Originally i was only planning 14 days in Thailand, but after reading many threads about this, what sounds like a stunning place, i am considering staying longer.
How long do you recommend to spend in Thailand, taking into account that i want to get across to some of the islands in the gulf and i also need to end up in Singapore.
Also, any recommendations for hostels and guesthouses in the area?
Cheers in advance,
I just came back from Th - I went to Cha Am (200 km south of Bkk), a sleepy resort for locals, no farangs, no backpackers. Some 25 km before is the largest thai National Park - Kaeng Krachan NP - with a mountain ridge, huge artificial mountain lake with tens of islands. Some 50km inside the park is a waterfall. Unforgetable experience.
I went to Thailand and visit many places. I think 2 weeks is not too bad but if you can spend another week here it would be great. I spend a week on Koh Mook,Trang province in southern Thailand. Cheap bungalow near the beach. Lots of activities,but not touristic, kayaking,sunbathing,fishing,snorkelling,camping on nearby islands,Koh Rok,the national Park,visit the emerald cave(a small cave with a small sandy beach inside and a small opening). All of this will be done when you stay at Rubber Tree Bungalow. I stayed there and the food was great. i went camping on Koh Rok and all the food was provided by the bungalow. It's just a wonderful place to go.
You can contact the travel agent called Sea Breeze next to Train station in trang ,they are very helpful.
hope you have a good holiday.
Fourteen days in Thailand will limit you to probably Bangkok and by the sounds of it the south. I spent 30 days in Thailand in 2001 and that was not enough time to see everything. Ko Tao is a great small island in the Gulf especially if you like diving. I ended up there for 10 days diving. If its a lot of social activity you want then ko Samui or Ko Phanagn (that's so spelt wrong) with its full moon parties are the islands to go to. It is very easy to get from Thailand to Singapore, a train from Bangkok will do the journey.
I've been to Thailand about ten times, I think. It's easy to beach out for a week or two, and not want to go anywhere else. I'd suggest at least 3 -4 weeks if you have that much time
or just come back year after year - worth