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1. Posted by zz123 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi
I'm looking for some advice or any good advice or must see places for food site seeing and things to do around Thailand.
I'm 32 m my mate is 30 m, we are heading to Phuket on the 19th of April and flying back from Bangkok
The planned route is Phucket , phi phi islands , Ko Toa and Koa Samui and onto Bangkok for a night or 2 at the end of our trip.
Im interested in any advice or places to go along this tour, any advice or ideas welcome.
Cheers
Carl

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Firstly see this ; https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Thailand/

For most things Phuket is the generally the most expensive place in Thailand (although Bangkok does have a few things more expensive). The Taxis are a Phuket mafia thing, so this is a wise idea ; https://phuketsmartbus.com/

Thailand is all about food.
There's great food pretty much everywhere.
There's a food market in the guide, and there are usually food areas at every market and they're generally very good.
There are some very good foodie youtubers that have done a lot of stuff in Thailand, Like Mark Wiens.
When you watch one of his vlogs then YT usually suggests others doing similar stuff.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2215 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Lots of packing and unpacking every few days. By the time you figure out what to do you will be moving on again.

For the beach locations - if you intend to rent a motor scooter read the link below. Quite a few tourists have accidents and even die in Thailand in vehicle accidents. Some of the accident victims are begging for money on the internet. Your travel insurance may not pay for medical care if in an accident on a bike.
https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/southeast-asia/thailand/riding-motorbikes-in-thailand-what-are-the-rules

Google up scams to avoid. Some involve paying high prices for damage to watercraft and motor vehicles. Some people photograph vehicle they rent so you don't pay for someone else's damage. Some rental places ask to hold your passport, if you do you might not get it back until "alleged" damages are paid for.

If you are smokers there are some restrictions you should be aware of.
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/oct/11/thailand-bans-smoking-on-20-popular-tourist-beaches

There are restrictions on E-cigarettes. If you use this stuff read the rules first! (Also hope they do not set your front pants pocket on fire if they explode or explode on an airplane.)

Do some research for how best to handle your money. Recent post below is for " Round the World" travel where some things will apply for Thailand too.
https://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=114880

When out and about have some sun screen with you. Also some toilet paper and wet-wipes. Not all toilets have paper. To help prevent food borne stomach problems wipe your hands off before touching food you stuff in your mouth. Your hands pick up lots of nasty contamination from things you touch but never think too much about it. (Door knobs and levers, hand rails, etc.)

Don't overdo drinking alcohol. The police won't put up with too much "mouth" from drunks. The jails are really not very nice to to be stuck in.

On buses, vans, planes and trains keep your passport, money, expensive electronics with you and not in a bag stored out of sight. Some scams in Thailand involve theft on long distance buses.

You can't do too much research is my feeling. Even using your laptop for simple Google searches can be helpful. Pull up a map of Thailand and see how big the country is. Know how far you have to travel to reach the cities you plan on visiting. Even an old fashioned printed travel guide can be helpful.

Good luck.

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Lots of packing and unpacking every few days. By the time you figure out what to do you will be moving on again.
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Don't overdo drinking alcohol. The police won't put up with too much "mouth" from drunks. The jails are really not very nice to to be stuck in.
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You can't do too much research is my feeling.

Good points,
zz123, assuming you're there for R&R you do seem to have quite a few places on your list.

On top of the possibility of jail, don't get into arguments with others full stop.
I'm sure you're both calm guys that won't get bladdered and aggressive, but if you hang around bar areas for long then you will see a foreigner (probably drunk) that gets physical with a Thai guy, swiftly followed by 10 other Thai guys appearing with sticks+ and beating seven shades out of the foreigner.
Also there are plenty of foreign guys (and a few girls) training at the MMA or Muay Thai schools in Thailand, and they are definately not people you should get physical with whether they're drunk or not...

Research (as opposed to planning too much) is a really wise idea.
Blogs, YouTube Vlogs, even consider buying a backpackers guide book (like Lonely Planet or Rough Guide) which has lots of useful info, although they do get 'out of date' quickly so only use them as a guide rather than taking them as gospel.

April will be very hot.
It's usually the hottest before the wet season comes, although it can have tropical rain but that's usually 30 mins-1 hour and then stops and gets real hot again (so much that an hour later you would never have guessed it had rained at all).

There are quite a few threads on here about Thailand with a lot more info if you want to search for them.

