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What You Need to Know About Thailand's New Visa Regulations

Where: Thailand
September 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

In response to decreased tourism returns this year due in part to the country’s political woes, Thailand has doubled the amount of days that tourists are allowed to stay in the country on a visa-exempt stamp from 30 to 60.

Passport holders from 49 nations, including the United States, do not need to apply for a visa to enter Thailand. Instead, travelers from these nations receive a visa-exempt stamp upon arrival which grants them 30 days in the country. Under the new rule, tourists can now obtain a one-time, 30-day extension stamp when their initial 30 days expires by visiting an immigration office. The extension will be granted same-day and costs $59 (1,900 baht).

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Travel Movie Tuesday: The Drug Travel Cautionary Tale of 'Brokedown Palace'

July 28, 2014 at 2:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Jetting off to exotic foreign lands after high school graduation is common practice and, unfortunately using that time to experiment is just as normal. Using this as inspiration, the 1999 movie Brokedown Palace explores the dark side of tourism as two innocent girls head over to Thailand and end up biting off more than they chew.

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Five Things to Have in Your Pocket for a Trip to Southeast Asia

July 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ngoc Son Temple at Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi

It's a long trip from North America to Southeast Asia, so when you make the journey, you'll want to be as prepared as possible. For this travel writer, a few pocket-size things make all the difference, the value of most learned via baptism by fire. Stick these in your suitcase to make life easier next time you find yourself across the Pacific:

Pocket Poncho

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Hike Up to Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi For a View That's Worth Every Step

Where: Krabi, Thailand
July 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Most travelers visit Krabi in Thailand for the laid-back beach culture, epic massages, and occasional, humorous run-ins with local wildlife. But for those who want to earn their beach time, the area is a haven for outdoor exploration with a number of national parks and opportunities for hiking and exploration. There's one activity in particular that combines a little athleticism with a dose of culture: A visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea).

Situated at the top of a small summit and surrounded by jungles, this Buddhist Temple is reached by a staircase of over 1,200 steps and gets its name from the tiger prints found inside the cave. Other legends say that a tiger used to live inside of it. Those who make the hike in the heat on a clear day are rewarded with a huge panoramic view of Krabi, not to mention a little zen. Make sure you bring enough water, and pack a lunch to enjoy while mingling with the monks.

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Travel Snapshot: Krabi Monkeys are Underwear Thieves!

July 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aw, the little wild monkeys are so cute, aren't they? Totally... until they rob you blind.

We're in the south of Thailand exploring a growing beach destination called Krabi, located two hours east of Phuket but very similar, albeit currently smaller, in its approach to tourism. Besides the beach culture, the main appeals of the area are the protected national parks and easily-reached islands, such as Phi Phi and Ko Lanta Yai (both are also accessible from Phuket).

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Three High Quality, Dirt Cheap Thai Massages to Try on Your Next Visit

Where: Thailand
June 30, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to the combination of price, quality, and setting, Thailand might be the best country in the world to get a massage, especially for those hailing from the States where visiting a spa has quickly become an experience only for the wealthy. Not the case in Thailand, where this writer got four hour-long massages in three days for a total (yes, a total) of $31. For those of us who majored in English, that's just under $8 an hour. And these were easily some of the most elite massages I've had in my travels, not to mention that all four together were about half the price of one mediocre massage in the West.

If you aren't getting rubbed down while you're in Thailand, you're missing out on a huge part of the cultural experience, not to mention huge bang for your buck. Here's a rundown of the three main types of massages you'll see throughout the country:

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Board this Boat to Save Money on Water Taxis in Bangkok

June 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you visit Bangkok, you'll quickly realize that public transportation is pretty cheap. When using a metered taxi, rates starts at 35 baht (just over a dollar) for the first two kilometers and increase by about 2 baht for each kilometer after. This means that to jump from neighborhood to neighborhood is only a couple of bucks, and if you're in no rush, fares on the subway (MRT) and skytrain (BTS) are under 60 baht ($2) for all one-way trips.

If you're staying along the river and are looking to visit a destination up or downstream, such as the Grand Palace, taking a water taxi is a very good option both in terms of convenience and ambiance. Just as you should never take a taxi that's not metered in Bangkok, you also have to be careful of water shuttles that could cost you more.

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What to Know Before Visiting the Grand Palace in Bangkok

June 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

First-time visitors to Bangkok will no doubt be pointed in the direction of the Grand Palace as a must-see tourist attraction, and such was the case for us this week. It was a last-minute decision, and when we arrived, the complex was hot, crowded, and there was very limited explanation on site. We quickly realized that a little bit of research would have gone a long way towards a better experience. With that in mind, here's a rundown of what you should know before visiting:

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Live From Bangkok: An Update on Traveling to Thailand's Capital

June 24, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

View looking south down the Chao Phraya River

A few weeks ago, we told you what you needed to know about the military curfew in Thailand. Well, worry no more, because the restriction is officially gone and nightlife is back to normal across the country. With that news in hand, we arrived in Bangkok this week, very anxious to see what the city felt like during this time of military control.

Aside from one humvee we passed on the highway that appeared to simply be a standard transfer between bases, we haven't seen one sign of anything out of the ordinary. No tanks, no soldiers, and no protests. All the shops, attractions, restaurants, and bars are operating as normal. If someone who didn't read the news came here right now, they would have no idea that anything had happened in the first place.

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Thailand Update: What You Need to Know About the Military Curfew

June 4, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those currently or with plans to travel to Thailand this summer will want to stay up to date on the latest regarding the military coup and subsequent curfew. Here's the latest on what's happening across the Pacific:

· The curfew has been completely lifted in Phuket, Pattaya, and Koh Samui, and all businesses are running as usual.

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The Crazy Reason Why This Airline May Say 'So Long' to Metal Meal Utensils

Where: Thailand
April 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 'clink-clank' of metal cutlery during meal times on Thai Airways may soon be a thing of the past. The airline is one of the few major international carriers that still use metal cutlery in all classes, but should a trial of plastic utensils prove successful, this could be the end of it.

What prompted the switch?

Well, during a flight from Bangkok to Beijing earlier this month, an in-flight brawl started between three passengers, leaving one of the passengers with injuries sustained from being attacked with a meal's steel knife and fork. This idiotic move is having its ripple effects, causing the airline to trial the move to less-lethal flatware.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Thailand, for Beach Days and Night Markets

Where: Thailand
April 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Now that your bank account might be a little more padded, there's nothing better than to splurge on an exotic trip more than half-way around the world to soak up the sun, sip fruity cocktails, and experience a new culture. One destination that ticks all these boxes and more is Thailand. With its beach resorts, rural charm, and mega-city metropolis style, you can definitely say that there's something for everyone.

Exactly 12 hours ahead of the central time zone, this Southeast Asian country is well and truly half-way around the world. While the distance can be a plus for some, the time it might take to travel to Bangkok from the US may be a deterrent for others, but we can only tell you it's well worth the haul. Thai Airways, United, Cathay Pacific and plenty other Asian airlines do have routes with only one layover, so it's really not all that bad.

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