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    Just wondered if anyone had any ideas on the cheapest airline to fly to Thailand around the end of April, return. Not bothered if its economy, Im fine with that.
    Am travelling all around the country over 2 months, so any tips/advice would come in handy too

    Thanks in advance

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    eva air and malaysian airlines currently have cheap fares check their websites

    Original Poster

    Cool, im just looking for flights though as ill be staying in hostels all over.

    Cheers for your help

    also cash back from Quidco

    Best to check ebookers, lastminute, etc. As far as I'm aware, there isn't one universally cheap airline; it'll depend on date and availability. One of the carriers from the Middle East (Etihad, Gulf Air) have generally had the lowest fares in my experience. Highly likely to be cheaper avoiding a weekend departure date.

    Not great for the carbon footprint, but once you're there, you'll save a lot of time, money and hassle by flying internally with [url]www.airasia.com[/url] which is a Malaysian budget carrier with an extensive route throughout SE Asia.

    Thailand is one of the easiest and most reasonably priced travel destinations in the world. You could easily spend 2 months there, but may want to venture into one of the border countries which are often much less developed by also pretty easy to get around. I would definitely spend at least a week in Cambodia if poss. (Don't be put off by the military skirmish - it's well off the tourist trail!)

    Advice:

    The ladies have willies. Beware.

    i am off to thailand too? is a visa really needed? as i just came across this:

    Thailand's new government temporary waives its usual three-month via fees for all tourists to the Kingdom, to rejuvenate its tourism industry, which has been damaged by political demonstrations that forced to close two Bangkok airports late last year.

    The measure has been approved by the economic ministers and many tourists from the neighbouring and Western countries are already enjoying visa-free entry benefits for short visits. For longer stays, visas must be obtained in advance for a fee of at least $30 per entry.

    The Thai government also allocated 1 billion baht ($28.6 million) of its 115-billion-baht ($3.3 billion) fiscal stimulus package to boost the tourism industry, which accounts for 5 percent of the whole country's economy. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva earlier said the government will consider providing discounts on aircraft landing fees. The Cabinet plans to discuss other measures as well, including a short-term reduction in interest rates and property tax for hotel operators, and a reduction of airport surcharges, as well as discounts on air tickets.

    ***For travellers, Thailand is being promoted as one of the best value-for-money holiday options during the current global financial recession.

    hotelthailand.com/new…tml

    whats weather like in may? heard it may rain?
    whats the food like? im so fussy?
    any good places to shop?

    please advise?

    As others have mentioned, Netflights.com is really good for flights to Thailand, they also have Emirates from Gatwick to Bangkok for £389 return at the moment available in Apr/May/Jun, very good airline. Good flight times too. And don't forget there's 2% cashback from Quidco.

    Re the visas, I have also heard they are now giving 3 months on arrival, but knowing Thailand it cound change at anytime! In any case, you normally get at least the 30 day visa when you arrive.

    If you need any tips on accom or places to go, let me know, I lived out there for 3 years. Awesome country and amazing people.

    BTW: Not all the women have willies and not all the men have front bums!

    thanks for all the advise,
    i am going to be staying at aisawan resort and spa in pattaya, what it nearby? and where are the best places to shop? i am a women that totally loves shopping shopping and getting pampered? any advise?

    i also hear the is a revolving tower with dinner how far is this from the hotel? whats the cost?

    what will a typical day be like? it is like the british weather rain rain and more rain? what sort of clothing should i take?

    sheena123r;4818344

    thanks for all the advise, i am going to be staying at aisawan resort and … thanks for all the advise, i am going to be staying at aisawan resort and spa in pattaya, what it nearby? and where are the best places to shop? i am a women that totally loves shopping shopping and getting pampered? any advise?i also hear the is a revolving tower with dinner how far is this from the hotel? whats the cost?what will a typical day be like? it is like the british weather rain rain and more rain? what sort of clothing should i take?



    To be honest, Pattaya is not the nicest bit of Thailand, they'll be quite a lot of chunky lobster-coloured middle-aged british blokes dating Thai girls about a quarter of their size, but your hotel does look really nice on their website, so you can always just chill out there. The beaches are ok, but it is a bit neon!

    You're not that far from Koh Samet, which is a really nice chilled out island and definately worth a visit.

    However if you love shopping and being pampered, then you're in the right country! :thumbsup: Pretty much whatever you want, clothes, watches, handbags, sunglasses, etc. Ofcourse the 'knock off' stuff might not always be tip-top quality, but when you're paying peanuts it doesn't really matter!

    Foot massages are about 200-250 baht (£4-£5) per hour and if you can find a good one, they are amazingly invigorating. I've never done then myself, but spa treatments are generally very good too.

    Try to give yourself at least 3 days in Bangkok too. It's such a vibrant, lively city. People do love it or hate it, I love it. Brilliant for eating, drinking, shopping, sight-seeing and the people are so friendly. Ofcourse, someone will try to rip you off at some point, but just smile and say no.

    Try the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, A River cruise, and if you can find it, Muang Buran, it's a bizarre 'miniture world' of traditional thai buildings. Ayuthya (sp?) is also worth a visit for a day, about 1 hour away, the original capital city.

