Hi Guys / Girls,
I just need abit of advice or suggestions for the latter part of my travelling trip to Asia.
I am travelling around Oz from 3rd Dec - 3rd March. I am then looking togo to SE Asia. My first plan was to just stay in Thailand for 1 month then just come home. But after speaking to a few people and now that the trip is getting closer I keep getting more ideas in my head. Also thinking 1 month solid in Thailand might be a little to long.
Ideally what I want todo is fly into Singapore, travel through Malaysia, up through Thailand and fly home from Bangkok around the 4th of April. All nice and easy I hear you say! But...the spanner in the works is I really want to attend the Full Moon Party and also go Trekking in the north! I checked the schedule for the Full Moon party and the next dates are the 10th of March and 10th of April.
I have sat and tried to work this trip out for days but just cant work out a way to do it all. I dont mind changing where I fly to or from but I really want to travel though these three countries and do my Trekking/Party. I just feel I need to see as many countries as I can.
I would really appreciate any guidance/advice from anyone who has done this or a similar trip (I'm sure some have). Thanks alot in advance.
In my opinion, a month is a good amount of time to see Thailand, I wouldn't want to spend less than 3 weeks though! Take a look at the cities and think how long you'd want to spend in each place, and whether seeing a desired place will add to your experiences. You may as well at least see Singapore though as it's easily done via flight on the way.
It also depends how much lazy days on the beach you want to spend (goes hand in hand with being hungover!)
I spent 5 weeks in Thailand and still didn't see everything, although me and my friend did do heaps of partying and beach. The full moon party is great but slightly overrated in my books - I wouldn't make it the be all and end all of your trip in Thailand.
Also keep in mind that Malaysia is a muslim country where they tend to consume less alcohol etc. so it wouldn't be as geared towards partying like Thailand is, but I'm sure it still happens somewhere!
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 10, 2008, at 5:27 PM by Erik85 ]
Thanks ever so much for the reply Erik.
I guess I just wanted some advice as to whether The full Moon party was worth it. Im a 21 year old guy who does want to party (however im no party animal) and I wasnt sure if the Full Moon party was the main highlight. If your saying there are plenty of other opportunities then I probably wont arrange my whole trip around it. Lounging on the beach is certainly a big factor as to why I chose Thailand as a destination, and also because I hear the beach parties are fantastic fun (FMP being the ultimate)!
Malaysia and Singapore really appeal as im keen todo some diving in the Perinthian islands, and it also gives me chance to see some more of the world while im there. It is an Adventure after all!
In short, I will probably give the Full Moon Party a miss and just visit Ko Pang-Ngan / Ko Samui as I intended and see what happens.
Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Phuket, Bangkok, Pattaya and even Chiang Mai are great places to party - I went to all of these places and had an awesome time - I actually preferred Koh Samui and Chiang Mai to the others.
You won't need to worry, the Thais recognise that many tourists go there to party and relax on a holiday so they cater for this well. However, this kind of goes hand to hand with prostitution - ie. there are many bars with girls where they will try get money out of you, which is the gritty face that the nightlife there has. Many are like regular bars though, that just employ regular female employees to attract business.
But look beyond these places - check out nightclubs (they may refer to them as disco's, they aren't all dance music, many have bands), and places that are less obvious - ask some locals (even the bar girls, they are genuine people). The places I preferred tended to be a bit more hidden, further from the tourist center, and sometimes the front of them is discrete as the government has a curfew there and they don't want to get busted, which was the case in Chaing Mai and Bangkok . There's also heaps of laid back, backpacker friendly pubs and bars, which are great if you want to meet people or youre missing home!
Koh Phangan really does the "beach party" type thing the best and it was on the biggest scale - but it could have been in any country as everyone was a tourist, and the nights leading up to it were almost as big in my opinion. I still had an awesome time there, but I prefered places where at least a few locals went to as I found they had a cool and a different atmosphere, which is what I like in travelling.
I can't comment any further on Malaysia, but I remember speaking to a very experienced diver and she said that was her favourite place in the World to dive - so you should enjoy!
What can I say....you have been so helpful Erik, I really appreciate it .
All the things you have mentioned sound perfect for me. I do enjoy clubbing, but I could do that where I currently live so its good to try something new. Beach parties and laid back nights out.
The route I will now take is Singapore, Malasia, up through the islands in Thailand, onto Bangkok, take a return flight to Chaing Mai and then fly home from Bangkok around April time. I will probably give Phuket and Pattaya a miss as I dont think ill cram it all in.
Thanks again for all your help Erik! I just cant wait now!