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sam from worthing

Thailand

can anyone help me and advise on must see/avoid places, must/avoid foods. so i can make suggestions to neice who will be "back packing" thailand for 4 weeks, she wants to see phuket and bangkok and knows she must have some kind of vaccination(s) and needs a visa??? what essentials should she carry with her? what is the touristy thing to bring back (other than a spell in the bangkok hilton/suitcase full of drugs)??

thanks for your hints and tips in advance.

sammy

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Wendy

FAO Sammy

Hi there Sammy

If you look at the post below from Anne Hughes youo will find I went off at a tangent regarding food and listed what I thought her son should take. Bolas has added some good ideas, too! You can contact me by email in my profile for more advice as my son did Oz & Thailand and a grandson has done Peru

Regards

Wendy

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SonyaK

Thailand

I think she should check about vaccinations and visas with travel agent - or online? Get the latest advice.

Food over there is fairly OK - Phuket and Bangkok are both very 'touristy'. We ate off street stalls in Bangkod and had no problems when there some years ago. It all seemed so much cleaner than India and Kathmandu!!

Be careful of local water - drink bottled or Coke!! hate the stuff but it is safe!! Or take water purifying tablets - but they taste bad.

There are 'student guides' to those places which give plenty of up to date advice. I wouldn't be worried about people travelling there (although politics can change things quite quickly!!

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sam from worthing

thailand

some great advise Jo, thanks so much.

i did some googling myself after i wrote this, and i was amazed to see that Boots is over there - don;t know why it amazed me - just a brand of shop i never would have thought of being all that way away - and there is always something comforting about a familair place in an unfamiliar country - like mac d's, lol.

she knows what vaccines to get, and that is all booked up, have told her - as on several sites i found she needs to drink at least 3L of water a day, and to try and alternate her alcholo with water - but we all tell her that over here and it goes inone ear and out the other, lol.

didn;t realise about dress code so that is very handy, you get an impression of the country by certain events that are reported on and dress code didn;t even enter head.

i would love her to do some of the tourist trips to temples etc but am not sure she and her friend will do that or not.

will be speaking to her at the weekend again and see if an itinery has been arranged of places they are visiting.

thanks ever so much. would you say that about 3000 baht for 4 weeks is ample enough? i know its about 1-50 ish.

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In Phuket

Phuket

I live in Phuket and have done for the past five years.

Visa:

On arrival, if by plane and not cross boarder, she will get a 30 day visa at the airport on arrival. If she comes from a neighboring country, by road then she will only be given a 15 day visa.
If she's planning longer than 30 days she'll have to do a visa run to a neighboring country this will only give her 15 days extra on the re-entry. he is probably better getting a non-immigrant 'O' visa from a Thai Embassy/Consulate in the country of departure. This will give her a 90 day visa.

Money:

The current exchange rate is only 46 Baht to the UK£, making Thailand a lot more expensive than it was a few years ago. When I moved here it was 76 baht to the UK£.

Food:

I eat off stalls and there are many Thai places. If not the usual franchises are available on every corner, and cheaper than the UK.

Accommodation:

Regarding Phuket, she will be able to get a room with a fan for around 400-500 baht a night - depending on the time of year. If its June - October she may get it a 100 baht less than that. For an air-con room she'll bay 1,000 baht and in your Summer months 500-700 baht a night. Rooms can hold three people at many places with an extra bed.

As someone mentioned earlier, Boots the Chemists are all over, so speaking to a pharmacist if feeling ill is sometimes easier than a trip to the Dr's. Anti-biotics and most medication is available with out a prescription.

We have a large Tesco's and several Tesco Express dotted around. Hundreds of 7-11's so water, drinks and food/snacks is never far away.

If you have any specific questions then please feel free to ask.


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sam from worthing

thailand

thank you In Phuket.

she actually left on Saturday - but thank you for your extra input. Didn;tknow about Tesco - bloody hell they get everywhere, like home from home, what with boots, body shop and 7-11 bound to be a mac d's there too, lol.

won;t be seeing her again now till May.

thank you everyone.

sammy

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In Phuket

Phuket

I live on the East coast, near the gibbon sanctuary at Bang Pae waterfall.

Its a nice peaceful normal life, away from the hub-bub of tourists.

I love going to Phuket Town, the old part. It Sino-Portuguese architecture and eateries are a nice way to spend an afternoon.

I do spend the odd night a year in Patong for a blowout but apart from that I live a normal life, well I think it's normal anyway.

 
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