anything it's all so cheap it doesn't really matter! ;)

Thanks! Your advice is particularly helpful because I am trying to pack!!!! Time to leave in 33 hours!!! :eek:

drake3781
Jun 7th, 2006, 06:46 AM
-Sat-Sun-Mon is good but you should avoid 10-13th June for sightseeing 'cuz, according to Vut, there will be a big holidays in Bangkok. it seems a lot of Bangkokians will leave the town to vacation somewhere like the beach and the north. so if you aren't comfortable with crowded places, you better stick around at Bangkok.

-Monday is not Thai holiday, it's only Monday the 12th, so you can go anywhere besides that day. i have to say you are very lucky to visit Thailand this time of the year 'cuz the celebratation is expected be the biggest event ever happenned in Thailand.

-Phuket is fine. i don't wanna to be overreacted anymore 'cuz it's gonna spoil you fun there. so just go wherever you want, have fun but be extremely carefully :)

oh and about the drink things, i'd love to :D but i'm gonna be out of town for 2 days 12th-13th June. besides those days i'm available to meet, you can contact me anytime :wavey:

OK Tuna! I will try to go to Phuket next weekend....... June 15 weekend. If I can get away from work on the Friday.... I knew I could but now another person will be there too and I don't know if he cares if I skip a day :( .

And I'm there for two weeks so we can meet up after the 13th...... I'm there all the way to the 24th or so. I'll message you when I know my schedule.

And hope you had a happy birthday, :wavey:

drake3781
Jun 7th, 2006, 06:51 AM
Phuket is beautiful! I used to live there. When you go to Phuket and need grocery, go to Lotus. I find the things there better quality and I thin they are a little cheaper. You will find more "local" things there too. The supermarket at Central is great too. And you have to try MK. Best duck in the world! :lol:

I'm not sure if anybody has mentioned this, but Bangkok is FAMOUS for horrendous traffic. Take the BTS (the sky train) instead. At Emporium, there'a great restauarant called Greyhound, no not the bus line. It's a mix of Thai and western food. Really good stuff. Try their Lichee shake! :yeah:

I hope you have a wonderful time there! I'll be in Phuket this summer too with my family!


and another thing. When you get to Bangkok airport, the immigration line is LONG!!! They have so many booths but they are never open. So try to get out of the plane FAST and run to the immigration line.

Great restaurant advice........ I think I'll be near the Emporium so that's really helpful advice.

Any specific place you suggest I go around Phuket? I would like to sea kayak, snorkel, relax on the beach. And it should be convenient to the airport or by taxi from the airport, because I don't have a lot of time. My company will pay the hotel so the price is not too important... thanks!

drake3781
Jun 7th, 2006, 06:53 AM
I was in Thailand last year. Besides it being dirty, I liked the city. People are really nice and helpful. A taxidriver did trick us though. If you do take a cap, remember to agree on the price first. Actually do that all the time before bying:)

I went to Hua Hin for three weeks, I think it's three hours away. Hua Hin is really nice and neat, and I (I was 18 and I am a girl) walked around for my self in the evenings and nothing was bad. Only a stupid tailor who kept annoying me, but nobody touched me or tried to trick me. So consider Hua Hin, but Tuna and Vut knows more about the places than I:p

Thanks, thalle. If I decide to go somewhere closer for the weekend, Hua Hin sounds perfect. I'll take pictures so you can remember it. :)

I keep cracking up about your "stupid tailor". :lol:

drake3781
Jun 7th, 2006, 06:57 AM
how old R you drake, need to know for the advice

jmd, u still there? without being exact, I'm a young adult - younger at heart than in actual age :lol: . I like doing active outdoors things, but it sounds so hot I don't know. Bars and stuff will probably be out since I'm mostly alone and would feel weird as a single girl there. Anyway, your advice is welcome........ thank you! :wavey:

thalle
Jun 7th, 2006, 07:13 AM
Thanks, thalle. If I decide to go somewhere closer for the weekend, Hua Hin sounds perfect. I'll take pictures so you can remember it. :)

I keep cracking up about your "stupid tailor". :lol:
thanks:D

I stayed at the "City Beach" hotel, which was pretty cheap, but very nice - except the tailor.
If you do go to Hua Hin, please tell me, because they had the nicest massouses (sp?) at one place. They were so fun... :)

Good trip:wavey:

drake3781
Jun 7th, 2006, 07:39 AM
thanks:D

I stayed at the "City Beach" hotel, which was pretty cheap, but very nice - except the tailor.
If you do go to Hua Hin, please tell me, because they had the nicest massouses (sp?) at one place. They were so fun... :)

Good trip:wavey:

Well, I would like to hear about your massage experiences because of course I Want to get some! Did you get Thai massage and was it terribly rough, or did you like it? Or did you get a relaxing type?

drake3781
Jun 8th, 2006, 06:12 AM
Well, guys, I'm off! I head to the airport in 7 hours. Just taking a quick packing break - packing is hard work! - then a few hours sleep! Thanks for all the advice, I wrote everything down and it was very useful!! I hope to have some nice pics to share at the end of the month. :wavey: :kiss:

Vut
Jun 8th, 2006, 05:01 PM
good luck!

komorli
Jun 8th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Great restaurant advice........ I think I'll be near the Emporium so that's really helpful advice.

Any specific place you suggest I go around Phuket? I would like to sea kayak, snorkel, relax on the beach. And it should be convenient to the airport or by taxi from the airport, because I don't have a lot of time. My company will pay the hotel so the price is not too important... thanks!

Well obviously, Patong is THE PLACE for tourists. But during the monsoon season the waves can get pretty big. but next Patong beach there's a bay called Crystal Bay. It's much quieter there. But Patong beach is nice. :) It's much nicer now than before the Tsunami. they really cleaned up the place. A great place to snorkel are the Similan Islands. If you have one full day free, I recommmend you go there. It's a group of Islands in the andaman sea. The Islands are quite a distance away from Phuket, but it's worth it. ;)

drake3781
Jun 18th, 2006, 03:16 PM
to everyone who gave me advice....... i really appreciate it! i have done almost everything you recommended in bangkok and ayudhya. haven't gone south yet, though. been here 9 days already, and one more week to go.

thanks again.......... it's amazing here!! really enjoying it.
bye now,

:wavey:

Vut
Jun 18th, 2006, 04:44 PM
to everyone who gave me advice....... i really appreciate it! i have done almost everything you recommended in bangkok and ayudhya. haven't gone south yet, though. been here 9 days already, and one more week to go.

thanks again.......... it's amazing here!! really enjoying it.
bye now,

:wavey:

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