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  • killerwhale-
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    Hey folks,

    I have been lurking in the shadows of this site for a few weeks now, doing as much reasearch as I can on Thailand, and the backpacker's scene there.

    I'm planning a trip to Thailand this August. My goal is to stay 2 or 3 months, or as long as my budget will let me stay.

    From reading this site, it sounds like my budget wont quite cut it.

    I will have about 70,000 baht ($2000 US) as a budget for the entire trip.

    My goal, as most other backpackers, is to live on the beaches, maybe do a bit of scuba diving, visiting the ancient ruins, possibly a trek or two in the mountains. Hopefully take about 50 rolls of film while i'm there :)

    I would really love to bring my small tent with me, and stay on the beaches some of the time. Is this safe? or a really bad idea? I am looking for very minimalistic accomidations.. cheap meals, cheap lodgings. Is my tent a waste of packspace? should i just camp in the cheap beach huts?

    Sorry for all the questions, hopefully i can get a few answers!

    Cheers!!

    #1 Posted: 13/4/2006 - 01:38

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    oops! one more question. Travelling to Thailand in August is hurricane season? is this dangerous? i heard the rain is very minimal. it will pour down for an hour, and then the rest of the day will be super sunny.

    #2 Posted: 13/4/2006 - 01:46

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    Hi killerwhaletank,

    Welcome to Travelfish!

    If you're planning on spending the bulk of your time on the islands and not travelling around too much, that money should last ok.

    You see the occasional campers on the beaches -- often people camp within the grounds of a guesthouse (for a nominal charge) as then your tent is a bit more secure when you're not in it, but at the end of the day, if you're paying lets say 20B to pitch a pent, you'll probably get a cheap room for 100-200B -- so I guess it depends how much you want to drag a tent around.

    I don't like camping, so am probably the wrong person to ask, but I'd say there are better (and more comfortable) ways to save money than by camping.

    For weather info, check our Weather fish for info on rainfall at different times of the year.

    #3 Posted: 13/4/2006 - 06:21

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    Hey Killer,

    Your budget of roughly 1000 baht per day sounds pretty good to me. I'd expect you should be able to live comfortably on that.

    I wouldn't necessarily take a tent with me either, since the difference between the cost of pitching a tent and an inexpensive bamboo hut isn't much of a savings. I guess you could always take your tent with you and then sell it or give it away if you decide you don't need it. I might take a look around first, and then try to buy a tent after I arrived if I thought I needed it.

    Do you have a digital camera? I think you'll save quite a bit of money with a digital rather than paying for film and developing while in country. There are shops everywhere that can download your pics to CD. Or is this a traditionalist artistic thing with you and film?

    Finally, the weather is often as you describe above, with about an hour of showers every afternoon. But it can also rain for days at a time (another arguement against a tent I think). Plan to get wet, but it is a nice, warm rain. Have a good trip.

    #4 Posted: 13/4/2006 - 08:24

  • killerwhale-
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    Thanks for the quick replies!

    Love the eager community here! Awesome stuff.

    So, I actually quite enjoy staying in a tent, and staying on guesthouse grounds sounds ALOT safer to me. I will probably end up staying in the guesthouses more then 60% of the time, if I think I can afford it, but I'd like to have my tent with me for versatility. For the rainy nights, I'd definately be more comfortable in a beach house.

    As for the camera, I do have both digital and film, but my 35mm camera is alot more versitile, and yea, there's that 'artistic' aspect of it too.

    I definatley wouldnt get my film developed in thailand, i would just occasionally send home the film canesters, that way I know they are safe & sound.

    Now, this may be a crazy question, but one that has been lingering in my mind;

    I have some pretty nice things.. iPod, nice sunglasses, etc. should i be worried about walking around with this stuff? will i be targeted for theft? i'm not sure how safe it is there. I'm guessing from such high amount of tourism, that i'm not alone in carrying around this kind of junk with me?

    cheers

    #5 Posted: 13/4/2006 - 08:40

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    Hi again Killer,

    My favorite "what to pack" website for backpackers calls iPods and MP3 players a godsend, and recommends taking them on your trip. Just keep in mind that they will be at risk for theft, and will particularly stand out at the low cost backpacker places where you plan to say. Use common sense by not flashing your high end stuff around, and keep it safe and secure at all times. One thing you'll want to do too is buy a good travel insurance policy that will cover you if your stuff grows legs. One company with an excellent reputation for covering claims on this type of stuff is World Nomads. There is even a link from the Travelfish website so you can look into this yourself. Hope this helps. Cheers.

    #6 Posted: 13/4/2006 - 10:10

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    I have been tryin to get in touch with CM Blue House in Changmai cos there are lots of good writeup abt them.

    Would be very grateful if someone out there is able to tell me how to get in touch with them.

    They dont have a web site nor any email address.

    I hope those who have stayed there before could give us some information.

    THANKS A MILLION

    #7 Posted: 15/4/2006 - 12:27

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    Hi Doreen,

    Sorry, I can't find a web site or email address for CM Blue House either. If the telephone number doesn't work, you could always try good old snail mail. The zip code for Chiang Mai is 50000. Depending on when you plan to be in Chiang Mai, that might work. Cheers.

    #8 Posted: 15/4/2006 - 22:23

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    Hi Doreen,

    Sorry, I can't find a web site or email address for CM Blue House either. If the telephone number doesn't work, you could always try good old snail mail. The zip code for Chiang Mai is 50000. Depending on when you plan to be in Chiang Mai, that might work. Cheers.

    #9 Posted: 15/4/2006 - 22:24

  • doreen392

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    Tks exacto for your suggestion. I have tried the snail mail but no reply yet --- hopeful there will be. I will be there in July 2006.

    Or may have to look around for other guesthouses around Changmai.

    Thanks alot. Happy travelling and have fun.

    #10 Posted: 16/4/2006 - 21:49

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    Tks exacto for your suggestion. I have tried the snail mail but no reply yet --- hopeful there will be. I will be there in July 2006.

    Or may have to look around for other guesthouses around Changmai.

    Thanks alot. Happy travelling and have fun.

    #11 Posted: 16/4/2006 - 22:02

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