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Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 9:16 pm:   

THE BEST TIME to go to BKK, as far as the weather is concerned, is during the cool/dry season, December through February. This is the high season in Thailand and not the best time in terms of booking flights, making hotel reservations, and chasing girls. Many hotels are booked solid, the bars are packed with men and the Thai girls have the prices jacked way up, knowing the surge of horny tourists increases the competition. So in terms of chasing girls and getting the best deals, it's actually best to go when the weather is worst, meaning August through October, when the rain hits. While a downpour can put a damper on your shopping or late night bar hopping, the number of competing tourists is so low, you will thank yourself you waited and came this time of year.
THE WORST TIME to go weather wise is the rainy season, August to October. The monsoon season is the end of May until September. The worst two months are December and January, peak season, when hotels, taxis, and girl's charge a premium for their services. It's also difficult at this time to book a room and the bars are generally overloaded with horny tourists.
Weather in Bangkok

TIME CHANGE from the U.S. to Thailand is 15 hours ahead of West Coast time. Remember to change that number to 14 hours during daylight savings time.


HOLIDAYS in Thailand can be fun. For example, Songkran the Thai New Year celebrated from April 13th to April 16th, is the most important, the best known and the gayest of Thailand's festivals. To the Thai people, this festival is one of water throwing and although it has religious significance, it usually turns into great fun. Everyone gets soaking wet and since it is the hottest season of the year, the custom is quite refreshing (unless you get a wad of talcum powder in your eye, as some obnoxious Thai passing by slabs some on your face. In such a case, a quick rinse of water usually clears it up). Check out PattayaCity.com for the dates Songkran is celebrated in each part of the country.

AIRFARE: Depending on time of year, from the West Coast, $299-$650. From the Midwest to east coast it can go as high as $1,200r/t. The best time for cheaper airfare is November and mid January to February. Check with your travel agent or call Eric Dexter for special deals on tickets to Asia.

FLIGHT TIME is about 16 to 24 hours depending on stopovers. It's important you check with your travel agent how many stopovers your flight with make and for how long, before booking a flight. While Thai airlines, for example, has only one quick 45 min. stopover in Japan (from LA to BK), airlines such as Singapore can leave you hanging for hours (6 hour stop in Singapore, LA to BK). Usually you are in transit during the stopover and are not allowed (nor have quite enough time) to venture out to the city (thus being bored stiff sitting in some waiting area of the airport).

AIRLINES that flies to Thailand are competitive and numerous, including American Airlines, Northwest, All Nippon, Thai, Philippines, Cathy Pacific, China Air (Taiwan), Korean Air, Singapore Airline, Malaysian Airlines and so on.

COURIER FLIGHT INFORMATION
COMPANIES
Adventure1 Air Courier Flights
This group sells a directory of air courier flights. They claim they cannot be undersold.
Air Courier Association
A good starting point for rookie couriers. They have a "members only" section for free airfare and last minute specials.
Ark International Couriers Ltd
This company is trying to hire couriers.
"Fly Like a Mule"
From Escape magazine and the Air Courier Association, this article is a primer in the basics of being a courier.
Fly the World on a Shoestring
Anyone with legal concerns should read this article from Travel Tips.
Int'l Assn. of Air Travel Couriers
Here they boast 60 companies that will give you flight schedules, rates and requirements. You must become a member and obtain a password.
Job Monkey
JobMonkey.com offers a list of U.S. courier companies, with addresses and phone numbers.
UK Air Courier
If you want to originate from the UK, check out this site. If not, it's still worth looking at, because London is a major hub for courier activity.
Worldwide Courier Association
Common questions and issues related to couriers are discussed here.

PASSPORT/VISA
You must have a valid passport to enter and exit the country of Thailand. You don't need a visa if you will be staying in Thailand for less than 30 days. If you're planning on staying more than 30 days, you will need to purchase a tourist visa before entering the country. You can purchase a tourist visa at any Thai Consulate just about worldwide.

