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Travelling round thailand in Jan 2012

Want to know about joining a group tour round thailand.
12 years ago, February 27th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #130027  
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Me and my friend are planning a trip in Jan 2012 and becoz its our first time backpacking and first time to thailand we want to join a group of other travellers..can anyone give us any info on how to do this..without it costing mega bucks?? :-) thankuuu Reply to this

12 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #130039  
Once you get to Bangkok you can sign up for a day tour of the city. You'll have your feet wet the first day and will find many things to do without any problems. It is very easy to get around in Thailand. Wait until you get there to make these kinds of plans.

How long will you be in Thailand?

I suggest taking the train to Kanchanaburi for a few days. It is a lovely little town with a great deal of history.
You will want to head north to Chiang Mai for a few days.

Prices in Thailand are very reasonable.

If you have time head to the beaches and the islands. Reply to this

12 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #130068  
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January is high season. Hotels are cheaper after March but the weather is better in January.

Once you have your hotels nailed down obtaining a group tour is very simple. In Thailand local travel agencies book the tours for you. This is the same way for Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Find a tour you have an interest in one day and leave the next day. Sometimes even find an evening tour or dinner cruise in the morning and leave that same night. These are usually group tours in 10 passenger vans. You will be traveling with other tourists.

For treks you can get them in Chiang Mai. There are mostly riding in van type treks and some that are more arduous with more walking. To get to Chiang Mai you can use the overnight sleeper train if you want. That is a popular way to get to Chiang Mai but a bus ride is faster and cheaper. If you stay in Bangkok for a few days you can get your transportation there for other cities.

From the Suvarnabhumi Airport if you arrive before midnight you have several choices for transportation. There are buses, trains and meter taxis. If you arrive after midnight a meter taxi is the best choice, no tourist bus or train that time. If you ask for a hotel recommendation also mention how much per night you want to spend on a room. If you are young perhaps choose a hotel in the Khao San Road area where other kids out of school often head for. If you are slightly more mature and want to make use of the city rail services (Skytrain, Subway and Rail Link) choose a hotel in the Siam or Sukhumvit Road area.

Wait until you get to Thailand to change any money over to Thai baht. If you change money in your own country you will get a lower rate and often a high commission. There are money changers (banks) available at the airport 24 hours a day.

If you haven't booked your flight yet stay at a minimum of 2 weeks to get your money's worth on your flight, especially if you are coming from a long distance. The passport you travel with determines if you need a visa or not.
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12 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #130083  
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Thanks so much both of u! really helped! I hope to meet other tourists otherwise wel feel bit too vulnerable! thanks Reply to this

12 years ago, February 28th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #130089  
You will meet many people and make friends. No worries. Reply to this

12 years ago, March 1st 2011 No: 6 Msg: #130151  
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:-) Cant wait Reply to this

12 years ago, March 6th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #130528  
Just be careful of scams in Bangkok and any other very touristed areas. The Thais have got it down to an art form so please JUST SAY NO if something seems too good to be true xx Reply to this

12 years ago, June 14th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #138302  
Really there is not reason to worry. Not sure where you are from but Thailand is very safe and most are very helpful. Really what is it you would like to do and see ? What is your budget ? Where or what kind of place do you wish to stay the night ? How long will you be here for? the more info we have the more we can help
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12 years ago, June 17th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #138611  
Hey, I am planning on going to Thailand in Jan 2012 on my own (scary!!!) and really want to meet other travellers as well. I'm 27, female from South Wales. If you reply maybe we could add each other on facebook to talk?


Rach : ) x Reply to this

12 years ago, June 17th 2011 No: 10 Msg: #138613  
Hey, I'm planning on travelling round Thailand in Jan 12 on my own (scary!!) and would really like to meet up with other travellers. I am 27, female from South Wales. If you reply, maybe we could add each other on facebook to talk?


Rach 😊 x Reply to this

12 years ago, June 18th 2011 No: 11 Msg: #138673  
hey rach ,
my name is joe , im going to be in thailand in jan but not sure exactly where yet . im from sydney im 31 and just booked my one wayer to phuket . my email is <snip> you can add me on FB if you want to chat , i could prob give you a few tips by the time you leave . i'm off in early november but plan to be island hopping till early february 😊)

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12 years ago, June 26th 2011 No: 12 Msg: #139262  
Hello Toni 😊

Travelling around Thailand is incredibly easy and very inexpensive. I dont think you need to join a group or tour.

There are so many travellers in Thailand all the time, that you will not fail to meet lots of people. As well as that there are adds in just about every guesthouse for tours, day trips, mini vans to get you to other towns... And, most of those who cater to foreigners speak at least some English.

I recommend, the Lonely Planet guide for Thailand. It has all the practical information an independent traveller could need.

As somebody mentioned above, scams and robberies are a problem in Thailand. Dont leave anything valuable in your guesthouse room, or in the luggage hold of busses, and if anything makes you feel wary, or seems too good to be true say no. Violent roberies are rare, so you will just about always be physically safe.

Mel Reply to this

12 years ago, July 13th 2011 No: 13 Msg: #140184  
If you are planning to visit Thailand don’t miss the elephants performing entertaining antics, playing football and tug of war games. Reply to this

12 years ago, October 17th 2011 No: 14 Msg: #145387  
Hi Rachel,

I'll be in Thailand from Dec 22nd through to Jan 31st. I've been there before so know the in and out of it. You're more than welcome to join up for a bit if you like. Although, you will meet a ton of people there and no doubt always be busy.

If you're interested, shoot me a message back and I'll give you my facebook. Reply to this

12 years ago, October 22nd 2011 No: 15 Msg: #145658  
Hi Toni. I recommend heading north to Chiang Mai, Chang Rai, and Pie, or south to the islands. These places are largely unaffected by the flooding. Ayutthiya and much of central Thailand will probably still be flooded, and no idea how long Bangkok will be flooded or the extent. I recommend avoiding Bangkok for the next two months at least. It would probably be best to fly between Chiang Mai and Phuket because several of the rail links and highways heading north from Bangkok have been damaged and won't be repaired until the water recedes, which may take a couple of months. Reply to this

11 years ago, June 25th 2012 No: 16 Msg: #158033  
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hey! When in jan are you thinking of going? Have you booked your flight? I am off to Thailand in January to see a pal to start off my travels. Are you just staying in Thailand? Reply to this

11 years ago, July 10th 2012 No: 17 Msg: #158636  
In Thailand January month is costly. After march Thailand is cheaper. If you want to cheap Thailand then you can go Thailand after March.
Once you have your resorts nailed down acquiring a team trip is very simple. In Thailand local travel organizations book the trips for you. Discover a trip you have an interest in one day and keep the next day. Sometimes even obtain a night hours trip or evening hours meal vacation in the day and keep that same night. Reply to this

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