Southern Thailand

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  1. johng

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    All, have you or anyone you know travelled through here recently..(last year or two)

    Southern Thai / Northern Malaysia...

    its supposed to be a bit 'hot' .. any thoughts welcomed :)

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    I have not been to Thailand for many years but if you ask your questions on this forum they are very good Thailand Forum

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    Been down as far as Phuket, was okay in December/January. I know they have a rainy time about November.

    Get a weather chart then you will see, watch out for humidity thats the hardwork.

    Thailand is wonderful, the food is fantastic, and the people are happy to make you feel special.

    Go for it.

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    :Rofl1: THanks so much Pat :BigGrin:

    but er I meant 'hot' as in.. terrorism, insurgencies... particular the final 4 regions to the Malay border , sorry should have been clearer...

    I was half thinking of backpacking down there soon, alone, just wondering who to leave my chevy to ?

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    interested in this to, as my daugter is on a gap year and heading down that way next march:Sad:
     
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    Sorry about that, it could also been known to be hot sexually, but I didnt go into that.
    Sorry I did a tour of Thailand but that was from Bankgok up to Chang Rei, not quite back packing though, but on a crotchety old bus, which kept braking down, and the poor old driver who had to get out of his pressed silk suit which was very shiney for the years of wearing it, to fix it. He slept on the bus at night too.

    Good luck to you mate I like adventurous people, life is for living so get out there and do it.

    Dont worry , you can leave your chevy to me I am sure I will get a bob or two from it.
    Long as their is some money stuck down the couch or under the mattress that it:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    Regards Pat
     
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    :Rofl1: deal Pat

    Dave thanks. the FCO makes for traumatic reading, I went through it yesterday.. I didnt realise how censored Thai was too.. so someone told me last night...

    well the flight is booked, Early December.. :) nice knowing y'all
     
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    a friend just got told this by someonwho who is Thai and lives there

    dunno what i am worrying about :BigGrin: probably more dangerous going out for a night in Swansea ;)
     
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    Hi, just a thought I have a friend travelling around out that way at the moment, I will try and contact him via Facebook, and let you know my findings.

    Catch you later
     
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    My best mate has travelled all over the world, lived in Thailand for a while before moving to Cambodia where he has lived for the past few years.
    He says about Thailand and Cambodia that he has never lived anywhere where he felt so comfortable and where the people were so friendly.

    He rents a house, feeds his family (wife and child), has broadband and Sky television and lives on about 100 US dollars a month!
     
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    Try Lonely Planet's 'Thorntree' site for information on these areas. You can also ask specific questions there.
     
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    Hi - we are off to Malaysia in a couple of weeks. Booked a return flight to Kuarla Lumpur (£240!) and 3 nights in a guest houst (£47 for 3nights double room!) and then a flight on to Hanoi in Vietnam (£45!).
    We being hubby and a married couple of friends all of us in our middle 50's. We first went to Thailand about 9 years ago and loved it, have been back a couple of time since. Two years ago we ventured into Vietnam and Cambodia for a month, we travelled around using the backpackers buses etc and loved it. Ended up back in Thailand but found it had become more touristy now as so many people were visiting they had become more geared up for the tourists whereas Vietnam was like Thailand was 9 years ago. We are going to visit Laos this time before flying back to Malaysia for flight home at end of Novemeber. Never come across any violence or unrest on our travels.
    Can do with a break - we've had our Range Rover stolen on Sunday from the drive of our house. They entered through the front door & took spare key whilst we were in bed so feeling a bit miserable at the moment!!!!
     
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    :Sad:sorry to hear that Jaygee

    yes thought of Cambodia, Vietnam :)

    basically all i know is i land in BK 8th Dec and need to get to Singapore for 6th Jan :)

    need to think about flying into Thai and not flying out, may cause issues at Heathrow or when I land.,,,

    I am a lot less worried already :BigGrin:

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    You'll be Ok at Heathrow (assuming that you're an EU passport holder) as they don't check exit visas, since they have to let you in regardless. Within Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore though it's very important to make sure you get the right entry and exit stamps or you could get into trouble. A friend and I walked across the bridge from Singapore to Malaysia and somehow missed the Malaysian immigration post (which is surprisingly easy to do on foot) and had a lot of trouble getting out of Malaysia again.

    There are occasional, often unreported terrorist incidents in the South but, as others have pointed out, it's never aimed at tourists. It's worth checking the situation en-route within Thailand though, since there's sometimes large-scale police crackdowns down there that you wouldn't want to stumble into.
    More of a concern could be the weather. Although you're going during the Thai "hot" season (the others being the "very hot season", the "very humid season" and the "very wet season", in that order) the seasons are different on the eastern side of the southern peninsular so you can get heavy rain during December and January. It's also worth bearing in mind that the south is noticeably Muslim, so there's a different set of sensibilities from those you'll encounter in Bangkok etc..

    Based on my experience of living in and visiting Thailand, my number one tip for you would be to definitely not go where all the other backpackers go, especially in Bangkok (i.e. Khao San Road) as you'll be isolated from a lot of the the more "normal" Thai things and risk being a target of the police when they're running behind on their drug seizure quotas, regardless of whether it's something you're involved in or not. You don't have to travel far, even in Bangkok, to get away from the tourist trail, and it's well worth doing.

    Having said all that, it's almost impossible to not have a good time in Thailand. The biggest problem that most people face in Thailand, if they're on a multi-country trip, is not wanting to ever leave.

    If you need any more info feel free to get in touch.

    Andy
     
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    Finally something I feel qualified to contribute to. :thumb:

    There is undoubtedly some tension in the south (particularly the lower 4 provinces) but it's sporadic and certainly not targeted at foreigners. I've done the overland trip to the MotoGP in Malaysia with no issues...it's a pretty standard trip. I assume you already know that it's quite a long way (about 15 hours comfortable driving) to the Malay border? Alternatively there is the train and flights are quite cheap now with the low cost airlines.

    Plenty of travelers use Bangkok as a hub to visit other countries as it's cheap and easy, just make sure you get stamped in/out. Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos are similar in ways to upcountry Thailand (i.e. not Bangkok) but different enough to be well worth visiting. HK and Nepal are only a few hours away.

    Relax and have a great trip.

    If you need any more info feel free to PM.

    Happy travels
    Andy
     
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    thanks two Andys, very useful :Smile:

    yep the reason I picked overland was to see a bit, off the beaten track.. Same for Malaysia etc.. I have plenty of time to make the trip to SP, well about 4 weeks..

    I then have to put up with OZ and NZ for two months, and fiji for a rest for a fortnight.. its tough out there..

    :BigGrin:


    may well pm you with more

    John
     
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    I am BACK :Rofl1:

    nice winter was it?

    got pretty fed up with 30+ for 90 days :cry:

    :Rofl1:
     
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    Glad you had a nice hot winter, did you enjoy yourself, did you come across any trouble.

    Pat
     
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    all fine Pat..

    biggest danger by far is sitting under a hammock, in Fiji, with coconuts above !

    :BigGrin:
     

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