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So I'm traveling to Thailand for two weeks next month. I'll be going with my dad so we'll mostly be interested in seeing culture and nature. For now I'm thinking one day Bangkok, one day Ayutthaya, then a visit to Khao Sok for some jungle trekking and then relaxing at Phuket. Does that sound good? Am I missing anything I should definitely see?
>Money. What are the do's and don'ts? How do I get cash, through ATMs?
>Someone told me today to avoid Phuket because there's a lot of child prostitution going on there, is this true? I would't mind going to Ko Samui instead but Phuket looks way more beautiful.
Not child prostitution, but Phuket, parts of it like Patong beach, can be a cesspool. Hookers and Russkies everywhere. There are more touristy resort areas as well, which you'll probably be at. I've known people to take family vacations to Phuket, no problem. Outside of teh Grand Temple and other sites, BKK over all is just a big city. A great juxtaposition of old and new, and should be experienced, though. You may want to look at Chiang Mai some. But there is nothing wrong with your itinerary. Especially for a first timer. I do prefer Koh Samui to Phuket.
They eat insects. Mainly Isa people. You will see the same thing in Laos. I reember when I first started kicking it with this chick from Isan. She sent me pic related of what she was eating, I took a picture of a roach/waterbug and sent ti back to her. She got mad and said not the same thing. She eventually did have me eating crickets and what not.
Thai food in general can be very spicy. Even when I go to a Thai restaurant stateside, the top level of spiciness is typically named "Thai hot" . They eat rice with everything. Sticky rice typical for Isan. It kind of reminds me as mix of Indian, and Chinese food, depending on the dish.
"Goong Den) Dancing shrimp. Live freshwater glass shrimp in a spicy sauces with some herbal leaves. Pop em in your mouth and they bounce around your mouth. usually sold in places like Phayao but there are now guys walking around the bar areas in Chiang Mai selling them.
Larb or raw beef "salad"
Blood soup, congealed cooked blood or just using the blood as the broth. I say stay away. People do die from the the raw stuff, the congealed stuff is fine.
Just lots of stuff really. So used to it by now a lot of it doesn't register as weird anymore.
I'm sure this information is all readily available elsewhere, but I like this board and discussion is good. So, some questions;
I'm going to be doing a fairly touristy trip around Thailand, I'm male and early twenties. I plan to stay in hostels where available (not necessarily just cheap ones, but ones that have a good rep + good for meeting others).
How much (any currency) do you expect to spend per day, if you are being somewhat touristy, staying in a hostel and going out for meals + drinking at night? (I appreciate this varies a lot)
How much in touristy/party sort of places do you pay for alcohol? E.g. a beer?
What sort of clothes do you wear? I am going from April - June in SEA and am not really used to the weather.
Any do/don'ts that I won't have come across elsewhere/any general advice
I just want to say make sure you are in Thailand on April 13th.
currently looking at planning a trip to thailand sometime around july with some m8s, is there a specific date that we should work around? any important holidays or something that could be fun?
July is doing the rainy season, but don't let that deter you. There is a Buddhist holiday at the full moon.Their Father's Day is in August, the Kings Birthday. Mext fun holiday would be November. Loy Krathong.
Any recommendations for the best flight carriers for London to Bangkok? You can do it with almost anyone if a stop, but some do direct. I've heard Emirates/Qatar/Thai Airways/Singapore are the best? Any thoughts?
It's Russian Roulette. You aren't likely to get HIV, and truvidia can further decrease that risk. Chlamydia is much more likely, and the strain there can be pretty stubborn, but antibiotics are OTC there. Also the thing with if a girl easily offers up no condom first time, think about all the other guys she let do the same.
Her bugs are caught in nets at farms, not crawling down the wall of a hostel.
Personally I don't like them, they mostly taste of the pork fat they were cooked in and anything like a locust just feels like eating prawn shells.