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#1 Gina

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 01:26 PM

Hi everyone! Our wedding is nearly all organised so we're now at the fun part of organising our honeymoon. I've heard lots of great stuff about Thailand but my sis/bro in law have returned from there recently and keep stressing that its not really a great place to visit. They say its smelly, over crowded and that you get what you pay for.

Can you give me your experiences good or bad?

We just want somewhere nice and we're we can relax.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 12:53 PM

I thought it was an amazing place (it was first trip overseas). It is what you make of it. Phuket is better for a honeymoon but Bangkok is good for serious shopping! It doesn't smell like everyone says it does. I wouldn't hesitate in going back at all.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 03:24 PM

I love Thailand and it's people. Great shopping too smile.gif The only bad thing that comes into mind is be wary of tuk tuk drivers, they like to lead you astray, especially to jewellery or tailor stores, they receive money from these shop owner (or petrol vouchers) just for taking you there. Make sure you stand your ground with them and tell them no detours laugh.gif

Otherwise, it's a great place! Enjoy!! smile.gif
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:12 PM

Really any place O/S is what YOU make of it. We have travelled to alot of distinations and we have just had the best time in all countries. Things do happen, lost luggage, sickness etc you can let these things damper your trip or not.

We have been to Thailand twice. Yes its smelly, etc but whats the point of going O/S when you don't embrass all the things that are different. There is soooo many more postives about going there then the negatives you have mentioned. As mentioned, the people are amazing, and don't get me started on how awesome the shopping is. It is truely a beautiful beautiful country.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:30 PM

QUOTE(Summa @ Mar 14 2008, 12:53 PM) View Post

I thought it was an amazing place (it was first trip overseas). It is what you make of it. Phuket is better for a honeymoon but Bangkok is good for serious shopping! It doesn't smell like everyone says it does. I wouldn't hesitate in going back at all.


Not smelly in Bangkok!! That was the first thing we noticed!!? smile.gif

But you get used to it, although it can give you a headache.

I loved Thailand, and we were silly enough to go in Monsoon Season!! I would go back in a heartbeat.

One thing to note, I hope you like powdered milk as they dont have the real stuff there that we could find! and also, the bread and butter tastes sweet!

It WILL be different to Australia. You have to expect that.. they are a different culture all together, and it amazes me when people come back and say it was different! Of course it is, if it was going to be like Australia, why spend the 9 hours on a plane to go somewhere that reminds you of home!

The first day there I was homesick as it was very full on with the bartering, and the pushy cabs, but once you get used to being a little rude and just ignoring them, and also haggling, it is awesome! Seriously, the food is also to die for, and soo so cheap! Apart from the gorgeous thai food, we had the best italian in Thailand we have had anywhere!

Thai people, MOSTLY are also very helpful, and friendly. We were trying to get back to our hotel one night and we got on the wrong tube. A lady near us sensed our distress and asked us where we wanted to be, and she showed us how to get back. She was gorgeous.

And just remember!!

This is how you say it, not how is spelt! SAW DE KA!! (which is a greeting... you will get it everywhere, but at first it took us ages to work out what they were saying!).
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 04:51 PM

QUOTE(MrsRissaC @ Mar 14 2008, 05:30 PM) View Post

Not smelly in Bangkok!! That was the first thing we noticed!!? smile.gif

But you get used to it, although it can give you a headache.

I loved Thailand, and we were silly enough to go in Monsoon Season!! I would go back in a heartbeat.

One thing to note, I hope you like powdered milk as they dont have the real stuff there that we could find! and also, the bread and butter tastes sweet!

It WILL be different to Australia. You have to expect that.. they are a different culture all together, and it amazes me when people come back and say it was different! Of course it is, if it was going to be like Australia, why spend the 9 hours on a plane to go somewhere that reminds you of home!

