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Thoughts on traveling in Thailand

Streets of Fisherman's Village, Koh Samui

Streets of Fisherman’s Village, Koh Samui

Thailand was never a holiday destination that I was particularly interested in, but a few friends had expressed their desire to vacation there over Christmas and New Year for 2014/2015. Still not over my post-holiday depression from Japan, we booked tickets quickly and the five of us spent a quick 8 days in Singapore and Thailand.

I was torn about traveling to Thailand initially and had just gone to tag along with my friends, and also to attend the notorious Full Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan. I intended this to be a party trip, and a party trip it was- we were either hungover or drinking every day of the trip. Aside from that, the experience traveling in Thailand was confronting at times. It was my first time traveling to a South-east Asian country, and it was disheartening to see people living in less than ideal living conditions. We spent a little bit of time in Singapore, Bangkok and Phuket, and the majority of our time in Koh Samui.

Koh Samui and Phuket were much more touristy than Bangkok, and also more expensive. We learned to barter for items and rides throughout our travels in Thailand. I rode on the back of a scooter for the first time and also tried the 3 person scooter ride (quite common in Thailand) more than once.

After a whirlwind week, my friends and I came home from Thailand bruised, battered, burnt and scratched (literally). Contrary to my preconceived notions that I would dislike traveling through South-east Asia, I loved the culinary delights and nightlife scene in Thailand, and would gladly return in a heartbeat, especially to a less touristy area like Bangkok, which was one of my favourite places we traveled to.

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6 thoughts on “Thoughts on traveling in Thailand

    • Meatballhead says:

      It definitely put things in perspective for me! It was an amazing trip overall and the street food was one of the highlights.

  1. Jenny says:

    I love this because I am planning a trip to Thailand with my friends as well so it’s always nice to hear it from someone else’s experience. I agree with you, I am more looking forward to travelling to Bangkok than the touristy places like Phuket. Did you think one week of travel was enough? We are still planning to see how many days to spend in Thailand.

    • Su Lwin says:

      I think one week is enough to do Thailand, but would recommend longer if you want to do more activities. I was never interested in Thailand as a holiday destination, and was mainly planning to party there and go to the beach, so if you’re looking to do other things like sightseeing or water activities, I think 2 weeks would be good! And as for Bangkok, I’ve heard it can be quite touristy as well, I only had one night there and went clubbing that night so I can’t really speak for the rest. I hope you have a great time in Thailand! It’s a great place if you like partying and drinking, but there are some aspects I didn’t like, such as when they try to rip off foreign tourists.

      • Jenny says:

        Thank you for the helpful and honest input! I think what I want most from the trip is food and culture. Im not too keen on the beaches so maybe Ill spend less time in Phuket. Thank you again!!

  2. Su Lwin says:

    That’s okay! Yeah, if you’re not into beaching you probably don’t need to see Phuket at all. If you’re into culture I’d recommend visiting Chiang Mai in the north, I didn’t personally go there but my friend did, and said it’s less touristy.

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