Let me start by stating how much I LOVED THAILAND!
It’s like Mexico on crack. With crystal clear beaches, packed bars, amazing shopping and the amusement of watching 80-year-olds try to pick up younger Thai women, there’s no place like this country.
My trip to Thailand goes down in history. I mean, we rode elephants! We had massages every single day for less than $12, got chauffeured around in tuk tuks (see below) and overloaded ourselves on the best food!
We went to two cities — Phuket and Bangkok. Phuket has the luxury of a beach with a great bar and vendor scene. Bangkok is a huge congested city, but nothing compares to the market shopping and fancy skybars. We loved both cities!
So, if you’re thinking of planning a trip to Thailand, let Getitwhit help you with this list of must-see areas and fun things to do.
AREAS: Patong Beach is the place to be, especially your first time! It’s in the center of shops, beach and nightlife. The area isn’t too big, so as long as you’re near Beach Road or Bangla Road you’ll be right in the action.
HOTELS: Only stay at four+ star hotels (unless you’re going on a tight budget). The Us dollar is strong, so their four star is like a Holiday Inn to us. Three star is a Motel 6. You’re looking at a minimum of $120 per night, but it’s so worth it. The area is dirty and you’ll want to escape to some serenity. In Phuket, we stayed at two different hotels — Mercure and Novotel Vintage Park. I highly recommend the Novotel, it’s the best four star in Patong Beach.
WEATHER: The weather is pretty good year-round (except typhoon season, which you should Google). We went in November; it was busy with people from all over the world. The weather was lovely, with only two days of light rain, which only lasted an hour. Rain or shine, it’s sticky and hot. Instead of makeup, opt for sunglasses — or get a good primer. I used Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and my makeup stayed all day and night.
TUK TUK: The fun way to get around Phuket is by tuk tuks, which are mini buses with open windows. Drivers pride themselves on how their tuk tuk looks; so, imagine ‘Pimp My Ride.’ All the tuk tuks are glittered with neon lights and subwoofers. They pump Britney Spears, Rihanna and the top 100 music all night long. Average price to get around Phuket is 200 THB — about $6.
OTHER TRANSPORTATION: Taxi is another way to get around. When you get to Phuket airport, you should take one (it’s about $800 THB – or $26.) This is usually a fixed price and you can’t haggle, but it will take you directly to your destination. You can also opt for a taxi van, but expect to make stops along the way. They take you all over trying to persuade you to buy souvenirs and other items from their friends. This option is the cheapest (about 180 THB — $5). Once you get to Patong Beach, you won’t have to take a taxi. We walked everywhere or paid for tuk tuks.
SHOPPING: Shops and vendors are all over Patong Beach, but Beach Road is the way to go if you want designer knockoffs. They have better quality stuff and you can haggle down the price — even the cheap stuff! They will start out with ridiculous prices, but counter them with the lowest price possible. If they don’t take it and you don’t want to raise your price, walk out and they will come after you. It’s pretty sweet!
AREAS: Bangkok is more spread out than Phuket. The areas to see are: Siam Square (shopping), PatPong (night markets), Silom (upscale bars), Sukhumvit (shopping, train station) and Kho San Road (bars and backpackers).
HOTELS: We stayed at a new 5 star hotel called ‘The Continent’ in Sukhumvit. Our hotel was amazing, but I wouldn’t recommend the area. It was a little far from the cool spots. I’d suggest staying in Siam Square, where all the shopping is.
WEATHER: Bangkok was the same as Phuket in November, but a little less sticky. I could walk the streets without breaking a sweat.
TUK TUK: Bangkok is much different. Their tuk tuks are less fancy and look more like a motorbike with an open trailer attached. In both cities, the drivers try and take advantage. You can usually get anywhere in Bangkok for around 200 THB — $6 USD.
OTHER TRANSPORTATION: Taxis are the way to go from the airport to your hotel. It will be a fixed rate, but much less than Phuket (ours cost 400 THB). Everywhere except from the airport, tell them to put the meter on. There’s also a train system which takes you all over the city. Use it and pay about $4 USD one way, but don’t get in a taxi without a meter.
ATTRACTIONS: We were only in Bangkok for 40 hours. Here’s what we did —
Overall, Thailand has been my favorite vacation and I hope all our readers get to see it!
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