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    Elegies got a reaction from Sarosate in Everything I wish I knew before travelling to Phuket   
    Hi ladies!
    As this is the overseas forum, and judging by the sheer amount of ladies and gentlemen travelling to Phuket for medical tourism, I thought I would note some things I wish I knew about Phuket before travelling, and also some need-to-knows.
    This is just to make the transition easier and get the most out of your holiday, money and all in between.

    1.) Money
    A - Most currencies are much higher than the Thai baht. When paying for surgery, a lot of people are using travel cards and changing money before going over. If I could redo it, I would convert ALL my surgery money in Thailand. Why? Well, banks decide their own exchange rates. And in Australia these tend to be much lower than in Thailand. Now, if you use a credit card or a debit MasterCard/visa you will be charged usually a fee of around 3%. This still gets it cheaper than using your card directly to pay, withdrawing money and changing the money in Australia. But the best way... I would have brought all cash. Cash is king. No fees or percentage fees at some places, and a significantly higher exchange rate. Pays to look around as well!
    B - how cheap food is. I stressed about spending money and I wish I relaxed more. I just ordered 5 meals from room service and a drink and all together it was $16. Also, most things are so low priced due to the exchange rate - make use of it! Get massages, treat yourself as much as you can. So with it, especially before strenuous surgery.
    C - Be careful of bartering and people hassling you. Be polite but learn how much is too much. I have been taking taxis for half an hour to 45 minutes for around 400/450 baht. If it's too much, walk away and find someone willing to do it cheaper!

    2. Shopping
    Whoever says there isn't any shopping obviously doesn't know where to shop. I went to central festival and discovered a NARS counter, all the usual suspects like Chanel, YSL, you name it and it's probably there. Things are slightly cheaper but not overly so, and in this centre they offer a 10% off for tourists.
    I went crazy at H&M, la senza and there are some fabulous nail and eyelash extension bars and all of the woman are so beautiful and immaculate and the malls very modern and impressive. I haven't been to any markets, and may not go. I'm going to a larger mall tomorrow so will update then.
    Also movies are $4 and in English with Thai subtitles. Winning.
    No need to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soaps, etc etc etc - its at a better price in Thailand and you don't meed to stress about carry on limits of liquids and gels. They also have a lot of Korean and Japanese brands. i found my new favourite shampoo by soap and glory.

    3. Culture
    A - Everyone in Thailand is very respectful and polite. its not mandatory to tip, but I like to because I genuinely feel like they go out of their way to make me happy. Be respectful and polite back, don't lose your cool and you will have one awesome stay.
    B - bartering. Cut in half the asking price and go from there. This usually doesn't include anything from a food store, malls and shopping centres but any type of transport, and street stalls, yes. Go for your life.
    C - don't drink the water. Any drinks you order - ask for no ice unless you're in a modern place. I have been drinking bottled water the whole time here. The water is very different from Australian water so best stick to bottled stuff.
    D - don't touch the dogs. Most of them guard and aren't as cuddly as Aussie pooches. When they are lying around, they are tired from the heat - not dead!
    E - beware of scams. Motor boats, monkeys, just be careful. Read up on some of the popular ones online. I would also suggest staying away from animal shows - not fair to any animal to be put through that

    4. Transport
    For an entire day a cab can run you about 50$ AUD. If you take more smaller trips they will charge you more. Half an hour or so, 400/450 baht is acceptable and under that I would go around 300 and over I would go maybe 650/700 depending. Negotiate this and bring it as low as possible but make sure it's fair to the driver!
    Don't get a scooter. Just, don't. Promise? It's so dangerous, people drive quick and swerve around so even if you're confident in yourself you're still at a decent risk. Taxi drivers have been telling me how many accidents there are a day and it's a bit shocking. Stick to taxis.
    Don't I repeat DONT get into the 'open' taxis if you're in for a trip out of a main area and more distance eg further than 25 minutes, unless you genuinely want a good fright haha.

    5. Weather
    It can change from a drop of a hat. Even the forecast the day before wasnt that accurate! Make sure you bring AT LEAST a 50+ sunscreen If you want to remain unburnt.
    Don't sunbake too much before your appointment - nobody wants to heal from surgery AND a sunburn.

