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New Travellers, Where to go in Thailand :)

inspiration needed for noobie travellers
10 years ago, July 19th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #80139  
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hi there, finding the site very helpful and informative.

me and my girfriend (24 + 22yo) are travelling to thailand mid jan' 2010. completly new to travelling (and booked a round the world ticket :D ). will be staying in thailand/malaysia for approx 6weeks. we will be on a budget of around 1000baht a day each.
we would like to see a range of attrations eg. tourist hot spots, travellers favourites, deserted beaches, thailand culture ...

im finding when starting to plan there is just so much to take in, so trying to find a reasonable number of places/islands to visit and roughly work round them ... obv' can add more when out there is we feel :D

im just looking some pointers for locations to visit, so far we fly into bangkok 17th jan, stay day or two then catch the night train to chang mai.

from there we need some inspiration really ....

koh pahngan for the full moon party will have to be ... Saturday 30 January or Monday 01 March

and flying out of singapore Saturday 20th march ...

in between ko phi phi ? phuket ? anything that will fit nicely between chang mai to koh pahngan to relax/break up the travelling/see the sights etc.

so anyone got any help/advice or tips for us 2 noobie travellers ??

thanks in advance

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10 years ago, July 20th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #80168  
Hi Lee

Sounds like a good trip.

There are so many great places to visit in Thailand, it's hard to pick out a few. Have a look at the other travel blogs for Thailand - they give you good ideas of what looks great to do.

I would suggest more than 2 nights in Bangkok - you need to acclimatise to SE Asia, get over culture shock, soak up the atmosphere in Khao San Road and see the temples and palaces, take a long tail boat through the klongs (canals), floating market trip....

Some ideas:
Between Chiang Mai and Bangkok-

historic capitals like Ayuttaya and/or Sukhathai
jungle trekking in Ko Yai national park

Between Bangkok and Ko Phan ngan-
jungle trekking in Ko Sok national park
Deserted beaches on one of the smaller, less touristy islands like Ko Jum, Ko Mak or Ko Phayam.

Travelblog is an excellent place for inspiration - just browse away!

Hope this helps!


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10 years ago, July 20th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #80187  
Hello Lee 😊

in between ko phi phi ? phuket ? anything that will fit nicely between chang mai to koh pahngan to relax/break up the travelling/see the sights etc.

Around half way between Koh PhaNgan and Phukett is Khao Sok National park. You could stay there in the jungle for a few nights.

Pai is a bus ride from Chang Mai. That might be worth a few nights. It used to be a hippy haunt, but is changing a lot these days. Hopefully it wont be turned into a tourist trap.

Just a few hours bus ride from Bangkok is Kanchanaburi. If you are interested in WW2 history, you will find this place particularly interesting.

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10 years ago, July 20th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #80216  
Ditto to Mel's suggestions of Kanchanaburi and Pai. Two of our favourite places in Thailand. Reply to this

10 years ago, July 20th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #80218  
So Pai is still nice then, despite all the developments. Glad to hear it. I havent actually been that far norh yet, but Pai is on my list of places to go. Hope it stays nice until I can make it to there.

Apparently, you can sleep in a tree house in Pai.
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10 years ago, July 20th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #80269  

Favotite place in south Thailand
- Phuket Koh Phiphi, Samui , PhangNga

Favotite place in Central Thailand
- Bangkok , Kanchanaburi

Favotite place in East Thailand
- Koh Chang , Koh Samad , Pattaya

Favotite place in North Thailand
- ChiangMai and Pai

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10 years ago, July 21st 2009 No: 7 Msg: #80382  
hey guys,
u shud try to spend at least 3-4 days in bkk...else u miss way too much... the temples and the sight seeing...the koh san road ....
u cud try booking evrything when u reach there....rather than book online...way to expensive....cud give u an agent name ...they did everything for my trip to thailand-cambodia and it was much cheaper than others and service was good too...
u shud def not miss kanchanaburi and the tiger temple..its amazing...
have fun
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10 years ago, July 21st 2009 No: 8 Msg: #80454  
hi guys and ladys
what is cambodia like then is it easy to get to there from thailand am going on my own see and not sure where am going to go over there yet and am going in 6 weeks any tips Reply to this

10 years ago, July 22nd 2009 No: 9 Msg: #80477  
Yes, it's very easy to get to Cambodia from Thailand. You can either arrange a tour bus from Bangkok - but read up on the 'scam bus' first. Or you can do it indepently. To get to Siem Reap you take a bus to the border at Aranapathet and then get a bus or a share taxi at the other side. To get to Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh you can cross the border at Hat Lek. Take a bus to Trat from Bangkok and then a minibus to the border and cross to Ko Kong. Then either arrange transport to whatever city you want to visit from Ko Kong.

It's very easy. Reply to this

10 years ago, July 22nd 2009 No: 10 Msg: #80491  
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I'm new member and can help ypu to plan visit chiangmai . 9 days or 10 days from chiangmai .
1 day : welcome and to see city tour
2 day : go to doi suthep and doi pui to see hill tribe and chiangmai Zoo
3 day : go to see Mearim
4 day : go to Intanon
5 - 6 day : go to chiangdao and fang
7 day : go to sankampang hotspring
8-9 day : go to sat or sunday market
If you need plan to chiangmai Chiangrai can aks me again
I'm chiangmai people .
nice to meet you later
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10 years ago, July 22nd 2009 No: 11 Msg: #80493  
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from chiangmai you can fly to phiphi or phuket and go to malaysai easy and shipper Reply to this

10 years ago, July 22nd 2009 No: 12 Msg: #80537  
2 posts moved to this new topic: Money in Thailand. Reply to this

10 years ago, July 26th 2009 No: 13 Msg: #81002  
North I recommend go in Winter. Especsially PAI


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10 years ago, August 15th 2009 No: 14 Msg: #83201  
Hello! My boyfriend and I just got back from Thailand two days ago. We are 23/24. Because of work and minus travel time we only had about 4 days to explore Thailand (not nearly enough!) but here are my suggestions based on that. If you stay in Bangkok for a few days and want to go in the temples I would suggest packing a pair of pants/long skirt. Some of the places don't want you to go in if you are wearing shorts or a short skirt. Depending on how confident you are with haggling with taxi drivers who refuse to turn on the meter or based on how stern you can be about them turning on the meter, I would recommend using the skytrain for transportation. It is fast, easy and cheap to use (although it unfortunately it doesn't cover the area near Khao San Road). We spent a night on Khao San Road. If you like to stay up late and are looking for a more party atmosphere I would say Khao San Road is a good place. However, if you are not so much into that, it might not be the best place to spend the night. Also beware of tuk-tuk drivers (the guys who drive around the little carts) they will drive you to sites for cheap but they will also drop you off at travel agents, jewelry shops, and suit shops (if you buy something from them they will give a gas card to the driver).

After Bangkok we went to Koh Samet and really enjoyed it. It's a nice little island and it's only 4 hours southeast of Bangkok by bus. We stuck to the North end of the island but I have no reason to believe that the rest of it isn't nice as well. If mosquitoes tend to like you, you're definitely going to want to buy some bug spray before heading out into the sand. Also, if you happen to be snowy white or haven't seen the sun in the while make sure that you have a really good water resistant sunscreen. Unless you have tried it before and like it, I recommend staying away from Nivea. Its not so good at the water resistant thing. We were fried after a half a day on the beach.

If you have any other questions that I might be able to help you with please feel free to send me a message. 😊 Reply to this

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