Phuket Taxi and Transfers

Page 1 of 9 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 164
Like Tree11Likes

Thread: What Was The Reason That First Took You To Thailand

  1. #1
    Cadet Gold giggsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Yeovil, Somerset, United Kingdom
    Posts
    231

    What Was The Reason That First Took You To Thailand

    Careful with this one gentlemen, but what first took you to Thailand. Was it work, a planned holiday or you some how arrived there on route to somewhere else. What were your first impressions and did you have depression when it was time to go home.

    Thailand for me was the last stop of a working world trip. I had enough of work in the UK at the grand old age of 19 and embarked on a world trip with a mate. Armed with about 30 countries to stop off at I waltzed in to a travel agent who cut it down to about 9 in order to make a planned route.

    Canada, U.S.A, Tahiti, New Zealand, Noumea, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

    Mostly worked in New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington) and in Australia (Sydney area, Brisbane area) with spells in Melbourne and Adelaide also.

    When arriving in Thailand had no idea about the place and was told by a travel woman to go on to Pattaya as I would like it there. I asked no questions and just followed orders (this is 1984 mind you). The lady was correct I did like it there.

    When ringing my Mother, she asked when will you be home I said I am home. Leaving Thailand at that point and going back to the UK was akin to the electric chair.

    Pattaya is not now my preferred choice at all, in fact can't remember when I last went, but in the beginning it was everything the Uk was not.

  2. #2
    The artist formally known as Wabbits Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน wabbits's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Age
    54
    Posts
    10,294
    A friend of mine was going to Thailand and asked me to accompany him as he had some business in BKK but said we should go to Patong first to relax. Have to say i was reluctant and at that time preferred China and was about to book tickets to there again.
    I said will i like it...he just smiled.
    Well i loved the contrast of China of the new and old and the types of people you see and the smell so different to Australia.

    I get off the Plane and into the taxi and scream off to Patong. OL MY GOD i did not know vans could go that fast or it was even possible to change 3 lanes that quick without skidding down the soi on your roof.

    Up over the hill to Patong, looking down, the sight i will always remember.....a very good feeling.
    Well long story short i had a very good time satisfied myself about many things, you know i can die happy now sorta things.

    But in the end you must understand it for what it is. 5555555 That initial few days could you bottle that feeling.....

    And as some here know the end of this trip while in BKK i met a lady..a very chance meeting that changed my life for ever.
    .

  3. #3
    Frequent Flyer kaptainrob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Lannaland
    Posts
    8,694
    Simple answer, AirAsia took me to Thailand

    A $99 OOL - KUL special prompted a long overdue visit to LOS. Long overdue as I'd done Africa, Europe, Singapore, Indonesia and many other countries (some many times over the years) yet always had a longing to visit more of Asia, LOS in particular.

    Now, 18 months later, I can't stay away. I love Thailand, it's culture, people and food. Even Thai politics and life-style have a certain attraction being so far removed from our over-regulated society.

    The long answer would take a lot longer, suffice to say, BM's already know the long answer!
    Cheers, Rob.
    Lifes journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but to skid in sideways totally worn out, shouting: holy s.h.i.t what a ride!

  4. #4
    Organic AI Quarky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    52,711
    My mate had been to Thailand a few times... so he primed me. Though he knew I wasn't particularly into Asian women... eventually I said I'd do a 4 night stopover on route from the UK to NZ... first night in Bangkok then 3 nights in Patong... I never slept for 4 days... just a surreal dream. I still think on average I find farang girls (European) more attractive, but as a collective, Thai girls are just great fun to be with... and I have been back many times since 2006.
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


  5. #5
    ประเทศไทยเพื่อน Founding Member Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน PatongBeachBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    4,407
    Must have been on the same deal as Kaptain Rob... $99AUD from Mel-KL... Had been to KL a few times by this stage and also to Penang... I had recently seperated from the ex and thought that it was a good idea to take the kids away....
    We were so close to going to the Gold Coast and in fact at the time the kids were a little pissed off with me....
    Not long after booking the tickets to KL specials all around LOS were popping up.... to date one of the best places I have been to, loved BKK hated Patong and could easily call Isaan a home away from home

  6. #6
    Foundation Member Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน G4orce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Pattaya
    Age
    33
    Posts
    3,010
    what brought me to LOS was my grandpa passing away. in the will he left me dad and the 2 other siblings the house and said to sell it and go on a holiday. Mum and dad had always want to go to Thailand and wanted to show me and my brother a different way of life (as others were living it) They took us to Bangkok and then to Patong. We both loved every minute of it and knew we would be back without the parents one day.

