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June 2013

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    Thailand for the mature traveller. Any ideas?

    hi Graham, I am a 64 yo female, traveling solo in Thailand. My first stint was 2 mo, before going to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. I am now in my third month being in Thailand. I would strongly recommend visiting Chiang Mai. It would be an easy introduction to Thailand, as many there speak or understand English. Near there is the ELEPHANT NATURE PARK, about 45 min drive. elephantnaturepark.org their volunteer program is so interesting --and FUN! I was there 2 wks volunteering with the elephants, then 2 weeks volunteering with the rescued dogs. From Chiang Mai one can easily visit Chiang Rai, and also Pai. Close to Bangkok is Kanchanaburi, perhaps the 'richest' site re World War 2 events: The Bridge over the River Kwai, Hell Fire Pass Museum, The Railway Museum, and its associated Cemetery: this is also included in the movie, The Railway Man. Also close is a great, informal, natural hot springs: Hin Dat Hot Springs. Also near are some beautiful waterfalls, the Erawan Waterfalls, as well as others. I had chosen to avoid Bangkok except for the airport, until an acquaintance introduced me to an area close to Khao San Rd, and now it is one of my favorite places to stay! I found much pleasure in using the Chao Phraya River Ferry system, in tandem with the train and metro lines of Metro Bangkok. I even gave in to my pledge to stay away from Phuket and its crowds, as it had the best diving choices. Check out this site for the best areas, weather-wise: asiadivesite.com And I went to Pattaya in order to experience the Thai Medical Massage of a Wat-Po- trained couple in Na Klua. Pattaya can be good, even for a 64yo female! As you can see, there is more than plenty for an older traveler! You are as old as you feel! over 6 years ago

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    Why are there so many Russian visitors at the coral island resort in Thailand?

    I have been in Pattaya over a month, and yes, it is predominantly Russian, re tourists. I did recently hear from an ExPat GuestHouse owner that the Russian charter service to Thailand stopped, due to the rising fuel prices... He said that made it 3 X as expensive for Russians to get here. Recently, I have noticed more Japanese and Indians. That owner also said something about a Turkish Charter co for getting to TLand...? over 6 years ago