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Some advice for Thailand please....

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1. Posted by Nik6014 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hello Everyone,

On 31st Jan my friend and I are flying to Thailand for a month. Neither of us have been before and are looking for fun, culture and adventure.

We have a really rough plan - so far it's....

Fly into Bangkok and spend about 3 nights there, travel to Chiang Mai and spend maybe a week there and then fly south and do some of the Islands and then maybe back to Bangkok for a few days at the end of our holiday depending on how we find it at the beginning!

I know it's hardly well thought out....

Any ideas/advice would be greatly appreciated!

Nik

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 7y

Quoting Nik6014

Hello Everyone,

On 31st Jan my friend and I are flying to Thailand for a month. Neither of us have been before and are looking for fun, culture and adventure.

We have a really rough plan - so far it's....

Fly into Bangkok and spend about 3 nights there, travel to Chiang Mai and spend maybe a week there and then fly south and do some of the Islands and then maybe back to Bangkok for a few days at the end of our holiday depending on how we find it at the beginning!

I know it's hardly well thought out....

Any ideas/advice would be greatly appreciated!

Nik

You are doing better than some tourists. Many tourists skip Bangkok and head out to the beaches right away and think they have seen the real Bangkok! Not to mention that when they skip a short stay in Bangkok they end up either paying for an expensive stay in the airport hotel for an early morning flight or not having enough time for a connecting flight. Some tourists don't even know that their connecting flight may be from Don Muang clear on the other side of Bangkok!

So, you are off to a good start. In Bangkok, same for Chiang Mai and Phuket - you can get tours through travel agencies. They will have a menu selection of popular tours to many places. These travel agencies can also book a flight to Chiang Mai and Phuket if you want. You can also take an overnight sleeper train up to Chiang Mai if you want.

For Bangkok get a hotel near the Skytrain so you can use that overhead rail service. The Skytrain can take you to many places in the city including MBK and Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Sometimes it is better to NOT plan everything to a T. This way you remain flexible to do new things that you may come across. Enjoy your trip to Thailand. Read up on how to get a taxi from the airport to your hotel from one of the previous posts.

Good luck.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I think your 3 days in Bangkok at the beginning would suffice and enable you to see most of the must-see sites and attractions. It's an exciting city with quite a bit to do, but most people find that a few days is enough. So I'd give yourself some more time on the beaches instead of spending another few days in Bangkok at the end. Or, you could do some trips out of Bangkok to the ancient city of Ayutthaya and/or Kanchanaburi. If you have time in Chiang Mai, do a trek into the hills and also visit Pai if you can - it's a really cool little town and a great place to chill out for a few days.

4. Posted by Nik6014 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thanks for the replies

I'm getting so excited and just really can't wait to get out there!!

What do you think a comfortable amount of money would be for a month in Thailand? Were going to be staying at hostels but also want to be able to do lots of activities etc...

I've had so many different answers to this questions from friends who've been there it's like they've been going to completely different countries.

Ta
Nik

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 7y

Quoting Nik6014

What do you think a comfortable amount of money would be for a month in Thailand? Were going to be staying at hostels but also want to be able to do lots of activities etc...

I've had so many different answers to this questions from friends who've been there it's like they've been going to completely different countries.

That last remark is probably pretty spot on. It is completely different depending on what kind of accommodation you're getting, what type of food you're eating, what type of transport you're taking, and how many activities you're doing.

I personally budgeted about 1200 baht/day, staying in air-conditioned single rooms in nice guesthouses, eating in cheap restaurants (occasionally from vendors by the side of the road), and taking 2nd class busses. (Didn't do any organized activities.) This was effectively "splurging", as especially accommodation was (often) much nicer than the hostel dormitories I'm used to.

If that sounds like something similar to what you'd do, I'd maybe budget 1400 baht/day including activities (assuming you're not doing those daily).
You could easily make do with just 800 baht/day or less though (less nice non-airconditioned rooms and only eating from food stalls), or go up to 2000 baht/day without any trouble if you stay in hotels/resorts and have dinner in the accompanying restaurants.

6. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 7y

Just a couple of other bits of info that you might know already, but just in case you don't - the exchange rate at the moment is 49.5 Baht to the pound and also down on the islands beers generally cost around 60-80 Baht from bars/clubs and slightly less from shops. Buckets cost about 200-300 Baht. Just in case you're going to be drinking and want to factor that into your budget.

Also, not all places in Thailand have hostels. There's a hostel in Koh Phi Phi and also in Koh Pha Ngan, but if you're traveling with a mate then in most cases a budget twin room will generally work out cheaper than a dorm bed in any case, provided you're happy to stay somewhere fairly basic.

7. Posted by Nik6014 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thanks again for the replies, they have been really helpful!
One more question and I promise I'll stop...
What do people think about how to carry your money over there, as in cash/travellers cheques/credit cards/debit cards??

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

I would get some baht in cash before you leave the UK and then draw the rest out of your UK account using your debit card. You will get charged for withdrawals (unless you get the Nationwide Bank current account which doesn't charge) but you normally get a decent exchange rate when withdrawing from the banks.