South East Asia
2012 / 2013
Thailand is a country within SE Asia and the gateway to most travellers into the region. Its in the top 20 of most populous countries in the world and one of its leading sectors is infact tourism! Thailand is majority wise a Buddhist country. Popular for travellers her are temple visiting, the thai islands, scuba diving, hiking in the north.
Places Visited (12)
Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Koh Samet, Phuket, Chaing Mai, Pai
Bangkok my first stop on my travels, blew me away. The buddhist culture, tuk-tuks, the local foods, the humidity, the influx of other travellers all in one place – it felt that I was in the right place. It was the perfect opener for a first time traveller, the shock is instant but is kind to the system. The people are cool and everyone is happy and anything goes in Bangkok! I partied down Khao San Road for a week, met some amazing people including a group of people which we called ourselves The Wolfpack. A great way to start the travels.
Hitting the Thai islands were highlights. After watching the movie The Beach like most do when heading to SE Asia, I wanted to seek something different and a little bit more dangerous. The latter really didnt happen but beaches, ocean and hot weather were all I could ask for at the time.
Heading to the North of Thailand or where people say is ‘proper’ Thailand. A place called Pai is what gave me some great moments. I hadn’t heard of it prior to getting to Chiang Mai which is more well known and an actual City. Where as Pai, a small village and three hours away from Chiang Mai, was kind of newly discovered. Back in 2012, people were just realising about Pai and it created almost a secret bunch of backpackers embracing the place. There were a bunch of us staying in Spicy Pai and we created a great bond. I felt like we were away from any other traveller in Thailand completely. Rice paddies, mountains, waterfalls, a humble town and staying in huts made it a place to relax and take life easy.
Thailand is hot, friendly, foods good and affordable (to people earning stronger currencies like the pound, euro, dollar etc). You’ll never be alone in Thailand if you don’t want to, so meeting people is no problem. Nappark Hostel was the Mecca and one of the most sociable hostels in Asia. If you like to party, Thailand is great for that. Everything in Thailand seems photogenic too, and all colourful and intriguing. If you love temples and are interested in Buddhism, Thailand is also the place to go.
Maybe a little overrun now and if not already is a holiday destination where prior was a backpackers spot. Sex tourism is bad and Pattaya is just too full on. I left there after 12 hours and I slept for 8 hours in-between. Full Moon is fun but NOT an authentic Thai party experience, more like a European party.
Things to know
Currency is Thai Baht. Tuk-tuks are more expensive than taxi’s normally. Ensure you are dressed appropriately for temples like long pants. Respect Thai culture.
Depends on where you are from really. A lot of British spend around 1k pounds a month which is fairly comfortable but can be less. In terms of US dollars which is more universally used, $800 a month can be done easily including food, accommodation, drinks, activities and transport.