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1. Posted by kangaroo (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

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Can anyone share some tips/suggestions on Thailand? Im a novice at travel outside Australia and any help on Accom, sights etc would be much appreciated!

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3535 posts) 8y

Have you decided where in Thailand you would like to visit? I spent time in Bangkok which is an amazing city with lots of sites to see and then went to Phuket which was wonderful too! But there are lots of other places to visit - Changi Mai Chang Rai up in the mountains or other islands such as Koh Samui.

Its a wonderful country with lots to see and do and the people are lovely.

Purdy

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 8y

When are you going and how long for?

If you have any more specific questions, like budget/transport/ safety you're definatly in the right place to ask them!

If you're wondering about an itinery, and have long enough, I'd recommend trying to get a bit of a mixture in if you have long enough:

A bit of exciting city life and great shopping in Bangkok (save the shopping till end of trip)

Going up to Chiang Mai and further North for treks and jungly stuff, and if you fancy it, stuff like cookery/massage/meditation courses

and OBVIOUSLY, you can't go to Thailand and not head to some of the gorgeous beaches, maybe a spot of diving, relaxing or partying, or both, up to you!

4. Posted by kangaroo (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hey Guys thanks for the response! I am leaving in November and would like to visit Bangkok and Phuket and some of the famous beaches too. I hope to experience the nightlife also - are some places better than others or can you recommend spots for the party scene? Im also into the outdoors and adventure sports. Im sure there are many tour company's that offer these services or can you suggest anything else?

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1329 posts) 8y

Quoting kangaroo

Hey Guys thanks for the response! I am leaving in November and would like to visit Bangkok and Phuket and some of the famous beaches too. I hope to experience the nightlife also - are some places better than others or can you recommend spots for the party scene? Im also into the outdoors and adventure sports. Im sure there are many tour company's that offer these services or can you suggest anything else?

First, you have to establish some sort of budget. You have to know how much you can afford to spend per day, this budget will determine how much you will have available for hotel expenses, what's left will be your money for partying, transportation, and eating, etc.

If you are a woman put Chiangmai on your list of places to visit, women seem to like that part of Thailand. There are some tours that involve hiking, you can even engage a boat ride that will take you down the Mekong. If you are a guy - spend a few days in Pattaya - it's a pretty good place to party at, hotels are pretty cheap too! You can go para-sailing, rent speed boats, shoot guns (indoor ranges,) golf, and scuba diving, etc.

There are loads of travel agencies in Thailand that have menu lists of available reasonably priced tours that you can purchase. Always check out 2 or 3 places to get a feel for what the prices are like before shelling out the cash. You can do this in Thailand, it will be cheaper than buying from another country.

You can check several travel guide/books out from your public library and read up on Thailand before you go. You have a long time to come up with some specific questions on Thailand and make some sort of "rough" itinerary.

You also have plenty of time to check for some good deals on flights from your home country to Thailand. Be flexible on your departure dates, check the price of plane tickets a few days before and a few days after your "desired" departure date, sometimes there is hundreds of dollars difference in price! Usually flights leaving on Fridays, weekends, and holidays are more expensive than the rest of the weeks. Really low - one day only - discount flights show up every now and then - check the internet often! (Sign up for the frequent flyer progam of the airline you eventually end up buying, the miles may come in handay for future travel.)

AL

6. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 8y

If you are a woman put Chiangmai on your list of places to visit, women seem to like that part of Thailand

Pwa-ha-ha! Because all us women like cooking meditation and massage and all that soppy stuff! No really, there's plenty for guys to do there, like the trekking. actually, there's pretty good nightlife in chiangmai.

If you are a guy - spend a few days in Pattaya - it's a pretty good place to party at

You like go-go bars, ping-pong shows and lady boys? You'll love it. id head to Ko Pha Ngan for the big party spot, as you may well have heard. But to be honest, any place with a large gathering of young people, ie backpackers will be a damn good party. Ko Phi Phi and Ko Chang both were awesome fun

From what I can gather, Pattaya is rather seedy and grimy the destination for older Europeans there for the sex. Yeuck.

You can get some pretty cheap flights to South East Asia from Australia, being that musch nearer.

7. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 8y

Bangkok is fantastic, so much to see!!!I loved the west coast Islands, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Railay....really beautiful and also some chilled out nightlife!If you want it a bit crazier, head to Koh Pha Ngan!

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1329 posts) 8y

Quoting ClaraLiz

If you are a woman put Chiangmai on your list of places to visit, women seem to like that part of Thailand

Pwa-ha-ha! Because all us women like cooking meditation and massage and all that soppy stuff! No really, there's plenty for guys to do there, like the trekking. actually, there's pretty good nightlife in chiangmai.

If you are a guy - spend a few days in Pattaya - it's a pretty good place to party at

You like go-go bars, ping-pong shows and lady boys? You'll love it. id head to Ko Pha Ngan for the big party spot, as you may well have heard. But to be honest, any place with a large gathering of young people, ie backpackers will be a damn good party. Ko Phi Phi and Ko Chang both were awesome fun

From what I can gather, Pattaya is rather seedy and grimy the destination for older Europeans there for the sex. Yeuck. (Is this condemnation without visitation??)

You can get some pretty cheap flights to South East Asia from Australia, being that musch nearer.

Clara, Clara, Clara do I detect some sort of bias against Pattaya? Have a bad time there? Lose your mate to the locals? Only kidding!

Lots and lots of families go to Pattaya, and return year after year! Lots of married couples go to Pattaya, and return year after year. Even single women go there too! If you only expect "bad" that is all you will see! Pattaya is the number one tourist destination in Thailand - more people go there than any of the islands, more than Phuket, more than Chiangmai! There are lots of retired European women living in Pattaya too - not just "fat old men" with beautiful young girlfriends and wives!"

Chiangmai is popular with women and Pattaya is popular with men - but that is only a generality!

Happy Songkran,
Al

9. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 8y

Ok, so I admit I haven't been to Pattaya, but mostly because people I know who have, and I mean blokes, have said very bad things about it.

Its a matter of taste isn't it.