Thailand is truly one of the best country's to travel to, especially if you're on a budget. From the gorgeous beaches, delicious food and incredible culture - it's a must-see.
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Asia20 days / May - June 2019
Highs & Lows
Cheap, yet luxurious accomodations!
Country's exploitation of elephants for entertainment/tourism purposes.
After finishing our undergraduate degree we decided to do a 6-week trip to visit southeast Asia. Half of our time was spent in Thailand and the second half of the trip was spent in The Philippines and Bali. We personally decided to fly to each city to save time but we recommend taking a train or bus at least once if you have time to see the countryside.
This is a three-week itinerary that covers all major cities in Thailand. It’s great on its own or as an add-on to a larger trip. The itinerary features great day trips to beaches, temples and markets! After arriving in the capital of Bangkok, we head north to Chiang Mai before flying to southern Thailand and visiting Phuket, Koh Samui and Krabi. Remember to pack strategically for this trip. We fit all our items in our carry-on backpacks which helped keep costs down and ensured a smoother trip. Thailand has truly so much to offer so it is best to plan at least 3 weeks to really experience it.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Whenever we travel, we love cultural and unique experiences. If we were to re-do the trip again we'd personally skip Phuket. The city was very touristy, commercialized and crowded. It didn't feel like the authentic Thailand that we experienced in the other cities. There was also a huge exploitation of elephant riding here which we highly discourage.
How was the food?
TRY THE STREET FOOD! The most authentic Thai food you can get your hands on will be prepared street side. While visiting Thailand we enjoyed at least 1 meal everyday from street food vendors! Thai people pride themselves with delicious and flavourful dishes. You also shouldn't worry about cleanliness either as you're more likely to be served fresh food on the street than inside of a restaurant.
Thailand has 3 seasons; hot, cool & wet. When packing for your trip it's important to take these into consideration. We travelled to Thailand in May which was mid-hot season. The weather was around 35-40 degrees everyday. Light and airy clothing pieces were our best friends. We'd also encourage you to leave some extra room in your luggage as Thailand is the perfect place to purchase this type of clothing.
To get from city to city, we typically flew with Air Asia. It is the cheapest and quickest way to get from various major cities in Thailand. The only downside to flying is that you miss seeing the beautiful countryside and small towns. If you do have more time to spare on your trip, we'd highly recommend taking ground transportation to experience this side of Thailand.
We booked all of our hostels & hotels on booking.com. What we love about this site is the free cancellation feature. When we arrived in Phuket, our hostel was absolutely disgusting. We were able to cancel our next night stays and move to a much better hotel nearby!