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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-08-2010, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Travelling to Thailand

Early this summer I am going on a short (2 week) backpacking holiday with two friends. Apart from visiting the usual tourist trap backpackers destinations and beaches I also intend to visit as many LFS and natural bodies of water as possible along the way. Iím not 100% sure of where or how I am getting to any places but so far we have compiled a small list of places we will probably visit:

Ko Pha Ngan
Ko Phi Phi islands
Ko Samui
Ko Tao

Whilst I am there I intend of doing a lot of snorkelling, fishing with my travel rod, bit of netting in the streams and smaller ditches and rivers and hopefully looking out of any nice plants. I also want to have a look at as many LFS as possible basically to get an idea of how things are run over there compared to back here and hopefully pick up a few bits and pieces or plants that arenít available here.
I donít know if many people have much experience with Thailand but mostly what I want to know is what I should look out for, any shops or fish markets worth checking out in any of those places or anywhere else for that matter! Is it possible/legal to post plants back to myself, I know I cant take them on the plane with me (or can I?) I have brought plants from Asia before via snail mail and as far as I can remember they werenít checked my customs or DEFRA, is this actually legal or is paperwork required? Again, Is it legal to collect small numbers of any plant from the wild?
Another thing I am having difficulty with is finding a decent resource for listing native species of plants and fish found in Thailand that I should be looking out for on my travels as I tend to naturally gravitate towards any small or large body of water I see wherever I go!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 04:53 AM
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well sounds like a real sweet time , only thing i cvan add is that ia m sure they have laws like we do as far as natural parks or areas illegal to take plants from (like removing plants from state park) vs finding them in a unregulated body of water , but i am sure some areas be able to ^^. and not sure about mailing them but let me know send me something fun!! ^^ HAVE FUN !!
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Head down to Chatuchak Market. It's a pretty well known market and they have a section specially dedicated to aquatic stuff.
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+1 on Chatuchak. Also a great place to eat!

Think the skytrain runs there as well.

Ko Tao has a nice vibe, Enjoy!


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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2010, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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I'm off in a week any last minute tips?
planning on going to Bangkok, Phuket, Phi Phi islands and a short 2 day trip to Kanchanaburi See this link to find out one of the biggest reasons!

Anyone with experience of shops, public aquaria or other fish/plant places of interest in any of those areas? Hopefully going to get some fishing and diving done although that will more than likely only be in the sea!

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Here's a last minute tip for ya, have fun! That's an awesome trip. Safe travels!!!
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+1 to Weekend Market by sky train, Ton of aquatic shops there. i bought marmio balls (Moss Ball) from there each about 10 dollar.

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