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Posted by matjizzle on 11/5/2010 at 03:12

dear all,

I have a friend living in Bangkok, so this seemed a good opportunity to visit her. She needs to work there, so after visiting bangkok together, I would like to take a backpack and travel around in Thailand. I have a few basic question, concerning accomodation. I don't really know where to go, suggestions would be nice, but if I go unplanned somewhere, how do I arrange an accomodation? as a backpacker, I suppose that the best solution is to buy water from stores. is there a good availability of this when you travel for example up north - north east. I read a topic about malaria, is it necessary to take some medicines or stuff like that before I leave? or there further guidelines or things I should consider? any backpackers during that period who travel around aswell?

thank you in advance!

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Posted by Tilapia on 11/5/2010 at 08:24

Hi,

1) How long will you be in Bangkok?

2) What would you like to see/do in Thailand? For example, do you like to see historical areas? Shop? Rock climb? Dive?

" ... if I go unplanned somewhere, how do I arrange an accomodation?"

During that time of the year, you probably won't need to arrange anything ahead of time.

"I suppose that the best solution is to buy water from stores."

Stores, gas stations, food stalls ... you can find it everywhere.

"... is there a good availability of this when you travel for example up north - north east."

Everywhere.

"I read a topic about malaria, is it necessary to take some medicines or stuff like that before I leave?"

That is a personal decision, and depends on where you want to go. For example, if you are going to visit. Most people don't take anything for malaria. But you should speak to your doctor, or to someone at a Tropical Medicine Clinic or Travel Clinic, and make up your own mind. I never bring anti-malarials, but that's me.

"... or there further guidelines or things I should consider? any backpackers during that period who travel around as well?"

None. Just enjoy yourself and enjoy the food and people and scenery. There will be plenty of foreigners traveling at the same time as yourself.

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Posted by Tilapia on 11/5/2010 at 08:52

Sorry ... I forgot to finish my sentence. Too busy watching hockey while I type.

This is what I was going to say ...

For example, if you are going to visit cities and towns, in most parts of the country you won't have to worry about malaria. If you are going to be visiting very rural areas, especially around the border with Cambodia, you might want to consider using anti-malarials. But, so you know, most places will have mosquito nets in areas where mosquitoes are a problem. If you take other precautions like wearing long pants around sundown and using DEET, you should be fine. But like I said, it's a personal decision as to whether or not you should use anti-malarials.

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Posted by matjizzle on 11/5/2010 at 19:39

hi,

I'm thinking about staying in Bangkok for 3 or days when I arrive, and 3 days when I go back. I have accomodation overthere, and I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that there is plenty of stuff to do in the city of bangkok during those days (or is it to long?)

I have been reading some posts about Islands such as Ko Samet, and I'm sure that I want to do some Islands but I would like to go more in the country aswell. I read the following post of you, where you propose this:

- Nong Khai (after getting off the train, or just before getting onto it)
- Sangkhom for hammock-lazing river-watching time along the Mekong for a few days (at Buoy Bungalows) with a big book and a big appetite
- Chiang Khan for time in a charming, very quiet, fairly old wooden town with more guest houses than there are visitors to the town
- Sukhothai for a few days for temples, as well as Si Satchanalai (rent a motorbike for a couple of days)
- Nan ... a bit out of the way, but worth it as it's gorgeous
- Sangkhlaburi
- Ban Saphan Yai

It seems like it goes through a big part of Thailand, but to be honest, I don't know any of these places (which can be very nice).

I would really enjoy some historical areas and nature parcs (which ones). Diving would also be very nice, but then again, where, and is it safe since I have no previous experience in it.

thank you for the reply!

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Posted by Tilapia on 11/5/2010 at 23:51

If you stay in Bangkok for a total of 6 days, or so, you'll have just over 2 weeks for traveling outside of the city.

Personally, I don't think that 6 days is too long. When you consider that one day will be the day you arrive, and another will be the day you leave, you really only have 4 days to look around. Of course, depending on what you like and want to see, you could stay longer or for less time.

If you only have about two weeks and you want to visit an island, I recommend that you only go to one rather than spend much time traveling from one island to another. Weather could also be a factor since you will be there during the rainy season. Koh Samet, Koh Chang, Koh Wai and Koh Mak are all within half a day of Bangkok whereas the islands in the south require an entire day of travel (one day there, and one day back) or more.

Some historical (UNESCO) sites ... Sukhothai, Ayuthaya, Phimai, Phnom Rung.

For nature ... Khao Sok, Khao Sam Roi Yot, Khao Yai. There are many more. Just do an internet search.

Can't help you with diving.

Good luck.

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