If you lose your passport abroad it can be a nightmare. To avoid getting ruining your vacation make sure you make copies of the inside of your passport, the first page where all the info on you is printed. Make 3-4 copies and stick one in your fanny pack, one in your suitcase, etc. This way if you lose the passport, you can go to the American Embassy and show the copy to them to prove you are who you say are without going through a lot of red tape and waiting. If your passport will expire in 6 months or less, it is recommended you obtain a new passport before traveling. Thailand may not let you into the country or grant you a visa if your passport will expire in less than 6 months.

A visa will not be needed. A tourist visa (obtained before you enter the country) will allow you to stay in the country of Thailand for 2 months (59 days). As of February 2000, a visa will cost $15. (Price is subject to change). Any Thai Consulate will be happy to sell you a visa. In Los Angeles, California, call the Thailand Tourism Authority at (213) 382-2353 for further information. Outside Los Angeles, call information for the nearest Thai Consulate. Important: You cannot obtain a visa in Thailand. You must purchase your visa before your departure to Thailand. Allow 2-3 working days to obtain a visa.

If you wish to stay in Thailand more than 30 days, as explained above, you must purchase a two-month tourist visa before your departure. Another option is to apply for an extension of your allowed 30-day stay (i.e., without a visa). It will cost you 500 Baht ($12.50 at the exchange rate of 40 Baht per dollar) for a 10-day extension, which can be obtained at any Thai Immigration office in Thailand. If you have a visa and you wish to remain in Thailand more than the allowed 59 days, you can extend your visa while in Thailand for another 30 days, at the price of 500 Baht ($12.50). If you wish to remain in the country even longer, you can get another extension for two more weeks, and then another 10 days. After that, adios! You must leave the country, like it or not.

CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION
Once you arrive at the Bangkok airport, you will need to clear immigration and customs. On the plane, the stewardess should hand you a customs and immigration form to fill out. With this in mind, always have a pen handy when you travel. When you exit the plane, just follow the crowd and signs pointing to immigration.
Travel tip: try to walk as fast as possible, ahead of the crowds to get to immigration ASAP. The lines can get rather long. Last time I waited almost 45 minutes in line.

At immigration, you will be asked to see your passport and your filled out immigration form (you can fill it out while waiting in line. It's just basic information). When you approach an immigration officer, he will take your passport and stamp it. The stamp will have the date of arrival into Thailand and the date you must depart, 30 days later (unless you have a visa, then you can stay 59 days). From immigration, you walk down the stairs to the luggage department and then on through customs.
Unless you are bringing in things like a TV, full size computer (lap tops are no problem), furniture odd ball items like plants, illegal drugs (yeah, right!), animals or other weird stuff, you need not declare your goods. Therefore, as you exit, look for the green sign which reads, NOTHING TO DECLARE. That's where you exit from the airport to paradise.
Once you pass the customs section, you will be in the last section of the airport. Here you will find crowds of people waiting to greet their arriving friends, taxi drivers hustling you for a ride, and people who are so bored with their lives they just like to hang out at airports to see who's coming into town. As you pass this crowd, on your left side (opposite the street) will be a Money Exchange Booth. Be sure to exchange at least $200 before exiting the airport. You will need to pay for your taxi in Thai baht (the local currency) and probably be asked to pay in Thai baht for the first night stay at your hotel. Yes, you can do a Visa or Master card cash advance at the booth. Ask for 10,000 baht advance (about $250 depending on the exchange rate).

AIRPORT TO HOTEL
Take the meter taxi not the hotel taxi service inside the airport. Exit the airport terminal onto the street and look for the METER TAXI booth where you will get a ticket and someone to set you up with a cab. If you can't find it or don't see it, just ask anyone, "Where is meter taxi?" Do not take the taxis inside the airport as the prices are so high, you'd think you just entered Japan. One taxi representative inside the terminal wanted 650 baht, triple the price for a meter taxi. When I told him I wanted a meter taxi, he lied saying, "No have." I said to him in Thai, "Mai chua...go hoak" which translates, "I don't believe you. You are a liar!" and walked away. Outside I booked a ride with a meter taxi for about one third of what he was asking (225 baht).

