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yselmike

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  1. I flew back from Bangkok to Amsterdam with KLM on Wednesday and the evening before I got an email that if I had made other arrangements could I please let them know as there were a lot of people desperate to get back and they could use the seat.I replied I would be on the flight.

    Saw a report that the cabin staff of KLM were understandably worried about the virus and then got another mail saying there would be limited service on board,no alcohol,hot drinks and one hot meal, " bring snacks" and I did no problem.thats how it was.

    Once we took of they repeated what was in the mail no booze,tea,coffee one hot meal.....and no service water,juice,soft drinks bits and bobs would be in the three galley's and it was self service,no problem I thought I have my own snacks and water.

    BUT it was a non stop people coming and going to get liquid and my seat was on the aisle by the middle galley and half the people on the plane passed by my seat multiple times,I am home and waiting with trepidation for the fever to hit me.That flight did not have a free seat and they took two other flight and cabin crew back as well.

     

     

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  2. 4 hours ago, richardm said:

    I have heard Thai Airways also suspending ALL flights to/from UK. Is this true as cannot find anything on the Thai Airways website yet.

    Heard this via Thai TV.

    They won't have anybody flying from the UK because of restrictions on entering Thailand,plus the UK government is advising people not to travel and that will invalidate any insurance,sort of catch 22 where insurance is concerned 

    I'm scheduled to fly out Wednesday and will be at the airport T least 3 hours before the flight.


  3. 6 hours ago, sinbinjack said:

    But if a currency is floating the markets decide,I remember when the Baht was tied to the US dollar at 25 Baht.Not sure what happend to the pound back then has any bearing on today's markets.I do remember when I was only allowed to take out £100 and it was stamped in my passport.


  4. On 3/4/2020 at 1:48 PM, forcebwithu said:

    They're now up to across from the Amari hotel breaking up the road surface for the Beach Rd drainage project.
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    Soi 1 they've started digging.
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    They're setting up the Soi 6 pumps again, probably not for any expected rain, but to help drain the water that has been collecting in the drains under construction.
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    South end of Beach Rd. now getting backfilled.
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    A few more pics of the beach. South end has new shelters for the homeless.
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    11:30 am and only one parasail up
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    Just walked down beach road from Soi6 to mike's, the pumps are primed and ready to go and fenced off,still the one solitary parachute and only saw one guy working grinding the rough edges or cutting a straight edge.mikes shopping centre is dead,not much happening in terminal 21 but I was there just after it opened it's handy for me to get some of my daily 10k walk round the floors in reasonable cool conditions.Around soi Buakhao and metro it looks normal and busy but it's not it must be scary if you are working, it's starting to look disastrous for the little people in Pattaya.


  5. 3 hours ago, Butch said:

    Ok, I punted the baht at its lowest around 35 to the Sterling (I think). I was about a baht out if I remember 🙂

    Going the other way, I'll put a virtual san mig light as a wager that we'll see 43 baht by the end of Feb.

     

    Is that because the Baht is losing value on the market or because the pound is gaining on the market,at the moment most currency's are rising against the Baht not just the pound.

    I would be happy to see my euro go back to even 36. 


  6. 2 hours ago, The Mook said:

    I saw 30.96 quoted for the USD in BKK today. Keep in mind this move is directly related to the impact of the coronavirus. The length and severity of the contagion, and it’s impact on the tourism trade in Thailand, will tell us if this is a temporary setback that will quickly normalize or set a new level for exchanges rates. I cannot see Chinese travel restrictions lasting less than two additional months though. Even if the peak of the contagion happens in February, that peak will be seen in retrospect. April 1 is an optimistic estimate regarding groups from mainland China returning to Thailand in force. And remember, this virus will have an impact on a Chinese economy that was not surging forward prior to the discovery of the Wuhan coronavirus. 

    You may be right but the Chinese currency is also strengthening against the Baht.does anybody have any facts about why the Baht suddenly dipped seemingly against all currency's.


  7. 1 hour ago, wacmedia said:

    Hi,

    The ME could implode after the latest event.

    I booked a flight yesterday I'm glad I chose KLM over middle East airline.

    The old McMillan quote comes to mind " events dear boy events"


  8. 5 hours ago, awesum4 said:

    Andy never stayed there, they booked another place whose name eludes me at the moment.

