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1. Posted by bob345 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Looking to travel to Thailand early next year. I am looking for comfortable peace and quite. That means a nice but not opulent room, with air-conditioning a great beach ,and great bar on the beach. I would also like to see some culture.

Also, what is the best way to get around Thailand? I need to get were I am going without a lot of fuss.

I have always been an independent traveler and would like to do this the same way. Most of my experience has been in Europe with some in Mexico. Most of the time I am looking for an “adventure” but I am coming off a stressful time and just want to have a good, relaxing time. Can I do this on $15-20 US per day? Any suggestions on good food? I am looking for Thai and American food.
Thanks.:)

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

First of all, there is a wealth of info in the older posts. Look at some of the posts concerning Thailand. Many of your concerns have been discussed before.

Many times you will have a choice between a tourist or gov't buses. I recomend using gov't buses when possible. You get a better ride most times and avoid the cattle car feel of many tourist buses. Almost every city in Thailand of any size is serviced by gov't buses. They offer air con and fan buses on most routes. Choose a/c if possible. The travel agents won't book you on them or tell you about them, but get yourself over to the regular station. That is my advice to you.

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

try to avoid crowdy touristy destinations - it would be always cheaper and more peaceful to go to places where Thais go.

there a lot of street vendors and eateries with good thai fare - but it will be difficult to find american stuff unless you venture into upmarket restaurants.

yes, $20 would be enough for everything

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 11y

Quoting bob345

Looking to travel to Thailand early next year. I am looking for comfortable peace and quite. That means a nice but not opulent room, with air-conditioning a great beach ,and great bar on the beach. I would also like to see some culture.

Also, what is the best way to get around Thailand? I need to get were I am going without a lot of fuss.

I have always been an independent traveler and would like to do this the same way. Most of my experience has been in Europe with some in Mexico. Most of the time I am looking for an “adventure” but I am coming off a stressful time and just want to have a good, relaxing time. Can I do this on $15-20 US per day? Any suggestions on good food? I am looking for Thai and American food.
Thanks.:)

First things first. When you finish with immigration and changing your money at Bangkok (get small denomination bills too) you will need a ride into town. There is an Airport sponsored bus that takes you to many parts of town, it's pretty cheap. The taxi queue is on the same level as the Airport bus. If you choose the taxi expect that they will ask you to pay the toll too.

Transportation in town is cheap. Try the Tuk Tuks once, then use taxis in Bangkok. Pay only the meter price for these taxis, tourists (Farangs) rarely get a taxi cheaper with bargaining. Have small denomination bills for making change. Don't expect a shop or taxi to be able to change big notes (500 baht or 1000 baht.)

Transportation between cities is pretty cheap. Like one of the previous msgs said - choose the Air Con bus for travel between cities. Besides the airconditioning they also have toilets. Carry TP and baby wipes/hand wipes in your carry bag. Don't put any valuables in the checked in bag. Keep your money, cameras, passports, computers, etc. with you on the bus. (Always use the security boxes provided by hotels, keep the key with you.)

You want to get by with only $15 to $20 U.S. per day, it's doable. But it's a lot of rice and stuff you can't identify to eat. I think you should figure on $30 a day, and try to save. Hotels are cheap in Thailand, unless you want a dorm style cheapie, figure on around 600 to 750 baht for a hotel with AC, HW, TV, and security box for valuables. If you get sick of Asian food, there are lots of KFC, McDonalds, Burger Kings, etc. all over Thailand. ABF is on lots of menus, that means American Breakfast, it's okay but not the real thing. Several supermarket chains, like Tops and Foodland serve cheap European/American food as well as Asian food.

For additonal information buy or borrow a Lonely Planet Travel Guide. You can also access another message board through LP: www.lonelyplanet.com Thorn Tree Forum.

Good luck. [b]
Al

5. Posted by bob345 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Thanks karazyal, this is exactly the type of information that I was looking for. $ 30 US per day sounds around what I had figured looking at prices. 15-20 sounds kinda low unless you are really roughing it. Do you have any experience with trains in Thailand? I will be flying into Bangkok then I need to get to the island or beach of my choice; is the bus better than trains? Also I am looking for an island or beach to stay on that I can get a room during the early part of January. I have heard that they are often sold out to divers.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 11y

Do you have any experience with trains in Thailand? I will be flying into Bangkok then I need to get to the island or beach of my choice; is the bus better than trains?

Here are some websites that may be able to help you with transportation.

www.thailandguru.com/transport-bus-province.html
www.topthaisites.com/travel/transport.html
www.guidetothailand.com
www.introasia.com

Hope this helps a little.