A country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia

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Thailand coup: What extent of disruption should tourists expect?

Are many shops/restaurants/guesthouses shut down, or is it business as usual? Are there many roadblocks set up in Bangkok and around the country, which may potentially slow a traveler down?
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How to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days?

Thailand imposes a 30-day limit on stays for U.S. citizens travelling on a tourist visa. What is the preferred way to stay up to three months? So far, I've come up with these options: Fly to ...
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Which transportation is best from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin?

What is the most cost effective way to get from the Suvarnabhumi Airport to Hua Hin (on Thailand's northwestern Gulf coast)? And how much would that be compared to a taxi ride?
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How can I be sure the operator treats elephants humanely before booking a trek in Khao Sok national park?

The various bungalows in Khao Sok national park advertise elephant treks and there are various tours advertised out of Phuket and Krabi. These sound interesting. But how can I tell prior to booking ...
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How to avoid letting a rental business hold my passport in Thailand?

I'm considering renting a motorcycle in Thailand, and the terms on the rental company's website state they will hold my passport for the duration of the rental. While I do not intend to leave the ...
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Is there another destination like Thailand?

Last summer I stayed 7 weeks in Thailand. It was my first time in the Southeast Asia and it was one of the best trips in my life. It was a backpacker trip with my girlfriend. So, next summer I want ...
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Where in Thailand should I be cautious about malaria?

We have found a magnificent offer to go with our children to Thailand. It is a two week holiday starting in Bangkok going south ending at a beach resort. It all looks very promising. A friend who is ...
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What immunisations, if any, are required / recommended for Thailand?

A member of my family is headed to Thailand shortly (and I'm considering it as well, haha) and wondering what immunisations are required / recommended for that area?
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What is the cheapest way to get from Thailand to Australia with a car?

Imagine I have a car in Thailand and I want to get Australia, is there any ferry that cross from Asia to Australia? How much is it? No problem if have to drive to another country or if there is no ...
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Can I enter Thailand without having my passport stamped?

Saudi Arabia and Thailand have no political relations due to the bizarre blue diamond affair. If my passport found to have a Thai stamp during renewal I will be fined some big fine and my passport ...
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Elephant Trekking in northern Thailand

I would like to know my options for good trekking tours in Thailand, especially in (but not limited to) the Chiang Mai area. Not longer than a week, not too much "intense", but also not too much ...
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“Safe” typical dishes to order away from the tourist trail in Thailand when English is not supported?

I've found now that away from tourist areas, English is rare in Thailand both spoken and on menus. I've also found that some of the dishes we in the west think of as typical for Thailand don't seem ...
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How to ask drivers not to take me to the bus station when hitchhiking in Thailand?

I'm hitchhiking around the world again and have hit a snag in Thailand. In Malaysia people generally understand a bit of English and generally "get" the idea of hitchhiking. A bit further north over ...
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Motorbikes in Thailand and Laos

Does anyone know of a place to hire motorbikes in Thailand, say Bangkok or Chiang Mai, and ride them into Laos and back? The trip will be self-guided and should take no longer than two weeks.
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Where to buy Thai Bahts when traveling from New Zealand to Thailand?

When traveling from New Zealand to Thailand, where can I buy Thai Bahts and get better exchange rate and lower commissions? It's only for the first 10K THB (Thai Baht) for the first days. The rest I ...
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Is it permitted to ask questions of female sex workers in Thailand to be familiar with their real life as a tourist?

As a female traveler I will be in Thailand for around 2 months in mid November to have fun and complete my professional diving lessons. I would like to be familiar with Thai culture and foods and also ...
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Should I book Thailand Rail tickets online (pre-trip) or at the station when I arrive?

I plan on taking the Thailand rail system between Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket (particularly the overnight trains), and Siem Reap. Is it safe to book these tickets ahead of time through their website ...
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Crossing the Aranya Pratet/Poipet border

When traveling from Bangkok to Siem Reap, the direct route is via the Aranya Pratet/Poipet border crossing. This border crossing can be a financial pain for inexperienced travellers, having witnessed ...
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How can I Travel and Teach English in Thailand?

I'm struggling to find non-commercial information on teaching English in Thailand in terms of daily costs of living, pay rates for full-time TESOL teachers and the legal requirements (these seem to be ...
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Concentrated area of sight seeing opportunities in Bangkok, Thailand?

My wife and I will be flying into Bangkok and we want to get the most out of our two night stay. Where would be an ideal area of the city that we should be looking for a hotel where we are in close ...
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How can I transfer money to Thailand?

I'm in Thailand for 6 months. I already spent all the cash I brought over (not much) and I can refill from an ATM. I have enough money, but what is really bugging me is the horrendous fees for using ...
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Where in Southeast Asia is free camping permitted?

I've been inspired by the success of my old question "Where in the Balkans is free camping permitted?" and soon to embark on a similar kind of trip in a very different part of the world. Do any of ...
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How common is it to find cappuccino in Thailand's coffee shops?

How common is it to be able to find good cappuccino in coffee shops in Thailand? Are coffee shops common in Thai cities at all?
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Chiang Mai Trek that doesn't feature Elephant Rides

I'm heading to Chiang Mai for several days at the end of January and I'm looking to do a 3 day 2 night trek, but I'm looking for one that doesn't feature elephant rides and it seems to severely limits ...
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How difficult is it to eat and drink during ramadan in Thailand and Malaysia?

Next month I'll visit Thailand and (maybe) Malaysia. From 19th july to 20th august muslim countries celebrate the ramadan. When we were in Egypt, we didn't perceive that we were in ramadan, but in ...
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Price comparison between north and south of Thailand

I'm in the north of Thailand now and according to some websites there is a sensible difference in prices between the north and south of Thailand. My budget is a bit tight so I would like to know what ...
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Mobile providers and mobile internet in Thailand?

