I'm going to Thailand for 2 weeks next week. I have never been before and this is my first time away travelling on my own. I am 28 years old. I am really excited and fearful at the same time (healthy fear). I have made a final itinery which goes like this -
Fly into BKK
Spend 3 days in Bangkok then get the day train to Chang Mai and spend 3 days there (i've heard the day train is best for the scenery)
Take a flight from Chang Mai to Ko Samui spend the rest of my holiday there and amongst the islands and then fly back to BKK to return home.
I know 2 weeks is a short time but does this seem 'do-able' to people? And also, what are the costs likely to be?
#1 Geezy has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 48
Yes that seems totally fine to me. Will you be taking the night train to Chang Mai so you can sleep on the train? I cant remember exactly but it's something like a 10/12 hour train ride. It would be nice in the day but it would be like wasting a day. If you go at night and sleep on the train you save a night's hotel cost and also still get the good scenery when you wake in the morning.
If you do the night train and your on your own 2nd class might be better as you will be in the coach with lots of other people. If you choose 1st class you could end up in a small compartment with another person you don't know - Thai or western/other, male or female (although apparently they try to match sex)
Flying from Chang Mai to the south is fine as I have done before but we actually flew to BKK and then catch another flight to the south (Krabi that time) but BKK to Samui is possible too.
As for costs, the train wont cost much, flights might cost you 2000/3000 baht each time and hotels if you havent booked could cost you as little as a few hundred baht a night to 10000 baht a night.
Most expensive thing in Thailand is beer!
If its your first time make sure you google 'Bangkok Scams' or something like that.
Have a great time and post up any other questions you have.
Cheers JMM. Thats exactly the type of reply i was looking for. Taking the night train makes sense a it doubles as a the cost of a hotel as well. Thanks for the heads up on the 2nd class compartment. I dont want to end up alone with one other person. Those prices seem ok. Plenty of saving for beer money.
My plan is to fly direct to Koh samui then spend some time chilling on a beach. I will check the scams out as well because i've heard many a bad thing about them!
#3 Geezy has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 48
I dont really know to be honest mate. I heard that Bagkok airways do a direct flight.
#5 Geezy has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 48