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One week in Thailand

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Hi

I am traveling to Thailand for a week in December. Which destination should I choose?

I am looking for the following:

- relax near the pool / beach of a high scale hotel
- sport activities (kayaking, bicycle, jet ski). In a safe place, with a low risk of scams.
- good massages
- see a boxing / lady boy / cabaret show
- vegetarian options (easy to explain no fish / shrimp)
- shopping fashion with good prices

Can I find one destination with all that? If not maybe Bangkok + two islands? I only have one week.

Thanks!

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    With one week, choose just two destinations, Bangkok and a beach location. There are plenty of beaches that will meet your needs, but those on the Andaman Sea will have very good weather in Dec. (I don't know why you'd try to fit in two islands - you would just waste more of your time getting from place to place.

    If you want to buy clothing, note that brand name designer clothes are about the same price in Bangkok as elsewhere. But there are good bargains to be had in custom-tailored clothing or local designers.

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    Needless to say, one week is not enough to do the things you want to do, or more specifically, go to islands unless that is all you do. Best option, Bangkok or Pattaya. Pattaya you could probably get to another island for a day or two but there wont be that much shopping unless you stay in Pattaya. The drawback of Pattaya is it can be and is often viewed as a meat market for singles. But definitely the Caberat shows, shopping and lounging by the pool.
    Bangkok, minus the islands, you can do it all. Shopping would be better, huge selection of great hotels to sit pool side, Veggy restuarants and more, much more.
    Why run around travelling if you only have a week. Stay in Bangkok and relax, it's all there, except the beach. Hotel location would be your only "big" decision.

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    Patty for cabaret - lady-boy shows and shopping. nearly as good as Bkk because it's all in easy reach. Some of thew very top marques aren't there though.
    Unfortunately jet-ski scams are everywhere in Thailand but Pattaya (photograph anything you rent to avoid arguments about damage later. is about the capital.

    I suppose you need to do Bangkok..... about 2 clear days is enough.

    then if you want a beach.....are you going to fly? - Can from Bkk to most beaches - or at least close to them. remember you lose practically a day travelling.

    You can kayak in Mangroves on Koh Chang and Koh Lanta and probably some other islands too. the weather is fine in both - Samui could be the wettest...it has a double wet season until Jan. Shopping would be good on Phuket - the most urban of all the islands.

    If you're only staying for 3 or 4 days, I don't think it really matters which island - just pick one with a resort that looks OK and has some available flights.

    vegetarian food - this can be a bit of a problem because of how they interpret this - several members of my family are vegetarian and for the sake of smooth-running relax their criteria a little.
    This is because even if you are a plate of vegetables it is quite possible it may have fish or oyster sauce.

    ""mang sa wirat" means you don't want to see identifiable bits of neat - but you may still get fish sauce, meat stock and egg.
    "Kin Jeh" means just about vegan - vegetarian food with no meat, no milk, no egg, nor vegetables with strong smell...this also means it shouldn't have onions garlic or chilli. - this is originally a Chinese thing.
    then there's ""mai kin neua sat" (the "K"s are pronounced "g" as in gun.) - I don't eat meat......that should work for most, but it is no guarantee.

    Vegetarianism is relatively rare in Thailand, but round about every October there is a Chinese "kin Jeh" festival and many of the restaurants put tables outside groaning with huge quantities of vegetarian stews etc......

    If you Google you'll get lots of advice - i just turned up this on a web site...

    Important food-related terms

    "I eat only vegetables Pom (dee chan) kin tae pak
    No chicken Mai chai gai
    ...fish Mai chai pla
    ...pork Mai chai muu
    ...shrimp Mai chai kung
    ...beef Mai chai neua
    ...fish sauce Mai chai nam pla
    ...oyster sauce Mai chai nam man hoi
    ...eggs Mai chai kai"

    NB - neua can mean meat or beef

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