Last August I was lucky enough to spend almost a month travelling around Thailand with my housemate and it was an absolutely incredible trip. This year, trips to Thailand seem to be getting more and more popular, with countless friends asking for advice as they’re looking to do the same kinds of things as we did. Because of this, I thought I’d share some of the posts I wrote whilst I was out there to give a vague idea of our trip, give some tips and hopefully help people get the most out their time there so they can have just as good a time as I did. So I’ll start with this, a review of the tour we booked with G Adventures through STA Travel that was written on the last day of the 7 day tour.
One night in Bangkok
Overnight train to Chiang Mai
One night in Chiang Mai
3 day hilltribe trek including river rafting and elephant bathing
One night in Chiang Mai
Over night train back to Bangkok
River boat tour of Bangkok
Ladyboy show in Chiang Mai
Home stay at local hilltribe villages
The main pro of taking a group tour is definitely that you fit so much in. Because you have a guide with lots of experience in the area you squeeze in all the best aspects of where you are into a short time. If I was on my own there was no way I would have known about rafting, trekking or a river tour, all highlights of the trip. They also provide you with loads of great food suggestions and optional activities to do in your free time.
Another huge bonus is the people you meet. We had a group of 16 who spilt into smaller groups of friends but it was great to get to spent the time with new people without being forced into each other’s company. I don’t think I would have made such good friends with anyone if we weren’t on a tour.
This wasn’t an issue for us but if you’re on a tour with people you don’t get on with I imagine it would ruin the experience a little bit
If you’re the kind of person with a very strong idea of what you want to do in each city then you might find the lack of flexibility annoying, although many of the activities are optional.
Definitely the best decision we made. Would highly recommend.
One Year Later
The thing that stays in my mind most about this tour, as opposed to solo travel, is that I still regularly speak to the girls we met on the tour and would consider them close friends. If I would have known how great the experience was going to be I definitely would have booked tours for a larger proportion of the trip. They do an amazing range of tour all over the world if trekking or even Thailand aren’t for you. There really is something for everyone.
Keep your eyes peeled for more Thailand Tips coming soon!