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Shopping in Thailand 1 stars
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Hello!

I'm planning to visit Thailand this year and, of course, I want to shop there! Do you know where to find cheap but quality clothes and bags in Thailand?
I'll really appreciate your advice. Thanks!Ü


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Marc888
An Evening in Bangkok 4 stars
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I was back to the land of normality, that was for sure! In the evening I went to nearby Tony Romas for a large steak meal, which was very well received. Although it was on the expensive side it was one of my best meals of this short break. A walk around the markets which spanned the entire length of Sukhumvit Road from Soi 3 to Soi 19 allowed me to walk off my meal whilst at the same time browse at some interesting goods. I got a bargain on a watch and on lightweight jacket that I though would be perfect form my return to Shanghai’s sub zero temperatures.

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Returning to Bangkok 4 stars
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There were crowds of tourists, many with large back packs which made the small plane look even smaller! I could see that some people were being turned away, which is something that can happen on flights that are on small planes. Still, I arrived early with my ticket in hand and was able to board the flight. After a short charge down the runway, I could see Koh Samui slowly disappearing out of view. By sundown I was back in Bangkok and stayed at the Majestic Grand Hotel in the Sukhumvit area of the city. This was a pleasant stay but markedly different from my Chaweng Beach experience.

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Marc888
Returning to Koh Samui Airport 4 stars
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On my final day I checked out quite early but still had most of the day available to enjoy by the pool. It had been a perfect break, and I only wished it could be for longer. After some final drinks at the pool bar it was time to separate myself from the resort. I found a tuk tuk to take me back to the small Koh Samui airport, and it was there that the reality truly hit me that my dream break was all but over. My flight back to Bangkok was scheduled to leave at 3:30pm and this was most certainly a busy flight that appeared to be a little bit overbooked.

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Marc888
The Green Mango and Lamai Beach 4 stars
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On my first evening I went to the very famous Green Mango bar on the island which has been a Koh Samui icon of sorts. It did live up to expectations as a lively and popular place and I had a great time there. For the next two days I simply enjoyed my time on Chaweng Beach and had some quiet unhurried evenings at the resorts and at some of the other bars nearby including the Sweet ‘n Soul Bar and Mario’s Austin Powers Dance Bar. On my third day I ventured slightly further a field to neighboring Lamai beach and this provided me with an even quieter more laid back day, though I was happy with my choice to stay at Chaweng as it had more facilities.

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Marc888
Dining at Chomtalay 4 stars
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The staff at the hotel were very pleasant and I finally felt that I had arrived. I was able to order a very nice meal in their Chomtalay restaurant which was my first real taste of Thailand since arriving. The seafood there was excellent and the live music was also a very nice touch. Actually it was a close choice between the Chomtalay and the resorts other restaurant the Red Snapper Bar and Grill. However during the rest of my stay I was able to try them both out and I was not disappointed in the food at either. The hotel also had a garden bakery which was an unusual thing to see, but was a great extra.

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Marc888
Chaweng Beach 5 stars
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I spent a little time looking at hotels and eventually chose the Chaweng Beach Resort which was located on the main Chaweng Beach, quite close to the airport. It is a well known beach and the busiest on the island. A road ran parallel to the beach and this was very well used, but it did allow the transfer from the airport to be quick. The Chaweng Beach Resort was a nice place. Mid priced rooms hugged a large pool and the entire site was right on the beach. I checked in and managed to get a room very close to the pool. After a short nap it was time to get something to eat.

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Marc888
Arriving on Koh Samui 4 stars
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I just managed to get to the airport on time and fortunately since this was a quiet airport and a quiet flight, the check in formalities and barding was quick. The small turbo prop took off on time, and I was finally on my way to Koh Samui. The 1 hour and 15 minute flight was quite noisy, but pleasant enough and I then found myself descending to Koh Samui’s airport. This was quite a quaint place, with the airport terminal looking more like a log cabin than anything else. Still I had made it and I was very happy to be setting foot on to the Island.

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Marc888
Getting to Utupao Airport 4 stars
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In true Thai laid back style no one seemed to have a concept of time , and whilst I was in a rush it was hard to convey any sense of urgency in regards to get a car. Eventually, right at the last minute I was able to hail an open air minibus which was simply passing by and negotiated a fare to go to the airport. I actually didn’t realize how far away Utupoa Airport was from Pattaya. The fact that it is sometimes, though not often, called Pattaya airport seems to suggests that it would be on the outskirts of the town… however it is actually closer to the Satahip p[peninsular some 35km away.

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The Siam Bayshore, Pattaya 4 stars
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Once I reached my hotel which was the Siam Bayshore hotel near to the beach I paid the taxi driver and let him go on his way, suggesting first of course that he get some sleep. I checked into the Siam Bayshore which was a very nice hotel and had some time to relax to contemplate about what was another eventful day. It was quite late, and I also felt sleep after a long day of travel so I managed to get an early night. The next morning I, again got up later than I wanted to and cut it fine. I was able to check out of the hotel but finding a tuk tuk or taxi to take me from the hotel in Pattaya to Utupoa Airport proved difficult.

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Marc888
Staying Safe on the Roads 4 stars
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So far I have been fortunate enough not be involved in an accident in Thailand, but I have had one or two near misses. Undoubtedly knowing the rules of the road has helped me, but I am sure some luck is also involved, because as careful as I am, there is always the unpredictable behaviour and carelessness of other drivers to consider. What I do find amazing is that overall I don’t actually see that many accidents on Thailand's roads as compared to other countries, though undoubtedly the statistics do tell a different story. It could be argued that even these higher than average accident rates are much lower than one would expect given the incredible driving antics and carefree attitude that the Thai's employ when taking to the roads.

