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by arjay
February 17, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Nong Khai mini bus
Replies: 7
Views: 899

Re: Nong Khai mini bus

Hi Can I get a mini bus from Central Plaza to the border crossing at Nong Khai or do I need to go back to the airport and use the Limo service at exit gate 3? I will be staying at the Centara 1 night then doing a border bounce and back to the airport. Well that’s my plan hopefully. DenC, If you don...
by arjay
February 17, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Alternatives to Thailand
Replies: 95
Views: 11870

Re: Alternatives to Thailand

After 15 years in Thailand, 7 of which were in Phuket, 1 in Udon and the last 7 in Nong Khai, I relocated back to the UK in 2015, and have been visiting LOS about once a year since. I am thinking, as I have no ties to LOS whether there are any countries with similar characteristics that I could vis...
by arjay
February 12, 2019, 11:39 pm
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Alternatives to Thailand
Replies: 95
Views: 11870

Re: Alternatives to Thailand

You weren't trying to frame him, were you?

I had heard of the Gambia, but think it might be a bit on the primitive side, and health issues might be a worry.
by arjay
February 12, 2019, 11:25 pm
Forum: World News
Topic: Gordon Banks has passed away
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Gordon Banks has passed away

Gordon Banks has passed away - age 81.

RIP Gordon Banks:

https://youtu.be/ngE9RCAdWaE
by arjay
December 18, 2018, 11:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous goods for sale/wanted/free
Topic: Christmas turkeys
Replies: 6
Views: 664

Re: Christmas turkeys

When scanning through recent posts on UM, I was amused to note that the most recent post on a thread titled "Christmas Turkeys", was by "Dunroamin"! :-k Indeed. :lol:
by arjay
December 15, 2018, 4:47 pm
Forum: Udon Thani & Thailand Video Clips
Topic: Old (US) Christmas special show from Thailand and SE Asia
Replies: 0
Views: 3974

Old (US) Christmas special show from Thailand and SE Asia

I thought those with connections with the US military, Thailand, Vietnam and of course Udon/Udorn maybe interested in this Christmas show video from back in the days. Love some of the pronounciations.

https://youtu.be/8uqN5mXWHZM
by arjay
December 9, 2018, 10:29 pm
Forum: Health & Beauty
Topic: can you hike up 3 flights of stairs ?
Replies: 7
Views: 798

Re: can you hike up 3 flights of stairs ?

I don't understand why the word "hike" was used. They appear to be talking about walking up 3 flights of stairs. Hiking suggests to me a long walk probably with boots and a rucksack and probably over uneven terrain.
by arjay
November 21, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Come back Farangs! Tourism in Chiang Mai decimated by Chinese exodus
Replies: 34
Views: 2171

Re: Come back Farangs! Tourism in Chiang Mai decimated by Chinese exodus

I've just returned back to blighty, from a 3 week trip to LOS, spending around 10 days in each of Nong Khai, Udon Thani and Bangkok, and I found the levels of tourists (and numbers of people) much lower than when I lived there previously or indeed upon previous visits. The locals I spoke to were of ...
by arjay
November 1, 2018, 10:33 pm
Forum: Udon Thani Accommodation
Topic: where to stay for 2 or 3 day visit
Replies: 22
Views: 5590

Re: where to stay for 2 or 3 day visit

How do those 2 hotels (the Kavinburi and UD Residence) compare with the new UD Capital, almost across the road ( on the same side as and just beyond Nutty Park). I would guess the latter is noisier. UD Residence currently 690 bt. Kavinburi 1100/1300 bt. UD Capital 850bt. exc breakfast, except higher...
by arjay
October 29, 2018, 8:51 pm
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Preferred Route & Airlines from Udon to Pattaya
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Re: Preferred Route & Airlines from Udon to Pattaya

Thanks runrunshaw. Yes I have a taxi company that I regularly use who will do the Swampy Pattaya run for 1100 bt.