    What brought me back was the idea of a Boys trip to QLD that worked out cheaper to go to LOS. I cannot see myself stopping visiting LOS of the years. I would love to live there one day.

  7. #7
    Foundation Member Uber Star quiksilva's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Perth - Australia
    Posts
    1,485
    September 09 - family holiday to venture away from Bali.
    That been said, me and the younger brother were hiring ST rooms on the second night (;-)

  8. #8
    Cadet Gold giggsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Yeovil, Somerset, United Kingdom
    Posts
    231
    Such a well travelled bunch.
    One thing seems to stand out with you all (I should say us all) and that is
    we all catch the bug and have to return for more.

    It does seems to change however from
    that initial feeling that wabbits terms correctly as ''you want to bottle'', to then trying to find out
    more about the rest of the country and its culture as you all have done.

    I have actually never been to Patong only Phi Phi, Krabi and Ao Nang, but very beautiful area.
    Isan is full of culture and I must admit I love visiting the region now and again.

    There must be something with the Isan ladies, certainly the English seem to love them as there
    are quite a few here where I live.

    As you have travelled extensively as a group. Has any other country that you have visited ever had the same impact on you as Thailand?
    If it has I will make a beeline to visit.

    Still have not been to the Northern territories yet or Western Australia

  9. #9
    Organic AI Quarky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    52,711
    Are flights from Aussie to LOS quite cheap? $99 to KL seems amazing... Flights from the UK to LOS are generally over 500 (AUS$770). What is an average Australian fare to LOS?
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


  10. #10
    Foundation Member Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน G4orce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Pattaya
    Age
    33
    Posts
    3,010
    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    Are flights from Aussie to LOS quite cheap? $99 to KL seems amazing... Flights from the UK to LOS are generally over 500 (AUS$770). What is an average Australian fare to LOS?
    I have not seen them that price before I was shocked to see it, but would believe anything from AA. I just got a special of $230 each way with Jetstar, I would say average cost is between $300 - $450 each way

  11. #11
    ประเทศไทยเพื่อน Founding Member Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน Arliss Michaels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Down South
    Posts
    3,222
    First trip was with old Farang GF, which was good, as we had done Bali and thought Phuket was better (no knowledge of P4P at this stage), then next trip went with really good mates a married couple, and another mate, and had a wow of a time (knowledge of P4P better), then last year went with mates, 4 of 6 virgin inductees (knowledge of P4P real good), so we had a great time again. Got home with LOS blues bigtime, have been reading reading on LOS since and on way back soon, but completely different reason than when I originally booked.
    The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese

  12. #12
    Organic AI Quarky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    52,711
    Quote Originally Posted by G4orce View Post
    I have not seen them that price before I was shocked to see it, but would believe anything from AA. I just got a special of $230 each way with Jetstar, I would say average cost is between $300 - $450 each way
    That explains the large influx of Aussies in recent years then... 555
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


  13. #13
    Organic AI Quarky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    52,711
    Quote Originally Posted by Arliss Michaels View Post
    First trip was with old Farang GF, which was good, as we had done Bali and thought Phuket was better (no knowledge of P4P at this stage), then next trip went with really good mates a married couple, and another mate, and had a wow of a time (knowledge of P4P better), then last year went with mates, 4 of 6 virgin inductees (knowledge of P4P real good), so we had a great time again. Got home with LOS blues bigtime, have been reading reading on LOS since and on way back soon, but completely different reason than when I originally booked.
    I'm looking forward to your next trip more than most. When are you booked to go again?
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


  14. #14
    Foundation Member Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน G4orce's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Pattaya
    Age
    33
    Posts
    3,010
    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    That explains the large influx of Aussies in recent years then... 555
    Yeah I am told there is a huge percentage of Aussies these days and you can clearly see it when you are there. TBH I cant stand the drunken Footy groups and whatnot that travel there from Australia. Is that bad?

