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Have a question about coming to Thailand, or just something that you've always wanted to ask but think it's too silly, stupid, mundane or bizarre? That's what this thread is all about...feel free to ask them here (this is a safe place).

We will remove any overly condescending and/or snarky responses, along with anything determined to be trolling. Keep in mind the sub's rules, and check out the sidebar, previous threads (linked below), and the FAQ/Wiki. The more detailed and specific your questions are, the better the answers will be.


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Tourist/General Information Tuesday will continue as planned, but, if your question does not get answered on this thread, check out /r/ThailandTourism. Please remember that this thread is not limited to just tourists, but anyone that has a question that they have been too concerned/or feel like they cannot ask in the general sub.

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Heading back to Bangkok in September. A friend wants me to look for hollow gold adult wrist bracelets similar to baby ankle bracelets common in Issan and Laos. Any locations / Jewelers I should shop?

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Here's the trailer:

https://youtu.be/Mp88Nuci68c

Yo this movie was very well done. Felt extremely real and raw. Great acting by both the white kid and all the thai prisoners. Parts may have been cliche but felt very real at the same time. Supposedly a true story but i haven't read the book and idk if either the book or movie embellished anything but again, it all felt very realistic regardless.

Highly recommend checking it out.

It's out now in the UK I think, not yet in the US, no idea about Thailand. However there are already good torrents available, which is what I did.

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I've been holed up in my condo for three days with an absolute stinker of a cold and a nasty chesty cough. My gf has been to the pharmacy twice for me and come back with Sinufen & Mefenamic Acid, neither of which have made a blind bit of difference, and she appears to have no concept of what a cough mixture would be.

In Scotland I would know exactly what to buy but I'm in no state to make it to the pharmacy myself to look for something similar.

I would just ride it out but I've got an invite to one of my Thai friend's birthday parties tonight and I don't want to be rude and miss it. However I also don't want to be rude and sit there all night coughing and sneezing!

Paracetamol (Tylenol) is taking care of the muscle aches and headache but really need something to dry up my nose and smooth my chest.

Any ideas greatly appreciated. (Party in three hours).

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So I am going over to Thailand in September to teach english and travel around Thailand (when I can)

Im a little bit overwhelmed at how big bangkok is- what areas should I be targeting to stay in?Ill either be in hostels or decent price hotels- I am not a drinker so I think I will avoid Khao san Road since that seems to be the party district- would I be best suited in somewhere like Sukhumvit ? Where do most teachers stay when working in thailand- is there a place that is closer to the schools than most districts in bangkok?

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I've always rented a car from the airport because it gave me a peace of mind. But I have heard that there are rental companies that are much cheaper and offer the same service. Are such companies worth it and are there any in Khon Kaen? Most rental companies at the airport belong to overseas corporations. I'm thinking that a local company might be more affordable. Let me know what you think.

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I am a tourist, currently spending a month in Thailand. I am looking to buy some gold earrings for my girlfriend as a gift, since you can easily buy high carat gold here. I have been to two shops in BKK's chinatown, but they only had a very small selection of earrings. I am currently in Chiang Mai for the weekend. Could anyone please recommend a good shop for that, either in Chiang Mai or in Bangkok, and the approximate price? I am looking for something fairly simple and elegant. Any recommendation in Chiang Mai should be open on a saturday/sunday, since I'm only here for the weekend. I remember getting a price of ~2100 THB in BKK, for golden earrings with glass (which is fine), but I didn't really like those earrings that much.

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I'll hold a free tea tasting in a local Bangkok park tomorrow (Benjasiri), as this describes. Even if it rains I'll probably turn up, but that would make it a bit trickier. There is a small roofed area in that park, visible on the image thumbnail in the event notice, but it wouldn't hold a lot of people. The tasting theme will shift depending on attendance level, brewing methodology and such, but either way we can try some teas.

Hopefully not too many people turn up but that's how it goes announcing an event in public; it's hard to estimate that. I was thinking of trying a Thai black tea in a Dian Hong (Yunnan) style, shou mei compressed white tea, and some shou pu'er. To be clear I'm not a tea vendor, and don't sell anything, and wouldn't even accept donations at this, I just want to share some tea.

event notice

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Looking to buy some high quality silk scarves - not too thick. Price range maximum of around 3000Baht could push a little more but hopefully that’s enough!

