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Your Andaman Sea Route Map
FEBRUARY 2023 OVERVIEW Thailand, currently offers most major country passport holders a 45 day Tourist Visa On Arrival (VOA). At the time of writing, Thailand had no COVID-19, Travel Insurance, nor Exit Ticket requirements. Thailand was open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists. So, what can you do with those 45 days? … In this blog, I summarise a SCUBA Dive Liveaboard with some island hopping down to Langkawi, Malaysia … then, I suggest a 30 day Island Hopping itinerary … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Thailand is the Baht (or the ‘THB’). At the time of writing, the exchange […]

Andaman Sea – Thailand – Living Ideas


MARCH 2023 OVERVIEW We are island hopping south from Khao Lak, Thailand through the Andaman Sea to Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Our first stop was Ko Lanta. Our second stop was Koh Mook: … our final stop is Ko Lipe … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Thailand is the Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as THBs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the major currencies were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 34.24 36.66 41.40 Actual Exchange Rate (Wise Debit Card) 34.00 36.40 41.11 Actual Exchange Rate (Typical Credit Card) 33.21 35.56 40.16 Actual […]

Ko Lipe – Thailand – Information



FEBRUARY 2023 OVERVIEW We are island hopping south from Khao Lak, Thailand through the Andaman Sea to Langkawi Island, Malaysia. We have just visited Ko Lanta. … our next stop is Koh Mook (aka Ko Muk) … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Thailand is the Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as THBs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the major currencies were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 34.24 36.66 41.40 Actual Exchange Rate (Wise Debit Card) 34.00 36.40 41.11 Actual Exchange Rate (Typical Credit Card) 33.21 35.56 40.16 Actual Exchange Rate (ATM) […]

Koh Mook – Thailand – Information


FEBRUARY 2023 OVERVIEW My main reason for coming to Thailand was to do a SCUBA Liveaboard in the Andaman Sea out of Khao Lak. I am, now, island hopping south to Langkawi Island, Malaysia. … our first stop is Koh Lanta … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Thailand is the Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as THBs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the major currencies were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate 34.24 36.66 41.40 Actual Exchange Rate (Wise Debit Card) 34.00 36.40 41.11 Actual Exchange Rate (Typical Credit Card) 33.21 35.56 […]

Ko Lanta – Thailand – Information



FEBRUARY 2023 OVERVIEW Back in 2015, I did exactly the same SCUBA Liveaboard trip on the Manta Queen 7 (MQ7). You can read about it in my previous posts Andaman Sea – Thailand – SCUBA Dive Liveaboard. Andaman Sea – Thailand – SCUBA Dive Gallery: Andaman Coast – Thailand – GRANDPAcking Costs: Now, let’s look at how much things have changed … EXCHANGE RATE The currency in Thailand is the Baht (or the ‘THB’). I will refer to them as THBs. At the time of writing, the exchange rates for the major currencies were: US$1 EU€1 GB£1 Published Wholesale Rate […]

Andaman Sea – Thailand – SCUBA Liveaboard – Living Ideas (2023)


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


2015: Click here to read our Retirement Reviews. OVERVIEW: This video shows you what 2 GRANDPAckers can do in 1 year on (an average of) less than US$55 / EU€50 / GB£43 per day. So, when are you going to start?! … TTFN

GRANDPAcking 2015



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