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 468 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Thai food in tourist areas is usually a terrible compromise - it's dumbed down diluted and disappointing.
However even in these areas there are Thai people who need to eat........ avoid air-con and sitting on the beach etc etc look for stainless steel tables and plastic chairs in an open fronted building......... then just look at what the others are eating, point at it and hope you get the same.

Thai cooks nearly always take the chillis out when cooking for foreigners, which is a great pity as they are an integral part of the flavor.
"phet" means Hot as in spicy and "prik" means chill - work from there

6. Posted by zz123 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone for the warnings and advice, its sounds like common sense.
We are looking for a chilled holiday, we want to be doing the usual tourist trips not too much drink,
I was interested in anyone had a must go to or must see place or places on our tour.
thanks for the replies
Carl

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2215 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

"...anyone had a must go to or must see place or places on our tour.."

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Where you go and what you do is really up to you! Some tourists are content to sit in a beach chair watching the water all day long! Then there are tourists who mostly seek out nightlife to get wasted or find a rent-a-date. Other tourists might want to dive, some may want to shop all day long and others search out foods to eat. Some people can't see enough temples and mostly only temples!

It's not rocket science - want a quick answer do a Google search for each location!

Sample search:
https://www.adventureinyou.com/thailand/things-to-do-in-phuket/

In many of the cities that tourists visit you can sign up for a shared tour in person. Usually you decide what you want to do and sign on. Following morning a tour company will pick you up from where you are staying. The place you stay at may have a tour desk. If not ask for nearest travel agency.

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 7w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting zz123

I was interested in anyone had a must go to or must see place or places on our tour.

The Grand Palace in BKK really is one of the wonders of the world and has an interesting history, so well worth getting an official guide inside the entrance.
Ignore the scammers telling you the Palace is closed (for whatever reason) and they'll take you to another place instead via a gemstone shop, craft shop, and tailors (where they get a commission on anything you buy).

In every city in TH there are spectacular temples.
Beautiful and peaceful places and always worth a look, but you can get 'Templed Out' because there are so many of them.

As single guys (assuming you're open minded) you really should have a walk around Bangla Road in PKT or Soi Cowboy/Nana Plaza in BKK.
It's an interesting place to people watch.

Beyond that, it's all about your own preferences.
As Karazyal says, do a quick google and lots of options come up.
I don't see the point of water parks when you're so near some great beaches (and I'm not really into laying on the beach either) but they get plenty of visitors... all personal choice.

You're visiting just after Songkran (thai new year) which is a shame as it's a real fun celebration everywhere...

wildfk is right about food in the main tourist areas often being pale imitations of the food elsewhere, but even that's rarely bad...
If lots of Thais are eating somewhere either the food is good or they have a big family.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Feb-2019, at 04:17 by Andrew Mack ]

9. Posted by flyingchiwis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w 1 Star this if you like it!

We did two weeks in Thailand and Vietnam last April - we tried to fit way too much in! But limited time and wanting to see lots of things made it that way - wouldn't do it again that quickly!.
For what you're asking -
We did Bangkok to Chumphon (fly with Nok Air) - Boat to Ko Tao - 5 days there - rented a scooter (higher power for two of us, begrudgingly left passport with them - the shop was recommended by our dive school - RPM was the shop) we explored the island on that, also did dive courses - Ko Tao is amazing for scuba diving. I have dived there with DPM and Impian Divers also.
Bangkok again after Ko Tao - Reclining Buddha is impressive, emerald buddha is pretty cool but smaller than I expected.
We wandered round the temple by the river at night and the monks were there and happy for us to wander through - early evening, lit up very nicely!
On another trip to Thailand I also did 3 day tour (im not usually a tour person!!) to floating market, slept on the river in a boat house etc.
Ko Tao is my fav and I will go back there for relaxing and diving - we drank copious amounts of watermelon juice, the beer was fairly watery!!

10. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 774 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I forgot to mention that if you intend to hire a scooter, check your travel insurance covers you for it.
MOST TRAVEL INSURANCE DOES NOT COVER YOU IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE CORRECT LICENCE.
This does cause problems because foreigners from nanny state nations believe the hire company should not be allowed to hire scooters to people without the correct licence, however places like Thailand believe that as you're an adult it's up to you to know if you're legal or not.
Someone just had a life changing accident on a scooter and doesn't have insurance, see from about 45 seconds in ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn4C5hqFlKI
Also there are quite a few 'gofundme' pages for desperate people that didn't have either any cover or the correct cover.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Mar-2019, at 11:09 by Andrew Mack ]