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by matseb - last update: Dec 9, 2004

Links (mostly Geman) part I

Fremdenverkehrsamt = TAT http://www.thailandtourismus.de
Thai Botschaft http://www.thaiembassy.de
Thai Int'l Airways http://www.thai-airways.de/sites/frameset/7home.html
http://www.dutly.ch/thailinks.html viele Links Touristik, Recht, Pop-Musik, Literatur, Gastronomie http://www.baanthai.com/start.shtml
http://www.howie-thailand.de
http://www.german-embassy.or.th/german/index.html
Dt. Botschaft
http://www.internet-thailand.de/indexG.htm
http://thairing.de gr. Forum
virtuelle Karten http://www.athailand.com E Landkarten in unbrauchbarer Auflösung
http://www.thaipage.ch
http://www.thailandtipps.de
http://www.ingrids-welt.de/reise/thai/ausw.htm
Land, Küche u.a.
http://thailand-community.de Kultur, Geschichte, Touristik, Thais in D, Forum, Nachrichten, Literatur
http://www.thailand-info.de/th/index.html
Land, Kultur, Tourismus
http://www.thaishop.info/thaiinfo/thaiinfo.html
http://www.hdamm.de/ah_home.htm Reisen, Buddhismus, Kultur
http://www.thaiweb.ch/index.php?newlang=deu
Inform., Foren, Chat, Online-Community
http://www.thaipage.ch Nachrichten, Land, BKK, Touristik, reich bebildert
http://www.sawadee.com
http://www.thai-life.de
http://www.thailand.com E
http://www.thailand-community.de
http://go-thai.org E
http://www.floatingmarket.de
http://www.inm-asiaguides.com/thailand/ethaho.htm
http://www.thaisite.com/d/
http://www.thai-com.de/top50.htm
http://www.ramiworld.de/index.asp?target=http://www.ramiworld.de/thailand/thailinks-rb.asp
http://www.go-thailand.com E
Transportministerium http://www.mot.go.th Thai
http://mitglied.lycos.de/wernerrutz/thmainlinks.htm
Inseln http://www.siamisland.com
http://www.werner-reichert.de/thailand/
http://mitglied.lycos.de/DieterBirkenmaier/index.html
http://www.sawadii.de.vu
A-Z http://www.h-menzel.de
http://thailandtipps.de
http://www.hwschroeder.de/include.php?path=start.php
http://thailandfreunde.de
http://www.ibiza-bangkok.de
http://www.thailand-info.de
http://www.thai-asien-reisen.de
http://home.t-online.de/home/Guenther.Spatzier/index.htm
http://www.siam.de
http://www.tarcino.com
http://koebi.com
http://wald.heim.at/urwald/540154/index.html
http://www.chainat.ch/ringset.htm
http://www.ckonly.de
http://www.thai-schick.de
http://www.huk-reisen.ch/HTML/Thailand/01Start/thai_ind.htm
http://koh-samui-thailand-hotels-resorts.mythaivacation.com E
http://www.thailandguidebook.com E
http://www.andaman-island-hopping.com E
Unterkünfte landesweit
http://www.r24thailand.com E
http://www.thailine.com/bangkok/index.htm 24-Std.-Reservierung
http://www.hoteltravel.com/de/thailand/index.htm asienweit mit regionalen Informationen