Tell them you want to go to either the Nana hotel, the Crown hotel or whatever hotel you have chose. (See hotel section for details). Then they will hand you a ticket stub and you will be directed to a meter taxi. When you get inside, be sure the driver agrees to turn on the meter. If not, get out and find another cab. The driver will also ask you, "Where you go?" A little bit of a communication gap between the booth and driver. No big deal.

The ride from the airport to either the Nana or Crown hotel (both located off Sukumvitt, one of the main streets in Bangkok) will be about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. The driver will probably ask you if you'd like to pay extra and take the super highway. Say, "Yes!" It's worth it and will save you lots of time in getting to your hotel. You will have to pay a toll fee once or twice (about 20 or 30 baht each), well worth it. If the driver asks for the money, hand it to him with a smile. (See, I told you to exchange money at the airport before you exit. You will need to use the local currency right away).

Once you arrive at the hotel, you will pay the amount on the meter, plus a 50 baht airport surcharge. The total price will probably be about 225 baht ($5.62). Don't hand the driver a tip. You already overpaid (the taxis I'm sure are jacked up in price, even with the meter. I know this because the ride back to the airport is always cheaper by meter, although it's obvious the same distance.

CURRENCY
The currency is the Thai Baht, pronounced like the English word "bought". "I bought some Baht" would sound the same as, "I bought some bought". Although the Thai Baht has remained stable at 25 baht per US dollar throughout the 80's and 90's, at the end of 1997 into 1998, we saw the Baht go as high as 53 Baht per US dollar (and settling around the mid 40's per dollar). At present (January 2000), the exchange rate settled at pretty close to 37 Baht per US dollar. Expect it to continue to jump up and down. When you arrive in Thailand, you must make use of the local currency, the Thai baht. Although any major hotel or restaurant will accept major credits cards (Visa and Master Card), most of the time you will need to pay in Thai currency. For example, when you ride in a taxi, buy a drink at a bar, and tip the girls you must use the Thai Baht.

HOW MUCH money will you spend each day in Bangkok? If you want a middle of the road estimate here's a few breakdown costs for each day in Bangkok: Room in a decent place will cost you 1,000 Baht, food will run you around 500 Baht, transportation another 200 Baht (staying around town). Go-Go Girls will run about 2,000 Baht, massages will be about 2,500. Total for all these things every day will be about 4,000 Baht and at 43 baht to the dollar that will be $93.00 or roughly $100 per day. This amount can vary drastically, depending on what hotel you stay in (hotel rates go anywhere from $15 to $200 per night, on up), where you eat (eating at the local street vendors will cost as little as $1 per meal; eating at the five star hotels $20 on up), how much alcohol you consume, and of course, how many girls you plan to entertain per night. What this means is BK is very versatile, catering to budget back packers and big business spenders alike.

TRAVELERS CHECQUES AND CREDIT CARDS
For the best rates and for security reasons, it's best to carry TC's (travelers checks) rather than cash. You will get a higher exchange rate with TC's and of course, if you lose your TC's or they get stolen, you can get a refund. Obviously, you can't do that with cash. Keep in mind that when you do exchange your TC's, the money exchange booths will require your passport as ID. So be sure to bring your passport with you when you exchange TC's. You won't need your passport or any other ID if you exchange cash. Bring a few hundred in cash, and the rest in TCís just in case. Change them at the bank, not in the hotel. Do not pay the hotel in U.S. money. Remember, you will always need your passport when exchanging your money. Once you get your money, put your passport back into the safety deposit box at your hotel for safekeeping.

Credit Cards are accepted in most big hotels, shops and restaurants. The smallest little shops do not, and neither do the girls. They also charge... 3% for MC and Visa, 5% for AMEX. VISA is the best. Leave your AMEX at home. The smartest card to bring is your ATM!! It is the best exchange rate as well. Also, you may want to call your bank that holds your credit card account and let them know that you will be out of the country and which country. Sometimes credit card companies will deny you access to your card, thinking that your card was stolen and someone else is using your card in that country. It happened to me in Rio De Janeiro. If you take enough cash with you, you will not really ever have to use it. Personally, I use it for all of my hotel stays and some meals.

