bookishaviator
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Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:30 am

Evening,

So this is yet another seeking-travel-advice thread, but you all seem a well-travelled (naturally) and knowledgable bunch, so hopefully you may be able to sort me out.

I have the opportunity to travel to Thailand in January of next year, although I will be making the trip on my own. I've not been to Thailand before, although I have travelled overseas on my own on many occasions. I'm looking largely for a chill out kind of holiday (read a book by the pool, that sort of thing), but wouldn't mind seeing a thing or two while I'm there.

I have two weeks. I'll be flying into either Phuket or Koh Samui. Which would be more suited to the lone traveller, or is it a bit of a case of six of one and half a dozen of the other? Are tours and the like (island hopping, perhaps) more accessible from one over the other? If I'm sounding ignorant about Thailand, it's because I am.

Any hotel/resort recommendations would also be most welcome - my budget extends to about $250 (AUD) per night for accommodation.
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:00 am

Quoting bookishaviator (Thread starter):
I'm looking largely for a chill out kind of holiday (read a book by the pool, that sort of thing),
Quoting bookishaviator (Thread starter):
I'll be flying into either Phuket or Koh Samui.



Definitely not Phuket or Koh Samui.
Especially that time of year. very crowded with lots of drunken Aussie tourist.
You may want to visit Koh Chang or maybe Krabi.
I am sure there are more but I haven't been to them yet.
There are relaxing places in Phuket and Koh Samui but they're 5-star and would cost more than $250 (AUD) per night.

Enjoy your trip.
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:17 pm

I've been to Koh Samui several times but not for the last two years. I stayed the Buri Rasa Village in Chaweng Beach. I don't know the rates, you can check online. www.burirasa.com

I absolutely loved it there!

It's a small, quiet, beautiful hotel situated on the beach, with a pool in case you don't want to use the beach. The staff are wonderful and can help you with other tour arrangements. Nice restaurant too. Bar right there on the beach as well. Some nights they had a great BBQ right on the beach, reasonably priced too. The rooms are very nice and vary in size. It's set up like a miniature village. Some rooms are on the second floor and some have little "cooling off pools". Kinda like a jacuzzi without the bubbles!

Check out the website and see if the rates and the place meet your criteria. I was there in January once and it wasn't that crowded, but Phuket will be!

Let us know what you decide and have a great time!

Superfly and I will be expecting pictures!!!

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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:46 pm

Just go to Pattays, there i't's a big plus that you are a lone traveler  

Accommodation is also really cheap.

Pattaya is the real Thailand  
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:56 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
You may want to visit Koh Chang or maybe Krabi.

Yes..both great places and more chilled out than Phuket or Ko Samui. I like Ko Samet which I found to have a nice relaxed atmosphere. You might be able to find somewhere relaxing in Phuket as it has many beaches but do not go to Patong beach as it will be packed with people in January. Karon or Kata beaches will be quiter but still busy at that time of year.

Personally I like Phuket better than Samui but both are really good. Regarding trips if you went to Phuket you could visit Ko Phi Phi from there (where they filmed "The Beach") and despite the toursim its still a awesome place to visit. By the way if your going in January you will probably need to get a move on with hotel bookings and flight reservations etc...because they sell out fast in January.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
If you're in Bangkok, let's meet up for drink.

You are a very lucky man..! I have been wanting to live long term in Thailand for many years now but never had the means or opportunity's to do it yet..... If I may ask..what kind of work are you doing out there?

I'll be in Thailand in October/November staying with Thai friends in Bangkok for about 2 months so maybe we could go for a drink..?
 
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:17 pm

Quoting BR076 (Reply 3):
Pattaya is the real Thailand

If you like bar hopping and only bar hopping!!!   
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:18 pm

I've only been to Bangkok a few times, and then only for a stop over between Australia and the UK.

It was, every time, a surprise for me. I stayed in good hotels (the Sheraton was my favorite) and found the people there extraordinarily gracious and kind. I also started the habit of going to Jim Thompson's each trip (even though there was a small shop in the hotels) to find gifts for the wife and daughter. A pretty grand silk shop to say the least.

Since my travels were limited to Bangkok the only thing I can recommend is a few days there. Rest up from the flights and take some tours.
 
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:47 am

Thank you all for the advice and information - very much appreciated! I hope to book flights within the next couple of days - TG seems to offer the best price of the full service airlines from Melbourne, so it looks like I'll be flying with them (my first time!).

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
very crowded with lots of drunken Aussie tourist.

Definitely something I'd prefer to avoid!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 1):
If you're in Bangkok, let's meet up for drink.

I hope to spend a night or two in Bangkok at some point in the trip - it'd be a shame not to.
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:08 am

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 7):
Thank you all for the advice and information - very much appreciated! I hope to book flights within the next couple of days - TG seems to offer the best price of the full service airlines from Melbourne, so it looks like I'll be flying with them (my first time!).

Try and avoid V Australia if you can (If looking at MEL-HKT). The service was lousy and the crew were disinterested

I got back from Phuket on the 3rd of this month, I can't really share any Wisdoms with you, other than if you hate seeing animals stressed and drugged, Stay away from the Zoo.

As for shopping -- If you're into Touristy type T-Shirts with "THAILAND" OR "PHUKET" or whatever across it, Check out Carrefour (If you're in Patong Beach)

I picked up a T-Shirt which shows the country of Thailand in thai writing for 58 Baht.
I nearly bought a pair of genuine Reebok Pumps for $268 AUD but decided against it.

Other than that, I can't really provide any good jems of information.

Hope you enjoy your trip  
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:17 am

Quoting Brendan03 (Reply 8):
Try and avoid V Australia if you can (If looking at MEL-HKT). The service was lousy and the crew were disinterested

Ah, really? I was tempted to fly them MEL - LAX. I otherwise always fly Qantas on that route.

It looks like I'll be going MEL - BKK with TG, stay for a couple of nights, then BKK - USM domestically, again with TG.
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:09 pm

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 2):
Superfly and I will be expecting pictures!!!

  

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 7):
TG seems to offer the best price of the full service airlines from Melbourne, so it looks like I'll be flying with them (my first time!).

Thai Airways is the ONLY way to go.
The best airline in the world in my opinion.
Once you fly Thai, you'll never choose another airline over them.

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 7):
Definitely something I'd prefer to avoid!

Same here.
Nothing against drunk Aussie's as I've had loads of fun hanging out with many drunken Aussie's in the past but it gets old really fast. The place I avoid the most is Khaosan road in Bangkok. Nothing but a bunch of western hippies and watered down Thai food.

Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 4):
If I may ask..what kind of work are you doing out there?

Civil engineering and construction management consulting.

Quoting SpeedBirdA380 (Reply 4):
I'll be in Thailand in October/November staying with Thai friends in Bangkok for about 2 months so maybe we could go for a drink..?

You don't need to twist my arm for that.   
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RE: Thailand & The Lone Traveller

Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:17 pm

I've spent months on Phuket in the high season (January). If you land there, go to the southern tip around Rawai, there are a couple of isolated beaches just north that don't see many crowds. If you rent a motorcycle and wander around the back roads, you can easily find private accommodations in houses. I was always training in a muay thai camp but if alone, that is what I would do.

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