July 5, 2014
Questions on Backpacking in Thailand
We get asked regularly the following questions on Backpacking in Thailand, so we thought we would share them with you. If you have any burning issues or questions please do free to ask away.
– What would you recommend, going on my first day or so here?
I would suggest you make your first stop Bangkok for a night or two, if you are of a younger age and on a very restricted budget, then maybe a hostel in the Khao San Road area will do. If you are slightly more mature or on a less restrictive budget then go for a hotel in the Siam or Sukhumvit Road area, the area there has more nightlife as well as hotels in all price ranges, with the added benefit of good restaurants, travel agencies for tours, malls, street vendors and use of the Sky train, there is no Sky train in the KSR area.
If you consider yourself as a shopaholic you could consider a hotel in the Pratunam area where you can shop until you drop. You will also find the access to the new Airport Rail Link. It is possible to take a train from the airport to Pratunam and walk to the nearby hotels. http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm
-I want to use Thailand as a base and visit other countries what is the visa situation?
You can travel into other countries for free from Thailand but this does depend on your passport. Many of the tourists who can enter Thailand visa exempt (free entry) can also enter the likes of Malaysia & Singapore for free, while the likes of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam charge a small landing or and exit fee. One of the best ways to see both the real Thailand and see more of the countries you plan to visit is by train, there are many sleeper trains from Bangkok going all over Thailand and beyond (using the sleeper trains is normally cheaper than flying, with the added benefit that you save a nights accommodation charges.
See http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm#.U7OHEPmSyAU once here in Thailand and if you want to go on tours you can get them through local travel agencies or in our case our receptions.