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  1. Back on topic...what are your thoughts on push bikes? Good for fitness but wouldn't like to ride one at busy times. Not sure if they are much safer than scooters. At least you can keep up with traffic on a motorbike. Cutting into traffic to turn right would be a nightmare on a push bike.
  2. I was watching another expat video looking at condo renting and he said he couldn't live with just 2 cooking rings. He wanted 4 so must have a few things on the go at once. I always thought I'd be eating out most nights. Pain cooking all the veg that they throw in to most Thai dishes. Can't be much cheaper cooking if you eat at Thai places? Maybe ok as a hobby or if the g/f wants to knock up something? Apparently not that many condos have an oven?
  3. Watching an expat YouTube video and he was arguing that a bike was not necessary in Pattaya. You could taxi bike or baht bus everywhere and it was too risky to use a bike even if you were proficient back home. I don't ride a bike but if I lived full time in Pattaya I would have thought it would be useful to get around. Shopping, bit of exploring on darkside or jomtien, go somewhere with friends who have bikes. Is a bike an important thing for you here as an expat / long term stayer? Or do you do fine without one?
  4. We were oblivious to this until a fellow customer mentioned it in a Gogo (my friend uses one). Took it with a pinch of salt but then the walking Street pussy show touts would warn that the police would confiscate it if heading their way. Being a non smoker I had no idea.
  5. TransferWise payment went through ok... moment of panic when the ATMs weren't accepting my pin though. Luckily I landed early afternoon so was able to visit kasikorn branch. It was here they reminded me the pin is now 6 digits and I changed it last trip. Doh!
  6. I was forced to bring a wad of cash last trip. Stayed in a small resort with no kasikorn branch and my ATM card had expired. I've had money skimmed from a hotel safe and money taken from my bag by the maid...so I'm extra cautious now. I had a friend who'd avoid being pickpocketed by keeping money in his sock on a night out. I remember one girl wasn't impressed by this for reasons that should be obvious (and it isn't because it made the cash smell!)
  7. Must say i don't like the idea of sending a bank transfer to a company i haven't used before. I'd normally avoid this if if wasn't for all the recommendations. Think i'll pay with credit card as it's only £1.50 extra. Just in case i've done something silly and i'm paying on a spoof website
  8. Looking to make a transfer to Kasikorn. Have used HSBC in the past as it's only £4 international transfer fee. I did notice they were giving me an exchange rate of 42.90 baht to the GBP. This notice still appears even when i changed the currency to be sent in GBP (thus, i assume, giving me the exchange rate offered by Kasikorn 43.70). Can i assume that if i send in GBP i will get the Kasikorn rate? Not sure why HSBC is still listing it's own exchange rate? Anyway, i see Transferwise offers a rate of 44.73 (transfer fee £5.32). Any reason why i shouldn't use them? Are the trans
  9. Thanks for the replies. I will stick to queuing. Is it worth arranging a taxi to Pattaya in Bangkok or to just flag one down? In the past I've asked to hotel front desk and they get the bell boy or security to flag one down and get a price. Less likely to be offered a silly price than me standing on the kerb with suitcase sweating in the midday sun.
  10. Are there instances where a condo owner has to sell to a Thai to maintain the 51% Thai owned ratio?
  11. Heading into Bangkok after arriving at Suvarnabhumi. Reading that a few ppl head upstairs and jump in a taxi who has just dropped off. Never done it myself. Good way to beat the queue or am I likely to be loudly whistled at by someone in authority?
  12. Flew with Oman to BKK a few years back. New plane with good entertainment system. Pleasantly surprised and would use them again.
  13. I think you're right. Getting in to BKK early afternoon is the sensible idea. No dashing around like those early evening arrivals when you are racing against the clock to get out for the night. Late April is my prefered choice. No escaping the heat at this time of year. Last trip (Nov) was bad enough. I left my aircon and woke up with a blocked nose and sorethroat. Should have used the fan setting. Can't say i've ever used pills to knock myself out for the journey. I'm the sort of person who only used paracetamoI as a last resort. I rely on a couple of beers in the airport a
  14. It may be that there really isn't much difference, but sometimes it's interesting to mull over the finer details when planning a visit. So has anyone noticed a difference between the beginning and end of April? To visit before songkran or after? Mainly thinking about girls numbers and the nightlife vibe. The second question is flight times. Looking at Emirates they often have 3 flights a day. All had 1-3 hrs layover so can' split them much there. The first few nights would be in BKK (so no taxi st8 to Pattaya). Option 1. Depart London 10am... arrive BKK 7am. Pros...can get t
  15. Saw hotel prices change when I opened a seperate window with Agoda earlier. I wondered whether these price increases may panic browsers into booking early? A nice trick if they are that devious.
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