Thailand Travel Advice

We have put this post together with Thailand travel advice that everyone should know.

1. Everything in Thailand is negotiable,  well at least everything that isn’t in a retail shop or restaurant. Haggle, even if the sign says no discount.

2. Taxis should use a meter, haggle any fixed priced offer as they are charging you more than a meter would cost anyways.

3. Anywhere a taxi driver or tuk tuk offers to take you should be treated with extreme caution. It’s fair to say that if you haven’t asked to go there it’s a scam and everyone from the person speaking to you, the tuk tuk driver and the guy at the other end are all in on it. If you want a trip go to a travel agent. Also don’t let anyone talk you into just going to “see”, who knows where they may take you.

Tuk Tuk

4. Around tourist sites dodgy people will try to sell you overpriced trips and tell you the place you are going to is closed. This is most probably a lie and you should ask someone official or go anyways to confirm for yourself.

5. Don’t change any money before you go.  Money exchange booths are everywhere,  however at the airport you should only change what you need to get to your hotel as it’s a worse rate than in the city.

6. The traffic in Bangkok is awful,  try to use the MTS or BTS if you can especially during rush hour.

7. Never ever leave your passport with anyone. Passports go for a lot of money on the black market and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was missing when you returned to collect it.

8. Tuk tuk driver are crazy,  use these with caution.

9. In heavy traffic times use the airport rail link rather than the taxi, otherwise you will be sitting in traffic for ages. Don Muang has poor rail links and a taxi is the only viable option.

10. The budget airlines use the older Don Muang airport, while most international flights come into Suvarnabhumi. If you are booking a connecting flight after arriving please factor in the time to transfer to this airport.

Air Asia

11. On the islands you will see loads of stray dogs just running around. Don’t stroke them, they have been known to bite and are better left alone.

12. We read you need to carry your passport with you at all times, but we never did. It’s much safer in the hotel safe. If you like you can carry a photocopy of your passport.

13. Some places require ID to change money, I always used my driving licence which was accepted everywhere.

14. Drug users are dealt with harshly in Thailand, avoid at all costs. We heard from people who had been offered a pull on a joint only for the police or at least someone saying they were the police to pounce on them.

15. People have been known to have their bags snatched by people on motorbikes. Stay alert and keep your bag tight to your body and on the side away from the road.

16. Water in Thailand is cheap just about everywhere 10 baht or so. Make sure you stay hydrated.

17. Thailand is super hot, make sure you wear suncream.

18. In bars and clubs women will challenge you to varies games such as pool, connect 4 etc. If you win they will buy you a drink, if you win you have to buy them one. The odds of you winning are slim to none, these women play these games all day every day and could go pro.

19. Be careful when hiring jetskis or motorbikes, it is not uncommon for you to be asked to pay for damages once you have returned the item, even if you haven’t caused any.

20. Night markets are great places to get buy trinkets, tshirts and knock off electronics for small costs. Remember to haggle and be prepared to walk away for the best deals.

Bangkok Night Market

21. Thai food is really cheap and on the road a Pad Thai will cost you around 50-100baht.

We hope that this advice has been useful and wil help you on your trip to Thailand.

Koh Phangan to Phuket with Lomprayah

There are many companies that will take you from the islands to Phuket,  we chose to book with an agent using the Lomprayah service after hearing so much about it online.
It was all very straight forward,  we arrived at the Lomprayah desk where we handed in our agent issued ticket and was given our bus and boat tickets as well destination stickers for us as well as our luggage. In the picture you can also see the pricing of many other destinations.

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We then boarded the boat which went to Don Sak pier via the island of Koh Samui. The ride was very smooth and the boats they use are very fast and modern catamarans.

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Once we arrived at the pier we were greated with buses of various sizes taking people to their destinations.
Well at least everyone else was as we had to wait around 30 mins for ours to arrive.

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As long as you are on the bigger buses they are well equipped with comfortable seats, air as well as a toilet.
The ride to phuket was also very smooth and quite relaxing. Unfortunately there was a strong smell of pee coming from the toilet so my advice would be to sit upstairs away from the toilet.

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Around half way into the journey the bus stops to allow you to go and get something to eat.  There is a mixture of hot food and snacks for purchase.  We stopped for around 20 minutes.

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Our tickets to Phuket cost 1100 baht from the agent who also picked us up from the hotel. Lomprayah themselves charge 1000 baht so it means he only added 100 baht to the cost which is great value really.

