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By Taylor - Anyone who has been to Bangkok and taken a tuk tuk knows that they can be a lot of fun, and a major ripoff. There is talk of gasoline coupons, and commission, and "Official" tuk tusk vs private ones.It is impossible to get into one without being harassed to be taken to a tailor shop or travel agency. And at night you are constantly asked if you want to go to a lady massage or out for some "boom boom".
From Ghana to Visiting Dancing Elephants in Thailand! Thailand and North Eastern-Thailand will be incomplete without a visit to Ban Ta Klang Elephant village in the province of Surin...
Here, I will explain why you need to be smart, before travelling to Thailand and probably also to the surrounding countries. First of all; Don`t make that mistake, and think Thailand is a cheap Asian country! It might be right, if you are a smoker, food lover... Please check back soon, for all tips!
Please check back soon, for all tips!
Speaking about dining in Thailand, there are plenty of always fresh choices. Whatever your taste, you`ll find the right food for you. As you are in Thailand, you don`t want to miss that amazing taste of authentic Thai food. But, if you prefer a European, American style Pizza or traditional Pasta instead, you`ll find this as well. There are various Indian and Chinese food options too.
Ban Ta Klang - The Elephant Village is located in Mu 9 and 13, Ban Ta Klang, Tambon Krapho, the village can be reached via highway 214 (Surin-Roi Et Rd.). When coming (from Surin), you may want to use public transport from Surin`s bus station. Cost 50 - 60 BT each passenger. It will take about one hour to get there. The last pickup bus back to Surin is around 4 pm. Entrance fee just around 150 BT.
Many of the locals at Ban Ta Klang Elephant Village are of the Suay ethnic minority. They are skilled in capturing, training and raising Asian elephants, actuallly the national Thai symbol.
Surin - Also know as Elephant Province.
Every November in Surin; The large Elephant festival.
See also below map, and more info`s and pictures.
There are many opinion`s out there, claiming, Thailand is so cheap... Well, I can not agree, but also not disagree. All depends on yourself, what to expect and quality of life, you wish to have over here.
Let start with basics. If you have book your accommodation with breakfast, fine. But, often, they don`t have milk, but powder replacement. Milk in Thailand is usually the same or more, as in UK. Coffee, somewhere will cost you easy £2 pounds. Beer, in Bangkok and other tourist spots is most expensive. Pub quality location, usually £1.40 for a small beer (about 1/2 pint). Outside Bangkok and inside Thailand, you`ll get roughly a pint (bottle) for £1.40. If you intend to enjoy your beer at one of the "Red Light" girl spots in Pataya, Bangkok and so on, a small bottle of beer will cost you double. Prices, you`ll find otherwise in Dublin... Even Amsterdam is cheaper. But, if you are happy with traditional Thai street food, a medium Pepsi or Coke, you might pay just £1.20 - £2 pounds all-together. (See also below Bangkok map and more info`s)
Leaving London Heathrow, 31st August 2016 at 9.40pm and arriving after nearly 12 hours flight at 3.30pm, September 1st, in Bangkok, Thailand. I had booked Thai Airways, to have my first experience of the country, I will stay for about a month. The plane was pretty new, clean and friendly stewardesses welcoming passengers. As the aircraft was not fully booked, I was offered 3 sits, as many others too. Good thing, so I was able to stretch myself and sleep. But even legroom is really good. Compared to (very bad) Virgin Atlantic or even acceptable (KLM). And I mean standard sit... The food and drink offered was surprisingly good. Whereby the coffee is a bit strong. During the 12 hours, I got up 3 times, exercising my legs a bit, but fell asleep again soon. Arriving at Bangkok`s new, futuristic and huge international airport, passing trough low clouds....monsoon season in Thailand. The rainy season, lasts from May to November and is dominated by the southwest monsoon, during which time rainfall in most of Thailand is at its heaviest.