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1. Posted by SCorbett (Budding Member 3 posts) 33w

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I would like to travel to Thailand on a budget and visit Bankok - the golden triangle - then peace for a week in a beach resort - I do not want lots of party people around constantly or any sleaze ie like I have seen in parts of Pattaya. I am happy to back pack around for the first part of the holiday but would like a clean comfortable standard hotel or beach hut etc - can anyone offer any advice - it's in excess of £1000 each with a travel company can anyone advise how to get it cheaper or has anyone done it cheaper recently - I am looking to travel in the month of September ?

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3. Posted by hammockin-Aaron (Budding Member 2 posts) 32w

Hear my attempt to help:

I am assuming the 1,000 euro is not including air fare, if it is....then...well...whatever.

My suggestions are listed in no particular order of importance and should most definitely NOT be taken as gospel.

Understand that you budget is very manageable for what you want to do. Understand that in order to get cheaper, you sacrifice amenities (arguable, even by me).

To arguably save money you can defer to purchasing your plane ticket independently.

You will be landing in Bangkok (BKK) you can find the cheapest transport to Khao San road (which I believe is a bus for some small amount of Baht) Using sites like this you can book your accommodation in advance. I read the reviews to get a general understanding of a place (try not to read the bad ones, they are usually not that helpful).

Understand that your experience at Khao San road may or may not change your travel plans. Khoa San road is a general area, I prefer Rhambutri, it is the next street up and a little more mellow.

If you forgo all the attempts to get you to use one of the million (exaggeration) tour companies in the Khoa San road area, you can go independently purchase your tickets to your next destination of travel. This will save you money by cutting out the middle man of a tour guide (or will it?) I mostly use the guesthouse I am staying at to book my transportation tickets.

This will get you around SE Asia and Thailand cheaply, If you are the adventurous group then the above may suit you. The 1,000 Euro for all that you mentioned is also not a bad deal

My suggestions for areas in Thailand you should check out are as follows:

Islands

Koh Tao
Koh Chang
Koh Lipe

Rest of Thailand:

Chiang Mai
Ayutthaya

All of the above are really chill areas of Thailand. They are places i have been and enjoyed. Do your own research and enjoy your decisions.

hammocking-aaron

4. Posted by Maabesam (Inactive 3 posts) 32w

Hi, I was in Bangok 2 days ago, I'm a backpacker who travel in a cheapest way as possible, let me give you suggestion.. if you want to go to Bangkok, it's better if you book your hotel online as early as possible..in my case i dont normally use credit card as we have high cases of fraud in PH.. anyway March to july is a peak season anywhere in Asia because of good weather. But September? You need to check the climate periodically because "BER" months is the rainy season for soem places in Asia. I agree with Aaron, it's best to stay in Khao San the problem is, most of the hotel there are fully booked..but since u'll be staying on September that wouldn't be a problem for you.. in my case we walked in Samsen Road.. that's 30min walk from khaoSan and 15 min walk from Grand Palace.

We stayed in NakornPhing in SAMSENSOI 6 for 3 nights that's 560thb per day...roughly that's $18 only. Bangkok is a busy street.. there's traffic everywhere, it's not practical to go by taxi or tuktuk.. if you want to save time and money i suggest for you to look for a travel agency to plan for your tour but if you can go by map that I think cheaper but it will take much effort.

For our 1st day tour we paid 1700thb per person for city tour. It includes lunch guide and van it started 8-5pm we had time for shopping in afternoon.. for second day we paid 700thb for safari and elephant ride, 2 hrs away from the city it inlcudes lunch 3rd day is ur free time... there's so maNy travel agency in Bangkok but I would not recommend the travel agency that I had- CHARLIECONNECTION they don't have english tour guide good thing I can speak a little thai so I was able to enjoy the rest of the tour...hope this helps u..

Have a safe trip

5. Posted by Maabesam (Inactive 3 posts) 32w

I forgot.. always use your power to bargain :-)

6. Posted by meganjane03 (Budding Member 48 posts) 32w

Hi,

I find you can almost always travel for cheaper than a travel company's quote. The main way to do this is cheaper guest-houses and hostels which are rather cheap in Thailand but still decent quality. You also need to keep an eye on the money and try to keep to a budget since you haven't paid everything upfront. But don't skimp things if you really want the experience! It's a bit of a juggling act.
We stayed on Khao San Road for $18 per room for a double as an example of cost. We stayed in two different hostels and they were quite bare but good enough (minus the loud noise from the street).

