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1. Posted by blondie21 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

budget travel through thailand.. and have a useless travel agent!!!! we are planning to go and have a very small budget. where are the best places to go for money and best places for experiences etc..

heard islands are good but what ones??? (im thinking ko muk, or ko maak)

do you reccomend taking anti malarials?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Blondie

Well, Thailand is the capital of budget traveling, in my opinion. That is, as long as u avoid the expensive tours, on offer everywhere. Also avoid going into nature places, which charge big fees.
Hotel room, in Bangkok. 3 Euros
Ten hour train ride, for as little as 7 euros. Third class.
Food in restaurants really cheap and good too.

Whether u need anti Malaria pills, depends on where u intend to go in Thailand. Maybe somebody will give more detail. I dont have time to look it up, right now.

I think if u want to budget travel, avoid Koh Samui. It is not worth bothering with anyway. Becomming too built up.

I liked Koh Pha Ngan.

But get yourself a South East Asia on a Shoestring book. It costs 25 euros, but worth every penny, for the information it gives.

Mel

3. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

For Budget Thailand stay in Ko San Road in Bangkok, eat from the street carts (but not the ones on Ko San road) like the Thais do.

The islands are more expensive. If you all night parties, drugs and horrible rave music, go to Ko Samui. If you like diving or snorkeling go to Ko Tao. If you like resort type holidays, go to Puket.

The tours are the most expensive things, but theyre still good value for money. Cuddling tigers or giving elephants a bath is highly recommended.

As for Malarials, if you plan to visit the Thai, Cambodian border you need Doxycycline (theres a particularly nasty strain of Malaria in that region). These are a pain as you have to take one a day, and for 4 weeks after you return. (remember you shouldnt really drink on them, but most people do).

For the rest of Thailand youll be fine with Larium (one a week) - this gives somepeople (myself included) trippy dreams though!

A guy from Derry died of Malaria from thailand recently, so I would most definately take them. The risk is small, but potentially fatal.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting HafJafMark

eat from the street carts (but not the ones on Ko San road)

Why not?
Just curious about, why u give that advise.;)

5. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Mel
Why not?
Just curious about, why u give that advise.

Its well known that the vendors drop their standards and up their prices on the tourist strip.

If you go 2 blocks away then the food gets better.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 9y

Quoting blondie21

budget travel through thailand.. and have a useless travel agent!!!! we are planning to go and have a very small budget. where are the best places to go for money and best places for experiences etc..

heard islands are good but what ones??? (im thinking ko muk, or ko maak)

do you reccomend taking anti malarials?

When you mention "small budget" always say what your daily hotel budget is. Some travelers think a room around $50 is a "good deal!" Stating what you want to pay per night for hotel makes it easy to make suggestions.

Most "budget" priced hotels may not be on a travel agent's list, not enough profit for the agent. There are discount travel, backpacker travel, shoe string travel travel guides that have some suggestions.

In Thailand you can get doxycycline real cheap in Thailand, check with your doctor to see if that will be okay for you. In Thailand figure on 4 to 10 baht per 100 mg. tab, depending where they were made. Also, in Thailand I would buy your meds from bigger pharmacies like Boots, Watsons, and Bic C or Tops to cut down on counterfeit drugs. Don't forget to check the date stamps anywhere you get your meds.

7. Posted by blondie21 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

we have a small budget of $20NZ a day each.. about 700 thaiB or $14 USD. thanks fr all your help. it is greatly appreciated.

8. Posted by Mr Gee (Budding Member 91 posts) 9y

If i were you, i'd stay away from Khao San Rd, despite what people have said its more expensive than most places as its a touristy place, even if you stay just round the corner from Khao San it'll save you a few baht.

9. Posted by Mr Gee (Budding Member 91 posts) 9y

oh yeah, and to add, buy your malaria tablets out in bangkok, they're a fraction of what they'll cost you here!! but make sure you get them before heading out of the city, as its not worth the risk.

10. Posted by fredchris (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Malaria tablets: I advise taking them, I went out to thailand in 2005 and did not take them as I did not think I needed them, when I came home I was took ill and they thought I had malaria, luckily I did not but when I went back in 2006 I took them just as a precaution, check with your doctor which are the best ones to take, it changes all the time.
As for the Koh San Road, I myself found this place very touristy, my partner and I just went for a look to see what all the hype was about, but we stayed round the corner, I would not stay on the KSR too commercial, and eating is much better away from this area, as someone previously mentioned just take that extra corner away from KSR and you will experience much more.
KSR is a great place to meet other travellers though especially if you are travelling solo.