On arrival in Phuket we was met by what I assume was the Lomprayah agent who sold us transfers to our hotel for 150 baht per person. The transfer were on small minibuses. It may have been possible to get a taxi on the street that was cheaper, but for such a low cost it wasn’t something I was going to explore.

We was really impressed with the Lomprayah service and would definitely recommend them for getting to and from the islands.

Butlins Big Weekends

A clubbing holiday is great fun and we look forward to them all year but there is another option that is closer to home and a lot cheaper, step forward the Butlins Big Weekends. These are weekends where you party hard for 3 nights, so don’t expect to get much sleep!

 butlins adult weekender

What are they?
A Butlins Big Weekend is a dedicated weekend for adults where there is live music & accommodation all include in the price you pay. As always with Butlins there are different accommodation levels. These are the Standard and Silver Rooms & Standard, Silver and Gold apartments.
We would say go for the Gold rooms, but I wouldn’t expect anything amazing. Just a reasonable standard for the weekend with a nice living room area to hang out in. Top tip, if you are not in a gold room don’t forget to bring a towel.

Who Goes?
These weekends are popular with stag and hen parties & groups of men and women aged 18 upwards. You won’t see families at these weekends, as they name says, they are adult weekends.

What type of music is it?
They try to cater for everyone in terms of the music. Some of the more popular ones include, We love the 70’s, Ultimate 80’s, 90’s reloaded & Soul Weekender.

Where are they?
They have the Big Weekends at all their camps which are located in Skegness, Bognor Regis and Minehead.

Can you take your own drink?
Yeap you can, so make sure you stock up the room for cheap pre drinking sessions. The drinks in resort are reasonably priced though.

Everyone should try a Butlins Big Weekend, they are cheap enough that you can just go and check it out. They run all year round so are perfect to go to while you are waiting for the clubbing holiday season to start. If you go with an open mind and don’t expect to much from the accommodation you will have a great time.

Check the Big Weekender webite

 

 

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid to return home

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid  to return home. In the latest development in the case of the “Peru Two” Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid, it seems as if they will be allowed to serve their sentence back home after the British and Peruvian authorities reach an agreement which will seen the women serve their sentence out in a British Jail.

Michaella McCollum Connolly
The two girls were caught last summer attempting to smuggle 11kg of cocaine out of the country last summer and quickly made headlines across the world being dubbed the “Peru Two”.
At first they claimed they had been forced into doing this by drug dealers but later admitted that they did it via their own free will for a reported £5000. The girls were facing a much lengthier sentence if they had put in a not guilty plea.
In the end they were sentenced to six years and eight months in December of last year. They are currently serving time at the Ancon 2 jail outside of Lima after being transferred from the Virgen De Fatima prison complex.Britian has agreed to take the two girls into the British prison system due to a repatriation agreement in place between the two countries.  This however is not an instant thing and it is expected to take a few months before the women will actually be repatriated.

What do you think? Should they be allowed to serve out their sentence in the UK? Do you feel like they are getting special treatment?

Mallorca Rocks to pull out of Magaluf at the end of the season

Mallorca Rocks, the sister brand of the famous Ibiza Rocks is coming to an End. The group behind the hotel has decided that they will be pulling out of Magaluf at the end of the season to concentrate on Ibiza and global expansion plans. I’m sure many fans of the hotel will be gutted to see such a loved and exciting brand go.
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Mallorca Rocks to pull out of Magaluf at the end of the season.

Full Press release below.

Ibiza Rocks Group today announce that this will be the final year of Mallorca Rocks. After five seasons operating the summer-long series of open-air gigs at the Mallorca Rocks Hotel, the market leading youth brand have made the decision to leave the resort of Magaluf at the end of the summer in order to focus on expansion plans both in Ibiza and globally.

Andy McKay, Founder & CEO, Ibiza Rocks Group says: ‘As the Ibiza Rocks Group expands with exciting new hotel and event projects in Ibiza and beyond, our strategic agenda has changed and the time is right for us to move on at the end of the summer season. We are really proud of what we have brought to the Mallorcan resort of Magaluf but we are pulling out of the resort in September. We will concentrate on building our Ibizan infrastructure and our global expansion plan and feel this is the right movement at the right moment for the Ibiza Rocks brand.’

Mallorca Rocks Hotel, events and retail stores will continue to operate as normal until the end of the season, after which all trading activity will cease.

