I'm planning on taking three weeks, starting in BKK, and then heading North and South. I want to experience as much of the culture and the country as possible. At this point I'll be on my own, is there anything specific that I need to be aware of as a solo woman traveller?
I'd like any opinions on the following:
1.Do I need to book all my accomodation before hand? I was thinking of just booking for a few nigths in BKK and then playing it by ear. Any hostels you would recommend in BKK?
If I arrive in Chiang Mai is it likely that i'd get into a hostel without booking? Same for the beaches?
2.What about the hilltribe treks? Are they worthwhile? Who would you recommend?
3. Beaches: I'd like to go somewhere quiet and beautiful, I'm not into the nightlife scene. Maybe some snorkelling? Where would you suggest?
4. I'm looking at a budget of about $20/800baht per day. Would this be sufficient for my accomodation, food, travel and entry fees, or am I being too optimistic? I'm happy to stay in cheap hostels and travel slowly.
5.Anywhere else you would recommend? I'm not sure how much time I should spend in each place.
Thanks – any ideas would be appreciated!
i wanna suggest u this website; www.tourismthailand.org
Have a nice trip in Thailand na ka!
travelling alone as a woman in thailand just requires caution and careful dressing. Am in bangkok right now and even though its is very very very hot you don't see tank tops and short skirts (well except on me), and i have a friend who told me its dangerous to dress skimpily esp in bkk, so just be careful. Otherwise avoid seedy places late at night and always always watch your valuables. Also there have been cases of cab drivers abducting and murdering women, so just keep your eyes wide open.
Otherwise, people are generally friendly and although they sometimes try to con you (hey everyone's gotta make a living), you'll prob make a few friends.
I think four days or so is more than enough for bangkok, because its mainly a great place for shopping, clubbing, eating so if you're not into that, there's no need to spend too long here.
The only islands i've been to are krabi and phiphi (south) (will be going to pattaya tomorrow) and krabi is definitely worth a visit just for the crowd and the beach. Phi phi's good for snorkelling and diving, but its really tourist infested.
i think 800 baht a day should be alright. I dunno how much hostels cost but you can have a meal for about 200 baht so it should be alright.
Thanks for the info!
Does anyone have anything to say about Phang Nga, just north of Phuket? I'm thinking of staying in that area and doing the beach thing there - any ideas or experiences?
You can definitely visit Koh Phangan during this time as there would be FOOL MOON PARTY on the 3rd of May. But if you are not much into party and night life, then I can suggest you some good beaches in Koh Samui. ( Chaweng Beach)
Koh samui is just 12 Km south of Koh Phangan. I was there last week. and I really enjoyed it. Clear water white sand, real good place to relax.
Good crowd makes it even more interesting.
There you can find accomodation as low as 6 - 8$ and does go up to 100+. You can definitely survive in 20$, but it all depends on individual comfort level.
if you REALLY want to get to know the genuine Thailand, avoid tourist scenes...definitely there are Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Chiang Mai..and some part of Koh Chang (a newly spoiled island due to the government's greedy policy) coz they have been trashed, they are much like Bangkok...fancy hotels, 7-elevens, ATMs, prostitutes, bars...everything is for business, you'll feel your life going fast like living in the city so that you cant complain meeting up with mean people.
For beating of tracks I'd like to recommend Pai in Mae Hongsorn, Chiang Rai, Koh Yao-Noi in Phan-nga, Koh Pa-yam in Ranong, Koh Surin, Koh Pha-ngan....avoid Haad Rin , try Haad Yuan its much nicer where you can find solitude, Koh Chang....there's a hideaway place left...ask other backpackers when you arrive for a bungalow called Treehouse...the only paradise existing...Those are what I can think of. And of course...forget about Bangkok...if you can stay longer than 3 days, think you are very tolerant.
Don't book the accomodation ahead....it always bring you disappointment. There are tons of accomodations available for you...keep finding the place that feels like you, then you'll find it home. However, it;s quite an experience too in the process of finding it.
Have a very good time in Thailand..I'm certain that there's a lot waiting for you.
Despite what you would have imagined about KohSamui/PhiPhi/Phuket being touristy, these places are still worth going to. I just got back from there and I simply love them although I didn't expect them to be so packed. Take Koh Samui for example, avoid the hotspot like Hat Chaweng and go to other beaches that are just as beautiful but quieter. =) I think you will enjoy them.
It would be wise to book 1 night accomodation on say, Khaosan Road on the day you arrived. I bet you would be very tired by then from the long flight hours and you wouldn't fancy going around with your backpack to find a place.
800B is good. Some days, you'll need less than that. Other days, you might just spend more on trips. 300B is reasonable for accomodation.
If you have the extra time, do check out Sukhothai Historical National Park. It's near Chiangmai. Small town with friendly people.
1. Its the best way to book some nights in BKK and then go somewhere without bookings at all or making necessary bookings on the run.
3. I have been to Phuket and Samui (with nearlying islands incl Phi-Phi) and can say that water is not that clear as you can find say in Egypt, so snorkelling is not a very good option.
if you want to see some culter you definatelly should not miss sukhothai which is around 6 or 7 horus north of BKK, it is beautiful, and you can do it in a couple of days.
I was in thailand for 1 month and when I booked accomodation in advance it turned out to be not very good, If you don't book in advance you can check the places and the bedrooms, se if you like it or not, and when you are going is not peek time, you should be alright.
Be aware that it takes very long to go from one place to another in thailand, we took 12 hours to cross form the andaman coast to the gulf.
if you want to go to a nice beach, go to koh pan ghan, it is a gourgeous island just north of koh samui. We went to a beach called Ao Thong Nai Pan Yai, which is around 1 hr by pickup from thang sala (the capital of koh pan) we stayed at the dreamland bungalows, great place, good food.
in BKK we stayed close to kao san road, in a guest house called new siam 2, it was great, cheap and very very clean, their web site is http://www.newsiam.net/index.htm#submenu
if you go to chang mai, you must go to wat doi sutep, beautiful temple on top of a hill, and also you have to go to the nite bazaar, great , cheap food and loads of things to buy. We took a car from chang mai to sukhotai, it was supposed to be a minibus, but it was full, so the owner of the place that we booked our trip offered us his SUV and a driver to take us there for the same price the minibus for 2, it makes couple of stops along the way and you get to see the elephant reserve a a couple of other temples. very good value.
Oh, and definatelly don't expose too much while on the big cities, it is not appreciated by the thais, and the local women never do, leave the tank tops and shorts for the beaches.
Have loads of fun in your trip, you will love it