When you’re planning a trip, there are always many questions going around in your head. Especially if you’re going to a continent or a country for the first time. Here’s a detailled guide that could help you plan a Thailand trip ! You can also check out my video here.
- Tour: booking domestic journeys in advance?
If you’re planning to do a tour and go to several cities, you might wonder if you need to book all the trajets in advance. Most of the time, the answer would be no. We did around 10 different journeys and only booked one in advance online. It’s usually cheaper and less complicated to book on the spot. Most of the tourist offices, which you can find at every street corner, are offering the best deals between the different islands/big cities of Thailand. Here are the journeys we did and their prices:
You really don’t need to book an accommodation in advance, unless there’s some huge events going on in the city; for example, the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. It’s an all-night beach party happening once a month on the night of the full moon. As it’s a world known event and by far the most expected party for travellers, most hostels and Airbnb ask for a stay of at least 5 nights, so you need to book in advance if you want to find one that allows you to only stay one or two nights. Except from that, and maybe Bangkok (we didn’t sleep there), you’re all good. For all the other cities, Booking.com is your friend. We booked all your hostels or guesthouse on it on the day or the day before. The least amount we paid per night was 3€ in a guesthouse in Krabi and the very max has been 9/10€ in Koh Tao and Chiang Mai. Most of the time, we paid around 7/8€ per night and had everything we needed and more. It was really great value. For example, at the Mandala House in Chiang Mai, we had a kind of small suite of two rooms separated by a spacious bathroom and kitchenette. There was a swimming pool and the breakfast was included, what a bargain!
You know this kind of situation when you’re at a restaurant with the menu and you have no idea what to choose? You won’t have to choose in Thailand because you’ll have so many opportunities to eat out that you’ll get to test everything. Indeed, eating out is most of the time cheaper than going to the supermarket. So don’t waste your time trying to find a supermarket, use it to find your next restaurant. There are so many well decorated place, sometimes hippie themed, sometimes bougie, sometimes really traditional… It’s a pleasure for the eyes, so sit down and fill your tommy!
It really depends on what you’re planning to do. Just try not to book it online because it’ll always be more expensive. You can either find a snorkelling equipment at a bar next to the beach and book your tours and stuff at every office centre. Here’s what we did:
Full Moon 2,68€ Snorkelling Equipment 2,68€
Boat & Entrance to Koh Nangyan 8€ Phang Nga Day Tour 25€
Chiang Mai Museum 1€ Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary day 60€
Day Excursion to Chiang Rai 25€
Unless it’s a walkable distance, you’ll do everything by taxi or motorbike. Taxi rides are much cheaper on the continent than on the islands. Always ask several taxi drivers to see which price is right one. It’s basically all about negotiating, that’s how it works there. Sometimes you’ll have plenty of options so you’ll in a position where you can choose, and sometimes, mostly on the islands, they fixed a certain price on which they all agreed. It’ll never be more than 5€. Most of the drives are between 1€ and 3€.
The best comparator for this case has been Skyscanner. A precious help and time saver! We found flights way and back for 350€. I flied with China Southern Airlines, it lasted 17 hours in total with a stopover in China, and the service was pretty good. The seat wasn’t too comfy but airplanes seats are never really comfy, unless you’re flying in the first class. Also, never go on a website to check the prices of something without being in the private navigation. They track your IP address and the prices will go up and up. Last but not least advice, book with as many advance as possible to get the best plane deal!