I am heading to SE Asia mid April, I figure 4 months would be enough time and will do some ESLA work along the way. I hadn't thought about the money issue, I just imagined I could use my visa debit card to withdraw cash wherever I need it? Am I missing something? My strategy is to book ahead accomadation for arrival and then play it by ear after that.
Don't worry most places accept visa debit. I'd just make sure your bank knows your going so you don't encounter any problems.just be aware your bank will charge you for withdrawl as will the thai bank but it isn't a lot. I would also be inclined to carry a bit of cash a small amount and if you have time I'd get another account and set up internet banking. More security. But you should be fine. Hope that helps. I've booked ahead initially. Agoda is very good and cheap with lots of reviews.
Elephant stay what are you working as ? I may take a long not sure how much time I'm gonna spend around Bangkok
Have you got your accommodation sorted for the full moon party? That is the one thing you want to try get booked before you arrive, every hotel/hostel will be booked up if you just turn up on the island and expect to get something the day before the full moon! I can recommend the sea garden resort! So close to the beach and the owners were SO nice!! Really great, and considering it's very close to the beach and all the restaurants the accommodation is still quiet!
No havent booked any for the full moon yet .
I will make sure I book some accomodation for that .
Would you suggest booking it in the uk before or a when i arrive in thailand ?
There were a few cases of looting in buses so it is recommended to use other modes of transport. Some thefts have occurred while tourists were asleep and not watching your luggage, and some in the lower compartment where the bus leaves baggage - namely, mali thieves to drawn into the bags and take what they like.
Travel by train in Thailand is much more comfortable, and prices second class sleeping cabins with fans is cheaper than bus. Train is an extremely popular means of transportation in Thailand and weekends ga need to book a few days earlier. For example a bus from Bangkok to Koh Samui stand up to 1,000 B, and train second Sleeping cabin class B to 850 with air conditioning. Timetable of trains in Thailand you can see here. Buy a train ticket at the railway station in the center of Bangkok, and not from a dealer or taxista.
Train rides for Samui to Surat Thani, then you need to buy a bus ticket to Don Sak port and ferry or Seatrain Raja Ferry Ferry to Koh Samui. Connected to the port map Don Saka + ferry to Koh Samui is about 350 B. Upon arrival to the island, you can take public transportation, so. songtow (red bus) which goes to Bo Phut, Chaweng or other place for the price of 60 B.
Thank you I will bear that all in mind