  15. #15
    Organic AI Quarky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    52,711
    Quote Originally Posted by G4orce View Post
    Yeah I am told there is a huge percentage of Aussies these days and you can clearly see it when you are there. TBH I cant stand the drunken Footy groups and whatnot that travel there from Australia. Is that bad?
    I'm the same... drunken young yobs anywhere.... Ibiza was always full of drunk Brits wearing footy jerseys... it was nice to get to Thailand and not see them... but the young Aussies have become more and more noticeable... but I just avoid them so it's not too bad...
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


  16. #16
    Cadet Gold giggsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Yeovil, Somerset, United Kingdom
    Posts
    231
    Surely you don't have drunken yobs in Aus, do you?
    I thought they only lived here in Britain and as you say Ibiza.
    If hordes of them arrive in LOS then I'm off to Borneo

  17. #17
    Uber Star Soi wanderer Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน justcruzing1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Nth Brisbane Qld Aust.
    Posts
    12,867
    OK,
    I was working on the same development for 4 years, had been on other land developments for 9 years. Sop 13 years the same and I was burnt out, still making sales, but hated waking up each day.

    I had been 4 years without a girl. By my choice. Just went to the casino and gambled.

    I hade intended to go to Thai many years ago, so one day I woke up, knowing I could get my superanuation by saying I was retired.

    I resigned, said I was retiring, and got my super. As soon as it was in my account I booked 3 days away flight Sydney to Bkk.

    I knew I could get BG's for so much less than here, but never ever expected what I got.

    I spent the first 3 weeks, Bkk and Patong, mongering, then went to Pattaya, to keep mongering, but first night met her, and that, despite me trying to monger again, was that.

  18. #18
    ประเทศไทยเพื่อน Founding Member Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน Arliss Michaels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Down South
    Posts
    3,222
    Quote Originally Posted by Distantpeak View Post
    I'm looking forward to your next trip more than most. When are you booked to go again?
    Off mid May - looking forward more than most , why? 555 Should be a good TR one way or another

    The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese

  19. #19
    Organic AI Quarky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    52,711
    Quote Originally Posted by Arliss Michaels View Post
    Off mid May - looking forward more than most , why? 555 Should be a good TR one way or another
    Cause I wanna see if she's gonna getcha.... getcha, getcha, getcha... 555

    Becauce it's started via a website... so be interesting to hear how it pans out.
    My only experience was in a pie making factory managing the gravy team


  20. #20
    The artist formally known as Wabbits Thai Dreamer ผู้เพ้อฝัน wabbits's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Age
    54
    Posts
    10,294
    Quote Originally Posted by giggsy View Post
    Such a well travelled bunch.
    One thing seems to stand out with you all (I should say us all) and that is
    we all catch the bug and have to return for more.

    It does seems to change however from
    that initial feeling that wabbits terms correctly as ''you want to bottle'', to then trying to find out
    more about the rest of the country and its culture as you all have done.

    I have actually never been to Patong only Phi Phi, Krabi and Ao Nang, but very beautiful area.
    Isan is full of culture and I must admit I love visiting the region now and again.

    There must be something with the Isan ladies, certainly the English seem to love them as there
    are quite a few here where I live.

    As you have travelled extensively as a group. Has any other country that you have visited ever had the same impact on you as Thailand?
    If it has I will make a beeline to visit.

    Still have not been to the Northern territories yet or Western Australia
    I am in my mind not well traveled but in time i will fix that.
    China in itself is a life time of travel and have just scratched the surface there. Great to visit and to live i could easily live Beijing very livable for western people.

    Lao is laid back and Vientiane is a city though more big country town i could happily live there. Long term would be easier than LOS.

    Cambodia not for me though have not seen much so still open.

    LOS the impact initially i loved but that fades and there has to be a reason above this to return.
    I love the very imperfect way that things work. I prefer to be away from tourist area's where things start to feel different.
    BKK away from Sukumvit area there are some area's that are great just normal places but full of interesting people going about there lives.
    Up in Isaan has a slow casual feel easy to slip into. Sitting around with family and the laughing the kids running around, the food the music.
    Hard to put a finger on it just suffice to say it feels right.
    .

Page 1 of 9 123 ... LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •