Im a 30 year old woman, heading to Thailand for 2.5 / 3 weeks early March. If anyone else going please get in touch!! I am going to be doing it on a bit of a budget as im doing it on the way home from NZ where im situated now. I don't want to do the party scene, i more want to go up to Chang Mai / Chang Rai visit temples do some meditation, i haven't really got the funds to do alot but seen as im over this way i want to try make it work. i will have roughly 700 euro. Am i being realistic....???? Is this enough for 2.5 weeks...???? Any advice would be greatly appreciated on this.
As much as I'd love to head back to Thailand I cannot join you! However, I hope I can help with other aspects. Mainly the money. I'm not sure how much I spent during a month in Thailand exactly, but it was definitely less than 700 euro (if you exclude my PADI diving course). You can find cheap hostels, transport costs are reasonable and you can find cheap eats if you wander around. For hostels and booking activities I suggest not accepting the first price you find, look around a bit more to see if there is a cheaper deal (particularly true of travel agents). Thailand is beautiful and good on a budget (especially if coming from NZ). Just keep an eye on spending (but splurge a bit if you really want to see/do something). Not partying will save money too. Pretty jealous, you will have an amazing time! If you have any other specific questions feel free to ask
Use the Accommodation link at the top of the page. There are some real cheapies there if booked early (they fill up). Food is cheap too, especially if you eat what the locals eat. Travel will be one of your biggest costs so don't move around too much.
I just looked at AirAsia and they have flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai in early March for 23 euros each way but such seats do fill up so need to be booked fairly early (They are the Thai equivalent of Ryanair).
700 euros should be enough for some nights out too, but do be careful of pick pockets.
For your budget I think it will be fine to stay in Thailand for 3 weeks. Especially in Chiangmai and Chiangrai where you will mainly visit, the cost of living is cheaper than in Bangkok. You can find budget places to stay in Thailand. Things that I recommend you to keep an eye on is Transportation fees.
Be careful of pick pocket and over charged of taxi or any public transportation except from train.
Hope you enjoy meditation class! Chiangmai and Chiangrai are nice places to relax and have meditation.
Thanks guys. So far i THINK im set...??. Arrive BKK 6 march stay for 3 nights get overnight train up to Chang Mai... Should i book now or wait untill i get to BKK?? Arrive Chang Mai, Meditation Retreat for 5 days, stay in CM for 2 days after, possibly do a 1 day trek or go to Pai for a night or two. Should i book a trek with guest house or is there any known good ones i should pre book. Seen one called Pooh but looks a bit on the expensive side. I will have one week to do the south islands but im very unsure which side to go to.... Im not really into the party scene so wouldnt be interested in the full moon parties or over crowdness i know i will get both on either side. I have been told to give Phuket a miss that its extremely pricey and tacky, im really not sure. Also i was considering flying from CM to either Phuket or Koh Samui.......... Or is it more of an experience to get train bus ferry etc??
I'm sure you will enjoy your trip in Thailand because it really a nice country full of attractions.
Kerry even if you took the flight to Phuket, you can easily get a bus back over to Ao nang. (Or ferry) Phuket is only separated from the mainland by a small bridge,so not really a true island like Samui. Both the bus or ferry is easy to do.
Thailand is one of the Asian countries we want to visit this year too. I'm glad I found this thread. We sure will consider going to Chiangmai and Chiangrai too. I hope you'll have a great trip, Kerry!
Just seen your post I am in Thailand the same time as you I am there for a month, I arrive in BKK on the 7th March there for 3 nights then getting the night train to Chiang Mai on the 10th March where I will be for 5 days. I have booked a tour in chiang mai for 4 days which sees all of Northern Thailand which should be good. The website is -snip- that might help for CM. I haven't booked the night train yet either as I've been told to get the tickets when you get to BKK. Would be great to meet up with you and to see the sights in Bangkok. Would be great to hear back from you Kerri.
Thanks, Paul x
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