Top Tips For Backpackers

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Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for backpackers. Many come from all over the world, carrying their entire luggage in a large rucksack and travelling from hostel to hostel in an attempt to see as much of Thailand as possible. This can certainly be a great way to experience this destination, but here are just a few top tips to help you get the most out of your trip. Firstly, you should book at least the first place which you plan on staying in, and … [Read more...]

Updated: May 24, 2013 by admin

Searching for Low-Cost Cruises

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Cruising is a fantastic type of getaway that's packed to the brim with memorable experiences. After all, where else can you wake up to new destinations every morning and spend time in bewitching cities or sun-soaked beaches, before being whisked off to the next port of call while you kick back in the lap of luxury? It's a pretty special holiday, and one that you're not likely to forget in a hurry. But as you might expect, with all those experiences and scintillating … [Read more...]

Updated: May 7, 2014 by admin

Discover Thailand’s Hidden Secrets

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Thailand is more than Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. In fact, there are a great many fascinating out-of-the-way places that regular visitors know and love, which you might like to consider adding to your itinerary when you're planning your next trip to Thailand. About 260 km outside Bangkok, the ancient city of Nakhon Ratchasima, also known by its historical name of Khorat, is famous for its several heritage sites that reveal the roots of traditional Thai … [Read more...]

Updated: October 12, 2011 by admin

10 Tips to Save Money When Traveling in Thailand

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So you're heading off to Thailand and the budget is stretched quite thin.  Need some  ways to trim a few hundred dollars off the trip.  We have a few tips that might just help.   1.   Don't spend huge dollars on new guidebooks Instead of buying all those brand new guidebooks keep on reading.  The internet is a great resource and you can print out specific pages as needed.  If you like the idea of carrying a guidebook, consider buying once you get to … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Mai Sai Border Crossing – Thailand into Myanmar

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Mae Sai is the northern-most city in Thailand. It is mainly a stepping stone for visits to Myanmar and has few attractions of its own.   Getting to Mai Sai Buses do the run from Chiang Rai to Mai Sai several times every hour and cost just 40 baht (one way) and take about 1.5 hours. Buses from Chiang Mai take about 4 hours for the journey and cost 210 baht one way. All public buses terminate at a bus station well south of Mae Sai, so you have to continue … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Tips to Save you Money on Phi Phi Island

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    Do not book a hotel or guesthouse in advance This tip isn’t a tip for everyone, but if you have the flexibility and are not traveling during the peak holiday season, you will save money by not booking any accommodation in advance.  The prices online tend to be expensive and normally feature the higher end hotels.  When you arrive in Phi Phi, ignore all the touts at the pier and take a walk around to look for a place to stay.  Never commit to more … [Read more...]

Updated: August 31, 2011 by admin

Essential Thailand Survival Tips

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Thailand is referred to as the "Land of Smiles" (LOS) and is a very friendly place to visit, however a few precautions and some common sense can go a long way to making your holiday more enjoyable.   Listed below are our top Thailand survival tips: Touts at bus stations, airports and other tourist areas are there for one reason only; to make money. Unfortunately, this usually involves parting unwary travelers from their cash. You should always question … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

How Much Money Do I Need For Thailand

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How much money do you need for that backpacking trip to Thailand?  Here are some rough numbers of various travel necessities to help you figure out your own budget so you can decide how much money to take to Thailand. Prices quoted throughout this article are in Thai baht however as a rough guide 1 US $ equals 30 baht.  For a more accurate conversion, you may like to use the handy exchange rate calculator in the sidebar. You should also shop around for the cheapest … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Finding Cheap Flights to Thailand

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  Chasing down the cheapest price for your flight to Thailand is vital if you're on a backpacking budget. No matter where you are going or when during the year you are going there, you are bound to find some great deals if you simply take the time to research and explore as many options as possible. Here are a few tips to find budget flights to Thailand. The deals are out there if you know how and where to look.   Get on a mailing list If you travel … [Read more...]

Updated: September 8, 2011 by admin

15 Things NOT to do in Thailand

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Headed to Thailand this holiday season? Be sure not to commit a Thai faux pas! Read on for our Thai Local Expert’s take on 15 things NOT to do in the Land of Smiles: Do not criticize the King - It’s not only considered impolite, it’s also a crime to disparage the King, the royal family or the institution of the monarchy. Don't do drugs! - Avoid all drugs, unless you relish a long humiliating stint shackled up in a thai jail...or at least paying a massive bribe to … [Read more...]

