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Wet season, Backpacks and accommodation.

  • BackpackMike

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    Hi everyone, Next July my girlfriend and i are heading out to Chiang Mai to begin our 6 week backpacking trip down to the Phuket region. However, i'm struggling with a few different things.

    1 - Wet Season... How wet is WET? and how often.
    2 - Osprey, Berghaus, Montane or Lowe alpine? Which is best, anyone had any experiences with any of theses? 60Ltr preferably.
    3 - I've been checking out loads of different accommodation and would love to try some of the dorms in Thailand but from pictures ts so hard to tell what they're actually like. Can anyone give me an honest past experience?

    Much appreciated!

    #1 Posted: 7/6/2012 - 08:43

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  • longbeach

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    1 how long is a piece of string? i usually get good weather. it seems to rain before i go and clear up when i arrive. must be the son of god.
    2 dont know any of them. whatever looks good and affordable.
    3 never stayed in a dorm there. Rooms are so cheap you never have to share a room. 500-1000 baht gets you a decent room.

    #2 Posted: 7/6/2012 - 10:28

  • BackpackMike

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    Yeah I've been looking at the private rooms but thought the dorms would have been an experience.

    #3 Posted: 7/6/2012 - 10:31

  • longbeach

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    99.9% of the rooms there are individual rooms. Why would you want to sleep on a bunk bed? Especially when you have a gf. That's just daft.

    #4 Posted: 7/6/2012 - 10:34

  • BackpackMike

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    Just for the experience of meeting new people and stuff.

    #5 Posted: 7/6/2012 - 11:08

  • thaiXplorer

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    chiang mai got a railway!
    if you want advanture take a 3rd class ticket
    (booking min.1/2 day before)
    and stop in any town at the railway backpackers
    cheap guesthouses(less than 2 euro)
    at surat thani take the local bus to takua pa
    and stay at khao sok national park
    (ask for spider woman)
    take a bus to phang nga (city)
    and you don't wanna go home
    any more!!!!!!!!!!

    #6 Posted: 7/6/2012 - 12:16

  • 3drazor

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    Wow...talk about being arrogant...
    I seriously hope that i'll never meet you.

    #7 Posted: 8/6/2012 - 12:53

  • Tilapia

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    Hi Mike,

    My experience with dorms is that most people who stay in them are not even in the room most of the time, and when they are in they are usually sleeping or lying around listening to iPods. OR, when they've come in I've been sleeping and get woken up.

    I've always found that the common areas of guest houses are better for meeting people and sharing info than dorm rooms. I haven't stayed in one for quite a while, though I doubt much has changed.

    More important is, perhaps, the guest house itself and the kinds of people it attracts. Personally, I like to stay in the older places that have been around for a long time. In my experience, these places attract an older crowd, often returnees, who are more prone to sit and talk than bury their heads in laptops or smart phones. These folks are often a treasure chest of info.

    Have a great trip, and stay dry.

    #8 Posted: 8/6/2012 - 15:07

  • BackpackMike

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    Haha. Sorry everyone just taken the piss.. No one ave me a decent answer :/

    #9 Posted: 8/6/2012 - 15:07

  • BackpackMike

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    Thank tilapia! Brilliant information! Cheers for the heads up :) I must admit all the privates I've found are as cheap if not cheaper than some dorms! Crazy! If the weather is monsoon season, do you know if you can still go to the diving courses in ko Tao?

    #10 Posted: 8/6/2012 - 15:10

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  • Tilapia

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    Sorry, Mike. Can't help you with diving course info. If you've got one in mind you'd be best to contact them by e-mail and ask them yourself.

    Good luck.

    #11 Posted: 8/6/2012 - 19:02

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    Knocking this one on the head. If you can't post without abusing someone else, please just don't post.

    Thanks.

    #12 Posted: 8/6/2012 - 20:01

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