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  1. oliver17

    BTS Skytrain Bangkok

    I would get sicker witnessing that than I would by contracting Covid.
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    Lohas Residences

    I stayed there 2 years ago a few nights. I know that not exactly recent, but it probably hasn't changed much. It was LB friendly and the staff treated girls with respect. There were no guest fees. Note that they did not take LB IDs at the front desk. That may or may not matter to you. The hotel itself is well maintained with good service. The rooms are very similar to what you find at places like Phachara or Legacy Suites. An odd thing I remember is that their room phones looked like they were straight out of 1974. Big, clunky push button desk phones with flashing red bulbs but they hopefully updated those since then. They do have a large and good pool. It's located on Soi 2, but that soi gets very little auto traffic and has no restaurants or bars. For any of that or to get a taxi, you need to go out the back entrance to Soi 4. Good luck.
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    Air Travel during the New Normal

    I came across this today in Bangkok Post. I know there has been concern about travel insurance perhaps refusing to cover health care costs associated to Covid, but it looks like LOS will pick up the tab in exchange for a 200 or 300 baht ticket tax fee. Things are slowly gearing up for a return of international travel. Now they need to focus on test-based alternatives to a 14 day quarantine on arrival... https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1916332/tourism-levy-mulled
  4. oliver17

    Air Travel during the New Normal

    I received this from Qatar Airways today. It's all very preliminary, but it gives you an idea of what the timetable is for moving forward over the next couple of months. Encouraging news, I would say.
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    Air Travel during the New Normal

    I saw this today concerning Covid testing at Vienna's airport for arriving passengers. It will cost 190 Euros (US $200 or so), results will be available in 3 hours and if you test negative you can avoid a 14 day quarantine in Austria. You can also present a cert from your prior point of departure if it's no older than 4 days. I am guessing something like this will be the standard for immigration at BKK and other airports around the world. I hope so, because I know nobody wants to do a 14 day quarantine on arrival. Sounds great, too bad it will cost $$$. The Wuhan virus is a gift that keeps on taking, taking, taking. https://www.viennaairport.com/pcrtest
  6. oliver17

    Air Travel during the New Normal

    As an example of how the airlines view the time frame for resumption of passenger service, Emirates won't be flying until July at the earliest. I am sure other carriers are looking at the same scenario and they are probably getting info about when border closures will end and international flying may resume directly from governments. https://www.arabianbusiness.com/transport/445448-emirates-airline-passenger-flights-set-to-remain-grounded-until-july?fbclid=IwAR17o4uh-OY1uZVVLTxR0Yo73j-eGVF1-stq-PGoeRQVxQxe_ByqOwb0PNk
  7. oliver17

    Hiv In Ladyboy Scene

    The real question is how is it determined who is transsexual and what criteria was used for the determination. Does that just mean people who simply self-identify as trans, or does it mean people who have started hormones and/or surgery, or people who are living full time as opposite sex but don't use hormones, or does it mean all of the above combined? I have always been skeptical of numerical figures presented by experts about gender ID and sexual behavior. You never know what the criteria they used when they did their calculations.
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    Anyone for Cricket

    My girlfriend ate a basket of insects at Asiatique. I thought it was grasshoppers but it may have been large crickets. To be honest, I don't know and I don't care. It's just one more "exotic" Thai food tradition that needs to be avoided by thinking farangs, like eating durian or putting ice cubes into a beer.
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    Taxi service from Sukhumvit to Pattaya?

