I've booked a flight to Bangkok mid Jan 2017 to start a 3 month long trip to SE Asia visiting Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
It's my first time backpacking and I am travelling alone. I have been searching the internet for Facebook groups and forums where I can meet other backpackers to chat with before I leave. What is the best way to meet other backpackers when you arrive in Bangkok? I can't really afford a planned tour with the big companies and would prefer my freedom. What are the best bars / hostels to meet other backpackers in Bangkok who are solo? Are there more backpackers in Sukhumvit area or Khao san? Is there any bar crawls I go on to get chatting to people? I've came across a website introbackpacking.com which offers inductions in Bangkok but would prefer to meet people on the go..
Thank in advance for any help
Both Nana area and Khao San Road are popular with budget travelers. My preference is the Nana area so I can use the Skytrain. But I am an old fart now!
For "best bars" you can do a search. Depends on what kind of nightlife you are interested in.
Many tourists travel on their own. Even older retirees do Thailand on their own. No big deal. If you are school age or not far from it maybe start with Khao San Road.
Thailand is very "tourist friendly" with all sorts of places to stay from basic economy to luxury hotels. Everything for every budget.
Three months is a long time. Different countries means different visa requirements. Read up on how to have money available. Not a good idea to carry 10,000 euros or dollars in cash with you if you intend to use dorms. Don't rely only on a single debit card.
Make Google search your friend.
Yep. Khao San. Far easier, plus Nana is too full of sex tourists for my taste.
Various popular areas of Bangkok:
The Nana-Asoke area also has many family groups and other tourists using hotels in that area. Malls, street vendors, travel agencies for shared tours and access to the city rail service is a plus for some tourists. Suk 11 Hostel is in this area not far from a Skytrain stop.
Link for 3 hotels KSR area.
Shared tours are not that expensive. These are smaller group tours you sign onto through local travel agencies. About 8 to 10 tourists in a van. They pick you up at your hotel and bring you back there at the end of the trip. You meet other tourists on these little day tours. Normally choose day before for next morning pick up. It does not cost anything to ask how much a tour costs after you are in Bangkok.
- For hotel help in Thailand you should include a price range in Thai baht.