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1. Posted by thomaswatkins27 (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

Hello

I was after some advice on a few things to do with travelling to Thailand for the first time. In January im going travelling for 6 months. The second half of my trip (6 weeks) is Thailand. i fly into Singapore and fly home from Bangkok. I was after advice on the below:

- The best ways of travelling in thailand
- Best place to stop off / see
- Budget for six weeks of travelling
- Do / Donts

Any input on the above would be great

Cheers

Tom

2. Posted by Ella_brown (Inactive 3 posts) 5y

Hello tom Thailand is great place to visit.There are many attractions in Thailand such as Bangkok ,The Floating Market ,Chiang Mai, San Kamphaeng Hot Springs ,The East Coast Islands must visit these places. Wish you a happy journey. :)

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 5y

If you plan on staying longer than 30 days in Thailand, you will need a visa. You can travel around by bus, train or plane (Think of AirAsia as the Asian equivalent of Ryanair) for longer distances.

Singapore has enough to keep a first time visitor occupied for 4 - 7 days. It's problem is accommodation in that there is poor cheapish accommodation and good very expensive accommodation and little in between.

In my opinion (I know some will disagree), Malaysia doesn't have much to offer other than maybe Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Thailand you will probably enter via Bangkok which has a fair bit to see and do as well as shopping. Accommodation and the cost of living is cheap there too. If leaving from Bangkok, leave most of your shopping till last. Chiang Mai is up north and is cooler and quieter than Bangkok. Some go trekking from there. Lots of beach places to visit down south from touristy to quiet. Bangkok has lots of travel agents which will book you trips.

You are a short flight away from many other destinations, like Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, etc, depending on what you like (some will need visas).

As to budget, that can be fairly low or fairly expensive depending on what kind of life style you want and nights out and such. Travel of course is expensive. I could manage comfortably on £2,000 and some on much less, while big spenders would want more.

I would expect it to be very hot throughout your trip so air conditioning does not go amiss. Also Chinese New Year starts 23 Jan 2012 and in some places like Singapore, everything can be shut for some days. In Thailand it is often only a few businesses which shut, unless you are in Chinatown.

You will be in the high season so I would start booking travel and accommodation soon.

4. Posted by keefyboylittle (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y

if ur going out to thailand for example- u dnt know wer ur going, ow u gonna book accommodation, do u thinkmany places wld be fully booked??

5. Posted by thomaswatkins27 (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

Quoting Ella_brown

Hello tom Thailand is great place to visit.There are many attractions in Thailand such as Bangkok ,The Floating Market ,Chiang Mai, San Kamphaeng Hot Springs ,The East Coast Islands must visit these places. Wish you a happy journey. :)

Hi Ella

Thats great, will deffo look into these sights. When was your there??

Cheers

Tom

6. Posted by thomaswatkins27 (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

Quoting Cyberia

If you plan on staying longer than 30 days in Thailand, you will need a visa. You can travel around by bus, train or plane (Think of AirAsia as the Asian equivalent of Ryanair) for longer distances.

Singapore has enough to keep a first time visitor occupied for 4 - 7 days. It's problem is accommodation in that there is poor cheapish accommodation and good very expensive accommodation and little in between.

In my opinion (I know some will disagree), Malaysia doesn't have much to offer other than maybe Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Thailand you will probably enter via Bangkok which has a fair bit to see and do as well as shopping. Accommodation and the cost of living is cheap there too. If leaving from Bangkok, leave most of your shopping till last. Chiang Mai is up north and is cooler and quieter than Bangkok. Some go trekking from there. Lots of beach places to visit down south from touristy to quiet. Bangkok has lots of travel agents which will book you trips.

You are a short flight away from many other destinations, like Hong Kong, China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, etc, depending on what you like (some will need visas).

As to budget, that can be fairly low or fairly expensive depending on what kind of life style you want and nights out and such. Travel of course is expensive. I could manage comfortably on £2,000 and some on much less, while big spenders would want more.

I would expect it to be very hot throughout your trip so air conditioning does not go amiss. Also Chinese New Year starts 23 Jan 2012 and in some places like Singapore, everything can be shut for some days. In Thailand it is often only a few businesses which shut, unless you are in Chinatown.

You will be in the high season so I would start booking travel and accommodation soon.

Thanks Cyberia, this is a great help!!

7. Posted by lover200 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

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8. Posted by thomaswatkins27 (Budding Member 15 posts) 5y

Quoting keefyboy little

if ur going out to thailand for example- u dnt know wer ur going, ow u gonna book accommodation, do u thinkmany places wld be fully booked??

Hi Mate

I wasnt planning on booking any accommodation at the moment. I do six weeks in south east asia, from march until the middle april. I was planning on going to the full moon parties, and maybe checking in a hotel for them . . .