Address and orienteering in the streets of Thailand

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The names of the streets in Thailand at most resorts is duplicated in English, but orientation without a map or Navigator, and some skill, it may be difficult. Not only is the writing in English of the same street or point of interest may differ (e.g. street Phahonyothin, Phahon Yothin, Pahon Yothin, Phaholyothin it's the same thing, and it's not the most complicated case), and addressing system in Thailand can confound any cartographer. A little information below will help you understand the intricacies of Thai legend:

  • Major streets in Thailand are referred to as Thanon (often abbreviated as Th), for example - Thanon Sukhumvit. At the same time, in the English version often such streets are designated as Road or Rd, i.e. Sukhumvit Rd.
  • To great streets perpendicular, angle or parallel usually adjacent small alleys called Soi, and they're just numbered. Ie Sukhumvit Soi 2 it's not the street name, just the designation of alley No. 2 on Sukhumvit. Odd and even lanes are on opposite sides of the street and are in ascending order. But what is bad, adjoining rooms can be located far from each other. For example, Sukhumvit Soi 39 and Sukhumvit Soi 40 are not directly opposite each other, and a few kilometers from each other.
  • More confusion makes the fact that many famous Soi receive their own names, and are indicated in different sources in different ways, for example Sukhumvit Soi 3 is also referred to as Soi Nana Nuea. And then even more difficult, since these have their Soi Soi.
  • House numbers are indicated at the beginning of the address, then there is a big street, then the number of the alleyway Soi. For example, 125 Sukhumvit Soi 13 125 means the house in lane 13 on Sukhumvit.
  • Sometimes the house numbers are indicated by a slash, for example 52/2. This is roughly similar to our case, i.e. 52/2 denotes the house No. 2 near the house No. 52.
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And finally, our subjective advice from my own experience: the Thai people, particularly adults, does not focus on the map. Show them the map and asking for directions is useless, they don't even understand the world (apparently at school they are not taught geography). So, if you go to them for help in finding a place, just to ask, "How come," and listen carefully as they will tell you the route. In answer usually follows instructions like "Go to the first traffic light, turn left, walk to the store so-and there turn right, etc."

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traveller Oct 11, 2017
In October 2017 20 popular beaches of Thailand for an experiment, and it will be a complete ban on Smoking on the beaches. The need has arisen due to the fact that the sand on the beaches began to find a huge number of cigarette "bulls". On the one hand it is good, but for Smoking on the beaches impose enormous fines of 100,000 baht or one year in prison! For Smoking!!! The ban will be marked with signs, so watch carefully if you don't know where it is entered. But information about the beaches, where there will be a ban.
As you can see, under the ban hit the beaches in Pattaya, Cha-am, Patong in Phuket, the beaches in Krabi. ...
antoch of 18 October, 2017
Hi all. Somewhere seen information that tiende banned electronic cigarettes. Anyone on this site heard? Really? ...
admin October 18, 2017

All right, prohibited, and a violation is punishable by a fine. ...
Марина1975 16 February, 2018
Hello. Whether in Thailand to share our new two-thousand bills?)) ...
admin 16 February, 2018

I don't know about the two thousandth, but to change our money in Thailand is not worth it. The course is very disadvantageous. ...
team 6 March, 2018
Hello. Prompt how better to go to Thailand, savage, or through a travel Agency? If a savage, then of course we will save money,but is it safe? The experience of the trip through a travel Agency you already have. ...
admin March 6, 2018

Hello! Rather, the question is not for this topic, the issue of the independent or with a travel Agency is discussed here - And the answer is ambiguous. Specifically to Thailand, here is my answer: self is not dangerous, and much more interesting. But what about the fact that will save, not everything is clear. If you go also, just as in a standard tour for 10-14 days in one place the type of hotel, beach, it is likely not save, and Vice versa. If you go on a period of several weeks, and even with the move, visiting some of the resorts/cities, then of course it will be cheaper. ...
sergei 30 July, 2018
I can't understand when I change my dollars to date me to watch the course of buy or sale ? ...
admin 12 August, 2018

Sorry for the delay, was traveling and missed your "Goethe" message.
Buy - buy dollars on such a course, sale - sell dollars at a certain rate. Ie, you need to look for the course "buy" ...
21 August, 2018
To the question about electronic cigarettes - Yes! They are banned in Thailand. For the import, use - you find yourself in the police, what the enemy does not want. ...

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