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1. Posted by liamo (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

hi all,
heading to thailand for 2 months (september and october) and have nothing planned yet, any advice would help

how much moeny would i need, we will be budget accod all the way, no posh hotels and will have roughly 2000 euros, reckon that will be enough??

i know its still the rainy season but will the weather be bad the whole time?

will be spending most of time down south around the islands, lounging on beaches (trekking through jungles not really my thing), any recomendations on good islands/activities to do?

any help would be great

cheers folks:)

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

Quoting liamo

hi all,
heading to thailand for 2 months (september and october) and have nothing planned yet, any advice would help

how much moeny would i need, we will be budget accod all the way, no posh hotels and will have roughly 2000 euros, reckon that will be enough??

i know its still the rainy season but will the weather be bad the whole time?

will be spending most of time down south around the islands, lounging on beaches (trekking through jungles not really my thing), any recomendations on good islands/activities to do?

any help would be great

cheers folks:)

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Plan your budget ahead of time, read up on Thailand so that you can ask a few specific questions.

How much per night do you have available for hotel rooms? Will you be flying to many places or using cheap busses from Ekamai or Morchit bus stations? What are your requirements for hotels, Air? Dorms with shared toilets/showers okay? Figure that airconditioned hotel rooms, with hot water and private toilets/showers, etc. can be found in Bangkok from around 650 baht to 1300 baht. How much do you want to spend? Fan only, cold water, and shared toilets even cheaper.

Very young travellers seem to be attracted to the Khao San Road area of Bangkok.

Even during the rainy season the sun shines a lot and you can use beaches and get suntans. Plan on spending a couple nights in Bangkok when you arrive. Don't schedule flights out to somewhere within hours of getting to Thailand. Take the time to relax, catch up on your sleep, see Bangkok, get used to the heat and time changes, etc.

Good luck

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Liam,
I second most of the advice given by 'karazyal'. Your first stop in BKK should be Khao San Road. KSR is full of backpackers just starting their holiday and just as many ending thier time in Asia. Just start chatting with everyone you meet about the places you might like to visit. Many will have already been to the islands and beaches you are planning on visiting. Have a notebook to write down where others stayed, where the food was cheap or good, what bus to catch, etc. I would keep a daily diary; include who you met, where you stayed, how much you spent, names of others in your photos, etc.

One thousand euros/month should be plenty unless you drink yourself stupid each night and buy rounds for the bar.

I am sure you will want to hit Koh Phangan and the full moon party. Most young people do. Koh Samui is a also must if you do head for Phangan. One area you should also hit is the Krabi-Phi Phi area. Railey Beach off of Krabi is simply spectacular and should be on your list. There are dozens of islands just offshore and you can hire a boat with others and go exploring uninhabited islands. Something you will remember long after your trip is over. Start by doing a google search of 'Koh Samui', 'Koh Phangan', 'Koh Phi Phi', 'Krabi', 'Railey Beach', 'Koh Tao'. Consider Koh Chang as well. There is a helpful website; 'iamkohchang.com'. It may help you decide if it is worth a visit.

If you want wild nightlife with your beach time, save a few days for Pattaya on your way back to BKK. PM me if you have Pattaya questions. Good Luck to you.