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Old 28.07.2011, 15:55
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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first, you get to see a place that you haven't set foot in before - this feeling alone justifies a many holidays and destinations!
true, but you can say that about many other countries as well.
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True, but methinks DB prefers countries with a lot more than zero western influence.
DB prefers countries with a Turkish influence.

(Still trying to pluck up the courage to go to Albania...)
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Old 28.07.2011, 15:58
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true, but you can say that about many other countries as well.
That's what I actually meant - I was not limiting my comment on Thailand.

(Maybe Hoppy was right, we need those debating clubs in our Mittelschulen. I'd probably post more coherent stuff if I knew how to )
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Old 28.07.2011, 15:59
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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(Still trying to pluck up the courage to go to Albania...)
How about Turkey? It's a big place and there's lots to explore.
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How about Turkey? It's a big place and there's lots to explore.
Once we've done obligatory family visits, there's no more money left for 'fun' holidays.

Otherwise we'd be in Trebizond, Konya and Smyrna in a flash...

This thread wasn't really intended to pick up travel tips - I was just curious to know why people go to Thailand. I'd rather read your opinions of the place, than those of "worldtrave11er1981" on Randomtravelforum.com
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Old 28.07.2011, 16:36
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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Once we've done obligatory family visits, there's no more money left for 'fun' holidays.

We know the feeling. It's even worse when you've got children as you can't exactly buy a family super-saver airfare.

Then there's the lack of time....
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Old 28.07.2011, 16:46
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

never been before, but i guess:

weather
food
price

a friend of mine relocated to thailand because he could work remotely. with a US salary and local outgoings, he lives like a king.
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Old 28.07.2011, 16:47
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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encourage your family to move to more 'fun' places.
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Old 28.07.2011, 17:08
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

One of the main reasons I went to Thailand was too have my 3 month pregnancy check up. They are a very good hospital there where a few of my friends have had they babies and where sadly another friend of mine is being treated for breast cancer. When you live in bangladesh or vietnam, BKK is where you fly to to get proper heath care. and in the mean time you can enjoy a massage, cheap manicure , pedicure and go away a few days on a relaxed beach.

Another popular thing is to go on a tai cooking course. It's my favorite Asian food.

But unfortunately,wherever you go even with kids , the sexual tourism is always in your face even when you try to keep away from those kind of places.

Now my visits to Thailand has always been done from Asia. I could not affored the flights from europe and would not want to suffer the jet lag with my 2 kids. from Europe, as someone has said on here, you have Turquey.. different culture but just as a memorable experience and beautiful food too.

and yes the weather, the weather and the weather.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

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I've never been to Turkey. Thanks for reminding me why I want to go (and that there's eye candy there).

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never been before, but i guess:

weather
food
price

a friend of mine relocated to thailand because he could work remotely. with a US salary and local outgoings, he lives like a king.
.....Until next Wednesday.
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Fun fact: as Thailand is the only country in SE Asia that has never been colonised by a European power/invaded by war, their culture/history is so rich and untainted with zero western influences that its so fascinating.
Fun Fact Fixed
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Old 28.07.2011, 19:58
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

I went there last year, going again this year, so yes I like it. Why?
Well, personally, I like to travel somewhere warm and sunny in the middle of the winter. Spain and the rest of the Southern Europe is cold. I tried closer destinations like Egypt and Dubai, but hate them.
The trip just sounds long, it's not too bad (not compared to say, Bora bora)
Climate is lovely, nature - gorgeous, food is excellent. Great beaches, diving, snorkelling. The culture, amazing temples. Cheap. And what I really like - local people are not pushy and aggressive when trying to sell you something, like in many other countries, even the worst ones are just mildly annoying.

I am seriously planning to move to Thailand when I retire. Something to look forward to.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

Has anybody gone with little kids? We'd love to go, but often hear travel stories about being ill for two weeks, not being able to find a dr when needed, etc
I'm not sure if, like DB, I've built up a certain image in my head, or if it really isn't the best place to take little ones. I'd hate to think I'm missing out on such a great place when I don't need to!
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Old 29.07.2011, 01:54
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

No problem to take young kids there. Mine was just 2 years old. we were in PHuket on a quiet area. One night she got really high fever 40 + I could not bring the fever down. The receptionist of our tiny hotel rang a doctor who came with an ambulance. It happened to be only thoncillitis only ,i did not know it could bring the fever so high. anyways, all this to say that we did get access to medical service and the doc charged me only for the consultation.

