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1. Posted by drhano (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

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Looking to go on a month long vacation in February 08. Was torn between europe and asia. i think ive finally decided on thailand. First time traveller, any must see places where i should plan to get to. Northern Thailand hill treking interests me as well as the beaches in the south. any thoughts? advice? would be much appreciated. also, what type of budget should one plan on. (not including flight) was thinking somewhere around $2500 to $3000 CAD.

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

A route in Thailand for a first timer is pretty simple - 10 days or so will be up North. Head to Chiang Mai where you can organize some hill tribe hikes, visit temples, maybe a cooking course etc...Also consider heading to Pai for a fews days. On the way down, visit Soukathai.
Then spend about 10 days in the south on the Islands. You can easily spend it all on one Island, or you can hop between a couple - maybe Koh Phagnan and Phi Phi. The scenery on both sides of the Peninsula are very different so it's worth checking out both. The remaining days will be spent in Bangkok and the towns around it, like Kanchanaburi and Ayathya.

As for a budget, what you have planned is a good backpacker budget for Europe. Thailand on the other hand is far far cheaper to travel in. $3000 (assuming you mean after flights) is about $100 a day. The average backpacker lives on $30 a day, and I'm quite happy in Thailand on around $20 a day. So a budget of 3 grand for one month is between 3-5 times more money than you are likely to spend even if you are on a fairly loose budget. Of course, you can easily spend $3000. If you stay in nicer accomidation with pool and AC, take trains instead of buses, drink heavily every night, and come home with a suitcase full of souvineers, then you can definitly blow that much cash living it large.

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

Hello Drhano

With that budget, u will be rich, in Thailand.
5 to 15 Euros per day would be a backpackers budget. So enjoy.

I am going to Thailand, in May. I will go to Khao Sok. Maybe u would like it there, too. Apparently, u can sleep, in a treehouse, there.
Last November, I was in Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. I did not like Koh Samui, but I could spend months, on Koh Pha Ngan.
I was also in Kanchanaburi, last November. It is a lovely little town, and especially good, if u are interested in WW2 history.;)
If u are interested in doing voluntary work, in a childrens home, let me know, and I will give u details.


4. Posted by clarife (Respected Member 294 posts) 9y

Mel,could you give me details of the volunteering you have please?
Thanks Clare

5. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

Thailand is definately a more cultural experience; however, if you have never travelled you may find Europe a little easier to get around. I noticed you quoted CAD$. In Europe you will find it easier to read signs and nativigate on your own in most countries using the English and any amount of French you may know. It takes you farther than you may think.

I spent a day in BKK and that was plenty for me. I visited the Palace and area around it. As for all the temples, they are everywhere in Thailand so you won't miss out. BKK isn't een close to any Canadian city as far as traffic, smog, hagglers, scams etc. It is a great experience if you are an experienced traveller but can be a little overwhelming and tiring to many.

I would definately recommend the north. Take the overnight train out of BKK to Chaing Mai 1st Class (it's cheap) and either fly or take it back. There are tons of tours up in the north. If you have an opportunity to trek overnight into the jungle and stay with a hilltribe DO NOT miss out on that opportunity.

I realy liked Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai. There is tons to do there and very quiet and peaceful. We stayed in a rafthouse called Sam's Place on the River Kwai and it was awesome. I think it was $7 CAD per night. I would suggest to take the 3rd Class train from BKK. It is a couple of hours but an amazing experience. Very safe and not crowded.

As far as beaches go, head south. Pattaya is close to BKK but you would have a much better time anywhere in the south whether it is Koh Samui, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi.

Have a great trip.

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

Quoting clarife

Mel,could you give me details of the volunteering you have please?
Thanks Clare

Hello Clarife

There is a childrens home, near the Burma border. U can volunteer for 120 bahts per day. As far as I understand, that includes 3 vegetarian meals per day, and accomodation. I have not volunteered there, because I am overdosed with childcare responsibilities already. I picked up a flyer for it, in Kanchanaburi.
A lot of the people who live there are single mothers, from Burma. This organisation is the often the only way they can survive.
U can volunteer whatever skills u feel would be useful and stay as long as u want.
Here is their website.
I will private mail u the email address, of the woman who runs it.