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12. Posted by bijoux2005 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Hi Everyone!!! I'm a female traveller also planning a super quick backpacking trip to SouthEast Asia in either late Feb 2011 or early March 2011 :) I wanna hit up Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam in 10 days!! (I know 10 days is super short--but I plan on returning) I was thinking 2 days in Bangkok, 1 day in Chiang Mai, and the remaining 3 days on the Phi Phi Islands,Maya Bay, and monkey beach. The main activities Im interested in Thailaind include taking a Thai cooking class, elephant riding, and beaching it. Would spend 2 days each in Cambodia and Vietnam--just wanna see the major attraction in each country----any suggestions??? Anyone interested in joining me? :)

Greetings from NYC!!!

13. Posted by Amimi (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y

I did it as "asmunro". I travelled with 18 alone trough Thailand Laos and cambodia...
Southeastasia is really not dangerous (apart from a view places where I wouldnt walk at night... like big big big cities)... otherwise it is even less dangerous as in "rich" countries...
I guess it has a lot to do with the religion..
I was just in the north of thailand... I recommend to do a hilltribe trekking in chiang mai, but a good one! and not just a cheap one
sukonthai is as well good for one day...
ayuthaya was the first place I stayed... and probably that was the reason I liked it so much.... or probably the reason that there was thai new year (sonkran)... but a great city to visit directly on the day on arrival (if you want see bangkok before you fligh home)... as it is very close to bangkok

14. Posted by debfox1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

hi hun, i,m a 50yr old (young!) female, and did my first major adventure in feb/march this year, backpacking in southern thailand. the friendliest, most helpful & kind locals made this trip a dream, my month flew by & this jan i,m planning to sample the delights of vietnam, cambodia & lous. major advice- steer clear of tourist areas, if you need help, ASK, & allow loads of time, theres far more to see & do than you could ever imagine. good luck & enjoy- its addictive!:biggrin

15. Posted by classyfron (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

I live in Thailand, Phuket, since 1 and half year now (5 years in China before this).
I arrange custom made holidays in the luxury travel industry, but i'm also available to share some tips about this wonderful country. I'm not here to advertise myself, I just want to be clear that I cannot help backpackers.

Thailand is generally safe for tourists, except if you are looking for troubles or you are a little distracted...
I met lot of girls traveling alone from everywhere and it's easy to make friends among travelers and share experiences.

Few rules to travel safe:
1) Never argue hard with a Thai, always try to be kind. Knives are always in their pocket, just say sorry and let it go, whatever it happens.
2) Don't use drugs in public (or at least be careful when you do). There is prison for that.
3) don't steal anything, not even a beer cooler from a bar. There is prison for thieves.
4) if you rent a motorbike (and you probably will) put your bag in front of you, never on a side, especially for ladies.
5) always bring mosquito repellent with you.
6) To many young fella going to Vang Vieng or Luang Prabang (Laos): don't use drugs there. Don't drink offered drinks by the bar or by strangers, especially of local; they put drugs in your drinks. Don't go on the river if you are too drunk or too stoned; many have drawn.

And remember:
Pay respect to local people, most of them are poor. Physical touch is unpolite with Thai.
Pay respect to girls in the bars, they are poor but they smile to you.
Pay respect to monks, they are not a circus show.
Pay respect to police, they are the law.
Pay respect to the king, he's High Majesty. There is prison for lack of respect.

So many things to do in Thailand:
Floating markets and Royal Palace in Bangkok, Ayutthaya by motorbike, giant bhuddas in Sukhotai, Chiang Mai, Mae Sot Hill Tribes, Pai, Flight of the gibbons, Patara elephant camp, Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle, Khao Sok, Chaom Lam lake, Khao Lak, Phang Nga bay, Krabi, Similan and Surin Isalnds, Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh tao, Koh Lipe and Koh Tarutao...

