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1. Posted by Davey144 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

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Hey

I'm wanting to start travelling and seeing a bit more of the world, I would like to start out going to Thailand for maybe 3 weeks or less to see if i enjoy it, if i like travelling i will then look into taking a year and doing a round the world trip.

My questions are-

How much would it cost roughly to travel round Thailand for 3 weeks, spending the very least? I will be travelling from the UK so i was thinking £2000 at the very most? Hopefully a lot less than that.

Is 3 weeks enough time in Thailand or is too long? I just want to test the water and see if i will enjoy it, which im sure i will :) I can always come back again if i dont visit all the major tourist attractions.

I want to read up about the different things to do in Thailand so i can plan my route,i have seen people on here recommend Lonely planet travel guide, Would this be my choice?

Thanks

2. Posted by Dauce (Budding Member 68 posts) 4y

Hey mate,

To start with £2000 is that including your plane ticket?? If you took 2k you could basically live like the king of Thailand for 3 weeks :-)

I am going in April for 4 weeks and only taking £600 this is my 3rd trip to thailand and I love it, I'm sure you will as well.

You can find some really cheap but still very nice accom options all around and yea the lonely planet guide is really good I still have my one which is prob very outdated now but still has its uses!! If it's just a tester your looking for 3 weeks sound good as it gives u enough time to see a few places and not so long that u will get sick of it!

Thailand is so easy and fun. I'm literally not booking anything for when I get there Nd I never have, never had a problem with getting any rooms.

If you are going to go to the full moon party down on Koh Phangan I reccomend that you book accommodation as it gets very very busy all over the island when it's time for the party!!

I hope some of what I've said is of any use if I can answer anything else just let me know...

Cheers buddy

Dave

3. Posted by Rhmyers (Budding Member 41 posts) 4y

From an Old Post on My Profile:

Thailand
Spent three weeks with friends in the State Dept. Bangkok, Rachamburi, Old City, Chaing Mai, Clong (canal tours), canal taxis and long tail boats. Ko Sumui Island. Sukamvit Road... really cheap tailors. silk and others. fighters, more markets. Thompson Silk. One day -- Buttefly farm, Orchid Farm, Elephant show/Ride, Silk factory, Gem factory, Temple tour, 6 part cultural show and feast $ 8.00 Great people ( Buddists), good food, inexpensive food - $ 1.25 for shrimp or pork, or chicken along with rice and stir fried vegitables. Fired insects 25 cents. not for me.

4. Posted by stoneroses (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

Im in Phucket right now . They say this is the most expensive place to go but i'm in the Chalong region which is pretty good for everything with all beaches near... since i am on a budget i have been staying with a thai family and a meal will cost around 130 baht depanding where you eat or what you buy... have a safe trip - Declan:)

5. Posted by stoneroses (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

Btw i have been here a week now and think 3 weeks ideal if not more hope this helps

6. Posted by wsfl_ (Budding Member 47 posts) 4y

Hey i will be going on thailand this april for 3 weeks too!
And guess what,its my first time solo and i think it would be great to meet alot of new people out there.

7. Posted by Davey144 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

Thanks for the replies everyone!

Dave the £2000 was for my spending money only, but now that you have said that i would like to get my flights out of it aswell, If i could spend as little as possible it would be great.

I have priced flights to Bangkok and they are around £700 for a return. Does this seem reasonable?

I would Defanatly love to go to the full moon party if i am there around the same time.

Thanks for the help

Quoting Dauce

Hey mate,

To start with £2000 is that including your plane ticket?? If you took 2k you could basically live like the king of Thailand for 3 weeks :-)

I am going in April for 4 weeks and only taking £600 this is my 3rd trip to thailand and I love it, I'm sure you will as well.

You can find some really cheap but still very nice accom options all around and yea the lonely planet guide is really good I still have my one which is prob very outdated now but still has its uses!! If it's just a tester your looking for 3 weeks sound good as it gives u enough time to see a few places and not so long that u will get sick of it!

Thailand is so easy and fun. I'm literally not booking anything for when I get there Nd I never have, never had a problem with getting any rooms.

If you are going to go to the full moon party down on Koh Phangan I reccomend that you book accommodation as it gets very very busy all over the island when it's time for the party!!

I hope some of what I've said is of any use if I can answer anything else just let me know...

Cheers buddy

Dave

8. Posted by benjrx8 (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

honestly mate it's so easy to get mugged off there first time. Watch out for skams in bangkok- there's a few. Tuk tuk offered to take me to my hotel ended up taking me to all these suit shops and travel agents pressuring me to buy shit- long story. but the worst I found are the travel agents. Some will try and book everything for you and rip you off, best thing to do is don't pre book- you always meet people and hear of cheap places to stay and places to go. U want to stay free and not get tied down cos you never know who you meet etc. Full moon is every 2 weeks but if u do miss it there's half moon parties, black moon parties- all good. First time i went i started in bangkok, 2 days there then ko phanang, krabi, phi phi, phuket and back to bankok all comfortably in 3 weeks. U meet people on buses, the boats in the street- really easy to meet people and buddy up.

9. Posted by Dauce (Budding Member 68 posts) 4y

Hey mate,

I got my flights with Thai airways (direct) for £530. Check out staTravel.co.uk

I'm not sure how much the flights will be now but also check out voucher cloud they have a voucher on there for £50 off any bookings over £500. I think u should b able to get them for quite a bit less than £700 if you don't mind stopping off on the way u can prob get them for about £470 only adds about 2 hours onto the journey :-)

How's that sound?

Dave

10. Posted by Davey144 (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

Quoting Dauce

Hey mate,

I got my flights with Thai airways (direct) for £530. Check out staTravel.co.uk

I'm not sure how much the flights will be now but also check out voucher cloud they have a voucher on there for £50 off any bookings over £500. I think u should b able to get them for quite a bit less than £700 if you don't mind stopping off on the way u can prob get them for about £470 only adds about 2 hours onto the journey :-)

How's that sound?

Dave

excellent mate, the cheaper the better :)

I will check out sta travel and see if what sort of prices they are offering

thanks for all the help, cant wait to go now