    Now of course these are just my personal opinions and what I wish I knew, so I thought I would share with anyone who hasn't been to Thailand before. I'm by no means asking anyone to follow these rules as law.
    i hope this helps at least one person... Anything else other people want to add, feel free!
    All in all Thailand is one of most relaxing countries I have been to, the people are so lovely, the weather is beautiful and the culture is lots of fun. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit again and again; just for a holiday.

    Xo
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    Elegies got a reaction from Dominique in Everything I wish I knew before travelling to Phuket   
    Hi ladies!
    As this is the overseas forum, and judging by the sheer amount of ladies and gentlemen travelling to Phuket for medical tourism, I thought I would note some things I wish I knew about Phuket before travelling, and also some need-to-knows.
    This is just to make the transition easier and get the most out of your holiday, money and all in between.

    1.) Money
    A - Most currencies are much higher than the Thai baht. When paying for surgery, a lot of people are using travel cards and changing money before going over. If I could redo it, I would convert ALL my surgery money in Thailand. Why? Well, banks decide their own exchange rates. And in Australia these tend to be much lower than in Thailand. Now, if you use a credit card or a debit MasterCard/visa you will be charged usually a fee of around 3%. This still gets it cheaper than using your card directly to pay, withdrawing money and changing the money in Australia. But the best way... I would have brought all cash. Cash is king. No fees or percentage fees at some places, and a significantly higher exchange rate. Pays to look around as well!
    B - how cheap food is. I stressed about spending money and I wish I relaxed more. I just ordered 5 meals from room service and a drink and all together it was $16. Also, most things are so low priced due to the exchange rate - make use of it! Get massages, treat yourself as much as you can. So with it, especially before strenuous surgery.
    C - Be careful of bartering and people hassling you. Be polite but learn how much is too much. I have been taking taxis for half an hour to 45 minutes for around 400/450 baht. If it's too much, walk away and find someone willing to do it cheaper!

    2. Shopping
    Whoever says there isn't any shopping obviously doesn't know where to shop. I went to central festival and discovered a NARS counter, all the usual suspects like Chanel, YSL, you name it and it's probably there. Things are slightly cheaper but not overly so, and in this centre they offer a 10% off for tourists.
    I went crazy at H&M, la senza and there are some fabulous nail and eyelash extension bars and all of the woman are so beautiful and immaculate and the malls very modern and impressive. I haven't been to any markets, and may not go. I'm going to a larger mall tomorrow so will update then.
    Also movies are $4 and in English with Thai subtitles. Winning.
    No need to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soaps, etc etc etc - its at a better price in Thailand and you don't meed to stress about carry on limits of liquids and gels. They also have a lot of Korean and Japanese brands. i found my new favourite shampoo by soap and glory.

    3. Culture
    A - Everyone in Thailand is very respectful and polite. its not mandatory to tip, but I like to because I genuinely feel like they go out of their way to make me happy. Be respectful and polite back, don't lose your cool and you will have one awesome stay.
    B - bartering. Cut in half the asking price and go from there. This usually doesn't include anything from a food store, malls and shopping centres but any type of transport, and street stalls, yes. Go for your life.
    C - don't drink the water. Any drinks you order - ask for no ice unless you're in a modern place. I have been drinking bottled water the whole time here. The water is very different from Australian water so best stick to bottled stuff.
    D - don't touch the dogs. Most of them guard and aren't as cuddly as Aussie pooches. When they are lying around, they are tired from the heat - not dead!
    E - beware of scams. Motor boats, monkeys, just be careful. Read up on some of the popular ones online. I would also suggest staying away from animal shows - not fair to any animal to be put through that

    4. Transport
    For an entire day a cab can run you about 50$ AUD. If you take more smaller trips they will charge you more. Half an hour or so, 400/450 baht is acceptable and under that I would go around 300 and over I would go maybe 650/700 depending. Negotiate this and bring it as low as possible but make sure it's fair to the driver!
    Don't get a scooter. Just, don't. Promise? It's so dangerous, people drive quick and swerve around so even if you're confident in yourself you're still at a decent risk. Taxi drivers have been telling me how many accidents there are a day and it's a bit shocking. Stick to taxis.
    Don't I repeat DONT get into the 'open' taxis if you're in for a trip out of a main area and more distance eg further than 25 minutes, unless you genuinely want a good fright haha.

