Out of all the places I've been, Thailand remains one of the most memorable trips yet. No matter what type of traveler you are, there is something for everyone in this lively country. However, what I also remember is how overwhelmed I felt during the planning process. Between reading endless blogs and hearing tons of suggestions from friends who had been there before, I didn’t even know where to start. For that reason, I figured it’d be nice to write up a quick guide to planning a Thai trip! That way if you ever find yourself wanting to go, this will help take some of the stress off your back.
First things first, Thailand is CHEAP AF. I’m talking $20 (about 600 Baht) budget a day. Now with that being said, the flight there is not. You may be able to find a steal of a deal during the year but do not let the pricey flight discourage you from taking the plunge. Remind yourself that you’ll be spending very little money while you’re there!
There are 3 different vibes in the great land of smiles: city, mountains and beach. Since you’re already making the trek, make sure you go with enough time to see everything. Specifically, I would suggest going in that order as well. You can fly from city to city for $50-100 each way. I used AirAsia for all my transportation and they did not disappoint!
You’ll fly in and out of Bangkok so whether you want to spend a few days there at the beginning or end of the trip is totally up to you. (I actually did two days at the beginning and one at the end.) Next, I suggest the mountainous city of Chiang Mai. This cultural little city was my favorite part about the trip. It’s also the place where you see all the pictures of people at the elephant parks. Just make sure you do your research beforehand!!
Plan to visit the beaches/islands last. This way all kicking back and relaxing can take place as your trip comes to an end! You can find some luxurious 5-star resorts on the islands for less than $100 a night! I went to both Koh Samui and Phuket but if we’re being totally honest I could hardly tell a difference. Every beach destination is beyond beautiful and absolutely breathtaking. The staff at all the hotels treat you like royalty and make for an exceptional experience. I would recommend picking one island destination and sticking to it rather than hopping around from beach to beach. But as usual, do whatever fits your traveling style!
Once you have a solid schedule of cities and days you can move on to planning activities at each stop. Who knows, maybe Trvl Talk will even be back to give you some more advice regarding what to do once your trip is booked. Stay tuned!