I am a 31 year old female travelling to Thailand for the first time on 7th October and I am a bit nervous as I am travelling on my own. I am debating booking the Ultimate Thailand tour with UltimateOz as it looks like it covers quite a few of the places I am keen on going too. I was wondering if anyone had done this tour and had any comments about it? I have heard that it is not necessary to book a tour, however I am a bit freaked out at the prospect of finding my own way around at the start! Let me know any advice or tips you may have!
#1 Proctec has been a member since 10/9/2013. Posts: 6
Thailand is very tourist friendly. Dead easy to book tours and transport over there. You're 31yo for heavens sake. Lots of 19yos go over and work it out. Just pick a couple of spots to visit ie Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi. Book your flights - Air Asia, Nok etc and when you arrive organise your tours - travel agents galore all over the place that will book day tours for you. Much cheaper over there and so easy.
#2 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Thanks for this! Definitely keen to do the majority alone - especially BKK when I arrive and Northern Thailand later on. Just liked the look of the quick fix tour for getting over to the beaches,but I guess I can work that one out too - Im just a bit lazy . Still, if anyone has done it or heard anything about it then let me know!
#3 Proctec has been a member since 10/9/2013. Posts: 6
You mean this? http://www.ultimatethailand.travel/itinerary
You could pretty easily save half the AU$650 (19,000THB) fee and do it yourself, but hey if you want things planned out for you and handheld all the way go for it. When I've encountered these young backpacker package tour groups they seem kind of sad, like they're stuck with each other and there's little incentive to branch out or opportunity to be spontaneous. Half the fun of travel is figuring it out as you go, IMO. Just grab a metred taxi from the airport to Khao San Road the backpacker ghetto, get a guesthouse room for a couple nights, and make the effort to meet some of the thousands of other like-minded travellers in your midst. Swap ideas and head out. Buy bus tickets at bus station, not from travel agents, and buy train tickets at the train station. Piece of cake. I do recommend Khao Sok, by the way. Go stay near the park entrance and arrange an overnight visit to the lake from there. Happy planning...
I'm not sure a 31yo wants to hang out with kids on KSR. Worst little road in Bangkok to be honest. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok but less than 30 mins on KSR because it has nothing to offer.
It's far more convenient to book a hotel near the skytrain. Gives you access to sights, nightlife and shopping.
#5 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Thanks for the advice guys. I am going to do some planning on my lonesome in that case and not book the tour, would like to experience Kao San rd, but may do a stay as recommended near the skytrain too, any good hostel/hotel suggestions?
#6 Proctec has been a member since 10/9/2013. Posts: 6
Depends how much you want to spend. Bangkok has a lot of hotels to choose from. If you want something central on the Skytrain the Evergreen Place is good or the Ibis Siam. Lots of great street food there, shopping centres, Jim Thompson house and easy to move to other areas being so close to the Skytrain.
#7 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Great, thanks - will check those ones out
#8 Proctec has been a member since 10/9/2013. Posts: 6
I suggested to initially stay near KSR because you said you were lazy at planning and considering that rather silly-looking kiddie tour. A more experienced repeat traveller might do otherwise, but for an independent first-timer KSR area still holds the best prospect of finding potential travel companions and deciding where to go next.
Hey Captain Bob, yes I am planning on going there too.. Have friend who has just got back who stayed there for a bit and she loved it. any hostel recs there?
#10 Proctec has been a member since 10/9/2013. Posts: 6
I'm confused Leonard. it's like you seem to disagree with going to the major areas just for the sake of disagreeing, and seem to have a condescending attitude towards people who do choose to go to places like KSR. You gave me good advice on a couple of my threads, yet i've noticed a common trend upon your posts to be condescending towards anyone who wants to go to ksr and FMP.If you don't like them fair enough, but a lot of people do/will
#11 roro1990 has been a member since 9/8/2013. Posts: 38
Greater Bangkok has about 12 mill people living there and you can visit many areas and sois. Telling people to visit KSR would be like telling people to visit the first 300m of any soi in the city with the only difference being the other sois would be more authentic and more interesting. There is literally nothing on the small KSR except some guesthouses, lost tourists and Thais charging them double for products.
I thought the idea of travel was to explore a new country and it's culture. But maybe I'm wrong. People are just going to hang out in a guesthouse and not actually explore anything.
FMP - is a drug/alcohol fueled party run by the Thai mafia. Why do you think the Thai police let Thais sell drugs to the tourists?
Go or don't go. Doesn't matter to me. But the facts remain.
#12 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148