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hi coming to thailand 15/12/08 ten days in bangkok 7 in pattaya. would like to know what to wear, best shops to buy clothes to wear there best places to go for massage or acupunture best bars to visit where local expats go staying pinnacle lumpini. geoff & del like to visit local bars off tourist areas.

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Unless you have booked your hotels already why not just 2to 4 days in Bangkok in the beginning and then go to Pattaya and then follow up with a final 2 days in Bangkok at the end of your trip.

Pattaya is cheaper than Bangkok so the more time you spend there the more money you save for souvenirs or something.

For Bangkok I would have chosen a hotel near the Skytrain, perhaps on Sukhumvit Road. The Skytrain is an overhead transportation system that is cheap and can take you to many locations in Bangkok. With a hotel on Sukhumvit Road you could WALK to many bars and malls.

For clothes a T-shirt and shorts are okay. For men short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, shorts, long pants, Levis - lots of stuff is okay! If you wear fancy and expensive clothes when you bargain with street vendors they will try to get MORE money from you because you LOOK rich! Walking shoes are okay. Unless you intend to do your drinking and carousing in expensive nightclubs you won't need a sports jacket or even a long sleeve shirt.

Pattaya is real casual. Shorts and T-shirts - no problem. Get a hotel off of Pattaya Sai Song (Pattaya 2nd Road) so you can walk to many places.


When you take a meter taxi in Bangkok only pay the meter fare! Do not bargain the rate! Taxi drivers can usually spot a newbie and will try to bargain with you-stick to your guns! There are so many taxi cabs in Bangkok that if one doesn't want to use the meter the next hundred will! Do a search on taxi rides from Suvarnabhumi, there is a one time 50 baht surcharge plus toll charges for that ride to your hotel. Lots of posts on taxi rides from the airport.

In Pattaya a baht bus ride is only 10 baht except from the bus station where it is 20 baht to Beach Road area. Just like in Bangkok, wave a MOVING taxi or baht bus down. For a taxi tell the driver meter only, for a baht bus in Pattaya just hop on and when the bus gets to where you are going - push buzzer and get off - pay driver 10 baht!

For places to shop at there are many malls if you want "good stuff" otherwise there are lots of street vendors all over the place. Lots of street vendors selling clothing on Sukhumvi Road near the Nana Skytrain stop, near Patpong, on Phetchaburi Road near the Baiyoke Tower Hotel, etc.

Good luck.

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I can recommend only for Bangkok

1. The temperature should be nice, like your summer. You may need a light jacket in the night. But shorts are OK during the day.

2. The best place to find everything for tourist is MBK, no doubt. For women clothes, you should visit Platinum mall or those touusand shops around pratunam area.

For Thai designer staffs, try Jatujak or Siam Center. For Foreigner designer and fancy shop, try Paragon or Emporium. For good department store, of course Central Chitlom.

3. For massage, there are many places in Bangkok, they are in every corner. But if you want the reliable and reasonable price and cleaned, Try Healthland (Sathorn branch, BTS Chongnonsi and take taxi for 10 minutes, Thai Massage is 450 B/2 hrs) or Indara(Ratdamri, near Central World Plaza and pratunam, 10 mins walk from BTS Chitlom, Thai Massage is 400 B/2 hrs)

4. Try Bed Supper Club for the bar. it in Sukhumvit area

5. For local Hangout... 'RCA'

Pinnacle Lumpini is 10 mins walk to Bangkok underground station, Suam Lum Night Barzar is opposite the station. You can connect to the skytrain (BTS) at Sukhumvit or Silom station

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I agree with the previous post about changing your plans and staying a shorter time in Bangkok... dividing it up.

~Pack as little as possible. Bring a spare, empty suit case if you can. You do not need a jacket. Bangkok is the hot and congested. The cool season is about 80 to 85 degrees in the afternoon. That's why many don't stay long.

Pack sun glasses, (1) pair of shorts below the knees, one pair of long pants, (1) short sleeved shirt, (1) T-shirt, and (1) pair of sandals.

(You'll need sandals that cover your toes to go to the Palace.) ~No flip flops (thongs.)

Pack a razor and 2 small travel size mini cans of shaving cream, and your tooth brush with (1) tiny, travel size tooth paste. Don't bother with after shave as you'll be wearing bug spray.

Any and all other toiletries such as (bug spray, deodorant, soap, sun tan lotion, shampoo etc, can be bought cheap at any 7/11 store in Bangkok. ~They are on every corner. Doing this is much cheaper than paying extra at the airport for added weight in your luggage.

I would of suggested staying in Silom area close to the BTS. Not sure where Pinnicle Lumlini is. Hopefully close to BTS. National Stadium is where you get off the BTS to go to MBK shopping Mall. This place has the best deals in Bangkok.

You can get a massage at MBK (...forget the floor?) Ask when you are there or look around.

Not sure exactly what kind of bar you are looking for. Bangkok has a selection of glitz and glamor, disco, high end, low end, open air cheapy bar, something a little more traditional and entertaining?

Pattaya is a cheap alternative to Bangkok. That's why some go. Pattaya isn't a cultural experience, it's just different. Walking Street has a selection of bars with boys and girls if you know what I mean. I suggest booking a hotel with a pool. Nobody goes to Pattaya beach as it's so dirty. The bars (etc) are the main attraction here.

I suggest you stay in central Pattaya so you can walk everywhere.

You can shop at "Mikes Mall," in central Pattaya. Don't stay any farther away from Pattaya 1 Road (beach road) than Soi Buakhao. (Pattaya 2 Road and Soi Lengkee are fine.) Anything past that is too far away, (such as Pattaya 3 road.)

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"The temperature should be nice, like your summer" - chance would be a fine thin! You can count the times the temperature in our area went above 20c in our last "summer". :)

I agree with other posters though that more time outside of the city would be more pleasant, especially during the day.

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We were allowed to enter the Grand Palace wearing thongs/flipflops!

But was told to wear a sarong eventhough I was wearing 3/4 cargo pants.


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It is the normal for girls to be asked to wear skirts below the knee or a sarong. I've seen (female) farangs denied entrance to the grounds, because of flip flops. (It would be the same suggestion for men.)

Feet are the lowest part of the body... connected to the earth which signifies pain and suffering. This is why your toes are covered and you never point your feet at anyone.

Back to the original post...

Assuming you want to tour the Palace with a guide, you'll be advised what to wear prior to a tour. A Tour Guide will check your feet a head of time.

Best to be prepared as you don't want to be denied

entrance after waiting in line and in the heat. I see you'll be in Thailand for New Years. ~Thais New Years is a 4 day holiday. There will be hundreds of Thais at the Palace New Years Day ...praying and making merit.

In other Temples dress code may not be as strict. But for the Palace - it is polite and respectful to the King as well as Thai culture.


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