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South-East Asia
July 99

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99.5.16: Kimiko
Bangkok Bus Info, Thailand
For everyone who likes to travel in Bangkok by bus,
check this webpage http://www.bmta.motc.go.th/index-e.html
it's from the Bmta and has all route info, prices and
explanation of the meaning of the colors of different
busses. Seems up 2 date to me. I'm in Bangkok now.
More than once people asked me for this information.
So hope to help at least some people out with this post.
Happy Travels.. And also Bangkok can be a very nice part of your travels.

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Jul 29, 99: Andrea

Bangkok Thai
The Cambodian visa
is now issued the following day,need $20 and a copy of your passport. access a/c #11 , get off after the World Trade Centre and walk straight about 15 min, you'll find the embassy.

Internet around Kaosan area 1 B/min in many places around
the temple area.

Wat Arun temple is closed for renovations.
There is a new tourist office open in the Police station.


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Jul 27, 99: ute

Internet-Cafe in Khorat, Thailand
I found this increadible Internet-Cafe in Khorat (15 Baht a hour) and I'm sitting here since ages. I have to wait for the Bus to Si Saket which departs at 01:00. I'll be there around the same time as you so watch out! We
might bop into each other!!!!

Khorat and Phimai are wonderfull! Great Temples and great people. Very very
friendly! More tomorrow.


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Jul 27, 99
The Golden Triangle Rider, Thaialnd
North Thailand / The Golden Triangle / Asia Motorcycle Touring Information.
Looking for that great motorcycle tour holiday in an exotic south-east Asia country? Look no further, you've found the right spot: North Thailand and the Golden Triangle. This is where it's at for a brilliant motorcycle ride'n holiday in Asia.
Address: http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/5354/index.html

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June 22, 99 Inge <i_neuman@hotmail.com>
Thai - Cambodia - Vietnam
I'm going to travel from Thailand to Cambodia and than to Vietnam. I'm not sure what the best way is how to travel in Cambodia and how to cross the border (overland) from Thailand to Cambodia en from Cambodia ton Vietnam. And what's the best place to get your Visa?
To bad that there isn't a up to date LP from Cambodia, because I always use them and I really like them.

From Editorial
If you are going to visit only Cambodia and Vietnam from Thailand, I recommend you to fly from BKK to Hanoi and travel down to Saigon and Cambodia later, not the other way because if you visit Cambodia first, you end up at Hanoi and you have to fly from Hanoi to Thailand which route there is not discount fare available, normal fare is OW $200 more. If you fly to Hanoi first, the fare is only OW $100.
The border crossings are very easy. We have those information in our web site, please look them up. The best place to apply visa is Bangkok. We have the visa information I our Bangkok page. Only thing you have to make sure when you apply Vietnam visa is entrance/exit points. Hanoi is no problem, but to cross from Vietnam to Cambodia via Moc Bai you exit stamp must be stated as "Moc Bai", if not, you insist at the embassy in Bangkok or you pay a large fee to change it in Hanoi or Saigon.
We are not sure so the update in LP, but we have just updated Cambodia info, I hope it will help your trip.

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Jun 25, 99: Jana <Kretzsch@EMBL-Heidelberg.de>
Beach in Myanmar
I'm planning to go to Myanmar, and already appreciated you information a lot. but unfortunately there is nothing at all about the beach section.
In the international homepage of PADI (the dive organization), I found that there might be a dive centre on the mergui archipelago. Do you have any information about this part of Burma and may be even about diving? Are tourist allowed to go to mergui and to the southern part of the coast??

From Editorial
We have not covered the beach information at this moment because this type of leisure has not developed enough for travelers can enjoy in Myanmar yet. While I was in Myanmar I heard a few stories about beach(I am not sure they are good for diving or not.). Some beaches in S of Myanmar are good but it takes 2 days to reach. You may ask to the Myanmar embassy in your country for the permission. The other story is that you may to the border between Myanmar and Thai on the coast and ask
fisherman to take you to an island in Myanamr which is very close from Thai. This is a beautiful and totally unspoiled island.Since most of the beaches in SE Asia have been developed, if there are some left, it could be in Myanmar. Everybody is looking for a paradise. If you
found one, please let us know.

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Jul 14, 99: jill<jill@africantours.com.au>
Denpasar to Gili, Indonesia
I am arriving into Denpasar Airport at 10.30am on 04 Sep 99, and need to get to the Gilis Islands same day. Your info mentioned a shuttle bus/ferry? Can I book this by fax/email? And where does it leave from in Kuta and what time?
From Editorial
We don't know if it is possible to book the shuttle by e-1-mail/fax. It is not common to book from oversea. Also you usually have to book a day before. First you have to go to Padangbai from the airport and take a ferry and take another transport(shuttle). I think it is very difficult to travel in a day. Padangbai is very good place to break
your journey and you can reach from the airport in a day. Then you can take a ferry in early morning or can arrange your transport easily.

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July 6, 99: Andreas Lange<Angela.Hehenberger@t-online.de>
Hilman's fishfarm Pangandaran Help!, Indonesia
I'm desperately seeking for the fax-number of Hilman's fishfarm +restaurant in Pangandaran, West-Jawa, Indonesia
Please can you help me?

