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  1. I usually take a shared baht bus for 50 baht. Not too keen on riding a mototaxi with luggage.
  2. Everybody has every right to spend their money as they see fit. Also, the worst I can think of is being rushed by some taxi driver. I usually take the bus (or airtrain) and I actually don't mind hanging around the airport for an hour or 2. It allows me to: -get my sim card -change some money -freshen up -stretch the legs -get a bit of thai food at the food court -soak up a bit of Thailand before heading into BKK or Pattaya I usually take a taxi back to the airport though.
  3. Next time hire a baht bus. There must have been a few waiting at the pier. Taxi's in Pattaya are often from Bangkok and just hanging around until they get a fare back. Probably illegal for them pick up a local ride, maybe that's why he refused to turn on the meter and quoted you a high price.
  4. I'm saying you need cash usd to enter cambodia. Their visa on arrival cost $30. There is only 1 atm at the airport. Best to come prepared with cash usd in your pocket.
  5. Maybe it changed but last time I was there they would only accept cash for the cambodian visa. On my flight a lot of people arrived without $$ so there was a big line at the only atm in the airport, which would probably give dollars at a very poor rate. And you need dollars in cambodia anyway.
  6. That's a perfect plan in my opinion. Make sure to get dollars in Thailand cause you have to pay about $30 at the PP airport. And you need a photo for the visa (you can also pay a small fine). You can get dollars at TT exchange for a very good rate. Smaller notes are cheaper than large notes so get those. In Cambodia they mostly use USD. They use their local currency Riel for fractions of a dollar.
  7. The Haven, a few doors down from Retox. Good value and a variety of options. They also do good Thai food.
  8. Hard to tell if it's just a common cold unless a health care provider does a legit diagnosis. Symptoms like sore throat/coughing/fever can also be caused by several other things. For instance, it could be strep throat. Not unlikely for someone that has lots of intimate contacts. Strep throat should not be left untreated and require antibiotics.
  9. Sinusitis can also be bacterial. Please leave it up to a medical professional to diagnose which one it is.
  10. Yeah, Bell does pick up from BKK hotel and drop off at Pattaya hotel. About 350-400 baht.
  11. You can find TSA masterkey blueprints on the internet and use a 3d printer to get your hands on a copy. I would imagine thieves on airports have those nowadays. Best to use a non-zipper suitcase which has holes for a padlock. If the TSA or other non-US security wants to get in they can cut the lock and you're only out of a padlock and not lose the entire suitcase. If they do the scan near the drop off area you could also wait in case they want to open your suitcase. Nowadays I don't put any valuables in my suitcase and just leave the locks open. I do use a wrap around band in case of accidental opening.
  12. Why don't you like AirAsia? I've used them many times, also once for BKK-PP, and always seemed fine.
  13. Both have advantages and disadvantages. If the stop is about halfway and takes 1.5 to 2 hours I'd say it's comparable to a direct flight. Gives some time to stretch the old legs and take a decent shit.
  14. You may or may not get questions/problems for not having a return ticket without a proper visa. I'm pretty sure that officially you need a return/outbound ticket that shows you're leaving within 30 days. On several occasions I had to sign waivers for the airline which said that they were not responsible. It depends on the airline. Never had issues at thai immigration itself. Make sure that at the minimum you have a believable story that you'll leave the country within 30 days. Maybe that you'll travel overland to Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat or something like that. I would not say that you intend to add 30 days to your visa exemption cause they might view that as gaming the system.
  15. Right before the platform is a superrich exchange booth that has good rates. Saves you the hassle of changing cash on Nana station or Vasu.
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