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My wife and I booked through Barking Gecko Travel last January and had a really great experience. Barking Gecko Travel is operated by Travel Hub, so I think it would be fair to expect reviews about Travel Hub may translate over to Barking Gecko. The tour guides provided spoke great English and we really felt that we were being taken into the jungle and ...


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No, they're not really needed. Thailand is close to (if not quite) malaria-free, and the neighboring countries are generally considered low-risk as well. If you take sufficient precautions while trekking (bug spray, long pants and shirts, sleeping in tents with netting, etc), malaria prophylaxis would be overkill. And since personal anecdotes are more ...


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Chiang Mai is a very good base for exploring the North of Thailand. One-day-treks can be booked all over the town for around 1000 Baht. They will do the standard tour, a little trek, an elephant ride, hill tribe visit and rafting. If that's what you're looking for you'll be fine just booking some tour. I would personally ask for a private tour and pay a ...


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I lived in Chiang Mai for over two years but never got around to visiting one of the few elephant parks in the region. There are a few parks that are known for their fair treatment of elephants, it not being uncommon the elephants at these parks to have been sourced from circuses and whatnot, where they would have been treated, well, not very well. I don't ...


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This asks for a personal opinion, really, which is not ideal, here. But, something can be said about your planned destinations anyway. If you have two weeks, it's enough to get a good idea about Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi. I'm personally not a big fan of the Thai beaches, but that's personal. Many people love it. More importantly, Chiang Mai, Bangkok ...


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VIP Bus takes about 5 hours from Arcade (Chiang Mai main bus terminal - there are 2 so make sure you use the Arcade) to Mae Sai (for the border) or as said about 4 hours for Chiang Rai town centre (note: CR is a province as well as a town, and includes many towns). Red SongTaews can also be hired for tours directly around CM (about the same price per day ...


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I was in that area over twenty years ago, and we were travelling by mini bus in a group of six people. Chiang Mai is bigger than Chang Rai, which however is not a small town. The distance between the two towns is approximately 200 kilometres via the shortest route, and the distance could be covered in three hours. There is another route which is longer (...


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I recently visited Thailand and got lots of in-depth information about it. It REALLY depends on what you're doing, when you're doing it, where you're doing it, how long you're doing it there, how well-protected you plan to be, and how much risk you're willing to take. Malaria is more of a problem in northern Thailand. There are more mosquitos during the ...


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I lived in Chiang Mai for 2.5 years until 2010 or so and never considered malaria a problem. Nor did anyone I knew. But, drug resistant malaria is becoming a problem in Thailand: http://m.bbc.com/news/health-31533559 That said, taking drugs to prevent drug-resistant malaria is pointless, too.


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When taking international buses in Asia, there is in most cases no direct connection, specially when the cities are not connected with a direct straight road. It's better to look for 2 or more connections to get you there. Same in this case. You can take a bus from the Vientiane Central Bus station to to Khon Kaen: Khon Kaen 08:15, 14:45. Price: 50,000 ...


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75USD per night should get you very comfortable accommodation. 50USD per day for meals should be sufficient, but will depend on what kind of restaurants you'll want to frequent. Bangkok is quite a hub. Is that not the obvious primary destination for your trip? Public transport is quite good, but perhaps not so easy to navigate for foreigners. Renting a car ...


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Don't forget to drink quinine - often in 'tonic water'. I understand this to be very beneficial with treatment if you do happen to get malaria. Seems to make sense to have quinine tabs on hand, although WHO recommends quinine as secondary treatment now.


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Quoting the CDC's Infectious Diseases Related To Travel / Thailand page, Areas with malaria: Rural, forested areas that border Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, and Laos. Rural, forested areas in districts of Phang Nga and Phuket. None in the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Phang Nga, and Phuket. Estimated ...


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