Cheap Massage In Thailand Can Hurt You!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

I am doing some research on Google whether Thai massage is really all that good as it is made out to be. There are two articles on top of the search results - one talks about the claims vs. the science, and the other is screaming "Thai massage messed up my neck!". Then there is another article of 2015 that reports the death of a 37 Thai female who got a traditional Thai massage and subsequently died of a heart attack. The government authorities claimed that the death subsequent to a traditional Thai massage was merely a coincidence and it probably was. But that does not mean there are no risks. And till now we are only talking about a legitimate traditional Thai massage by a somewhat trained or experienced therapist without any funny business being involved. So what about the massage by one of those decked up Thai ladies who wear colorful wrap-around skirts and sit outside their massage shops waiting for customers. Believe me, the risks are real. Keep reading...

Travelling Within Thailand - Bus or Flight?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

An extensive network of comfortable bus services is available for travel within Thailand. All the inter-city buses are air-conditioned, advance booking is possible, seat numbers are allotted at the time of booking and the buses operate on time. That is ideal from a tourist's point of view. Prices are reasonable too. Thinking of prices, it may be one's general perception that travelling by bus would be cheaper as compared to travelling by air. But is that always true when we are travelling within Thailand? Consider this - I need to travel from Bangkok to Phuket in September 2017. Going by my first preference of saving time while travelling, I searched for flights using a flight fare comparison engine and this is what I found: Air tickets by 'Thai Lion Air' are available for my travel dates for a mere 790 THB one way from Bangkok (DMK) to Phuket. The air travel time for this sector is 1 hour 25 minutes. And Thai Lion tickets include a free baggage allowance of 15kg. I am writing this article in May 2017 and September 2017 is four months away. So is the air ticket price cheap because of advance booking? To ascertain that, I did the same search for May 31, 2017 and 'Thai Lion Air' again quoted the price of 790 THB. Next I search for a bus for the same trip and it is an eye opener. Keep reading...

Budget Hotel Near Senado Square In Macau - Hotel Ole Tai Sam Un

Monday, May 22, 2017

In 2017 I discovered two very good budget hotels in Macau. Before these discoveries, I used to go to Hotel Macau Masters. But my last stay there in 2016 wasn't so comfortable due to the very hard beds. I had not cared about that earlier because I never stayed in Macau Masters for longer than 2-3 days. This last stay in 2016 was for a week and after three days, my back really started to hurt. I corrected the situation somewhat by using their bed covers (kept by them in the cupboard) to make extra cushioning on the bed. But after that week, I also clearly knew that I had to look for other budget hotels in that area. Two such hotels were thrown up by my hotel meta search - Hotel Towns Well and Hotel Ole Tai Sam Un. I stayed first in Hotel Towns Well, which is located within a 5 minutes' walk to the Ruins of St Paul's. I liked that hotel. Then I decided to try the other one - Tai Sam Un. This was even better. Keep reading...

Hotel Towns Well - For Staying Close To Senado Square In Macau

Monday, May 15, 2017

Actually if you choose to stay at Hotel Towns Well, not only you will be close to Senado Square but you will be staying right in the middle of the historical centre of Macau. You will be within a close walking distance of the Ruins of St. Paul's, Se Cathedral, and all the other temples, churches, heritage buildings, museums, fashion shops, and above all, a 24/7 touristy atmosphere that this area has to offer. Hotel Towns Well is a little hard to locate for a first time visitor, but once you find it you will almost love it. It is one of the cheapest hotels in the area (but not the cheapest) for which online booking is available. Personally I have found Ole' Tai Sam Un to be still cheaper, and that one is also not far from Senado Square, Towns Well's location brings you right in the middle of the tourist crowds and some very nice and very cheap shops for branded clothing. And Towns Well's rooms are bigger. Keep reading...