    5. Weather
    It can change from a drop of a hat. Even the forecast the day before wasnt that accurate! Make sure you bring AT LEAST a 50+ sunscreen If you want to remain unburnt.
    Don't sunbake too much before your appointment - nobody wants to heal from surgery AND a sunburn.

    Now of course these are just my personal opinions and what I wish I knew, so I thought I would share with anyone who hasn't been to Thailand before. I'm by no means asking anyone to follow these rules as law.
    i hope this helps at least one person... Anything else other people want to add, feel free!
    All in all Thailand is one of most relaxing countries I have been to, the people are so lovely, the weather is beautiful and the culture is lots of fun. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit again and again; just for a holiday.

    Xo
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    Elegies got a reaction from Angelic in Everything I wish I knew before travelling to Phuket   
    Hi ladies!
    As this is the overseas forum, and judging by the sheer amount of ladies and gentlemen travelling to Phuket for medical tourism, I thought I would note some things I wish I knew about Phuket before travelling, and also some need-to-knows.
    This is just to make the transition easier and get the most out of your holiday, money and all in between.

    1.) Money
    A - Most currencies are much higher than the Thai baht. When paying for surgery, a lot of people are using travel cards and changing money before going over. If I could redo it, I would convert ALL my surgery money in Thailand. Why? Well, banks decide their own exchange rates. And in Australia these tend to be much lower than in Thailand. Now, if you use a credit card or a debit MasterCard/visa you will be charged usually a fee of around 3%. This still gets it cheaper than using your card directly to pay, withdrawing money and changing the money in Australia. But the best way... I would have brought all cash. Cash is king. No fees or percentage fees at some places, and a significantly higher exchange rate. Pays to look around as well!
    B - how cheap food is. I stressed about spending money and I wish I relaxed more. I just ordered 5 meals from room service and a drink and all together it was $16. Also, most things are so low priced due to the exchange rate - make use of it! Get massages, treat yourself as much as you can. So with it, especially before strenuous surgery.
    C - Be careful of bartering and people hassling you. Be polite but learn how much is too much. I have been taking taxis for half an hour to 45 minutes for around 400/450 baht. If it's too much, walk away and find someone willing to do it cheaper!

    2. Shopping
    Whoever says there isn't any shopping obviously doesn't know where to shop. I went to central festival and discovered a NARS counter, all the usual suspects like Chanel, YSL, you name it and it's probably there. Things are slightly cheaper but not overly so, and in this centre they offer a 10% off for tourists.
    I went crazy at H&M, la senza and there are some fabulous nail and eyelash extension bars and all of the woman are so beautiful and immaculate and the malls very modern and impressive. I haven't been to any markets, and may not go. I'm going to a larger mall tomorrow so will update then.
    Also movies are $4 and in English with Thai subtitles. Winning.
    No need to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soaps, etc etc etc - its at a better price in Thailand and you don't meed to stress about carry on limits of liquids and gels. They also have a lot of Korean and Japanese brands. i found my new favourite shampoo by soap and glory.

    3. Culture
    A - Everyone in Thailand is very respectful and polite. its not mandatory to tip, but I like to because I genuinely feel like they go out of their way to make me happy. Be respectful and polite back, don't lose your cool and you will have one awesome stay.
    B - bartering. Cut in half the asking price and go from there. This usually doesn't include anything from a food store, malls and shopping centres but any type of transport, and street stalls, yes. Go for your life.
    C - don't drink the water. Any drinks you order - ask for no ice unless you're in a modern place. I have been drinking bottled water the whole time here. The water is very different from Australian water so best stick to bottled stuff.
    D - don't touch the dogs. Most of them guard and aren't as cuddly as Aussie pooches. When they are lying around, they are tired from the heat - not dead!
    E - beware of scams. Motor boats, monkeys, just be careful. Read up on some of the popular ones online. I would also suggest staying away from animal shows - not fair to any animal to be put through that