    I stayed there and had no problems. Lots of Chinese but they ignored me and I ignored them. Except that the young ones crowded out the pool on the 31st floor.

    No problem with bringing back girls.

    It was the noise according to a mate who stayed there and the size of the rooms.

    I have booked a room at the Classroom hotel because of its Size just under 40 square metres and it's got a big balcony on the Pattaya side the two things I want in a room really.not cheap but what the hell a few thousand Baht here or there is not going to have a big impact on my life,and it might very well be my last intercontinental trip.


  9. There are some terrible reviews on booking/ Agoda mainly about problems when they checked out, the room was gone over from top to bottom a mark on a towel was enough to lose the deposit (that you pay when you get the key evidently) anybody know any other place that has a microwave and top to do basic self catering?


  10. 5 hours ago, jacko said:

    Alright, a classifier.... of the people who could be bothered and were eligible to vote, the majority voted for Brexit 

    You are trying to create a false impression based on people who did not vote. Trying to include those who are ineligible and couldn't be bothered?

    What you posted sounds to me like an opposition to the true process of democracy... 

    What on earth does a 'majority was gained mean? Anything like a 'majority was  won'.....?

    Reality Please...and as Boris (the PM)  said this morning....

    “a fantastic year and a remarkable decade for our United Kingdom”

    Unlike you he does not see the British people as sheep!

     

     

     

    Not all the British people are sheep just the 13.9 million who voted tory.

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  11. 3 hours ago, jacko said:

    You a referring to the majority of the British people as sheep. You are stating that a peoples who want independence from being controlled remotely from Brussels as sheep? 

    I don't even understand the OP....the baht is quite strong rather than low. Sterling has improved against the USD since the general election. The baht is also strengthening against the USD. Below 30 this morning. 

    Happy New Year. 

    Here you again spreading falsehoods the majority of the British people didn't vote for Brexit or to elect Boris.a majority was gained in the two votes but it's not a majority of the British people ,only a majority in a election and a referendum.

    Facts please.

    Happy new year. 

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  12. 4 hours ago, yogi100 said:

    Boris had to box clever in order to keep everyone happy to be sure of winning that election. And Boris is aware that the electorate are as easily led as are sheep. If the media says Trump is a rascal then many of those sheep will take it as gospel.

    But thankfully most of us have had a belly full of the liberal's cracked pottery and their celebrity supporters like Edie Izzard and Lily Allen and the rest of 'em with their weeping and wailing and are beginning to see the wood through the trees.

    There are liberals among the Conservatives not just among the Labourites and Lib Dems and any distance being kept from Trump was to placate them. But in the end it was Joe Bloggs who put Boris in Number Ten because Joe has refused at long last to be one of those sheep that till now were so easily manipulated by the likes of those hand wringing nancy boys at the BBC.

    The sheep that voted for Boris are now being led to the slaughter house.

    Brexit just keeps on giving,

    Happy new year.

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  13. 1 hour ago, sailingbill said:

    Mango, yes many nice 1 hour walks along the beach to Central Festival. Grab some corn fed US sandwich steak that you cant even get in the US since that grass fed crap is the rage back there . Always enjoy a walk and a swim. If it looks like i have to joust with the Soi Dogs on the way to the beach at Jomtien will just take the bike down.

    I don't think you can walk from Jomtien to Pattaya using the beach there's rocks at the end of Dongtan beach.


  14. 8 hours ago, Rawhide2 said:

    Really ??  (I dont doubt you)

    Even T4 at Heathrow has free drop off location clearly marked used it earlier this year

    They introduced charges recently same as liverpool,you get 5 to 10 minutes for £3 then £10 then £20 if you stay  up to 30 minutes or something like that,I know that because my niece picked me up once from Liverpool she arrived early cost me £20.

    I now fly into Manchester from Amsterdam and can get a direct train to Flint and that's five miles from my sister's place.

    If anybody is interested you can book train tickets online via an app called the Trainline, set up an account and the earlier you book the cheaper the ticket is.

    It's paperless travel now my flight and train ticket are on my phone and the fast track is downloaded to Google drive.


  15. 5 hours ago, Butch said:

    I'll get my coat lol.:)

    Missed that one during my 5 min of extensive and detailed research (google flights). I still think you're on the button with transit pax though, according to wiki MAN was the 3rd busiest in the UK in 2017, that equates to a lot of pax heading to Asia and beyond.

