I am travelling alone to Thailand for the first time during the summer next year and was looking for any helpful advice or information.
I am looking to travel around for 3 months.
Basically... wheres a good place to start Is it easy to find accomodation What sort of budget should I be looking at
Also with regards to flights, I was going to book with sta travel as they seem to do the cheapest... does anyone know of any cheaper tour operators And would it be sensible to book a return flight or just a one way to see how I get on first when I get there
I would really appreciate any help
The good place to start will be BKK if you arrive there by flight from your country.
In Bkk, it is definitly easy to find accomodation. Just head down to Khaosan Road or Soi Rambutri which is next to each other. You will find lots of cheap budget hotels there and i am sure you will meet fellow travellers there.
Cheap tour operator, i think you can go to V. Tour Group. It is located opposite Thailand National bank on See Yak Bangkhunphom Rd.
It is in Banglamphu area. You can walk there from Khaosan Rd.
If you are sure on the date you want to return back, it is fine for you to book return ticket. Well, if you are not sure about when to go back, just buy one way ticket and maybe you would like to stay longer than you plan.
Well, enjoy your trip.
Changing your nick-name might be a good idea - many people (myself included0 might raise an eyebrow on hearing a traveller's name is "KKK".....
Book a R/T ticket. I have priced this several times and you just cannot get a cheap enough flight from the Asia side to make a one way ticket worthwhile. You can get an open return for a bit more than a fixed date. Check. Find out how much it is to change your return date. Now you will know if it makes sense to buy the open return ticket.
The Khao San Road area is your best starting place in BKK. Heaps of cheap rooms and restaurants. But the real value of KSR is to chat with other BPs travelling around Thailand. Great place to help with your route and what you want to see & do. Have a notebook with you everyday and write down others recommendations on where to stay, how to get there, ripoffs to avoid, etc. KSR is also a good place to find a travel buddy if you don't want to go it alone. Plenty of other gals out there that are heading the same way you are. I have altered my route on previous trips because I met a girl that I got along with. Stayed on Railay Beach 4 extra days with her. It is just more fun when there is another person to share the experience with.
A budget is always difficult because we all spend our money differently. You should be able to find rooms in most of the places you will visit for under 500 baht/nite, about $15, add about $5/day for food if you are careful and don't insist on meat every meal. This gives us roughly $600/month for the basics. Add transport costs of say $200/month and you should be able to bump around Thailand for $800/month or less.
I hope this helps you with your planning. Send me a PM if you have specific questions.
First off , wildfk is right change your KKK. Others may get the wrong ideal.
as far as tours go don'y dedicate urself to fast. shop around. But it's just as easy to get around on your own by booking the trains or buses yourself. this leaves you open and your trip is not so regimented. things can change fast if you meet up with others doing other things or if you find a setting you like you'll be able to enjoy it longer(or shorter).
with 3 months you will probley leave Thailand for a bit, Keep the dates in mind as when you return to thailand you will have 30 days free on entry. so work it out that you will fly out within the 30 days.(if you applied for a 60 day visa at an embassy you can extend the 60 Sticker visa for 30 days by going to immigration here and paying 1900 baht before the last 14 days of the original 60days. this will allow you 90 days in Thailand. ( keep in mind that 30 days is Not always a month.
trains are my preferred way to get about going North or south from bangkok. east is best with bus.
here's my regular good vibe advice.
I get alot of thank-you's with this
Good vibe info....
Party Voice of Experience.. a smile and a few dollars is all you really need for a good time in S.E. Asia.
These are Places are social, friendly and part of the friendly hostel network
Chang mai <<< Spicy Thai backpackers,
Bangkok < << Soi1guesthouse, great resources
Kanchanaburi < Jolly frog, on the river and easy to book at local price tours available reception at local prices.
Koh samui < Lucky mothers
Koh Pang gang < anywhere from the Northwest to south tip <candle beach is good
Koh Chang Island.. Stay on Lonely Beach<<< Tree house bungalows
Sihanoukville is on the coast of Cambodia, <<Stay at the Chiva shack So many people miss the southern Beaches and go north from Phnom Penh.
In phenom penh stay in the Lake area as it is cheaper than the river area < <<happy guest house
Siem Reap Stay anywhere for 2 nights, see Angkor wat the 1 day, then Go.
that Kanchanaburi is really good value and you can touch a tiger there.
try trailfinders for your flight - i always find they get the best deal.
book return ticket
start in BBK
no trouble finding accomodation during off season
budget's depending on your demands, 30 € a day will buy you quite some comfort
4 - 2 in favour of not changing your nickname
Thanks a lot for all your advice guys I've printed off all the responses (apart from one) Really appreciated!
wildfk - I wasn't asking for feedback on my nickname I was asking for advice about travelling to Thailand on my own or did you miss that? I don't know why you bothered abreviating it to KKK when it's KayKayKay. I'll give you a hint as to why... my name is Kay. No offence intended.