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Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year

We're in Khao Lak for Chinese New Year, I didn't think to check at the time of booking but would the hotel (Khao Lak Merlin) and/or travel agent had to of mentioned to us at the time of booking if there was any sort of compulsory "gala" type dinner that guests must buy tickets for - similar to Christmas and New Year ? or does that not happen at Chinese New year ?

Thanks Teeny

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Khao Lak
Khao Lak
Phang Nga Province, Thailand
Patong Merlin Hotel
Patong Merlin Hotel
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Phuket, Thailand
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1. Re: Chinese New Year

Hi

I have never heard of any hotel does compulsory gala dinners for Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is not big things in Thailand and is not public holiday in Thai calendars year. That being said Xmas is not Thai public holidays but as most hotels does offers gala dinner.

Cheers,

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2. Re: Chinese New Year

Some hotels put on special dinners or shows but not to the same level as New Year's Eve and certainly not compulsory ones. There are usually firework displays and Khao Lak beach where the Merlin is located is a great place to observe any organised by the Merlin or neighbouring hotels.

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3. Re: Chinese New Year

Thanks for the replies, good to know we're not restricted in having to go to a dinner.

One question not related to this, when we're in Thailand we always seem to get different replies when we ask the Thai people how to ask for the bill (after a meal) in Thai even in the guide books there's different phrases used.

Please can someone advise the best phrase to say, other than the international signal of just making a signature sign! I realise they all understand English but it;s nice to always try a bit of the local language.

thanks

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4. Re: Chinese New Year

"Check Bin Khap (male) or Ka (female)" usually in bars "Kep Tang Khap/Ka" in restaurants. Check bin most common in either.

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5. Re: Chinese New Year

Brilliant thanks

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