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1. Posted by caduoi (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

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I'm going to Thailand for 1 month after my graduation in July/ August 2009. my auntie lives in BKK so she can provide me accomodation. But I want to go somewhere else, not just BKK. I don't know where to start and how to set up my itinerary. maybe it looks like: BKK- Pattaya-Chiangmai-phuket-krabi-ko samui-BKK. is it okie? and how about the budget? 600$ is enough?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Caduoi,
Since you are graduating this summer, I am going to guess you are about 18. I would pass on Pattaya. Just a mediocre beach with heaps of bars plus hoards of bar girls walking around with older guys. Probably not your scene. Pattaya does have plenty of great restaurants and entertainment, but you can get that in BKK as well.

I would hit Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya on your way to Chiang Mai. A week or so of culture/hilltribes and a few weeks of beach time down south. I would pick one coast and hit that. I prefer the Krabi, Phi Phi side, but others will vote for the Koh Samui, Koh Phangan side. Make a decision and spend time at one coast and pass and doing both. That is my advice considering your budget.

$600 is not really very much for a month of travel. You will save a bit by staying with your aunt, but not enough to stay in decent hotels or eat anywhere but low end places all month. Most have roughly $1K for a month in Thailand. Take overnight buses when possible, saves 1 night accomodation and you arrive in the am. Best time to find a cheap room. Eat street and where the locals do instead of tourist restaurants. I talk about this in my blog. Drink bottle water and carry it with you. If you don't order a drink when eating out, you can save appox. $100 in a month. If you are on a tight budget, that is significant.

Good luck and send me a PM if you have questions.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 10, 2009, at 10:02 PM by vegasmike6 ]

3. Posted by caduoi (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

thank you for your reply.

I'm 24. I mean university graduation. I will add more money to my budget as you advise. Is Thailand safe for a girl to travel alone? or I should ask a boy friend to go with? Does going with a buddy save more money than going alone? because we can share some kind of fee.

I'm considering cut Phuket or Phiphi + Ko Samui out of my plan. do you think 1 month for Thailand is too long?

4. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

Yep it should be safe, locals are quite friendly. In terms of safety follow similar precautions as you would at home,
just stay in good company if you are to go out at night (you'll prob meet people). I don't think safety alone is enough of a reason to have to bring a male friend - but going with a friend you will save a bit for accomodation as you can get twin rooms and stuff (most accomodation is hotels/guesthouse type). However it's still fairly cheap doing it solo.

Your itinery is still fine and you might just want to wait til you get there before you decide. July/August is their low season (also be mindful its monsoon season) so you shouldnt have too much trouble in places being booked etc. You could fit all of what you wrote in your first post in, but its a bit of moving around so perhaps take Mike's advice.

1 month is not too long for Thailand! Stayed there 5 weeks myself and there was still more I wanted to see.

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

I agree with a lot of what has already been said. Skip Pattaya. It has very little that would interest a 24-year old solo female. Ditto with Phuket, unless you are into expensive crowded beaches and ladyboys. As a 20-something traveling around Thailand several times, my favorite Islands/beaches were: Koh Lanta for a really quiet, relaxing, and cheap stay; Koh Phagnan for the quiet beaches in the north and the ridiculous parties at Hat Rinn when you want it; Koh Tao for the perfect mix of chilled atmosphere yet enough going on to have fun; and Krabi, for the scenery of Phi Phi without the crowds or prices. These four places tend to be the most popular with the 20-something backpacker crowd and I think where you will find the most people your own age to hang out with, as well as the cheapest accommodations. Phi Phi is also still very popular amongst the younger crowds. It's a little too overun for my tastes at the moment and to me it's lost its pre-tsunami charm, but I would still recommend it if you want to have lots going on. I've only visited Samui briefly, but it didn't impress me much and I think there are better places for a young solo female.

I also agree that hitting Kanchanaburi and Ayathaya is a great idea. Another option instead of Ayathaya is Soukathai which I actually enjoyed much more. Another place you might want to consider is Pai, just north Chaing Mai.
A month is definitely not too long for Thailand. I've taken several month+ trips and still haven't seen half of what I want to see. A few days is usually long enough for Bangkok, though if you are visiting someone you may wish to stay longer. So if you stay a week say, then a week 1/2 in the South and a week 1/2 in the north is probably good. With any extra days you have, I would add it to the North, unless you really need some beach time.
Safety is fine for a solo female as long as you use common sense and normal safety precautions. You'll be surprised how many other solo females you'll run into.
$600 is a pretty small budget. I've done it on less than that, but I live pretty frugally when I travel. The last time I went I spent something probably closer to $800 or more but I drank more and stayed in slightly more comfortable places. I also noticed a rise in prices from my previous trips, especially since it was over Christmas and I went to Phuket, but I still think I would be pushing it to make due on $600 these days even in low season.

6. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 7y


  1. 3 Thailand's really safe for female travellers. Just your common sense like you would back home and dont go looking for trouble.

7. Posted by Angeelina (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Quoting caduoi

I'm going to Thailand for 1 month after my graduation in July/ August 2009. my auntie lives in BKK so she can provide me accomodation. But I want to go somewhere else, not just BKK. I don't know where to start and how to set up my itinerary. maybe it looks like: BKK- Pattaya-Chiangmai-phuket-krabi-ko samui-BKK. is it okie? and how about the budget? 600$ is enough?

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