Hiya fellow travelers, first time posting.
So, I leave for a 6 week backpacking trip to Thailand next Monday (1/14). I have some ideas of places I'd like to go to and things I'd like to see. Being it's my first time there, I would like to hear from you what you would do, traveling all around the country on a six week trip (landing in BKK and quickly getting on the road) and must see places.
I'm on a pretty tight budget (1000bt - 2000bt a day), and my main interests are seeing temples, Muay Thai, maybe some beaches and just soaking up as much culture and refreshing my spirit. Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions. Cheers and happy travels to you all!
#1 GhettoGepetto has been a member since 8/1/2013. Posts: 4
Hmmm, for a first time visit to Thailand, I'd suggest a gladbag of destinations along the lines of the following and I've suggested some links after each for more reading:
Bangkok (food, temples, muay thai)
Sukhothai OR Ayutthaya (food, historic ruins)
Where to stay in Sukhothi
More on Sukhothia
Chiang Mai (food, temples)
Temples in CM
Pai OR Chiang Dao OR Soppong (all three are trekking centres and quite pretty. Pai is the most touristy of the 3)
Chiang Dao getaway
Thailand has three main sets of islands, the east, the southeast and the southwest -- all three have good weather now. We have a lot of material on islands, and a lot would depend on if your main priority is to dive, party or chill out (I know there's a lot of grey in there, but with a bit more info from you can make some more helpful suggestions).
In the meantime, here's some links to a bunch more reading...
Andaman sea islands
East coast islands
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,738
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Make sure you visit a couple of the national parks. I recommend: Khao Sok NP (easy to visit if you're going to stay on the Gulf islands), Khao Luang NP/Ban Khiriwong Village/Nakhon Si Thammarat (if you do that one you're getting nicely off the tourist trail, which is a great feeling), Kaeng Krachan NP/Phetchaburi town (2 hours south of Bangkok).