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Old 03-12-2010, 01:54 AM   #11551
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I want to buy a couple of poker books and for some reason, I don't think I'll find them in Bangkok bookstores. What's the best way... eBay, Amazon...?
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:50 AM   #11552
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hi, im flying into phuket next week with my wife. can someone please tell some activities or some places to go and see when we are there.

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Old 03-12-2010, 04:55 AM   #11553
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:56 AM   #11554
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read back through this thread, you can find quite a lot of good information already posted here
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:56 AM   #11555
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UPDATED WITH A FEW MORE THINGS
Beaches

#1 Nai Harn Beach
#2 Kata Beach/ Kata Noi Beach
#3 Laem Singh (It's the cape between Kamala and Surin beaches)

Laem Singh does require a 100m descent (via stairs) to get down to. So if they have physical issues, maybe best leave that one alone)


Restaurants

OBV depends upon what they like but I'll give you my favs with description.

#1 Secret Cliff
Location: On the hills between Karon and Patong.
Food: Very Very Very Good Thai
Price: Medium but less than the Patong beachfront Sefood places
Others:
-Built into a cliff overlooking Karon bay. Super nice views.
-Must Try the stuffed crab appetizer!
-Rutang praises the pizza (which is high praise as pizzas in Thai restaurants tend to be subpar)

#2 Ratri Jazzaraunt
Location: Up a hill off Patak Rd in Kata (entrance soi is right next to Big 1)
Food: Thai and western.
Price: Med to High
Others:
-Very nice elevated view of Kata looking out onto the ocean.
Live low key jazz music played in Background while you eat.


#3 Boathouse
Location: Kata Beach Rd (heading towards Kata Noi)
Food: Western + Seafood
Price: High
Others:
-Only restaurant (that I know) that serves Kobe Beef steaks.

#4 Kan Eng Seafood (1 and 2)
Location:
1) Chalong, 100m from Chalong Pier
2) Chalong. 400m down Cho Fa East Rd. Turn right, roll 300m to end of soi.
Food: Thai/Seafood
Price: Medium
Others:
-Both overlook Chalong Bay
-Very Good Seafood/Thai food
-Decent service

#5 Fresh Restaurant
Location: Phuket Town (near a CHinese Temple. Can give specific directions if RQSTD)
Food: Thai/Seafood
Price: Medium to Low
Others:
-Hidden little Thai fod gem that is always packed with Thais but few farangs. Amazing Thai Food/Seafood.
-Doesn't stick out down a quiet soi.


#6 Campaningna (spelling might be off)
Location: Kata. Near Kata Beach Resort down a small soi full of restaurants.
Food: Best Italian overall in Phuket imo
Price: Medium
Others: Always full at dinner time even in low season. Plenty of decent pizza places around Kata/phuket but they have by far the best pastas on the whole.

#7 Casa De Pasta
Location: Kokthanod Rd, Kata
Food: Italian
Price: Medium
Others:
-Best Pizza (w/o having to wait for a table in Campaninnga
-Hole in the wall Italian Joint run by former AC Milan footballer
-Very Good Pastas (Prob 2nd in quality only to Campaninnga)
-20m across the road is an Italian Ice Cream shop (gelatto) that is delicioso and ownded/operated by the friend of the restaurant

#8 The 9th Floor
Location: Patong off 200 Yr Rd at top of a hotel.
Food: Western High End
Price: Highest
Others: Decent view (but not spectacular) onto Patong Bay.
Small, high end, managed by a Russian I believe.


#9 Two Chefs
Location: 1 in Kata 1 in Karon
Food: Western/Scandanavian
Price: Medium to High
Others:
-Swedish Chefs
-Steaks
-Scandinavian options on the menu

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Local hole in the wall Thai Places for yummy quick, cheap Thai Meals.