    I also recommend Nam's for all reasons outlined by Hkaus and others. They are very punctual and their drivers are absolutely safe unlike a regular taxi. I hate using Bangkok taxis to travel to Pattaya because sometimes you end up with a ting-tong driver who is either unsafe or doesn't know his way around Pattaya (often they are both). Car service is the only way to go. Another option are these people. I have used them for several trips to Pattaya and also Pranburi. They are similar to Nam's with safe drivers and spotless cars. Only difference is that you use a credit card to book them online. https://www.limousine.in.th/index.php
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    Rembrandt Hotel Suites and Towers

    All you have to do is type "Rembrandt" in the search box and it will bring up about 20 posts, including pics and a mini review from One True Saxon a couple of years ago. There's years of info and wisdom to be found here with minimal effort. If you can't find the answers you look for, simply send them an email and ask what their guest policy is and tell them a ladyboy will be the guest. Don't be shy because they have heard it all before anyway.
  11. oliver17

    Guest Friendly Hotels In Bangkok

    Last time I stayed there was February 2018. There are 2 towers on that property. One is the Radisson Hotel, the other is In Residence. They share the same facilities and are obviously attached at the hip, but I don't know what the exact relationship is. The only problem I ever had there occurred during a previous stay when a balky key card sometimes didn't function. Needless to say, it was not much fun going down to reception at 4:00 AM while stumbling drunk and having them send up a maintenance guy. I didn't have any problems at all during my most recent stay. Whether the rooms need "renovation" is a personal judgement. The furniture in my rooms was in fine condition, the carpet was not worn, it was well maintained and I have never noticed broken chairs at the pool. I always take customer reviews of hotels with a big grain of salt when it comes to critiquing decor. Everybody has their own tastes and I don't care if somebody else hates art deco style furniture or whatever and thinks the hotel needs to get rid of it for the sake of renovation. I take them more seriously when reviews focus on service, property maintenance and cleanliness because to me that's where the rubber really meets the road in assessing hotels. You can go to Trip Advisor or other review sites and look up hotels such as the Peninsula in Chicago, the Tokyo Park Hyatt or the Four Seasons in New York -hotels among the finest on the planet - and always come across prissy jackwits stating that the properties "need updating". It proves that some people are so hard to satisfy they will be complaining about the bright lights and noise when they are planted six feet under. The hotel business is a tough racket, for sure.
  12. oliver17

    Guest Friendly Hotels In Bangkok

    6k baht will get you a room in most of the upper end hotels. Landmark meets that criteria. It's elegant and lot of guys like it because of its proximity to Nana. Adelphi is good, but it's a bit overpriced when compared to Phachara which is closer to Nana and offers you almost identical rooms for less. I don't know anything about Doubletree. I have stayed at Galleria 10 in the past, and it's perfectly acceptable. Forget that "walk of shame" stuff. I promise you that the staff at any of the hotels around lower Sukhumvit don't care what you do because they have seen it all eleventy billion times in the past. They don't care. REPEAT: They don't care. As for other farang guests whose delicate sensibilities are shaken by the sight of the world's oldest profession, why in the hell did they choose a hotel in the world's largest red light district? Their issues are their problem, not yours. If you want to stay in suite type rooms, I also like In Residence suites on Soi 13 (adjacent to Radisson suites). They have large suites and a good pool on the roof. Soi 13 is next to Soi 11 but without the traffic and noise found on 11, meaning you can enjoy 11 easily without having to actually stay there.
  13. oliver17

    Travel Cameras

    It's also a myth that electronics are cheaper in Asia. They aren't and they are frequently quite a bit more expensive than in the west. For US residents, duty free is hardly ever a bargain. It's only good for items that are sometimes hard to find in the states, such as certain Japanese whiskeys.
  14. oliver17

    Phachara Suites Visitor / Joiner Policy

    Did you try your bank? I have no idea about UK debit card protections, but in US they are almost identical to credit card protections. For that much money, I would contact the bank and be a pain in the ass about it until they give your money back. This won't be the first time they have seen this situation, and as a customer they should give you some help. Don't give up until you have tried everything. Phachara won't help because it's not in their financial interest to do so. Don't even screw around with them, just deal with your bank.
  15. oliver17

    Phachara Suites Visitor / Joiner Policy

    Do you have a non-cancellation reservation? You should be able to walk away from it with your money back. I had one of those on last trip to BKK at a hotel, decided I didn't want to stay there and told American Express the same. I didn't even bother to contact the hotel. Amex refunded the money to me with no questions asked. Don't deal with Phachara, only contact your credit card company and they should refund you.