10 tips for backpacking in Thailand
6th February 2015
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In 2014 Thailand was voted the top backpacking destination by students, and with such a diverse landscape it’s easy to see why. Whether you want to party hard at the full moon or trek through the jungle and camp with tribes it’s worth reading up on all Thailand has to offerbefore you go. Here are 10 top tips to get you started. 1. Pack light – Clothes are cheap as chips in Asia and you’ll want to bring a whole heap back once you’ve stopped by the dazzling Chiang Mai Night Bazar. Plus the more you bring, the more you have to carry around for months! 2. Take a backpack – A suitcase just isn’t practical! A backpack is much easier to carry when you’re hiking uphill to your treehouse. Plus, you’ll have compartments to make it easier to access important things. Choose a pack with a side opening for easy access, although be sure you can secure it with TSA padlock. 3. Plan ahead… but not too far – Part of the travel experience is just “going with the flow”. Have a loose plan of where you’d like to go, but be flexible and ask fellow travellers for their tips on tourist hotspots, hidden gems and good places to stay.If you’re planning to go to the full moon party on Kho Phangan (and I recommend you do!) pre-book your accommodation and transfer off the island – don’t just arrive and hope to find somewhere to stay in Haad Rin. As 30,000 people descend you’ll soon find all the decent places will be full! 4. Explore as much as you can -Thailand is such a diverse country, with jungle, city and white-sandy beachesall at your fingertips,so it would be a waste to stay in just one place. The heady Khaosan Road in Bangkok is a must-see: known as the ‘backpackers ghetto’,it’s the perfect place to start your travels, especially if you’re travelling alone. However, just around the corner, a couple of streets away, is the lantern-lined Rambuttri Road which has a completely different feel. Rave until dawn on Khaosan and the next day swap hard trance for acoustic soul.
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