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Solo traveller in Thailand, end of March!! Advice needed!

  • Talv

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    Hi, I'm a 24 year male travelling to Thailand on the 22nd of March till the 5th April..

    My plan so far is to visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui and then Surat Thani.. Any advice on Travel methods and best way to go round all these places? I herd trains are one of the most efficient way of travelling round! And doesn't cost a fortune as well.

    If any of you are travelling at that time, let me know we can go round these places or just go with flow.

    #1 Posted: 13/1/2014 - 18:53

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  • LeonardCohe-
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    Trains r slow and old. Who told u they were efficient?

    Planes r dirt cheap. Those places all have airports.

    For short 14 day trip dont waste a day.on a train.

    #2 Posted: 13/1/2014 - 21:22

  • exacto

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    Hi Talv,

    You are planning to visit six places in 14 days. That is quite a lot and be it by train or bus or plane, you'll wind up spending more time than you think getting from place to place.

    Having said that, I like the overnight sleeper trains in Thailand for long-haul trips. In your case, I might recommend one for the Bangkok to Chiang Mai leg of your trip and then perhaps again from Surat Thani back to Bangkok, if you are heading that way at the very end of your trip. The efficiency would be that you are sleeping (well, sort of - it usually isn't the best night of sleep ever on the overnight sleeper trains) while you travel. If you can, book a first class sleeper cabin for the most privacy and comfort.

    Trains don't go everywhere, by the way, including Phuket and Krabi , if I am remembering correctly, so you'll need to bus it for short distances and fly for longer ones.

    From Chiang Mai south to Phuket or Krabi, I'd definitely recommend flying. You'll save time and as Leonard says, the flights are not expensive. I might try bus from Phuket to Krabi or Krabi across to Samui, but flying may be a better choice depending on cost and flight times.

    I hope that helps. Have a good trip.

    #3 Posted: 13/1/2014 - 23:24

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Never slept more than 2 hrs on a night bus or train. Like getting jet lag all over and u feel like crap the next morning.

    Can also ferry from phuket to krabi.

    Exacto is right about 6 places being too many.

    Id only do 4 max but 3 would be better.

    CM Bkk and krabi is plenty. Nothing on Samui or Phuket that Krabi doesnt have except for the crowds of people

    #4 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 00:42

  • Talv

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    Thanks everyone.. All of you are right six places is a bit too much, might not get to enjoy them as much..

    Gonna knukle it down to 4. Gonna land in Bngkok and spend two days there and gonna head to chiang Mai and Pai. Then get down to Krabi.

    I cant wait for it!!

    Any recommendation on accommodation or must see places???

    #5 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 13:29

  • LeonardCohe-
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    Nothing much in Pai . Hire a car if u travel north. Pai itself is rather lame. Tham Lot cave is good but its 1 hr north of Pai.

    #6 Posted: 14/1/2014 - 20:57

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