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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
Can anyone recommend a decent tailorshop in BKK that has good prices?
Looks like I need to gear up for the autumn/winter in the North.
08-18-2014 05:21 AM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
Tailor On Ten was mentioned before by Rio and always receives great Feedback. I have just tried their shirts and am happy with them.
08-18-2014 05:42 AM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
Men in Bangkok from the view of an expat girl: http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2014/08/11/10...ep-bangkok
08-19-2014 03:04 AM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
(08-19-2014 03:04 AM)libertad1312 Wrote:  Men in Bangkok from the view of an expat girl: http://bangkok.coconuts.co/2014/08/11/10...ep-bangkok

Can you imagine the hell that would break loose if Coconuts published 'the 10 types of girls you'll bang in BKK?'
08-19-2014 09:46 AM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
That was a seriously stupid article though, that could have been published everywhere, not Bangkok specific at all. Probably because western girls don't get laid at all in Bangkok usually. Although, I did meet a couple cute white girls I would have been happy to fuck, but then again, literally 95% of them didn't even enter into my mind.
08-19-2014 10:37 AM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
Hey Guys,

Bought my first ticket to Thailand, arriving in November. For those of you that traveled or live there, could you tell me if vaccinations/shots are needed. Ive been to the CDC site, but I dont always agree with them on things (ie: flu shots). I plan on hitting Bangkok, Chiang Mia, and some beaches.

From CDC site
Hep A and Typhoid are their recommended vaccs.

I might do some adventure stuff, so what about malaria?


Thx
08-19-2014 07:44 PM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
What do you guys usually wear in Thailand, both for daytime and for going out at night?

I'm going to Thailand for six weeks from mid October (first trip to a tropical country), and I'll be one of those "smelly backpackers" everyone seems to love to hate.
Doesn't mean I don't want to consider packing more than shorts, t-shirts, sandals and sneakers in the backpack though, but I seriously don't think I'll be able to wear much else with even a remote degree of comfort.

I'm normally a casually dressed designer jeans, nice v-neck t-shirts type guy, but jeans are going to be completely out of the question for me in Thailand. Anything over 25 degrees Celsius - hell, barely even that - and sweat is flowing like a river from my lower legs within minutes and I feel like I'm about to get heatstroke.

For daytime adventures I'm even giving up on the idea of wearing my usual cotton t-shirts and have gone looking for quick drying synthetics instead (Adidas, Nike) - very difficult to find something here that doesn't look too blatantly like sports shirts. A sweaty cotton t-shirt clinging to the torso feels positively disgusting, and takes forever to dry in high humidity.
Hell, even the thin quick drying hiking/cargo shorts seem like a necessity for me.

And I'm not sure at all what to bring for evenings and nights where it's probably still as hot or hotter than a warm summer day here in Europe.

Any way around the extremely casual touristy look for someone whose (quite fit) body responds to even mild European summer temperatures with copious amounts of sweating unless I'm sitting motionless?
08-19-2014 08:45 PM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
(08-19-2014 07:44 PM)gps1976 Wrote:  Hey Guys,

Bought my first ticket to Thailand, arriving in November. For those of you that traveled or live there, could you tell me if vaccinations/shots are needed. Ive been to the CDC site, but I dont always agree with them on things (ie: flu shots). I plan on hitting Bangkok, Chiang Mia, and some beaches.

From CDC site
Hep A and Typhoid are their recommended vaccs.

I might do some adventure stuff, so what about malaria?


Thx

I had hep A+B vaccinations already, and I got typhoid and diphtheria (combined with tetanus) for my upcoming six weeks trip.

Malaria is only supposed to be a risk in the border regions, and I've heard that the malaria pills (you can't get a vaccination as a shot) - which you need to take during and for a while after the trip - can potentially be a bit hard on the body, just like other antibiotics.
Just in case - and since I'll be traveling around the country - I'll bring enough pills (got a doxycycline prescription from my doctor) to last a few days until I can get to a hospital.