    4. Transport
    For an entire day a cab can run you about 50$ AUD. If you take more smaller trips they will charge you more. Half an hour or so, 400/450 baht is acceptable and under that I would go around 300 and over I would go maybe 650/700 depending. Negotiate this and bring it as low as possible but make sure it's fair to the driver!
    Don't get a scooter. Just, don't. Promise? It's so dangerous, people drive quick and swerve around so even if you're confident in yourself you're still at a decent risk. Taxi drivers have been telling me how many accidents there are a day and it's a bit shocking. Stick to taxis.
    Don't I repeat DONT get into the 'open' taxis if you're in for a trip out of a main area and more distance eg further than 25 minutes, unless you genuinely want a good fright haha.

    5. Weather
    It can change from a drop of a hat. Even the forecast the day before wasnt that accurate! Make sure you bring AT LEAST a 50+ sunscreen If you want to remain unburnt.
    Don't sunbake too much before your appointment - nobody wants to heal from surgery AND a sunburn.

    Now of course these are just my personal opinions and what I wish I knew, so I thought I would share with anyone who hasn't been to Thailand before. I'm by no means asking anyone to follow these rules as law.
    i hope this helps at least one person... Anything else other people want to add, feel free!
    All in all Thailand is one of most relaxing countries I have been to, the people are so lovely, the weather is beautiful and the culture is lots of fun. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit again and again; just for a holiday.

    Xo
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    Elegies got a reaction from tinahaire in Everything I wish I knew before travelling to Phuket   
    Hi ladies!
    As this is the overseas forum, and judging by the sheer amount of ladies and gentlemen travelling to Phuket for medical tourism, I thought I would note some things I wish I knew about Phuket before travelling, and also some need-to-knows.
    This is just to make the transition easier and get the most out of your holiday, money and all in between.

    1.) Money
    A - Most currencies are much higher than the Thai baht. When paying for surgery, a lot of people are using travel cards and changing money before going over. If I could redo it, I would convert ALL my surgery money in Thailand. Why? Well, banks decide their own exchange rates. And in Australia these tend to be much lower than in Thailand. Now, if you use a credit card or a debit MasterCard/visa you will be charged usually a fee of around 3%. This still gets it cheaper than using your card directly to pay, withdrawing money and changing the money in Australia. But the best way... I would have brought all cash. Cash is king. No fees or percentage fees at some places, and a significantly higher exchange rate. Pays to look around as well!
    B - how cheap food is. I stressed about spending money and I wish I relaxed more. I just ordered 5 meals from room service and a drink and all together it was $16. Also, most things are so low priced due to the exchange rate - make use of it! Get massages, treat yourself as much as you can. So with it, especially before strenuous surgery.
    C - Be careful of bartering and people hassling you. Be polite but learn how much is too much. I have been taking taxis for half an hour to 45 minutes for around 400/450 baht. If it's too much, walk away and find someone willing to do it cheaper!

    2. Shopping
    Whoever says there isn't any shopping obviously doesn't know where to shop. I went to central festival and discovered a NARS counter, all the usual suspects like Chanel, YSL, you name it and it's probably there. Things are slightly cheaper but not overly so, and in this centre they offer a 10% off for tourists.
    I went crazy at H&M, la senza and there are some fabulous nail and eyelash extension bars and all of the woman are so beautiful and immaculate and the malls very modern and impressive. I haven't been to any markets, and may not go. I'm going to a larger mall tomorrow so will update then.
    Also movies are $4 and in English with Thai subtitles. Winning.
    No need to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soaps, etc etc etc - its at a better price in Thailand and you don't meed to stress about carry on limits of liquids and gels. They also have a lot of Korean and Japanese brands. i found my new favourite shampoo by soap and glory.

