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

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I don't know my nationality. How can I visit Denmark?

I was born in a Thailand refugee camp to Vietnamese parents, but quickly as an infant, they immigrated to Denmark. We lived there for 10-11 years and then moved to the U.S. I am a green card holder of ...
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Leaving Thailand after months-long overstay (can't pay fine)

I missed my plane after staying just a couple weeks in Thailand and stayed with my girlfriend. I ended up out of money and no ticket home. I keep hearing about staying a day over here, but nothing ...
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With the passing of Thai King Bhumibol, are there any customs/etiquette as a traveler I should be aware of?

Even with the news that the King of Thailand passed away, I had already scheduled a trip a year ago to visit Thailand in a week or so. I understand that most of the country is in mourning -- should ...
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How to make sure that you get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand?

I find it extremely difficult to get off at the correct bus stop in Thailand, mainly for the reasons as: The bus stop usually doesn't have a recognizable sign on which stop it is. Thai characters and ...
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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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Is it impolite to ask for halal food when traveling to and in Thailand?

How do people generally react to questions like "Do you serve Halal food" "Is this food halal" "Anything I should know about the food since I eat Halal" I have recently planned a week-long vacation ...
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What's up with low visibility in Thailand?

While I was in Thailand in February (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi), I noticed low visibility throughout the country. It was like smog and it never got away. When flying I noticed this "smog" was ...
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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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How can I respectfully greet in Thailand?

I am in Thailand now, and this morning I tried to shake hands with our guide, but although she shaked my hand, it seems like this is not the way it should be done here. What is the best way to greet ...
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How to prepare a picky eater for Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese cuisine?

My in-laws are heading overseas on a guided tour of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. While my mother-in-law is a little more on the adventurous side when it comes to new flavours and textures, my ...
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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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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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Thailand visa exemption: any rule limiting number of entries per year?

On arrival in Bangkok airport, a Thai immigration officer instructed me that I have many previous visa exempt entries in Thailand, and will need a visa for the next time. However, I could not find any ...
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Does anyone recognize this temple in SE Asia?

I'm trying to figure out what this temple is called and where it's located. Does anyone know?
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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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Is there another destination like Thailand? [closed]

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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What do I do and where do I go during a 16-hour stopover in Bangkok?

I'm travelling to Koh Samui and I have a 16-hour stopover in Bangkok, which I'm assuming would need to get onto a new plane. When we arrive in Bangkok, do I just follow the people on my plane? Not too ...
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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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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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Why do they have sleeper cars for women in Thailand? Is it for security reasons?

I was reading about train travel in Thailand and noticed they have sleepers for women and children. What dangers are there that lead to having these cars? Is it just about privacy? If that is not a ...
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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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Thailand Zika Travel and Pregnant?

We've found out that we are pregnant (about 10 weeks) and have a 2 week trip in Thailand. (A few of the Islands). The date of departure is mid December. I'm having a hard time understanding what ...
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What is the best way to get Baht in Thailand?

I was briefly in Bangkok last year and as usual tried to withdraw cash from an ATM. It said it would charge me a local fee of 200 Baht for the transaction. I cancelled and went to the next ATM which ...
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Is it true that AirAsia does not allow backpacks as carry on luggage even if they fit within dimensions?

I will be flying Bangkok - Phnom Penh with AirAsia. I am used to having a backpack as hand luggage and have Osprey 40l backpack (53 x 33 x 23) that is exactly made to fit the max hand baggage ...
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Cards, dices, poker chips, board games, etc. in Thailand

I've read that cards have actually been outlawed a while ago in Thailand to crack down gambling. I know that it's illegal to own poker chips as that's classified as gambling paraphernalia, but what ...
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Do Europe laws apply in foreign (Asia) countries?

For example if two citizens from same country travel to Asian countries like Malaysia and Thailand, and one of them robs the other citizen while in Asia, is it worth reporting it back in Europe? Or ...
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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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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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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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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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Crossing the Lao/Thai border at Ban Than - no border office?

My brother and I are biking from Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai just realized our bike route takes us through a border crossing with no immigration office. Is this a problem? I know we can do 15 days ...
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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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Chiang Mai Trek without Elephant Ride

I'm heading to Chiang Mai, Thailand 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 ...
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Outdoor climbing tour in/departing from Bangkok

I'll be in Bangkok for 3 days (and only Bangkok). I haven't been able to find any guided tours for rock climbing in Thailand that are based in Bangkok. I've only been able to find indoor climbing in ...
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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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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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Do you need driving license when renting scooter in Malaysia/Thailand?

I'm aware of IDP, but I've read that I don't need one as some companies rent the scooters just on the passport. If it's so, what risk do I have renting a scooter when having non-IDP EU driving ...
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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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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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How do I figure out what costs me to stay a month in Bangkok, Thailand

I have been to Thailand this January, and I was quite happy with the country. I'm planning to go there again for a longer trip, for about 2-3 months. I did some research on Apartments, but in terms ...
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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 long-...
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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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Tourist visa requirements for Thailand

As a long-term stayer, the visa requirements in Thailand have varied quite a bit. For example, during a brief period, it was not possible to do a same-day border run - instead one had to overnight ...
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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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The cheapest way from Krabi town to Krabi airport

I am in krabi Thailand now and tomorrow is my flight at 2100 to Jakarta. I am only 1 person and always travel like a backpacker. I would like to ask 1 question here: What is the most cheapest way ...
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What is an acceptable time to wait for other passengers in a songthaew in Thailand?

Today I was taking a Songthaew (shared taxi) in Krabi Town and there were only three passengers, me and two friends, present. The normal fare after 6pm is 60 baht. We were offered to start the ride ...
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Mobile providers and mobile internet in Thailand? [duplicate]

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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Simpler stop-over option

I have an Indian passport. I have an option of choosing Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok for layover, each 24 hours. Outbound I fly Hyderabad, India to Vientiane, Laos with return from Ho Chi Minh City. Flying ...
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Phone service crossing borders, Vietnam>Thailand>Laos>Cambodia

I'll be traveling to SE Asia, and want one phone service. If I buy a SIM card with Viettel in Vietnam, will it function in Thailand and in Laos and in Cambodia? If it does, will I be charged ...