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Patong - Walk - 9
MARCH / APRIL 2020: OVERVIEW: My ‘6 Year Around The World’ tour is complete. We are going back to some of the best Retirement Locations in S. E. Asia. … we now look at Patong, Phuket, Thailand … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as T$s. At the time of writing, the wholesale exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate T$32.16 T$35.62 T$39.81 Effective Exchange Rate T$30.59 T$33.89 T$37.89 You will NOT get these wholesale rates (read the ‘Money’ section, below); expect to lose 5%. I […]

Patong – Thailand – Information (COVID-19)


MARCH 2020: OVERVIEW: My 2 daughters and I flew from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Chiang Mai, Thailand on AirAsia. … this is our Chiang Mai story … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as T$s. At the time of writing, the exchange rates were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate T$31.47 T$35.73 T$40.73 Effective Exchange Rate T$30.21 T$34.30 T$39.10 You will not get these wholesale rates; expect to lose a minimum of 4% … and as much as 6% (see, below). Over time, these exchange rates will change. […]

Chiang Mai – Thailand – CAT Motors Motorbike Rental – Living Ideas


APRIL 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start at Bangkok airport and include: Taxi from Don Muang Airport to Bangpli 26 nights in Bangpli Taxi from Bangpli to Don Muang Airport My costs end at Don Muang airport (where I catch my flight to Siem Reap booking through CHEAPFLIGHTS.COM). I was, effectively, BACKPACKING in Bangpli and living more cheaply than a GRANDPAcker would. I have made price adjustments accordingly so that GRANDPAckers get a more accurate picture of their likely costs. CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Bangpli. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this […]

Bangpli – Thailand – GRANDPAcking Costs



FEBRUARY 2015: OVERVIEW: My costs start and end in Ranong. I spent the whole 14 nights in a Beach Bungalow on Aow Yai Beach. CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Koh Phayam. Click here to read about Retirement Locations in this country. Click here for detailed Travel Information and more Travel Budgets in this country. Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures. SPREADSHEET SUMMARY: ACTUAL COSTS: Accommodation: Typical accommodation was a Bungalow 20m from the beach with double bed, front deck, hammock, and COLD WATER shower. Food: Typical food for the day would be about THB315. Breakfast: Fried […]

Koh Phayam – Thailand – GRANDPAcking Costs


APRIL 2015: OVERVIEW: Bangpli (or Bangplee) is a south eastern suburb of Bangkok. My trip to Bangpli was all about finding out what it would be like to be a GRANDPAcking couple in Bangkok’s suburbs. I have done a few postings on Thailand: go to SEARCH POSTS and enter Thailand. Bangpli is much the same so, in this POST, I will concentrate on the differences. TRAVEL MONEY: As you would expect, there are Banks and ATMs everywhere in Bangkok and its suburbs. Getting money is not a problem. I sought out an ATM that had the THB30,000 maximum and withdrew […]

Bangpli – Thailand – Information


FEBRUARY 2015: OVERVIEW: I flew directly to Krabi via Kuala Lumpur (KL). Starting with a couple of days in Krabi, I headed up the coast to Ranong on the public aircon bus (7 hours), took the speed boat out to Koh Phayam (30 mins), stayed 2 weeks in Koh Phayam, returned to Ranong by speedboat, caught the public aircon bus down to Khao Lak (4 hours), stayed in Khao Lak a few days, then caught the public aircon bus back to Krabi for  a couple more nights before flying back to KL. CROSS REFERENCES: For more information, read my post on Khao […]

Andaman Coast – Thailand – GRANDPAcking Costs



MARCH 2015: Please note that I have included the videos in the main posting here. PICTURE GALLERY – COURTESY OF JESSICA & JEFF: Why not REGISTER to stay up to date with our Postings and Retirement Reviews.