    3. Culture
    A - Everyone in Thailand is very respectful and polite. its not mandatory to tip, but I like to because I genuinely feel like they go out of their way to make me happy. Be respectful and polite back, don't lose your cool and you will have one awesome stay.
    B - bartering. Cut in half the asking price and go from there. This usually doesn't include anything from a food store, malls and shopping centres but any type of transport, and street stalls, yes. Go for your life.
    C - don't drink the water. Any drinks you order - ask for no ice unless you're in a modern place. I have been drinking bottled water the whole time here. The water is very different from Australian water so best stick to bottled stuff.
    D - don't touch the dogs. Most of them guard and aren't as cuddly as Aussie pooches. When they are lying around, they are tired from the heat - not dead!
    E - beware of scams. Motor boats, monkeys, just be careful. Read up on some of the popular ones online. I would also suggest staying away from animal shows - not fair to any animal to be put through that

    4. Transport
    For an entire day a cab can run you about 50$ AUD. If you take more smaller trips they will charge you more. Half an hour or so, 400/450 baht is acceptable and under that I would go around 300 and over I would go maybe 650/700 depending. Negotiate this and bring it as low as possible but make sure it's fair to the driver!
    Don't get a scooter. Just, don't. Promise? It's so dangerous, people drive quick and swerve around so even if you're confident in yourself you're still at a decent risk. Taxi drivers have been telling me how many accidents there are a day and it's a bit shocking. Stick to taxis.
    Don't I repeat DONT get into the 'open' taxis if you're in for a trip out of a main area and more distance eg further than 25 minutes, unless you genuinely want a good fright haha.

    5. Weather
    It can change from a drop of a hat. Even the forecast the day before wasnt that accurate! Make sure you bring AT LEAST a 50+ sunscreen If you want to remain unburnt.
    Don't sunbake too much before your appointment - nobody wants to heal from surgery AND a sunburn.

    Now of course these are just my personal opinions and what I wish I knew, so I thought I would share with anyone who hasn't been to Thailand before. I'm by no means asking anyone to follow these rules as law.
    i hope this helps at least one person... Anything else other people want to add, feel free!
    All in all Thailand is one of most relaxing countries I have been to, the people are so lovely, the weather is beautiful and the culture is lots of fun. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit again and again; just for a holiday.

    Xo
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    Elegies got a reaction from Melsey in Everything I wish I knew before travelling to Phuket   
    Hi ladies!
    As this is the overseas forum, and judging by the sheer amount of ladies and gentlemen travelling to Phuket for medical tourism, I thought I would note some things I wish I knew about Phuket before travelling, and also some need-to-knows.
    This is just to make the transition easier and get the most out of your holiday, money and all in between.

    1.) Money
    A - Most currencies are much higher than the Thai baht. When paying for surgery, a lot of people are using travel cards and changing money before going over. If I could redo it, I would convert ALL my surgery money in Thailand. Why? Well, banks decide their own exchange rates. And in Australia these tend to be much lower than in Thailand. Now, if you use a credit card or a debit MasterCard/visa you will be charged usually a fee of around 3%. This still gets it cheaper than using your card directly to pay, withdrawing money and changing the money in Australia. But the best way... I would have brought all cash. Cash is king. No fees or percentage fees at some places, and a significantly higher exchange rate. Pays to look around as well!
    B - how cheap food is. I stressed about spending money and I wish I relaxed more. I just ordered 5 meals from room service and a drink and all together it was $16. Also, most things are so low priced due to the exchange rate - make use of it! Get massages, treat yourself as much as you can. So with it, especially before strenuous surgery.
    C - Be careful of bartering and people hassling you. Be polite but learn how much is too much. I have been taking taxis for half an hour to 45 minutes for around 400/450 baht. If it's too much, walk away and find someone willing to do it cheaper!

    2. Shopping
    Whoever says there isn't any shopping obviously doesn't know where to shop. I went to central festival and discovered a NARS counter, all the usual suspects like Chanel, YSL, you name it and it's probably there. Things are slightly cheaper but not overly so, and in this centre they offer a 10% off for tourists.
    I went crazy at H&M, la senza and there are some fabulous nail and eyelash extension bars and all of the woman are so beautiful and immaculate and the malls very modern and impressive. I haven't been to any markets, and may not go. I'm going to a larger mall tomorrow so will update then.
    Also movies are $4 and in English with Thai subtitles. Winning.
    No need to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soaps, etc etc etc - its at a better price in Thailand and you don't meed to stress about carry on limits of liquids and gels. They also have a lot of Korean and Japanese brands. i found my new favourite shampoo by soap and glory.

