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Old 01-20-2010, 04:54 AM   #10151
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I really wonder what the 3+ day hiking trips through various villages are like. Do all of them sell the same **** that was probably made in China?
the stuff was actually made by the people living there. in some cases from nearby villages.

haven't done the 3 day hiking trips but went with some other university students on an "academic mission" beyond the tourist-sales oriented village and there are actually legit tribal villages out there.

not in the primitive technology sense but in the sense that there are peoples that have been generally nomadic over the last 100+ years from southern china and are living out there.
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:34 AM   #10152
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Does anyone know if I need to be at immigration office in Phuket before/after a certain time in order to get a visa extension?
you can go anytime after you came into the country and probably best go before your permission of stay finishes. if there are holidays/weekend when that finishes they might not charge for overstay and still give the extension
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:42 AM   #10153
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Hey, im landing in bkk in a week and got a question.
is this location good? friend told me to book at the lower sukhumwit, is this close?
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- Located in the heart of Sukhumvit area, SOI NANA (sukhumvit 4). The most popular night-life area in Bangkok.

- Just 5 min. walk to Nana BTS station. 2 min. from Sukhumvit Rd. and very close to major shopping malls; Central Chidlom, Emporium, Robinson, etc.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:42 AM   #10154
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Hey, im landing in bkk in a week and got a question.
is this location good? friend told me to book at the lower sukhumwit, is this close?



thanks guys
lower sukhumvit is the main tourist hell with silom/khao san afaik

but i guess if you want to pick up 1 working girl for every finger every day it's a good location.

to answer your questions:

good location? imo no but depends what you are looking for

is that close what your friend recommended: yes

I would listen to the bkk experts here though and not me
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:48 AM   #10155
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lower sukhumvit is the main tourist hell with silom/khao san afaik

but i guess if you want to pick up 1 working girl for every finger every day it's a good location.

to answer your questions:

good location? imo no but depends what you are looking for

is that close what your friend recommended: yes

I would listen to the bkk experts here though and not me
silom is great as long as you are south of silom road.

if i were going to bkk for the first time i'd stay at the grand millennium.

very nice new hotel close to bts and rca and is less than 50m from cowboy
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:01 PM   #10156
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if i were going to bkk for the first time i'd stay at the grand millennium.
if i were going to bkk for the first time, i'd bring a 36 pack of trojans.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:10 PM   #10157
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Re: Ask us about Thailand!

Might be getting a house with some other heads-up players and Thailand is one of the places we are thinking about.

Is it good from March-May in Phuket/Ko Phi Phi?
How possible is it to rent a house for 3 months on Ko Phi Phi?
Best method of getting our stuff there?
Is there a lot of active stuff to do in Phuket (scuba, rock-climbing...etc?)
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:48 PM   #10158
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That hotel is right in one of the red light districts. I wouldn't stay there but whatever floats your boat imo
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:17 PM   #10159
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Hey, im landing in bkk in a week and got a question.
is this location good? friend told me to book at the lower sukhumwit, is this close?



thanks guys
I wouldn't recommend staying there, but it depends if you enjoy hanging around old white guys fawning over ugly hookers and ladyboys.

If it were me, I'd probably stay in Silom.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:59 PM   #10160
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I'll be in Phuket on the 14th of Feb. Any poker house spots open for 1-3 months? (Probably 3 months.) I'm 200nl reg.
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:20 AM   #10161
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Might be getting a house with some other heads-up players and Thailand is one of the places we are thinking about.

Is it good from March-May in Phuket/Ko Phi Phi?
How possible is it to rent a house for 3 months on Ko Phi Phi?
Best method of getting our stuff there?
Is there a lot of active stuff to do in Phuket (scuba, rock-climbing...etc?)
I think april/may are the hottest months of the year. you'll get on average one 30min shower per day so the weather is decent

phi phi is not a place to stay long term. it is a very small island with handful of guesthouses and _ALL_ the stuff there is for tourists who come visit for 2hrs-few days and that's the max you want to stay there. I'd guess there are exactly 0 foreigners living there and if there are they are part of some tourist business there. come check out phuket yourself, take a trip to phi phi and you'll understand my story better

what kind of stuff are we talking about?

yes, a lot of activities in phuket
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:37 AM   #10162
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Couple looking for a roommate or two to rent a nice house for 2-3 months on Phuket. PM if interested.
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:40 AM   #10163
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How much are you guys paying for utilities?

I just got slugged with a 2300baht charged for 1 month electricity, which is nearly 3 times more than I paid last month, and about 3 times more than I ever paid in Melbourne where I was running twice as many electrical devices.

Seems kind of exorbitant given I use AC sparingly, use a laptop/22"monitor 6-10 hours a day and barely watch TV.