The first day there I was homesick as it was very full on with the bartering, and the pushy cabs, but once you get used to being a little rude and just ignoring them, and also haggling, it is awesome! Seriously, the food is also to die for, and soo so cheap! Apart from the gorgeous thai food, we had the best italian in Thailand we have had anywhere!

Thai people, MOSTLY are also very helpful, and friendly. We were trying to get back to our hotel one night and we got on the wrong tube. A lady near us sensed our distress and asked us where we wanted to be, and she showed us how to get back. She was gorgeous.

And just remember!!

This is how you say it, not how is spelt! SAW DE KA!! (which is a greeting... you will get it everywhere, but at first it took us ages to work out what they were saying!).
xx


You've all given such wonderful replies - we expect it to be different and that is great. We just don't it to be different in too much of a bad way - like smelly, rude without the great stuff to balance it out. But from this website (and most people i speak to) its pretty positive! I must say the person who told me pretty much only the negatives is somebody i don't trust at the best of times anyway so there you go...

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 05:00 PM

I will second the not smelly in Bangkok, it used to be but not any more.
I even found the new Bangkok airport amazing! LOL
Just thought i'd post something I previously put in another thread though, just have a read, it may be useful.

I'll post a link with the scams they try on tourists.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 05:00 PM

In 2001 I went to Koh Samui and couldn't wait to get home.

We stayed in a beautiful secluded resort which I can't fault but when we ventured into Chaweng I hated the sight of the girly bars, men with pre-pubescant girls on their arms, and so on.

I'd been told before going that Koh Samui was not touristy and very quiet. It wasn't. So I wasn't psychologically prepared I think.

I just found the sights really upsetting.

Seven years on I'm heading back to Thailand and this time will be right in the thick of crowded, noisy wild Phuket. I know what to expect so I don't think I'll be so shocked this time. We're also staying at a lovely resort in a secluded spot which will give us privacy and santury from the madness of Patong Beach.

So I guess it all depends what you want out of a holiday. My advice would be to do your research.

There still are spots in Thailand that aren't crowded if that is what you're wanting to avoid.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 05:25 PM

We spent 16 wonderful days in Thailand in December and had the best holiday of our lives. Bangkok was not for us (just too crowded), but we loved our resort in Phuket so much that we're actually going back in June.

The people were beautiful (not so much the street vendors, but then being a pushy pain in the @ss is how most of them make their living and survive so I can ignore that, but the everyday people were just lovely), the food was divine and our resort had a private beach and six pools so I couldn't fault it.

Also when we did tours we used a very reputable company and that paid off as their service was excellent, and that meant we could spend our time absorbing the amazing scenery rather than worrying about getting ripped off.

And just on Allure's note about Koh Samui, I was lead to believe that it was quiet prior to the Tsunami, but now being inland (and perhaps people are still worried about the possibility of another Tsunami) people are flocking there in droves and it's become a bit more of a party place, where as Phuket and particularly the area's outside Patong (which is crazy 24/7) have really settled down. I can't prove that, but it's certainly what we were told by the locals and what we observed first hand.

All in all we loved Thailand and can't wait to go back but as others have said any O/S holiday has it's bad points (ours was our poor choice of hotel in Bangkok) and it end's up being what you make it.
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 09:18 PM

Definitely have a 'word' with 'Miss Gucci.' As i recall, she and her husband had an absolutely terrible time. I think it's important to get both positive and negative feedback on places.

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Posted 14 March 2008 - 10:00 PM

There were some good things about Thailand, I did enjoy bits of it.

I would never tell anyone not to go though. So many people love it, but its just not 'us'. The shopping wasn't really to my taste, but so many people love it.

