At some stage this year (when it is not the rainy season!) I am hoping to go travelling.
My main aim is to go to Thailand - mainly Phuket and the surrounding Islands (Phi Phi, Krabi etc) once Ive had enough of these.... (Can you ever??!!) I would like to go onto New Zealand & Australia.
The whole trip will hopefully last between 2-4 months. Money is not really an issue as I will be borrowing money from parents, although I wouldn't mind working a little if needed whilst out there.
I have mentioned it to friends, and of course majority of them say they would come with me, but I know that when it comes to the crunch, they are very likely to not go!
Time wise, I would like to go sooner rather than later, I have no problems in leaving my job as I have had enough of it!
So really, the questions are...
- Would 6 weeks be too long to explore the above islands in Thailand?
- Would you recommend me travelling alone if these friends did not want to go?
- When is the best time of year to go?
Just abit about me, I am an outgoing 21 year old lad (typical English lad - likes a drink, and will try anything once!) I have never been travelling before, as before I am a typical Englishman - I have been to Germany, Magaluf, Amsterdam, Prague etc!
Thanks in advance.
Thailand can be done on the cheap and 6 weeks is plenty of time to make your way around. If you want to see the country Thai railways has an extensive network that connects the entire country. Also you can catch some pretty cheap flights on airasia.com and nokair.com. I would recommend seeing more than the islands if you can manage to pull yourself away from them. The northern part of the country is quite nice and again has a good network of buses, rail, and planes. Ko Chang and Ko Samet are quite nice and are away from the Phuket side of the country. relatively cheaper and much more quiet. Good luck.
Thanks for the reply!!
Good to hear that they have good public transport - makes the journey that bit easier if I do end up travelling alone.
Do the islands get very busy during peak times?
The islands are very busy during Christmas/NYE time, this is also the most expensive time. Jan & Feb still quite busy, by March it will start to get a little quieter as it gets very, very hot.
Generally the dry season is the best time to go Nov-April. Nov, Dec & Jan is the "cool" season (still very hot compared to what us Brits are used to) Feb, March & April is the hot season, it's a lot more humid then. Rain starts in May more so on the Andaman Sea side, the monsoon will start later on the Gulf of Thailand.
Thailand is fun alone or with friends, as you are 21 I think you'd probably enjoy it more with a friend or friends, although if you decide to go alone, it's very easy to meet other people.
You could easily spend 6 weeks on the islands around Phuket. I was there last May (very, very hot but quite quiet and cheaper than April) and spent a week on Phi Phi after initially planning to stay there for one or two nights tops - could have quite easily spent a lot longer but my time ran out unfortunately and I had to head back to Bangkok.
As for travelling alone, in Thailand it's probably the best way to go as there are so many other people doing the same thing and you'll meet people really, really easily especially if you're outgoing and a bit of a laugh. You won't be sitting in a bar for long before you get chatting to someone else (of course I am not counting the Ladyboys!). That's the best thing about travelling alone - your holiday is yours and you don't need to make any concessions for other people who may not want to do the same things as you.
Have a really good time - you will love it there. Finally, try to take as little as you can (I had a 45L pack about 3/4 full) because you will accumulate so many gifts and treats there as it is just so cheap.
If you want any more advice feel free to PM me and I'll help with any specific questions you might have about the islands.
Thankyou all for your replies - really apprecaite them.
Sounds like the Islands are everything I am hoping for.
I really do hope I have the balls to do it alone!
Would it be worth putting out a message on here to see if anyone is making the same trip around the same time???
Also, judging by the replies I think I will be looking at heading there in November (slightly longer than I wanted to wait, but as Guinness say "good things comes to those who wait" )
I am planning on doing the same thing. I am having a gap year (or two) and am planning on seeing the world...asia first. I have heard Thailand is supposed to be exotic and wonderful. I too am planning on spending a few months there and am thinking of trying to get a job teaching. Although, I have heard that it may not be one of the best places in Asia to teach. But that may not be true. I also have seen and heard that it is relatively cheap so I am thinking a few months there would not cost me alot of money like other countries. Maybe some of these people that have been here for a while could tell you that.