Carnage Magaluf and Playhouse Bar have been Shutdown

The latest development since Magaluf made world headlines for a girl giving 24 blowjobs in a bar is that Carnage Magaluf and Playhouse Bar have been Shutdown.
Both companies have been told they must shut down for a year and the owners of Playhouse Bar have been hit with a €43,500 fine. They are allowed to appeal the decision so this could change in the future.

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See below for a statement from a local spokesman.

A council spokesman said: “The town hall has shown it is acting in a scrupulous legal fashion. We’ve acted only when a full and conclusive police report was in place.

“We haven’t acted on the spur of the moment based on the sole evidence of a video posted on the Internet. I think the message is clear.

“The town hall won’t tolerate activities of the kind featured in the video under any circumstances. We will use all the laws we have available to us to ensure there is no repetition.

“Playhouse and Carnage now have 15 days to defend themselves and I am sure they will do so because a 12-month closure could make anything think about closing up permanently.”

The spokesman added: “There’s nothing to stop Carnage opening up again under a different name if the council decision prospers. But if they chose to do so they’ll have to be aware of what they’re up against.

“A lot of bars and hotels they have been working with might not be so keen to work with them in the future. The fine of 55.000 Euros is a joint fine they can pay between them but the closure orders affects them both for the full 12 months.”

So should Carnage chose to, they could be back soon under a new name, however time will tell to see if they choose to do this. We wonder what will happen next in this on going saga.

Magaluf is still the same, and that is a good thing

After Magaluf hit the headlines in the last few weeks, we happened to be out there for four nights last week and the good news is Magaluf is still the same and that is a good thing. This is what we discovered during our short trip to the Spanish party island.

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  1. absolutely nothing has changed, the place is still rammed with revelers looking to party into the night. People are still drinking the night away and partying till the very early hours of the morning.
  2. The reps are still on the streets trying to drag you in their bars as you try to walk up the strip.
  3. Bar crawls are still going on, granted you are not so likely to see the activities that hit the headlines in recent weeks and the reps now have to wear a high vis vest but the bar crawls are defiantly in full swing.
  4. People are still drinking the cheap and nasty Rushkinoff vodka and the Rushkinoff cough is defiantly taking many victims every day.
  5. Jeremey Kyle got pepper sprayed while he was out there, so that’s always a good thing.

Basically just ignore the papers, ignore anything that says Magaluf is changing. Magaluf will never change for one reason, money! They will never end the cash cow they have there.
Does anyone remember Falarki? They tried to end clubbing holidays, realised there was no money in turning it into a family resort, then tried to get the clubbers back. It was too little too late, and that place is dead as dead can be now. Magaluf will never make this mistake.

Girl gives 24 blowjobs in Magaluf : Should you feel sorry for her?

Girl gives 24 blowjobs in Magaluf, Should you feel sorry for her?

I’m sure by now you have all heard or seen the video of this girl in Magaluf who for some crazy reason decided that giving 24 blow jobs in a nightclub was a good idea. Now while we are not condoning what she did as a good idea, it wasn’t, it was low class and a very trashy thing to do. Please don’t take this as us defending this girl, we just feel that other people must also take some responsibility in this.

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  1. The ‘lady’  was most likely drunk, as were the men taking part. I am sure there were people in the club including the managers and security who are supposed to be there to keep everything above board. Where were they when all of this was going on? In fact, where was her friends?
  2. You may say that this type of thing has gone on for years and that is true. Unfortunately this is 2014 and with a camera in every pocket and Twitter and Facebook providing real time sharing of these type of things, how could they not know that this would end up somewhere where she didn’t want it? Most importantly the person who uploaded this video to the internet is an idiot, but she only has her self to blame.
  3. From all reports, she is only 18. Granted we wasn’t all sucking 24 dicks in a nightclub in Magaluf at this age but im sure we have all done some pretty silly things. A mixture of being dumb and naïve probably led this girl to do such a silly thing.
  4. The guys are just as bad as she is. This video is unfair for 1 reason, her face is clear to make out while every single guy has their face hidden. It seems like this video was always intended to be distributed as whoever was operating the camera seems to take care to make sure only she was exposed in the video.
  5. The story goes that she was promised a holiday that turned out to be a cocktail. Well sucking 24 dicks from a holiday shows major greed and is quite clearly an absolutely disgusting thing to even consider, there is no defence for that. However she was still misled about her reward for completing her dick sucking marathon.

So while she did a completely slutty thing and will have to live with the shame of this for a long time to come, the people in the club including the men who took part are equally guilty but seem to get away with it due to them not being exposed in the video.
Furthermore the management of the club and the organisers of this event also need to take some responsibility as they should have stopped this well before it even got going.

