The following is based on travel in Thailand in the early to mid
1990s. Therefore, some of the following information might be out
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Elephant trekking 20 miles north of Chiang Mai near Mae Rim
A few Thai
Thank you Kaup Kun
Youíre welcome Yin Dee
Me (male) Phom
Me (female) Jaun
Rest room Hong Naum
Little bit Neet noy
No problem Mai pen rie
Can not Mai Die
Where U tee nai
Spicy hot Pet
Bad Mai Dee
Excuse me Kaw tote
Airplane Krung bin
Bus Rot Mae
Train Rot Fi
Polite extension (male speaking) Cop/Crop
Polite extesion (female speaking) Kaw
Use these extensions often.
Airport to Krabi
bus leaves the airport at 3:00. You can generally talk the bus
driver into dropping you at a specific hotel in the Krabi area
for an extra 50B - even 100B is well worth the travel time saved
and hassle of catching a songthawe from Krabi town.
If you miss the bus or you just want to reduce your travel time
take a taxi straight to your hotel. Walk past all of the taxis
waiting at the airport, across the parking lot and out onto the
street. There you will find more taxis at much cheaper rates.
The rate is for the vehicle. So if you can find others to share
the ride its cheaper per person.
Not for the
light-of-heart but a good way to get around towns that offer rentals.
(Donít try this in Bangkok). Usually you can rent a Honda Dream
100cc for about $6 a day (ask for insurance). They will demand
that you leave your passport with them (Iíve never heard of anyone
having a problem resulting from this).
In Chiang Mai use the Queen Bee. You can find other places that
are cheaper but they are very reputable and have good bikes.
Take an International Driverís License with you. You can get one
from AAA before you leave the states. You wonít need it in order
to rent a vehicle but it will same you some hassles if you run
in Thailand are generally quite good in the large towns. Since
most doctors and dentists were trained in USA they usually speak
very good English. (The receptionist, however, is a different
story.) Iíve met several people who put off having dental work
done until they go to Thailand -- its cheap and its good.
bad news. The bad news - the water in Thailand is really bad.
The good news - itís so bad that even the locals donít drink it.
Therefore you are less likely to get sick from contaminated food
or ice. Bottled water is readily available everywhere. If your
hotel or guest house doesnít give you a bottle of water just ask
for it. Usually they will give it to you free.
Try it! The
quality of service can vary from poor to excellent but its so
cheap that even if you get a bad massage youíre not out much money.
($4 per hour). AND, the vast majority (probably 95%) of massage
places are legit (not sex shops).
in Thailand is very good.
-- Unless you want to sightsee in between
specific locations take the plane. The airlines are inexpensive,
well maintained, and reliable.
-- Bus - Always take a "VIP bus" rather
than the local. The couple of extra dollars are worth it in time
-- Songthawe (two rows) - A small pickup
truck with a canopy and two benches in the back.
-- Samlor (three wheels) - A rickshaw
-- Tuk tuk (cheap cheap) - A three-wheeled
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