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1. Posted by julz_di (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 7 Mar '13 08:26

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hi, my cousin and i are going to Thailand at the end of April for two weeks, were planning on going for the full moon party on the 25th. just wondering if anyone else is going around that time, were kinda new to this so were confused on where to start lol.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1263 posts) 7 Mar '13 12:14

"so were confused on where to start"

Well I would not blow off a visit to Bangkok! When you go back home your friends and relatives will ask about Bangkok more than any other place in Thailand. Try not to waste all of your time only at beach areas. My advice is to start in Bangkok and end in Bangkok.

Full moon party, usually Koh Phangan. Most flights to Thailand go through Bangkok. In Bangkok you can arrange train rides and other transportation. You can use Google for information on how to get from one place to another. Like below link:
http://thaiqa.wordpress.com/2008/01/14/how-to-get-from-bangkok-to-koh-phangan-bangkok-to-the-full-moon-party/

My advice is to buy ROUND TRIP to Bangkok. Round trip to Thailand is cheaper than 2 one way flights. If you need a visa or not depends on the country passport you enter with. From Europe, UK, US, Oz you can enter on a 30 day Visa Exemption for free.
http://thaiembassy.ca/en/visiting-thailand/visas/tourist-visa-exemption

If you need hotel advice also include a price range. Use a baht figure or at least a currency that is well known. If you intend to use a credit card or debit card remember to notify your bank that you will be overseas and for how long. This is so you don't have a problem with ATM withdrawals. You will get a better exchange rate in Thailand than changing money in your own country. No problem changing most well known currencies at the airport 24 hours a day.

For Bangkok many young tourists choose the Khao San Road (KSR) area for hotels. (More often it is younger tourists who go to Koh Phangan.) Google up scams in Thailand so you will be aware of what is going on. Popular scams concern tuk-tuks, gems and gold, bus rides booked from Khao San Road travel agencies, etc.

Hotels in other areas of Bangkok allow you to use city rail service. No rail service in KSR area.
http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm

In Bangkok if you want to go on a tour you can sign on to them through local Thai travel agencies. Some hotels have tour desks too. There will be at least a half million tourists in Thailand in April.

3. Posted by meganjane03 (Budding Member, 46 posts) 7 Mar '13 14:42

Hi!

Personally we only spent two nights in Bangkok because we had to, it was our least favourite place in Thailand, of course this was just our opinion, obviously others have loved the city, it depends what you like. I suggest being flexible with your plans, it means you can spend less time in places you end up not liking and more time in places you love. We stayed on Khao San Road and struggled to get any sleep because of the all night noise - mostly the music from the bars.

If you're on a budget, there's also a good overnight bus from Bangkok down to Surat thani and the ferry dock. I suggest you check out spending a few nights on Koh Tao and Koh Samui as well as Koh Phangan (full mon party). They are all connecting by a few hours on the ferry. Accommodation is easily booked, you can do it online beforehand, probably book a little further in advance for full moon and plan everything else around that.

Koh Tao was a really lovely island, quieter than the others because most people are here to scuba dive which means waking up early and being gone all day. There's also some good, but quiter, bars on the beach.
Koh Samui is also really nice. The boat trip to Ang Thong and a climb up the mountain is so spectacular, you shouldn't miss it!
We spent all our time either drunk or hung over in Koh Phangan! There are slightly smaller (but still huge) parties on before and after the full moon party.

Thailand is super easy to navigate and travel around without to much advance planning, so don't worry about it too much! Just pop into a travel agent and they've got all the information and can book buses and ferries and tours etc. Shop around the agents if you want the best deal.

Have an awesome time!

4. Posted by meganjane03 (Budding Member, 46 posts) 7 Mar '13 14:44

Also, I meant the travel agents in Thailand, there are heaps of them!

5. Posted by katie_p8 (Budding Member, 64 posts) 7 Mar '13 15:48

hi julz im going the exact same time and planning on going to the full moon party i land on the 21st april staying in koh samui for the week, have you booked everything or still deciding?

6. Posted by amby93 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 15 Mar '13 11:37

hey Im planning to be there around the end of April also, Bangkok to Koh Samui. Not been before either and travelling alone! Is anyone booking anything? I've heard it's best just to wait until you arrive to check into hostels etc.

7. Posted by katie_p8 (Budding Member, 64 posts) 15 Mar '13 13:08

I've booked my accommodation in koh samui on chewang beach but if you want to meet up we can im travelling alone too.

8. Posted by Nengster (Budding Member, 25 posts) 21 Mar '13 00:32

Quoting katie_p8

I've booked my accommodation in koh samui on chewang beach but if you want to meet up we can im travelling alone too.

Any good rate for room in koh samui. Im planing to koh tao in 23rd of march. May end up to koh samui if not too expensive ^^

9. Posted by PrernaK (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 21 Mar '13 04:23

Hi!!!! Visit Thailand in April. April month quite simply, blisteringly hot. Average temperatures can soar into the high 30s and the heat is just oppressive.