traveling to Thailand in December

Dec 6th, 2008, 03:24 PM
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Only you can decide. I would go with the new dates. As Kathie notes, the situation appears to be calming down. You will be there in the highest of the high seasons. Take a look at Sawadee.com for accomodations. We used them with very good results. Many others here have done so as well.
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Dec 9th, 2008, 02:59 PM
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Ok. We have re scheduled and now we are to leave Atlanta, Ga on the 26th of December and return on January 20th. After such a let down, I can only hope and pray that everything will stay calm during our visit. If things don't work out this time, I think I will just hang it up. We have had to reschedule so many things and probably won't be able to see and do all the things we had originally planned to do but my daughter in law really wants to see her family and says she wants me to make the trip with them, and as the people in Georgia says, "Bless her Heart". At my age 73, what the heck. I am going to go with optimism and just hope for the best. Still would like a little more insight as to how things are. Not that it makes much difference at this time. Any words of wisdom from anyone will be appreciated. Thanks to all for the info they have already given
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Dec 9th, 2008, 05:06 PM
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if i were you i would move away from bkk as soon as you arrive to avoid the expensive holiday hotel prices and return there after jan 5 or so....go right to the country...

forget the problems...things happen...if you had been there you would not even have known uless you needed to fly someplace...

go and enjoy
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Dec 9th, 2008, 09:18 PM
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As Bob says, unless you needed to take a flight or were in certain areas in BKK you would not have noticed anything.

Do watch for 'compulsory New year's Eve dinner/party charges' at most hotels.

Travel within country is 'very busy' over the NY, note that 2nd is also now a holiday, so if you plan to move about anytime between the 30th and about Sunday 4th planes, train, buses will be packed full !
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Dec 10th, 2008, 11:24 AM
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Some people eat off of street vendors and have no problems and others end up in hospitals screwing up a perfectly good holiday! Some vendors I may eat from and others I do not! I have a problem with people who handle food and have no real means to wash their hands after using toilets or scratching their butts! Plus, some food is left out in the open with fly poop and dirt on it. I do sometimes go for the "really boiling hot" noodle soup (I choose the ingredients that go in!) I also like the "boiling hot" ham hocks that you see every now and then. I don't use wooden chop sticks, they just have been in too many mouths before mine! (I have been in and out of Asia since 1968 and I even lived there for a few years too!)

I would be more careful of what the kid eats than yourselves.

In Thailand they have lots of food courts in malls where you can eat cheap. Also, many large supermarkets also have in store restaurants that have Western and Asian foods at reasonable prices. Some of these places are Foodland, newer Villa Markets and some Tops super markets.

You can also pick up groceries in supermarkets that can help you stretch a buck. Milk, soda, beer, wine, bread for sandwiches, cold cuts, canned foods, etc. Lots of stuff you can pick up in a store to eat.

Even though this is high season you may be able to get a break on some hotel prices. In general, cheaper hotels don't raise their prices that much over low season pricing anyway. Some expensive places do stick it to you!

For Udon Thani I would take a train, it is more relaxing.

http://www.bkktravel.com/udon-thani-...get-there.html

http://www.asia-discovery.com/Thailand/trains/udon.htm

Good luck.



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