(Closed) thailand recommendations?

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We are going to Thailand for our honeymoon in August, we fly to Dubai first for 4 days,then onto Bangkok for 3 nights then to chaweng beach in Koh Samui for 7 nights 🙂

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Ok, so you’ll have $1100 for 14 days (unless the whole trip is 14 days, so maybe 11/12 days on the ground?)

For sake of easy math, let’s say 11 days- so $100/day. Are you planning on staying in whatever city you fly into (Bangkok most likely) for 2 weeks? Or will you need to fly to a beach and/or up north to Chiang Mai/Rai? Internal flights are cheap, but remember on cheap flights you’ll need to pay extra for luggage. 

So maybe you’ll do a week in Bangkok and a week on one of the southern beaches. But you need to fly there and back- for two of you with baggage, that’ll be at least $200 RT. So now you’re down to $900 for 11 days- or $81/day. 

$81 a day is doable in Thailand, sure, but you won’t be staying at places I would consider ‘honeymoon worthy’. Let’s say your hotel is $50USD/night, that leaves $31/day for the two of you to eat and get around. I’m sure if you’re in Bangkok, you’ll want to visit the Grand Palace- it’s a must see- but it’s just about $15USDpp, so there goes your daily budget for food/activities- so you’ll have to economize elsewhere- especially since that $30USD entrance won’t cover your transport to/from the GP. 

Happy to answer any questions you have, however, if it were me, I wouldn’t have 70% of my budget allocated to flights. Maybe a better idea is to go somewhere closer where you have more per day to spend.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

hajdu:  If your $3500 budget needs to have the flights taken out then you will need to rough it so to speak (as in not beach front, maybe air con, limited included breakfast, lots of rooms in the hotel with a small pool or worse no pool).

You will be short on money for food and transport after acommodation. Sure you can do it but you need to have really low expectations.

If the $3500 budget doesn’t include the airfares then you will have a great time in great hotels!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

$1100 for two people in Thailand for two weeks seems like a major stretch. I spent a similar length of time there as a student, we stayed at mid-range hotels and I think I still ended up spending about $900 the entire time outside of airfare. This was almost 12 years ago! While things are pretty inexpensive there, I can’t imagine things getting cheaper. Also, this is your honeymoon–do you want to live like a student on your honeymoon?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

ironmaidelah:  j_jaye:  Exactly, while Thailand is cheap- it’s not as cheap as people think sometimes. So yes, while Bangkok is probably one of the cheapest places to stay in a 5 star hotel, that doesn’t mean that the rooms are $100/night- it means they’re $250/night, versus a similar hotel elsewhere being $500+.

Also, you *can* get a bed in Bangkok for $10/night- but you’d be in a dorm or room share, I don’t think that’s how anyone wants to spend their honeymoon! Or really any vacation after college 😉

Post # 7
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knickergold:  Arghh I did the $15/n hostel option in Bangkok once in my 20’s. All I got was people having loud sex and bed bugs. And this was back in the days when the drugs on the street were mostly pot. Add in that nowadays you can get your hands on everything from e’s to the popular laughing gas I can’t imagine how a hostel would be! There are some places I will do hostels and some places I wouldn’t!

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

j_jaye:  Oh ya, I never would lol, but I ws booking hotel rooms in Bangkok recently and decided for fun to sort by ‘lowest price’– some didn’t look bad at the $10 range, but jeez some of the $6 and under ones were terrifying looking!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

j_jaye:  While it was fun, I’m just going to say no to that stage in life again. Even we did the $50/night hotels, which were like Days Inn with deluxe breakfast. 

OP, there are items you may want to buy during your honeymoon–silk is one, as well as admission to attractions, food not included in your hotel, and souvenirs–that $1100 for two people for two weeks don’t allow for. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Breckenridge, CO

I did the fleabitten backpacker $5/night thing on Khao San Road but that was 10 years ago.  GOOD TIMES

I was back there like 2 years ago and it’s more family friendly practically a TGIFriday’s feel I stayed there for a night or two in a guest house right behind Ethos near KSR.  I want to say it was about $20/night?

