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Feb 28, 2007 - Takuapa - Ranong

Finally in Ranong... We cought the first bus in the morning after enjoying fresh fruits from the local market for breakfast. After arrival we checked in a cheap but very clean Sintavee Hotel and spent the afternoon looking around the nice but unspectacular town.

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Dec 4, 2006 - Phuket

Phuket is an area on the west coast of Thailand with a bunch of sweet beaches and resorts. Mom, Dad and I headed down here after Bangkok for a little beach time before they headed home. We stayed on Karon Beach, which was a super nice with a small town a block away. This was one of the areas hit by the boxing day Tsunami a few years back, and they had a marker showing the water level after at one corner in town. The scary part is how the road sloped down as it continued into town, and you could see how most of the town would have been...

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Ed in Asia

Mar 21, 2006 - Visa Run - Ranong to Burma

As the course of our near future remains in the hands of the Australian embassy and a dwindling bank balance reminds us just how much we need to get to Aus our monthly visa run to extend our stay in Thailand offered up all sorts of comparisons. Granted, we are not planning on living in Thailand forever (which goes some way to explaining the time differential) BUT knowing that even if we were the visa process would be just the same is somewhat laughable. The most difficult part of the Thai process was knowingly heading to the Andaman coast,...

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David & M

Feb 28, 2006 - 28th Feb - Journey to Hua Hin

Decided to leave the Skipper, Gilligan and the SS Minnow behind and head north to Hua Hin. We have now completed a full loop of the Gulf and Andaman Coasts of Thailand. It was a long all day trip but one that had to be done. We had no idea how we were going to get off Ko Chang or when the buses would head north from Ranong. What goes around comes around and we caught a supply boat back at 7.30am (picked us up from the beach outside our bungalow). We arrived at the bus station at 8.45am to find the bus was leaving at 9.00am - perfect...

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Fish n Fee Tour 2006

Feb 28, 2006 - 26th 27th Feb - Ranong, Ko Chang

26th and 27th. Caught the bus to Ranong a 3hr trip north. The bus was packed, Fee was sitting half way down the bus and Fish was squashed in the back row - he felt like a piece of cheese in a club sandwich....but only for 2hrs of the 3hr trip. It was not the best trip. Arrived at Ranong and headed to the pier to catch a boat to Ko Chang. The tide was too low so we had to go to another pier. The only boat available was a supply boat so we jumped on. It was a 1.5 hr trip to Ko Chang and things weren't adding up. Why were we on a supply boat,...

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Fish n Fee Tour 2006

Feb 26, 2006 - Reggae-Overdose on Koh Payam

The second musical mystery connected with this trip is the following: Why on Earth has the Backpacker-Community not started a revolution against the "Legend"-album of Bob Marley??? Just imagine: As soon as the first notes of "Is this Love" emerge from the speakers, everyone gets up and just leaves! Ok, lets agree to leave some money on the table - but please, please, just try to do something that a bit less than the current approximate 95% of all music I listen around the beaches, are these just too familiar tunes!!! And mind you, I do like...

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Axel in Asia

Feb 21, 2006 - My Visa-Run to Burma

Burma has been a fascinating country for me already for a long time. The only reason, why I did not intend to visit it while traveling around this corner of the planet is, that - with the current political situation - you have to fly in order to enter it. And flying, for me, is to get from my home-world to my travel-world. I usually avoid flying while on the travelpath, because I like to experience the gradual changes from village to village. So, I decided, Burma is a perfect country for visiting on its own, once I only have six weeks of...

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Axel in Asia

Feb 19, 2006 - Thailand - Ranong

From Koh Tao it was a 2 hour catamaran ride back to Chumpon before a 2 hour minibus over to the west coast to Ranong which is on the Southern most border of Myanmar (Burma). The reason we came here was to leave Thailand, go to Burma and re-enter Thailand a few minutes later so that we could get a new free three month visa, which is all they will give you on entry. We had time enough to buy a $2 litre bottle of Class A whiskey if we had chosen to but that was about all we saw of Burma. That and their pier with a couple of immigration...

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Jun 29, 2005 - Visa Run To Myanmar (the country formerly known as Burma)

"You'll be long-termers," we were told, by many a volunteer upon our arrival in Khao Lak. "No one stays for just the two weeks they say they will." And we didn't. And we began to say the same lines ourselves to each new volunteer that joined the small community as the days progressed into weeks and the weeks into months. The work feels good, the friends amazing, and Khao Lak is a difficult place to leave. As a result of people staying well beyond their intended departure date, "visa runs" become inevitable (and a common term in the Khao...

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Jun 18, 2005 - Ranong

This morning I got up early and headed to the Weekend Market in Bangkok, which is a HUGE market that is apparently really well known there. I kind of expected a tourist trap, but it turned out to be really nice. There were hundreds of stalls cramped in together. They handed out maps at the entrance, and although I tried my best to keep a hand on where I was, I soon got turned around in the maze of vendors. They had everything from ceramics to carvings to clothing to all sorts of foods. I was thinking it would be nice to get a couple of...

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Jun 12, 2005 - Ranong / Myanmar

Another travel day and this one was a bitch, got up at 5 am in Phuket town to catch my minibus to a place further north in Thailand called Ranong where i would cross over into Myanmar for about 20 minutes, just to get my visa extended. The driver was actually fairly decent for this one which makes a change so he got no abuse from me. The whole way of getting your visa extended is a farce really, you stop at immigration in Ranong and get stamped out of Thailand, then you get taken to the harbour where a long tail boat, ships you over to the...

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Apr 11, 2005 - Kaw Thaung, Myanmar(!)

Carl and I only received a 30 day visa for Thailand and we have decided to stay here a little longer for their new year, Songkran, when everyone throws water over each other for 3 days. We also want to go into the north of the country, where one apparently experiences the 'real' Thailand, as opposed to dirty old germans. To get a visa extension, one can either ask the embassy back in the UK for a 60 day visa, which we both very cleverly.. forgot to do, you can pay the fine if you overstay, or alternatively you can go into another country...

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