Hi and welcome to my blog about Thailand.
My name is Andy, I’m from the UK and this is my blog about everything that I have learnt about Thailand.
I first fell in love with Thailand after I went with a friend in 2008, I knew nothing about the country and he recommended Pattaya. For me Pattaya was the pits, I didn’t really enjoy my time there because I soon found out that it is one of the seedy parts of Thailand as it’s full of bar girls and prostitution. I got so sick of being bugged ALL DAY and night by the bar girls, they are relentless. so a long story short, I ended up leaving my friend there and took a ferry to a much nicer island called Koh Samet. I loved Koh Samet and was suprised at how easy it was to relocated to somewhere else which had a completely different atmosphere, no bar girls, no filth but just amazing beaches, amazing food and stunning surroundings.
I didn’t know much about Thailand but I did know that there had to be more to it than the brain pollution that I experienced in Pattaya. So after getting home I did a bit of research and discovered that Koh Samet was just one out of hundreds of other nicer places, so I went back in 2009 but this time I planned backpacking adventure on my own. I have now been to Thailand 7 times and I cant find a good enough reason not to keep going back.
I decided to write this blog with a view to help point others in the right direction if they have never been before. You will find plenty of advice and useful tips if you’re a first time travellers to Thailand.
Every time I plan a trip to a country that I haven’t been to before I tend to Google and read up as much as I can about where it is that I’m going. I prefer to hear from people just like me, average people, not journalists or people who do this for a living but just people who have loved a place so much that they want to share their experiences with others in a way to encourage them to experience it for themselves, and that’s what I hope to do with this blog.
I love Thailand and everything that it has to offer. I love how the simple surroundings make me feel the entire time that I am there. I have been to a lot of countries and I can honestly say that nothing beats Thailand.
I love the variety of Thailand and how every island and province offers something completely different from each other. I also love how easy it is to get around the whole country. It’s unbelievably hassle free to book flights for getting across the country and even easier to book trains, ferry’s and buses as you can usually find “travel agents” absolutely everywhere, they are as common as seven elevens. Most hotel and resorts can also book your bus and ferry tickets for you so you don’t even have to bother going to the agents yourself. BUT I would always recommend doing it yourself because I have often found that the travel agents are usually cheaper. Take the time to go to a few agents as the prices will vary by a few hundred Bhat.
Another appealing aspect about Thailand is that If you’re a last minute.com type of person then most bookings can be left right up until the last minute, so if you wake up one morning and fancy a change of scenery or have met a group of friends who are moving on to another island the next day and you want to tag along then you can easily pack your stuff, pick any destination, book it and move on to start another adventure.
I haven’t traveled to all of Thailand so I wont be offering any advise or writing about places that I haven’t been to but I will tell you what I know and have learnt about the places that I have been to. I will offer my advise on how to get there and how to get around once you are there. I will also advise you on the best ways to book accommodation and my opinions on the places that I have been to.
You won’t be reading any hard facts or statistics about Thailand here but what you will more than likely find are a lot of bad spellings and grammar along with my experiences, my thoughts, my opinions and some tips that you may or may not find useful.
As I pointed out at the start, this blog is a work in progress but I hope that you find it useful and I hope that you enjoy reading it.