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January 14, 2014 - Bangkok Shutdown
Bangkok Shutdown – On January 13th 2014 anti government protesters started blocking some major intersections in central Bangkok. This will make traveling in the Thai capital by taxi very difficult.
(Protests at the Asoke Intersection in Bangkok)
The Airport Railway Link still works as usual and probably is the best way to get to and from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Immigration Office at Chaeng Wattana closed down and for Immigration issues you can now visit the Immigration Service Center at Lad Prao. We will keep you up to date about the Bangkok Shutdown situation on our “Bangkok Shutdown page”
December 15 – Lopburi, Monkey temple and sunflower fields Thailand
Lopburi is an off the beaten track destination for day trippers from Bangkok. This small city can be found 150 kilometers north of the Thai capital and it will take you only 2,5 hours to get there by train and 2 hours by bus.
(Sunflower fields east of Lopburi town)
The main attraction at Lopburi is the colony of Monkeys that lives around Prang Sam Yot temple in the old city center. These monkeys basically control the city and you will see them everywhere.
(Troop of Monkeys at Wat Prang Sam Yot)
Between November and January you can visit the sunflower fields east of the city. It is an amazing sight to visit. These are the biggest sunflower fields in Thailand and they have a nice mountain backdrop.
November 15 – New visa rules for members of G7 that enter Thailand
Good news for the citizens of the nations that are a member of the G7. From November 2013 onwards the people who carry a passport from Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States get a tourist stamp that allows them to stay up to 30 days in the Thai Kingdom when they enter Thailand over land.
Citizens from other countries still get 15 days tourist stamps or visas on arrival. For more information about you country and Thai visas you can check our Thailand Visa Page. We verified this information at the Immigration Office complex at Chaeng Wattana in Bangkok.
October 21, Luang Say Slow Boat Northern Laos
Luang Say is a cruise company in northern Laos that offers a luxury slow river cruise on the Mekong River between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. The standard cruise takes two days and makes a stop at the luxury Luang Say lodge in Pakbeng. 3 and 4 day cruises are also available.
(On the Mekong during the Luang Say cruise)
It is truly one of the best experiences you can have in South East Asia. The cruise travels through the virgin jungles in northern Laos. Along the way there are stops at the Pak Ou Caves and two rural villages.
(Arriving at the Pak Ou caves with with the Luang Say cruise)
On board lunch and snacks are provided. Around sunset on the first day you will arrive at the Luang Say lodge where you can enjoy a great Laos style dinner on the river. The next morning after breakfast you continue to your destination.
September 21, New taxi service Pattaya to Siem Reap
We found some reliable taxi drivers in Pattaya in Thailand that can now bring people straight to the border with Cambodia at Aranyaprathet for 2500 baht. If you travel with 4 or 5 people we can also arrange a bigger taxi (SUV) for 2800 baht.
(The type of taxi we use in Cambodia)
In Poipet in Cambodia a taxi driver can wait for you at a local hotel to bring you to your destination in Siem Reap for 50 USD. For more information you can sent us an e-mail at Jeroen@globaltravelmate.com Off course the taxi service from Bangkok to Siem Reap is also still available.
August 24, Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
You can not miss the Petronas Towers when you are in Kuala Lumpur. At a height of 451m. the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers is a world renowned icon of modern Malaysia. It is the center piece of Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) in the Golden Triangle.
(The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur)
The Petronas Towers comprises the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Suria KLCC shopping mall, star-rated hotels, a mosque as well as the immaculately landscape KLCC Park.
(View from the Petronas Skybridge)
One of the highlights of a visit here is standing at the Skybridge on the Fourty First floor for a breathtaking view of the city skyline. You can get tickets to the skybridge in the morning, the ticket window opens at 08:30 at the Concourse Level. It is free, but there are limited tickets available.
July 24, Bagan Ancient Temples in Myanmar
Bagan or Pagan is an ancient city in Myanmar packed with temples, pagodas and shrines. In total there are more than 3000 religious buildings in Bagan spread out over an area of 42 square kilometers.
(The temples at Bagan at sunrise)
It is said that there are even more then 4000 temples, but some of them are merely piles of rubble. Bagan is actually the largest area of Buddhist temples in the world.
(Lion statue at the base of Shwezigon Pagoda from the 11th century)
The city is built on a plane and when you manage to climb one of the temples you can see stupa’s until the horizon. It is a spectacular sight.