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1. Posted by muralito (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi guys:

In three weeks I am going to travel to thailand by my own for 15 days, but I haven't decided where to go yet. Which places do you recommend? And in these particular places, where do you recommend me to stay? I was wondering too if it is dangerous to travel alone in Thailand and if that's the case, what to do to avoid potencial dangers. Now in terms of communications, do I need to learn some thai words or is english enough?

Thanks in advance for your help

Cheers

2. Posted by chinx (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

hi!!! dont worry at all about traveling alone in thailand. i was last year for about a month and i had no problems at all. i was traveling alone as well and it was a great trip you´ll meet a lot of cool people....
it is really easy to travel in thailand
have fun

3. Posted by sabaai (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hi!! Muralito

I'm used to go to Phuket,Thailand before, It's a pretty cool country and the people are very nice....I think it's easy to go alone because Thai's people can help you.....I love shopping at JJ market,Bangkok it's very cheap and so many people like to go there....

Did you find an accommodation?
I've used http://www.moveandstay.com/bangkok/default.asp to find an apartment , it's provides a lot of list and very cheap.

I hope it's helpful for you
Have good trips :)

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

Quoting muralito

Hi guys:

In three weeks I am going to travel to thailand by my own for 15 days, but I haven't decided where to go yet. Which places do you recommend? And in these particular places, where do you recommend me to stay? I was wondering too if it is dangerous to travel alone in Thailand and if that's the case, what to do to avoid potencial dangers. Now in terms of communications, do I need to learn some thai words or is english enough?

Thanks in advance for your help

Cheers

Thailand isn't generally a dangerous place, just be cautious like you would in your own country. It's also an idea not to flash cash or valuable items, as you will attract attention.

In most tourist/travellers areas in Thailand there is always someone who will speak English, but if you can learn a few thai words, it will make things easier for you, the locals will appreciate you making an effort. Ask a local for pronounciations, they will be more than willing to help. Using a phrase book isn't the easiet, as Thai is a difficult language if you speak English or a latin language.

There are so many great places to visit in Thailand. If you love sea life hit the beaches & islands, Bangkok city is also great for 2-3 nights & Chiang Mai is cool if you're into trekking.

If you'd like more details on where to go pm me.

5. Posted by macado (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

You will be fine. Thailand isnt dangerous at all. Just use common sense like anywhere else. I've only been here 2.5 weeks and I don't want to leave (i'm staying in Thailand for a month and then heading to Malaysia and Cambodia)

If you like shopping definitely stay in Bangkok for a while but just to be warned, don't expect anything fancy if you're staying on Khao San Rd (the main place where backpackers/travelers stay). Do some shopping on Khao San Rd, go see some temples, the Grand Palace, go to MBK for even better shopping and finally get out of Bangkok. You'll soon find that Bangkok is extremely cheap for shopping. Budget 500-800baht for a room if you want something midrange-halfway decent.

If you're looking for beaches and islands, stick to the Gulf of Thailand right now. Catch a bus/train down to Sura Tani which will take you to Ko Samui, Ko Phanagan or Ko Tao. I'm currently on Ko Tao but I was just had Samui and Phangan.

Ko Samui has good night life if you stay on Chaweng beach. If you're looking for a good beach but no night life had to Lamai beach. Ko Phangan is home to the famous Full Moon Parties. If you go to Ko Phangan try to go to Hat Rin Beach (it's where all the night life is). Ko Phangan also has some good snorkeling. Get a long boat ride for the day and they will take you to all sorts of waterfalls and hidden beaches

Hope this helps.

6. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

tiger temple!!! go pet wild tigers at a buddist monostary. then you can see a snake charming show where at the end a mongoose kills a king cobra. !!THAILAND!!

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8. Posted by jmoretti (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

You haven't really discussed your budget for your travel, whether you are traveling with a backpack, or taking the more comfortable route to travel.

I am an American and have been living in Thailand for nearly a year. I have a place in both Bangkok and in Khao Lak, in the province of Phang Nga (tsunami area north of Phuket island).

Traveling in Thailand, in my opinion, is no less safe than traveling anywhere in America. Keep your valuables discreetly placed and always be aware of your surroundings. I have yet to feel unsafe here, and I've been to some remote areas. The exception right now would be travel in the deeper southern areas of Thailand near the Malay border. There has been ongoing violence (44 bombs went off at the same time killing two and injuring scores) but for the most part, the rest of Thailand is shielded from this social and political problem. I say 'stay away' from this area.

The gulf side is better for weather this time of year. The Andaman Sea side (west coast) is in its monsoon season, though can be nice and refreshing if you don't mind rain.

ATM are all over the place. Thailand is NOT a 3rd World Country. Its a remarkably developing country and you will find that Bangkok has some of the best shopping in the world. Siam Square and Paragon shopping malls actually have Ferarri, Lambourghini, Porsche and Rolex shops...all on the 3rd floor! Hey, what better way to shop...a Rolex to match your new Italian sportscar!

If you have problems here in Bangkok, write me...maybe I can help straighten things out for you.

Johnny

9. Posted by jmoretti (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Quoting TylerJames

tiger temple!!! go pet wild tigers at a buddist monostary. then you can see a snake charming show where at the end a mongoose kills a king cobra. !!THAILAND!!

I suggest that those traveling in Thailand do not patronize this sort of exhibition. People that likely go to see this display of animal cruelty are likely those that also put firecrackers up the a** of a cat when they were 12 years old.

King cobras are a endangered species in SE Asia and these shows are not condoned by international animal rights groups, nor even the Thai government. Keep your money in your pocket for things that are "Thai" and not a way to exploit the wonderful wildlife of Thailand.

I feel the same way about elephant trekking. Most of these businesses are not regulated and you may think these pacaderms are enjoying your trek, but in fact they are continuously mistreated, usually out of eye-shot of tourists. I would bet that if you saw the conditions in which these elephants were trained, you wouldn't do it to your own dog. So why condone such treatment just because you don't witness it?

Enjoy Thailand and take the Buddhist approach to the living while in a country that respects their wildlife. Cobra shows are nothing more than 'cock-fights' where bloodsport is horrendous and its those that partake in the show that continue to fund its popularity.

Welcome to the Land of Smiles.

10. Posted by Andyroo (Full Member 109 posts) 10y

hi buddy

i'm off to thailand on my own tomz.. bit nervy nick (keep gettin unerving butterflies), because im not sure wot to expect.. but i know that there is a strong backpackin community in bangkok to start wit so hopefully all will go well...

Andy