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Thailand... sanuk!

A March 2005 trip to Thailand by Emms137

Phi Phi Island Photo, Phi Phi Island, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Bangkok, the surrounding areas, and Phuket

Thailand... sanuk!

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Overview

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Bangkok is a big city that has a great mix of Western and Eastern influence. There is a ton to do in the city (shopping, the Grand Palace, museums, etc.) and a great deal outside the city as well. If it is your first time, just relax and try to take in as much as you can; many of my favorite memories are from simple events, such as buying a fried banana from a street vendor or riding a tuk tuk (half motorcycle, half taxi unique to Thailand), to going to the market for some shopping. Phuket is a gorgeous island with tons of water activities. For my beach-loving family, it was the perfect destination. Snorkeling, swimming, and jet skiing topped everyone's favorites list. Quick Tips:...Read More

Woraburi

Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:It was right across the street from a beautiful, calm beach; there were lots of restaurants nearby; and there is a marketplace area next to hotel.Best Things About the Resort:The resort had very good service (welcome drinks, bellhops, and a helpful concierge), a restaurant with delicious food, complimentary breakfast (including made-to-order omelettes), and a gorgeous free-form pool (some of the rooms had their own pool entrance right off the patio).Resort Experience:The Woraburi is a family-friendly hotel on Phuket Island in Thailand. It is located on a calm, quiet beach that offers a nice retreat from daily life. The restaurant is very n...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2005

Laguna Beach Resort

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Hotel

Laguna Beach Resort Photo, Phuket, Thailand
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Best Things Nearby:The Laguna complex features about five hotels, with a private lagoon, beaches, resort facilities, and water sports.Best Things About the Resort:LBR is a fabulous resort with many extra amenities included. Kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing lessons and rentals are all available on property and included in your room rate. The resort features an amazing pool (with a fun waterslide) and is located right on the beach!Resort Experience:Laguna Beach Resort is a wonderful blend of traditional Thai culture and modern Western amenities. You get all the comforts of home with a tropical Thai feel. The resort features several pools (water-polo poo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2005

Laguna Beach Resort
Bangtao Bay
Phuket, Thailand 83110
+66 76 324 352

Food Loft

Restaurant | "FoodLOFT"

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FoodLOFT is an international dining experience located on the seventh floor of the Central department store. It is set up like a food court, but all of the food is custom-made when you order it, and there are loads of delicious options. When you get there, you get a card you can use to "charge" whatever food you want, and when you are done with your meal, you pay once for everything you have ordered. There are several stations where you can get food: Italian (very good), Japanese (great sashimi), Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Vietnamese, etc. There is also a great drink station with fresh juice, smoothies, and other drinks, and a large selection of desserts. The food is delicious and service is goo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

Food Loft
7th floor, Central Chidlom
Bangkok, Thailand
(02) 655 7777

Crepes & Co.

Restaurant | "Crepes and Co."

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On one of Sukhumvit's many subsois, in what looks like a residential area, a classical Thai house plays host to a truly delightful restaurant. Crepes and Co. has a European/Mediterranean feel and features a plethora of tantalizing treats for your taste buds. The menu is very extensive (and in English), offering something for everyone. The servers are very kind, although service can be slow during busy times, which is quite typical in Thailand, where eating out is more of an "event" than it is in the States. I would suggest trying the appetizer crepe; it is crispy and comes with a garlicky dipping sauce - it is absolutely fabulous! I have also tried many of the savory crepes and enjoyed ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2005

Crepes & Co.
18/1 Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 653 3990; 653

Patong Beach

Attraction | "Beach Activities"

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Patong Beach is gorgeous and has very fine sand. It is inside its own sort of bay and has very clear water that is always delightfully warm thanks to the tropical climate. We enjoyed a day of jet skiing, swimming, and sunbathing. We ate at an outdoor café steps from the beach and had a delicious meal, including drinks, for less than $5 per person. Even though Phuket did not have many tourists when we visited (tourism still had not picked up after the tsunami, although the beaches are even cleaner than before), this beach was very lively. I can imagine that during peak season this beach is packed. It is the most active beach we found on the island, with the best variety of water sports and activi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Patong Beach
Phuket Island
Phuket, Thailand

Phi Phi Island and Snorkeling

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Attraction

Phi Phi Island Photo, Phi Phi Island, Thailand
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A minibus picks you up at the hotel and takes you to the harbor. You board a speed boat bound for Phi Phi Island with about 20 other people. It takes about an hour to get there. The first stop was Maya Beach, a gorgeous beach where some of the movie The Beach was filmed. You have about 45 minutes to relax and swim in the crystal-blue and perfectly calm waters. Next, you re-board the boat and sail to Monkey Beach for 40 minutes of snorkeling; en route, you will see lots of beautiful rock formations, which your guide will point out to you. Snorkeling at Monkey Beach is pretty good. The water is about 30- to 40-feet deep but very calm, and there are a lot of fish swimming arou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2005

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Attraction | "Chatuchuk Weekend Market "

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A huge market that happens every weekend just outside of Bangkok. The market is easily accessible by BTS (Mo Chit station) or MRT (chatuchuck station). Prices are very low and bargaining is expected, go with an open mind and be prepared to come home with goodies. The market is organized (somewhat) by type of products, and maps are available at many entrances. You can get everything from Thailand T-shirts to furniture to jewelry. A few caveats: the market can get crowded (especially in the afternoon--beware of pickpockets), and it is pretty hot, so stay hydrated. If you are in Bangkok over the weekend, I would make every effort to get to the market just to see it and experience it. It's a great ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

Chatuchak Weekend Market
Paholyothin Road
Bangkok, Thailand

The Floating Market Photo, Thailand, Asia
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The Floating market is a uniquely Thai experience that is bound to impress anyone. Although it is 100km from Bangkok, it is well worth the trek and features hundreds of vendors selling their wares. You will need to go in the morning as the market closes up around noon, so head out early (leave BKK by 7). Hire a boat (bargain for it, it should be about 200 bt/person) to take you around the market, you will see much more of it and have a great adventure along the way. While you are in your boat, you will undoubtedly bump into other boats, have people trying to sell you things and enjoy looking at all of the things for sale. Be sure to bring a camera, as there are many things to take pictures of! ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2005

Narry's Boutique

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Attraction

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Walking around Bangkok you will see hundreds of custom tailors offering "specials". Having visited several of these, I can sadly attest that most of these amazing offers are just to get you in the door. Once you are inside, the tailor will politely explain to you that the $100 fee for 2 suits only covers fabric, stitching and measuring are extra and that they don't even have that fabric available. Don't waste your time with these guys, Narry's is different though, and worth visiting. Narry's is advertised in Thai Airlines magazine, and offers several fabulous package deals. You can get 2 custom made suits (you pick the style and from a range of fabrics), 3 shirts, a robe and 2 ties/scarves fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2005

Narry's Boutique
155/22 Sukhumvit Road Soi 11/1
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
+66 02 651 0181