Being totally frank: Me and my girlfriend are going to go backpacking arounf Thailand in a months time and have absolutely no experience of travelling in Asia or any idea where to go and what to do when we get there. Any advice from seasoned travellers?
Good on you for booking the trip! Have a read of some of the other advice offered here about Thailand. Especially these Q's:
and http://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/thailand/3915/im-looking-to-head-to-thailand-for-3-weeks-end-of-august-through-to-sept-whats-the-best-things-to-do over 5 years ago
You shoudl totally go to Chiang Mai. It's a fantastic city with great cheap accommodation, amazing food and markets (esp the Sunday night walking markets). From Chiang mai you can also get to a lot of good trekking if that's your thing as well as trips to Chiang Dao (Buddha Caves), rafting and elephant riding. Great accom inside the wall -
Spend some time down on the islands, try and do a day trip out to the Similan islands if you're around Phuket or Khao Lak. Phuket itself is not very nice so I wouldn't spend much time there. Use it as a fly in, fly out point and go somewhere nicer!
Stay close to Khao San Rd in Bangkok - Rambuttri village is excellent value, very clean as perfectly located.
Use the budget airlines to get around - it can be very cheap over 5 years ago
I moved to Bangkok 7months ago and the places i have enjoyed most as a women in my mid20s so far are - I'll say a couple top places to visit - Chiang Mai, Issan, Kanchanburi, Koh Chang/Mak, Krabi, Ayuthayya, Koh Samet and of course Bangkok.
A lot of people want to travel down to Phuket then go to Koh Phi Phi, but it's a bit played out now, it's infested by backpackers and locals aren't even as nice as they used to be because too many foreigners are invading their space.
The above places you will get a good mix of beaches, temples, architecture, tradition and culture!! I'll say you should look into the above and plan your trip accordingly. I'd say minimum days to stay in one place is 2/3days. However, ayuthayya can be just one night. It's only about an hour to get back to Bangkok.
Hope this helps! Enjoy travelling Thailand and even though it is relatively safe, be careful! Do not take anything from strangers and never walk with too much cash, keep it back at your hotel! Always keep your passport in a safe place and don't take it around with you, use other forms of ID if you have to use it! Good luck! over 5 years agoAnswered by LadyZ via WorldNomads.com