Water use came in at 500 baht. Is this normal?
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:18 AM   #10164
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http://www.siamrealestate.com/detail...ntal-chalong/#

any thoughts on this place?
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:42 AM   #10165
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How much are you guys paying for utilities?

I just got slugged with a 2300baht charged for 1 month electricity, which is nearly 3 times more than I paid last month, and about 3 times more than I ever paid in Melbourne where I was running twice as many electrical devices.

Seems kind of exorbitant given I use AC sparingly, use a laptop/22"monitor 6-10 hours a day and barely watch TV.

Water use came in at 500 baht. Is this normal?
That is a good price for electric here in Thailand. I have no idea how you could get an electric bill on just a third of that price last month.

Can you see have much you pay per unit on your bill? 5 baht/unit is a good price. Often people pay 8 baht/unit.
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:48 AM   #10166
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Do you really think the Thais are paying thousands of baht a month for electricity? My bill is 600 baht for last month (though not much AC there since it's the cool season), and I'm still getting ripped off by paying almost double per unit (6 baht).

Edit: 500baht for water is also ridiculous.

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Old 01-21-2010, 04:11 AM   #10167
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Do you really think the Thais are paying thousands of baht a month for electricity? My bill is 600 baht for last month (though not much AC there since it's the cool season), and I'm still getting ripped off by paying almost double per unit (6 baht).

Edit: 500baht for water is also ridiculous.
I get the electric bill directly from the electric company. The electric contract is in a thai friend of mine name. And yes, he had to pay 5 baht per unit.

Here in Pattaya you pay more per unit the more you use.

At some places where you pay electric fee to the apartment owner offcourse you often pay more than what the original bill says. Therefore people sometimes pay up to 8 baht per unit.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:36 AM   #10168
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Do you really think the Thais are paying thousands of baht a month for electricity?
Most Thais don't use aircon, so their bill is significantly lower.

But yes, if you own your house and pay for electricity directly from the government, the price is 3 baht per unit.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:48 AM   #10169
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i pay the government rate which i guess is around 3.5baht per unit and my bill has been around 2.2k in the last few months. we've got 2 computers and 2 monitors and use a lot of aircon so I guess it's ok price
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:35 AM   #10170
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Hey, im landing in bkk in a week and got a question.
is this location good? friend told me to book at the lower sukhumwit, is this close?



thanks guys
i used to live at the end of soi 4 in a cheap apartment. not too bad, as long as you are close to skytrain. not so much to do in the area except the nightlife which is kind of low life orientated. if i wanted to live on lower sukhumvit i would at least move up to soi 12 or better even to 26 or so near emporium is pretty awsome.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:24 AM   #10171
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Just got 3G aircard (sahm jee A-cod) and True sim. I can't understand the way the plan works since everything is in Thai. Is 3G free or is there no additional charge for 3G (ie you are still having wireless hours subtracted)? Do I need to sign a contract with True in order to get the 799 baht/month unlimited plan or can I prepay? Speed seems decent so far.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:37 PM   #10172
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Looks like something might be done about the Tuk tuk problem in Phuket
PHUKET: In a bid to end disputes between drivers and passengers over fares, the Phuket governor is considering introducing meters to Phuket tuk-tuks.

http://www.phuketgazette.net/news/detail.asp?id=8268
“The prices aren’t going to start at 35 baht,” he said. “It could be 120 or 250 baht, but I don’t know yet because we have to set up prices that both sides are happy with.”

250baht to start the engine in the lovely, comfortable and safe tuktuk!
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:34 PM   #10173
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I"d have to know the exact soi to be sure but the general are in the circle on the website is fine.

15K for a 2BR is a decent deal esp since it seems to already have phone/interwebs.


I was a bit surprised to see something this low in rent on siamrealestate site.
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Old 01-22-2010, 12:34 AM   #10174
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Looks like something might be done about the Tuk tuk problem in Phuket
PHUKET: In a bid to end disputes between drivers and passengers over fares, the Phuket governor is considering introducing meters to Phuket tuk-tuks.

http://www.phuketgazette.net/news/detail.asp?id=8268
“The prices aren’t going to start at 35 baht,” he said. “It could be 120 or 250 baht, but I don’t know yet because we have to set up prices that both sides are happy with.”

250baht to start the engine in the lovely, comfortable and safe tuktuk!
lol 250 to start the engine, might as well rent a car
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Old 01-22-2010, 12:40 AM   #10175
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Just got 3G aircard (sahm jee A-cod) and True sim. I can't understand the way the plan works since everything is in Thai. Is 3G free or is there no additional charge for 3G (ie you are still having wireless hours subtracted)? Do I need to sign a contract with True in order to get the 799 baht/month unlimited plan or can I prepay? Speed seems decent so far.
don't know how that one works, sorry .

when/why did you move to hua hin?
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