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Tips & experiences for your backpacking holiday, by Lisa and Frank

There is a reason why backpacking in Thailand is so popular.
Experiencing beautiful moments, that only requires a unique preparation to be able to backpack through Thailand. We would like to share our tips and suggestions for your itinerary here.

If you are planning a long-distance trip, Thailand is the first place that comes to mind. As the most famous destination in Asia, it is one of the most visited countries in the world. Southeast Asia offers everything you need and want for a backpacking holiday. Friends rarely report any disappointment they experienced. Quite the opposite. What is normal is an enthusiasm after the holiday and the plan to want to go there again soon.
Backpacking in Thailand
Backpacking in Thailand
Backpacking in Thailand
Starting with cheap accommodation, you can spend a much longer time travelling here on a limited travel budget than you could within Europe. You dont have to worry about food in Thailand. There are restaurants and street food everywhere. You can get your fill for little money and its even super tasty.

Our goal was to relax on the beaches and travel around Thailand without sitting in buses for too many hours. We wanted to get to know the culture and religion, and we were also not averse to a beach party. We are just 21 and 22 years old. Our second holiday together.
Normal beach holiday in Bulgaria or backpacking in Thailand?
At first we wanted to go to Mallorca and Bulgaria to the Gold Beach. It would have been nice too, but we quickly realised that the costs for a holiday in Thailand are not really more expensive. The hotels cost only 15€ a night instead of 50€, and lunch starts at 3€. We had planned 2.5 weeks. That would add up to quite a bit for the hotel in Mallorca alone. We had already spent a lot of our last holiday at the pool anyway. I have to admit we were a bit lazy on our last holiday two years ago. This time we wanted to experience something completely new. Thailand !
Thailand we are coming
After the first research online, we quickly realised that pretty much everyone shares the same opinion, Thailand is the ideal destination for backpackers. I collected some information online and for the flight we bought a paperback book to use the time wisely. At least thats what we had planned. A few evenings before the flight, the anticipation was so great that we had already read the book one evening before departure.

We had packed two big suitcases with about 16 kg and each had a backpack as hand luggage. Mainly clothes and some small things. The suitcase was quickly full. We stowed everything important in the hand luggage. Passport and a DKB credit card, an international driving licence, cash and our normal Sparkasse EC cards for security. We booked insurance through STA-Travel. About €1 per day is not worth mentioning. The GoPro7, on the other hand, was expensive. On my last holiday I dropped my mobile phone on the street and the display broke several times. The GoPro was much more stable and survived several small falls without any problems.

We booked the outward and return flights without doing much research. It was easy via Google flights and the prices were acceptable. 530€ for the return flight per person on the QatarAirways website. By train to the airport and through security check and we were on the plane. Changing planes once was also pleasant. So we could stretch our legs after 6 hours of flying. Apart from that, everything went very smoothly.
We arrived in Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi airport. We didnt need a visa because we wanted to be in the country for less than 30 days. After 30 minutes we were through passport control, picked up our luggage at the luggage conveyor belt and were relieved at first how great everything had worked out. Not even 2 minutes later we discovered a ticket counter for a minibus to Khaosan Road. 120 Baht (about 4€) directly to our hotel. The first shower in the hotel was urgently needed and we were both so excited, I cant put it into words. So many impressions, it was incredible. Other tourists everywhere with good moods and backpacks on their backs. It was very exciting. In the beginning we were totally overwhelmed. Where are we and where are we going? Everyone has to experience it for themselves. An adventure.

The weather was super nice from the first step out of the plane. Admittedly, the first 2 days it was just hot. But the heat was somehow pleasant. It is a completely different climate than in Europe or Germany. Even at night you could have worn your swimming trunks, if it werent for the mosquitoes.
The journey continues
On the first evening we booked a flight from Bangkok "don mueang" airport to Ko Samui. We booked our transport to the airport one evening before. A minibus cost 120 baht (about 4€) and picked us up directly in front of the hotel at 7am. We dont remember exactly, but it took less than 30 minutes and we were already there. The flight also took only 1 hour. It was all very quick. That was good.


There are so many great islands and places, we couldnt decide. So we went the logical way. The flight to Ko Samui Island was a great time saver. The bus would also have been possible, for example, to go to HuaHin first and then continue by boat, but we decided otherwise.
Koh Samui
The islands of Koh Tao, Ko Samui and Koh Phangan are right next to each other. About 30 minutes away by boat, you can go island hopping at a reasonable price. First we were in Samui in the north in "Mae Nam". Pure relaxation, hardly any tourists.
Then we went to the hotspot "Chaweng Beach" for two days and nights. Here it was a luxurious, rather tropical party holiday on the beach. The ArkBar was great, 2 days it was beach during the day and party in the evening. Almost everyone here is our age. Although we were still struggling with our jet lag, we continued during the day. We rented a scooter and drove to the neighbouring village of Lamai. Wonderfully idyllic with a huge beach. It was pleasantly quiet here compared to Chaweng. We ate and tasted so much everywhere, unique !

Because the hotel/beach bar Arkbar were quite expensive we went a bit further south in Samui, here it was almost even more pleasant. A very long road along the beach from the south to the Arkbar. We stayed at the hotel "Cheeky Monkeys Samui" for only 12€ a night. Nice rooms, a bit small but with roof terrace and small pool. We ate there often and enjoyed the papaya salad. 1a !
KohPhangan
We were here when there was no Fullmoon party. It was almost more beautiful here. But actually it was nice everywhere. We were told that it is always so pleasantly quiet here when there is no full moon party. At the party, 30,000 party people are supposed to celebrate and drink on the beach. I would have liked to have seen that, but its not a must for me. Here it was pure paradise. Every evening there is music at beach bars right on the beach and beanbags to make yourself comfortable. We saw a waterfall and enjoyed ourselves. Really recommended.
Ko Tao
My favourite, however, was Ko Tao. On arrival, we took a jeep taxi for a few minutes to the village. Such a tiny little island, an incredibly cute 21km. The beach is not really suitable for swimming but perfect for snorkelling and diving. Just stroll through, every place here has its charm. Evening, as always, beach bar with music + fire show + cocktails + relaxation. Super !

To be on the safe side, we wanted to make our way towards Bangkok in time. It was a great holiday. So we went to HuaHin again for the last 2 days. This is on the way back. We went back to the mainland by boat and from there by bus directly to HuaHin.
It was also nice there, but only our place 4.

The night market in HuaHin was great. As far as I know, there is one every evening. It took us 1 hour to get through it because we wanted to try something everywhere :)
Food Food and food :)
There was a lot going on in the evenings. In Soi Bintabat, half red light half Mallorca. There were so many party people and the atmosphere was great. The best evening to finish.

The next holiday is already planned, the suitcases are already packed.
Then it will be Phuket, Koh PhiPhi and then Chiang Mai. I am really looking forward to it.
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