I went in January two years ago. We spent a few days in bangkok, then flew south to a beautiful (but quite touristy) island called kho Samui. There you can rent comfortable huts by the beach with running water/fridge/double bed for about £7 a night. to wake up hearing the monkeys playing in the trees is incredible. From Kho Samui we went to an island called Kho Tao, only accessible by boat. That was the most amazing place, only electricity four hours a day. the diving was incredible, and there were hardly any people there, only locals, and a few clued in tourists, who were deeply respectful of the island. It is mind-blowing to get so close to nature, and the most enlightening and spiritual holiday I have ever had. <br />Enjoy yourself!<br />regards, <br />Jon
I have been there twice, the first time 12 years ago, sorry I only remember the Chinese translation of the places but I find Pukket Island very good, Bangkok is good as well <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
I have been to Thailand many times since I was a kid. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
To experience Thai Tribal culture, go Changmai , up the mountains. Nice and cool unlike Bangkok's hot weather. You can do trekking if you are up to it.
For sea sports, Pattaya or Phuket(maybe too commericalised). Koh Samui as mentioned by JonBcn should be more private. I heard Phi Phi Island is not bad too. Can do scuba diving there too. Go see their transversite concert... Very colourful.
For shopping wise, Bangkok, you must visit Chatuchak, their weekend open- air market... Very huge with many interesting things to see. Even if you are not buying, the experience is worth the visit. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Nightlife... erhm... Pat Pong may be too "touristry". I can''t remember what is the name of this Street where all the backpackers hang out and sell their wares and you can do some henna tattoo too. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
I went to Thailand earlier this year, back in April - and I had a fantastic time!<br />I started off in Hong Kong, and then went on to Bangkok and on to Koh Samui and I can't wait to go back again!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Bangkok is so beautiful. The shopping is brilliant and the temples are worth visiting, there impressive. But the Islands, their something else!! The Islands are really, really beautiful!!
Though Koh Samui is a bit touristy, it's got a great atmosphere and the people are lovely!
Everything in Thailand is really cheap, especially the food. Alcohol is also cheap, you can get a bottle of coconut rum (well, it was either rum or whiskey - whatever it is, it knocks your head off!) for under a pound! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
I'm sure you'll have a fanastic time - and remember to tell us all how it went when you get back!! <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
I went to Thailand a few years ago, it was great. I'd like to go back since I don't think I was old enough then to properly appreciate it. I went to Bangkok and Pattaya. Pattaya was great, I went to this island off the coast there and went waterskiing... only time i did that... it was great. The island had a place where you could pay to fire guns, including I think a M-16... I also heard there were several other places that offered that. I remember going to a Thai restaurant and trying the curry, it was rated 2 out of 4 in terms of spicy but it was spicy! i had to gulp a glass of water for every bite... not surprisingly, i didn't get very far, hate to see what a 4 dish was, still i'd try it again though... I remember going to a crocodile farm which was cool but I don't quite remember where it was, it was outside Bangkok somewhere. During my stay, we hired a local guide who gave us a personal tour and had a driver who took us around. It was great but maybe expensive.
Well see all the touristy sights in Bangkok, be sure to go to Phuket (didn't go there but heard it was awesome) and Pattaya. The places where they shot The Beach were just awesome, but I don't know where that was... after I saw the movie, I couldn't get over how cool it would be to live that backpacking adventure in Thailand, well the first part anyway, maybe you can do that...
let's see, the show "the amazing race" here in the u.s. recently went to thailand, let me look up where they went... all the places looked really cool so i'd go there...
in Bangkok they went to the "Temple of Dawn" and the "Temple of the Reclining Buddha" (Thailand's oldest and largest temple)... then they went 70 miles northeast to Kanachanaburi which houses the Bridge of the River Kwai from the movie... 25 miles outside that town they went to a monastery where monks and tigers coexist together, but i'm not sure if it's really a tourist place, the show's official site said it was obscure... then they went to southern Thailand to the Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi... acc. to the site... a lot of islands and white sand beaches in Krabi, popular w/European tourists...
Highly recommend visiting your local library to see if they have a copy of the "Lonely Planet Guide" to borrow. Although Thai-American and Thai-speaking, I had to rely on my friends to decide where to go! Also many good travel advice sites on the Internet. Try thailand.com for a start.
If you like mountains and trekking, go north to Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai. History buffs will enjoy the old capital of Ayuddaya (2 hours from Bangkok by car). Many, many temples to see in Bangkok. I believe the Reclining Buddha is at Wat Po, which also features therapeutic Thai massage. The backpackers' street Bubble referred to is Khao San Road.
If you prefer beaches, then head south to Koh Samui. I think the eastern side of the peninsula is a bit less developed and commercialised. My friends and I were at Koh Phang An for a full moon party during the new year holidays several years ago. It wasn't that exciting for me, but then again, I was probably the only totally sober person on the beach! Everyone else seemed to be drunk/high/shroomed out/strung out on E, etc., etc. Still, the people of Southern Thailand are very friendly, as are most Thais.
In terms of how to get to Northern or Southern Thailand, my dad was quite overprotective when I was in Bangkok for the Asian Games in November-December '98. He insisted that we travel by bus or rail. Although we didn't go anywhere, there was a horrible weather-related air crash in Southern Thailand that killed over 100.
Overnight buses leave the main bus station in Bangkok at 10 or 11 p.m. and arrive at 5 or 6 a.m. in Chiang Mai or Surat Thani (where you can catch boats to Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phang An). Pretty cheap way to go as well!
Just use your common sense and you should be all right. Take a lesson from Bridget Jones in "The Edge of Reason" and never, never, never take anyone's bags for them at the airport!
OMG! tammysbigsis is back!!! <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> <img src="eek.gif" border="0">
how you going rose? <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> what u been up to? whats tammy been up to??? is she training hard??? what took u so long to come here??? i've missed u greatly! <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
great to see u back again! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Hi TammysBigSis . Great to see you back here. <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" /> <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />
The former board busted just before the US Open. But I remember you promised a lot of pics from there (incl. obviously Tammy but also Wynne Prakusya for me...).
Did you have time to take these pics? <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />
Very, very sorry. Because Tammy lost so early, we didn't spend that much time at the courts. I have photos of Tammy, Rachel MacQuillan, Ai Sugiyama, Pete Sampras, Dinara Safina, Jennifer Hopkins and a few others. Will try to upload these from the CD ROM and post sometime this weekend.
I believe Murmurs took some of Wynne at the Volvo tournament. Have you seen them? I could be wrong. I haven't been able to fully explore WTA World yet!
BTW, today (5 December) is His Majesty King Bhumipol's birthday. There should be beautiful displays up all around Thailand through the month of December.
Oh, and when visiting temples, I suggest that men bring trousers and ladies bring knee-length skirts just in case you run into strict dress codes. If you forget, there are usually some available for rent. Wear shoes that are easily taken off/put on.
Don't forget to enjoy the wonderful tropical fruits! If you are afraid of food poisoning, I suggest visiting the supermarkets in the Bangkok department stores. The fruit there is probably more pricey, but less likely to make you sick. My particular favourites are rambutan, pomelo, jackfruit, papaya, and green mango!
How I envy you & your mate! <img src="graemlins/lick.gif" border="0" alt="[Lick]" />
I've been on leave of absence from work and not able to get on the Net until I finally was lured by a $200 rebate to sign up with MSN. Got a new DVD player in the deal, but home access is still not as speedy and satisfying as the office connection I had over the summer! <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
I guess it's time to go back to work!
Please send me an e-mail (will explain why in my reply)!
Love ya <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> ,<br />Rose