Love history? Then check out these Thai destinations

… bangkok, Ayutthaya is well worth the trip if you want to see first-hand what an ancient Thai city looked like.   Chiang Mai You might know Chiang Mai for once being the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. This kingdom covered most of Northern Thailand at one point, but the Burmese invaded in 1557 and claimed Chiang Mai as their own. It took over 300 years for Siam (what Thailand was previously known as) to reclaim the city, and it now acts as the country’s northern capital. You’ll find an …

Is Thailand Wheelchair Accessible?

… sedan cars Tuk-tuks – a small minivan with a high tailgate Buses – which have no disabled access Local Baht Buses – these are local buses usually with long wooden benches going down each side of the bus. There is usually a high step to access the bus and it is very uncomfortable Coach Travel – for inter-city travel, with no provision for wheelchair users Rail Transport – The bangkok Skytrain and the bangkok Metro stations and trains are purpose-built with wheelchair …

The Top 5 Accessible Destinations in Thailand

… long, sandy beach, an airport and a rail link going directly to bangkok. Location Hua Hin is located some 124 miles (200 km) from bangkok, making this a popular seaside getaway for bangkok residents. The terrain is fairly flat for around 3 – 4 km until it meets the hills that surround Hua Hin Climate Hua Hin has a tropical climate with temperatures from 23 to 32°C, 74 to 90°F and typically has 3 seasons: The dry season, from November to February, the hot season from March to June and …

Jason’s Trip to Phuket

I arrived in Phuket on Saturday 6th April, flying in from bangkok. Me and my carer collected our luggage and rented a car relatively quickly. Booking a rental car on-line has its flaws; I selected the ‘Ford Focus model or similar’ because I have a 3 door Focus at home and know I can get in and out easily, plus my wheelchair fits in the boot easily. However, they didn’t have and Ford Focus’s when we arrived so the ‘similar’ was a Toyota with 5 doors. The point …

Road Transport in Thailand

An Accessible Travel Review by Andy Wright Accessibility for wheelchairs and walkers in Thailand For the disabled person in Thailand mobility is the major issue and challenge facing the visitor.  In cities such as Khon Kaen or even bangkok don’t expect the access to be the same as it is in your home country, although the more modern buildings aimed at Western tourists, will be more readily accessible.  Having travelled extensively around the world, Thailand is in the middle of the range, …

Bangkok’s Two Airports

An Accessible Travel Review by Andy Wright Don Muang or Suvarnabhumi? Coming to bangkok by plane, you’re likely going to land at one of two airports. If your departure city was London and a direct flight with an airline such as Thai Airways, you’ll end up at the main airport – Suvarnabhumi. In the past, the main airport was Don Muang but it was surpassed in importance when the permission for expansion of runways was denied. To be fair, I hate hearing “no” too, and …

Bangkok’s Rail System Wheelchair Access Issues

Activists highlight access problems on bangkok’s MRT and Skytrain rail networks Activists fighting for accessibility in Thailand have convened recently to discuss progress in improving access to bangkok’s BTS system as well as the MRT line. While some progress has been made, lifts are still missing from many BTS stations and while the MRT has lifts at each station, sometimes there is only one requiring those in need to cross dangerous intersections to reach them. Other issues include …

What Does The Coup In Thailand Mean For Tourists

Update – 16/06/14 The curfew has now been lifted in almost all areas.   The coup in Thailand  is featuring very heavily in world’s media at the moment and many countries embassies have advised not travelling to Thailand as the country is seen as being unstable. But what’s the real situation for tourists and tourism in Thailand? The issues of Thailand seem to have been localised to certain areas in bangkok. This has not affected the rest of Thailand, and life seems to go …

What’s The Best SIM With Prepaid Data In Thailand-And Where To Get It

Here is a guide to the best Sim card data Internet providers in Thailand. Most people buy a SIM card with data preloaded for use with a portable device such as an iPhone, iPad or tablet, but not all data providers are created equally. Thai SIM card providers 1. AIS: One-2-call: The strongest all-round coverage. 2. True Move: A good choice in cities such as bangkok although the sim card seems to lose coverage in more remote areas. Although as of around June 2015 True Move say they have the most …

Thailand Transport Minister speech of truth about infrastructure

At the end of July, Thailand Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt made a passionate plea to get the support of all political parties for endorsing a massive infrastructure investment plan worth THB two trillion (US$ 63.7 billion). The plan would run over a period of seven years and cover the development of new MRT lines in bangkok, four new high-speed train lines, the electrification and double-tracking of the rail network across the country, improving port facilities as well as setting new …

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