Now I'm just concerned about dengue fever. Shame there's no vaccination or medication for that yet.
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08-19-2014 08:55 PM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
Ill be in Badkok in November as well.
08-20-2014 07:02 AM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
MikeS, use the search function. There are so many datasheets and other information on Bangkok and all of Thailand. From shit to do, to tips on how to not look like a typical backpacker. Learn to acclimatize to Thailand weather. I moved here in March (beginning of hot season here), from Canada. I went from -41C to +45C in 24 hours. You get used to it. Bring some pants with you, no excuses.
08-20-2014 01:20 PM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
Though I've heard it said many times before, I've never been convinced that the body can actually properly physically acclimatize to different weather conditions - certainly not without months or years or adapt. Sure, after just a few days in very hot weather (we've had some 32+ C days here lately) the heat doesn't feel like a punch in the face anymore when I go outside - so that part doesn't really concern me about a Thailand trip - but even during an entire fairly hot summer I certainly don't sweat noticeably less at the end of it than I did at the beginning.

I'll read some more around the forum for opinions and suggestions. My usual jeans in a tropical climate though - not in a million years, I'll need to look for other thinner, more breathable fabrics if I'm going to wear long pants at any hour in Thailand.
08-20-2014 01:52 PM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
(08-20-2014 01:52 PM)MikeS Wrote:  Though I've heard it said many times before, I've never been convinced that the body can actually properly physically acclimatize to different weather conditions - certainly not without months or years or adapt. Sure, after just a few days in very hot weather (we've had some 32+ C days here lately) the heat doesn't feel like a punch in the face anymore when I go outside - so that part doesn't really concern me about a Thailand trip - but even during an entire fairly hot summer I certainly don't sweat noticeably less at the end of it than I did at the beginning.

I'll read some more around the forum for opinions and suggestions. My usual jeans in a tropical climate though - not in a million years, I'll need to look for other thinner, more breathable fabrics if I'm going to wear long pants at any hour in Thailand.

If you're a white dude who sweats even in colder summers, then I also doubt you will acclimatize, I didn't in a year and a half. Some claim they do.

You can wear jeans, but I would buy some in Bangkok, since you're correct that you need thinner material and not jeans made for cold winters too. It's not too bad after sundown.

Otherwise chinos are an excellent choice, get some slim fit ones in a couple of different colors, not the shapeless office drone types. Dockers have some good ones in Bangkok, but there are many brands.

You can wear shorts too, but before RioNomad charges in and accuses me of bringing down the image of westerners, I'd like to say only do this with a purpose and dress well still. Don't do that gym shoe and cargo shorts style that backpackers and sexpats are fond off. Shorts are quite acceptable in some situations, such as going out for brief stints, shopping in 7-11, going to the gym etc or even working in Starbucks, just don't go around at night or in shopping malls etc.

If you're not going to be wearing pants, then you're going to be relegated to tourist venues and tourist whores, that's just the way it is.
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
Linen pants, and a linen shirt, in light colors, made by a tailor, and negotiate. You'll look just like Don Johnson on Miami Vice.

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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
(08-20-2014 09:43 PM)berserk Wrote:  If you're a white dude who sweats even in colder summers, then I also doubt you will acclimatize, I didn't in a year and a half. Some claim they do.

You can wear jeans, but I would buy some in Bangkok, since you're correct that you need thinner material and not jeans made for cold winters too. It's not too bad after sundown.

Otherwise chinos are an excellent choice, get some slim fit ones in a couple of different colors, not the shapeless office drone types. Dockers have some good ones in Bangkok, but there are many brands.

You can wear shorts too, but before RioNomad charges in and accuses me of bringing down the image of westerners, I'd like to say only do this with a purpose and dress well still. Don't do that gym shoe and cargo shorts style that backpackers and sexpats are fond off. Shorts are quite acceptable in some situations, such as going out for brief stints, shopping in 7-11, going to the gym etc or even working in Starbucks, just don't go around at night or in shopping malls etc.

If you're not going to be wearing pants, then you're going to be relegated to tourist venues and tourist whores, that's just the way it is.