    The weather should be ok, the rainy season does kick in about the end of May, but it's actually a cooling relief! It tends to rain for exactly an hour a day at exactly the same time!

    thanks so much for all this, i really cant wait to go... i am taking an empty suitcase and plenty of cash!

    are there any root top or sky bars in pattaya?

    sheena123r;4816353

    whats weather like in may? heard it may rain?whats the food like? im so … whats weather like in may? heard it may rain?whats the food like? im so fussy? any good places to shop? please advise?



    I went about the same time in 2005, went to travel and do volunteer work as it was 4 months after the Tsunami, weather is HOT, ridiculously hot some days, humidity can be unbearable, make sure you take plenty of thin light clothing (but light weight mac) and drink loads of water and eat lots of fruit (was it first!!! in bottled water), if you are a fussy eater then im afraid that cuts your options down to the touristy restaurants,as you cant be fussy in Thailand and eat cheaply, it WILL rain 100% definately, but usually only for 10-15 mins, but in those 10-15 mins it will rain harder than you have ever seen!!!!

    Make sure you stay in reputable hostels, take the lonely planet or rough guide (up to date one) and ask other travellers for there advice, you can find some great places to stay for about £3 a night, but dont expect luxuries, and expect a room with basic furniture & no aircon (i would pay the extra to have air con) & also expect mixed shower blocks (not open though:) Its worth it sometimes to spend that little extra to stay in a Hotel for an extra few quid on the odd occasion just to get a hot shower or bath, i stayed in one in Krabi for 2 weeks, cost me £4 a night had a hot shower, double bed, aircon, sat tv.

    Essentials to take with you, light weight clothing (dont take a lot as you can get them washed and pressed for about £1) , rain mac, torch (may sound funny but power cuts are regular), rough guide travel book or alike, photocopy all your travel documents & passport and keep seperate & take a top-up pre-pay visa card with some emergency cash on it just incase, take a sim free mobile and buy a sim when you are there, or buy the prepay cards to call home (mobile is easier). take sunscreen (v high factor) & moquito repellant (generally malaria free but they are still there in their millions) & mosquito repellant & mosquito repellant:)

    Avoid the scams. If someone approaches you and tells you that whatever tourist place you're visiting is closed today, or opening much later, ignore them. Especially if they tell you they can get you a really great discount on a hand-made suit. Most of the scammers are pretty transparent, but for an ominous (and, frankly, a bit funny)

    Dont go expecting to find fantastic fake goods, some are fantastic until they fall apart or shrink when you wash them, must have bought 8 pairs of fake sunnies in 6 months, each falling of my face in a hilarious fashion just as i was talking to someone, and my bought clothes ended up looking like they woould fit action man after 1 wash,

    Just enjoy the culture and people, and DONT, I REPEAT DONT ask for, look for, take or get given any illegal substances to smoke, everyone seems to think that Thailand is a hub for hippies (well it is in some places we have seen "The Beach") but the Thais are extremely strict, not that you would but just saying,

    Forgot to add (sorry for the long post!!) if you have the time and you like to party and want to see some of the strangest and funniest sights go to the "full moon party" on Koh PhaNgan, its basically the biggest party every month, upto 20,000 people on the beach for on big celebration, have a look here for the dates:

    fullmoonparty-thailand.com/sch…tml

    If you like to get drunk they serve you bucket drinks, a sandcastle size bucket with ice in & your choice of a half bottle of vodka, rum, whisky etc with a couple of cans of redbull etc & a straw LETHAL, or take a trip to the bars on the hill that serve you a mushroom shake (but only have one and ask people before you have one what they are like)

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    To be honest, Pattaya is not the nicest bit of Thailand, they'll be quite … To be honest, Pattaya is not the nicest bit of Thailand, they'll be quite a lot of chunky lobster-coloured middle-aged british blokes dating Thai girls about a quarter of their size, but your hotel does look really nice on their website, so you can always just chill out there. The beaches are ok, but it is a bit neon!You're not that far from Koh Samet, which is a really nice chilled out island and definately worth a visit.However if you love shopping and being pampered, then you're in the right country! :thumbsup: Pretty much whatever you want, clothes, watches, handbags, sunglasses, etc. Ofcourse the 'knock off' stuff might not always be tip-top quality, but when you're paying peanuts it doesn't really matter!Foot massages are about 200-250 baht (£4-£5) per hour and if you can find a good one, they are amazingly invigorating. I've never done then myself, but spa treatments are generally very good too.Try to give yourself at least 3 days in Bangkok too. It's such a vibrant, lively city. People do love it or hate it, I love it. Brilliant for eating, drinking, shopping, sight-seeing and the people are so friendly. Ofcourse, someone will try to rip you off at some point, but just smile and say no.Try the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, A River cruise, and if you can find it, Muang Buran, it's a bizarre 'miniture world' of traditional thai buildings. Ayuthya (sp?) is also worth a visit for a day, about 1 hour away, the original capital city.The weather should be ok, the rainy season does kick in about the end of May, but it's actually a cooling relief! It tends to rain for exactly an hour a day at exactly the same time!



    Don't forget a body massage too!!! :w00t::w00t::w00t:
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