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WHERE TO TRAVEL IN THAILAND?

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Where in Thailand should we travel, and which neighbouring areas?
10 years ago, January 13th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #60089  
Myself and my partner are going travelling next year, one of the places we want to go is Thailand but we dont really know where to go.

So far i thought obviously fly to Bangkok so stay there for a bit, then maybe Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket.
Can anybody suggest anywhere and what to see?

We are a bit clueless and just starting to look into it (forward planning!!).

Any suggestions at all would be fab. Also if anybody can suggest anywhere outside of Thailand that is cheap and simple to get to that would be great. Is Malaysia easy to get to from Thailand? Or even Sinngapore?
We are going on a budget, i take it accom n thing are cheap there, but how much should we budget for in Thailand?

Also exactly how easy is t to find accom when you get there?
Is it best to head for a certain area and then just ask places if they\\\'re available?

Any info/advice/suggestions would be great!!
Thanks,
Shelley Reply to this

10 years ago, January 15th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #60289  
Hello Shelley 😊

I think you might find a copy of the Lonely Planet guide for Thailand useful. It has information about what to see, accomodation, safety, transport, money..... It costs around 35 Euros and is available in most bookshops around the world and on the internet.

Also if anybody can suggest anywhere outside of Thailand that is cheap and simple to get to that would be great. Is Malaysia easy to get to from Thailand? Or even Sinngapore?


Most of the SE Asian countries are easy to get to from Thailand. Maybe a copy of SE Asia on a Shoestring by Lonely Planet would be the best information source for you, if you are planning to visit more than Thailand in SE Asia.

Also exactly how easy is t to find accom when you get there?


Very easy. I have never prebooded accomodation in Thailand and have always been able to get rooms for the price I wanted on arrival. In Bangkok, you might want to head to the Khao San Road. It is a major backpackers hangout with lots of guesthouses and cafes all catering for the backpackers needs. Also, you will meet lots of people there to speak English with and get advice and information from.

Mel
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10 years ago, January 21st 2009 No: 3 Msg: #60812  
Hey Shelley,
In what months are you looking to visit Thailand?
What amount of time are you planning on spending in S.E.A.?
What type of trip are you planning (budget, flashpacker , lavish)????
Are you adventurous or like to lie back and watch life pass by? Reply to this

10 years ago, January 21st 2009 No: 4 Msg: #60858  
if yr not a a couple of week kinda holiday dude id not bother with thailand at all.iv been coming for 10 yrs and its decline is ever present.to many suit case holiday makers paying silly money for stuff that shld be 75% less that peep are paying.im here now and im not impressed.maybe you may find it diff Reply to this

10 years ago, January 21st 2009 No: 5 Msg: #60860  
even koh chang has gone to pot so i guess theres no stopping the decline....... Reply to this

10 years ago, January 23rd 2009 No: 6 Msg: #61063  
B Posts: 364
Yeah, heaven forbid that some of these unspoiled areas get sanitation, nice roads, running water, electricity, decent stores, new modern schools and perhaps workers with an income that is slightly more than what their mothers and fathers made!

Progress eventually reaches everywhere - eventually!

Thailand will still be a good value and have enough exotic beauty and "almost" unspoiled areas to make most tourists happy for a few more years!

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Shell 1811

The time of year you travel to this part of Asia will have a bearing on how much you pay for your accommodation and how crowded it will be. To answer your question about getting to Singapore and Malaysia from Thailand - yes it is easy. You can fly, take a bus or take a train. Just two and a half months ago when the Suvarnabhumi Airport was closed I took a train to Malaysia and from Butterworth/Penang another train through Kalua Lumpur to Singapore. Flying is much faster of course. Flights purchased from local Thai travel agencies are reasonably priced. Often you can get a flight in a couple days notice.

Read up on Thailand before you leave home. You can go to your local library and check out some travel guides, the Lonely Planet travel guide often has some good choices for hotels in all price ranges. When you are ready to ask for hotel recommendations make sure you mention how much you want to spend per night, use a baht figure not "budget" or "economy" price because these descriptions mean different things to different people.

For Thailand start your holiday in Bangkok for a few days, for tours you can get them through local travel agencies in Thailand. You can take a train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai if you want, leave on the overnight sleeper and arrive in Chiang Mai in the morning.

When you price your plane tickets check the prices for a round trip price vs a one way trip if you intend to arrive in Thailand and fly home from elsewhere. In some cases one way flights are almost as expensive as a round trip. This might mean that it might be cheaper for you to fly to Malaysia and Singapore and then return to Bangkok before you fly home cheaper than one way flights to and from your country.

Using Google will give you lots of info on the three countries you want to see and the cities in those countries that interest you. You can Google up "how to get to Malaysia or Singapore from Thailand" and lots of hits will come back. Don't change any money over in your country, wait until you get to Thailand for a better rate.

Good luck. Reply to this

10 years ago, January 23rd 2009 No: 7 Msg: #61065  
B Posts: 364
Forgot to add this info. You can also visit Laos and Cambodia from Thailand if you want. You can fly or go overland - your choice. Some places in Laos can be cheaper than Thailand.

Also, Singapore will be much more expensive than many places in Thailand, Kalua Lumpur will a little more expensive than many places in Thailand. My opinion is that KL is a little cheaper than Singapore though.

How many places you visit depends on how long your trip will be. You don't want to end up being in airports or train stations for half of your holiday if you have a short trip.

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10 years ago, January 25th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #61261  

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