#Travelling – Today I’ve had a nice brunch with my friend Betti who needed some travel advice for Thailand. After talking to her, I realized I’d have to come up with a small list or so in order to really help her and in order to keep this list structured, I thought I could also directly pack it into a new post and share it with all of you. So here it is: my perspective on this fascinating country and what to keep in mind when planning your trip.
I have mixed feelings about preparing and planning trips. Sometimes, I want to be as free as possible, so all I do is book a flight and the first accommodation and that’s it. This style of traveling is awesome but it has it’s downs too. Nowadays I really try to plan ahead. So that I don’t have to when my precious journey has started. As always I make use of MANY (digital) tools and websites in order to simplify the process. And as always, it all comes together in one tool: Trello. The following board is the result of my sisters and my trip to Thailand in March 2018. Copy it, share it, do whatever you like with it.
For finding the best flight, I recommend momondo.de. Check some months before, observe price developments and when booking: use another device or incognito mode in Google Chrome. These portals know that you’re interested in this flight and they make use of it the more interest you show 😉 Also: check flights from Frankfurt and compare if it would make sense to travel there by train. Flights are much cheaper going from FFM.
Other useful sources for planning the trip:
Destinations & Regions
Looking at the country itself you can do a lot. So much that people come back here every year for decades. It’s crazy. I’ve been to Thailand two times now, each round about 2-3 weeks which is the minimum amount of time I’d recommend due to the long flights. So here are my top destinations to go to which will frame your journey and the rest of your planning.
Fun Fact (important!):
Some weeks around March/April it is „Burning Season“ in the North of Thailand. Fields, especially in Laos, are illegally burned to the ground in order to restore their crop growing capacities. The smoke makes the air very misty and you can read A LOT drama about it in blogs, etc. Speaking of health risks, speaking of people fleeing the area and spending their time in the south of Thailand. We nearly panicked and canceled our trip to Chiang Mai. Going there anyway, we didn’t experience any problems. From the top of a mountain, you didn’t have the perfect clear view down on the city as it would have been with cleaner air. But that was it. No headaches, no dizziness. Though the useful App „AirVisual“ showed us really bad air pollution around Chiang Mai. Our resume: don’t let this ruin your plans. Enjoy Chiang Mai!
Read more at: www.chiangmai-thailand.de
Read more at: iamkohchang.com
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