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Thailand planning - where to go?

County Dublin...
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Thailand planning - where to go?

Hello all,

Currently in the process of planning a first time trip to Thailand - finding it difficult because there is so many options of places to go and things to do (not a bad complaint)!

I am looking for help in putting together a list of places that we should go to.

We are 4 lads in our mid 20's and its our first time in Thailand. We are heading in early November for 2 weeks. Basically we are looking to spend 2 nights in Bangkok and then island hopping for the rest. What we are looking for in this trip is a mixture of everything: good nightlife in most of the places we stay, hoping to meet other tourists our own age, nice blue water beaches along with plenty of activities to do (example: diving, water sports, elephant sanctuary, muai thai boxing, food stalls, scooter renting etc).

We were thinking of the following places to visit:

1. Bangkok,

2. Pattaya,

3. Koh phagan (Koh samui or Koh tao either),

4. Phi Phi islands

5. Phuket.

Would you recommended other places to visit/ take off the list/ how many nights in each etc.

All input would be greatlly appreciated.

Many thanks

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Copenhagen Region...
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1. Re: Thailand planning - where to go?

If you want to visit some of the islands in the South I would take off Pattaya from your list. Beach is not great, but cheap night life. You have night life in all your suggestions, but you will only be going for 2 weeks so it will be a lot of travelling.

You could keep Pattaya and then delete Ko Phangan/Ko Tao/Ko Samui or Phuket/Phi Phi Islands.

County Dublin...
9 posts
2. Re: Thailand planning - where to go?

Thank you for your reply Dennis J.

What would be the recommended length of time to stay in the other places then? should we spend more time in one than others or should we divide the time equally between them all?

Pawtucket, RI
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3. Re: Thailand planning - where to go?

"All input would be greatlly appreciated."


Schedule a final night or two back in Bangkok before flying home. Most flights from Europe first land at Bangkok anyway. If you had planned to arrive at the last minute for a flight home that connecting flight might be cancelled! Paying for return flights home can be very expensive! (Bangkok can be cheaper than good beach areas because city transportation is pretty good. Phuket is more expensive.)

Pattaya has a crappy beach so if actually swimming at a beach is more important than cheap nightlife choose other beach areas.

For each city you have an interest in locate that particular forum. On those forums you will have specific help with local transportation, things to do, where to stay, etc. With 4 guys one of you probably has access to a real computer. Do your research on a laptop or other big screen computer and the information will be easier to work with.

Four guys. Renting scooters. Figure that one of you could be dead or injured. Motorbikes, scooters, motorcycles account for many of the tourist deaths and injuries in Thailand. Mix drinking and driving is a recipe for disaster! (Read that phrase in a pamphlet.) So, take the time to read up on how to ride legally, have good travel insurance to cover you for injuries and hospitalization. You could be in an accident with a 12 year old kid speeding along without lights or license! Hit an animal, etc.

Lots of young tourists do choose Koh Phangan. Some of them to drink foolishly and use drugs without mommy and daddy finding out. You should research how to get there and how long it takes. Google up dangers that you might encounter before you show up!

Thailand might be bigger than you think. Some long distances you might have to include flying in your budget.


Do the normal stuff. Read up on changing your currency to Thai baht. Know how to use ATMs, read up on scams to avoid. (Long distant bus scams is one. In particular buses booked in Khao San Road area of Bangkok.) DO NOT leave money, passport and valuables in any checked in bag! Google up bus scams, theft on buses. Keep money, passport and important stuff in your pocket. Good to have buttons or velcro securing pockets. Have locks for your bags or packs. Keep passport dry!

Good luck.

County Dublin...
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4. Re: Thailand planning - where to go?

Massive thanks infideal, very informative and helpful post!! will leave out Pattaya I think now

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