AirAsia Demands Additional Fee of 24 USD When Customer Makes Online Payment

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This is absurd. I am searching for a flight from Phnom Penh (Cambodia) to Bengaluru (India) via Don Mueang Airport on AirAsia for a certain date in 2017. It will be a fly-thru booking, which means that AirAsia will allow me to change planes at Don Mueang Airport Bangkok from within the transit area itself. The basic price of this ticket is 123.42 USD when booked directly on AirAsia website. Before making the payment AirAsia offers me baggage allowance and travel insurance at additional cost, both of which I decline. The final net payment still stands at 123.42 USD. Now I have reached the payment page and I want to make payment using my credit card. I click on the "Credit Card / Debit Card" payment option and suddenly the price of the ticket shoots up to 147.42 USD. In the centre of the page I see a figure of 24 USD beside which I can read this unbelievable description: "This fee is chargeable when payment is made online through credit card, debit card or charge card only". Then it gets even more absurd. Keep reading...

Thailand's King Bhumibol To Be Cremated on October 26, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be cremated on October 26, 2017 after more than a year of his death on October 13, 2016. The funeral rites will begin on October 25 and conclude on October 29, 2017. The official mourning period to mark the death of the much loved king of Thailand is ending on October 30, 2017.  King Bhumibol's body is currently being kept in the Grand Palace Bangkok from where it will be brought to the site of the cremation on October 25, 2017. The cremation site is in Sanlam Luong Park in front of the Grand Palace where a huge funeral pyre is being constructed for the royal cremation.

Should tourists visit Thailand during this period? Keep reading...

Casino Opening In Pattaya? Walking Street To Change? Wow!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

There has been talk of a casino (rather a big one) coming to Thailand for the last few years. In 2015, Las Vegas Sands Group was even heard lobbying to open a casino in Thailand. It seems all that remained just talk because King Bhumibol Adulyadej was perhaps against casino gambling in Thailand. After the demise of the revered King in 2016, the talk of casino gambling getting legal status in Thailand gained traction with some reputed international media groups publishing stories on the subject. In April 2017, someone out there ventured a "definitive" story on a casino license already having been issued with the proposed construction to start in August 2017. Another bombshell accompanied that news. The casino would come up on Walking Street. Keep reading...

Tiffany's Show Pattaya

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tiffany's and Alcazar are the two best-known cabaret shows performed daily in Pattaya. Of course, families and kids can watch these shows because there is nothing more than music and dance performed by Thai transvestite artistes. Tiffany's is often referred to as "the original" because it started first, having originated as "a one-man show performed for friends on New Year's Eve in 1974". Now its a lot bigger. Alcazar started in 1981. Yesterday when I got to writing on this, I wanted to cover both Alcazar and Tiffany's in a single article. But when I finished writing on Alcazar, the article had already become too long to stretch any further. So now Tiffany's gets a separate article here. Which of the two shows is better? Well, there's some online debate among the people who have watched both the shows. Some say, Tiffany's is better and some others like Alcazar. Now I don't seriously think one needs to watch both the shows. If you have seen one, that would be enough. And there are some people who even suggest that these lady boy cabarets in Pattaya can be totally missed also. Its up to you. Cost-wise, Tiffany's is a little more expensive. For the sake of more information on Tiffany's, you may read further...
Also Read: Alcazar Show Pattaya

Alcazar Show Pattaya

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Alcazar is a cabaret show in Pattaya that families and kids can watch. It is a music & dance shows performed by Thai transvestite artistes. Alcazar is housed in a very visible building located on Pattaya's Second Road towards the North end of the road. According to Google Maps, both Alcazar and Tiffany's (the other cabaret show) are located within 650 metres of one another. Everyone in Pattaya (I mean taxi, or Baht bus drivers) knows where Alacazar and Tiffany's are. Most of the Baht buses on Pattaya Second Road go towards the Dolphin Circle, that is the intersection linking Beach Road, Second Road, North Pattaya Road, and Naklua Road. So, if you board a Baht bus from a point around Central Festival Mall (2nd Road side), the bus will first cross the Central Pattaya Road junction and then go towards Dolphin. On the way to Dolphin, you will first come across Alcazar on the right side of the road. Another 650 metres later on the left side is Tiffany's. You need to pay just 10 THB per person to the Baht bus driver after getting down. Do not ask "how much?". Because if you ask, the driver may ask for 20 THB per person. In this article, I will give detailed information on Alcazar. Keep reading for more...
Also read: Tiffany's Show Pattaya
 

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