 

KSR has some WORLD CLASS people watching.  I still kinda love it.  There’s the palace and floating market etc in BKK but I love KSR because it’s like the gateway to SE Asia 

Are you going to do one of those ping-pong shows?  My friend and I got kicked out of Super Pussy once.  One of my #1 bar stories.

If you like medical weird things this museum is kinda cool http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293916-d1536172-Reviews-Siriraj_Medical_Museum-Bangkok.html

I did my open water certification in Koh Tao in 2006 and at the time it was the cheapest place on Earth to get certified.  Something like $250 for 5 nights accomodation in a primative bungalow plus the course.  Decent diving too it’s just overfished.  

Are you going to do the full moon party? I didn’t in my 2006 trip which I kinda regret because it was probably still kinda ~legit~ back then versus now it’s so overdone but I did go in Oct 2014 it was  douchey yet fun. My iPhone got jacked within 10 minutes of me being there so be aware!  Koh Phagnan has some nice chill areas on the west (quiet) side. Lots of yoga and colon cleansing. I think I paid like $15/night for my bungalow and it was nice had A/C right on the beach

I’ve never flown domestically within Thailand the night buses are pretty nice.  Infinitely better than the ones in neighboring countries but my pain/patience threshhold is pretty high 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

hajdu:  Please go to Koh Tao. Or Koh Lanta.

Koh Phi Phi – good for partying.

Koh Samui – a mixed bag (parties/beach/fancy resorts).

But please go to Koh Tao.

I’ve been to Thailand a few times and love it (holiday & backpacking). Internal travel is really cheap, food is fresh and amazing. Stunning beaches, lovely people. Enjoy!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Also, the hostels are really not that bad – I have never got bedbugs, been robbed or shared a room with anyone having sex (well….not knowingly anyway!).

There are some nice boutique style ones where you can get a private room, might be more appropriate than a dorm! Check out hostelworld.com for reviews.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Khao San Road gives me so much life. SE Asia is on our honeymoon list. Thinking Thailand Cambodia and Vietnam. 

Yeah, I’ve stayed at some great hostels too. Some were chancy. But is that really something you want to chance for your honeymoon?

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Eh you can stay in a private room with a shared bath, or a private bungalow, for like $15-20/night and despite all these other comments, they’re fine as long as you’re not expecting a western-style hotel room!

If you go north at all towards Chang Mai, go to the Elephant Nature Park!  It’s this amazing organization that rescues injured / abused “working” elephants (elephants that work for loggers or who are made to beg in the streets, etc).  It’s absolutely amazing. Run by locals who understand and revere elephants. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293917-d601884-Reviews-Elephant_Nature_Park_Day_Tours-Chiang_Mai.html

On that note, PLEASE DON’T do more touristy wildlife excursions… ride an elephant, visit a place where you can hold baby tigers, etc.  People supporting those places are a major cause of poaching and animal abuse in SE Asia.

I second PP’s recommendation about Koh Phanghan (in the Sea of Thailand, kind of close to Koh Samui).  It’s where they have the “full moon party”, which is a lame scene full of touristy douches on MDMA, but the southeastern side of the island has AMAZING beaches (Haad Tien, etc)… so relaxing and isolated and chill and friendly.

Have fun! If you stay in less expensive hostels and eat where the locals eat and transport yourself how the locals do (busses etc), your money will go a long way.  Mmmmm I’m practically drooling thinking about all the amazing food there!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

lolot:  IMO, while you can stay in a shared bath room, but why would you want to in your honeymoon??

plus, even at $20/night, that’s leaves $61/day (or $30.50 each) to travel internally, eat, souvenirs, activities, etc. 

if your on the ground budget is $3500, I say go for it! If it’s $1100 I say forgo it now, and save up for later!

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