i feel like a little kid when i think its only 146 days until i go off to Thailand for 7 months haha can not wait :D.
i want to pick your guys brains about my route im taking, i may possible change it if meet people there but ive got it for a rough guide.
my question is are there hidden gems that im missing off my route or maybe even places to avoid ?
1 : Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
2 : Bangkok, Thailand
3 : Samut Songkhram, Thailand
4 : Chumphon, Thailand
5 : Ko Tao, Thailand
6 : Ko Pha-ngan, Thailand
7 : Ko Samui, Thailand
8 : Surat Thani, Thailand
9 : Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani, Thailand
10 : Kao Ping Kan Island, Thailand
11 : Phuket, Thailand
12 : Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
13 : Ko Phi Phi Le, Thailand
any advise would be smashing :D
ps not really one for the parties more of a beach hammock sort of guy
My advice would be to reconsider spending the entire 7 months in Thailand. Why would you travel that distance for that amount of time and not visit any of the neighbouring countries? Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar offer fabulous options.
Secondly, how are you going to handle your Thai Visa?
I agree with Cheers, you would be silly to go all that way and miss out on Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Hoi An , Hue in Vietnam and so many more places. Its cheap and easy to get around lots of low cost flights and buses .hop on line and do some Google searches for visas etc you have 146 days to realy get a great trip together.
I agree with the above comments - the whole of the surrounding region has so much to offer and 7 months would give you enough time to see it pretty thoroughly. Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are all amazing places and not to be missed while you're in that region.
As lezleigh says, it's really cheap and easy to get around and you'll meet loads of other backpackers as it's a well - trodden route.
146 days for travel? only in Thailand? I suppose you should go the other countries around Thailand,
these countries also have great spot and cultures if you dont have any problems with visa permit.
Great itinerary ! But I am wondering, if you have 7 months , then do explore other destinations other than Thailand.
sorry guys i totally forgot my boarder runs, i copied and pasted the wrong itinerary woops.
im planning on going for triple entry visa with 3 visa extensions but if i plan well ill be able to have 270 days. i know i said 7 months but give or take who knows i might get bord but im sure i wont haha
so yeh with the right itinerary..........
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Cambodia, thailand (leave for visa) (Angkor Wat)
Kao Tao, Thailand
Ko Pha-ngan, Thailand
Ko Samui, Thailand
Surat Thani, Thailand
malasia (leave for visa) (Petronas Twin Towers)
Surat Thani, Thailand
Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani, Thailand
Kao Ping Kan Island, Thailand
Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
Ko Phi Phi Le, Thailand
so yeah back to my main question ? any hidden gems you guys recommend ?
I'd definitely go to Laos and Vietnam.
The main thing you are missing on your Thailand itinerary is the North, which is far more interesting than the beaches of the South. Chaing Mai and the surrounding area has sooo much to see. You can do some hiking, enjoy cultural/historical delights of the city, shop like crazy, and head up to Pai for some chill time. There are also other major historical areas North of Bangkok, like Ayathaya and Soukathai. And don't forget Kanchanaburi. With so much time on your hands, you could also check out the much less traveled North East area.
But, I do agree with the others - there is no reason just to stick with Thailand for that long of a trip. Generally speaking, those who head to the region with more than a month will check out some of the surrounding countries. Those with 2 or 3 will spend about a month in Thailand, and a couple months in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Those with more will head down to Malaysia and Indonesia. You have time to see a lot, and you really should add a few more countries to your list.
If you want to spend a lot of time in Thailand, I would say 2 months is plenty.
Give yourself a month in the South on your way to Malaysia. Pick 3-4 islands that you want to check out - I would recommend Lanta and Tao, as well as the quieter areas of Phagnan. Phuket is worth a miss, and Phi Phi is only good for a day or two to check out the scenery. Make some time to also visit the national parks.
Once you get to Malaysia, there is waaaayyyy more than just the KL and the Petronas Tower. Visit Penang, Malaka, the Cameron Highlands, national parks, and some Islands that are just as good as Thailand. From Malaysia, head into Singapore for a couple days, and then keep going to Indonesia. There is enough between Sumatra and Bali to keep you going for a month or two.
Then you could fly back to Bangkok (cheaper than going overland) and have another month in the North. From Chiang Mai head into Laos for a couple weeks. From there head to Hanoi and spend a full month slowly heading down the country to HCMC. Then, go through Cambodia for a couple weeks and back to Bangkok.
By this time you will probably still have a month or two left on your trip and you can head to the North East of Thailand, into Myanmar, or take a quick flight over to the Philippines.
Of course all of this could be done in a different order, and getting your Thai visas might be the biggest factor. I don't know the exact rules these days (it used to be so easy), but I think it depends on if you are flying or going overland, and only so many are issued in a certain time frame. Do some research on the exact rules, so that you can plan your itinerary accordingly.
But other than your visa considerations, with so much time, it's really not necessary to plan much of anything. Have an idea of what region you'd like to be in at any given month of your trip, but the day-to-day details can be worked out as you go.
You have many beach areas. But like the previous post mentions - no Chiang Mai/Northern Thailand areas. Even in Chiang Mai you have summer type weather so you do not always have to be at a beach to get a little tan.
Besides the cost of round trip plane tickets to Bangkok you need enough money to see you through your time in this part of the world. You can not work in Thailand legally without a work permit. This means what you have at the beginning of your trip has to keep you in food and hotel for the entire time you are overseas. If your money is short because you had planned on working to augment your funds consider staying for a shorter amount of time.
Traveling with a large amount of currency can be a little risky if you intend to stay in cheap places all the time or invite random strangers into your rooms. For Thailand travelers checks and debit cards do work out pretty good. But there are fees when you use ATM's plus your hometown bank will also add charges. Each country has their own particular currency nuances so read up on what works best for you.
If your budget is tight Bangkok is cheaper than some of your beach areas. (Efficient and cheap city transportation, cheap hostels.) Know how much you can afford for your daily living expenses. There are hostels in Bangkok but after Bangkok you more often have hotels and guest houses. (You can't sleep on a beach like a tramp either.)