One month in Thiland, whats missing?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Mar 23, 2012 7:15 PM Last Post By: LungPaul
Mar 20, 2012 5:44 AM
One month in Thiland, whats missing?My partner and I are planning on traveling around Thailand for roughly a month around May/June as part of a South-east Asia backpacking trip. We will flying into Bangkok and then heading across to Laos after. We are both in our early 20's and want to travel cheaply, see the main sights, chill on beaches and have a night out occasionally.
This is a rough itinerary we have come up with...
Bangkok 4 days
Koh Tao 5 days
We want to get our scuba diving cert here, any recommendations of good dive operators or ones to avoid?
Koh Pha-ngan 3 days
Koh Samui 3 days
Kanchanburi 3 days
Chiang Mai 4 days
Chiang Khong 1 night (for crossing over into Laos)
What I want to know is if there is any where else that is a "must see"? Or any sights people highly recommend from the following places?
Also we are budgeting $20 p/ night for accommodation, is this a good amount?
Thanks for any advice =)
Mar 20, 2012 6:13 AM
Mar 20, 2012 8:58 AM
2I disagree. There are certian sites like the Grand palace (The Thais call it wat pra gaew) in Bangkok, Doi Su Thep in Chiang Mai etc that are must sees for the area.
You should cut out either samui or pangan so there is 6 days on the beach to relax in one place. You can decide that when you are there.
Mar 20, 2012 3:53 PM
3Thailand is all about the culture, food and the "thrill" of dealing with the chaos that is experienced in a third world country.
The grand palace is done in less than half a day..
I agree that Samui or Phangan should be dropped.
3 days sounds like a fair amount of time to enjoy one place but dont forget you will be travelling on the first and third day, and you will need to deal with the hassle of finding some nice accommodation. You're only giving yourself one day to "relax".
Mar 20, 2012 4:10 PM
4Why waste time and money travelling to three beach areas? Like those above, cut out one (or two) - a beach is a beach is a beach...................
$20 Aust is fine for a room for low-budget travel. You won't get luxury for that, but you know that, right? You will get aircon and sep bathroom in lots of places, even if the room is fairly basic, just fans in others. Depends on how up-market the place thinks it is - just shop around on arrival. Onya.
Mar 20, 2012 4:19 PM
5Just a warning that the islands can be tough on a budget, altough you will be there when its low season.
Agree wth #2 - Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha def worth a visit, despite the crowds. Look out for the free English language guide service, and if you are lucky like us, you might get a comedian as a guide. If you choose between Samui and Phangan, cut out Samui as (unless you are a high roller) its so commercialised and tired - full of retired, sun obsessed northern Europeans who do not fill a speedo that asthetically. Clearly a generalisation but considering you are from Aus and spoilt for sun and sand ... there are better islands.
When up north, if you want to do treks / homestays, Chiang Rai is a great option as an alternative base to Chiang Mai. Might be worth popping into Chiang Rai regardless as its on your route to Laos. Chiang Mai and Rai are both great value, good representation of real thai culture, and chilled out.
Wherever you go... strongly recommende avoiding buses and use thai railways - comfy, affordable, safe, clean, no scams, and if you go sleeper you save on the cost of a night in a guest house. You can book tickets in advance online through www.thairailticket.com (just have to register). But if you not sure of dates, you will still get tickets a couple days before.
Mar 20, 2012 4:48 PM
Mar 20, 2012 6:28 PM
Mar 21, 2012 6:37 AM
8Linguse: May be "must do experiences" would have been a better choice of words.
Un-caracol: thanks for the tip on the trains, I will def keep that in mind. How to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai compare price wise?
Thanks for all the great advice everyone =)
Mar 23, 2012 5:30 PM
Mar 23, 2012 7:15 PM
10What places mentioned? No specific accommodation has been mentioned. Many places have wifi, many have not. Sometimes there is town or pay wifi available which is expensive.
When you arrive at BKK airport, just as you leave the customs area, you will find the mobile phone companies - they should also sell 'air sticks' (USB modems). These are slow but better than nothing. The technical English is good here too.
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