Hi everyone! i would first like to excuse my bad spelling as i know i will probably make tons of spelling errors, french canadian :p. Well i plan on going to Thailand very soon, i really need to change my mind for a little while, i plan on going about 1 month or a little more backpack stile and alone. I realy need help planing my trip as i dont know much about other contries, especialy not in asia.
I would like to know what are the best place i could visit inside a month or a month and a half. Do i need to reserve hotels or is it safe to do camping, and is it safe alone? If someone could help me i owuld appreciate greatly! Oh well i would like to leave soon maybe end of october-november. Thanks !
I think of starting in bankok, but not sure where i can finish, is there any other international airports in thailand?
phuket is another thai international airport.
no need to book accommodation - just walk in. If you are on a budget guest houses are the cheapest - from $2 for a single basic.
don't do camping when in a countryside - too dangerous (insects, snakes) - homestays in Thailand are more expensive than guest houses but better and still affordable.
Bangkok sighseeing with a Taling Chan floating market (you can get homestays here as well), Ayuthaya ruins, Chang Mai trekking and rafting, Kanchanaburi (several national parks), islands
The fuss of planning won't likely to happen unless your having a very short time. But its good you have few places in mind that you wish to visit... It will come in handy if your out of idea..
One of the things you have to know is its Asia tradition and culture. Its vast different from the west. Look up Lonely Planet Thailand guidebook, they have aplenty of info to help you on that... It comes in handy!!!
Eg. from taking off shoes before entering homes, not touching praying altars, covering up when going to mosque or temples, not touching someone's head, on how u point out to someone not using ur index finger. hehe... just so many...
Everybody who has been to Thailand says that its safe and they have a blast and always want to return back like me! But you have to play a part to be cautious with your belonging and yourself.
Becareful of scams or 'cheap packages or offers' to bring you places...
Its either they bring you to a shop they want you to go and buy and if you don't, you get into loads of trouble... Or a bus ride packed with other backpackers which get broken down or simply cancelled on the spot!
In other words, just smile and walk away. Stick to buying tics at proper counters, govt. buses and trains... :p
Bargain your way thru the tuk-tuk and bazaars when buying! be reasonable of course! heheh.. I love this part... hehe... start from 40 baht, and see how it goes.. have patience and smile thru the bargain.. it worked for me! but i gave additional cigarette to end the bonus deal!
starting at BKK, you could end at BKK... since its like the best place to start and end a trip, for me.. Khao San! Cheap accom., food.. hehehe..
There's also Chiang Mai Airport, Phuket too..
From BKK, you could go up NORTH, then... come back to go South, The islands...
BKK - Phitsanulok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai.... then BKK - and to the many islands you wish!
The South cost more and during the peak seasons, you might need to book accomondations if there is... You could do diving as well...
You can also get yourself to Cambodia or Laos or M'sia or Myanmar..
So, i hope this is much help... i'm shure your gonna have a good time... do some research if you must...
I'll be heading out soon at the end of the month...
Thanks but are there spots for camping like parks? are they common? and since im going for quite a few time (1 1/2 - 2 month) you say that i dont realy need to plan my trip exept for a couple of places i want to go? What about visa? what do i need for a 2 month trip? how does it work? Thanks :S im very new to this !
And what are the must see places, or the must do in there? i would like to do some snorkeling and jungle trekking, but those with a guide.
I am also going to thailand, and am also getting stressed trying to organise stuff in advance. I have just decided today in fact to chill out. Fly in there and just freestyle! If you are in bangkok i got recommended the B & B Inn. it looks wicked. Swimming pool and massagers and very cheap.
But my main tip is to chill out!
very few camping places with poor facilities - accommodation is cheap in the giest houses and homestays.
plan where are you going and what to do - no need to book.
apply for 2 months visa in embassy - or leave Thailand and come back for an another 30 dyas extension.
for 2 months you need enough money (say 10 pounds per day) and guide book.
it's easy - just read a few guide books before leaving
I envy you! I want to visit Thailand again! I have been in Pattaya and Phuket last year in October! There are many fun and pleasant activities! best places you could visit in Thailand: FantaSea, James Bond Island, Phi Phi, Alcazar Show, Crocodile Ferm,....
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Ok i finaly know what i have to do, i went to see my aunt(<--is that the word??), she is a travel agent and make me a big gift, she dont make any profit on my ticked and she pay all the insurances!! she alsow strongly suggested me to take that trip wich i did and all of that for a very cheap prise she is great . So i will go in a trip for 17 days and then mess around in thailand for the rest of the 4 month!!Great great stuff! now i know i wont need a tent but should i still bring one? its a very light one like 5 pound, and do i need sleeping bag, and the thing to cook my meals? Im leaving montreal january 15 i cant wait! Thanks for all your help!
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