Hi, just wondering if anyone can recommend any places to stay in Thailand (maybe Ko Phi Phi or somewhere) that has good prices for solo travellers. Have done quit a lot of travelling but this will be my first time solo and I'm a touch apprehensive about finding reasonably priced accommodation and meeting people etc. Is 2 weeks too long to spend down there on my tod? Also, does anyone know of any orphanages or schools that would welcome a couple of week's volunteer work? (I've got TEFL experience). I'd like to do some volunteer work but not through an organisation, and obviously a lot of places which would welcome help don't have websites etc..any info much appreciated.
I want to do the same as you! I am thinking of going to Ko Phi Phi, or if not Cambodia. I am in Bangkok at the moment- where are you? We could meet and try it together, I've heard places are cheap to stay. I am at the Four Sons House in Bangkok if you want to find me - tel (662) 280 5910. I am willing to go very soon!
Phi Phi is awesome - prices are pretty good if you stay a little out of the main town - Stayed on Lond Beach and it was beautiful. We booked a couple of cheap tours from My House in Bangkok (they are near Koh San Road) and there were a whole lot of people on the bus that were alot of fun. That might be a good idea?
You can never spend too much time on a beach in Thailand. If you get board you simply find another beach. But if you want to help out kids I highly recomend Cambodia there is a lot of places down there that would be more than willing to take you on. Just go and cheack it out.
phi phi ......goto the rock backpackers.....is a ship on dry land
the only 20 bed dorm on the island 100 bath
Ah Phi Phi...
At the moment it is quite easy to meet people on PhiPhi. Maybe it will get harder as it gets busier again. The local people are still really grateful to have tourists coming back and its got good friendly atmospheere. ie Everyone says hello to each other. If you dosomething like snorkelling or diving and you'll meet people. Eat in Papaya the most lovely lttle friendly cafe/restaurant, its busy and tiny so you have to share tables and everyone gets chatting. Best Papaya Salad in thailand.
Flag some people down to share a longtail boat over to Phi Phi Leh (the little island next door of movie fame) Its about 800baht total including snorkelling equipement, cheap between a group. and the driver will take you to best spots.
I was sorry to leave.....
We traveled to Thailand as a family, but I'd say you will be fine alone, we met lots of people traveling alone, all ages and everyone seems so friendly. Oddly one of the best places to meet people is on ferry boats and busses, relax and have a great time.
Safe happy travels
Hi - Im in Chiang Mai at the moment, there is a School for the Blind here that I have been to and will be going back to on Wednesday next week from 9.30am. They love getting people in to do english with the young people. They desperately need people with spare time.
Its a lovely place and the English teacher is a lovely woman, but she too needs conversation practice.
Its a very basic school but they try to prepare the young people for comprehensive school and give them skills they may be able to use in the outside world. Ie. massage and craftworks
If you fancy something a little different and feel like you are doing something for the community - then this is it!