Looking for a last minute cheap hostel for the nights up to and after new years eve. Also looking for any ideas on where to go what to do and what to see- day/night
I think any guest house or hostel on the Khao San Road would be a good place to stay for NYE. There will probably be lots going on, on the whole street for that night.
thanks Mel !! Single female traveler- any other ideas on what to do? open for anything
thanks for the lead..
In response to the private message I received, yes I think the jungle hut I stayed in would still be there. But, that is in Khao Sok, rather than on the Khao San Road. You can get to Khao Sok on the night bus, and then another bus for a few hours. Take a night Bus from the Southern Bus Station in Bangkok, to Surat Thani or Phuket, and then take a bus from either of these to Khao Sok. The place with the jungle huts in Khao Sok is called Garden Huts.
Single female traveler- any other ideas on what to do?
Thailand is a good choice for you, because it is a peaceful place for women to travel. It is the only country I have been to, where I experienced no sexual harassment from the locals.
You could also consider going to Koh Pha Ngan, for New Years Eve. There will surely be lots of celebrations going on there too. But, as a lone traveller, you will meet lots of people both on the Khao San Road or on Khao Pha Ngan. Both always have lots of backpackers on them.
Hey megan, were going to be on khaosan for new year aswel
have pre booked accom but no plans so far just going to go into the road it should be eventful there- have a look on youtube at previous new year parties there they look really good!
Also we stayed in the jungle huts in khao sok last year and it was amazing there! Youll lovce both
The hostel I got is about a five minute walk from Khao San (on Mel's reccomendation)..... I think Ill be heading down to Khao Sok for a few days after that to hang at the national park, then to Koh phanghan for the half moon party on the 7-8-9th ish. Then I still have two weeks left- any other ideas on not-touristy but cool-rustic thigs to do??
thanks for the leads!
Going to Phuket is very convenient from Koh Pha Ngan or Khao Sok. And I didnt find it to be the tourist hell I was expecting. I stayed in Phuket town, and took busses from the day market to the various beaches everyday. The day market is also a great place to roam around. Also, Phukett is touristy enough to have great restaurants. There was an Indian one I loved in Phukett town. I think it was called Kama Sutra. Weird name for a restaruant, but great food, cooked freshly on request by the women who run it. I can look up the exact name and address of it, if you need it.
Or else, you could head down to Malaysia. Crossing borders and seeing what is on the other side is always interesting. And, you probably can get a free visa on arrival in Malaysia. Citizens of many countries can.
I agree with Mel
Phuket is really easy to get to from khao sok i did it the other way around- phuket- khao sok- then koh phangan for the xmas and new year full moon parties. havnt been over any borders yet but after new year were heading tto cambodia, vietnam and laos.
If you dont have much time down south id go to kanchanaburi when youre up bangkok's way, it is slightly touristy because of the history of the bridge over the river kwai and the graveyard but its a really quaint little place id definately go there again
i am traveling alone and arrive in bangkok a few hours before the new year and i want to celebrate some where any recommedations i am staying off koh san road, is it any good around there, do i need to book a venue for new years eve celebrations????
The Khao San Road is likely the best place to be on New Years Eve, if you are in Bangkok. I dont think you will have any trouble at all finding a party. In fact, the whole street will likely turn into one.
Mell, Dips and Cara, I found a hostel right around the corner from Khao san and it seems wonderful. Im happy to be close to the party, but not on top of it. seems like a pretty safe place, too. Thanks for all the info guys!
It is certainly quieter and more peaceful to stay near, rather than on the Khao San Road at any time of the year. It is very noisy and crowded there all the time. It will probably be absolute bedlam on new years eve.
In response to a private message I got about how to get from Surat Thani airport to Khao Sok.
There is a bus that goes from Surat Thani to Phuket. Khao Sok is about half way between Surat Thani and Phuket. So, take that bus and ask them to let you out at Khao Sok. Make sure you let them know where you want to get out, rather than ringing the bell to get out when you get to Khao Sok. The sign at the turn off to Khao Sok is not big so you might miss it if you are watching out. The bus goes from Surat Thani train station and Surat Thani bus station. You would need to get transport from the airport to one of these. If there is no public transport, be sure to ask the taxi driver to turn on the meter. Otherwise he will charge you a fixed rate, which is always more than the meter rate.
Garden Huts is outside the park. It is around a 10 minute walk from where the bus will let you out. Look for the sign for it on the right of the road.
Yeah, I think you can just get to the guesthouse and then walk the 10 mins to the park and get a map going in and explore it yourself. There is fee to get though. Probably around 600 to 700 bahts.