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Old 07-24-2009, 12:28 AM   #7876
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rock climbing suggestion places? and the process of which to do so?

im going south today. phuket, probably will hang in the area. any advice wrt rock climbing would be great.

also, any other cave tours/**** would be cool too.
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:41 AM   #7877
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rock climbing suggestion places? and the process of which to do so?

im going south today. phuket, probably will hang in the area. any advice wrt rock climbing would be great.

also, any other cave tours/**** would be cool too.
hmm i have never seen anyone talk about rock climbing or cave tours(in phuket). maybe i just dont pay attention...

but whenever someone goes to chiang mai they mention these (well huge sample size of 2)

i guess you have to try one of the travel agents in phuket to try to organize this for you. i wouldn't know where else to go

if you want to get some pictures dont leave before you visit atleast some of the many view points in phuket
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:53 AM   #7878
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You can do rock climbing in Krabi which is prob a few hours drive from Phuket or a boat ride away from Phi Phi
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:00 AM   #7879
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Their's a place to rock climb on Phi Phi Island that looks decent. You could try there if you head that way
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:04 AM   #7880
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In 2005 I visited koh samui (too touristy) and koh phangan (chilled out place, loved it), am planning to go back to Thailand for Christmas and new year, where do u recommend I go at that time of the year?
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:40 AM   #7881
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Hello, has anyone rented quad bikes anywhere in Thailand? Where and how was it?
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:20 AM   #7882
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In 2005 I visited koh samui (too touristy) and koh phangan (chilled out place, loved it), am planning to go back to Thailand for Christmas and new year, where do u recommend I go at that time of the year?
if you dont like tourists then christmas and new year will be a hell for you as it is thailand's peak season in tourism and all the tourist spots should be packed

hotels and flights are multiple times more expensive than for example now. it is much nicer though everywhere as it is not too hot and there is no rain.

it depends on what you want to do. otherwise it is pretty difficult to recommend any places
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:55 AM   #7883
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Is it worth going to Singapore for electronics shopping rather than buy my stuff in Bangkok (where I'm eventually going to stay) or Kuala Lumpur.

I need to buy a decent laptop, a 24"/30" monitor, a video camera and probably a cell phone as well so it's going to be quite a few thousand USD.

I need to decide ASAP whether I'm going to fly Perth - Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok or Perth - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore - Bangkok.
As for the costs of the flights, it'll be <100 USD difference so that doesn't really matter.

Any advice? How big will the price difference be? Should I be worried about getting hit by tax at any of the airports (will obviously throw away all the packages etc except for the monitor)? Basically - has anyone done it and found it a good idea?

I'm flying out in three days. Thanks for your advice.
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:18 PM   #7884
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Is it worth going to Singapore for electronics shopping rather than buy my stuff in Bangkok (where I'm eventually going to stay) or Kuala Lumpur.

I need to buy a decent laptop, a 24"/30" monitor, a video camera and probably a cell phone as well so it's going to be quite a few thousand USD.

I need to decide ASAP whether I'm going to fly Perth - Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok or Perth - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore - Bangkok.
As for the costs of the flights, it'll be <100 USD difference so that doesn't really matter.

Any advice? How big will the price difference be? Should I be worried about getting hit by tax at any of the airports (will obviously throw away all the packages etc except for the monitor)? Basically - has anyone done it and found it a good idea?

I'm flying out in three days. Thanks for your advice.
I don't know about the prices and stuff but you should factor in the hassle of flying with all this equipment from Singapore to Thailand, and also the potential extra luggage cost.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:30 PM   #7885
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you can get atleast 24" monitors easily from here. wouldnt start dragging that with me from singapore
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:48 PM   #7886
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you can get atleast 24" monitors easily from here. wouldnt start dragging that with me from singapore
how much do they cost? for one that's 1900x1200. It seems it would be a PIA to put it in a suitcase, but doable. I'd imagine it would be a problem not being able to fit essentials, i.e, jeans, shirts, underwear, etc

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Old 07-24-2009, 05:08 PM   #7887
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i paid 13 or 14k and yes it is 1920x1200. but that was over a year ago. i think the prices have gone down some since then
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:07 PM   #7888
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I just opened a bank account at Kasikorn(Phuket mall) a couple of days ago, the assistant there insisted that I needed a work permit, but after I told her I didnt need that, she talked to her supervisor and I got the account. I needed passport, address and thai telephone number. It cost 500 baht.

