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AaronOng
12-03-2009, 02:00 PM
Hi, Can anyone give recommendation on Betong, Thailand?

The last time I was there was more than 10 years ago in a tour group and I cannot remember much except that I went to a shooting range and enjoyed myself there. Where is the shooting range? Name & Address? Entrance fee? Shooting fees?

Also,... the tunnels. I did not visit at that time but I would like to visit. Any idea where?

Besides the above any other sights/attractions, besides the obvious?

I will be driving there this Saturday.

chewie
12-03-2009, 03:34 PM
if not mistaken..is off Gerik highway...

the tunnel is actually a tunnel used by the communist during WW2... if i am not mistaken... the owner of the resort there is actually ex-communist...

tupai
12-03-2009, 03:54 PM
its 420 km from subang parade...245km marker turn towards k.kangsar> Lenggong>Grik>Pengkalan Hulu> betong.

Once in betong, u head 7km east towards yala, to the hot spring for a soak. U can also move 2km inland from the hot spring to to a waterfalls, and along the same road,u can find the commie tunnels.

Y u wanna go to the firing range? There is no more firing range.
Remember that southern thailand is classified as a 'restive' area.

Know too that yr bolehland mobile cannot work in betong.

After a good hot & cold free soak, pamper thyself to:
- massage baht250/2hr then
- aharn thai, then go bar hopping
- cheap beer baht11/big bottle heineken and
- eye candies dancing girls...see free, no touch. Otherwise baht100/touch
- BEWARE of STD & AIDS :eek:

Yang Betong pergi latotupai

Sentinel
12-03-2009, 05:44 PM
After a good hot & cold free soak, pamper thyself to:
- massage baht250/2hr then
- aharn thai, then go bar hopping
- cheap beer baht11/big bottle heineken and
- eye candies dancing girls...see free, no touch. Otherwise baht100/touch
- BEWARE of STD & AIDS :eek:

:D :D :D

No wonder you're the entertainment manager of the Motorcycle Club....

:D :D :D

geordie
12-03-2009, 05:58 PM
And based on Tupai's reccies above, women have now been forewarned. If your man's off to Betong's shooting club, he may be 'shooting' at other targets .... :p

Sentinel
12-03-2009, 06:00 PM
And based on Tupai's reccies above, women have now been forewarned. If your man's off to Betong's shooting club, he may be 'shooting' at other targets .... :p19-Hole golfing eh?

patrick
12-03-2009, 06:59 PM
Hi, Can anyone give recommendation on Betong, Thailand?

The last time I was there was more than 10 years ago in a tour group and I cannot remember much except that I went to a shooting range and enjoyed myself there. Where is the shooting range? Name & Address? Entrance fee? Shooting fees?

Also,... the tunnels. I did not visit at that time but I would like to visit. Any idea where?

Besides the above any other sights/attractions, besides the obvious?

I will be driving there this Saturday.

The tunnels are still there though I cant direct you. Ask around. I am sure the folks would be able to direct you. It's not that far off.

tehmc
12-03-2009, 09:23 PM
Here is a useful link to information on Betong:

http://www.travelfish.org/sights/thailand/southern_thailand/yala/betong

There are some pictures and write-up in this forum thread:

http://forum.ipoh.com.my/showthread.php?t=111&page=33
http://forum.ipoh.com.my/showthread.php?p=58526#poststop

There's not really a lot to see or do in Betong, which is a mini Hatyai (1/5 the size probably).

daniella
12-03-2009, 09:55 PM
No wonder you're the entertainment manager of the Motorcycle Club....

Oh...this is the one you meant??? :D

AaronOng
12-03-2009, 09:56 PM
... Y u wanna go to the firing range? There is no more firing range.
Remember that southern thailand is classified as a 'restive' area...


Yang Betong pergi latotupai


Thank you Latuk. Too bad no more firing range. Would've loved to go there.

Suntory
12-03-2009, 09:57 PM
Lato Tupai,

do we need a passport to get into Betong?

AaronOng
12-03-2009, 10:01 PM
Thanks too to Tehmc for the informative links. I can' remember the last time I was there, prob mid to late 90's. I can remember the mailbox by the roundabout but that's just about all, other than the obvious.

This Saturday am driving up with wifey who wants to have look see and some minor shopping.

AaronOng
12-03-2009, 10:02 PM
Lato Tupai,

do we need a passport to get into Betong?

Yes you do. If you were born in or carry an address in the states bordering Thailand you can apply for a 6 month border pass. Only 1 hr and RM10.00.

waga
20-03-2009, 07:14 PM
This Saturday am driving up with wifey who wants to have look see and some minor shopping.