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99.7.2 Jacques<jacques@mountain-inter.net>
Rent a House in Bali, Indonesia
I want to find a house in Bali for 3 to 6 months, is that possible? How?

From Editorial
In Bali there are a few free newspapers/magazines in which you can find ads about renting apartments/houses. As long as I remember 2 years ago, you can rent a house from $200/month. I don't know further information.

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March 99: Nhan <hoainhan@gtemail.net>
Nha Trang, Vietnam
I am very irritated reading the article of Tom McClive writing about NhaTrang, Vietnam. I though that this homepage's purpose is to introduce and attract visitors/travelers to NhaTrang, but NO. It seems like this character is describing Thailand beaches in NhaTrang's section.
If you still do not understand what I'm saying, please go to NhaTrang, Vietnam's page to check it out yourself to see if I'm right. Please somehow correct it. Thank You.
From Editorial
Our Site is not for introducing a city or attracting visitors/travelers. We are just providing travelers the travel information. We sometime have to write negative comment. You obviously did not like Tom' s comment. This is his comment. He has right to express his opinion. But it does not mean you cannot express your own opinion. Please write to us your opinion, we are very happy to put it on our page.

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June 10, 99 Takako <tatatakako@hotmail.com>
Lao to Vietnam(Bus trip from Savannaket to Hue)
12:22
savannaket Road condition is the worst. many pat halls and very muddy. The bus is backed. The seats are too hard and too small.
06:30 Arrived at Sepon. The bus stopped for 20min.
08:15 Arrived at immigration.Exchange Black 1$-13000don
11:10 Bus leaves
13:45 Arrived at Donha. From here the road was paved.
14:30 - 15:00 lunch break
16:10 Arrived at Hue. The bus arrived near Taibin G.H
The rate at hotel in Hue $1-13800don
Internet in Hochimin is very cheap, 400/min.

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June 13, 99 Peter Mitchell
Buying air tickets in and around Kaosan area, Thailand
Hello everyone,
I am writing to ask you to warn travellers buying airtickets in and around Khao San Rd, Babgkok. Some travel Agents are asking for half or all the fare before producing a ticket. You can pay a deposit of 1,000 Baht for any airfare (never more than one third) and ask them to get the ticket withing 24 hours. If they won't do this - walk out.
Travellers should be wary of agents along Soi Bambuttri Chakrapong (on the Eastern side of the Wat leading down to Guest houses Merry V, My, New Siam Mango etc )
The name of the agent who has caused me and others to waste two weeks here (and then only peoduced a ticket after we went to the tourist police) is Thai House Inter Service. 61 Soi Rambuttri (off) Chakrapong Rd.
The agents get money off you and invest it or use it in some way while delaying you for up to two weeks. They tell you that something went wrong with the flight or that the flight was cancelled or some other such bullshit. A favoutite excuse was they tell you that you were only on the
waiting list and sorry, the flight is full. Don't believe any of this.PLEASE BE CAREFULL
Peter Mitchell
Home address: 2/18 Shores Cl Salamander Bay. NSW 2317
Australia

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June 4, Malaysia - Bandit leader<ubat@putra.net.my>
Malaysia
I'm offering 3 beds for travellers in my apartment for
RM 25 per nite with full apartment facilities like
swimming pool, jogging track, laundry services,
hairdresser etc etc. Check me out at www.ubat.com.my
and I am also an experienced jungle survival instructor!

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Malaysia - Bandit leader
Malaysia - Bandit leader
GO OUTSIDE in order to GROW INSIDE!
We are back in this lifeless concrete jungle after an almost a week's trek and camp experience somewhere deep in tourist-free jungle trails!
The GREATEST joy in nature is the absence of irresponsible humans! Feeling jaded? Stressed? Rusted? Bored? Fed up? Re-charge yourself with the following ;

June 26th to 28th - Jungle Waterfalls Exploration Trek & Camp
July 3rd: 1day Practical Jungle/Waterfalls Navigation Hike
July 4th: 1day Rescued Wildlife Zoo/Elephant Sanctuary Visit
July 10-12:J ungle Waterfalls Exploration Trek & Camp
July 10-13: Practical Jungle Survival Course Trek
July 17-22nd: Remote Trek Taman Negara camping adventure
July 24: 1 day Practical Jungle/Waterfalls Navigation Hike
July 25: 1 day Rescued Wildlife Zoo/Elephant Sanctuary visit

Call us at 4225124 or fax 4226125 if you're game for something else
than sleep, pubs or TV! Check us out at www.ubat.com.my if you want to see some really good pictures!

