Thailand is often quoted as the backpacker’s ultimate paradise. I’m lucky enough to have just come back from a three-week tour around the South East Asian country. Thanks to the iconic film ‘The Beach’, Paradise Islands (Maya Bay) has been advertised as heaven on earth. Now, on the East Coast of Thailand, thousands of tourists attend the full moon and half moon parties; formally put together by the locals and occur every month. Boredom is not an option, as there is a plethora of other pool and forest parties.
For many students it’s a top holiday destination offering a break from studies, the chance to indulge in a different culture and the opportunity to meet other like-minded people from all over the world. Koh San Road in Bangkok offers hostels, bars and many stalls with endless cheap finds. The main strip unities the travelers starting or ending their travels in Bangkok and is one of the most popular things to do whilst in Asia.
North of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the next biggest city to tick off your bucket list. Elephant riding, Tiger Temple, and so much more are hidden in the mountains and are all accessible via Tuck Tuck, scooters or taxi’s. Hiring scooters can be as cheap as 150Baht for 24hours, (£2.50) and are the most accessible transport, giving complete freedom to explore Chiang. Coaches and trains are the cheapest way of traveling long distance (Bangkok-Chiang Mai) but once in the city Tuck Tuck is definitely the way to travel. Thanks to social media allowing us to check out what other people were doing around our area, we managed to meet up with some home friends and discover an abandoned cliff-jumping quarry. Finding something new to do which is not on the “what to do in Thailand” section of Google, can always be found on Instagram or through hash tag trends.
If you want to travel next summer, now is the time to start saving and looking into purchasing flights. Last October I bought my flights for roughly £400 return for traveling ten months in advance. Thailand is an extremely cheap destination so around £650 spending money is an appropriate amount for a three week holiday. That’s a one-week holiday in Malia or Maga and I can guarantee Thailand is a much better to appreciate what we have in the UK. As a student it is hard to buy food let alone a holiday of a life time, but why not work outside of term-time like I did, if you can’t during Uni to save up money.
Seeing this beautiful country through my own eyes instead of seeing pictures online is something everyone needs to achieve in life.