I suggest to avoid: day trips to Phi Phi and James bond island, a trap for tourists.
Go to Koh Tarutao national park instead and to Khao lak, where you can leave to Similan Islands and Surin Islands. Day trips around Phuket: Koh Racha, Koh Phanak, Coral island, Koh Yao Noi.

For the rest, make some research and enjoy the country, it's a wonderful land.

16. Posted by hanis (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

I suggest to avoid: day trips to Phi Phi and James bond island, a trap for tourists.

sorry,may i know why you are suggesting to avoid day trips to phi phi island ??

17. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 5y

Quoting bijoux2005

Hi Everyone!!! I'm a female traveller also planning a super quick backpacking trip to SouthEast Asia in either late Feb 2011 or early March 2011 :) I wanna hit up Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam in 10 days!! (I know 10 days is super short--but I plan on returning) I was thinking 2 days in Bangkok, 1 day in Chiang Mai, and the remaining 3 days on the Phi Phi Islands,Maya Bay, and monkey beach. The main activities Im interested in Thailaind include taking a Thai cooking class, elephant riding, and beaching it. Would spend 2 days each in Cambodia and Vietnam--just wanna see the major attraction in each country----any suggestions??? Anyone interested in joining me? :)

Greetings from NYC!!!

Ten days is short! A few more days in Asia won't really cost that much compared to the cost of your plane ticket from JFK. Can you take more time and stay longer to get more value from your expensive plane ticket? Because your time is short you will have to fly just about everywhere instead of using cheaper buses or trains. I don't think only 2 days in either Cambodia or Vietnam is worth the effort unless all you want is a stamp in your passport. You could save one of those two countries for your next trip.

You will be spending a lot of time in airports, on planes, on buses and on other sorts of transportation. I know you don't want to hear any advice to knock off a country or two so you can actually see and experience the countries you are visiting. Just check out the visa requirements especially for Viet Nam and Cambodia. For those two countries US dollars is a de facto currency. Don't leave Cambodia or Vietnam with their currency because it is hard to change it in any other country.

For Thailand with a US passport you will get a free 30 day Visa Exempt stamp in your passport so that country is no problem. For Cambodia and Vietnam you have to pay for your visas. Remember the photo requirements.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1080.html
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1060.html

Sign up for the frequent flyer program your airline has. You will get a lot of miles on your flight from the US to Asia. Might as well as have the miles count on the next flight to Asia. When you have enough miles (using the same airline) you may be able to get free flights or put you in an "elite" category for better seating and shorter lines at the airport. To make your ride a little more comfortable choose your seats ahead of time so you don't get some of the crappy places to sit at.

When you are ready for hotel recommendations don't say "cheap" or "middle priced," etc. Use a baht or US dollar figure and you will get suggestions in your price range. There are cooking classes in Chiang Mai that are single day or more in duration. Wait until you get to Thailand to change any US currency to Thai baht for the best rate. If you intend to use debit cards or credit cards you first have to notify your bank that you will be overseas. For Thailand travelers checks are pretty good and easy to cash. For other Asian countries travelers checks are not as good but they are a safe way to carry money. Only bring US dollars that are newer series and in good condition with out tears, dirt or other marks on them.

At least between now and February you have time to make changes to your plans. I don't think 10 days in Thailand alone is enough time for you to do everything you want to do! (But it is better than freezing your buttocks in NY!)

Good luck.

18. Posted by tash9090 (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Hi, i'm an 18 yr old girl from the UK as well, planning to go in February but no plans at all! Thinking that if i just turn up in Bangkok and go to Khaosan Road then things might sort themselves out for a month...! This worked in Mozambique last month! It would be comforting to know people before I went out though.
Should I plan more?

19. Posted by BillinCM (Budding Member 5 posts) 5y

Thailand is perfectly safe for solo women travelers. I live in Chiang Mai, where single women abound in restaurants, cafes, tours, etc. Sensible precautions are required, as anywhere in the world. Relax. Enjoy.

20. Posted by jacksonSte (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Yah ..Thailand is very beautiful place to visit..I'm certainly open to the idea of having a traveling companion.