After recently being made redundant at the ripe old age of 50 + decided to bite the bullet and take 3-4 weeks out for me me me never travelled without a tour company, pretty confident but be nice a join up with like minded people for a bit of moral support.done some research looks like bangkok head north to chang mai would love some cooking lessons and then south after that seems so much choice getting confused lol hurry as im impulsive and booking flight for next week as need to be back from christmas and guess i have to a job booo
#1 julesloz has been a member since 30/10/2012. Posts: 7
Good for you. Good decision. Life can't be all big issues and heart surgey. There's got to be something that brings joy to life. Doesn't look like Mukdahan is on your route, but if you decide to swing by this way, look me up.
My sister came over to visit me 2 years ago and loved it. She had never been out of the states. She's 66. I know a lady from Sweden that's in her 70's and has been backpacking by herself for well over 10 years now. We started in Bangkok for 4 or 5 days then up to Chaing Mai for a week, then down here to Ubon Ratchathani. Spent a couple of days running around in the province before I brought her to my village. She spent 4 nights with us here. There's a lot to see and do around the Chaing Mai area. Captain Bob on here can better fill you in on that. I was suprised at how gutsy my sister was. Although we didn't get around to it she was wanting to do a zip line. LOL Now she and my sister-in-law are talking about Amsterdam. I have a cousing that lives there.
#3 neosho has been a member since 13/8/2008. Posts: 386
My 1st overseas trip was in 1982 - Europe for a month, 1985 - Israel, Greece - 4 months, after that it was mostly 2 week holidays in Latin America once in a while, but never tours. In 1995 I went to Asia for the first time. I really started traveling almost every year after that for longer periods in 2000, I think? Latin America & South East Asia mostly, but also India. The thing I regret most is not traveling more :)
Thailand is so easy for backpackers, really. You can meet up many backpackers if you choose a nice and reputable guesthouse or hostel - don't choose an expensive hotel, but go for a guesthouse or hostel in Bangkok (since you will land there first.) Research this site or from tripadvisor or agoda, find a room priced not more than 900B and read through the reviews, you can see which ones get more positive reviews from western backpackers-that would be your good starting point. And, maybe it's best not to book more than 2 nights, so that you can move elsewhere once you found better places afterward. And - please eat local street food, they are some of the best in the world. Also, be prepared for some possible scams that you might meet in Bangkok, read about them in this forum, be prepared, and you'll be alright.
Have a nice trip - you will enjoy it!
Thanks for all your advice much appreciated the more I look the more I'm getting confused just so much choice! Ha ha although thats not a bad thing its just trying to choose where to go on my budget, so far looking as Bangkok for a couple of days find my feet then up to Chaing Mai on the overnight train, taking a cookery course and then a 3-4 day trek not sure which one?? Then fly down to phuket maybe and spend a week or so island hopping then fly over to Koh Samui and then fly back to Bangkok that should wrap up 3 weeks anymore info guys? I want to make it as smooth as poss I'm pretty laid back and not hooked up on the luxury thing I love to experience new stuff, have no problem making friends but think the redundancy has knocked my confidence a bit so come on guys I need a push to do this!!
#6 julesloz has been a member since 30/10/2012. Posts: 7
Well i survived bangkok a skeeper train to chiang mai, trekking tomorrow and thai cooking thursday and fly to ko samui friday anyone around?
#8 julesloz has been a member since 30/10/2012. Posts: 7