Thailand is my FAVOURITE location to date. Having only ever ventured out of Europe once before, travelling around Thailand really opened up my eyes to the other side of life. We did it all; we stayed in a bamboo hut 10ft above the ground hanging off the side of a mountain (not to mention the holes in the floor), we had leeches eat through our socks in some jungle somewhere (no idea where, everywhere you looked it looked the same), we slept on a sleeper train (maybe the ‘sleeper’ aspect should be added in brackets there?), we bathed and fed with Elephants 2000m above sea level, we kayaked around Paradise Island WITH OUR PASSPORTS (!!!!)…….okay I’ll stop making you jealous now.
So many people have asked how it was, how we booked it, where we went and where we would recommend visiting, so I’ve decided to do a ‘Survival Guide Series’ to help y’all out.
Part 1. What do you need BEFORE you look into places to go.
1.Sit down with a cup of coffee and an open mind. Planning is never and easy task. Grab a pencil and [thick] pad of paper.
2. Once you’re set on Thailand, have a look at the weather for the months of the year. Rainy season falls between May and November (don’t let this put you off – we went in June and got rained on twice!!!).
3. Realistically look at dates – how long do you want to go for? How much can you REALLY afford? As much as I am sure we’d all love a few months in the sun, our bank accounts and employers aren’t so game with that. It’s worth noting that travelling in the school holidays could potentially be busier and more expensive so if you have the opportunity it may be worth considering a trip during term time.
4. Do you want to plan it all yourself? If you’re a novice traveller then booking it as-you-go might be a cheaper and more suitable option, but if you were like me and it was your first real trip to a country like this, it might be easier to have a specialist travel company help you book it (we chose STA Travel).
5. Thailand is a BIG country and bearing in mind how long trains and the Thai version of ‘public transport’ takes out there, you need to be realistic with how much of it you can actually fit in to your time there.
Now you’re all set on Thailand, have decided on a rough timeframe and budget it’s time to start the real research.
I’d first recommend looking at BLOGS, travel websites, watching Youtube VLOGS of trips and generally getting a feel for the different types of activities available in the different areas. If you’re wanting a beach holiday for example, travelling to Chiang Mai for a week would be a silly idea.
Stay tuned for Part 2: Thailand’s’ best bits.