#1 Red Chair (formerly Guay Jab)
Location: Khoktanod Rd, Kata
Food: Thai
Price: Low
Others:
-Super fast service
-extensive menu with some western options
-cheap

#2 Larb Kata
Location: Patak Rd. Kata
Food: Thai
Price: Low
Others:
-Extensive Thai Menu
-slower service
-outside looks pretty rundown
-super friendly staff
-Best "Fried Rice" and "Larb" (spicy meat Thai salad) in Phuket imo

#3 Kua TaNoi
Location: Chalong, 400m from Chalong Circle on Patak Rd. (Across the street from "The Dive Shop"
Food: Thai
Price: Low
Others:
-Painted purple
-Extensive Thai Menu
-Excellent chicken fried with peppers and onion
-Good Big noodle Pad Thai

#4 STEVEO'S Burger Stand
Location: 50m from Chalong Circle on Patak Rd.
Food: Western Burgers/Hotdogs/Egg Sandwiches/milkshakes
Price: Low to MED
Others:
-Good American style burger stand with rocking milkshakes.
-Open late (until ~2-3AM)


Things to do
#1 Seeing the sites
-The Beaches
-Big Bhudda (accessed from Choa Fa West Rd in Chalong
-Laem Promthep Viewpoint (southernmost point of the island) for a sunset
-Ban Pae Waterfall/Jungle trek/Gibbon Project
---Awesome little nature trail for about 500m that ends with a small wading are under an active waterfall.
---Gibbon project monkey house
-Karon Viewpoint
----Located on Jungle/mountain Rd from Kata to Rawai
----Super nice elevated views of Kata/Karon and the ocean
-Wat Chalong
----Biggest Bhuddist Temple complex in Phuket
----3-4Km from Chalong circle down Chao Fa West Rd.

#2 Tourist oriented shows
-Phuket Fantasea
Location: North side of Kamala
---all day Cultural Show with elephants and traditional dance/fires dances and Thai food

-Simon's Cabaret

---If they are fairly open minded. It is a 2hour Show of extravagently dressed Katoeys singing and dancing. It's not degen in any way. Always see busloads of Korean and Japanese tourists going to it.

#3 Elephant Trek thru the Jungle
Location: Mulitple
-On Jungle/Mountain rd between Kata and Rawai. (about 1km past Karon Viewpoint coming from Kata)
-In patong on the hill rd right across from Safari Nightclub
-----~1Hr ride thru jungle trails on the back of an elephant

#4 Siri Island Monkey viewpoint
Location: Phuket town, accesible by road (bridge)
----Little viewpoint overlooking Fenced in Jungle where you can buy bananas and throw them at a gaggle of monkeys

#5 Phuket Zoo
Location: Phuket Town about 6km from Chalong circle down Chao Fa East Rd turn right and roll another 4km.
----Small zoo (by western standards)
----Has monkey show and elephant show

Boat Trips

Definitely do a 1 day (leave hot at 7AM get back 6PM) Pi Pi Island Boat Trip.

Other options:
Goto Rawai Beach (it's a working beach not a tourist beach)
And hire a Thai Longboat (~1200THB) to take you to a private beach on one of the smaller close surrounding islands.

Car Hire
Best place I know is on Patak Rd in Kata/Karon.
They do cars daily at around 1200KTHB/day.
I imagine you could work a discount for a week + rental
I reccomend them specifically because I and none of my friends have ever had any "scam" or other problems with them.

I can get the phone number/address for you in next few days if you are interested.

Bike Rentals

Yes. Not sure where but I know they exist.
If they are staying at a big resort, the staff should be able to get that taken care of for them.
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:00 AM   #11556
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:16 AM   #11557
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I want to buy a couple of poker books and for some reason, I don't think I'll find them in Bangkok bookstores. What's the best way... eBay, Amazon...?
I've got atleast mathematics of poker and psychology of poker in Phuket. Can sell if you want