I’ve heard a lot about the Jim Thompson outlet - lots of mixed reviews. Does anyone have any experience going there ? What was the avg price for a scarf ?

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Hi, I'll be traveling to Bangkok next week, and I have 30kg free luggage.So I'm wondering, if there is something that i can buy from EU and sell it in Thailand?

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Hi all!

Shoes broke. Need a cobbler. Any recommendations around sukhumvit?

Cheers.

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does anybody of you know where I can get e-cigarettes in Phuket, maybe in Patong? thanks

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What are your favorite korean foods? What Korean foods would you like to see in Thailand?(or of better quality) and finally, any particular korean drinks you love?

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Do they use wechat and alipay in Thailand? I don't wanna be carrying cash with me wherever I go.

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Reddy questions:

Hey R/Thailand. Little info about me and then three questions:

Just spent the last 7 months backpacking in Spain, and spent on average $1000 Canadian/month. Not living luxuriously but all considered comfortable. Walked the El Camino, volunteered at several hostels in exchange for my bed and some food, still managed to do plenty of festivals, have drinks at bars during things like the World Cup, go out for meals occasionally. 25 Male, RMT, Canadian (registered massage therapist). On to the questions.

  1. I’ve read many posts on this sub claiming a need of roughly $1000/month to live in Thailand “comfortably” as well. Also a slightly funny video called how to live in Thailand 30 days for $400 where he spent more than that and ended the video after 12 days...

    As I’ve been living comfortably on that amount of money in Europe where the cost of living is much higher than Thailand, am I crazy thinking I could do roughly the same concept for maybe $500/month? Money also isn’t a huge issue, a little over $7000CDN in a savings account.

  2. I’ve gone to the Thai embassy in Madrid and was told as I was not a Spanish citizen, I was not able to apply for an SETV (single entry tourist visa) outside of my home country. I thought this was only for METV (multiple entry tourist visa)? Is it easier to maybe just get the SETV after my first 60 days (30 day visa on arrival + 30 day extension @ immigration) in a bordering country, where I assume they process many of these?

  3. While in Thailand I am hoping to learn Thai massage as I appreciate this modality and want to include it in my work when I eventually return home, and Muay Thai, as it’s always been an interest of mine but I haven’t pursued a martial art in quite some time. Are there any schools, places, (public or private) anywhere in Thailand (my plans are very flexible so it does not matter the city or district) that people here know of/recommend for these? I would be an absolute beginner in Muay Thai but as for Massage, I already have an advanced understanding of the human body including Range of Motions, muscles and other connective tissues.

This is all extremely appreciated, and if anyone has advice on other types of visas or anything else you’d think I’d find helpful please do let me know!

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We have been to this beautiful temple, now I am searching for the chant or mantra that is playing there. What's its name? You can hear it here too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO659rizwEE&feature=youtu.be&t=314

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Update: got a driver with Grab. Very nice young woman, nice car. Cost 2,000. I was happy to pay that.

Last time I ordered an Uber from Bangkok to Hua Hin the driver told me when he picked me up that he’d have to charge me extra money because he wasn’t able to pick up customers in Hua Hin for the drive back.

So I’m just wondering if this will be an issue if I order a Grabcar today. Is he going to ask for more money to cover the journey back to Pattaya, or are there any other issues I should be aware of?

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I’m looking for a reputable shop that specializes in geometric, dainty, minimalist, and fine lines. The shops that came up have a lot of work with big, elaborate pieces and that’s not the type of work I’m looking for.

Can someone recommend a shop that does great minimalist geometric work in Phuket? Thanks!

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Hello. I am an American (over age 30) born and raised in the U.S. from Thai parents who became naturalized Americans 60 years ago, but still have their Thai National ID Cards. I have been looking through the process of getting a Thai Birth Certificate / Thai National ID Card / Thai Passport. My main goal is investing in property for which I will later use to retire without needing a visa.

Look online I feel the laws governing dual citizenship are full of ambiguities, conflicts and inconsistency. In any case, I am wondering if others similarly situated that have run into legal issues, such as difficulty with the process, using a U.S. Passports for entry and objections to dual citizenship.

Thanks for any answers and comments from this great community.

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