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May 21st, 2009, 07:23 PM
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Great idea Carol. It's a good thing that I own an electrical store and I can "borrow" a little Netbook for the trip. Acer have a nice little 10" model that is nice and light and will fit in my camera back-pack. Is Wi-fi fairly widespread in Thailand now? There are very few places that you can access it in Australia unless you pay through the back teeth.
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May 21st, 2009, 07:36 PM
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True has the best wifi coverage and you can buy prepaid air time.

1 hour (60 minutes) 150 Baht 3 month validity after first login
3 hour (180 minutes) 450 Baht 6 month validity after first login
5 hour (300 minutes 600 Baht 6 month validity after first login


http://www.truewifi.net/th/main.jsp
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May 21st, 2009, 07:54 PM
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Hanuman,
Are there many places that have free wi-fi? You can get it in most Mcdonalds stores here but I dont intend spending much time in McD's whilst I am surrounded by all that fabulous Thai food.
I am happy to pay for some, but 5 hours will only get me through a week the way I type.
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May 21st, 2009, 08:09 PM
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No there are very few places with free wifi now a days. Some of the hotels and coffee shops might have it for their paying guests but you'll have to ask them for the login name and/or passwords.

Starbuck(Thailand) used to have it for free a few years ago.
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May 21st, 2009, 11:40 PM
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Hi shanek.

We used Tong on the 12th of April for a trip to the Floating Markets,Tiger Temple & Kanchanuburi.you will have a ball with her she is mrs. personality plus, a really beautiful person always has a smile.

I don't know who was more excited at the floating markets Tong or my wife & myself she parked her car in a parking spot right near where we got on the boat,great didn't have to walk far.The food she got for us along the market was beautiful,& have a iced coffee,our next stop was a Temple with the walls & ceiling all carved wood.

We stopped at the Tiger Temple we were first in line to walk the Tiger down to the canyon where we had photos taken with the tigers I has 2 different tigers heads on my lap & another tiger paw on my face,Tong got the staff to take heaps of photos of the tigers.

Next stop was the River Kwai but unfortunately we only had 15 minutes there as we got a report that the street our hotel was in was closed because of the riots,the whole time we were heading back to Bangkok she was on her mobile getting updates from her staff & the traffic authority as to what roads were closed she was that worried that she might not be able to get us back to the hotel but things were better when we arrived we got to our hotel ok,she gave us both a hug & left for home which is 1.5 hours from Bangkok.

Don't have breakfast if you do the floating markets as you will have plenty to eat there,Tong has bottled water ,soft drink ,ice cold towels, fans & umbrellas so she is well prepared for anything.You will not be disappointed, we had a ball with her & we would highly recommend her as the best guide we have used.

When you see Tong tell her Peter & Dianne said hello.
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May 21st, 2009, 11:54 PM
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Hi Peter, I am really excited about meeting Tong. I am just hopeful that we do get her and not one of her staff. I first emailed her 6 months ago to make sure that she was available but I have heard from others that she has not been well at times and has had to make last minute subtitutions. Everyone has always enjoyed their time with whoever she has sent but there is nothing like the real thing in my opinion.

The one thing that I am yet to be able to get a handle on is approx how much she will charge. How much did you pay for your trip?
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May 22nd, 2009, 12:20 PM
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May 22nd, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Shane
Wi-fi is free most places I've stayed (hotels/apartments). Adelphi gives you a password when you check in. I've stayed there every trip the last 16 months so I have not tried other hotels lately. Your hotel web site should tell you if you have wi-fi for free. Starbucks was free, and there are plenty of them in Bangkok. I can't say if they still are free or not.

There are plenty of internet cafes that charge only 1 to 2 baht per minute, so it's cheap. DS always goes to internet cafes and never travels with a laptop.

I have the mini-acer... love it! It's my travel laptop now. Forget lugging something any heavier!! I does what I want it to do... email/fodors/photo downloading.

Take a look at the new thread about the movie theater at Paragon. You might want to work in a movie sometime. The BKK theaters are amazing!!!!!!! They have lazy boy type recliners with pillows, blankets, footies, and you can get your popcorn and drink... it's almost better than curling up to watch a movie on your own couch at home!! Take a look!

Carol
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May 22nd, 2009, 03:10 PM
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Shane.

We were charged 3000 baht for Tong, approx 1500 Baht for petrol if you have a trip in Bangkok for sightseeing you don't get charged petrol only outside Bangkok area & 600 Baht for overtime 10 hours is in the price of the 3000 Baht after that o/t is charged so it depends how much you want to do in that day( 300 Baht per hour o/t)
You pay for price of boat at floating Market 400 Baht
Entrance to Tiger Temple I think was 500 Baht each & if you want photos with tiger head in your lap & paw on your face it is a extra 1000 Baht or if you don't want to pay for that you can still get photos of you patting the tigers for free.

What ever money spend with her will be worth it.

Hope this helps you.

Peter
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May 22nd, 2009, 04:36 PM
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gpanda and i agree about her prices....not cheap but well worth every cent largely because of her personality and her promise to have you love thailand.
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May 22nd, 2009, 06:49 PM
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Carol,
I will definately try one of the cinemas, if we dont get time in Bangkok we will find one in Pattaya.
I just realised that I will be best off typing my report in word and then just pasting that in to fodors when I am at a place with free wifi so I dont use up all of my True prepaid time.
Peter,
Thanks for the prices. I was assuming I would pay around 5000 baht for the day so I was around the mark. If we paid for the 4 of us to go on an organised group tour it would probably cost more so I think that is reasonable.
Bob,
I have no doubt that she will be worth every cent, my only concern is that we actually do end up with Tong in person and not one of her offsiders. Is there any other places of interest that we should get her to take us either around K'buri or on the way?
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May 23rd, 2009, 12:42 AM
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Shane
I checked out a couple of coach tours to do the floating market,tiger temp;e & river kwai and it was 5000 Baht per person,if there are 4 of you might have to upgrade to a mini van & I think it was 4500 Baht

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May 23rd, 2009, 06:58 AM
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i'm asking tong about your booking.....she wants me to tell her your full name that the booking is under....what is it??

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May 23rd, 2009, 08:05 AM
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rhk:
if somebody asked ME that question in a public forum [albeit one FULL of friends] I'm not sure that I'd care to answer it. You may be putting Mr. Shanek between a rock and a hard place.
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May 23rd, 2009, 08:14 AM
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dog--i'm trying to help him....he has not need to hide behind curtains in india like some we know....haha
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May 23rd, 2009, 09:12 AM
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Have him send you an email with his name. I agree that I would not like answering your question on a public forum (even though it is pretty easy to figure out my name).
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May 23rd, 2009, 12:19 PM
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sorry....send it to [email protected]
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May 23rd, 2009, 12:39 PM
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Hi Bob.
My surname is Koelmeyer.
I received another email from Tong today asking if I knew you, thanks for your assistance.
She must have missed my last email as she said she was still waiting for confirmation of some details but I had already send my pick up location with the little taxi direction map in Thai that you down load from Sawadee attached.

Your email to her may have helped eased any miscommunication, I really appreciate the fact you care enough to send her a message regarding my booking.
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May 23rd, 2009, 12:41 PM
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May 24th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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