Andaman Sea – Thailand – Scuba Dive Gallery


FEBRUARY 2015: YOU SAVE YOUR LIVING ALLOWANCE: So, you are GRANDPAckers and have been retired (say) in Langkawi for a few months now and saved up most of your NZ$38 / day LIVING allowance… Or, this could just as easily have been Gili Air where you have saved up most of your NZ$43 / day LIVING allowance… You have saved up for 3 months and saved a total of at least NZ$2,500 / US$1,875 / €1,500 / £1,250. That means that you managed to save NZ$28 / day. Let’s face it, you haven’t had to suffer much… even your ‘costs of existence’ […]

Andaman Sea – Thailand – Scuba Dive Liveaboard


FEBRUARY 2015: INTRODUCTION: Khao Lak is one of the more expensive places in Thailand — expect, for most things, to pay double what you would pay 30-50 km away to the south in Phang Nga Town or to the north in Takua Pa. The largest number of resorts, restaurants, convenience stores and travel companies are found both on Phet Kasem at the centre of town and along Nang Thong beach itself. Nang Thong is the true centre of the Khao Lak area. The region hosts many resorts, scattered chiefly among three main urban areas, all containing businesses identifying themselves as “Khao Lak”. […]

Khao Lak – Thailand – Information



FEBRUARY 2015: OVERVIEW: To read about Arriving in Koh Phayam click here. In contrast to Malaysia, when you land in Thailand you land back into a more dis-organised, less- structured world where things just some-how happen. People drive using ’the force’ and don’t necessarily obey the rules of the road. On the islands, English is spoken widely and you can generally get understood – by both the locals as well as the tourists.   KNOW THIS FIRST: The minimum wage in Thailand isn’t much different from that in Indonesia (see my write up on Gili Air for more details). Having said that, islands like […]

Koh Phayam – Thailand – Information


2015: OVERVIEW: Thailand is arguable the cheapest place on Earth to live well. While affordable luxury is available, you have the option to live on a very modest budget…thanks to US$1 Pad Thai lunches and US$11-a-night hotels (including breakfast and free Wi-Fi). One thing to keep in mind: Foreigners can own apartments and condos in Thailand but, unless they go through hoops, not real property. Click here for information on how to apply for a Thai Retirement Visa. Essentially, you need THB800,000 / NZ$34,750 / US$26,000 in a Thai Bank; or A monthly income of at least NZ$2,825 / US$21,000; or An annual income […]

THAILAND REVIEWS


FEBRUARY 2015: ARRIVAL AT RANONG: The bus ride from Krabi to Ranong was scheduled to take 6 hours. It took 7 hours. By the time that I got there I had a sore bum (the seats were not the most comfortable that I have ever sat on). We were at the Ranong Bus Station by 3:30pm. If I went again (depending on where I was coming from), I would seriously consider taking the flight to Ranong from Bangkok. If I had known this at the time, I would have changed: From: Langkawi – air – Kuala Lumpur –air – Krabi […]

Ko Phayam – Thailand – Arrival



FEBRUARY 2015: ARRIVAL: I used TIKET.COM to book a flight from Langkawi to Krabi. The Immigration process was a bit slow because only 3 or 4 counters were open and the process now requires everyone to be photographed. People from most countries are photographed digitally in front of the immigration counter. People from some countries need to provide actual photos for their visa. There are desks before Immigration where you can get these photos done for a price. People from Europe, the USA, Australia, NZ, etc are fine and get the digital scan. As you exit into the arrival hall it […]

Krabi – Thailand – Information


CLOSED: My tour of Thailand is done, at least for now. Please SEARCH FOR ‘Thailand‘ to find all of my Postings, Travel Budgets and Retirement Reviews. Meanwhile, here is some general information about Thailand and / or the places of interest that I did not get to… GENERAL INFORMATION: Meanwhile, here is some general information about Cambodia and / or the places of interest that I did not get to… Diving: Visibility is exceptional, and encounters with whale sharks are not uncommon in the waters around Thailand’s spectacularly scenic islands. The Mu Koh Similan National Marine Park is an underwater playground where you’ll find […]

Thailand


OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2020: OVERVIEW: During COVID-19, I was in Phuket, Thailand for 4 months followed by Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt for 2.5 months. In October 2020, many countries were still closed. The ‘2nd wave’ was well underway. I had few options: Turkey was open to tourists and did not require a ‘Fit to Travel’ health certificate within 72 hours of travel. … we, now, go to Dalyan, Turkey … PLEASE NOTE: The currency in Turkey is the New Turkish Lira (or the ‘TRY’). I will refer to them as T$s. At the time of writing, the exchange rates were: […]

Dalyan – Turkey – Information (COVID-19)