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From Bangkok Post May 21, 99
Laos web site
Lao government opened the official web site.
www.vist-laos.com

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May 5,99: Hans van Bemmelen <havb@euronet.nl>

Thailand Info Update

MAE SAI.
HOTEL/GH
Chad's House
(150B,bungalow), a road map for free!
The food was OK, but the bungalow was a bit too basic for me.
a Chinese hotel (The best value, 250B) I found behind the Mae Sai Hotel. It had no roman sign, except "Restaurant".
RESTAURANT
"25":
The best (value for money) restaurant, at the main road.
MOTORBIKE
Pornchai:
at the main road,near "25" and the day-market.
150B/day or 130B for longer terms.
THINGS WORTH A VISIT
Gem market
, near the Chinese Hotel. Chang Saen, Sop Ruak, Doi Tung (very scenic road!)
Thakhilek (Burma)Tham Luang (Big Cave), and Lek Arabica for good coffee,both located
approx.10 km south of Mae Sai.


CHANG RAI
HOTEL/GH/RESTAURANT
Ben Guesthouse
(150B), excellent, they can do anything for you.
THINGS WORTH A VISIT
Night market
in the centre.
NAN
HOTEL/GH
Sukkasem
200B, good value, near the bus station.
RESTAURANT
Suan Isarn Restaurant,
excellent and cheap.
MOTORBIKE
Oversea Shop
(near the Dhevaraj Hotel) 200B.
THINGS WORTH A VISIT
Day market
in the centre. Nan Province. It's best explored by motorbike.
KRABI
HOTEL/GH
Riverside Hotel
350B. (Centre) Don't go to the far overpriced Ao Nang area ! It's better to stay in the centre and rent a motorbike.Go by bike if you want to swim.
RESTAURANT
Several places at Utarakit Road.
MOTORBIKE
Utarakit road on the hill, 350 B for a new one.
THINGS WORTH A VISIT
Rai Leh Beach
, too much tourists, but beautiful.
Wat Tham Seua.1272 exhausting steps to Buddha's footprint, but an excellent view over Krabi.
SURAT THANI
HOTEL/GH
Grand City Hotel
200B
RESTAURANT
Yim Yim Restaurant
THINGS WORTH A VISIT
Night market
BANG SAPHAN YAI
HOTEL
Van Veena Hotel
250B, with TV.
RESTAURANT
At the corner of Hat Somboon, cheap and good.
MOTORBIKE
I rented one from a woman of the staff at Van Veena for 150B from 10-21 daily.
THINGS WORTH A VISIT
Day-market
at Bang Saphan Yai, Hat Bo Kaew for swimming.
HUA HIN
HOTEL/GH
Sea Breeze
350B 'on the sea'.
RESTAURANT
Many restaurants are serving tourists at high prices.
MOTORBIKE
Sea Breeze
300B/day.
THINGS WORTH A VISIT
Fishing Pier
at 17-18h.Many fishing boats are coming in.
Kaeng Krachan National Park.(70 km away.)

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Jun 25,99:Jana Kretzschmar<Kretzsch@EMBL-Heidelberg.de>
Myanmar Beaches
I'm planning to go to Myanmar, and already appreciated you information a lot. but unfortunately there is nothing at all about the beach section.
In the international homepage of PADI (the dive organization), I found that there might be a dive centre on the mergui archipelago. Do you have any information about this part of Burma and may be even about diving? Are tourist allowed to go to mergui and to the southern part of the coast??
Editorial
we have not covered the beach information at this moment because this type of leisure has not developed enough for travelers can enjoy in Myanmar yet. While I was in Myanmar I heard a few stories about beach(I am not sure they are good for diving or not.). Some beaches in S of Myanmar are good but it takes 2 days to reach. You may ask to the Myanmar embassy in your country for the permission. The other story is that you may to the border between Myanmar and Thai on the coast and ask fisherman to take you to an island in Myanamr which is very close from Thai. This is a beautiful and totally unspoiled island.
Since most of the beaches in SE Asia have been developed, if there are some left, it could be in Myanmar. Everybody is looking for a paradise.

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June 22, 99 Inge <i_neuman@hotmail.com>
Thai, Cambodia and Vietnam
I'm going to travel from Thailand to Cambodia and than to Vietnam. I'm not sure what the best way is how to travel in Cambodia and how to cross the border (overland) from Thailand to Cambodia en from Cambodia ton Vietnam. And what's the best place to get your Visa?
To bad that there isn't a up to date LP from Cambodia, because I always use them and I really like them, Thanks
From Editorial
If you are going to visit only Cambodia and Vietnam from Thailand, I recommend you to fly from BKK to Hanoi and travel down to Saigon and Cambodia later, not the other way because if you visit Cambodia first, you end up at Hanoi and you have to fly from Hanoi to Thailand which route there is not discount fare available, normal fare is OW $200 more. If you fly to Hanoi first, the fare is only OW $100.
The border crossings are very easy. We have those information in our web site, please look them up. The best place to apply visa is Bangkok. We have the visa information I our Bangkok page. Only thing you have to make sure when you apply Vietnam visa is entrance/exit points. Hanoi is no problem, but to cross from Vietnam to Cambodia via Moc Bai you exit stamp must be stated as "Moc Bai", if not, you insist at the embassy in Bangkok or you pay a large fee to change it in Hanoi or Saigon.
We are not sure so the update in LP, but we have just updated Cambodia info, I hope it will help your trip.

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