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1. Posted by kellymarie (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Hi Everyone,
I'm new to this board, but was just hoping for any advice I can get on travelling around Thailand on my own...

Where are the best places to go in Bangkok?
What areas are best for cheap hostels?
What towns would you recommend visiting?

So if you've had any experience of Thailand, please share your wisdom!! I would be very grateful!
Thanks,Kellyx

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

Hello!when in Bangkok visit the Grand Palace, Patpong Market, Wat Arun, Lumphini Park,do some serious temple hopping!!!The Jim Thompson House is cool too!!!!I stayed in the Siam Oriental Inn on Khao San Road....loved the place, cheap and clean!
Maybe visit the islands when there.....the west coast islands are amazing!!!Visit Phi Phi and West Railay!!!!Hit the Full Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan!

3. Posted by kellymarie (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Thanks!
My plan's all up in the air at the moment...I've just booked my return flight to Bangkok for June, ( which I've just discovered is the rainy season! haha woo hoo)and I suppose I'll decide more on my definate route nearer the time...thanks for the suggestions...

Just one more thing if ye dont mind...this is the only thing im fretting about a teeny bit- getting the taxi from bangkok airport to my hostel...how much is average to the centre of bangkok? i just dont wanna get really ripped off!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y

Quoting kellymarie

Thanks!
My plan's all up in the air at the moment...I've just booked my return flight to Bangkok for June, ( which I've just discovered is the rainy season! haha woo hoo)and I suppose I'll decide more on my definate route nearer the time...thanks for the suggestions...

Just one more thing if ye dont mind...this is the only thing im fretting about a teeny bit- getting the taxi from bangkok airport to my hostel...how much is average to the centre of bangkok? i just dont wanna get really ripped off!

Don't worry about the rainy season so much. It doesn't rain in the entire country at the same time. When it rains it (usually) rains for an hour or two during the day and then the sun comes out bright and hot. Often it rains at night when you are sleeping.

Rain is a good time to catch up on your sleep, go to a movie (current movies at around 100 baht, in good theaters,) have something to eat or hit a bar.

There is a couple easy ways to get from the airport to the hotels in town. After you finish with customs and immigration change some money over to Thai baht. Don't change any money over back home because you will get a better rate in Thailand. Make sure you ask the bank clerk for some small bills for paying the taxi or small vendors. Don't expect everyone to be able to cash a 500 or 1000 baht note.

From the arrivals hall go to the sliding doors that lead to the outside. AVOID ALL OF THE TOUTS IN THE ARRIVALS HALL TRYING TO SELL YOU STUFF! When you are at the street level you will have two choices Airport Bus or taxi. My first recommendation is to take the Airport bus because it is safer and cheaper. There are several routes that this bus goes to.

On the bus you will be with other passengers and with an experienced, usually career, driver. There is a small Airport bus kiosk that will sell you the ticket for the bus and help you with your choice. You do need to know what part of town you want to stay in. The bus is a little slower than a taxi, but what is a 20 minute longer ride compared to all the hours you spend in an airplane. The bus is available up to just after midnight when it stops until morning.

For the taxi there is a Taxi kiosk, on the same level as the Airport Bus. The clerk at that kiosk will ask you where you are going to, write that info down on a slip for the taxi driver. She will also write the taxi number down on that slip too. There is a service charge for this service, you will also have to pay for the toll road (ask the clerk how much that will be before you leave) and the price for the ride will be based on the meter.

When you take a taxi in Bangkok only pay the meter charge, it will be cheaper than bargaining. If the taxi driver says no, get another taxi - there are thousands of taxi cabs in Bangkok! When in town don't use a taxi cab parked outside your hotel or at the bus station, hail a passing taxi and just say "meter!" Stopped taxi cabs at hotels (lurking) almost always want to bargain. Tuk-tuks will be more expensive than meter taxi cabs, unless you speak Thai.

Really young travellers seem to like to stay in the Khao San Road area. As a more "mature" traveller I like to stay in the Siam or Sukhumvit area where I can use the Skytrain for in town transportation. There is no Skytrain stop in the KSR part of town. The Airport Bus does go to the KSR area and the Sukhumvit/Siam areas.

Have fun, play safe. Bring a Lonely Planet TG with you. Be careful who you trust. You don't mention how much you want to spend on a hotel. Hotels in Thailand are pretty cheap compared to Western countries. You can get an AirCon hotel room, with HW, security box, private toilet/shower from between 650 baht on up to over 4000 baht. Use a security box for your valuables.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y

Ms kellymarie

Forgot to say that the Airport Bus ride is 100 baht. The cost for the taxi into town will probably be between 280 to 380 baht. The only time I take a taxi is late at night when the Airport bus service has shut down for the night.

6. Posted by kellymarie (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Thanks alot,this advice will come in so handy when i get there!