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Their English was better back then, wonder if any got turned away for wearing sandals?

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This does not apply to human hippies. It's for those alien hippies. The big-spending ones the TAT is trying to attract to Thailand.

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The Hippie trail to Bangkok was on a slow boat from Calcutta to Penang. Then overland. Was Penang that last chance , to get a haircut and buy some cheap clothes, and bathe, In order to facilitate entry?

 

Those days nobody had intricate piercings or massive tattooesa. Everybody wore sandles anyway.

 

Singlet or waistcoat (without inner wear?)

I thought singlet is British English for a

sleeveless t-shirt (wifebeater) ?

 

 

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3 hours ago, Justgrazing said:

The bit at the bottom about Alien must carry a minimum amount of dosh .. Will Amex do as that's universally accepted .. 

That applies on entry, is definitely still in force, and must be in cash or travellers' checks in a freely convertible major currency.

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If they rolled the dress code out for the bars then the toilet would really hit the fan

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Not a single answer to to the topic, great reading guys..

 

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8 hours ago, jackdd said:

But i couldn't find if this was ever rescinded. Does anybody know if it ever was?

 If this is still valid and immigration police ever notices it there is a chance that it could cause problems for some backpackers who still like to dress like this today.

I doubt it was ever officially rescinded though it is obviously not routinely enforced today. It can affect the decisions of some immigration officials, I believe. Especially some of the older officials are deeply offended by those they view as attired in an "impolite" manner. They take it as an insult. If there are other reasons to give such individuals a problems, these officials will be happy to use them.

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10 hours ago, jackdd said:

If this is still valid and immigration police ever notices it there is a chance that it could cause problems for some backpackers who still like to dress like this today.

Given they've started to enforce the rule on 24 hour reporting, nothing would be surprising. And the alarming resurgence of elephant pants being sold on every corner suggests anyone might be soon denied entry for being a hippie... 

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Posted (edited)

Is that sign new or did someone photoshop IT  😮

 

That sign could be in from many places,  BUT - looks like the Nongkai plaque. It was STILL up in the 80's, when of course no one went there, but boats were still crossing in fact there was quite a trade going on between thailand and Laos. But no one was permitted, no westerners that is, to cross and visit. When they opened up you still could not cross from Nongkai - 89-93 you had to fly from Bangkok to Vientiane to start your two week "tour"

 

I have a picture of it somewhere. That would have been for the Lao loop people from pre 1975. Same trip they do today. Take the bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong, cross to Huey Xai then boat to Luang Prabang. After a stop , down 13 to Vang Vieng and finally Vientiane. Exit by taking the ferry cross the mekong to Nongkai

 

That plaque or one just like it was in the old customs house on the river, now part of the big riverside Nongkai market. No freaking hippies !! ahh those were the days!

 

Now no skint sex/ex/ pats - no alcoholics -  

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