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I was thinking Thailand, Croatia, Peru? I have no idea. I am from NYC and this is the first chance I have to go somewhere really exotic. I don’t want to go anywhere generic. It has to be warm there, water you can swim in, maybe a beach or jungle and a place that would have a resort. I do not want to go back packing! I also do not want to go to a country at war!! Travelers help me!
A First the choise: Thailand, Croatia or Peru… If you want to go for the weather the best choise would be Thailand. Peru can be very cold especially in the mountains. Croatia can be nice, but only in the summer (June till August). Thailand is always hot, but when you go between may and August you have a good change that there are some showers.
The food in Peru is not that good I heard from my friend. The food in Thailand is very good and cheap. But if you don’t like spicy food at all you will have to throw away your food sometimes, because they serve almost everything (a little bit) spicy.
If you are not a backpacker Thailand can be fun. Traveling by plane is a good and effortable way to go from one place to another. If you look at AirAsia.com or NokAir.com you will find some nice promotions. If you book smart you can get domestic tickets for around 20 or 25 dollar.
Hotels are very cheap and very good. You can look on internet where you want to stay. Agoda.com is a great site where you find the best hotels for the best prices. They are most of the time cheaper than the price in the hotels. But when you don’t want to plan your whole journey just go to a hotel or guesthouse. It’s cheap!
IF you want to see a lot of Thailand I recommend that you go to Bangkok for a few days, you can do some shopping and see some temples and famous places. After that leave Bangkok, because it’s to bussy and smelly and there is not so much to do besides shopping.
Changmai is a nice place to enjoy the nature and Thai culture. You can do some nice trips there like a hiking trip in the jungle where you sleep in the jungle. It’s nice to live in the nature for a day or 2. Also other tours are available.
After that you can fly to the Island or South. I like Krabi (Railay beach) because it’s so peacefull. Not a lot of tourist AND not traffic or shops. You can stay in Ao Nang for a liitle bit of shopping and than go by boat for around 2 dollar to Railay beach (15 minutes).
Also Ko Pipi is very nice. Theis Island became famous after the movie The Beach with Leonardo Dicaprio. You can do some nice tours to other Island and I recommand that you do Scuba diving or snorkeling too, because the Marine live is great.
Also nice places to go are:
Kanchanaburi: Nice waterfalls (Nam Tok Erawan) and the famous bridge and railway from the movie Bridge over the River Kwai. Great nature and a good change for elephant riding.
ISaan: The north east of Thailand is not touristic and a good place to feel the real Thailand.
Nakom Ratchasima: In this province you find a great national park with a lot of animals and nature.
Ayuthaya: The old capital city of Thailand. Most of the buildings are destroyd, but there is still enough to see. DON’T go elephant riding there. It’s to touristic and it’s much nicer in Kanchanaburi or Changmai.
I think this is enough information for now. As you can see I LOVE Thailand.
Thank you so much! You are really helping me plan my trip!
A Ulu Watu and watching the Legong/Kecak at sunset (Bali)
Ubud – painting, culture, rice terraces of the Sayan Valley (Bali)
Lovina – dolphin watching on traditional prahu (north Bali)
Gunung Bromo-Tengger-Semeru (east Java)
Yogya, Solo for wayang kulit (central Java)
Borobodur, Prambanan (central Java)
Dayaks, longhouses, the rainforest (Kalimantan)
Tana Toraja (central Sulawesi)
Temples (Wat Po, Wat Phra Keo), the Grand Palace, canal tours or upriver to Ayuthaya, breakfast or tea at the Oriental hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)
Isaan and the great Mekong (remote northeast Thailand)
Islands of the Gulf of Thailand (beaches, diving, Thailand)
Mae Sot, Mae Hong Son – ethereal (northern Thailand on the Burmese border)
Shwedagon Pagoda, luncheon or tea at the Strand Hotel (Rangoon, Burma)
Upper Shan State – hill tribes (Burma)
Luang Prabang, Muangxing – hill tribes, Vientiane (Laos)
Angkor, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
Hanoi, Sapa – hill tribes, Halong Bay (north Vietnam)
Hue (central Vietnam)
Penang, Terrangganu and islands off the state, eg. Redang and Perhentian (northeast peninsula Malaysia)
I have nothing to say on the Philippines, as haven’t been yet.
… So many more places I want to see in Southeast Asia before I die.
I would recommend Lonely Planet Guides on each country. In their introductory pages, there is always a map of the highlights of the country. Plus recommended circuits of one week, two… etc.
Makes it easy to decide, since it sounds as if you’re in a great hurry!
no not really i got about 6/8months, thanx =)
As part of a December 7 (2012) edit to this post, here are a few further references:
This morning we were out at Wat Pa Klang Nong Phu, near Phanna Nikkom, Wher Ajahn Mun Stayed for about 10 days prior to coming to Wat Suttawat in Sakon Nakhon town to die, which he did on 11.11.1949 early in The …
Publish Date: 10/27/2012 2:51
Governors House Museum, a Video Tour, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand 03.11.12. After a ride about 20 kilometers outside town trying to find an ild friend we proceeded to the local computer center where I was amazed to see my …
Publish Date: 11/02/2012 23:41
We were on the road to Sakon Nakhon and had just climbed Highway 213 to a flat part, maybe 40 plus klicks to SN. We stopped at a 7-11, loaded up with drinks and snack foods for our “isloated” resort…
Publish Date: 03/11/2011 5:27
After a terrific stay in Chiang Khan, Nong Khai (NK) was the next stop on our magical, mystery Isaan tour. On the way to NK, we stopped at Suan Hin Pha Ngam Park to hike around, and up, one of the park’s magnificent …
Publish Date: 01/15/2012 19:06
I traveled from Bangkok to Khon Kaen on the 21st of November onboard a Nakhon Chai Air 32 seat tour bus. They travel … Labels: 3G, bangkok.nakhon ratchasima, Isaan, khon kaen, nakhon chai air, Thailand, twitcast …
Publish Date: 11/22/2012 16:59
We just finished a 10 day Isaan tour. It was our first multi-day excursion. We were able to include a stop at the once a year Pi Ta Khon Festival in Dan Sai, Loei. If you would like to learn more about our long tours, please CLICK …
Publish Date: 07/10/2011 2:24
The last 3 weeks I’ve been touring around the North East of Thailand on a little mo-ped and bwoy, it has been so much fun! I know it won’t be long before.
Publish Date: 12/21/2009 1:29
Thailand – Isaan, Champa, Tour at the front of Ban Sabai Sabai
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