How do (hello),
I have post a couple of threads on this site about singapore and malaysia. I am hoping people could give a more informed view of thailand, i have many books and article but i want to know what other people think??
I am going to be travelling from malaysia and up through to TL. Any tips, advice would be most appreciated.
I have initally planned to be there for 2 months, i could stay for up tp 3 if i wanted.
Thats a pretty general question!
Here's half a dozen pointers to get you started:
1) Try to make the effort to get at least a little off the beaten track, if you're heading north try Nan rather than Chiang Mai, or Umphang rather than Mae Hong Son. East, try Ko Mak rather than Ko Chang. South Ko Yao Noi rather than Ko Phi Phi.
2) Throw yourself into the food. Eating is a way of life in Thailand! Even if you speak no Thai, jump into the market and see how you fare - there's stacks of great eating options, and you can just point and gesture you're way into some top meals.
3) Use local transport. Thailand has over 60 million people who get around on public transport - you really don't need to use the tourist minibuses.
4) Drink lots of water. It's hot here, even in cold season, and it's very easy to get dehydrated.
5) Get a foot massage - they're great.
6) When in Bangkok, head down to Lumpini Park one morning real early - say aiming to get there at 6am - its a fascinating place that time of day.
Hope that helps! Its a great place.
Online travel guide to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
Thanks for the advice....Mr Fish......
I have heard that south TL is a bit dangerous at the moment, do you if that is the case or not???
Also are the hostels easily findable everywhere in TL and are they as cheap as i have heard
PS Any other tips are greatly recieved
There has been some strife down south, but so far it hasn't directly affected any tourists (or not to my knowledge anyway). The troubles are concentrated in the far southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Songkhla. None of these are huge destinations for western travellers, though Hat Yai in Songkhla is a major transportation hub - most travellers I guess would find themselves down there switching buses of getting the train/bus to the Malay border. If you're coming from Malaysia, chances are you'll pass through one of these provinces - no big deal in my opinion.
At this stage I wouldn't worry too much about it, though it would be a good idea to keep an eye on the news and read the papers when you get here. There has been so far no problems in the more popular destinations of Trang, Krabi, Phuket, Surat Thani etc.
In Thailand, guesthouses are far more common than hostels and are often cheaper and lack the restrictions (curfews etc) that you get with the hostels. You'll find guesthouses all over the country - some of them are outstanding and others are appalling! Basic rooms start at about 100-150B a night.
Hope that helps
Online travel guide to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
Cheers for that you seems to be a very knowledgable fish.
yeah, i concur with the above. but would also add- that if your travelling solo- then its definitely worth staying in khao san road (the 'travellers' area of BKK)- at least at the start of your trip.
It might not be the 'REAL' thailand but you've got plenty of time to see that, and in my opinion, it must be the best spot in all of asia for meeting travellers. (plus u can organise travel to anywhere in the country, book flights, there's a million internet cafes and they sell everything you could need there -there's even a Boots!)
-it can get pretty hetic and you do get tired of seeing 10 gap-year students to each thai. i'd recommend not stayiing on the road itself- too noisy/mental- there's an awesome guest house called 'my house guest house' behind the temple which is just 5 mins walk from the bottom of KSR (really sociable, nice food, internet and a travel-agent dude- all there!).
I've already written a couple replies about Thailand so I think I will throw in my 2 cents for your question... Thailand is great, and KSR really is a good place to meet other people. I agree that often staying around the corner - My house or Tuptim - are a better idea than right on the road. Caution: most times on KSR, the beautiful thai girl who is really interested in you is "interested in you."
Other than that, I have to say that for me the beaches were the best part, and especially the scuba diving. Try to check out Koh Tao if you can and it's not monsoon season. If you do, I WHOLLY recommend Buddha View Diving.
For Chiang Mai - I have to say that the treks are not particularly "authentic" experiences, and I was overall pretty disappointed about my trek. But the weekend market is pretty cool, and you can get real handicrafts for about 1/2 the price they sell them for in BK. There is also a cool punk bar in CM called chaos city, and these guys also have a stand at the weekend market.
As well, I wish I had time to go to Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, which I heard were really great.
I think Let's Go is a better travel book re: guesthouses and prices, bus/train schedules and that kind of thing than Lonely Planet.
If on KP - check out the Reggae Magic Boat trip and discover why it's called the "reggae magic" (which I stupidly didn't until I got there). Hilarious, let me tell you.
And yes, it really is as cheap there as everyone says....... but after awhile you start to think in Baht, and not dollars. 200 Baht seems outrageous for a guesthouse... so have fun!
that some pretty cool advice thanks for that
As stated in my travel log:
Thailand or known as the land of smile (LOS)... Was in Pattaya for a sightseeing. Found out that this place are quite ok in term of getting around and enjoying the friendly people. Pubs and Cafes are bunches in this area. Thumbs up if you really enjoy drinking and their fav. dishes, Tom Yam.
Took a short tour to one of the nearby island, and enjoy the sunny beach with white sand. For guys, there're a lot of pretty girls there, enjoying their sunbathing. It's only meant for relaxation.
Bangkok, it's the main city of Thai, and it's totally different frm Pattaya. It takes about 2-3 hours drive all the way frm Pattaya.
Went for a round city trip,seeing the lifestyle of theirs. A crowded city with friendly people that greets you whenever you stop by, "Sa wa di ka" frm the ladies and "Sa wa di karp" frm the gents.
Went to a Bazaar that fits almost thousands of stall selling all kind of stuffs with very cheap deal.
The Floating River Market, Chao Praya River, the magnificient view of The Royal Resident, Grand Palace, & do remember to wear a proper attire before you're allow to enter!
Thai Food is also a must, trying all type of local spicy foods really make you sweat, and the heat during noon that reaches 38 Celcius add on the spice in to your nerves!
Finally, enjoying every single night life there, especially pubs, bistro, and clubs was fun, that's Amazing Thailand. Thus it ain't expensive at all.
Thanks for all that good info, does anyone have tips and advice for areas in northern thailand that i must see, do or try?
Also does anyone know of the best way to travel to ho chi minh city from thailand?