Statistics aside though, I usually focus on just one number and that is that one accident for myself would be one too many.


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Honda Marine 4 stars
Honda Marine is located on the main Thruppraya road which runs from Thailand’s Eastern resort city of Pattaya to its neighbouring beach resort of Jomtien. It’s a large speedboat showroom, which is fully enclosed, and which showcases a range of small, medium and large sized vessels, complete with a range of accessories including state of the art outboard motors. Honda Marine specializes in made to order speed boats and so the show room is a great starting point for placing a custom order,. I was able to walk around Honda Marine and found the staff to be very knowledgeable, affording me all the time i needed.

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Pizz Amour 4 stars
Pizz Amour is a great name for a great pizza place. Whether you love pizza or just want more of it, then this place lives up to both its implied namesakes. Located about mid way along the main Central Road in the Thai resort of Pattaya, Pizz Amour offers a unique all you can eat buffet as well as other tasty pizza delights. The restaurant is often full due to the very cheap prices on offer, and I was quite lucky to be there early enough to get a table. Sure enough, this is one of the few places offering as much pizza as you can eat for very low prices, yet still with an eye on providing quality fare. Pizz Amore is located almost exactly opposite the large Carrefour centre on the same road.

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The Thip Restaurant 4 stars
The Thip restaurant is a nicely located place in Thailand's Eastern Resort of Pattaya, and provides a café and restaurant atmosphere all in one. In doing so it specializes in club sandwiches and other tasty, but fast food offerings, and of course provides an extensive menu of coffee choices. I was able to eat lunch there and enjoyed a toasted tuna and cheese sandwich complete with all the trimmings which tasted great, but I also noticed that full all day breakfasts were also on offer. Thip is located right on the corner of Pattaya’s Central road its junction with the busy Sai Sam.

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The Flying Vegetable 4 stars
The Flying Vegetable is a restaurant which has a distinct Thai style to it. I was able to take lunch there recently and found that, as its name suggests, vegetable dishes are arguably its specialty, however it is not only a vegetarian pace. The Flying Vegetable is, in the main, an open air restaurant and is quite a large place with a menu which has a wide range of traditional Thai dishes plus some Chinese and western offerings too. The main draw of the flying vegetable is its prices. Most dishes are offered at very low prices, but yet are still very fresh. The Flying Vegetable is located in the Thai Eastern Seaboard resort of Pattaya, on its main Central Road.

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Taking care as a Pedestrian 4 stars
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As for crossing roads in Thailand, whether in a big city such as Bangkok, or just a smaller town, I employ much patience and tend to be extra careful. That’s because, not only am I exposed to injury, but there could be legal implications if I were to cause an accident because of some jaywalking. It is the only time that I can think of where I would be legally responsible for a road accident without actually driving a vehicle. With this in mind, I am especially careful to take my time and give Thailand’s road users maximum respect, even though, in many cases, they really might not deserve it much!

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Marc888
Road sense as a Pedestrian 4 stars
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It means that even as a pedestrian I have to check and double check for vehicles with a special eye out for black objects, those being cars and motorbikes that are poorly lit. I also have to be aware that in Thailand, some drivers drive on the wrong side of the road, and that motorcyclists often use the pavement! This would be an absolutely incredible sight in Europe (the kind of thing you would only see in movies), but in Thailand it is routine, though most likely just as illegal! So it seems that just as the roads seem to be, at times, place of anarchy, so too are the pavements!

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Mountain Biking in Bangkok 4 stars
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In general, cycling around Bangkok is probably a definite no-no, as the likely hood of getting into an accident, I think, would be very high. Finally of course I do have the option to abandon all forms of transport and just get around on foot, using the sky train or underground train, at least when in Bangkok. But as luck would have it, pedestrians are at the greatest risk of all, and so road sense is important even when just getting around on foot. I find that at night, some car drivers cruise along with their lights off, incredibly, and maybe mistakenly, just to save gasoline. I am not sure if there is any saving, but the risk for an accident seems high.

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Marc888
Taking a mountain bike on to Thailand's Roads 4 stars
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There is only one vehicle smaller than a motorbike and that is the lowly bicycle. I actually enjoy using a mountain bike to get around Thailand, but it is the case that precious few drivers have got their eye out for these small vehicles. When I am cycling, I am mindful to be prepared to slow down for others even though it may mean a bit more pedal power to get back up to speed. I have also bought and use a good quality cycle hat, as a head injury can be made much less serious with one, and, where possible, especially on a long trip, I try to wear elbow and knee pads or at least some clothing that will give me protection there.

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Marc888
Motorcycle Safety 4 stars
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As for taking a motorcycle taxi, which entails riding pillion passenger on what is usually a small motorbike, I have to remain aware that motorcyclists are at the greatest risk of personal injury as compared to other vehicles and so I try to choose my motorcycle taxi driver carefully. I always use a helmet and I like to go dressed for the occasion wherever possible, which means wearing jeans and a thick shirt, and/or a jacket. I seldom rent a bike, but if I find myself riding a motorbike myself I find that it is better to use quieter roads and to be continuously aware for larger vehicles, which considering the size of small bike, means just about every other vehicle on the road!

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