I'm a 21 year old guy travelling solo from August 11th for 24 days (until August 3rd), and need a bit of guidance with itinerary..
I am quite flexible but I start and finish in Bangkok, and would like to go to Chiang Mai/Rai for hill tribe trek/home stay/elephant ride etc, and the islands (phuket, phi phi, krabi, koh phangan for full moon party, koh tao).
Does this plan sound ok or can you suggest alternatives/tweaks:
Starting in bangkok for a couple of days, getting an overnight train to chiang mai, stay for up to a week, fly to koh samui (or phuket?..and can I book a few days before or should I pre-book?), stay for full moon party in koh phangan (21st Aug), travel to ko tao, bus to west (phuket, krabi, phi phi), train to bangkok for a couple days, then fly home Aug 3rd.
Also, can anyone please recommend any friendly and sociable hostels for young solo backpackers in Bangkok (Khao San Road) for my 1st night, and which website to pre-book through?
Thanks so much in advance and I welcome all suggestions/tips and any interested potential companions
#1 Spearos has been a member since 4/4/2013. Posts: 4
When I was in Bangkok I stayed in chads guesthouse on ksr. It's above the subway at the entrance. It's really cheap and clean best one there in my opinion.
As for the full moon, personally I'd book before and ASAP. Rooms fill quick and get expensive. I left it and my only option was about a half hour drive from the party, not something too great if you plan on gettin smashed
#2 Brute has been a member since 16/12/2012. Posts: 36
Thanks for your reply Brute.
Would you say that Chads Guesthouse is a sociable place for young solo backpackers like myself where I can meet people?
Okay, I will look into booking a place for the Full Moon Party, although I've seen reviews saying that some people stay on Koh Samui.
My main trouble is that I definitely want to go to the August 21st FMP but wanted to do north thailand 1st so that I relax in the 2nd half of my trip.. but i'm starting to feel that I will be rushing Chiang Mai/Rai in order to make it to Koh Phangan in time for the build-up and party.
#3 Spearos has been a member since 4/4/2013. Posts: 4
I arrive in Bangkok on the 17th. Was thinking of making my way there for the 21st but figured it would be to much of a rush. I'm just going to go to the half moon part in early September probably. I also think there is one on the 28th as well. It is suppose to be more or less the same with slightly less people.
Still not 100% decided if I am going to go (not much into the party scene) but it does seem sorta interesting and it would be an experience.
#4 Arikara1985 has been a member since 14/2/2013. Posts: 32
Hey, you can definitely fit in everything you want to do in 24 days... but if I was you I wouldn't! 24 days goes a lot quicker than you think - you've mentioned 7 places here which in 24 days gives you 3.4 days per place, baring in mind that the bus across from one coast to the other takes a full day as well, and sometimes travelling from island to island can be so draining that you end up sleeping the whole afternoon. Some people love travelling like that but in my personal experience the exhaustion from packing up and moving on every other day takes away from the wonderful relaxed nature of travelling through Thailand. With 24 precious days you don't want to have to leave somewhere you love - or people that you like - because your busy itinerary means you have to get to the next stop. For example, I remember some excursions in Krabi like the trip to the Emerald pool only ran on certain days of the week, and if you only had three days in a place that might mean you don't get to see everything you want to.
If I was you (and again, this is just my opinion) I would miss out the up-north part and focus on a few days in BKK at the start and finish (so maybe a week over all) and then just take my time ambling around the islands. Perhaps split your time half and half between the Andaman and Gulf coasts depending on when you want to be at the Full Moon party.
As for socialising, head to any of the restaurants on Soi Rambutri, and Soi Chanasonkran, near KSR, there are plenty of folks just back from travelling, or just about to head off.
#6 samara400 has been a member since 21/5/2013. Posts: 8
When you hit Phuket you have to check out Bangla Road, not everyone likes the place and it's very touristy but it has to be experienced. Bangla is ok now and again but a little full on if you visit on a regular basis.
For a good beach experience then don't go to Patong beach, the worst by far. Head over to Bang Tao or Surin Beach. Surin has Catch Beach Club which is a great venue and always has a good atmosphere. There is also a beach club called Xana over on Bang Tao Beach, Laguna side. The best beach club in Phuket easily. Paul Oakenfold actually played there about a month ago. Both places are quite expensive though compared to most other places.
#7 simond1 has been a member since 6/6/2013. Posts: 4
Thanks the replies guys!
Arikara - you're right, there are full moon partys and black moon parties, but less people attend. I'm sure they are still really good so I guess I shouldn't worry or rush, but i'm aiming to go for the main one. It's just whether or not the build-up is worth it and if you need to pre-book accomodation.
Rledez - As this opportunity won't come around again for a while I was hoping to do the north and south in one go. I guess I could start on the islands and end in the north, but that seems a bit backwards to me. I agree though, I will most likely want to stay at places and with people I meet on the way.
Samara & Simond- Thanks for the heads up, I'll bear it in mind.
#8 Spearos has been a member since 4/4/2013. Posts: 4