WHAT TO WEAR will be up to you but bear in mind, being that the weather is very hot and humid, so you should dress light. I try to stuff as much as I can into my carry-on luggage. I almost never have check-in luggage. This will save you time at the airport waiting for your luggage to come off the plane. Sometimes it takes hours. I take 2 pairs of socks, underwear and shirts for each day I am going to stay there. You will make at least two clothes changes a day due to the sweaty atmosphere you will endure. Tennis shoes or sandals, couple pair of jeans and shorts. Remember two things: You can always buy what you need if you forget something for very little money in Thailand. Plus you will want to bring back some clothes when you go shopping there, so less you bring is better (making room to bring back more shopping items).

LAUNDRY
Every hotel will offer 24 hour laundry service for a very reasonable cost. The few cents you will save running around trying to have your laundry done elsewhere is hardly worth it, unless you are on a super budget. Tip: be sure you have a few clean clothes handy as some hotels, promising overnight service, run a bit behind. Also, if you're leaving town the next day, you'll have to wait to have your laundry done. Don't trust them when they say for sure it'll be ready the next morning. It won't!

MAPS
Bangkok
Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok Airport
the Riverfront
Patpong Area
Chao Phraya River & Canals
Bars, Hotels & Massage Parlors in Bangkok

LANGUAGE
The language spoken in Thailand is Thai. Check out this site to learn some words and phrases. Pattayacity.com Some of the girls you will be meeting will speak very little English, and some a lot of English. Donít expect to have lengthy conversations about life with them. Most of the people that work in the hotels and restaurants speak some English. The language of love is spoken EVERYWHERE!

HOTELS
Thailand has everything to offer to the tourist in terms of accommodations. If you want five star luxury at it's best, you can stay at the world famous Oriental hotel or the Shangra La hotel in Bangkok. If you're on a budget, hop on a bus to South Pattaya Beach Resort (a two hour ride south of Bangkok) where you can find a decent fan room for as little as $5 a night. Or spend your vacation in the tiny island of Koh Lan where you can get a little straw hut for $3 a night. Whatever it is you're looking for, in terms of accommodations, Thailand has it.

IMPORTANT TIP: Now, if you can afford to pay $200+ a night for a room to sleep in, congratulations. I wish I had your budget. On the other hand, I feel sorry for you. Because when you meet this gorgeous girl in the bars and wish to bring her back to your room at the Hilton in Bangkok, you'll get a, "Sorry, sir. Female guests are not allowed." So keep in mind, if you stay in a high-class hotel, you may not be permitted to bring women to your room. This will not be the case in the hotels I recommend.

NANA HOTEL
Always make reservations any time of the year, since this is one of the most popular hotels (mostly for single men) in town. Why is it so popular? Because of it's location, being next door to the Go Go capital of the world, the Nana Entertainment Plaza. When you call for reservations, they will ask for a credit card number to hold your reservation (unless they know you or if you can quote a flight number you're arriving on). Standard procedure. Remember, this hotel is the best deal in town due to it's amenities (girls, girls, hint, hint), so it comes highly recommended. The hotel is clean, the rooms are large, many rooms varying in size and in fashion (some having been remodeled recently, some needing it right away). Nana Hotel offers 334 comfortable rooms with central air-conditioning, swimming pool, fully carpeted, private bath with hot/cold running water, hair dryer, refrigerator with free drinking water, telephone, color TV. with free local and International Satellite programs 24 hours a day. The rooms start at around $27 per night, for a single. Each days stay includes a breakfast coupon for a real nice buffet, plus a bar drink coupon when you check in. The buffet has fresh juices, scrambles eggs, sunny side up eggs, French Toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, ham, toast butter jams, and some Thai dishes. Checkout time is 2:00 PM. If you need to stay longer due to plane departure later in the day, they have been known to charge half day fee even up to 10:00 p.m. Best thing about the Nana hotel - It is directly across from the Nana Entertainment Plaza. Also features Angels Disco which is hot every night of the week. Plus, more girls walking through the lobby than Grand Central
Station at 3:00 a.m.
Ambassador
The Ambassador Hotel is located on Sukhumvit Road, walking distance from all the hot spots in town. A few blocks from Thermaes Coffee Shop, Soi Cowboy and the Nana Entertainment Plaza. Check link for prices. The Ambassador is one of the hotels featured on our Bangkok/Update tape. Excellent location, but many of the rooms are in need of remodeling.
Dynasty Inn
Great comfort in the heart of Bangkok. family-oriented hotel situated in the heart of Bangkok.
Majestic Suites
Majestic Suites is located between the Landmark Hotel and the Nana intersection. You may want to get down at the corner of the South Nana intersection (Soi 4) at the Petrol Station and walk back on the main road to Majestic Suites. Next to the Nana Post Office. This hotel is highly recommended if the Nana Hotel is booked.
Crown Hotel (Mac Horn's Favorite) is located in-between Soi 6 and 8 off of Sukhumvit Rd. (Note: there is a second Crown hotel, located on Sukumvit, Soi 29. This hotel features rooms well equipped with mirrors, for your kinky pleasure). The Crown hotel is very popular among single men traveling on a budget. It is in an excellent location, being walking distance from the Nana, Thermae, Soi Cowboy, and Clinton Plaza. The rooms run around $13 a night (add 5% if you charge on your Visa or Master card). The hotel features a 24 hour restaurant, which we don't recommend you eat at. Recently they installed new air conditioners in most of the rooms - some still have the old air cons. The staff at the Crown is extremely friendly and helpful (opposite the Nana where their ego has certainly gotten to them). Safety boxes are open 24 hours a day. We recommend you stay in the 2nd or 3rd floor rooms, as the elevator tends to run rather slow.
More Bangkok Hotels