Links part II

Regionen
> Nordthailand
>> Chiang Mai
http://www.thailine.com/thailand/nordthai/chmai/chmai.htm
>> Goldenes Dreieck ("Golden Triangle")
> Nordosthailand = Isaan
>> Khon Khaen
http://www.khonkaen.com E
>> Nakhon Phanom
>> Na Wa
>> Si Sonkhram
>> Sakhon Nakhon
>> Udon Thani
http://www.udon-thani.de
> Zentralthailand
>> Bangkok = BKK
privater Bericht http://www.bangkok-privat.de/bkk_d/index.htm
Sukhumvit Rd. http://www.bkk-gui.de/ger/index.html
Khaosan Rd. http://khaosanroad.com E
>> Pattaya
http://www.pattaya.de/pattaya.htm
http://www.pattaya-thailand.de
http://www.pattaya-express.de
http://home.t-online.de/home/thailand_entdecken/home1/index.html
http://www.a2zpattaya.com E sehr kommerziell
>>> Reiseveranstalter
http://www.pattayareisen.de
>>> Medien
http://www.pattayablatt.com/index.shtml
http://www.pattaya-focus.com/zeitung/
http://www.hallo-das-magazin.de
http://www.pattayablatt.com/index.shtml
> Südthailand
>> Koh Lanta
http://www.lanta.de/home.htm
http://www.kolanta.com E
http://www.koh-lanta-hotel.com E
http://www.kolantadivingcenter.com/index_ger.htm
>> Koh Samui
http://www.koh-samui.de
http://www.kohsamui.org E
>>> Unterkünfte
http://samui-hotelguide.com/index.htm?OVG
http://www.thailine.com/samui/index.htm
> Krabi
http://www.krabidir.com E
http://www.krabi.go.th Thai
> Kho Phuket
http://www.phuket-online.de/Phuket_2001/index2.html
http://www.phuket-island.de/index.shtml
http://www.phuket.com E
>> Unterkünfte
http://www.phuket-hotel.de/index.htm
>> Medien
http://www.phuketmagazine.com E
http://www.phuketgazette.com E
Medien
> für Einheimische
Bangkok Post http://bangkokpost.com E
> für Ausländer
>> Periodika
>>> ortsansässig
http://www.thaiaktuell.com
http://der-farang.com
http://www.suedostasien-zeitung.com
http://www.tip-edition.de = thailand-tip.de
Christliche Deutsche Schule Chiang Mai http://www.schulseiten.de/cdsc/frame_main.htm mager
Deutschsprachige Schule (schweiz.) BKK RIS http://dssb.org
Gemeindebrief der deutschsprachigen evangelischen Gemeinde Thailands http://www.die-bruecke.net
>>>> Literatur für Deutschsprachige
http://reisebuch.de/suedostasien/phuket_insel-82.html
>>>> außerhalb
Berlin http://www.farang.de
>>> Bücher
http://www.thaibuch.com
http://www.thailine.com/thailand/allgemei/publikat.htm
"Leben und arbeiten in Thailand" http://www.shop.thaishop.de/csc_article_details.php?VID=mrkwrFnbnmpR5Fmh&nArticleID=80
> Reiseführer
Handbuch http://reisebuch.de/suedostasien/thailand-342.html
BKK und Umgebung http://reisebuch.de/suedostasien/bangkok_und_umgebung-348.html
Süden http://reisebuch.de/suedostasien/thailands_sueden_mit_bangkok-504.html
Individualreisen = Rucksackreisen
http://www.thaiminator.de
Aktivitäten, Abenteuerreisen
> Reiseveranstalter http://www.activethailand.com
http://www.emmes.net/index.asp? lang=de Südostasien (Motorrad, Segeln etc.)
> Fahrradfahren, Fahrradreisen (sogen. Mountainbike-Touren = MTB)
Bericht http://www.bike-adventure-tours.ch/reiseberichte/thailand.htm
> Kajak
Veranstalter http://www.indochina-reisen.com/Thailand/Tour/Phuket/kajak_pn.htm
> Motorradfahren
Nord http://www.geocities.com/marcosolos/toeffs.htm
>> Veranstalter Eduro-Touren http://www.thailine.com/enduro/index.htm
> Wassersport
>> Segeln
Regatta "King's Cup" (vor Kho Phuket) http://www.kingscup.com E
Mitsegeln http://www.elite-sail-dive.com/index.html
>> Tauchen
http://www.divecult.de/koh_samui.htm
>>> Veranstalter
http://www.privatedive.com/homed.htm
http://www.phuket-tauchen.de
http://www.poseidondiving.com/d/tauchen.htm
http://www.tauchen-thailand-phuket.de
>>> Literatur = Bücher
Tauch- und Strandführer http://reisebuch.de/suedostasien/thailand_tauch_und_strandfuehrer-101.html
> Wandern, Wanderungen (sogen. Trekking)
http://www.thailine.com/thailand/nordthai/maehong/naturalwalk/naturalwalks_d.htm
Binationale Partnerschaft, Mischehen
http://www.thailand-info.ch
Emigration = Auswandern, dauerhafter Aufenthalt
http://www.siam-info.de
http://www.easythailand.de
http://www.immobilien-thailand.de
Private Reiseberichte
Isaan, Koh Chang, Pattaya (eigener Bericht) http://msebulke.tripod.com/diverses/id4.html