A friend got blood poisonning in THailand and could be sent to an excellent hospital in HK. the same one good for pregnancy.

In Malaysia, I took our 3 months old baby. But have to say, that we were living in Asia so we know what to expect.

If you want to plan a holiday there, just do your research well as for as health care and facilities is concerned. will the hotel have access to a doc, is there doctor around? My oldest got thoncillitis again in Malaysia and we did go to a local doctor, we were given an address and got into a taxi. They even made us jump the queue just because we were tourists.. not very nice for the locals i have to say.

Thailand is great even with kids. she even went on a short elephant trek with us.
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

Thanks Olympe! How is with food and drink? Are you generally fine by sticking with hotel services and not eating from stands?
I've checked out a few travellers forums, and I read that by avoiding salad, poultry, eggs, and local water you can avoid introducing new and possibly troublesome bacteria.
I guess one of my biggest concerns is having a little one with vomiting/diarrhea since things can go downhill so quickly for them.
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Old 29.07.2011, 10:44
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

Thailand is great for kids. My niece who is now 6 has been there a couple of times, I think she was 2-3 the first time, coming with us this year too. No problems whatsoever - even when she had fever once, medical help was easily available. she always loves it there. And we've always eaten everything and from everywhere, also never a problem. Go, you'll love it.
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Old 29.07.2011, 11:32
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Re: Thailand: what's the attraction?

I absolutely love Thailand, and we try to visit at least every other year. I’ve travelled across Asia, and Thailand is the place I come back to, time after time.

It starts with the Thai people. They’re warm, friendly, polite, and relaxed, but always with the famous Thai smile and a sense of humour (they always joke about my farang feet being too big to fit in the slippers at the massage places!). They’re open to new experiences, and it’s easy to form friendships with the locals if you make a little effort. Others have pointed out the service culture, and that’s a real pleasure as well.

Then there’s the wonderful food, plenty of variety and always fresh. For the brave, the street food offers some of the best treats.

Then there is the scenery – immaculate beaches, beautiful islands, wonderful diving in warm water.

And then there’s the price. I admit it: I don’t like budget holidays. I don’t like having to comparison shop every time I go out for dinner. And in Thailand, I never have to. Five-star hotels cost less than a B&B in Europe. You can eat a three-course meal and still get change from CHF10-. An hour-long massage? Another CHF10-. Go ahead, splurge for the four-hand massage for an extra CHF5-.

Yes, it costs a fair whack to get there. But like-for-like, two weeks in Thailand costs me far less than any place in Europe or the US. And unlike some of the cheaper destinations, they really understand luxury service – five-star is never a disappointment. When I’ve tried five-star in some cheaper countries (Turkey, Vietnam, India) they’ve obviously tried very hard, but it never gels because the culture just isn’t there. In Thailand, on the other hand, it all works beautifully.

(PS - I also get all my dental work done there. The savings on that alone often pay for the entire trip!)
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Thanks Olympe! How is with food and drink? Are you generally fine by sticking with hotel services and not eating from stands?
I've checked out a few travellers forums, and I read that by avoiding salad, poultry, eggs, and local water you can avoid introducing new and possibly troublesome bacteria.
I guess one of my biggest concerns is having a little one with vomiting/diarrhea since things can go downhill so quickly for them.
As long as you use some common sense, eating from the stands is as safe (or safer) as eating in the hotels. The standard rules apply: look for some place where you can see them preparing the food; go to places that seem to be busy and have high turnover; avoid uncooked foods if you're in any doubt about the hygiene of the place.

I typically don't eat fruits / salads outside of the hotels or higher-end restaurants, but I'll eat hot food off stalls.

The biggest problem with kids in Thailand isn't the hygiene of the food -- it's finding something bland enough for them to eat. Most of Thai cuisine is highly spiced, and that can be tough for little ones.

The Thais adore children, though -- and they'll almost always make an effort to prepare something suitable. They always fuss over the kids!

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And what I really like - local people are not pushy and aggressive when trying to sell you something, like in many other countries, even the worst ones are just mildly annoying.
This is a biggie. I couldn't stand Egypt and India sometimes because of it. Thailand just moved up on my future destinations list.
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The biggest problem with kids in Thailand isn't the hygiene of the food -- it's finding something bland enough for them to eat. Most of Thai cuisine is highly spiced, and that can be tough for little ones.
I've found that many places have some so-called "European dishes", like burgers and fries and as VI said, most Thai places will gladly prepare plain rice or fried non-spicy noodles for kids. so no worries, they won't starve.
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