FOOD
Food in Thailand is an experience youíll never forget. I donít know whatís better, the food or the women. Thailand has some of the best food in the world. Whatever you want to eat, they have it. Donít be squeamish and try all the Thai cuisine dishes they have to offer. The Thai food in the U.S. does not compare with the Thai food in Thailand.

Food and water is safe especially in the finer hotels and restaurants. In these types of places the water that is served in open pitchers will be safe to drink as they use a purification system. In the bars, order bottled drinks to play it safe. Be wary of the ice in cold drinks. Ice often comes from unhygienic sources and is best avoided. The ice cubes with holes through them are generally OK. If you have a good stomach, you can safely eat from the streets, I do. Be sure you take some antacid pills with you just in case. Do not drink or gargle with the water from your hotel room.

RESTAURANTS (link pg. 20)

Bangkapi Restaurant Buffet (inside the Ambassador Hotel) (link pg.21)

Maharajah (link pg 21)

MK Restaurant is located on Sukhumvit Rd. downstairs in Robinson's Supermarket.

Landmark Hotel (link pg.21)

Rembrandt Hotel

Lemongrass Thai Restaurant 5/1 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok. Tel. 2588637, 2594244

Hard Rock Cafe Bangkok

Cabbages and Condoms is located at 10 Soi 12 Sukhumvit Rd. Tel : 252-7349. Quirky and unusual, with great Thai food, a friendly atmosphere and good crowd. Dine outdoors in a lovely garden or in one of several rooms inside. Decor is mainly condom related, with samples of all kinds from every country that makes 'em. Interesting and good fun, all done with impeccable taste. All profits go to population control and AIDS research. No mints upon leaving but help yourself to free condoms. $. Major credit cards. Reservations not accepted. Soi 12, off Sukhumvit, phone 252-7349.

The Emporium Shopping Center is Located on Sukhumvit between Soi 22 and Soi 24.
This is one of the highest-class shopping centers in the country and has excellent food as well. The 5th floor has 2 areas to eat. 1. A food court, full of Thai food.
There is a wide selection of Thai food here.
2. A wide variety of restaurants are here from Coffee Shops, Ice Cream, Italian, Thai, American, Bakeries, etc. This place is good for lunch or early dinner.

Food land is located at Sukhumvit, Soi 4
This is your basic "eggs and bacon" or "Thai food," but it is clean, fast and reasonable. They have a large selection on their menu of both American and Thai food. This is a 24 hour place, so after bar-hopping, you can drop in.

Oriental Hotel Cafe Annex is located on Sukhumvit between Soi 22 and Soi 24.
Ground Floor in the entrance of the Emporium. This is the same food that you will find in the Oriental Hotel without the hassle of going all of the way over there.

