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1. Posted by mike19uk (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Hey Guys.

Ive decided that i want too go traveling to thailand ..

and im looking for advice from all you that have been seen and done :p

now im planning on spending 90 days there ... ive got enough money and i no all about the visa ect ..

Im planning to on the 1st Feb 2008 ...

where do you think would be a good starting point ? ideally i want to visit phuket & ko samui along the way ... but in your opinion where is best to start out .. for a first timer !

also .. how easy is it to find accomodation once there .. as i was just planning on getting a flight !

annddd ... i know how everyone says its v cheap out there .. ive saved 5 thousand pounds .. and its just me ...

do you think thats enough ?

All input appreciated

Myke:)

2. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Quoting mike19uk

Hey Guys.

Ive decided that i want too go traveling to thailand ..

and im looking for advice from all you that have been seen and done :p

now im planning on spending 90 days there ... ive got enough money and i no all about the visa ect ..

Im planning to on the 1st Feb 2008 ...

where do you think would be a good starting point ? ideally i want to visit phuket & ko samui along the way ... but in your opinion where is best to start out .. for a first timer !

also .. how easy is it to find accomodation once there .. as i was just planning on getting a flight !

annddd ... i know how everyone says its v cheap out there .. ive saved 5 thousand pounds .. and its just me ...

do you think thats enough ?

All input appreciated

Myke:)

With 5 grand in your back pocket i think you should do more than just thailand , 3 months with that sort of money you can have a much better experience traveling to more than just 1 country.Bangkok is prob the best start for Thailand , you can get anywhere from Bangkok . Just head for the Khao san road (no need to book in advance)you are spoilt for choice. Just land in Bangkok and ask somone for the taxi rank (avoid people offering you limos and other cars they are over priced just get a taxi), its down stairs after you go through imigration , it wont cost you more than 3 0r 400 baht it takes about 30 mins to get the the Khao san road depending on the traffic.You will have to do a visa run after 30 days so you might as well go into Cambodia Vietnam and laos . With the money you have you would be a fool just to stay in Thailand , dont get me wrong its a great place but you will be missing out on a lot more because of the time you have and your buget.

3. Posted by mike19uk (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

well i was considering that, but as its my first time im a complete like novice ... when travelling around out there how easy is it to find a place to crash at short notice ?

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 9y

mike

I would recommend visiting some more countries too as its within your budget and time scale and its a wonderful part of the world. With 3 months in south east asia you could try something like this:

after spending some time in thailand (bangkok, beaches/islands/trekking) cross over the border to Laos from northern thailand. Travel down the mekong on the slow boat to Lunag prabang, head through laos , finishing up in vientiane and from here get a flight or bus to Hanoi. travel through vietnam and cross the border in the south to cambodia by taking a bus from Ho Chi Minh City. From cambodia you can travel overland back to Bangkok.

With £5000 you will live very well in south east asia! This is a very well - trodden area of the world from a backpacker point of view so I would go for it - its really easy to find places to stay along the way and you will meet plenty of other travellers who can pass on advice, or who you can travel onwards with if you want. a guidebook such as Lonely Planet will help you plan.

you can get your cambodian and Laos visas at the border but its best to get your Vietnam one in advance - probably in bangkok.

Hope this helps.

5. Posted by mike19uk (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

hey, thanks for that :)

i Just want to have an awesome time, and see more the world ... i actually cant wait till i go :)

6. Posted by mike19uk (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

I really would like some help planning a route through thailand though ... i want too see the best parts .. and im in no rush ... and would like to finish up crossing into laos ...

Thanks

Mike

7. Posted by Looosey (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Hi Mike....

6k is LOADS of money!!!! In the 3.5 months I was away I spent 2.5k and I considered myself to live well, do all the things that I wanted to do, drink (although not every night) and have a great time. This 2k included EVERYTHING that I did and I even managed to sneak the odd flight in their too and stop in a luxury hotel in KL!!!

My budget was £20 as day on average (as was the three other people I travelled with) and this workerd for us. You will find thigs a little more expensive if you are on own (i.e. accomodation - we were able to split the cost of a room 4 ways which helped) but you should still be able to get away with a similar budget..... saying that you will be able to live in luxury if thats what you want to do with the money you have.

I agree with what the other guys are saying..... I would not limit myself to Thailand as you have a fair bit of time to work with.

In my time I travelled Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, back into Thailand (to do the Islands), Malaysia and Singapore (although I would have liked to spend more time in Cambodia and Malaysia) so I think you have quite a bit of time to play about with..... the world is your oyster!!!

The travel once in a country is very easy and you don't really need to book in advance (a day or two is usually sufficient). I booked my flight into Bangkok and out out singapore for 3.5 months later and all the travel inbetween was by trains, planes, boats and busses and booked only a day or so beforehand.

As for travelling on your own, don't worry about that as there are so many people that do and the travelling community from what I experienced are friendly and you won't be alone for long (unless this is what you want naturally!)

Good luck! :)

8. Posted by MishMish (Budding Member 44 posts) 9y

Hi Mike!

With 5000$ Australian, I am going to be going to HK, Bangkok, Koh Tao, Singapore, Kl, Melacca, and Borneo in January-Feb!

I'm not 100% sure if it will last me, but I think I may make it! That much money in Thailand...I think you can live like a king!