I'm traveling to Thailand for three weeks and I was hoping to get a local Sim card while there, to be able to contact home, people I meet, and use the internet. Which networks are available and do ...
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Any good scuba diving on Ko Samui, Thailand?

For my upcoming trip to Thailand, are there any good scuba diving spots on Ko Samui? We'll be there in March of 2013.
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Is there any departure tax to pay at the airport when leaving Thailand?

I know that usually departure tax is included in flight tickets, but not always. A guy in my hostel here in Bangkok says he has had to pay at the airport in both Vietnam and Indonesia. I once had to ...
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Chiang Mai Treks with Barking Gecko

I am researching eco treks in Chiang Mai and came across Barking Gecko Travel. They are a trekking company that doesn't use elephants and are TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) certified. I can't ...
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Elephant Park within a day trip from Bangkok

I'm familiar with elephant parks in Northern Thailand, near Chiang Mai. Are there any good elephant parks (preferably with humane treatment) within a day trip's distance from Bangkok?
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How to get same-day emergency money in Thailand?

A Canadian guy at my hostel here in Bangkok lost his wallet last night so is without cash and cards. He flies back to Canada later today but needs some money to survive on and pay the hostel bill. He ...
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Traveling from Thailand to Laos to Vietnam

This summer I'm planning to go to Thailand, Laos and then through to Vietnam. I know very little about this. I was wondering if somebody would be able to tell me if this could be done comfortably and ...
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Where can I exchange Chilean Pesos in Bangkok, Thailand?

Well, I've done it again. I forgot to change my currency before traveling, and now I'm stuck with a bunch of foreign currency that nobody seems to want! This time, I'm in Bangkok, and I've got a ...
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Where to go in Thailand in September?

I am going to Thailand this september. I can read everywhere that it's the rainy season over there. Can you guys advice me on what part of Thailand is usually less rainy during this season ? North ...
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How to go from Bangkok airport to Khao San?

What are my options to go from Bangkok airport to Khao San Road? And what are the expected prices for this?
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Is Songkran worth a Thai visa extension, or can you have a similar experience in Laos?

I am traveling to Thailand and my 30 day visa ends on April 12. This site says Songkran runs from April 13 - 15 this year. It would cost $80 to extend the visa, and I can't move the date we enter ...
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Are there rest areas along Thai motorways?

I'm hitchhiked from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur a few days ago. I came along a major expressway where I found it very easy to get rides at the rest areas. Rest areas are places along major ...
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Visa run to Malaysia from Thailand

I'm in Thailand right now. My original plans were to go to Laos and/or Cambodia, but now these plans have changed and I'll only visit Thailand. I need to do a visa run as explained here and the only ...
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How much should I expect to pay for a 3 hour “longtail” boat ride around Ko Phi Phi Island?

Many guides offer boat rides in their "longtail" wooden boats, and many even use the same price deck, which quotes THB 1500 for a 3 hour boat ride around Ko Phi Phi Le. Note this is for a "private" ...
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Is there still cheap accommodation on Ko Phi Phi? <600B

I know Ko Phi Phi is probably the most expensive island in Thailand but despite the crowds it is still a beauty and worth visiting in my opinion. Last time I've been to Phi Phi I didn't plan anything ...
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Is there a way to transfer from Phuket to Ko Phi Phi if you miss the 2:30pm ferry?

We will be arriving in Phuket after a tour at about 5pm. Is there any way to make a transfer to a resort on the eastern side of Ko Phi Phi on the same day? Costs will be split amongst 5 so a private ...
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How should I travel from Khao Sok National Park to Ko Yao Noi in Thailand?

I understand there is a local bus from Khao Sok back to Phuket, then a ferry to Ko Yao Noi. There also appears to be minibus running from Khao Sok to Krabit, and then a ferry. Looking at map, it ...
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Can I use proof of onward travel that assumes a visa extension?

I'm applying for a multiple-entry tourist visa for Thailand. The visa will net me 2 entries of up to 60 days each, but once I'm in the country, I can extend my visa by 30 days each time. As part of ...
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Are Thai visa extensions effectively suspended because of the protests?

On the Thailand immigration website, it says that immigration services are suspended at the main office because of the protests: Due to the demonstrations, Immigration services provided at ...
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Trains in and out of Bangkok around Songkran

We are planning to arrive in Bangkok by train from Aranyaprathet on April 12th or 13th and leave heading for Nong Khai on the 15th or 16th night train. I have read it is usually possible to turn up ...
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Do I need a bus/train/plane ticket out of Thailand in order to get a Visa-on-Arrival?

Someone told me I need a ticket out of Thailand in order to enter. I am traveling to Thailand, on March 18th. I have a Ticket from Bangkok to Sweden booked for June 4th. I will be staying in ...
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How to get from DMK Airport to Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek Sathorn, Bangkok?

I wil be traveling from Vietname to Thailand arriving at DMK airport. How can I get from DMK to Sathorm Road and how much would it cost if I take a taxi?
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Prepay (micro) sim card for data in Thailand

I'm going to be two weeks in Thailand and need a micro-sim for my iPhone (non jail broken). The main use will be data but obviously I will use it for calls and text too. What are the recommended ...
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Travel from Thailand to Vietnam through Laos - good idea?

I'm trying to plan a trip route which include traveling from north Thailand to Vietnam. Since I don't have a strict time limitation, I thought that maybe instead of taking a flight I could travel by ...