    3. Culture
    A - Everyone in Thailand is very respectful and polite. its not mandatory to tip, but I like to because I genuinely feel like they go out of their way to make me happy. Be respectful and polite back, don't lose your cool and you will have one awesome stay.
    B - bartering. Cut in half the asking price and go from there. This usually doesn't include anything from a food store, malls and shopping centres but any type of transport, and street stalls, yes. Go for your life.
    C - don't drink the water. Any drinks you order - ask for no ice unless you're in a modern place. I have been drinking bottled water the whole time here. The water is very different from Australian water so best stick to bottled stuff.
    D - don't touch the dogs. Most of them guard and aren't as cuddly as Aussie pooches. When they are lying around, they are tired from the heat - not dead!
    E - beware of scams. Motor boats, monkeys, just be careful. Read up on some of the popular ones online. I would also suggest staying away from animal shows - not fair to any animal to be put through that

    4. Transport
    For an entire day a cab can run you about 50$ AUD. If you take more smaller trips they will charge you more. Half an hour or so, 400/450 baht is acceptable and under that I would go around 300 and over I would go maybe 650/700 depending. Negotiate this and bring it as low as possible but make sure it's fair to the driver!
    Don't get a scooter. Just, don't. Promise? It's so dangerous, people drive quick and swerve around so even if you're confident in yourself you're still at a decent risk. Taxi drivers have been telling me how many accidents there are a day and it's a bit shocking. Stick to taxis.
    Don't I repeat DONT get into the 'open' taxis if you're in for a trip out of a main area and more distance eg further than 25 minutes, unless you genuinely want a good fright haha.

    5. Weather
    It can change from a drop of a hat. Even the forecast the day before wasnt that accurate! Make sure you bring AT LEAST a 50+ sunscreen If you want to remain unburnt.
    Don't sunbake too much before your appointment - nobody wants to heal from surgery AND a sunburn.

    Now of course these are just my personal opinions and what I wish I knew, so I thought I would share with anyone who hasn't been to Thailand before. I'm by no means asking anyone to follow these rules as law.
    i hope this helps at least one person... Anything else other people want to add, feel free!
    All in all Thailand is one of most relaxing countries I have been to, the people are so lovely, the weather is beautiful and the culture is lots of fun. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit again and again; just for a holiday.

    Xo
  6. Like
    Elegies got a reaction from Quinn in Everything I wish I knew before travelling to Phuket   
    Hi ladies!
    As this is the overseas forum, and judging by the sheer amount of ladies and gentlemen travelling to Phuket for medical tourism, I thought I would note some things I wish I knew about Phuket before travelling, and also some need-to-knows.
    This is just to make the transition easier and get the most out of your holiday, money and all in between.

    1.) Money
    A - Most currencies are much higher than the Thai baht. When paying for surgery, a lot of people are using travel cards and changing money before going over. If I could redo it, I would convert ALL my surgery money in Thailand. Why? Well, banks decide their own exchange rates. And in Australia these tend to be much lower than in Thailand. Now, if you use a credit card or a debit MasterCard/visa you will be charged usually a fee of around 3%. This still gets it cheaper than using your card directly to pay, withdrawing money and changing the money in Australia. But the best way... I would have brought all cash. Cash is king. No fees or percentage fees at some places, and a significantly higher exchange rate. Pays to look around as well!
    B - how cheap food is. I stressed about spending money and I wish I relaxed more. I just ordered 5 meals from room service and a drink and all together it was $16. Also, most things are so low priced due to the exchange rate - make use of it! Get massages, treat yourself as much as you can. So with it, especially before strenuous surgery.
    C - Be careful of bartering and people hassling you. Be polite but learn how much is too much. I have been taking taxis for half an hour to 45 minutes for around 400/450 baht. If it's too much, walk away and find someone willing to do it cheaper!