Do not take this as us defending or condoning what this girl has done. At the end of the day she is an adult and has to take responsibility for what she has done. Nobody forced her to take part, and nobody forced her down on her knees and to open her mouth. Maybe this woman needs to start asking herself “What would my parents think?” before making any decisions in the future.

What do you think? Leave us a comment below.

How old is too old to go on a clubbing holiday?

A frequent question that comes up on our clubbing holiday forum is how old is too old to be going on a clubbing holiday? The answer to this question really does depend on where you are planning on going. Each resort has it’s own age demographic that should be taken into consideration when booking a clubbing holiday. Now lets answer the question how old is too old to go on a clubbing holiday :)

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Young Resorts
Magaluf / Kavos – Very popular with school leavers and college kids due to the cheap cost of getting there and the fact that it is a very cheap place to be. If you are older than say 22-23 you might feel a bit old here. These are popular choices for many peoples first clubbing holiday before they graduate onto somewhere else.

Young To Mid Twenties
Most resorts fall into this range, these are places that you would find a group of 18 year olds as often as you would find a group of 25 year olds. This includes Malia, Sunny Beach & Ayia Napa.
These resorts are good places to be as everyone heads there so you get a nice mix.

Young To Older Resorts
Now the more mature clubber ages 27+ you most likely do not want to be surrounded by a group of 18 year old kids. Fortunately you will find resorts that will also have mature people. The most popular are Ibiza in Europe or Thailand, Las Vegas & Miami.
Weekend breaks in places such as Amsterdam, Prague and Berlin are also good bets if you are looking for something short.

So to sum up, no matter what your age (within reason) there is a resort that you can go to, and remember what they say, your only as young as you feel.

The 5 Best Clubs in Budapest

With the temperature in the city rising, what better thing to do than dance ’til you drop at the coolest indoor and outdoor clubs in Budapest? A couple of hours away from the UK you will find Budapest’s world-renowned nightlife, with dozens of new venues popping up monthly. Clubs showcase internationally praised DJs and up and coming local beats, so you can find whatever gets your pulse racing. Here is a flavor of the hippest clubs you where you can cut your shapes to the biggest beats. Here is our list of The 5 Best Clubs in Budapest.

  1. Ötkert –Without a doubt, Ötkert is one of the most renowned party venues in downtown Budapest. Situated in elegant Zrínyi Street, in the heart of the city surrounded by mesmerizing sights such as St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Danube Promenade. Ötkert offers reasonable prices, no entry fee, a diverse menu, and varied programmes including exhibitions, concerts, acoustic evenings, conferences, and DJ sets, so you’ll certainly find what your looking for.

Otkert

  1. Hello Baby – Is the new big thing in Budapest, housed in the ornamental Haggenmacher Palace, built in 1886 on the corner of Eötvös Street and Andrássy Avenue and designed by Henrik Schmahl. The interior is amazing, with an inner courtyard, and a local branch of Budapest’s public library working there in the daytime. At night, the freshly opened giant bar provides good parties, cocktails and a wide range of urban electronic music. If you love urban chic, Hellobaby is the place to be.

Hello Baby

  1. Trafiq –The first club in 21st Century Budapest to conjure up the carefree atmosphere that characterized the city’s nights a hundred years ago. Dead serious naughtiness. An apocalypse floating in the air. An act of one-night worldwide redemption. An intriguing place to dance until you drop.

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  1. Akvárium – Akvárium Klub and surrounding Erzsébet tér are one of the most well-known meeting spots and one of the most popular party venues. Thousands of youngsters get together here night after night to chill out and dance. Akvárium Klub is more than a simple bar: it is a melting pot of contemporary arts, a venue showcasing unique events and concerts from mainstream to underground. Akvárium is a great spot with a friendly atmosphere that offers cool concerts, exhibitions and various performances.

 

  1. Szecska clubbing nights, Szechenyi Baths – Satisfy your inner culture vulture by partying to unique DJ-sets, mindblowing laser and smoke-formations, bars full of liquid and edible delicacies. Dancing ’til dawn in the Szechenyi Baths is something you will never forget. Expect tantalising tunes, very little clothing and great drinks.

Szechenyi Baths

Come and enjoy the very best of Budapest, live the city, and live the summer party dream – visit Budapest for the Budapest Essentials Festival (29 May – 1 June) to experience the coolest clubs and best DJs.