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1. Posted by timebackpacking (Budding Member 11 posts) 48w

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I am planning my 3 weeks Thailand trip in sept 2016.

First time backpacking where I will stay at hostels, taking train, and overnight buses.

I have 18 days to visit south of Bangkok. I want to include diving lessons as well.

Please let me know what I should do. I'm not much of a drinker, so partying every night ain't my thing.

Suggestions are welcome for routes. After reading multiple blogs, vlogs, I plan in bringing a 40litre bag (carry on size) with a day pack.

5 quick dry t shirt
2 sleeveless shirt
2 quick dry long sleeve
1 wrinkle free dress shirt
2 cargo shorts
2 shorts
1 long light pants
1 swimming trunks

3 pair socks
5 under wears
Money belt
Quick dry hat

1 sandal for daily wear
1 flip flop for shower
1 sneaker

Headlamp
Watch
Tablet for reading and keeping tracks of plan
Cell phone for camera, videoing and internet
Chargers, USB cables
1 tb passbook to store pics and vids
Selfie stick and tripod
3 combination locks
1 cable lock
1 pen
2 wallet

2compression sack
4 pack cubes
1 medium microfibre towel

Toothbrush, tooth paste, mini bottles for bodywash,shampoo and hairgel
Nailclipper and mini scissors

Making copies of passport and driver license. Copies of med history and travel insurance.

After extensive reviews, I will remain in Thailand only. No chiang mai as I have been there before.

I will not do self laundry , so will pay for service maybe 3 times in the whole trip.

So please, any suggestions welcome.

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 48w

Your packing list is fine. It's more clothing than I'd bring but since you don't want to laundry it makes sense.

Have fun and good luck with your research.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by timebackpacking (Budding Member 11 posts) 48w

Hey terry

Thanks again for the review. I'm following ur advice from my first thread not to venture out in so many placed in such short period of time. Therefore, I'm focusing mainly in the southern region and to take the 4 day scuba lessons.

From looking at this site, it appears your pretty knowledgeable. Can u tell me where I should visit. I like to do some jungle trekking, hiking, temple visiting and eating local foods and fruits. I don't party or drink much for fun. Maybe a bottle of beer Max. I like to spend on things I can experience. Thanks.

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2455 posts) 48w

I've only been to Thailand a few times, I'm no expert.

That said, it's arguably the easiest "foreign" destination on the planet for westerners.

Thailand has hosted untold millions and millions of budget travellers over many decades so its tourism infrastructure is excellent and it's a very, very easy place to research. All the major guide books cover it in great detail and there are countless travel websites, blogs, etc. that cover every imaginable aspect of the country.

Have fun with your research.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by maps2anywhere (Budding Member 42 posts) 48w

I have been to Thailand for two times. That too when I was 15. I have bad memory and so I always carry road map with me so that I can reach places without taking any wrong turn.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 45w


"Toothbrush, tooth paste, mini bottles for bodywash, shampoo and hairgel
Nailclipper and mini scissors..."

Make sure any bottles you have will be an accepted size for going through airport security checks. Otherwise they confiscate it and throw it out if you want to fly. You should have a smaller bag with you where you can put computers, cell phones, cameras, and valuables in. If your pack for some flights is a little too big you maybe asked to check it in. Or you may have to put your bag in the under seat storage bin on a bus. Check the bigger bag in and use smaller bag for stuff you need on the plane and valuables. (In a checked in bag you can have larger containers of fluids, the scissors, your dive knife, also a Swiss Army Knife is good for many things. Such as stuff you may have to fix, open a can of beans, etc.)

In Bangkok most of the bags are just coming in off the flight just when you finish with immigration procedures. Discount airlines have lower carry on weight allowances.

DON'T leave valuables in any bag out of sight! Some buses booked from Khao San Road area travel agencies (Bangkok) have a few stories about theft from stored bags. Go to a real bus station and get a regular scheduled bus for your traveling even if it costs a few pennies more!

When you are walking around cities usually you leave the bigger bag in your room anyway.

"Can u tell me where I should visit. I like to do some jungle trekking, hiking, temple visiting and eating local foods and fruits. I don't party or drink much for fun. Maybe a bottle of beer Max. I like to spend on things I can experience."

If you first fly to Bangkok - start there! If you fly home from Bangkok, because round trip plane tickets are usually cheaper than two one way flights flying long distance, spend a final day and night back in Bangkok again. Do your final shopping at that time. No need to buy at first visit and carry tourist stuff all over Thailand with you.

The usual subjects - Bangkok, Chiang Mai and a beach location usually works for many tourists. But if you have been to Chiang Mai before maybe do some of the places closer to Bangkok for a few days. Kachanaburi, River Kwai, Ayudthaya, maybe even Korat,Nakhon Ratchasima for Phimai. And beaches of your choice.

Weather for September. Read the info at the bottom of the website for various locations and sea conditions.
http://www.guidetothailand.com/thailand-travel-information/weather.php

You should know how much per night you can afford for hotel/hostel accommodations. Most guest houses provide towels,

Good luck.

7. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 45w

Wouldn't a swiss army knife fall foul of carry-on regs?

That packlist is close to what I started out taking. Now I'd halve the garments - too much duplication for my taste.

I'd also slim down the technology. 3 locks? Passbook? Selfie stick? Why even a watch. I notice chargers is plural. One smartphone with a usb cable covers everything - you need to let go of the comfort blankets a little, you'll engage with your destination more that way. Sorry if this is preaching - it's pure opinion. :-)

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 45w

"Wouldn't a swiss army knife fall foul of carry-on regs?"

Not in a check in bag! I have had one with me for over 20 years but not in a carry on. You can put the larger size liquids in the check in bag too.

"(In a checked in bag you can have larger containers of fluids, the scissors, your dive knife, also a Swiss Army Knife is good for many things. Such as stuff you may have to fix, open a can of beans, etc.)"

I have been on commuter flights where my normal carry on bag was too big. In that case they take the bag and I get it at the next stop. Never leave valuables in any bag that is checked in!

I personally go crazy when I don't have a watch on. (Keep looking at my wrist automatically without consciously thinking about it.) For me, when overseas, I usually have a 8 to 12 hour time difference most of the time. Being an old fart I always had jobs where you had to be somewhere or finish something on time and got used to having a watch! A watch on your wrist doesn't take up any room. In particular I prefer a watch with 2 time zones. Second time zone I keep on home country time and the other on the time for what ever country I am at.

9. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 45w

The original poster talked about taking a 40l pack that was carry-on size, hence me thinking advice to take banned items may be a problem.

10. Posted by OneWorldOneBlog (First Time Poster 1 posts) 45w

I just recently came back from Thailand. I didn't back backpack, but I did a lot and can give you a ton of recommendations on things to do depending on what you are into. Thailand was great, but there are some things you should be aware of just as a heads up. Feel free to reach out to me personally for any advice about Thailand, but you can also check out my new travel blog where I just posts a bunch of articles on what to and not to do in Thailand. -snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. This includes personal travel blogs. ]