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   Old Thread  #73 3 Aug 2016 at 12.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Now that's a funny story, sounds like they had a few good days. I am in Thailand for 3 weeks so I have 2 weeks to go mad after a weeks fishing.
I can't wait now I think this is going to be s annual trip now
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   Old Thread  #72 3 Aug 2016 at 10.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We went to Gillhams for the second week of a two week trip, the deal being I took my wife to a luxury resport for the first week. Gillhams organised the car for us that collected us and drove us down to Krabi, a journey of some 3 or 4 hours if I remember correctly.

We certainly found loads to do, from walking on the local beaches, looking around the town and its markets, a day out Elephant trekking, trips to see the Temples. As I said originally, its so hot we didn't even bother to fish the days, preferring to go into town where there are stacks of places to eat, loads of bars etc.

As a married man (Cough) I of course had no real interest in what appears to be the main attraction in town at night, and that seems to be picking up the bar girls. Two lads that fished opposite us on the first day went into town for their first night, and were not seen again for 3 days. Turns out a couple of bar girls took them home, and were feeding them, cleaning their clothes and tending to their other needs, all for a few pounds a day. Its still a very poor part of the world, so the locals rely on the tourist money. Anyway, the two lads seem to have been having fun, and whenever they did make it back to Gillhams it was amusing to hear their tales. It wasn't until the end of the week though that we were told that the same girls that these lads were seeing were also administering to the needs of one of the Gillhams Baliffs.....

One last thing would be do not underestimate the sun, even when it looks cloudy, we saw some classic sunburn victims whilst there as people forget that just because its cloudy, it does not mean you cant get burnt.
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   Old Thread  #71 3 Aug 2016 at 0.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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che is there much to do there then? i have done thailand before but never krabi, I'm off to phi phi after and a few other places even throwing in a full moon party.
where do you recommend for a night while there for a beer and dinner
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   Old Thread  #70 2 Aug 2016 at 5.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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To be fair, we'd arrive back at the venue around 2pm after spending the day out, go to the villa for a shower and a change of clothes, have a bit of dinner, then head to the rods to cast out. That was about 4pm by that time, so first cast first beer! .

I have to say the Korda lads did me a huge favour filming there as the wife watched it and said those immortal words...... 'We should go back'....... the web site was up and dates checked before the programme ended
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   Old Thread  #69 2 Aug 2016 at 4.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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4pm !!! That's a hell of a long time to wait for a beer in that heat lol
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   Old Thread  #68 2 Aug 2016 at 4.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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4pm !!! That's a hell of a long time to wait for a beer in that heat lol
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   Old Thread  #67 2 Aug 2016 at 2.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers Che

the place does look breathtaking i can't wait to chuck a line out now
thanks again
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   Old Thread  #66 2 Aug 2016 at 2.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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as long as there is a cold beer not far away to keep

You'll have no issue with that, the balifs/helpers/ghilies/all round top fella's cycle round with whatever you want in the way of food, Beer (Changai time is 4pm ) or bait from the shop.

I think most of your question has already been covered, when I go back (Am in the planning stages at the moment, wife loved it there which helps) I'd take a mountain of PVA bags as that is what you'll use most of, and personally I would take a hook sharpener and some pop-ups, only because I would like to see how you'd do with a pop up for the Siamese, not because its needed. Otherwise \I'd not bother with much else. Its seriously, seriously hot, so we only bothered to fish from 2pm through until dark, and still caught a stack of big cats, Carp and all kinds of other things. As we went as a holiday, we went off to do other things during the day, and the people on site (Mainly Stewarts family, certainly his son and daughter) were super helpful with organising days out elephant trekking, taxis out into town, and giving us help all round.

Enjoy your holiday there, as the others on the thread have stated its an amazing place, I'll certainly be booking to go back.
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   Old Thread  #65 2 Aug 2016 at 1.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers mate, I think i will be ok with the heat as i live in Aussie now, as long as there is a cold beer not far away to keep rehydrated lol.
thanks for all the advice
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   Old Thread  #64 2 Aug 2016 at 12.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes they do and a fan. Depends on what swim you get in. You need to re-cast regularly and spomb to bring the fish in. It's hard work in the heat mate and bear in mind that when you get a run you have to wind in the other rod(s). I did get a double hook-up with two angry Siamese on at once but luckily my wife was able to control one rod for me until one of the fish could be netted. Usually a guide will pull the other rod in immediately - which is good sense given the fight of these things but I literally had a double take...
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   Old Thread  #63 2 Aug 2016 at 3.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers mate and thanks for the advice,
the whole resort seems pretty bang on, do the rooms have air con?
I'm thinking about getting the extra rod and fishing 3 all week do you think its worth it?
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   Old Thread  #62 2 Aug 2016 at 2.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes I stayed 3 nights. They sell 8mm pellets on site which are a good supplement to the cereal pellets you receive. For the Arry's you can buy a huge pellet which seems to draw them in if you pva bag them with a boilie over the top. Mozzies are bad on the opposite bank to the bungalows but the stuff they sell in the shop keeps them at bay if you reapply - particularly once you have been in the water.
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well done mate sounds like you had it off, was you staying on the lake?
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   Old Thread  #60 1 Aug 2016 at 7.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had a 50lb Amazon Redtail, a Wallago Attu - which is a fierce looking cross between a catfish and a conger and I was lucky enough to snare a 150lb Arapaima on a boilie out of the Grassy swim on my last half day. I had 14 fish in under 4 days fishing. Great fun and some brutal battles with these fish. I will definitely be going back for longer next time.
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   Old Thread  #59 1 Aug 2016 at 4.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers mate and good luck
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