Hi everyone,my name is George I'm 27 and I just booked one way ticket to Bankok. It's the first time for me when I travel to Asia,and I would like some advices regarding almost anything. I am planing to stay there for about 2 months +/- and I want to visit the countries around Thailand as well. I am going to travel with a friend of mine. I would like to know what countries worth to visit,how shall I get the accommodation,what to eat as I heard I must be very careful. How do I transport the cash.. And what things shall I consider. I probably missed other important things that's why I would appreciate any advice as I don't know much about that place. My budget is around 2500£ and I don't really want to say no to nice things,but in the same time I don't want to waste money on things which don't worth. And by the way,how long can I stay there with that amount? Thanks a lot in advance.
Your budget sounds like more than enough. Me and my husband have a budget of about £50 a day and we were under that for Asia. As a single traveller you can easily find accomodation in dorms, but make sure you keep valuables safe and locked up. Have you checked out couchsurfing? Be a bit careful and read people's profiles and reviews but this is a cheap way to stay, particularly in expensive cities. Try and have accomodation booked for your first night somewhere and then look around and see where you want to be and negotiate.
As for food, if you can try and stick to veggie and always eat hot food. Street food is ok if you can see it being cooked. Always drink bottled water, or beer!
Countries to visit, that's difficult. It depend on what you want to see and experience. The obvious ones are Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Laos is my favourite. Please try and get to northern Thailand, it's beautiful. Myanmar is worth the effort but if it's your first venture in Asia it might be a bit tricky. Wifi is difficult and travel/accomodation is limited because of government restrictions. It may have changed as I was there three years ago.
We have spent the last four years travelling Asia and have hundreds of blogs, let me know if you're interested in seeing them.
Good luck and enjoy the experience.
If you are travelling to Asia and Thailand so take a lot of money with yourself. Because you want to spend 2 months, so you need a money.
"..name is George I'm 27 and I just booked one way ticket to Bankok."
Sometimes one way flights can be a problem unless you have a Tourist Visa that you pay for ahead of time.
With a UK passport you can enter with a free Visa Exemption stamp you get at the airport IF you have a flight out of Bangkok within 30 days. This is called Proof of Onward Travel. Sometimes the first problem you MIGHT encounter is just leaving your home airport.
Long distance round trip flights are sometimes much cheaper than buying two one way flights to Asia and return home. It is not expensive to fly between Thailand and nearby countries.
Google up "proof of onward travel required for entering Thailand." (Unless you have already researched this requirement.)
For money cash works but only take the largest denominations to save room in your wallet. I always have debit cards from my credit unions back home too. (I also have credit cards for emergencies that may come up. Such as when tourists rent motorcycles and then have accidents, etc. There may be emergency hospital visits.)
There are fees to use ATMs for cash. I do not use debit or credit cards in restaurants, malls, bars, nightclubs or for buying cheap stuff from vendors. For me, my opinion, there is too much chance of credit card fraud when you willy-nilly use cards for cheap things. With cash you do have to take precautions. Choose hotels where you have safes or safety boxes. If you invite guests to visit your hotel room make sure your money, passport and other valuables are locked up or at least out of sight!
Do not rely on a single card for spending money! Lose that card or have it stolen by a random guest you entertain and you will have problems!
" My budget is around 2500£ ..."
Is this after paying for long distance flights to Asia and return?
[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jul-2016, at 07:54 by karazyal ]
Hi,thanks for your reply. My budget is £2500 without the flights. And regarding the visa,how would you advice me to do? Buy a flight ticket to one of the other countries I want to visit withing 30 days of my arrival? Would that keep me out of trouble? I must add that I am not a uk citizen so that will make a difference.Thanks !
[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jul-2016, at 13:27 by GeorgeLaz ]
You do need to research each and every country since everyone is different from the next. Vietnam is the country where you have to prearrange your visa, but the other countries make it far easier since you can purchase a visa on arrival or in the case of Thailand (no visa required for short stays). If you arrive by air in Vietnam the visa situation is easy, just buy a VOA before you fly, and pick up the actual visa when you land. If you arrive by a land border, buy the visa at any Vietnamese Embassy in the previous country before you travel.
Vietnam is my favorite place since the people are so wonderful and friendly.
Start your research at www.travelfish.org
If you fly to Bangkok first, one method that works is to have a flight out of Thailand before the free 30 days is up. A flight out of Thailand within 30 days fulfills the Proof of Onward Travel IF you qualify for a free Visa Exemption!
Bangkok has 2 airports by the way. Most flights from Europe and N. America arrive at Suvarnabhumi (BKK) airport. Both airports have local and international flights. Don Muang (DMK) Airport has quit a few local flights and international flights to nearby countries.
Different countries - different visa requirements.
"I must add that I am not a uk citizen so that will make a difference."
Yes, different country passports different rules! Depends on the passport you arrive with for any country. Below is an old link. Find your country and read the rules. Same for other countries you intend to visit.
Research is what you do before buying plane tickets!
.... Myanmar is worth the effort but if it's your first venture in Asia it might be a bit tricky. Wifi is difficult and travel/accomodation is limited because of government restrictions.... It may have changed as I was there three years ago.
The current UK travel advice has this to say about Internet in Myanmar ( even if they still do insist on calling it Burma)
" Mobile phones and Internet
Burma’s technological infrastructure is improving rapidly and foreign visitors and residents can expect to see significant change in the near future.
International GSM roaming is now available in Burma and all local networks offer 3G. If roaming is enabled, some UK SIM cards will work and coverage is fairly reliable in the main cities. UK mobile service providers may charge especially high prices for roaming in Burma.
Many visitors travel with a spare mobile phone and buy a SIM card when they arrive (approximately 1500 Kyat – about £1). This can then be topped up as needed."
As to travel & accommodation, I had no problems with either in the two months in the past year that I was there & had a wonderful time. There are still restricted areas & I would advise visiting this page for up-to-date Info.
Happy Travels & I hope you do not skip Myanmar
Thanks everyone for the advices,I will start to make an itinerary. Does anyone recommend me any special places to visit in Vietnam? I must admit I don't like visiting temples and other stuff similar like museums or whatever. I'm more for partying,beaches,scubadiving and water sports. And what country shall I go beside Thailand and Vietnam? Taking in consideration the things I just mentioned I like. Thanks
"Does anyone recommend me any special places to visit in Vietnam? I must admit I don't like visiting temples and other stuff similar like museums or whatever."
Look this over:
Thailand is pretty big. There is a lot to see that would entertain you including diving and nightlife. I personally don't think there is another country you can party as well and as cheap in this part of Asia! Some diving in Malaysia but many Malaysians go to Thailand for partying.
The Philippines has some good nightlife but you will have to fly there. Some good beaches you have to do research on. Some good diving too.
Google search with your computer might give you some ideas.
[ Edit: Edited on 11-Jul-2016, at 09:14 by karazyal ]