(08-21-2014 04:27 AM)Global Entry Wrote:  Linen pants, and a linen shirt, in light colors, made by a tailor, and negotiate. You'll look just like Don Johnson on Miami Vice.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll go shopping before the trip, or when I get to Bangkok.

I don't think I'll be too bothered about looking like a blatant tourist in the daytime - particularly when I go island hopping - but I would definitely prefer something different for going out at night.
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
A way to do the Miami Vice-type thing on the cheap:

Crisp white fitted shirt from H&M = 500 Baht (shirt as in one with buttons)

Fitted light chinos from Topman = 1300 Baht (I know it's a hipster store but the chino pants are damn good)
or pants from 'The Rooms' in Terminal 21 = 300 Baht (they are damn good for the price. All my suit pants are from there)

Boat shoes = Anywhere from 500 to 2500 Baht
or White low-top converse = 1000 Baht
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08-21-2014 10:10 AM
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
It turns out I had completely forgotten about a pair of white/light beige 100% linen pants I bought in H&M a couple of months ago (hadn't even taken them out of the bag). Very light and seem breathable. Look pretty good as well - as far as my casual style sense goes - but I might look for something nicer in Bangkok.

Standard cotten t-shirts from Zara, H&M and others are definitely out of the question in high humidity, I remember one day with particularly high humidity in Greece last summer, where my t-shirt was clinging to my torso just from standing still for an hour.
I'll probably stick to the sports synthetics for daytime and look for some linen shirts for night time.

Shoes will probably have to be the most neutral sneakers I can find (not Converse though, they're dreadful for walking without a stiff heel) - going shoe shopping tomorrow. Regardless of wanting to look somewhat stylish I'll still be backpacking (35 liters backpack), so I'll only have room for one pair of shoes plus sandals.
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
Just never leave your condo before 8pm, it's what I do. Much cooler then.
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I'm used to walking 6-10+ km every day when I'm on vacation (excluding any dedicated hiking trips). I'm sure that won't be tolerable in a tropical climate, but I'm not really the type to sit indoors most of the day when I'm in a new place. Although air conditioned bars will probably start looking inviting very quickly.

I'll probably be in Bangkok at least three or four times during that six weeks trip (just started working on my itinerary), so there might be time to settle into a slower pace than I'm used to on much shorter vacations.
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
I'm in Bangkok now until Sunday if anyone wants to meet up.

I went out to Route66 and Insanity last night. Route was good fun. Insanity seemed like nothing but hardcore pros to me, not really my cup of tea, although i did leave at 2am so maybe i should have stayed longer. I was told it closes at 3.30

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(08-21-2014 11:25 PM)zanetti Wrote:  I'm in Bangkok now until Sunday if anyone wants to meet up.

I went out to Route66 and Insanity last night. Route was good fun. Insanity seemed like nothing but hardcore pros to me, not really my cup of tea, although i did leave at 2am so maybe i should have stayed longer. I was told it closes at 3.30
Insanity is known for pros. Pretty much most after hours places are going to have a lot of pros in there. With the exception of WIP and Safe house, Scratchdog (some pros in SD) and Flix in RCA
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RCA closes at 2am these days? Does everyone go next door to Flix?
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(08-23-2014 08:19 AM)Kangaroo Wrote:  RCA closes at 2am these days? Does everyone go next door to Flix?
it was around 2:30-3am last sat when I was there.

With the current rule, most afterhours places are closing like 3-4am. Last two sat nights I went out after RCA, EVERYTHING was closed. Seems better to go out midweek, then everyone is forced to go to either shock/spicy/bossy. Kind of cool since its mixed with everyone from normal girls, tourists, and pros.
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RE: Bangkok Datasheet 2014.
thanks for the advice for tailors in Bangkok, I booked a fitting at tailor on ten the day after I arrive. (February)

while I'm there I'm going to look for some custom tailored jeans, anyone know where I can get some quality jeans made?
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http://www.rawrdenim.com/2013/01/introdu...-viapiana/

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Rio.

Did you have to wait two weeks?
How much did you end up paying?
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