    2. Shopping
    Whoever says there isn't any shopping obviously doesn't know where to shop. I went to central festival and discovered a NARS counter, all the usual suspects like Chanel, YSL, you name it and it's probably there. Things are slightly cheaper but not overly so, and in this centre they offer a 10% off for tourists.
    I went crazy at H&M, la senza and there are some fabulous nail and eyelash extension bars and all of the woman are so beautiful and immaculate and the malls very modern and impressive. I haven't been to any markets, and may not go. I'm going to a larger mall tomorrow so will update then.
    Also movies are $4 and in English with Thai subtitles. Winning.
    No need to bring shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soaps, etc etc etc - its at a better price in Thailand and you don't meed to stress about carry on limits of liquids and gels. They also have a lot of Korean and Japanese brands. i found my new favourite shampoo by soap and glory.

    3. Culture
    A - Everyone in Thailand is very respectful and polite. its not mandatory to tip, but I like to because I genuinely feel like they go out of their way to make me happy. Be respectful and polite back, don't lose your cool and you will have one awesome stay.
    B - bartering. Cut in half the asking price and go from there. This usually doesn't include anything from a food store, malls and shopping centres but any type of transport, and street stalls, yes. Go for your life.
    C - don't drink the water. Any drinks you order - ask for no ice unless you're in a modern place. I have been drinking bottled water the whole time here. The water is very different from Australian water so best stick to bottled stuff.
    D - don't touch the dogs. Most of them guard and aren't as cuddly as Aussie pooches. When they are lying around, they are tired from the heat - not dead!
    E - beware of scams. Motor boats, monkeys, just be careful. Read up on some of the popular ones online. I would also suggest staying away from animal shows - not fair to any animal to be put through that

    4. Transport
    For an entire day a cab can run you about 50$ AUD. If you take more smaller trips they will charge you more. Half an hour or so, 400/450 baht is acceptable and under that I would go around 300 and over I would go maybe 650/700 depending. Negotiate this and bring it as low as possible but make sure it's fair to the driver!
    Don't get a scooter. Just, don't. Promise? It's so dangerous, people drive quick and swerve around so even if you're confident in yourself you're still at a decent risk. Taxi drivers have been telling me how many accidents there are a day and it's a bit shocking. Stick to taxis.
    Don't I repeat DONT get into the 'open' taxis if you're in for a trip out of a main area and more distance eg further than 25 minutes, unless you genuinely want a good fright haha.

    5. Weather
    It can change from a drop of a hat. Even the forecast the day before wasnt that accurate! Make sure you bring AT LEAST a 50+ sunscreen If you want to remain unburnt.
    Don't sunbake too much before your appointment - nobody wants to heal from surgery AND a sunburn.

    Now of course these are just my personal opinions and what I wish I knew, so I thought I would share with anyone who hasn't been to Thailand before. I'm by no means asking anyone to follow these rules as law.
    i hope this helps at least one person... Anything else other people want to add, feel free!
    All in all Thailand is one of most relaxing countries I have been to, the people are so lovely, the weather is beautiful and the culture is lots of fun. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit again and again; just for a holiday.