Did you drive your car all the way into Betong ? and if yes...what are the legal papers required by Thai/Malaysian authorities?

chewie
20-03-2009, 09:01 PM
Did you drive your car all the way into Betong ? and if yes...what are the legal papers required by Thai/Malaysian authorities?

the same as u driving into Singapore...

tupai
20-03-2009, 09:09 PM
u need to show your grant to the thai custom and sign for a custome declaration form etcetc...U must surrender the custom dec form on way back, else u r deemed to have sold the car in LOS....or maybe kena fine (for each day) when u next wanna drive to LOS.

Yang Banyak pandu masuk LOS latotupai

AaronOng
20-03-2009, 11:42 PM
The customs declaration form is free, but they will usually ask for a RM3 or RM5 fee. No receipt. I don't want to rock the boat so I pay with teeth clenched.

Same thing when you present your passport for stamping they also ask for RM1 or more usually RM2.

I would advise you'd pay otherwise you might be surprised when they fish out a bag of white powder from your bag.

AaronOng
20-03-2009, 11:44 PM
And if you happen to look into the drawer of the officer it is usually filled with RM1 or 20 Baht notes. At certain times during the day, an officer in uniform will take out the money, stack it neatly and put a rubber band over it and take it to the office. No prize given for who is the person who gets the most money.

geordie
21-03-2009, 01:02 AM
Same scenario in Satun. :D

AaronOng
21-03-2009, 01:56 AM
Didn't know Satun has an Immigration office? Is it for travellers from Langkawi?

tupai
21-03-2009, 09:34 AM
...
...I would advise you'd pay otherwise you might be surprised when they fish out a bag of white powder from your bag.

who gives u the authority to insinuate such action?

Unless u have documented proof and have personally been persecuted, Pls do not spread unsubstantiated rumors/hearsay!

If u are too chicken scare to stand for your rights, and u chose to pay rm1-2.00, then suck it up!

Let it be known, that all border crossings at the south are 'lucrative' post for the LOS custom/immig stafff, they paid to be stationed here...they get paid Overtime as many malaysians like to go across afetr office hrs! :p

If u choose NOT to pay the immig, there is nothing he can do except shout "oooi!", Custom Decl is free in some but not in others...BUT eventually its yr choice! Depending on my moodswing and how they smile or not, sometimes I do & do not pay...

If u can pay illegal jaga kereta in KL rm5.00, whats rm1-2.00 while on holiday? Put things into bigger perspective and u will live longer, happier and holiday more in LOS!

Yang Best holiday diLOS latotupai :p

AaronOng
21-03-2009, 09:45 AM
This actually happened some many many years back. I know cuz it happened to a fellow traveller, a friend of a friend, who drove us all in. It didn't help that he was rude about it but he certainly doesn't look like a drug smuggler. He made a big scene out of the few ringgit demanded by the customs people to bring his car in.

Enuff said. He was lucky to be released a few hundred ringgit poorer. The incident struck a deep chord inside me so I never fail to pay if demanded. So far nothing untoward happened since then.

bobkee
21-03-2009, 11:57 AM
The Friendship Villages in the vicinity may be worth a visit as well. These are settlements set up by the Thai government for the former guerillas of the Malayan People's Liberation Army after the peace treaty of 1989. There are some interesting museums that show the other side of Malaysian history for those who are interested.

tehmc
21-03-2009, 12:29 PM
There are not many places in the world where you have to pay a fee at the immigration checkpoint. Betong is one of them. Hatyai too I think.
I suppose it's not too bad. You don't pay for nothing, it saves you the hassle of filling in the immigration forms. That's the difference between paying and not paying, some kind of unofficial 'service charge'. At least it's better the paying the 'jaga kereta' flers in Bolehland for car parking.

waga
21-03-2009, 02:40 PM
There are not many places in the world where you have to pay a fee at the immigration checkpoint. Betong is one of them. Hatyai too I think.
I suppose it's not too bad. You don't pay for nothing, it saves you the hassle of filling in the immigration forms. That's the difference between paying and not paying, some kind of unofficial 'service charge'. At least it's better the paying the 'jaga kereta' flers in Bolehland for car parking.

Its called "overtime" but the overtime is "all the time".....you still have to filled in the embarkation form and signed it yourself....tour agents in Changlun will charge you RM1.00 for the form which is actually free from thai immigration.

Lato....thanks for the info on bringing car into LOS....many years ago i did tat but memories failed me on d procedures...