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1. Posted by Marijamm (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Hello
I'll be traveling to Thailand for 2 weeks in Feb 2006 on my own. I'll mainly staing in Krabi,Phi Phi and Koh Pha ngan( 14 feb.Fool Moon Party:)
Any advice on the best places to stay where I can meet a lot of young people?
A'm a bit concerned about traveling ang going out to places on my own..
Thanks in advance
love,Maria,xxx

2. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

The Krabi province was my favourite part of Thailand!I fell in love with it!!!!We spent some time in Ao Nang first of which was cool I guess, beach wasnt too great and Its rather touristy but we had a couple of fun filled evenings there, the locals were really friendly and we had a good laugh playing pool and connect 4 with them alongside some yummy cocktails!We also spent a night on Ton Sai, which for me wasnt great as Im not too much into the whole generated electricity and rustic living thing, also Its mainly geared towards the rock climbing community however we met a few cool people there and if thats your kinda thing I guess you would love it there!!!!Have to admit it was so nice to hear the ocean as we slept!However we spent a while on East Railay and it was my favourite place...its super laid back, very relaxed.....by day there is Laem Phra Nang Beach to hang out at, a few caves to visit and this big lagoon thing too....Night times were amazing!Theres a few little bars and the atmosphere is just great, we met so many truely lovely people there, had such a laugh, it was fantastic!I think you would really enjoy it there!Theres a really cheap set of bungalows called the Viewpoint Resort which I really loved!!!it was 100baht each a night for me and my mate!
Koh Pha Ngan...depends on what you are looking for really...I would say avoid Ban Tai at all costs, seriously shady in everyway.....If you are wanting the full moon party stay somewhere in the Had Rin area, just not too near to the beach as you are likely to get robbed!We werent going to stay that area but Ban Tai was auful and Bottle Beach, which was beautiful by the way, was just too far away!We stayed in the Seabreeze bungalows which were nice and had great views of the sea!!!!Also I really loved Thong Sala on Koh Pha Ngan as I needed some good retail therapy and they had a cute little food market there with the whole live eels shebang and theres a few bars and things!I mean the shopping inst fabulous but theres a few little places to go to and things, I bought loads of stuff there!!!!anyway have a great time!!!!

3. Posted by Salamui (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

If you go to krabi don't forget climb at Railay.
It's good new experience.

4. Posted by barge (Full Member 54 posts) 10y

Don't worry about travelling on your own in Thailand, its a wonderfully easy and safe place to travel. There will be lots of other solo travellers as well!

In Koh Phangan I'd recommend heading to Had Thien, the beach around the headland from Had Rin where the full moon party is held. Some really cheap and beautiful places to stay there!

Its difficult to tell you where to go in Phi Phi as they are rebuilding from the Tsunami still (at least they were in June when we were there and they had a long way to go) so there's lots of good places that are cheap and lots of travellers to meet!

Hope you have a great time!

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

The only thing I would add to the post by 'Twinkle' is to visit the many islands off the coast in the Krabi. You and some new friends can hire a long-tailed boat and visit beautiful, uninhabited islands. These are the memories that will last for many years. Have a great trip.

6. Posted by catwong (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

but what bout a female travelling alone in thailand..??
i heard its now safe and totally not recommended

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 10y

Quoting Marijamm

Hello
I'll be traveling to Thailand for 2 weeks in Feb 2006 on my own. I'll mainly staing in Krabi,Phi Phi and Koh Pha ngan( 14 feb.Fool Moon Party:)
Any advice on the best places to stay where I can meet a lot of young people?
A'm a bit concerned about traveling ang going out to places on my own..
Thanks in advance
love,Maria,xxx


You are planning to spend a day or two in Bankok (BKK), right? You should stop and take a look around Bangkok, this will give you a chance to catch up on your sleep, get used to the different time zones, eat, do some sightseeing, etc.!

Many young people head out to the Khao San Road (KSR) area for hotels and MEET LOTS OF OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE! If you want to meet other young people, KSR is a good place to start at. This will give you some time to consider some of your transportation choices. Most likely you will meet up with other young travellers, like yourself, going or coming from the same places you want to go to. On the Airport Bus the busfare to KSR is only 100 baht.

Too many first time travellers schedule their arrival at BKK with a quick turn-around and no visit to Bangkok. The next message you see is their questions like "is one hour enough time to make my next flight? Or do I have enough time to clear customs, immigration, change money and go from terminal 1 to the domestic terminal and make my next connection, etc." Or they ask for accomodation at the airport or nearby because their departure is around 0600 or something.

Oh yeah, travelling in Thailand is probably safer than long distance travelling in your own home country. Just don't do dumb things, take the same precautions that you would do back home. Also, keep in touch with your family back home, let them know where you will be or where you intend to go. If you hook up with some othe travellers let someone know who you are with. Lots of cheap internet shops in Thailand, you won't have to lug a laptop around with you.

Good luck.
AL

8. Posted by Simes5 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi,

OK, here goes my first post...

I recently got married in Thailand (although, perhaps unusually, I took my future wife out there with me.)

I have to say, that even walking around the back streets of bangkok late at night, we felt totally safe. Tuk-tuk drivers would happily charge you 10 times what the locals would pay, but you wouldn't be mugged.

We went to Bangkok, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Krabi, and felt totally safe everywhere.

I wasn't expecting to enjoy Bangkok - it was a necessity to get the paperwork sorted - but what a fantastic place. Yes, it's busy, noisy, polluted - but also amazing. Visit the Royal Palace and the Reclining Buddha.

Simes
:)

9. Posted by nuttakorn (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

This my first post for this forum. That's very interesting forum. If you would come to travel in Thailand, don't forget to join the full moon party in Koh Phangan. A lot of fun.

For first day when you arrive at Bangkok, you can stay at Khao San Road, there are many cheap guest houses in there. A lot of foreigns. :)

10. Posted by jems28 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hey!

I'm also travelling to Thailand alone in Feb. I'll be spending time in Bangkok, Koh Samui & Koh Phangan, although most of my time will be spent in Koh Phangan as I'm also only on a two week holiday. I'm pretty nervous about going out there alone, but I've been told it's pretty safe for a girl travelling alone and meeting people won't be a problem. Deciding on accomodation isn't easy, but the Sea Breeze bungalows sounds pretty decent...close enough to the action, but set apart enough for a little peace. Give me a shout if you fancy meeting up!

Jess xxx