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Pros: "diversity, tradition, beaches, buddhism culture, massage!!!"
Cons: "dirty streets, lack of organization"
In A Nutshell: "an exotic country you wanna see at least once"

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~~~ Public bathrooms ~~~   by matseb
 

Toiletries & Medical Supplies:
Toilet paper is not provided!

Photo Equipment:
Film rolls are ofen stored in straight sunlight!

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear:
You hardly find camping equipment or outdoor gear in a sufficient quality

GENERAL TIPS
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~~~ Massage (body work) ~~~   by matseb
 

Favorite Thing:

It's a must to try out a traditional massage (just think of the long flight)!

* it's healthy
* it's reliefing
* it's sooo cheap (1 hour 100-200 Bath)

The best place is probably at Wat Pho in BKK which normally is a massage school. It has a nationwide reputation.

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~~~ handy moisturized terry towels ~~~   by matseb
 

Name of Shop:
(various)

Type:
Bath and Beauty

Description:
As it is always really hot and dusty here, you want to make shure you've got to refresh yourself once in a while. There's a solution for you: buy those towels and get your own supply as you can't buy them everywhere. I can't live without them anymore. They are supposted to be used while freezed or cooled but it works just fine without it.

What To Buy:
There are several brands and items but always in large enough measures:

* "Snow Ice Eau de Cologne Cotton Cloth Towel"

* "Refresh Terry Towel" (both manufactured by Four Star Thai - linked below)

* "Jasper Hot and cool Cologne Refreshing towel" - (manufactures by Pahthawin Co.) - my choice

The products are mostly displayed in the glass refrigdegerators.

What To Pay:
The purchase prices are around 15 Baht each. There is usually no discount given if you buy a large amount of items.

Address:
stores at big cities or large tourist places

Directions:

7-eleven has it on stock nationwide

Website:
http://www.fourstarsthai.com/facialtowel.html

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~~~~ TRULY amazing... ~~~

by matseb - last update: Dec 8, 2004

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Pros: "tradional buildings, parks"
Cons: "traffic congestions, air pollution"

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~~~ center of entertainment ~~~

by matseb - last update: Dec 10, 2004

@ the main beach

This is the second biggest brothel after Sosua (Dominican Rep.). It is awful how the women-men business is forming an enitre city. But oh well - there are men too who get this business going...

The beach is bad (small and very very close tho the main road).

some links in English language
Pattayamail
A2Z Pattaya
Pattayanet
Thailandguidebook - Pattaya
Pattayaplaza

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In A Nutshell: "the wrong place if you look for a calm holiday"

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...:: Purely Isaan ::...

by matseb - last update: Dec 7, 2004

a kerre player (genuine isan flute)

~~ not about Nakhon Phanom but nearby ~~

This is about the villages Na Wa and Na Khun Yai which are about 50 km away from Nakhon Phanom but of course not listed in the VT directory.

my page about Na Wa with pics

There are no other internet publications existing so far.

