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1. Posted by coribeth (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hello everyone!
I am just getting started on planning my trip to Thailand and Indonesia. I am planning on backpacking and staying in hostels. I dont know much about where to go and what to see, and books can only tell you so much. When is the best time for travel to the places? Does anyone know of good hostels, or cheap places to stay at? A good route to take that will take me through all of the great places to see? Any help or info would be very much Appreciated!!
Corine from USA

2. Posted by vlaja (Budding Member 23 posts) 8y

Hi coribeth, all in all You are travelling to a wonderfull part of this beautiful planet.
Usually, most of the travellers start they backpacking trips from Kaosan Road in Bangkok. There you have everything you will need to organize yourself for further travellings.
If any questions please be free to contact me.
Very best and good luck.

3. Posted by colour (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi Coribeth

I have started planning a trip to Thailand and find this site had some great info, also ordered the city guide, which is really useful. [snip]

Good luck with your trip.

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4. Posted by yasti (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hi,Coribeth..

My name yasti.Im from Indonesia.And i live in Bandung.If u need some help for the information about traveling around Indonesia you can ask me.I can help u as i can.
;)

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 8y

Quoting coribeth

Hello everyone!
I am just getting started on planning my trip to Thailand and Indonesia. I am planning on backpacking and staying in hostels. I dont know much about where to go and what to see, and books can only tell you so much. When is the best time for travel to the places? Does anyone know of good hostels, or cheap places to stay at? A good route to take that will take me through all of the great places to see? Any help or info would be very much Appreciated!!
Corine from USA

While you are still home you can check out some travel guides from your library that are geared to thrift travel or back packing. Often these travel guides have recommendations on where to stay and some prices.

If you start in Thailand, usually Bangkok, finish there too! This way you will have your round trip ticket to and from your country. Don't schedule an immediate flight out of Bangkok to some "other" city and wonder if you have enough time for connections or even have the right airport! Two airports serve Bangkok - Don Muang also has flights to many places in Thailand. Figure on a few days in Bangkok in the beginning of your trip. This way you can arrange flights or train rides while there, you will get used to the heat and time changes too! Thailand has good transportation, you can take long distance buses to many places and even trains to many areas. Even the taxi cabs are cheap if you only use the meter in Bangkok.

From November around American Thanksgiving through to just after New Years holidays are usually the most expensive time to fly and the hotels in Thailand are in high season pricing. More tourists at this time, some hotels and hostels may have no vacancies! When it is cold in N. America or N. Europe it is "high season" in Thailand! During the June through September months the hotels are the cheapest and fewest tourists. Some hotter days and some rain during the low season!

During high season there is less rain during that time and the weather is pretty good. But anytime you can visit is okay. Even during the rainy season you have plenty of sunlight for tans because the rain usually stops in a couple hours and it does not fall all over the country at the same time. http://www.guidetothailand.com/thailand-travel-information/weather.htm

When you purchase your ticket vary your departure day to see if the price is any cheaper. Sometimes just changing your day either up or back a couple days saves you hundreds of dollars! Usually Fridays, weekends and holidays are more expensive - but not always - check and compare! I prefer to use the same airline all the time so I can accrue lots of frequent flier miles for free flights and other perks. If you have a silver card or gold card with one airline check with that group for your flight to Asia. This way you get on the plane first, may get free upgrades and possibly free chow in a VIP lounge. Sign up for those FF miles!

You also have to figure out how to carry your money! It is not safe to walk around with $10,000 in your pockets! Plus, your intention is to stay in hostels where you may have less privacy and safety. I prefer cheap hotels where there is a safety box to lock up my valuables and money. You can also use a debit card (Visa and MC work well) for ATM withdrawals. You have to notify your bank you will be overseas or the withdrawal may be denied. I use a debit card from my credit union, the CU pays for most of my ATM fees - even overseas! Check around where you live to see if there is a CU or bank who pays ATM fees overseas! You can set up transfers of money from a bank to the debit card account you plan on using overseas. Have a back up debit card. Have a credit card for emergencies.

You can bring cash and travelers checks too! Some credit unions sell you travelers checks without commission. In Thailand you have to use Thai baht. Change the money over after you get to the airport. Lots of banks and mini banks to cash money all over Thailand. If you need hotel or hostel recommendations you have to say how much you want to pay per night, that way you will not get a lot of recommendations out of your price range. Always use a money value, not cheap, middle priced - that doesn't mean the same to everyone.

For Thailand check out Bangkok and Chiang Mai, for Malaysia check out Penang and KL.

Good luck.

6. Posted by arinta (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

Dear Coribeth,

I'm Arinta from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. What place u want to go if u arrive in Indonesia? You can ask me anything if u arrive here. I'll try to get some best information for you

Regards,
Arinta

7. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

If Indonesia, dont miss Yogyakarta. Visit Borobudur and Prambanan. Nothing much on the city unless you are interested in Batik. In Thailand, there are many places which worth visit. South: Ko Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Krabi, Ko Samui, Ko Phangan. Central: Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Kanchanaburi, Floating Market. North: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Sai, Santhakiri. Iisan: Nongkhai, Surin.

8. Posted by gemilie (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Hi! I'm going to Thailand next week...will land in Bangkok and then i want to travel around!! I don't know where to go nor where to stay!! I will be alone...hopefully will meet people!! Any suggestions?
Thanks
Émilie
Canada

9. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 8y

Both Thailand & Indonesia are great & very different places to travel, both having 'many' things to see... Thailand is the easier of the two to travel as Indo is spread out over such a large area (ie. made up of many islands) It all depends on what you are into & how much time you have to travel? I suggest reading through the relevant LP's to get an idea of what you want to see then bounce your ideas off the folk here...