     

    The security is a scrum including the fast track but for a fiver it's just about worth it, don't be late and find out what terminal and what floor you need to be on etc.

    It has a train station,Birmingham has a train station also

     


  16. On 11/28/2019 at 7:59 AM, Butch said:

    I agree, might be trying to snare some transit pax. I think there's only one MAN-HKG direct operated by Cathay, no direct to Singapore and nothing to BKK as yet. Makes some kind of sense from that perspective at least.

    I have just been through Manchester airport and heard an announcement for a flight to Dubai and Emirates have very competitive prices just have to find one that has suitable departure and arrival times for both legs but for me 17-8 hours max duration may be a struggle,not forgetting what you may have to spend on food and drink at Dubai airport.


  17. 6 hours ago, teelack said:

    There is a dreadful amount of angst in people’s minds regarding the value of the Thai baht and their respective currencies. To be honest I cannot recall rates from years past and its all a bit irrelevant but here is something to chew on.

    In the sixties many commonwealth countries decided to decimalise and I was a constant visitor to four of them, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. I am aware of the history of these four places and it might interest you to know how things stand today in relation to Thailand.

    The UK was the only country to retain the pound sterling as its main unit whilst NZ and AUS and SAR used half that amount, or ten shillings as it was then. Who, after all these years are the winners and losers? The following figures are reasonable averages of today’s exchange rate against the baht.

    Pound sterling,            38.5 baht

    NZ Dollar 19.1 x 2=     38.2 baht

    AUS Dollar 20.5 x 2 =  41.0 baht        

    SAR Rand 2.00 x 2=     4.00 baht

    So there you have it. The $ AUS is a slight winner while the SAR is a vast loser. There is only one point to add to these numbers and that is that the three commonwealth countries had issues with importations unless you had currency stashed away overseas, mainly in Britain. For this reason people would pay a premium for pounds and dollars, often as high as 25% therefore the UK loss has been even greater.

     

    Back in the 70s I traveled outside the UK for the first time and I could only take out £100.

    When the UK went decimal the prices rocketed and when the Euro was introduced it was with a feeling of dread (I moved to the Netherlands) but they were clever all the prices shot up September- oct-november so by the time we knew what had happened they could say  come February that they hadn't raised prices.

    The euro is now at an all time low and it's still falling that's all I know, it's lower now than it was when I was on Samui march 2002.

     


  18. Middle 90s I arrived in Thailand sick from a nasty virus I was with a mate who was on a two week trip,Bangkok, Hua Hin,bang sapan then he left and I went to Laos.

    I spent 3 nights in Vientiane but I was not feeling good so I thought I would go back to Thailand and get down to the coast maybe visit some islands.fetched up midday in a bus station in Nakon nowhere looking in the rough guide for a place to go and a bus to take me there, a girl who spoke good English started talking to me and said she was on her way to Pattaya to meet her German boyfriend and I should go there the bus leaves in 20 minutes.We fetched up in the Sawadee hotel on what was then the edge of town it was cheap cheerful and basic and I had the time of my life.

    Came back almost every year untill I became jaded and the pollution and attitudes got to me, spent some trips in Sihanoukville untill I got jaded and the attitudes and traffic/police got to me, now I go to Jomtien and only go to Pattaya for the shopping.

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  19. On 10/20/2019 at 11:57 AM, Rawhide2 said:

    I just put in outbound purely random of 28th April inbound 20 May again random out of Heathrow

    Thai £448  30kg bags

    Eva  £454 30kg bags

    BA £457 but no bags included

    Lot of the one stops were very cheap as well   Ignoring the very cheap Chinese carriers all the following are standard connections

    Lufthansa  £376  Turkish £389  Oman £401  Etihad £404  Emirates £415  (lowest bagagge 23kg with Etihad 25kg Emirates)

    Are the prices from the airlines or from agents? I see cheap flights from Skyscanner all the time but the reviews of the agents offering them are dire across the board,the prices from the airlines are always more when you put your dates in, have to pay for checked and  bags seat selection etc.

    Though I believe Lufthansa do a budget ticket no checked bags or seat selection so if you can travel with only carry on deals are there,KLM do it but it's not that cheap but compared to the other fares it seems cheapish

    Emirates is looking the best at the moment for jan29 to Feb 27 from Amsterdam under €600,no seat selection but 25kg checked luggage.

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