So, my friend and I are both teaching in S.Korea. We have time off from July 31-Aug.7... so we were planning to go to Thailand for the week... Today we ran into our first problem... We had found tickets, or so we thought, for around 400 dollars... well then today we saw that the tax on those tickets is around 300 dollars... so we would be paying over 700 dollars... WTF!!!!! Anybody know of anyway to find cheap tickets from South Korea to Bangkok???
Once we have the tickets we face our next issue... should we book hotels from here, or should we wait until we get there? Do you think it will be easy to find accomodations during this season? Which would be cheaper? We dont really have an schedule, we have looked at lots of things that we want to do, places we want to go... but we dont really wanna go about scheduling all of the tours and hotels... expecially when we dont know how we are going to get from point A to B. Yeah, so we are not very organized... will that be ok? Do you think we should make a schedule, or will it be possibe to schedule things upon arrival?
I know I have lots of questions.... sorry. Just one more... how much do you think we should budget for one week. actually 5 or 6 days. We want to get a massage or 2 (do you know how much those are??) We'd like to ride elephants, play with monkeys, do the whole floating market thing, of course lounge on a beach or two, go snorkeling, and take some great pictures. I've read about cheap, cheap bungalows.. We dont need fancy, infact we'd rather have basic... okay, maybe a mix... like a few nights in primitive quarters, and a few nights in a nice hotel.. soooooooooo, how much do you think a week like that might run us???
Any tips. I wonder if we could find someone to just drive us where we want to go for the week... I heard about that from a traveller, but it sounded too good to be true... We just want to explore, not deal with too many complications, no strict schedules... freedom, we want... So i would really, really, really appreciate anything you have to share... And any ticket help you might have to offer... The time is getting closer, we were so excited. come on.. help us get our excitement back.. give us some good news... thank you, thank you, thank you
Two rather inexperienced travellers,
Chris(the female version), and Michelle
oh yeah, please excuse the grammar mistakes.. it is like 3:30 am...i'm super tired, and slightly stressed, hence the unorganized mess above... but we would, really, really, really appreciate your help.
thanks, again.... and again
You might consider the ferry to China: http://www.seat61.com/Korea.htm
Air Asia (LCC) then has service from NE China to KL, and also KL to Bangkok
Another LCC is Bangkok Airways which flies to Thailand from S. Japan, and ferry service between Korea and Japan is quite frequent
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 5, 2008, at 12:06 PM by Daawgon ]
Guess post 3 has solved your tickets problem.
It is the wet season here. Islands may not see too much of sun, sea might be rough. Thus, there are lots of accommodations and cheap (low season). Bkk too has lots of rain.
Up north, is cooling with light and occasion rain, however outdoor activities are do able.
You mentioned, Freedom, no constraint, local to show you around, stays equals affordable. You may consider a home stay.
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ekay I'm in Bangkok, as for "Lots of rain" I haven't seen it. outside of bangkok does have a bit more rain. today No rain, yesterday an afternoon downpour that lasted all of an hour. and if my memory is good this last week it hasn't rained much at all. deff hasn't stopped anyone from doing things here. It is the rainy season but it hasn't been to bad this year. I would'nt worry about a bit of rain on the beach as it is not Cold rain. been strange weather everywhere so don't let the threat of rain stop you.
Massages cost 200 baht ( 6$ US) for thai massage. 300 baht for the oil massage (9$US) We use a great lace just down the road.
I wouldn't worry to much about booking accomidation till you got here but if you want to book the 1st night to be worry free on arrival I suggest soi1guesthouse on sukhumvit Soi 1. Very informative hostel, especially for the first timers. Just send them an e-mail, no deposit needed, and they will send you an e-mail back with the INFO you need to deal with he taxis and how to get there. ( I'm a big fan of Hostels as they supply a social atmosphere and you can meet people about to leave thailand with the current 411. there are not that many true Hostels in Bangkok)
Your first week in thailand is usually the most expencive for you as you are unaware of the price you should be paying for things.
I'm watching NADAL play Federer and I'm back and forth with this e-mail < GO Nadel.
Right put Kanchanaburi on your list as it will supply you with the Elephant Riding, Monkey training school, Along with the controversial Tiger temple and the best water falls in Thailand ( Bridge over river kwai is there also , lest we forget.)
Look no matter what you do here you will love Thailand. For the most part the friendliest people in the world. Some great shopping. Great food ( I just bought a kilo of prawns ( shrimp) for 6$ at the market would of cost me 22$ in Australia.
It will be a great difference from S.Korea.. I'm sure Just what you need. Did that ge your excietment level up any ?
Ok gotta go the tennis is looking good. Have fun girls and if I can help you more just send me your questions.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 6, 2008, at 8:52 AM by lodesafun ]
Thank you all so much, for all of the great information.... Awesome! Our excitement level is definitely on the rise, thanks to you!! We are still having problems with airline tickets... why are the flights so expensive? We cant seem to find anything under 700 dollars. The ticket price is reasonable, but the added tax is as much as the ticket, making the total, really pricey. Any tips.. ??? I did check out what someone suggested, unfortunately it was double the price... darn! I dont know why, but it seems like flying from korea is soooooo expensive... Anyone else having problems? Maybe cause of the gas prices, i blame the americans...(kind of joking, we are American)...
Anyway, thanks for all the help.. i cant wait for a 6 dollar massage, and all the other fun stuff you guys are talking about.... hooorayyyyyyyyyyyyyy.. I just hope we can get there... There has to be cheaper tickets, right?!?
Chris and Michelle
I'm glad I found this forum! I'll be in Phuket, Bangkok and Chiangmai in August. Rooms already paid for by my (very recently) ex-boyfriend but why let it go to waste?
If you're interested in joining me on a South to North "expedition", drop me a note. Just pay for your own food and transport. Females only PLEASE!
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 8, 2008, at 7:40 PM by juliaswee ]