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Thinking very hard about thailand :)

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1. Posted by traveluke (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Hey guysss,

I've stuck this idea in my head of travelling alone to thailand for 1 month, can you tell me when is the best to go? and which parts do u recommend?...Its still in a "thinking stage". Next month im going to amsterdam and bremen germany with my friends, but i want something other then europe i want to see an other side of the world...Can you guys help me?

Regards From the sunny island of malta :)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 7, 2008, at 12:16 PM by traveluke ]

2. Posted by XplorRgirl (Inactive 44 posts) 8y

Hi Luke,
Thailand's cool, but it really all depends on what you're looking for. If you go to Thailand you can get the best overview of the country if you split your time between Bangkok, the beaches and the north mountains. There are a lot of nice islands, Koh Tao is well recommended for the beach/island scene, and most'll do Chiang Mai in the North, although I prefer Chiang Rai because it's quieter. There's lots to do in all locations although Thailand's a bit over developed IMHO. It's fine if that's your scene though. I actually prefer Malaysia, you can do great beaches there too and their mountain rainforests are amazing. Of course the number one most amazing place I've been in SE Asia is Angkor in Cambodia.... If it were me I'd fly into Bangkok, spend a few days there, overnight train to Penang in Malaysia, a few nights there in Georgetown, then ferry to Langkawi for some time on the beach, then ferry back to the mainland and catch a bus or fly to the Cameron Highlands or Genting Highlands for the forests, if you're more rugged you could go to Taman Negara, the oldest virgin rainforest in the world instead, although it's not so easy to get to (buses and river boats). Then I'd head to Kuala Lumpur for a flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia for Angkor. All three countries are easy to get into and don't require a prearranged visa for most visitors (although I'm not sure about Malta, so check in advance). On the whole though Malaysia's less commercial, less expensive, and easier to get around in than Thailand and has about the same climate and attractions. Enjoy your trip, it's all awesome!
Explorer Girl

3. Posted by traveluke (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

Awesome thanks for your reply.

Im interested in everything, im thinking of spending a month going around and trying everything. I didnt travel alot so it should be a whole new expierence!. ITs a different world then europe. Is it better to plan it before? or is it cooler to just go there and then decide where to go?

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Great advice from XplorRgirl, and I agree that a first time trip to Thailand should be divided between Bangkok, some beach time in the south, and some culture time in the North. But I would disagree and say that Thailand beats Malaysia for a first time trip to Asia. While I have enjoyed my trips to Malaysia and I think the people and attractions are wonderful, there's just something about Thailand that makes it a more adventurous, edgy and interesting place to travel, despite it's overtourism. And for me the food in Thailand can't be beat in Malaysia. I also find Thailand a little cheaper than Malaysia.

To answer the original questions though...
I don't think it's necessarily better to plan in advance for Thailand. It's always good to read as much info on the country as you can beforehand to prepare yourself for cultural differences, scams, and whatnot, and to get a general idea of the things you want to see. But as long as you aren't planing on hitting popular beaches during Christmas and New Years then planning a day-to-day schedule is just not necessary. Every town you visit will have many hotels, restaurants etc... and you can always find transportation to the next town. So with a month long trip, it's best to keep an open schedule and go with the flow.

When is best to go is hard to say. I really don't think there is a bad time to go to Thailand. The lowest seasons for tourism are during the hot season (April-May) and the rainy monsoon season (June-Oct) and the high season is during the dry cooler season (Nov-March). But for me, since I don't mind the heat in April, and a little rain a couple hours a day doesn't bother me, I much much prefer to travel during the low tourism season when crowds are less and prices are cheaper. Others I suppose are the opposite and don't mind the crowds and long as they don't have to sweat buckets every time they move.

5. Posted by traveluke (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y


yeah i still have to read bout the place hehe. Same here i dont mind if its raining or frying heat hehe. I just want to go and expierence, the culture, and the little pieces of heaven everyone is mentioning. Can't wait .

Thanks for the advice guys :D

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Great suggestions there by XplorRgirl and Degolasse. :)

In addition to the suggestions, do check out the Travel Guide for Malaysia and Thailand and other Asian countries.

7. Posted by nomadgirl (Budding Member 72 posts) 8y

in thailand it's very easy to books tours and transportation when u get there. there are activities desks everywhere! it's very easy and laid you don't have to plan too much ahead of time. just go there, and go w/the flow. you never know who you gonna meet as well, you might go along w/them!

i had a itinerary was..

fly into bangkok for a couple days

fly to koh samui

ferry to koh pangan (full moon party)

night ferry to surat thani

bus to krabi

ferry to phi-phi

ferry to phuket

fly to chiang mai

fly back to bangkok

everything was in the flow....we didn't plan in advance....have a great trip!

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 8y

I went solo to Vietnam for 28 days in March - what a blast I had! Certainly one of the friendliest places I've ever been, easy to move around, extremely inexpensive and wonderful food. I'm thinking of Thailand/Vietnam for '09 now. I was also considering Burma, but now with the destruction there, I just don't think it would be appropriate. All of SE Asia is fascinating. What I loved about Vietnam was the innocence of the country - many say much like Thailand of 15 years ago. I would also like to see China, but I hear the people are not as friendly as they are in SEA?

9. Posted by bennnn (Inactive 93 posts) 8y

Hi nomadgirl

How was the full moon party??

Anything I should look out for / or be aware of?

10. Posted by OlliOreo (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Quoting traveluke

Awesome thanks for your reply.

Im interested in everything, im thinking of spending a month going around and trying everything. I didnt travel alot so it should be a whole new expierence!. ITs a different world then europe. Is it better to plan it before? or is it cooler to just go there and then decide where to go?

Just plan as you go... Its easy to book busses, boats, trains or planes when you are there and prob. cheaper to. You cant go wrong travelling in thailand no matter where you go, i am sure you willhave a great time. buy a travelbook about thailand read about , get excited and go where you find interesting... but dont plan to much, its not cheaper and its very easy to book & plan when you are there...