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How to pack for Thai Island Hopper West

Hi, i would like to know what to pack for the West tour? I read somewhere that people say its better to shop there because the clothes are so cheap and that you shouldnt put in any hair appliances cause its humid and your hair is wet most of the time. Please give some tips on what to pack and what i shouldnt pack. Thanks

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heather84explorerHeather posted on Chandre A's (Chandre A) profile

15 days until I leave for London. So excited! I bet you both can't wait, too :)

Posted about 1 year ago

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    Oh my gosh, sounds like the process is complicated! It'll be worth it when it's done, though :)

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    about 1 year ago

    shopping yes yes lol was just going to ask whether you got your parcel, i am glad you got it, now you probably really feel like you well on your way :-) we have another visa appointment tomorrow, i just want it over and done! When thats done we still have to wait 3 days before we can pick up our passport.

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    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    I know! My packet came in the mail yesterday, so I spent last night reading through it. If you know where to look, there are a lot of things to do for free in Paris. I'm really looking to walking in the Marais, along the Seine. I think I'll find lots of unexpected finds. And, of course, need to set a little time aside for some shopping :)

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    about 1 year ago

    So So So close!!!! Almost there ;-) no wonder you hooked up with allt he information! I need to really make time this week to see what else we can do in Paris, i love it when it is free lol i would actually like to do the Paris bike tour, read it somewhere on the Contiki reviews. We will have lots of fun i am sure, our meetup group is not that busy at all lets hope we all click when we meet and have a crazy time :-)

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    Haha - some of it. Have looked at a lot of travel websites, looked at travel books (a perk of being a librarian :)). The fashion exhibit looks beautiful - and it's FREE! I definitely want to go. Haha - I think I look like both my pictures (but the picture up now is a few months more recent). My hair is a bit more red. Can't believe it's so close!

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    about 1 year ago

    HAHA im sooo sorted!! you got me hooked up with all the best excursions lol where did you do all this research my word, google?? im with you on that exibition fabulous fashion why not! we arrive the Friday evening late at Heathrow and sleeping at a hotel at the airport and then heading to London the next morning. You look different on all your pics i better recognise you, if i dnt just come to me ok lol

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    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    Oh! At the Hotel de Ville, there is an exhibition titled "Paris Haute Couture"

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    I arrive Thursday morning. I did a ton of research on Paris, haha. I looked up the best second hand/consignment shops (aka "friperie") for shopping, I've even found a simple walking tour for the Marais, found a free medieval music program on Saturday, and a bunch of other stuff. I hope that we're able to do a few things together! Let's hope that the weather forecast still being so far off is very, very wrong!!

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    Chandre A

    about 1 year ago

    Sooooon!! when are you arriving at the Hotel? Do you know that i didnt do any research about Paris, or things to do, i thought we were going to do the Moulin Rouge show so my research stopped there but its too expensive really. I should actually take my time to do that before we leave. I googled the weather for when we are in London and Paris, its cloudy and rainy on most days.. So much for summer weather hay

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    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    I know! I'm hoping that I will see it Tuesday. It still hasn't arrived, and here in the US it was a holiday (long) weekend. I feel like I'm missing out, not having the parcel yet, haha! There are soooo many things I'd like to do/see in Paris, so I'd rather splash out on something I really want to do. I was even thinking of taking a market to plate cooking class in Paris. I'm so excited to meet you both, and see everyone else on the tour!

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    about 1 year ago

    So Stonehenge and Bath it is hehe, goodness how can you not have your parcel yet? its almost time to travel i hope you get it in this week still, you have to read through it has lots of travel info that will come in handy. Moulin Rouge is expensive yes, well we can find something else to do in Paris when the rest of the tour go watch it :-)

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    Haha - I love the fact that by going to Stonehenge and Bath, I get to say that I saw "England" and not just London. I've heard wonderful things about Bath, so I'm excited to visit. It's where they film a lot of the historical films, so that would be neat. I'm not planning to see Moulin Rouge. , I've read both good and bad, and to spend that amount of money on a single evening's entertainment...a little too expensive since I'm a bit "meh." Still no packet, btw..

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    about 1 year ago

    Oh no if all of those things are part of that trip then i think we should go!! on the other hand these trips makes you see the scenery so let me just go then :-) we not sure of Moulin Rouge yet either, i saw reviews that it is amazing, we had a similar road show like that in South Africa recently and it was amazing! YAY almost holiday time hehe

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    I went through a travel agency as well, which (for things like this) makes it a little frustrating. Congrats on the visas - one more thing checked off your list :) I'm definitely going to Stonehenge/Bath, and I've heard that it's paired with either Windsor Castle or Salisbury. Not too sure about that, but that's what previous Contiki travelers have said. Can't wait to meet you as well :)

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    about 1 year ago

    I also didnt plan too much, besides booking the London eye and the London Dungeon but thats about it, why did they let you wait so long for your docs, i got mine 2 months ago already, did it via an agency. Oh we got our visa approval yesterday my husband picking it up today YAY! We decided not to do Stonehenge we might change our minds though.. Im looking forward to meeting you :-)

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    about 1 year ago

    It's my first tour as well. I've traveled a lot in the US, so the packing part is easy. I'm in a similar situation. The US Contiki offices said I should get my info two weeks before the departure date...and still no info. I haven't really planned too much in advance of the trip, b/c until I get the itinerary I'm not really sure what our "free time" might be, especially since I'm planning to do the Stonehenge/Bath trips.