I am glad I went though, at least I can say I have been there and seen some beautiful stuff, and experienced something completely different to Australia. And I appreciate home a lot more smile.gif (well, I did for a while tongue.gif)

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 07:59 AM

ive just come back from thailand, and cant wait to go back again.

like anything, its what you make of it. keep an open mind, try not to have too many preconcieved ideas, and it will be great. most people in the touristy areas speak a little english, so there arent too many language barriers.

personally i found bangkok and phuket to be very westerized, and at time i had to sit back and think "oh wait, im not in melbourne, im 9 hours away".

do your research on hotels, i recommend trip advisor, and book something you feel comfortable with.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:56 AM

We went to Phuket a few years ago. We stayed at a resort about 10 mins away from Patong beach and I was so thankful that we did. Patong beach is so full on. I wasn't expecting to see things like McDonald's and Starbucks on the main drag.
My brother warned me before we went that we should only go to town when we had a tan and looked like we had been there a while. We didn't, we went straight away and we kept getting stopped by people trying to sell us stuff. And it wasn't just one here and there, it was everyone. It was so full on that after 5 mins FH and I felt so overwhelmed that we got a ride straight back to our hotel. We tried again a few days later once we both had some colour and we didn't get harrassed half as much. (And I learn't to keep walking and say NOOOOOOOOOO).
We went on a few tours and the place is just beautiful. Even though I have listed the negative points above, we really loved our trip.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 03:02 PM

QUOTE(Decembergirl @ Mar 14 2008, 06:25 PM) View Post

We spent 16 wonderful days in Thailand in December and had the best holiday of our lives. Bangkok was not for us (just too crowded), but we loved our resort in Phuket so much that we're actually going back in June.

The people were beautiful (not so much the street vendors, but then being a pushy pain in the @ss is how most of them make their living and survive so I can ignore that, but the everyday people were just lovely), the food was divine and our resort had a private beach and six pools so I couldn't fault it.

Also when we did tours we used a very reputable company and that paid off as their service was excellent, and that meant we could spend our time absorbing the amazing scenery rather than worrying about getting ripped off.

And just on Allure's note about Koh Samui, I was lead to believe that it was quiet prior to the Tsunami, but now being inland (and perhaps people are still worried about the possibility of another Tsunami) people are flocking there in droves and it's become a bit more of a party place, where as Phuket and particularly the area's outside Patong (which is crazy 24/7) have really settled down. I can't prove that, but it's certainly what we were told by the locals and what we observed first hand.

All in all we loved Thailand and can't wait to go back but as others have said any O/S holiday has it's bad points (ours was our poor choice of hotel in Bangkok) and it end's up being what you make it.


Decembergirl - can i asked which resort you stayed at in Phuket? I know a few of the girls have recommended Katathani and that's where I'm keen to stay however when I went to TripAdvisor there were some really mixed reviews - that site just confuses me even more

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 03:14 AM

QUOTE(Gina @ Mar 15 2008, 04:02 PM) View Post

Decembergirl - can i asked which resort you stayed at in Phuket? I know a few of the girls have recommended Katathani and that's where I'm keen to stay however when I went to TripAdvisor there were some really mixed reviews - that site just confuses me even more

We stayed at Katathani as well, it is a beautiful resort and away from the hustle and bustle of Patong.
We did have an initial problem on checking in, we got to the resort at around 11am and our room was not ready so we had to sit around and wait for our "check in time" of 2pm, had we not been on a plane for the last around 13 hours (including one hour of sitting on the tarmac) I probably would not have been as pissed off but when I asked if there was absolutely any way of getting into our room to at least have a shower they told us we could open our suitcases in the lobby and go and have a shower at the shower in the public facilities the resort uses for the pool.
We mentioned to them also that it was our honeymoon expecting to have a bit of a fuss made of us (ok, maybe i'm being precious) but they then informed us they had no idea it was our honeymoon and pretty much acted like it was nothing (ok, to them it was nothing but they could have pretended to be a little excited and made a bit of fuss or something) not even a congratulations, just our checkin left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.
We have also stayed at LeMeridien Phuket beach resort (pre Tsunami) and found it to be a stunning place to stay, it is also not right in Patong (definately a plus), has great pools and restaurants and facilities.
Good luck with whatever you decide.




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