The Bus Stop Beer Garden is located 100 yards from Sukhumvit on the right side, just past Nana Hotel. This is a Beer Garden that has good food as well as attractive women American, Australian, Thai and Isan food are available. Open 3:00pm until 3:00am.

Thai Restaurant is located above Food land (Sukhumvit, Soi 5) This little place does not have the greatest decor, but it makes up for it the flavor of the food. The prices are great as well.

MONEY EXCHANGE
Your best rates will be in Thailand at the money exchange booths, located conveniently all over the tourist areas. They are very easy to find. In fact, when you first arrive at the Bangkok airport, right inside the terminal at street level (after you pass immigration and customs) will be a money exchange booth. It is recommended when you first arrive, you exchange at least $200. You can exchange more if you like. The rates are usually quite fair. You'll need the money to pay for your taxi ride from the airport to your hotel, and then more money when you check in, eat, and tip the girls.

The best exchange rates will be found at the money exchange booths at the local banks. The worst rates are typically at the hotels. Never exchange your money with a stranger on the street. Speaking of which, if you must bring US dollars, you'll get the best rates with higher denominations (i.e., hundred dollar bills, rather than smaller bills such as one's, five's ten's, etc.). Important: be sure your cash is pristine (i.e., no tears, marks, etc.). Any bills that have the slightest tear or look too worn will not be accepted. Best you insist your bank give you only the newest and cleanest bills to take with you on your journey.

SHOPPING (pg24-26)LINK

SHOPPING TIP: The easiest and best way to get to all the shopping areas is ask the hotel desk clerk (who speaks and writes the best English) to write the name (s) of the place (s) you want to go in Thai AND English and then give it to your taxi driver. ALSO, TAKE YOUR HOTEL CARD WITH YOU TO SHOW TO ANY TAXI DRIVER WHEN YOU'RE READY TO RETURN.

SOGO Department Store, in Amarin Plaza, near the Grand Hyatt and Sukhumvit Road. Brimful of quality goods and apparel. Pleasant restaurant, too. Daily 10 am to 8 pm. 494 Ploenchit Rd., phone 255-0831.

Robinson's Department Store, near the end of Silom Road, past Patpong, combines a supermarket (with garden-fresh vegetables), a restaurant and an extensive dry-goods area. A popular local hangout as well. Daily 10 am to 10 pm. 2 Silom Rd., phone 235-0471. There is also a Robinson's on Sukhumvit road, at Soi 17.

World Trade Center encompasses many shops, restaurants, an ice-skating rink and duty-free shops on the 7th floor. Daily 10 am to 9 pm. 4 Rajdamri Rd., phone 255-9400.

Mal Boonkrong Center, also next to Siam Square, is a colossal mall where you can buy everything from a five-baht cup of tea to a million-baht automobile. Daily 10 am to 10 pm. 444 Phyathai, phone 217-9111.

Pantip Plaza is the ultimate source for electronics. Five-story mall with floor after floor of computers and electronic gear. Take a taxi there. Most shops open around 10:30 am; don't go later than 3 pm unless you want to spend hours in a traffic gridlock. New Petchburi Road in the Pratunam area.

Patpong Night Bazaar

Chatuchak Week-end Market

FILM DEVELOPING
Kodak shops usually do the best work. There are a few fake shops around town who have name brand signs (Kodak, Fuji, Konica) on their store, usually recognizable by the low quality photo prints displayed inside the store. Generally, any Kodak store in a mall or nearby (such as that in the parking lot of the Ambassador hotel, Sukumvitt road), will probably do quality film developing. Warning: do not develop any film of a sexual nature unless it's clearly obvious the women are 18 or over (i.e., have pubic hair and well developed breasts). Pornography can be developed, but it's best to develop such prints back home (and make sure there the women are without a doubt over 18).