Updated: September 10, 2011 by admin

Bar Girls and Ladyboys in Thailand

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Bar Girls Anyone traveling to Thailand will have heard of them, and have a natural curiosity, but if you decide to visit one of the hundreds of clubs where Thailand’s party girls like to frequent, there are a few things you need to know first. It’s generally considered that there are two types of young women in Thailand. First, there are the relatively conservative ‘Mainstream’ girls, who are fairly easy to distinguish. They dress modestly, act friendly, but are … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

Emergency Travel Document Kit

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Before you leave on your trip, there are a few things you should get together. Do some pre-trip research and purchasing.   Building your Kit There are several items that you should include in your travel kit, which should always be with you, not in your checked luggage. It’s a good idea to make several copies of each of these things. Put one copy of everything in the kit, another copy somewhere in your luggage, and give the third and perhaps fourth copy to a … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

International Dialing Codes & Time Difference

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Your complete guide to call anywhere in the world. The calling chart below will help you find the dialing codes you need to make long distance phone calls to friends, family, and business partners around the globe. COUNTRY CODE is the national prefix used when dialing to the country. INTERNATIONAL DIRECT DIALING CODE is the international prefix needed when dialing from the country. DIFFERENCE IN HOURS is between the country and GMT (Greenwich Mean … [Read more...]

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Overstaying your Thai Visa

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The Consequences of Overstaying in Thailand, Some 'experienced travelers' to Thailand will suggest that overstaying your Thai visa is not a problem and can easily be sorted at the airport when you depart by paying an over-stay fine. However, it can be a very different story if you get caught by the immigration police during your stay in Thailand and are asked to show your passport. If you stay in Thailand for longer than the time authorized on your arrival, and … [Read more...]

Updated: January 2, 2011 by admin

Bus Travel in Thailand

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Utilising buses is a great way to travel if you have the time. There are both private and government run buses - both are very cheap based on a price per kilometre. The cheapest and slowest are the orange coloured government buses with no air-conditioning. They stop at every town as well as pick up and drop off people anywhere along the route. This is a great way to see some local colour but it is neither speedy nor comfortable. The blue buses are run by private … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

Money Matters Whilst Traveling in Thailand

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The first golden rule of traveling money is: Never rely on just one form of funds. Depending on where you're travelling, it's a good idea to take a combination of local currency and credit cards. The second golden rule is: Try to have more than you think you'll need – travelling is rarely as cheap as you think it will be. Most countries now have ATMs that dispense local currency to foreign cardholders. But if you're heading off the beaten track, be sure to … [Read more...]

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Obtaining a Thai Driver’s Licence

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It’s hard to believe that anyone in Thailand actually has a driving licence, or at least has passed a test, but getting a valid Thai licence is possible for all nationalities. While many westerners drive for years without obtaining a Thai driving licence, getting one is advisable for any long stays. An international driver licence is required to drive in Thailand, however for stays over 60 days a valid Thai driver's licence is required. Additionally, having a Thai … [Read more...]

Updated: June 11, 2011 by admin

First Aid Kit for Traveling – Build your Own

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You're off on your first extended trip to a developing country...or maybe you're just flying to Bangkok for a short visit. You've seen a travel doctor and had all the recommended shots, but, as we all know something can go wrong. Travelers should always carry a first aid kit. For extended trips, you can purchase large pre-assembled medical kits from most pharmacies or outdoor stores. But you can also make your own smaller (and more useful) kit from personal … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin

Dengue Fever – What you Need to Know

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Nicknamed "breakbone fever", Dengue is known for its severe muscle aches and fevers.  Being the most widespread Arborvirus in the world and effecting over 100 million people annually, Dengue should be no stranger to seasoned tropical travelers.  The havoc a tiny mosquito and a simple virus can wreak is amazing, isn't it? A vaccine against Dengue Fever is reaching late-stage clinical trials shortly and researchers are still trying to determine two things;  does it … [Read more...]

Updated: September 11, 2011 by admin