There are heaps of beaches to chill out on for a week, each as awesome as the next. If you want to stay in a resort away from partying crazies I'd probably suggest maybe Koh Tao, Koh Lanta, or if you can splurge a bit more one of the hotels on Koh Ngai (reachable by junk boat from Koh Lanta). These islands are generally more relaxed with quieter party scenes (at least they were when we visited last year). At Koh Tao you can get free accommodation if you want to do a 4 day dive course but if that's not your thing you can book other accommodation near the beach. Koh Lanta has plenty of options in different areas. Hiring a motorbike is a good idea there. Koh Ngai is a hotel island with only a few hotels and it is very small but was the most beautiful in our opinion. We were paying between $10 and $20 per night at these places, again per room for a double (except Koh Ngai which I'm not sure the price but it will be more expensive as it is much nicer). If you just want a really nice resort to stay in there are also plenty of those. For example we stayed in a resort in Phuket before our flight with 3 pools, breakfast included, pool bar, sun lounges, shops, and an amazing room for $60 per room for a double. It's nice to splurge on a resort in your last few days to recharge after backpacking.

Another tip on saving money is to shop around. This applies to food, tours, transport, hotels, and any actual shopping. You can often find a cheaper price than the first one you see. And for shopping it's expected that you bargain with them at most places. Also, we often opted to walk instead of get taxis which saved us a lot of money. For example we walked from the ferry dock in Koh Tao to our accommodation which was 3km away and took about 40 minutes. For this I recommend taking as little luggage as possible - easy to do in a climate such as Thailand.

The most expensive thing is going to be flights, so try save some money there.

Have an amazing time!

7. Posted by lebrontao (Budding Member 6 posts) 32w

Quoting hammockin-Aaron

Hear my attempt to help:

I am assuming the 1,000 euro is not including air fare, if it is....then...well...whatever.

My suggestions are listed in no particular order of importance and should most definitely NOT be taken as gospel.

Understand that you budget is very manageable for what you want to do. Understand that in order to get cheaper, you sacrifice amenities (arguable, even by me).

To arguably save money you can defer to purchasing your plane ticket independently.

You will be landing in Bangkok (BKK) you can find the cheapest transport to Khao San road (which I believe is a bus for some small amount of Baht) Using sites like this you can book your accommodation in advance. I read the reviews to get a general understanding of a place (try not to read the bad ones, they are usually not that helpful).

Understand that your experience at Khao San road may or may not change your travel plans. Khoa San road is a general area, I prefer Rhambutri, it is the next street up and a little more mellow.

If you forgo all the attempts to get you to use one of the million (exaggeration) tour companies in the Khoa San road area, you can go independently purchase your tickets to your next destination of travel. This will save you money by cutting out the middle man of a tour guide (or will it?) I mostly use the guesthouse I am staying at to book my transportation tickets.

This will get you around SE Asia and Thailand cheaply, If you are the adventurous group then the above may suit you. The 1,000 Euro for all that you mentioned is also not a bad deal

My suggestions for areas in Thailand you should check out are as follows:

Islands

Koh Tao
Koh Chang
Koh Lipe

Rest of Thailand:

Chiang Mai
Ayutthaya

All of the above are really chill areas of Thailand. They are places i have been and enjoyed. Do your own research and enjoy your decisions.

hammocking-aaron

what about these 3 itineraries i made to Bangkok? is there any must-see place i didn't add or something wrong? thanks

1 day

8:30am Train Market
10:00am Floating Market
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Grand Palace
1:45pm Emerald Buddha Temple
2:30pm Wat Pho
4:00pm Wat Arun
5:15pm Jim Thompson House
6:30pm Dinner
8:00pm Khao San Road

3 day

Day 1
9:00am Chang Pier
10:00am Wat Pho
11:00am Grand Palace
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Emerald Buddha Temple
3:15pm Wat Arun
4:30pm Wat Saket
6:00pm Dinner

Day 2
9:00am Train Market
10:30am Floating Market
1:00pm Lunch
2:30pm Chinatown
4:30pm Jim Thompson House
6:30pm Dinner

Day 3
9:00am Chulalongkorn University
10:40am National Museum
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Central World
3:00pm Siam Square
5:30pm Khao San Road
7:30pm Dinner

5 day

Day 1
9:00am Chang Pier
10:00am Wat Pho
11:00am Grand Palace
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Emerald Buddha Temple
3:00pm Wat Arun
4:30pm Wat Saket
6:00pm Dinner

Day 2
9:00am Train Market
10:30am Floating Market
1:00pm Lunch
2:30pm Chinatown
4:30pm Jim Thompson House
6:30pm Dinner

Day 3
9:00am Chulalongkorn University
10:45am National Museum
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Central World
3:00pm Siam Square
5:30pm Khao San Road
7:30pm Dinner

Day 4
9:30am Erawan Museum
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Samphan Elephant Grounds and Zoo
5:30pm Lumpini Park
6:30pm Dinner

Day 5
9:30am Chatuchak Market
11:00am Dusit Zoo
12:30pm Lunch
2:30pm Dream World
6:00pm Dinner
:):):):):)