Few quick questions:
Koh Phangan or Koh Samui?
Would Thailand be suitable for a solo-traveller, especially first time traveller?
Do you absolutely need a Visa, or would debit be easy enough?
Is language barriers a constant issue?
I'm planning on staying six months, is it suitable to set up a return date months in advance?
To travel lightly, what's the best? What should I bring along?
Try North for a change - Chang Mai, Pai, Chang Rai.
Solo fine - but you might find yourself partner, maybe thai?
Thai phrasebook handy - food, travel, hotel ...
Open ticket better option - your plans can change.
Bring small gifts for your hosts - and souvenirs on your way back.
Thanks for the replies.
I'm sure this question has been asked many times before and I'm sure it gets quite annoying, but - Any advice on Bangkok? Where to eat, sleep and places definetly worth seeing?
I've read through Lonely Planet's Thailand and Thailand's Islands and Beaches, but I prefer recommendations from other travellers, everyday people.
Khao San Road, Bangkok is the "centre of backpacker universe". Many cheap guesthouses and tours can be arranged from there. You don't need to know too much else. Just head to Khao San.
I would advice you to avoid Kao San Road as it is really noisy and if you value a good night sleep, try other guesthouses further north of Kao San i.e. along Thanon Ayuthaya. There are several cheap guesthouses there.
I suggest guesthouses by the river around Phra Athit - cooler from the breeze, more peaceful and next to riverboats.
Single from B70, double B130.
when booking on koh pha ngan, is it better to do it in person or online? all of my paltry online serches have come back a bit expensive........
how easy is it to arrange transport from koh samui back to bangkok?
can you arrange it on the day or should you do it in advance? (imagines a lovely organised train station with lots of smilet and helpful people)
and a completely unrelated question: i cant find any cambodian or vietnamese phrase books in little 'ol cambridge, can you get english ones from thailand? ( english to thai, thai to cambodian is a bit too much for my brain!)
non of the reasonable priced guest housesbeach huts are online - just walk from one place to another to find the best location.
every travel agent will book you on the bus anytime.
thai phrase book - amazon, second hand around 2 pounds + postage. Or buy in Thailand around B70.