this also reminded me that there is a wsop chip set for sale in toysrus stores in case someone wants chips
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:50 AM   #11558
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Bringing the 30" PS3 and a whole heap of **** over. I'm wondering what the excess baggage costs are domestically from Phuket to Bangkok on Thai Airways? I'm flying business so I'll get 30kG to start. I'm not a gold member on any alliance so I dont get the free extra 20kG which which would be sweet.
Bump for any info on Domestic excess baggage charges on Thai airways.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:26 AM   #11559
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Bump for any info on Domestic excess baggage charges on Thai airways.
I'm not sure, but I was 4 kilos over and they told me it was no problem and didn't charge anything. If you're going to be close just don't worry about it or carry on an extra bag as they won't say anything at all if you're in 1st.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:28 AM   #11560
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I'm not sure, but I was 4 kilos over and they told me it was no problem and didn't charge anything. If you're going to be close just don't worry about it or carry on an extra bag as they won't say anything at all if you're in 1st.
Thanks for the info man. It's going to be two biggish suitcases though. One for the 30" and another for everything else. And probably a solid 10-20kG over. I'll try to come close but I doubt it.
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:46 AM   #11561
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you should get someone like DHL to ship the bulk of your clothes and such to your hotel. I shipped 13kg of clothes with DHL from UK -> phuket and it cost aout $140 and only took 3-4 days.

obviously don't ship your screen though as you'll get hammered by thai customs who just make up how much they want to charge you. (i brought a ps3 from HK and the guy tried to charge me 13k customs fees, i managed to "haggle" him down to 4k)

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Old 03-12-2010, 08:21 AM   #11562
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Thanks for the info man. It's going to be two biggish suitcases though. One for the 30" and another for everything else. And probably a solid 10-20kG over. I'll try to come close but I doubt it.
You probably won't regret making an effort bringing this stuff over unless you want to move around a lot. I miss my electronic equipment from back home
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:09 AM   #11563
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how much would a budget grindstation cost? i currently have two hannspree 23"s ($200/piece) and some $500 emachines that i got from wal-mart. i hear electronics are slightly more expensive in thailand, but i'm not looking for anything high-end (i don't really game or anything). would it be better to just DHL it to a hotel, stay there for a couple days until i find a place, then just move it with me?
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:40 AM   #11564
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you could get a grind station for <10k BHT.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:41 AM   #11565
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Yo guys.... heading to Phuket from BKK in a couple of days and there are 4 of us, we are looking for a semi baller place to stay for a few days untill we start to look for a baller house.... I have tried the kata beach studio but it is fully booked on the day we get there.. are there any other nice places around Kata Beach? maybe like a 4 bed condo or something if not then just single rooms is cool.

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Old 03-12-2010, 10:59 AM   #11566
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you could get a grind station for <10k BHT.
oh really...?
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:00 AM   #11567
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Yo guys.... heading to Phuket from BKK in a couple of days and there are 4 of us, we are looking for a semi baller place to stay for a few days untill we start to look for a baller house.... I have tried the kata beach studio but it is fully booked on the day we get there.. are there any other nice places around Kata Beach? maybe like a 4 bed condo or something if not then just single rooms is cool.

peace
just book any hotel that looks nice, it really won't matter much if you plan on looking for a place reasonably quickly
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:18 AM   #11568
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Yo guys.... heading to Phuket from BKK in a couple of days and there are 4 of us, we are looking for a semi baller place to stay for a few days untill we start to look for a baller house.... I have tried the kata beach studio but it is fully booked on the day we get there.. are there any other nice places around Kata Beach? maybe like a 4 bed condo or something if not then just single rooms is cool.

peace
Meh Balla is easy.

My 2nd reccomendation for short term hoteling would be aloha residence. It is 10m from Kata Beach STudio and almost as nice(just don't have kitchen).

1KTHB/night.

it doesn't hae a website. SO just use the website for KBS for the directions.

They won't be full so should be fine just showing on the day.


PS Are you with the BallBlockn crew or are there TWO separate 4-5 man crews heading here?
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ya really.
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a mobo+cpu from pantip can be had for 4000
mouse + kb 500
2 stick ram 2000
some case+psu 1k
you got 1500 for a HDD

monitor can be had for free if you ask around
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lol yeah i hear thaksin is giving out free monitors to red protestors
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you should get someone like DHL to ship the bulk of your clothes and such to your hotel. I shipped 13kg of clothes with DHL from UK -> phuket and it cost aout $140 and only took 3-4 days.

obviously don't ship your screen though as you'll get hammered by thai customs who just make up how much they want to charge you. (i brought a ps3 from HK and the guy tried to charge me 13k customs fees, i managed to "haggle" him down to 4k)

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monitor can be had for free if you ask around
and where would this be?
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