Flag of Thailand

Thailand forum

What would we regret missing in thailand?

  • TommyKay

    Joined Travelfish
    2nd November, 2011
    Posts: 10

    Hey, me and my boyfriend are addicted to reading this site everyday, you guys seem to know EVERYTHING and we havnt got a clue!

    We've never been travelling before but are hitting south east asia oct 2012 with no idea on where to start. We have around 8 months to cover thailand, laos, cambodia and malaysia. Main interests in thailand being beautiful islands, Thai culture, general sight seeing with some jungle treks and elephants thrown in somewhere along the line.

    Planning on not planning...or very little to allow for random adventures. So with all this time and such loose planning what would we most regret not seeing/doing in Thailand? ...Can get my 'Dont miss' list kick started if you guys can give us a heads up! Kayleigh and Tom

    #1 Posted: 10/11/2011 - 05:58

  • Advertisement

  • altmtl

    Click here to learn more about altmtl
    Joined Travelfish
    18th May, 2009
    Location Earth
    Posts: 832
    Total reviews: 5

    That's a very vast question :) Start here: http://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/

    #2 Posted: 10/11/2011 - 07:07

  • MADMAC

    Joined Travelfish
    6th June, 2009
    Posts: 6332
    Total reviews: 10

    Don't miss. In my humble opinion there is only one "don't miss" in Thailand:

    Not worrying about what you miss and chillin'.

    This isn't a place about seeing this or doing that. Not that there aren't things to see or do. But Thailand is about taking it easy, wherever you happen to be or checking out. Racing around and checking off a list defeats the point. You want great architecture and sights - go to Europe. It's got it all over SEA. This is a place about being able to relax, enjoy the moment, and not be nearly as concerned with social convention. So by all means investigate things you might want to check out - but take your time getting from point A to point B. Don't attach timelines. You get to everything, great. You don't, no big deal.

    #3 Posted: 10/11/2011 - 09:48

  • TommyKay

    Joined Travelfish
    2nd November, 2011
    Posts: 10

    Thanks Madmac, thats the exact attitude my boyfriend has already, maybe im just being a woman and worrying too much, i guess we'l just see where bangkok takes us!

    #4 Posted: 10/11/2011 - 13:13

  • MADMAC

    Joined Travelfish
    6th June, 2009
    Posts: 6332
    Total reviews: 10

    I'd do some research though, and have a plan, just not a timeline attached to it. That way once you've had your fill of Bangkok you know where you want to go next. And in Bangkok you know what you'd like to check out. That way you have a rough itinerary and move around the country in a sensible order, but if you like a place you stay longer, if you hate one, you move on. And you don't invite stress into your vacation.

    #5 Posted: 10/11/2011 - 22:13

  • Captain_Bob

    Click here to learn more about Captain_Bob
    Joined Travelfish
    27th May, 2006
    Location Thailand
    Posts: 1606

    "Planning on not planning...or very little"
    The rest of your post runs to the contrary - seems you want a checklist of things to do in Thailand (grin!) "Main interests in thailand being beautiful islands, Thai culture, general sight seeing with some jungle treks and elephants" - Thailand is a good place to experience "Thai culture" for starters, and Thailand has some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia (and some of the ugliest). North Thailand has some great trekking and elephant encounters but it helps to seperate the good vs. bad ones.

    My question back to you is "Why would you not go to Thailand if you have eight months in SE Asia???"

    #6 Posted: 11/11/2011 - 21:26

  • morse96

    Joined Travelfish
    11th December, 2011
    Posts: 27

    it all depends on what your into really but if you want to experience something totally different i suggest going to lop buri for a day

    #7 Posted: 14/12/2011 - 13:51

  • morse96

    Joined Travelfish
    11th December, 2011
    Posts: 27

    it all depends on what your into really but if you want to experience something totally different i suggest going to lop buri for a day

    #8 Posted: 14/12/2011 - 13:52

  • blimunda

    Joined Travelfish
    16th November, 2011
    Location Portugal
    Posts: 9

    I agree with MADMAC, Thailand is just a great place to relax and go with the flow. I only had 2 weeks there and I just rented a car and then used a Lonely Planet guide to chose the things that interested me the most near the places where I had secured the accomodation and then I just went. Actually I ended up finding the most amazing things and believe me for me one of the greatest things was to stop at a restaurant on the side of the road with no english menu, eating spicy rice noodles broth with chicken and just trying to speak a little bit with the vendor in thai just to tell her that was the best thing I had eaten in years.

    Also if you're a coffee person, drink a lot of coffee. We found a place on the way to Khao Lak and the lady prepared the coffee which was planted right in her backyard like she was taking care of her own baby.

    Other than that, just breathe and be amazed with the sights like the limestone cliffs, or the amazing beaches. There is no point in stressing in Thailand and if you are indeed stressed the locals will look at you like you're an alien.

    One last suggestion, go, but please go to local markets, you can literally have all your meals at these markets. From grilled spicy chicken on a stick to seafood also on a stick to fried sweet potatoes to fresh pressed juices, it is unbelievable. Even in Phuket we were able to find a local market where we were the only non-thai people where I had the best massage. We were actually the local attraction to them during that evening and I was treated like a monkey in a zoo by most of them, they were curious about everything, where we were from and why did I have my hair like that and why was my nose like that. We laughed non stop between the 3 or 4 words of english they spoke and all the signs we made with the hands.

    Sorry, wrote too much and I'm far from being a specialist, this is just my personal experience. But just go and do try to speak a little thai and be involved with the locals, they are just amazing.

    #9 Posted: 16/12/2011 - 05:59

  • MADMAC

    Joined Travelfish
    6th June, 2009
    Posts: 6332
    Total reviews: 10

    blimunda
    Everyone's experience counts... why not yours?

    #10 Posted: 16/12/2011 - 22:16

  • Advertisement

  • blimunda

    Joined Travelfish
    16th November, 2011
    Location Portugal
    Posts: 9

    Sure it counts, MADMAC, just saying that I was there only 2 weeks which compared with the people spending months over there is not a lot.

    #11 Posted: 17/12/2011 - 00:23

  • inspiredbyk-
    rissi

    Joined Travelfish
    9th December, 2011
    Posts: 68

    I would agree with some of the posts above. Try not to plan your trip too much as this puts pressure you you and your trip. Have a vague route and some ideas planned. The most important thing about travelling is the experience of it as a whole and not the check list many travellers have when they first begin travelling. Relax.... Enjoy yourself.....

    #12 Posted: 18/12/2011 - 06:32

Have questions? Jump to our menu of forum quicklinks

Add your reply

Your reply

Check this box if you want to be notified of replies.

Please be familiar with our user guidelines before you post. Thanks!

Businesses planning on plugging their guesthouse / hotel / karaoke bar should read our "Addition guidelines" very carefully.

You need to be logged in to answer an existing post on the Travelfish forums. Please login via the prompts just above and refresh this screen -- before writing your post -- and you'll be in business.