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Displayed prices are for multiple nights. Check the site for price per night. I see hostels starting at 200b/day and hotels from 500b/day on agoda.


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Gonzo last won the day on March 23 2015

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  1. From Jomtien it takes us 25 minutes via 332/331 to drive to the Queen Sirikit Hospital and 30 minutes to the U-tapao airport.There is a Thai bloke in our condo complex who will take us there for 500 baht in his BMW if needed.
  2. I thought about putting the video into the sports section, but the Kiwis are really mad about the Hakarena thingo. They say the Haka is a really important cultural thing for them.
  3. A 4x4 with a snorkel is a must in certain areas of Northern Australia during the wet season, especially when driving off the beaten track.
  4. Dr. Olivier moved back to his old premises opposite the Day/Night Hotel in the Soi before you get to Tukcom on Pattaya Tai, coming from Second Road a fair while ago. There is no need to make an appointment with him. Just walk into his clinic and you don't have to wait long. He is a fast and efficient doctor. He dispenses medicines from his premises as well.
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    world cup

    I was lucky enough to watch every game of the Women's WC on free to air TV here in Australia. Some of the top teams match it in the skills department with the best teams in the 2014 Men's WC, but would not suceed against them as they don't have the same physical attributes. Thank God for that. Congratulations to Team U.S.
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    Lampard's goal not being given in 2010 in South Africa, when England played Germany, was the greatest injustice in football since England won the World Cup in 1966 thanks to a goal given against Germany, which never crossed the goal line. I totally agree with Sepp Blatter and most of FIFA being dead cunts since he took charge. There is still time to award the 2016 and 2022 World Cups to other countries. I guess FIFA corruption is is too far entrenchened in many other countries, organisations, companies and Governments, afraid most of what went on for such a long time could be made public. Good on the U.S.A. Without their dilligence and comittment all of the FIFA bullshit would have never been brought up for discussion and limited actions. Nevertheless, Blatter and his cronies, which unfortunately includes some soccer greats, could face long jail sentences in time to come.
  7. The visa run to Ban Pakkad Immigration last week was different from previous visa runs. There is a new Immigration building under construction on the Thai side and until that will be finished Thai Immigration consists of a small building on the right side before the border. Cambodian civilians are processing the paper work there as well. Behind the tables with the Cambodians filling in the forms and the new Arrival/Departure cards, there is a shop where they sell cigarettes, pills and beer. There is also a toilet where one can have a piss for 5 baht. After getting stamped out by Thai Immigration Departures, the Cambodians paper shufflers will take your passport and then give it a courier on a motor bike (scooter), who takes it across the border to Cambodian immigration to affix their green visa stamp to your passport, which takes up a whole page in the passport. When your passport arrives back with the Cambodian paper shufflers, they call your name and then get you to sign the new Arrival/Departure card. You then get your passport back from them, which you take back to Thai Immigration Arrivals, about 20 metres away in the same building to get stamped back in into Thailand. This was the first time I did a visa run to the Cambodian border without actually crossing the Thai/Cambodian border. My passport was taken into Cambodia and I was left standing there drinking a can of Leo, the only beer available in that little shop behind the paper shufflers. I will drive in my own car when the next visa run is due in June. The border at Baan Pakkad opens at 6Am and closes at 10PM. The roads are in fairly good condition from 36 to Hwy 3 and then left on 317 (North) to Pong Nam Ron and from there right on Soi Ban Pakkad to the border. N12degrees55.580’E102degrees29.595’ There is also a Thai car passport office on the border, which allows one to drive your own car into Cambodia, if one wishes to do so and is in possession of a Thai car passport, which can be obtained at the same place where one gets a Thai driving licence on Hwy 36 near the Regents school.
  8. Hi monkeyman, After more than ten years on this board, I have only just started to read this thread. Good stuff.
  9. Good idea Jacko and I never gave it a thought before. . If I find an ATM stocked with only 500 baht bills again, I will do likewise. I feel at times embarrassed to walk into a 7/11 to buy a bottle of water with a 1K note just to get change. That also reminds me of the good old days when one could ST for a purple one.
  10. After going to bed last night at midnight, the TGF woke me an hour later. She asked me, if I could take her to a hospital in the morning, as she was in a lot of pain and vomiting. It took about five minutes before her request sunk in. She has always been healthy and as fit as a Mallee bull, never drank alcohol or smoked. I switched the lights on and took her temperature, which was 37.8, a bit on the high side. The pain was on the lower right side of her belly and when she wanted to vomit again, I had to get a bucket as she could hardly walk. She had a bad headache as well. Appendicitis sprung to my mind as she had all the symptoms according to information on the Internet. It also said to see a doctor in a hospital A.S.A.P. should the symptoms last longer than four hours. At 3AM I drove her to the emergency department at the Queen Sirikit. There were about 20 Thai patients attended to by two doctors and about half a dozen very capable nurses. All of them spoke good or reasonably good English. One of the doctors examined the TGF and then after getting another opinion from the other doctor, he said he didn’t think it was her appendix causing trouble, but more likely a bad muscle strain, but he couldn’t be sure until he did a blood test and took an urine sample. After half an hour a nurse took me to the nearby pharmacy, where they asked if the TGF was allergic to any medicines and then collected two ampules to be injected, probably a pain killer and a penicillin based medicine. After another half hour the results of the tests came back, confirming it wasn’t a case of appendicitis, but an injury probably sustained from exercises she did at the gymnasium we often use to keep fit. The injections she had must have done the trick, as after spending more than two hours in the emergency department, she was back on her feet again with her usual smile. We were then sent to the nearby cashier and pharmacy department. I paid a total of 478 baht. THB 48 for the two injections THB 90 Hematology (blood test) THB 200 after hour doctor’s fee, emergency THB 140 for three medications to be taken at home when required for vomiting and pain. The drive from our place in Jomtien to the Queen Sirikit Hospital was 30 KM and took about 25 minutes from door to door, driving at or below the speed limit.One can use Highway 3 all the way to the two entrances of the hospital. I normally drive approx. 15 Km from Hwy 3 Sukhumvit/ Soi Chayapruek to 332, then left where a sign says Rayong, then approx. 9 Km to 331, then turn right on 331 and drive approximately 6 Km back to Highway 3, with the main hospital entrance about 200 metres when turning left on Hwy 3 on the other side of the road. The other entrance on the road to Utapao airport is locked from midnight to 6 Am. To get a laminated Queen Sirikit card costs 20 baht, after you show them your passport. To see a doctor costs 200 baht for a Farang and 100 baht for a Thai. After hours emergency is 300 baht Farang and 200 baht Thai. One more thing. I previously thought the 1669 phone number was the Pattaya City Hospital emergency number. The same number was written on the Queen Sirikit emergency department’s door. It seems more than one Government Hospital use that number. I guess when someone rings an ambulance using that number, they will despatch an ambulance from a hospital nearest to where you live.
  11. I was actually feeling quite content watching that silly video, sitting in the back of the room, as I knew it would be issued my renewed licenses after that. No need to go through the same idiotic procedure with Immigration and the licensing center until February 2021.
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