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Suggested itinerary for Thailand

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1. Posted by SophieL (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

I leave for Thailand on the 3rd May with a friend, staying for about 2months. We plan travelling Bangkok, the East and then the South. But there is sooo much! I'm trying to get hold of a suggested itinerary so we could modify it a bit for ourselves but it would be a nice place to start! I'm sure most of our time will be spent on the beaches, but does anyone have any suggestions??

Thanks! x

2. Posted by ushi (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Bangkok can be very noisy and smelly and loud during the first days for some people. If you like tourist places, then I reccomend staying in one of numerous hostels on Khao San road. About the islands.. I really liked Ko Tao, it is so relaxing, beautiful and friendly place, so if you ask me a great place to visit.
Have fun!

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting SophieL

I leave for Thailand on the 3rd May with a friend, staying for about 2months. We plan travelling Bangkok, the East and then the South. But there is sooo much! I'm trying to get hold of a suggested itinerary so we could modify it a bit for ourselves but it would be a nice place to start! I'm sure most of our time will be spent on the beaches, but does anyone have any suggestions??

Thanks! x

How about NORTH to Chiangmai and Chianrai? Two months is a long time, can't spend every day cooking on the beach. Pick up a Lonely Planet Travel Guide so you can save some money on your travels.

You can take an overnight train to Chiangmai (go to the train station a day or two before you want to leave and get your reservation/tickets) and save the price of a night in a hotel. You can get to the train station by using the subway, it's cheap. The Skytrain connects to the subway at the Asok stop.

Look into taking a boat down the Mekong from around Chiangrai to Nong Kai, you sleep on the boat - kinda neat!

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Firstly, get a Lonely planet guide!
Secondly post on the Thaivisa website.

A couple of places that you might not go to automatically…
Sri Nakarin Lake…this is 100km north of Kanchanaburi (Bridge over the river Quai) – you can rent cabins from about 400 baht up or a house boat, there is a fantastic waterfall up there too.

Kanchanaburi itself is a pleasant town – house boats and floating hotels or stay at the Jolly Frog on the bank….I can give you some other good places up there too.

Pattaya – famous for its sex industry, you will find that it is nothing like in Europe. The food, shopping and hotels are good plentiful and about the best value for money in Thailand. There are some lovely islands off shore and further down the coast are Koh Samet and Koh Chang.

You can take a sleeper train down South from Bkk to Surathani and then catch the ferry to Koh Samui. Cheaper and more interesting than the plane and safer than the bus!!!!

The beaches around Chantaburi (Laem Sadet) are nice too, but don’t expect to meet many westerners there.

And finally my 30 point check list……

1. Bring a cell phone “unblocked” and buy a Thai SIM card for it on arrival..

2. e.g. - International calls to UK are about 8baht per min…

3. Don’t bother with Travellers checks in any currency…they are to much hassle

4. Bring ATM and/or credit cards.

5. Very little cash – you tend to get a better rate of exchange here than any home country. Just enough to get you out of the airport to somewhere nice for the first night

6. Very few clothes – they are so cheap here and you’ll only bring stuff that is too warm.

7. Very little luggage – this makes you more mobile if you need to be and less vulnerable to taxi touts and undesirable men….

8. Before you go home you can buy any extra luggage (cheap) to take souvenirs etc.

9. There are baggage storage facilities at Bkk airport…

10. Mozzie spray – especially if you have the stuff from Oz.

11. Good quality sun-cream – especially the stuff in Oz.

12. Get some travel insurance – hospitals/medicine is cheap but why pay?

13. Check out a few “jabs” – don’t bother with the malaria ones – too heavy!

14. Internet access is everywhere – even on the beach…

15. Thai food is very unlikely to give you food poisoning but can contain more chillies than you ever thought possible…

16. Western (“farang”) food is extremely likely to give you food poisoning – fridges are not part of Thai cooking lore yet…

17. Use common safety sense – it is easy to relax too much here…when it comes to petty crime the rate is certainly lower than in places like the UK…but every country has its share of con-men and psychopaths…..

18. Get a phrase book – lonely planet is good as is their guide to Thailand (better than the rough guide)….

19. Make a friend on the plane and safe money on a taxi to your hotel when you arrive in Bkk. Check out the ways of getting out of Bkk airport.

20. Avoid spending your first night or few days in Bkk – go there at the end of your stay –its better once you’ve acclimatiz3ed, and the airport is about 45 min from the centre.

21. Don’t be afraid to go to Pattaya – it is the sex capital of Thailand but they don’t jump out at single women and has good, cheap hotels, shopping and food. Not a bad place to start off for Koh Chang, Koh Samet or Cambodia.

22. Remember Thailand is more than beaches – there are beautiful cities, national parks, forests and lakes up North – your guide book will help you there…

23. Bring an international driving licence – although most national ones are accepted by motorbike and car hire companies and anyone else who wants to hire you something….

24. check up on Thai manners and customs – this will earn you more respect from the locals.

25. Keep up some dress sense – how you dress in Thailand is quite important.

26. Don’t go topless without checking out if it’s acceptable where you are – usually it’s frowned upon.

27. You’ll notice that Thai women (even sex workers) are very modest in public –they usually swim fully clothed.

28. Check out table manners – Thais tend to eat from communal dishes in the centre of the table – don’t pour everything onto your own plate!

29. Don’t knock the royal family – even in jest.

30. Don’t point your feet at people – the body is seen as hierarchical and the feet are the lowest part and should not be waved about (this is like a “fingers up” sign.

5. Posted by Block (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Wow. I'm off to Thailand next week. Thanks, there were some useful tips in there that i''l bear in mind.