Backpacking for the first time in Thailand?
Replies: 51 - Last Post: Apr 29, 2012 3:19 AM Last Post By: thaibeachlovers
Apr 22, 2012 9:01 AM
Backpacking for the first time in Thailand?Hi I'm new here, I have decided to go backpacking for 4-6 weeks in Thailand, I'm still in the process of saving but I'm half way there.
My plan is to purchase a return ticket to Bangkok spend 2 weeks there, then spend 1 week or so in Phuket then back up to Bangkok again. The plan is still rather vague at the minute but either way I'll be using Bangkok as the main hub.
I was wonder if £1500 would be enough for 4-6 weeks in Thailand, staying in hostels? I'm a 24 year old female and this will be my first time outside of the UK and I'll be going alone as I cannot get anyone to go with me, they either cannot afford or have family/work commitments.
So any tips/advice would be much appreciated!
Apr 22, 2012 9:08 AM
I have to say the answer to your question is very difficult to give...how long is a piece of string really !! Everyone has a different standard and will spend accordingly. You stay you want to stay in hostels which is fine to concentrate on that lower end of the scale but again that depends on where you go...you wont find cheap hostels everywhere so may end up staying in more expensive digs. Why on earth would you want to spend so much time in BKK ?....
Where in Phuket will you want to stay....I know of some cheaper options down in Kata/Karon beach area so let me know if that's helpful to you.
I reckon on that budget for a month youd be fine and have enough for travelling around a bit as well as ome splurges when the grubby hostels get too much !!
Apr 22, 2012 9:13 AM
2Sorry I didnt explain it properly, my first week and last few days will be in Bangkok, I'd like to see some of the North of Thailand too.
And, do many females travel alone? Anyone I've spoken to have told me it's a bad idea, saying it'd be dangerous etc, but then again I don't know anyone who has gone travelling alone. But as long as common sense is applied then there shouldnt be a problem?
Edited by: pinkpurple
Apr 22, 2012 9:19 AM
3aha, that makes more sense to me....well then decide where you want to head first, north or beaches, check out some cheap places to stay in KSR, book your overnight train when you get there and then fly back the other way via BKK to your next stop. Once you are in BKK, its really easy to sort out your onward travel arrangements and the trains are a fab experience but you'll need to book a fair few days in advance. Try not to overplan your trip too much.....once you are there you'll understand why. Get a guidebook, read, research, make a list of where you'd like to go and then forget it all and see where it all takes you when you get there
Apr 22, 2012 9:20 AM
4I know many females who travel alone. Thailand is a very safe place. If you use the same common sense as you do at home, you should be fine. London is infinitely more dangerous.
Look up different Thai scams, especially on Phuket. Phuket is one of the few sketchy places in Thailand. People are a lot nicer up north.
Apr 22, 2012 9:24 AM
Apr 22, 2012 10:00 AM
6Why Phuket? I am very interested
When are you going also this
Apr 22, 2012 11:04 AM
7Firstly, don't worry about going alone. Loads of people do it, and many (including me) think it's the best way to travel. Thailand is a very easy and safe place to travel around in, and you'll meet plenty of other travellers everywhere that you can hook up with if you want.
Regarding your plans, just book your first couple of days in Bangkok and then play it by ear from then on. Personally, I think a week in Bangkok is too much. It's great for a few days, and then move on somewhere less hectic. I would also think again about Phuket - there are lots of much better places.
Apr 22, 2012 11:08 AM
8In regards to your concern as a 24 year old female travelling alone, plenty of 18 year old females travel alone in Thailand. I wouldn't worry. Having lived in the UK for a while, you'll be safer in Thailand than you are back home. You'll quickly meet people to travel with.
As for 1500 quid being enough for 4-6 weeks. That's more than enough. In a month in Thailand I spent $930. That's about 600 quid. That's accomodations, food, transport, attractions.... literally everything other than airfare. It all depends on what optional things you do. If you decide to get a PADI certification, that'll cost. I did 3 activities that cost about $100 each. Don't forget to check little hotels and guesthouses. Hostels, like in Europe, aren't that prevalent in Thailand. Regardless, many times a room in a guesthouse will be the same price as a dorm bed. In many places in the world, hostels are more expensive than small hotels due to their popularity. Also check sites ike Expedia. Many people don't realize that Expedia also books hostels. Often, if the same hostel is on Hostelworld/Hostelbookers and Expedia, it will be cheaper on Expedia.
Apr 22, 2012 11:25 AM
9Whether it's safe or not to travel alone comes down to how much common sense you have. Lot of people out there are just dumb.
Budget: save up as much money as you can, but spend as little as you're comfortable with. You really have to get out and see for yourself what your own comfort zone is.
Hostels are a possibility, not sure if it's the first choice of many people, considering the price of low-end hotel rooms. You're likely to have enough money to stay in inexpensive hotels, guesthouses, etc. with a private room. No need to share dorms if you don't wish to.
Apr 22, 2012 11:29 AM
10Bangkok can suck you in, and spit you out........
Can be a big waste of time... Do not take me wrong there are some
great places to see and you should.
Depending on when you go is also key ( high season) will eatyour money up faster..
Think about staying two nights in BBK when you start just to get on your feet. the hit the ground running.....
I would hit the north first its worth it. Also cheaper
Chang Mai ( Train ) Good trip you will meet people along the
The less plans you make the better
I like slow season myself,, I always go the end of March
stay 5 or 6 months.
£1500 is about is 75,000 Baht give or take
Some days you will spend More others less
Apr 22, 2012 2:16 PM
Apr 22, 2012 2:18 PM
Apr 22, 2012 2:42 PM
13I would definitely go see Phi Phi if you want to. I didn't enjoy Phuket that much but I spent 2 weeks on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan before I went there and just found those islands a bit more relaxing compared to Phuket. I guess it's a matter of personal choice though and it was worth it to go to the Phi Phi islands. Are you interested in getting your PADI open-water cert? I thought Koh Tao was a good place to meet other solo travellers when I went as you would be doing a course with others for so many days while there. I spent 2 days in Bangkok and I was glad to get to the beaches of Samui but I would like to explore Bangkok more in future.
Apr 22, 2012 2:45 PM
14I wouldn't worry bout travelling alone, Thailand is very safe and as said above you will run into others in the same boat as you. Trust me, you won't be alone too much. As for BKK, i LOVED the place. I used it as a hub and always spent an extra day or two there. I agree with the not planning too much suggestion. I planned WAY too much and ended up payin for nights in hotels that i didn't even arrive cos like i said, i LOVED the BKK.
I'd advise to spend some time travelling north. Big fan of ruins an that myself so i did Ayutthaya, Sukothai an Chang Mai. Chang Mai is excellent. Really chill and fun with lots to see. I'd say Krabi over Phuket. I did both an preferred Krabi an Kho Phi Phi. I hear Kho Lanta is nice too.
As for the budget, I'm iffy on 1500 for 4-6 weeks. I spent a bit more than that in 3 an half but i partied like a stoopid yoke but if you take it handy it'll do maybe. Don't be frettin over the travellin alone thing tho. Thailand is THE friendliest place on earth an with a bit o sense you'll be flyin it. Hope this helped some bit. Enjoy!
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