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Old 10-11-2006, 10:21 AM   #826
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I think its even more FAROWNED than it sounds since after the 2nd bus brought me back to the first travel agency I was like 99.9% sure I was heading to frown town yet did not prevent it
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:53 AM   #827
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we've all been there

hey magicninja did you ever write up all that stuff that happened crossing into Cambodia like you said you would? hmmmm?
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:57 AM   #828
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Anyone know off the top of their head where I can find government bus schedules for each terminal in Thailand? I've been looking for like 15 minutes here
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Old 10-11-2006, 11:16 AM   #829
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I hope you didnt have the travel agency find you a hotel room. Seems like they purposely delayed you so they could book you into one of their hotel rooms. Is this the case or did you find a room to stay for yourself?

You need to goto phuket? Just goto the main bus station in town, should be real cheap to get there. There will be minibuses all day. Dont goto a travel agency, just go book the ticket yourself.

Dont beleive everything they tell you. There are a lot of people who are looking to make an extra 50 baht off you every step of the way. Also, if you know they are jerking you around dont be afraid to say something. Dont be passive. Speak up and tell them you wont be [censored] around with. You dont need to be agressive but raise your voice and let them know you wont be taken for a ride.

These are the situations where its good to know some thai. When they play games with me I let them know I know how it is in their own language and they shut right up.
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Old 10-11-2006, 12:54 PM   #830
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ive never heard of anyone booking a bus ticket at a travel agency.
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Old 10-11-2006, 08:52 PM   #831
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ive never heard of anyone booking a bus ticket at a travel agency.
I did so when i was in suratani and was going to Phuket last year, they had bunch of them and then comes those small minivans that take you to Phuket. That was my first time in Thailand so i went with the rest of the people who were all going to these small travel agencies.
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Old 10-12-2006, 08:09 AM   #832
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I thought of another question. You guys have talked a lot about going to pool halls and such. Is there a big pool scene there? Are there tournaments and gambling and such? If so, what sort of stakes are involved? Please tell me everything you know or have observed.
Pool is quite popular here, almost every bar will have a table in it. There are a number of pool halls in bangkok with professional tables and simonis cloth, pro balls, cue tec house cues, imported cues for sale etc. Hustlers included. There are money games to be found. Some Thai players are very good. There are lots of expat players too.

I recommend "Ball in Hand" near Asok BTS station or off of soi nana. Those are the best pool halls in Bangkok for 9-ball or 8-ball. There is also a nice one in Pattaya called MegaBreak. They have weekly tournaments. I think you could win like 5-8k baht for first prize. Entry is like 500 or 700 baht.

There are alot of snooker halls too. Thai guys prefer snooker. It's fun to switch it up and play snooker on a 15 foot table with tiny pockets and then go to a 9 footer at the regular pool hall and play like a God for a while.. hehe.. My Canadian friends always kicked my ass at snooker. Tough game man. I prefer 9-ball.

There are some smaller spots too. This pic below is from a place called Wave bar on Sukumvit Soi 7 They have about 7 tables.


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Old 10-13-2006, 12:30 AM   #833
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:04 PM   #834
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I thought of another question. You guys have talked a lot about going to pool halls and such. Is there a big pool scene there? Are there tournaments and gambling and such? If so, what sort of stakes are involved? Please tell me everything you know or have observed.
Pool is quite popular here, almost every bar will have a table in it. There are a number of pool halls in bangkok with professional tables and simonis cloth, pro balls, cue tec house cues, imported cues for sale etc. Hustlers included. There are money games to be found. Some Thai players are very good. There are lots of expat players too.

I recommend "Ball in Hand" near Asok BTS station or off of soi nana. Those are the best pool halls in Bangkok for 9-ball or 8-ball. There is also a nice one in Pattaya called MegaBreak. They have weekly tournaments. I think you could win like 5-8k baht for first prize. Entry is like 500 or 700 baht.

There are alot of snooker halls too. Thai guys prefer snooker. It's fun to switch it up and play snooker on a 15 foot table with tiny pockets and then go to a 9 footer at the regular pool hall and play like a God for a while.. hehe.. My Canadian friends always kicked my ass at snooker. Tough game man. I prefer 9-ball.

There are some smaller spots too. This pic below is from a place called Wave bar on Sukumvit Soi 7 They have about 7 tables.



That girl would be mine. I would then teach her not to wear sunglasses while playing pool.
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Old 10-14-2006, 12:18 PM   #835
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Some kind of thai entertainment place I went last night:

http://www.hollywoodbkk.com/vdo%20cd/clip_jip.php

or http://www.hollywoodbkk.com/vdo%20cd/idex_vdo.php

(video)

What you guys think of that kind of place ?
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Old 10-14-2006, 12:25 PM   #836
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hey are wearing the samething you would see in a shopping mall, and the music is terrible.
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Old 10-14-2006, 03:05 PM   #837
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A question I don't think I've seen asked: Will I still enjoy Thailand even if I'm not the "OMG LET'S PARTAY 24/7 AND GET WAAASTED" type? This thread makes it seem like it's spring-break all year round.

I'm not a complete hermit and would occasionally like to party-it-up while I'm there, but more importantly I want to go somewhere for some peace and tranquility. Basically what I'm saying is that I want to live in a Corona commercial.

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Old 10-14-2006, 05:30 PM   #838
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I think if you read whole thrad you will see that Thai is perfect for non party ppl. It is also perfect for heavy party ppl. Good for both kinds.
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Old 10-15-2006, 09:05 PM   #840
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Sure man. Sounds like Koh Phi Phi would be your spot, very laid back way of life. Most of the tourists there are in the 19-23 set. You might also like Koh Chang. I would stay totally away from Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket however.
Very cool, thank-you. Right in my age bracket too, I'll definately check those places out.
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Old 10-16-2006, 01:26 AM   #841
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Here is a view from standing on my porch.


I was about to go grab some lunch but it started raining. Gota love rain season!
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Old 10-16-2006, 05:41 AM   #842
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do you know anything about a plant called Kratom? It supposedly grows in Thailand and is "used by working class". Its related to opium I believe.
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Old 10-16-2006, 06:21 AM   #843
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I have never heard about it until now.

Its best to stay away from drugs in Thailand. Thai jail looks a scary place.
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:38 AM   #845
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there are a bunch of plants that poor thai people chew like betel nut that are drugs. i doubt they are very exciting, because if they were, everyone would know about them.

on thaivisa.com/forum there is a sticky on sin sod!
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:44 AM   #847
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2 computers, 2 accounts. just signed in w/ diff names on each one.
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Old 10-17-2006, 11:59 PM   #848
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i have no question...this is just my all time favorite thread and i hate to see it go
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:41 AM   #850
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Ok. I'm thinking bout visiting in January. I've never been overseas, and I have never even organized a major trip for myself before(I do tons of road trips, normally do fine in unfamiliar places, just not used to much planning ahead of time).

What do I need to do now, 2.5 months ahead? I'm kinda clueless and don't feel like dealing with a travel agent when I have 2+2.

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