    Xo
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    Elegies got a reaction from Tal in PIAC follow ups   
    I got an email asking how everything was going and if i am having any concerns to email pictures to them to assess it
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    Elegies got a reaction from Jordierose in Did any girls gain weight after eating all the Thailand food after surgery?   
    You definitely get bloated after surgery and I found it took a week and a half for it all to go completely down. I gained 3 kilos while there (no regrets) but it's just something that happens on holidays! Have fun and relax. Don't eat more than what makes you comfortable and just focus on getting better from surgery. Plenty of time to look after your weight after you're back to 100%
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    Elegies got a reaction from llwoody in Did any girls gain weight after eating all the Thailand food after surgery?   
    You definitely get bloated after surgery and I found it took a week and a half for it all to go completely down. I gained 3 kilos while there (no regrets) but it's just something that happens on holidays! Have fun and relax. Don't eat more than what makes you comfortable and just focus on getting better from surgery. Plenty of time to look after your weight after you're back to 100%
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    Elegies got a reaction from Elkette85 in Elkette's PIAC experience - Nov 2014   
    They stay so numb even now at 17 days I'm still somewhat numb! They are still quite hard but not so much as before
    Congrats, can't wait to hear your progress and the rest of your story!!!!
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    Elegies got a reaction from Elkette85 in Elkette's PIAC experience - Nov 2014   
    I spent maybe 700 between my partner and I by the way for two weeks and we went all out with food and shopping and having a few drinks (Virgin drinks for me!!).
    We hardly spent anything, really. It was great
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    Elegies reacted to Elkette85 in Elkette's PIAC experience - Nov 2014   
    Hi all, a little (long) post on my PIAC experience and recovery progress for those girls who are yet to have surgery
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    Elegies reacted to rachael_xo in Dr. Veerawat, Boonchai or Dr. Piyapas?   
    I'm 11 days post op my surgeon was dr veerawat couldn't fault him at all he made everything so easy for me and my recovery has been better than I could every imagine very happy can't wait till they have settled!
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    Elegies reacted to giross in Weird moving sensation in left implant?   
    I am nearly two years since having a reduction and small implants to fill the top of each breast.  I too had that sensation of implant moving for a few months but its completely gone now.  I believe it takes six months for things to return to normal.  
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    Elegies reacted to caterpillar in Dr Rushapol bad result   
    I've made a friend in Realself that has the same ptosis deformity from bad liposuction. She's getting a reconstruction from another guy in Miami next month and his fees are about half the New York guys. I'll see how she goes with him and maybe end up going that route. I'm just going to research like mad and hope that in a year's time this might all be behind me. My husband is being super supportive and will also support me financially in this reconstruction process. So grateful! It's just nuts how much this well regarded surgeon botched me!
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    Elegies reacted to Lolos in Weird moving sensation in left implant?   
    I can't say I have a different feeling in each boob but I find if I lean forward, when I stand back up I feel them both move and it doesn't hurt, but it feels weird. I'm assuming it's just something I'll get used to eventually
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    Elegies reacted to Usplusthree in Weird moving sensation in left implant?   
    Yeah my lefty is a bit like that and also a different sensation to my righty. My surgeon did say that my breast cavity fell down further than my right so I'm assuming it something to do with that / the pocket size. It's something to get used to when they feel different thats for sure.
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    Elegies got a reaction from diishere in Weird moving sensation in left implant?   
    Thanks for the info!
    I did a good old google and it seems a lot of people have a similar story, no conclusive evidence on the reason though! I'll shoot him an e-mail and report the findings here
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    Elegies got a reaction from SubtleC in 6 months post op!   
    Um, wow. These look absolutely fantastic. Such great volume, and so perky!! 
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    Elegies reacted to karenelliott592 in 6 months post op!   
    So happy with how they have turned out.

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    Elegies reacted to NovBoobs2014 in November 2014 girls   
    Yes white top I think! Hahaha omg I'm in my gown in my bed ready to be wheeled out
    Omg... So many other girls here though so it's great to all be in the same boat and reassure each other! Anyways talk soon!!!!!!!
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    Elegies reacted to Jordierose in November 2014 girls   
    Yay elkette!! I had my consult today hehe! 350 in Left boob and 400 in right moderate plus profile!!

    So excited!! 2 days
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    Elegies got a reaction from Elkette85 in Exchanging AUD for Thai Baht in Thailand   
    It was at a 1AUD = 30.2 Thai baht by the way. However I didn't exchange there as I used card - but it was the best I saw during my stay! They will fluctuate daily
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    Elegies reacted to missyxo in Dr ****** has fixed my botched Thailand Job!   
    they keep *** my surgeon??? C E S     C O L A G R A N D E haha
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    Elegies reacted to Boomerang in Elegies Augmentation Diary - PIAC Phuket   
    congrats elegies..glad it all went well..mine is in 6 weeks.so nervous eeekkk
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