Thailand is a country where many tourists arrive every year. If you want to visit Asia for the first time I really recommend visiting Thailand. Thailand can offer many things like beautiful culture, nice people, a lot of historical monuments, really good food and Thai massage. I have been to Thailand for the first time in 2008 and I was there with a travel agency. I didn’t see a lot of things, so I decided that I need to come back but not with travel agency but as a backpacker. I have been to Thailand again this year on my trip to New Zealand with my ex-girlfriend Mirka. When we arrived to Bangkok we took a train from the Airport because there weren’t any buses to Khao san road so we took a train to the last train stop and from there we took a tuktuk to Khao san road. Khao san road is a really big street where you can find a lot of restaurants, shops, street food and really cheap accommodation. So, if you didn’t book accommodation we recommend going to the Khao san where you can find really cheap accommodation directly on the street or around. Thailand is a little bit more expensive than in 2008. 1AUD is 20THB and 1 Euro is 35THB. When you find your accommodation we recommend exploring Khao san road and in the evening you can take the tuktuk and go to Patpong. The price is 150THB one way.
You can have a really cheap food like Pad thai with chicken and the price is only 50THB.
Second day you can explore old Bangkok. There are a lot of historical monuments. You can explore old Bangkok by foot or you can take a tuktuk, but be really careful because tuk tuk will take you to the information center or to a shop where they want to sell some products like tickets or suits. First you can visit The Grand Palace
Second is Wat Arun
Third one is Wat Pho
Fourth one is Democracy monument
The fifth one is The Marble Temple
The sixth one is Wat Bowonniwet Vihara
The seventh one is Wat Indra Viharn
The eight one is Wat Phra Kaew
The next day you can go to the floating market. You can take a taxi which is an expensive way or if you want a cheaper way you can take a bus and the boat. The floating market is out of Bangkok.
The fourth day, take a train and go to Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya is an old capital city and it was explored in 1350. You can get there from Hualamphong railway station and the trip takes you one and half hour.
We think that four or five days are enough for Bangkok. Then you can go from the same railway station like to Ayutthaya up to the north to the town called Chiang Mai and you can explore there. You can go also to the jungle for one or more days. The price for the night sleeping train is 1000THB.
If you don’t want to go up north you can go to the south. There are a lot of islands and beautiful beaches. The most famous are Krabi and Phuket. There are a lot of others islands but many tourists arrive to Krabi and Phuket. You can take a night sleeping train from the Hualamphong railway station to Surat Thani where you need to take a bus. First we went to Krabi town. The price is 1000THB. When you take a bus, be careful because in the bus they try to sell you other tickets and we stopped 3 times in travel information and they tried to sell us something. When we arrived to Krabi town the bus didn’t stop in the center but somewhere out of the city and we needed to pay another 50THB and we needed to take a mini bus which took us directly to our hotel. Krabi is very nice. We lived in Krabi town, where we rented a motor bike and explored everything. I think it is the best and cheapest way how to explore everything. The price for a motorbike for one day was 75THB.
At the Krabi town market you can buy also coconuts and watermelon and the price is around 20 – 30THB.
We spent a few days in Krabi and visited a lot of places like Huai to waterfall.
Aonang beach Krabi
You can also have a massage in Krabi and the price depends on how good you are in negotiation. I think we paid 200THB for one hour and it was a really reasonable price for a good massage.
When you want to try something special you can take a trip with elephants or you can go kayaking.
Then we took a bus from Krabi to Phuket. I don’t remember the price for the bus but it wasn’t really expensive. We booked a hotel in Patong Beach. It is a really good place and a beautiful beach where you can relax. On the same coast there are also other beaches like Karon Beach, Kata Beach, Bangtao Beach, Surin Beach, Kamala Beach and others.
We also explored Phuket on motorbike and we saw a lot of interesting things like Big Budha, Wat chelong temple and Phuket town. There is also a possibility to buy a trip to the other islands. You can buy the trip when you are in Krabi but for us the price was a little bit high so we found a better prices in Phuket. We went to Maya Bay (from the movie The Beach) I really don’t recommend it because there are a lot of tourists. Maybe it is better to book a trip to the other islands which are better…
Wat chalong temple