TRANSPORTATION

Meter Taxis
Only new taxis in Bangkok use meters. They are called Taxi-Meter. For older taxis fares must be negotiated before the trip. Fares within Bangkok are 50 to 150 Baht. Practically all taxis are aircon.
TIPS: Taxis that are waiting outside your hotel will always charge you more than the taxis that you hail down as they drive by on a street. Always insist on using the meter. Many of the taxi drivers in Bangkok do not speak English so it would be better to have someone write out your destination in Thai on a piece of paper or hotel business card and hand it to the taxi driver.
Thailand Railway Station
Thailand takes pride in a well-maintained rail system that reaches almost every corner of the country. Several different classes of train travel are available, from coach to private sleeper, and from regular to express service. In addition, modern and comfortable air-conditioned buses provide reliable service to every province and all the major towns. Regular and local buses, while usually slower and less comfortable, are extremely reasonably. I personally recommend the second class express sleeper train to Chiang Mai. Thailand Train Schedule

SkyTrain.
The Bangkok Mass Transit System Project consists of two main sky train routes. The first one starts from Sukhumvit Soi 81 to Mo Chit Station, and the second from the National Stadium to Taksin Bridge. The total distance is 23.5 kilometers. The BTS sky train can transport up to
50,000 people per hour in one direction.
There are 23 stations altogether.
Bangkok Sky Train Stop Route
Sky Train Routes and Maps

Tuk-Tuks
A tuk tuk is a three wheel, open air, motor driven taxi. I hate the tuk tuks. They're overpriced, noisy, uncomfortable, and not exactly safe. For example, note when you see one that the gas tank is right under the passenger seat. Furthermore, riding in one is quite unhealthy as you ride in the open air, so you end up breathing all gas fumes from the cars, the trucks, the motorbikes and the countless buses in front of you. In short, my advise is avoid the tuk tuks. Well, take a tuk tuk once, just for the sheer adventure. Then avoid them like the plaque. By the way, the tuk tuks have no set fare. If you do ride in one, ask how much it's going to cost before getting in. Then, whatever price the driver quotes you, bargain it in half. Even then you've already paid double or triple the fare. Never ride a tuk tuk without first bargaining the price, unless you don't mind giving all your money away for a five minute ride.

Motorcycle Taxis
Motorcycle taxis are a unique Thai innovation and a direct product of the constant traffic jams of Bangkok. If you want to risk your life speeding in and out of traffic with a young Thai boy behind the handle bars, as they say in Thailand, "Up To You." It's one way to get around in Bangkok quickly but we advise you not to. Fares are about one third of what an equal distance would cost on a taxi. The drivers wait with their cycles at street corners. Usually, they can easily be recognized by their vests which most of the time show a large number. Motorcycle taxis often are the only means of public transportation in side streets. Usually, there are standard fares for side street trips, mostly around 5 Baht.

NIGHTLIFE
One night in Bangkok and you'll know why they call it the Sex Capital of the World. The place is packed with so many hot and exotic women, you will cum in your pants from just looking at them. If you want sex, more sex, and nothing but sex, with young (i.e., late teens to mid twenties) and model type women, you've come to the right place. Without a doubt, Bangkok has the best night life and some of the most gorgeous and sexually passionate women in the world. Of this there is no doubt. Now I want there to be no misunderstanding in what takes place in Bangkok. Here we are talking real sex with some really fine girls. You won't find any of this phone sex or jack-off to porno shit out here. What you get in Thailand is the real thing. Do you want girls who will suck your dick and swallow every drip and drop of splattering cum juice? (I do). Or what about women who moan with deep passion as your cock penetrates their pink, often hairless and ever so tight pussy? (Starting to get a hard-on just thinking about it). And then there are those girls who spread their ass ever so wide as you slide it in, only to squirt your love juice deep inside their willing hole. (Just came in my pants!). This is Bangkok. Real sex! Real girls! Real hot!

GO-GO BARS AND HOT SPOTS IN BANGKOK

Clinton Plaza
Situated in the center of Bangkok's Sukhumvit Road Area, between Sois 13 and 15. It comprises six floors of clubs, bars, go-go bars, restaurants and general night-time entertainment. It has a Thai kickboxing ring and a "no hands bar".

Go-Go Bars
The White Hose A Go-Go
The Candy Store A Go-Go
The Hollywood A Go-Go
The Rock Hard A Go-Go
The Dollhouse A Go-Go
Coco Loco Niteclub

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