~~ fictional travel prospect (German) ~~

Freuen Sie sich auf eine lange Anreise, inkl. Hindernisrennen (Elefanten, Mopeds) auf Landstraßen und vorbei an gelben Flüssen bis Sie schließlich am Ende der Welt in einem Dschungeldörfchen mitten in der Botanik im Nordosten Thailands ankommen. Erschöpft und durchgeschwitzt erreichen Sie eine bessere Scheune: Ihr neues Zuhause. Sie begrüßen Ihre Gastgeber nebst zahlreichem Anhang mit einem Wai ("komische Bet-Geste"). Alle sind sehr freundlich oder haben sogar Angst (Kinder laufen weinend davon). Ach ja, vielleicht finden Sie im Umkreis von 10 km jemanden mit Englischkenntnissen.... Nach einigen Wilkommensgetränken, ausgiebigem Essen (schaaarf!) und langem Sing-Sang (Sprachen u. Abarten put thai [Thai], put kameen [Kambodschanisch] oder put lao [laotisch]) zwischen Ihrer Begleitung und den Gastgebern ist es nun Zeit, ihrer Batterien für den mobilen Ventilator auszuwechseln. Es ist der einzige im ganzen Dorf, genauso verhält es sich auch mit dem Foto-, Telefon- oder Computerapparatus. Nebenbei bemerken Sie folgende Phänomene: a) Die Sonne geht um 18.00 Uhr ab, b) der Mond liegt und c) warum spucken soviele Frauen Blut? - das ist das Produkt einer chemischen Reaktion der Substanzen der Betelnuß mit Kalk, was im Mund vermengt wird und zu einer leicht berauschenden Wirkung führt... Es wird nun Zeit, die Strohmatte auf dem Boden auszubreiten und - begleitet von exotischen Geräuschen (Echsen, Geckos pp.) - einschlummern.

Um 4 Uhr (ja, Ihre Uhr geht richtig) weckt Sie ein Ensemble aus Hahnengeschrei und "Hörfunk für alle". Sie hören bald das Geschirr klappern > "Was ist denn jetzt kaputt?" werden Sie sich fragen. Nichts, das ist ganz normal - Zubereitung für die Mönchsspeisung im Morgengrauen! Die lassen sich täglich von Gläubigen ihre Kessel auffüllen. Mittlerweile haben Sie ein "Guten-Morgen-Bussi" von Ihrer Begleiterin empfangen, sie entschwindet und kommt nach einiger Zeit wieder. Als Sie sie berühren stellen sie fest, daß sie eiskalt ist. Den Grund erfahren Sie, als Sie das Bad betreten und keinen WW-Hahn finden -> kalt duschen ist also angesagt. Duschen? Nehmen Sie doch den Schöpfeimer, der in der Wasserwanne dümpelt. Beim Herausgehen ("bibber")* stoßen Sie sich erstmal den Kopf am niedrigen Türstock > spätestens jetzt sind Sie hellwach.

... So oder ähnlich gestaltet sich eine Reise mit der thailändischen Freundin in deren ländliche Heimat!!! Fast genauso wie geschildert erging es auch mir...

* die nächtliche Temperatur im Isaan beträgt ca. 10 Grad C, im Süden ca. 20 Grad C.

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~~ HEALTH ISSUES ~~   by matseb
 

Description:


>>> FOOD <<<

There's not much more danger by consuming food and beverages than in the industrial countries. The hygienic conditions are a lot lower though.

I stayed several weeks there and drank tap water as well as ice cubes (well, melted ones). Also I have aten a lot off the markets and street restaurants (if you want to call them that). There was never any problem.

>>> VIRUSES AND BACTERIA <<<

Bird flu is not common in the vicinity. There is no malaria and rarely hepatitis.

>>> MEDICAL CARE <<<

The standard ist very low. I've seen a rural hospital with a dormitory with 12 beds, just fans and insects all over the place. MDs not attached to hospitals are very rare around here. If you get ill you want to go the really big cities like Khon Kaen, Udon Thani or even Ciang Mai. The best hospitals are of cours located in BKK.

Website:
http://www.bangkokhospital.com/english/default.asp

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~~~ SAFETY ~~~   by matseb
 

Description:
The region is generally safe. You even don't get bothered by anyone for buying stuff or guidiance.

