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3 week Thailand trip in Febuary, where should we head??

Travel Forums Asia 3 week Thailand trip in Febuary, where should we head??

1. Posted by jmcdonald1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi all

Me and my partner Nicci are off to Thailand, flying into Bangkok at the beginning of Feb next year. How much money do you reckon we will need for accomodation etc (probably mid-range).

We haven't got a route planned yet but looks like we have ruled out going North, any suggestions on an ace route??

Cheerio

Jamie

2. Posted by travbod579 (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

I started in Thailand and worked my way down to Malaysia. The first stop was Bangkok which is obviously a must do stop and then took an overnight train down to Surat Thani. From there it was a short ride into the Khao Sok National park where we stayed in wooden huts and went tubing and elephant riding. The accommodation was surprisingly nice for the jungle and the food was the best I had on my entire round the world trip (they made a mean banana milkshake).

From there I headed to Krabi where your can go on various boat trips and do some island hopping and snorkling. This is a very popular backpacking location. There are probably other cool places to go in between these stops but we only had 2 weeks to get from Bangkok to Singapore.

When I went to Thailand I was in a tour group so I can not advise on accommodation prices but buying food and drink was incredibly cheap (but the pound was a bit stronger back in end of 2007). It was 20p for a bottle of coke and £1 for a double Vodka and coke but the amount you take is obviously dependent on how much you are going to shop and drink and how long you are going to be there.

3. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

Can't help you with mid range hotels as I go ultra budget. But it's a shame you've ruled out going north. I guess if all you want is a beach holiday than stick to the South, but most of the most interesting cultural and historical sights are north of Bangkok. I recommend Kanchanaburi, Ayathaya, Soukathai, Chaing Mai, and Pai. It's hard to recommend a beach/island because I don't know what you're into, and they are all different. But I can tell you what I think of the ones I've been to:

Tao - Relaxed and small. Stuff going on, but not much of a party. Loads of cheap diving. But it has been a few years since I've been so things may have changed. But it was my favorite at the time.

Phagnan - It's where the backpacker party is. But it also has many beautiful, quiet and cheap beaches in other areas of the Island. I've always been fond of this island and have gone back a number of times because it's got a mix of both party and relaxation.

Samui - Built up for tourists, expensive and busy (of course it was the holidays too). Not my scene, didn't enjoy it.

Lanta - Super quiet, cheap and relaxed, even right in the middle of xmas season. Maybe the least attractive island, but for me its the best deal and it's where I go to just chill, and have a walk on the beach the most active part of my day.

Krabi - It's been a while since I've been here (02 and 03), but I've loved it both times, and from what I hear from friends it's still great. It's beautiful, cheap, and doesn't get the tourist hype that the islands get so it remains a little more relaxed than other beach areas.

Phi Phi - Loved it in April 03 when it was quiet and cheap, and hated it in Dec 07 when I couldn't walk 5 feet on the beach without tripping over someone. Many of my friends love it though, and if you want to party, you'll find one there. And I have to admit, it's still one of the most beautiful islands I've ever seen.

Phuket - a place I'll never go back to. Too busy, too seedy, too many chairs on the beach, too expensive, and all around just not my scene. Yet, it remains as the countries most popular island, so obviously someone likes it.

Hope some of this info helps.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 7y

Quoting jmcdonald1

Hi all

Me and my partner Nicci are off to Thailand, flying into Bangkok at the beginning of Feb next year. How much money do you reckon we will need for accomodation etc (probably mid-range).

We haven't got a route planned yet but looks like we have ruled out going North, any suggestions on an ace route??

Cheerio

Jamie

No one can really say how much someone will need because we all spend money on hotels and food at different rates. Some travelers are happy with a $2.00 dorm and other travelers must have something much more expensive. The term mid-range is meaningless. How much do you want to spend per night for a hotel? Someone coming from Japan where he was spending $200 a night for a hotel might think that $100 a night was a bargain!

A rough guide is take the same amount of money you would use for a hotel in your hometown, the same amount of money you would use when you purchase every meal in one day. This way you will probably do okay for Thailand. Restaurants are pretty cheap, you can purchase food in food courts at good prices. Some supermarkets like Tops and Foodland have in-store restaurants serving Asian and Western choices. McDonalds, Burger Kings, KFC's and other fast food places will be cheaper than in your own hometown.

Spend a few days in Bangkok at the beginning of your trip. See the city, take some tours and get used to the time changes and temperature. In Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya you can get tours real easy from travel agencies. There are lots of travel agencies all over the place. This Bangkok visit will also give you time to arrange flights or train rides to other areas of Thailand. Change your money over after you get to Thailand for the best rate. Spend the last night in Bangkok too! This way you will be able to do some last minute shopping and get an evening dinner cruise or tour if you want. Also, you won't have to worry about a connecting flight breaking down and you miss your plane back home.

You can get hotels with fan only cooling and shared toilets for around 250-350 baht per night. A small room with air, hot water, private toilet, TV in Bangkok can be found from around 500 baht to 800 baht. Probably a room in the 900 baht to 1400 baht range will do okay. Read some old posts on how to use taxi cabs in the city and how to get from the airport to the city centers. Choose a hotel near the Skytrain route so you can use the overhead rail service. Don't waste your time only at beaches! See what makes Thailand unique in some of the places up North!

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 1, 2008, at 10:00 AM by karazyal ]