Feedback on Thailand : Dream holiday but mass tourism

Administrative

  • Tourism Visa: Free, single entry
    • By land: Two visas for maximum 30 days can be granted within a year. After that, you can only be granted visas allowing you to stay 15 days tops.
    • By air: As many 30 days visas can be granted in a year.
  • Curency: Thaï Baht (THB) ; 1€ ~ 38 THB (2018)
  • Bank fees : 150 THB (4€) at Eon Bank ; 220 THB (4-6€) at the other local banks for each withdrawal of 20.000 THB (500€), excluding the fees set by your own bank
  • Language : Thai and dialects, English, …

 


Itinerary

 


Our stay

25 days from the 6th of February 2018 to the 2nd of March 2018 and 29 days from the 12 of April 2018 to the 10th of May 2018.

 


Our best pictures

Bangkok city centre
Three white Elephants Temple, Bangkok
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Bangkok
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Meeting with Queenie’s dad, Bangkok
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Greeting of an old friend, Bangkok
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Songkran, Thaï New Year in April 2018, Bangkok
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Lumphini park, Bangkok
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Wild varan at the Lumphini park, Bangkok
Pattaya Botanical Garden (2)
Nong Nooch Botanical Garden, Pattaya

Pattaya Botanical Garden (4)

Pattaya Harbor (1)
Pattaya Harbor Bay
Pattaya Temple of Truth (1)
Temple of Truth, Pattaya

Pattaya Temple of Truth (4)

Pattaya Temple of Truth (9)

Kamala Phuket (2)
Kamala beach, Phuket
The Beach Maya bay (2)
Maya Bay, Phuket
Phuket Beaches (2)
Pileh Lagoon, Phuket
Phuket Beaches (6)
James Bond island, Phuket
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Muay Thai fight, Chiang Mai
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Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai

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Doi Suthep campsite, Chiang Mai

 

Wat Rhong Kun, the White Temple, Chiang Rai
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Songkran (Thaï New Year), Kanchanaburi
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Chinese Temple, Kanchanaburi
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Bridge on the River Kwai, Kanchanaburi
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Phu Pha, Seventh level waterfall, Erawan National Park
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Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
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Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
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Street art, Krabi
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Street art, Krabi
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Krabi and its Crab, Krabi
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Ao Nang Beach, Krabi
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Mangroves, Krabi
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Mangroves, Krabi

 


Global and average daily expense for two people

  • Admission (temples, parks and activities) : 55€
  • Transport : 355€ (155€ to get from India to Thailand by plane, 153€ bus/bus+boat, 18€  minivan, 5€ taxi, 13€ songthaews, 10€ subway)
  • Food : 606€ (364€ for basics needs, like water, three meals a day and fruits – Lets’s count 1-1,5€/pp on average for basic meals, 242€ for what we call « comfort » needs, like desserts, alcool, drinks and sweets)
  • Hotel : 301€ (8€/night on average, negotiable if you stay a couple of days and 0,75€/pp/night in a campsite)
  • Tips (bank fees, tips): 55€
  • Others (laundry, shopping, massages and miscellaneous) : 249€ (including 70€ at Decathlon)

 

Global expenses : 1.620€

Average daily expenses for two people : 39€ (exluding our expenses at Decathlon)

 


Global feedback

  • + + :
    • Gorgeous sunny beaches with crystal clear waters and coconut trees
    • Nice and original massages…
    • Gorgeous temples (White Temple in Chiang Rai to name one of the many)
    • Relax and zen atmosphere (Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Kamala and Koh Samui)
    • Bangkok capital : Nice city where people seems less stressed than in other capitals in Asia
    • Songkran : Thai New Year where people throw water and flour at each other as a blessing for the new year
    • Nice and cheap hotels (5-10€)
    • Cheap campsites (less than 1€/night), even with showers, toilets and sometimes even Wi-Fi (at HQ)
    • Water refill stations in streets for 1/20 of the price in a 7-Eleven (and it’s a big plus to Earth)
  • – – :
    • Too many tourists (people expect tips as in USA, expensive excursions, less authentic experience)
    • Constant harrassment by taxi/tuk-tuk drivers
    • Negotiating is not commonplace compared with other Asian countries, like China or India
    • As Europeans, we are seen as « bank accounts » and rich people
    • Plastics are consumed at every corner and for anything possible
    • Drinks with too much sugar to appreciate its taste

 


Feedback and feelings

Bangkok

The city s a hive for activity, but you don’t feel hurried as in Hong Kong.That’s one of the few capitals in Asia where we felt good and would like to go back to later in the future, maybe for a longer time.

Everything to see, like temples (Wat Pho, Arhun and Phra Kaeo) or Lumphini park is easily reachable by subway or bus and quite nice.

 

Pattaya

Nice and animated city, but still relax. There is a nice beach and a gorgeous temple, the Temple of Truth, entirely made out of wood.

We knew Pattaya only by reputation and we expected to see hookers and sex ads everywhere, but actually there is nothing more than in any other touristic city. There are several streets with go-go bars and massages parlors, but one evening is enough to see everything since all of them are in a walking distance from the city centre. The atmosphere is quite pleasant, and neither shameful nor twisted.

 

Chiang Mai

Nice city with a relax atmosphere, perfect for yoga, meditation and chilling out (beer and muay thai fights ;p). There are a lot of expats there and we would like to come back in the future, as in Bangkok. We especially enjoyed Doi Suthep mountain and its campsite (less than 1€/night, if you do not rent any camping gear). There are also several trails on the mountain that you can walk without any guide.

We wanted to see Doi Inthanon, the highest location in Thailand, but we unfortunately had to leave the country before our visa expired.

 

Chiang Rai

The town has very few to show for itself, but you must see its white Temple!

 

Phuket et Kamala

Gorgeous beaches with crystal clear waters and wonderful islands (James Bond, Hong, Phi Phi, Maya Bay, …). Unfortunately, they are popular and overcrowded.

 

Kanchanaburi

Small city close to Myanmar, which still bears the marks of WWII. That is also where you get to see the famous bridge on the River Kwai !

Erawan National Park is worth a visit as well with its gorgeous waterfalls and they have a campsite with maintained infrastructures (showers, toilets). It’s really cheap (less than 1€/night) if you bring your own gear (but you can rent it in case you don’t have any). They also have cheap restaurants and WI-Fi!

 

Koh Samui

Gorgeous beaches and crystal clear waters. We enjoyed the place so much that we stayed at Chaweng beach for 15 days!

 

Krabi

Nice town located in a karst as we like them, with street art, crossroads and lamps. Ao Nang beach is nice and you can see mangroves (sunken forests).

 

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