But there's a thread by the road traffic, 'cause the motorists drive not carefully and DUI is very common. The most dangerous situation is driving at dark (there are no road lights and more people are drunk. I've also seen some vehicles without any back lights!

Police emergency call is 191

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~~~ Silk (handmade as 1000 years before) ~~~   by matseb
 

Type:
Men's Clothes

Description:
you wanna buy the stuff not in stores which are highly frequented by tourits

What To Buy:
of course, tuxedos and stuff will not be available in the smaller cities or villages

What To Pay:
max. 1000 THB for the garmet and about 500 THB for tailoring

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Nong Han

by matseb - last update: Dec 23, 2004

This is the largest lake in Thailand (23 sq. km) with some islands and a recreational park.

It's said, in the lakes there's a huge water snake living which of course is fiction.

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Pros: "not a tourist spot period."
Cons: "somewhere in the middle of nowhere..."
In A Nutshell: "you love it or you hate it"

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~~~ dog meat! ~~~   by matseb
 

Description:
This is the capital of dog meat! Make shure you get your kind of food in a street "restaruant"!

RESTAURANTS
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Pizza restaurant at the end of the universe   by matseb
 

Restaurant Name:
don't know but it's green all over the place

Type:
Italian

Description:
there are different styles of pizzas and they are big and tasteful even though it's a Thai restaurant after all. The prices is ok and the service quick and friendly. The restaurant is cleaner than the average ones in this town. In fact it's a bit fancy! I forgot to mention the room has a glass front with a door which is very rare to see for a restaurant around here!

Favorite Dish:
Quadro Stagioni w/extra cheese

Prices:
less than US$10

Comparative Price:
more expensive than average

Customer Satisfaction:
Satisfied.

Address:
across the bus station

Directions:
city center

OFF THE BEATEN PATH
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Festival   by matseb
 

Description:
this is a unique festival / exhibition of miniatures of wats made out of bee wax! It takes place in the Wat Phra That Choeng Chum Temple at Ok Phansa which is around Oct. 18th. It lasts 3 days.

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Supermarket   by matseb
 

Name of Shop:
Tesco Lotus

Type:
Other

Description:
Sakon has got a huge supermarket now which is named Tesco Lotus just outsite the of the town. You can easyly compare it to Cosco or Wal Mart.

What To Buy:
Here, you can buy everything but veggies and fruits.

What To Pay:
at least 2,000.00 THB

Address:
243 Saisawang Thatsengsum

Directions:
drive on the highway to the portal northbound, 100 m before it right hand

Phone:
042-731-300-9

Website:
http://www.tescolotus.net/Default.asp?Lang=English

Other Contact:
operation hours 9.00 am to 10 pm

SHOPPING
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Various   by matseb
 

Name of Shop:
7 eleven

Type:
Other

Description:
it's clean and convinient (western standard) - the employees hardly speak English

What To Buy:
Food for the better hygiene

What To Pay:
about 500 THB

Address:
near the Bangkok Bank

Directions:
city center

Website:
http://www.7eleven.co.th

HOTELS & ACCOMMODATIONS
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Simple but satisfactory bungalows   by matseb
 

Accommodation Name:
Chockdee Resort

Type:
Other

Description:
In 2002, my girl friend an me had a nice time in a newly built front row bungalow with sight to the shore. Unfortunately right in front of the resort, there are just rocks but the sandy beach is just 30 ft. away. The price was 500 THB (hi peak season) for the entire room with a simple bathroom, fan and insect protection gaze upon the windows. There are also bungalows with air con and without a sight to the beach available.

Unique Qualities:
facilities: just a restaurant (breakfast, too);
there's an Internet cafe run by a Swiss guy within walking distance

Prices:
less than US$20

Comparative Price:
about average

Customer Satisfaction:
Very Satisfied.

Address:
Southern terminal of Klong Phrao beach

Directions:
South of White Sand beach; North of Kai-Bae beach

Website:
http://www.koh-chang.ch/de/ChockdeeResort.htm

2005-08-23 Matthias Sebulke
 

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