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Travelling to Thailand in May

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1. Posted by Jamiedub9 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

I am travelling to Thailand on May 15th landing in Bangkok from Glasgow. I'm a 25 year old easy going, fun (I hope!) guy and will be travelling alone. Although I hear it's easy to meet people over there I am still slightly paranoid and would love to get speaking to people before I travel that I could meet out there.

I'm going to book into a hostel for no more than a couple of days then travel everywhere and anywhere before going to Australia to work approximately 4-6 weeks later so it would be great to meet people in similar circumstances.

Please get in touch :) :)


2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Staying in Thailand for over 30 days you will need a Tourist Visa you pay for. Unless you intend to fly out of Thailand within 30 days then you can enter on a free Visa Exemption stamp at the airport.

Nail down your hotel for the first night. Once you leave Bangkok not a lot of hostels available BUT guest houses and smaller private hotels are about the same price. (Unless you like sharing urinals and showers with other guys.)

Do a forum search and read up on some of the many posts for solo travelers, even some of the posts for solo women travelers can be useful too.

TravBuddy forum will have info to meet other tourists. But in Thailand you can also have a nice time without meeting up with other travelers. (You do meet people on tours, in pubs and beer bars, even in restaurants and just walking around.)

Up to you.

3. Posted by fluffybadger11 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jamie

I'm travelling to Thailand for the first two weeks of June, going to a few different places for about 3-4 days at a time (Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Bangkok).

I'm also travelling solo and have booked into a few hostels so that I can meet new people while I am there but I agree with you, it's always nice to get chatting to people ahead of time!

What places are on your itinerary?


[ Edit: Edited on 03-Apr-2016, at 04:13 by fluffybadger11 ]

4. Posted by Jamiedub9 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jennie,

Thanks for responding!

I'd really like to get down and see some of the islands - Koh Tao, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket etc. However I have been advised by a friend that I should get up north as well to see what he describes as "the real Thailand". So I'm easy to be honest.

I think I'm going to aim to stay in Thailand for approximately 4 weeks, then maybe travel to see Cambodia and/or Vietnam. Are you keeping your travels exclusive to Thailand?


5. Posted by fluffybadger11 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I'm only away for about two weeks so just sticking to Thailand on this trip. However, I hope to return to Asia on another holiday in the future to see Cambodia and Vietnam :)

I hear Chiang Mai is more of the real Thailand, so I'm heading up there by train straight from Bangkok airport. I'll be spending one day in Ayutthaya along the way (temples galore) and then spending a few days in Chiang Mai. If you're there a while, I hear Pai is a good place to take a trip to from Chiang Mai.

I am heading to some of the quieter islands - I'm going to fly to Krabi from Chiang Mai, and head to Ao Nang. I hope to take day trips to Railay beach and some of the smaller islands nearby - I'm only planning to be down there for 3-4 days as I hear the weather can be changeable that time of year with the sea being unsuitable for snorkeling and the boats not running... but I also hear it can be fantastic... we will see what happens!! After the beaches I'm heading back to Bangkok for 3 days :)

Have you heard of TielandtoThailand? It's a great website and blog about Thailand, worth a read that might help with your trip - the couple who run it moved to to Thailand 3 years ago and live in Chiang Mai, but have traveled across Thailand: