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1. Posted by jonteh (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi guys,

I'm new here! :)

Planning a week long backpacking trip to Thailand round the end of May '06. It's kinda short but that's all i could afford atm.

First stop Chiang Mai (3 days), then Bangkok (1 day) and Phuket (3 days).

What are the best way to travel to Bangkok from Chiang Mai (of course at the lowest cost possible)?

Btw, this will be my first backpacking trip. Any advices or tips?

Also, would appreciate if you guys could recommend some good and cheap guesthouses/backpackers' inn to stay at the 3 places that'll be going.

thanks alot,
john.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 10y

[quote=jonteh]Hi guys,

I'm new here! :)

Planning a week long backpacking trip to Thailand round the end of May '06. It's kinda short but that's all i could afford atm.

First stop Chiang Mai (3 days), then Bangkok (1 day) and Phuket (3 days).

What are the best way to travel to Bangkok from Chiang Mai (of course at the lowest cost possible)?

Btw, this will be my first backpacking trip. Any advices or tips?

Also, would appreciate if you guys could recommend some good and cheap guesthouses/backpackers' inn to stay at the 3 places that'll be going.

[b]I hope you know that these places are not close together, Phuket and Chiangmai are on opposite ends of the country. Your time will be eaten up by land transportation.

If you take the overnight train to Chiangmai from Bangkok you will arrive in Chiangmai in the morning. This will save you the cost of a night in a hotel.

From Bangkok you can take a train South or even a bus to the Phuket area. This is time consuming for your short visit.

Backpackers seem to like to head for Khao San Road and be with other young backpackers. This takes you away from one of the cheap forms of transportation in Bangkok - the SKYTRAIN. The Skytrain can take you to most of the places of interest for tourists in Bangkok.

The Skytrain also has a connection for the new subway which you can use to get to the main train station cheaply.

You can try to get a room at the Suk 11 Hostel on Sukhumvit. This backpacker haven (not in the KSR area) is not far from the Nana Skytrain stop.

If you mention how much you want to spend per night for lodging will help for some recommendations. Read up on Thailand before you go, the Lonely Planet is a good source of info on hotels and travel in general.

3. Posted by jonteh (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

hi karazyal,

thanks for the useful info. yea, i do know that Chiang Mai and Phuket are like at the opposite ends of each other.

would it be better for me to fly over to Phuket from Bangkok via, let say AirAsia? i believe it'll save quite alota time (not my wallet though!)

for accomodation, i've actually allocated around no more than 500baht per night. came across this place called Julie's Guesthouse in Chiang Mai, which look kinda good. heard of it before?

thanks.

4. Posted by kat_crane (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

I'd definitely fly to Phuket because land transportation will take forever, and with only a week you don't want your vacation memories to be of spending hours on buses and minutes on the beach. Plus, flights within Thailand should be around $100 USD or less, so it's worth the money to give you more time.

5. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 10y

Try budget airlines likes airasia.com or www.fly12go.com, flights will cost you more then buses/trains but will save you masses of time.