Does Chiang Rai ring a bell? It will when we mention the famous White Temple you surely want to visit. So, then you have to come to Chiang Rai. It is around 2 hours bus ride from Chiang Mai. We recommend staying here for 2 nights.
Good to know: if you feel like Pizza and want to spoil yourself, then head to Chef Sasa; incredible Italian-authentic Pizza!
In Chiang Rai you’ll be overwhelmed with good food and beautiful budget accommodation options.
It’s certainly a great place to experience rich culture, and the temple architecture is very impressive!
Backpackers and solo-traveller that prefer a smaller hostel will really like it here, no doubt.
There are a total of 10 rooms, including both dorm and private en-suite options. It is a really stylish hostel, although facilities could be better maintained.
Happynest Hostel has a really homely vibe to it that supports a relaxing atmosphere and sociable interaction between friends and strangers.
Happynest Hostel is a wonderful hostel for couples and solo-travellers alike. The White Temple is a bit outside the center. So we recommend renting your scooter with Happynest and take a ride to the Temple.
Good to know: There is MANY tourists visiting the temple. Come here 1 hour before the temple opens. Then you can enjoy it’s real glory! AMAZING!
Well known for its beaches, Pattaya used to be a quiet fishing village until shopping malls, cabaret bars and 24-hour clubs took over.
So yes, this is a good spot for people in search of good nightlife and modern, spacious hostels.
We have also found the best party hostels in Pattaya.
Good to know: Pattaya is known for this crazy nightlife, but also prostit**** and some other hick-ups, let’s call it. If you are looking for party, then come here. If not,then better hop on some other island.
Thailand is a very safe country to travel. We had zero issues. Even for female solo-travellers, Thailand is super safe. Of course there are the typical tourist scams and pick-pockets, especially in Bangkok and bigger, more busy places.
Is food expensive in Thailand?
Food is very cheap! A coconut is around $1 and a Pad Thai as well. Remember, the more touristy places are more pricey than rural areas. This goes for anywhere in the world really.
Western Products like Pizza and Coffee is around the same price as in Europe. So you can spoil yourself once i a while. But it’s better to go with the local food to stay on a budget. Plus, the food here is amazing anyways!
The North around CHiang Mai is also cheaper than the South around the Islands. Especially Koh Lipe is expensive, but still very cheap compared to European Islands.
How much money do you need per day in Thailand?
When Backpacking Thailand, you should have a great time with around $30-$40 – easily.
This means staying in fun hostels, having a few drinks over the week and go with the local cuisine. Of course if you join a tour everyday and eat pizza everyday, your budget should be adapted.
What should I pack for 2 weeks in Thailand?
Chances are you are packing way too much stuff anyways. Make sure you pack light. You need much less than you think.
We know so many hostels in Asia, we actually stayed in so so many hostels across the world. We are traveling since 2007, staying in the coolest places around. Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Asian Hostels.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should always carry in your backpack.