I wasn't sure how much hassle U-Tapao might be.
by arjay
October 29, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Hotel close to Suvarnabhumi airport (accessible from Don Muang)
Replies: 8
Views: 1011

Hotel close to Suvarnabhumi airport (accessible from Don Muang)

Any suggestions for a hotel to stay overnight close to Swampy airport, ideally with frequent free transfers to Swampy, ... and that will be easy to get to/find from Don Muang airport? E.g. that a taxi from Don Muang can find. Or a hotel close to an airport train station. (Flying into Bangkok Don Mua...
by arjay
October 27, 2018, 12:44 am
Forum: Health & Beauty
Topic: Best local hospital for a Gastroscopy
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Re: Best local hospital for a Gastroscopy

Thanks for the info Macca. Did you get given a printed report with coloured photos? (I did from Bumrungrad).

No one with any experience of having it done at AEK?
by arjay
October 27, 2018, 12:41 am
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Preferred Route & Airlines from Udon to Pattaya
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Re: Preferred Route & Airlines from Udon to Pattaya

Thanks for the replies.

Understood that U-Tapao is nearer to Pattaya (than Swampy), though the counter-balancing point for me is that I much prefer Thai Smile, their booking system and their check-in procedure, to Air Asia's (if it is Air Asia).
by arjay
October 25, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Preferred Route & Airlines from Udon to Pattaya
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Preferred Route & Airlines from Udon to Pattaya

Noting that, it's now possible to fly Udon Thani to U-Tapao for Pattaya, are there any conclusions or recommendations as to whether it is preferable to fly with Thai Smile to Bangkok (Suvarnaphumi) and then taxi/mini-bus transfer to Pattaya or whether it's preferable to fly Udon to U-Tapao and then ...
by arjay
October 25, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Health & Beauty
Topic: Best local hospital for a Gastroscopy
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Best local hospital for a Gastroscopy

Any suggestions which hospital and which consultant to use for a Gastroscopy/endoscopy? In an ideal world I would go to Bumrungrad, but to avoid the hassles of travel and accommodation in Bangkok, would prefer to get it done in Udon. In the distant past I have used, I think it was Dr Olam, who worke...
by arjay
October 25, 2018, 6:22 pm
Forum: Health & Beauty
Topic: UK GPs to see 15 patients at a time
Replies: 5
Views: 599

Re: UK GPs to see 15 patients at a time

Getting to see my GP isn't a problem. It's getting a referral onwards to see a consultant that is. After the GP makes a referral to an NHS consultant, it then takes weeks often months to actually get to see him. Sometimes a telephone consultation takes place in lieu of the first appointment.
by arjay
October 25, 2018, 6:19 pm
Forum: Health & Beauty
Topic: Be wary of green tea capsules
Replies: 2
Views: 554

Be wary of green tea capsules

Jim McCants took green tea capsules in a drive to get healthy in middle age. His doctors now say they left him needing an urgent liver transplant, writes the BBC's Tristan Quinn.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-45971416
by arjay
October 14, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: General Udon Thani Forum
Topic: Can you sail the Mekong
Replies: 16
Views: 1327

Re: Can you sail the Mekong

Can you sail up and down the Mekong river off Nongkhai, and beyond, in your own boat Maaka, I don't think it would be possible from a practical point of view. At certain times of the year the currents are fast and strong and there is debris including logs and tree trunks being carried downstream in...
by arjay
October 7, 2018, 2:32 am
Forum: Obituaries
Topic: Stan Smith, BKKSTAN
Replies: 17
Views: 2659

Re: Stan Smith, BKKSTAN

Yes, indeed I know and remember Stan well. From early Udonmap days at the meetings in Udon night market in 2006 and much later when I moved to Nong Khai. He would often cycle along the Rimkhong in Nong Khai and stop for a chat.

Oh dear, yet another one bites the dust.

RIP Stan.
by arjay
October 6, 2018, 1:56 am
Forum: Health & Beauty
Topic: daily tipple now risk of early death
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: daily tipple now risk of early death

stattointhailand wrote:I'm still trying to work out whether I should be putting butter or marge on me bread...........
Me too. I currently use an olive oil based margarine, but don't know if that's better than real butter, or other margarines. I heard someone say margarine is plastic based. :?

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