Anyway, how many % is going away in fees if you transfer money from moneybookers, full tilt or pokerstars to your Kasikorn account? f. ex. 1K USD.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:58 PM   #7889
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rock climbing suggestion places? and the process of which to do so?

im going south today. phuket, probably will hang in the area. any advice wrt rock climbing would be great.

also, any other cave tours/**** would be cool too.
It won't be anything like srs rock climbing, but you can get a little fix by visiting Ban Pae waterfall(includes the gibbon project) and to a lesser extent khatu waterfall. Each of these waterfalls has some minor rockage in the cascades with some climbing possiblities.

Highly reccomend Ban Pae as the waterfall swim experience is pretty wicked.
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:17 AM   #7890
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I just opened a bank account at Kasikorn(Phuket mall) a couple of days ago, the assistant there insisted that I needed a work permit, but after I told her I didnt need that, she talked to her supervisor and I got the account. I needed passport, address and thai telephone number. It cost 500 baht.

Anyway, how many % is going away in fees if you transfer money from moneybookers, full tilt or pokerstars to your Kasikorn account? f. ex. 1K USD.
i think they might be some law that you should have work permit in order a new bank account. i dont think you can open an account anywhere else than kasikorn with tourist visa. but well done teaching the assistant a lesson

regarding fees they at kasikorn end they take 0.25% + a flat fee from 200-500 baht depending how big transaction it is. i dont remember the limits for the fees. if you ship over 1k you should get under 1% in total fees
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Old 07-25-2009, 02:17 AM   #7891
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and if your getting a apple laptop(macbook pro 4tw) they are almost priced same as in the US here now wich isnt that bad value. and u can buy it with 10% student discount without them checking afaik.
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Old 07-25-2009, 04:46 AM   #7892
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and if your getting a apple laptop(macbook pro 4tw) they are almost priced same as in the US here now wich isnt that bad value. and u can buy it with 10% student discount without them checking afaik.
Yeah, I was actually looking at the new MacBook Pro. I've got a few other options as well though. So is that in Bangkok you're talking about?

Wow, I'd always been under the impression that electronics are priced ~1.5x in Thailand, whereas Singapore and Hong Kong would be the cheapest places in the world to buy stuff.

13-14k for a 1920x1200 24" isn't bad at all either. So you all reckon it wouldn't be that much of a difference whether I buy my load of electronics in Singapore or Thailand?
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:35 AM   #7893
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ok so me and my wife are curently in Macau but planning on leaving here on 1 september( actually becouse of visa we have to be out of here for 50 days min) so we intend to come to Thailand but dont no where and how i ve been to BK last year for 2 weeks but didnt really like it . so we will like to rent an apartment min 2 br 2bathrooms ,clearly with high speed internet but dont know wich city to choose so any indications will be nice ( also for those who have villas rented are BUGS any problem? my wife has a BIG FEAR OF cockroaches like she has a panic atac every time she sees one ... so i m thinking maybe an partment will be safer.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:05 AM   #7894
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I got a 24" monitor from Siam Paragon in the Power Mall for 10k baht.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:43 AM   #7895
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whoever has gotten a thai driver's license in phuket could tell me where to go and what to bring with. i want to do motorbike license first and car later

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Old 07-25-2009, 06:43 AM   #7896
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hey guys, we are looking for potential house mates.. here is the info
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:09 AM   #7897
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whoever has gotten a thai driver's license in phuket could tell me where to go and what to bring with. i want to do motorbike license first and car later

ty!
You should prob call Gigi IMO.
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:11 AM   #7898
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hey guys, we are looking for potential house mates.. here is the info
hope you know what can/will happen when you get 15 unknowns under the same roof?

the ssnl got a house with ~same idea with only 4-5 ppl. i only have some 2nd/3rd hand info + what they wrote in the threads. lets just say there were some problems you might not know that can happen if you havent been here yet.

that url shows a bit different sort of plan though. i guess it can work if you handle it well.

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Old 07-25-2009, 07:13 AM   #7899
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You should prob call Gigi IMO.
i think you should call him and tell him to write the info to me in the thread
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:17 AM   #7900
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going to chiang mai in 3 weeks myself too. hope it is not too nice or i will have to move in there myself
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