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Camping in SEA

Posted by keatonec on 24/7/2010 at 09:25

I was wondering if it was a good idea to take a tent with myself and my girlfriend while we are traveling around SEA? I have heard about people tenting it on remote beaches totally by themselves and it sounds amazing!

Also I was wondering how much of a hassle it is to carry one around or if we could maybe just rent them wherever we are at the time. Personally I think I would rather just have one with me at all times so I can have the choice right then and there about whether I want to camp.

Also would it be better to say buy a tent in Bangkok or to buy one here?

Anyways any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted by irieman on 25/7/2010 at 14:32

yeah sounds amazing but the problem is - how will u get there? if u both can drive a motorbike that might be not that bad idea.

anyway - i'm carrying my tent for around a month and have never even considered using it!! i'm talking about thailand. hostels and guest houses are so cheap that it's not worth sleeping in a tent.

btw saw a tent in carrefur in Nakhon Si Thammarath for around 300bht. probably not that good quality but light and small. u can buy it here instead of carrying your own from home.

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Posted by SBE on 25/7/2010 at 19:08

Agree with Irieman. Most of the time it just isn't worth the extra weight and bulk. You don't need just a tent either ... after a few days of trying to sleep on rocks and tree roots you soon realize you need a decent mattress too (well I do anyway!)

This said, most of the time my camping equipment is in languishing in storage in Bangkok. I just take it with me when I know I'm going to need it. I bought a cheap tent at Tescos in Ranong years ago and it's paid for itself many times over, but I don't use it (or my mattress) anywhere except for camping in national parks. Most beaches have very affordable basic beach hut accommodation which is much comfortable than a tent.

It's often problematic to travel with lots of luggage in SE Asia too. Carrying a huge backpack in the blazing heat is no fun and there's often limited space on transport for luggage. I think you'll find it a major hassle carrying a tent etc around with you all the time.

If you really want to be equipped to spend the occasional night "under the stars" on a totally deserted beach then I'd recommend getting the most lightweight hammock with a mosquito net you can find instead. It's perfectly adequate for a night and a hammock is always useful, even when you aren't camping!

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