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    about 1 year ago

    its my first tour so imagine my levels of excitement :-) We flying out in 15 days as well, but still no feedback from our UK visas and still have to apply for our Schengen visas, otherwise i can't wait. How is your plans coming along? any tips you can share? is all your stuff sorted?

heather84explorerHeather posted on Chandre A's (Chandre A) profile

Can you believe it....almost 100 days until the trip!

Posted over 1 year ago

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    over 1 year ago

    Yay! That's pretty exciting :) Have you been making lists and looking up places to visit?

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    over 1 year ago

    i know, i know!!!! :-) Getting my luggage over the weekend, soo excited!!

BRITTNEYBRITTNEY posted on Chandre A's (Chandre A) profile

Hey Chandre! I want to do everything while I'm there, as much as my wallet allows. :) But I definately want to see stonehenge and go to the caberet show in Paris. How about you?

Posted over 1 year ago

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    over 1 year ago

    I'm a definite for Stonehenge, and I'm not sold yet on Moulin Rouge, lol.

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    over 1 year ago

    Im not too sure about Stonehenge stilli deciding on it, its quite affordable though but il see, if i could use that time shopping and enjoying their yummy cuisine i wouldnt mind doing that lol I MOST DEF want to do Moulin Rouge in Paris, its quite expensive though like you said whatever the budget allows thats my goal too

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Chandre AChandre A posted on Chandre A's (Chandre A) profile

Great stuff atleast we don't have to walk around with our luggage, i was even thinking that we should just go somewhere to kill time till 2 before we check in our bags im so glad we don't have to do that!! Now we can use that time to go explore :-) The underground day pass is also included in our tour, it doesnt say where you can go, any of you have an idea how it works? Gosh sorry about all the questions lol i think the excitement and nerves isnt helping me much. The London eye i would love to do, a bit afraid of hights though but we only live once so i will just do it!

Posted over 1 year ago

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    over 1 year ago

    Lol - good luck! Are you planning on coming in before the trip, or just for the duration of the tour?

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    over 1 year ago

    wish me luck with the planning part lol i love doing it here at home but not too sure about a foreign country

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    over 1 year ago

    Yeah, I have a running list of places - my must visits / maybe visits and I tried to group them a bit by area. My natural instinct is to plan, plan, plan but I'm trying hard not to envision what every day might include. Especially since I'm not sure what will be included on the tours. It might be enough that I saw something, rather than went in and looked around.

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    over 1 year ago

    I try to do as much research as possible so we won't have any wasted time but there is just too much to do, i just don't want to miss the most important things though.

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    over 1 year ago

    I know - I added some time before the tour to do extra stuff, and I keep wanting to plan, but I'm thinking that I might have a few ideas on hand, and be flexible - like, if the weather is a little meh, that's the day to plan for the British Museum, etc.

MeganMegan posted on Chandre A's (Chandre A) profile

Yeah you're right, this would probably be easier! And don't worry, you aren't bugging me at all. I had tons of questions before my tour and I know talking to someone who has been already is really exciting! I know going solo sounds really scary but it's so awesome. It really forces you to get out of your comfort zone, I love it. Aww it sounds like you and your husband are gonna have an amazing time! Hopefully me and my future husband will have that sort of relationship. Gosh I really hope you guys enjoy Moulin Rogue, I would feel awful if you didn't and I made you waste all that money! I just loved it; it's a great way to bond with the group, the food is yummy, there's lots of wine, and the performers are SO talented. And then afterward, everyone goes next door to this bar called O'Sullivan's and it's usually a pretty wild night - it's kind of an infamous Contiki spot. There's so much free alcohol and dancing... ahh I can't wait to go back there haha!

Posted over 1 year ago

  • Megan

    Megan

    over 1 year ago

    Yes, that should definitely be fine! And the flight situation is the same for a lot of people, it was for me too - I arrived at 7:30 am so I had a lot of time to kill. You can store your luggage in the Contiki Basement for 1 Pound each. The Basement is in the bottom level of the Royal National Hotel which is where all the Contiki people usually stay. It has free wifi and you can buy tons of discounted tickets for things there. One thing I'd HIGHLY recommend doing is the open-top hop on/hop off bus tour in London! I think it's something like 20 Pounds for the whole day and it takes you literally all over London; it also includes a ferry ride down the Thames. It's a really cool way to see all of the main sights and it drops you off at several locations so you can explore and then get back on later. That + the London Eye were the two best things I did there!

  • heather84explorer

    heather84explorer

    over 1 year ago

    The Contiki Basement lets you check your luggage, right? That's my plan, since I arrive about 9ish.

  • Chandre A

    Chandre A

    over 1 year ago

    You too sweet! Glad you understand the excitement buzz and the anxiousness at the same time lol i love dancing well lets just say my hubs have 2 left feet lol he is not a fan of dancing so i will enjoy the bar, as for Moulin Rouge, the fact that there is nice food sold it for me, the dancers being good is the cheri on the cake. Another question, we arrive the morning at 08:00 at the airport and check in is only at 2, is there a place at the hotel we can maybe check in our bags while we explore a bit of London? Also my cuz stays in London and she wants to book herself and her boyfriend in at the same hotel with us and go to the same places we go to for our nights out, i told them ill have to double check cause im not to sure what to expect and also wouldnt want people to stare at them at our outings like they intruders, they won't go with us on the Contiki coach etc just meet us where ever we end up the first night in London, i think it should be fine hay?

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