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    Default Appeal for help: BKK Tourguides

    Sawasdee kapp to all on T-UK forums.

    I should start by saying I'm sorry I have been inactive on these forums for a long time.

    I've found good advice here over the years, but I drifted away, only occasionally skimming the latest posts. I mislaid my log-in details for a while and have just been visiting as a guest (Rather shamefully too stubborn to seek readvice of password).

    In a way, it suited me to dip in anonymously, I can't explain it but have not been the same man since the UK's Brexit referendum result. Seems like overnight my world changed drastically. I was actually on a flight to BKK while the voting took place, and got a lovely surprise on arrival when the result became apparent (Pound/Baht exchange rates).

    Anyhow, in danger of waffling on, so had better get on with the main business of my post:

    Please can someone here advise a good tour guide for Bangkok.

    A mature married couple I know are going to be in BKK from 5th to 11th November. They would like to hire an English speaking local guide to accompany them on a whirlwind tour of the city.
    It will literally be just a few days stopover in Krung Thep on their way from Australia to Dubai. Practically, just five full days to cram-in some of the sights and some shopping.

    Really, they probably would not even be visiting Thailand at all except they've heard me going on and on about how great it is that they want to see for themselves. Of course they realise they won't see terribly much in just a few days and in just one location.

    Originally thought my Thai girlfriend, whom they've met and is currently staying at her sisters' flat in Bangkok, would be meeting them at the airport and escorting them around Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Siam Paragon, Terminal 21 and such like, but she has decided that she is too shy to do it herself and flat out refuses to find/suggest anyone else. To be honest our relationship is going through a bit of a patch. Anyway she now will not get involved in any way.

    My plan 'B' was a friend of a friend's Thai wife. Good English speaker and never a trace of shyness (in a nice way), but it turns out she will be away on a course and can't help.
    My plan 'C' was my favourite bkk translation agent, sold her business and retired.

    Ultimately, my friends will manage on their own if they have to. They may even find it works out better, accidental discoveries and a bit of an adventure. I'm just trying to assist in finding a guide. Albeit at rather short notice, sorry again.

    Any recommendations please?

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    This has taken so long to compose I'm late for work. Must dash. Will log-in later tonight to check for possible replies.

    Thank you in advance.
    Mark L

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    Hi Mark, I have a friend who is a qualified and registered Tour guide and speaks very good English, but she isn't based in Bangkok although she regularly does the sights there and in the surrounding area. I can ask to see if she is interested?
    'Tis me

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    Hi Caller,

    Thanks. Yes please ask your friend whether she'd be interested in the job.

    Much appreciated.
    Mark L

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    A day trip to the Kwai Bridge and surrounding area is a must and could be arranged with their hotel.
    If you're offended by any assistance I give, it says far more about you than it does me.

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    was going to say a decent hotel will supply anything this is thailand

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    Thank you Keith and Samsung,

    Yes, their hotel should be able to assist. My advice to my friends was to book a hotel close to a Sky Train/BTS station.

    I don't know which hotel they have booked. Last time I spoke to them they just said they followed my advice.

    An excellent suggestion Kwai Bridge.

    Thank you.
    Mark L

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    Ok, my travelling friends are on their own. First time in the Kingdom.
    Last message I had from them they had met an Australian 'Thailand travel veteran' who has steered them towards visiting Pattaya.

    It is up to them.

    Here's hoping they have a nice time. I'm sure they will be fine.

    Thanks again for all your kind advice here.

    Mark L

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