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BSAC Thailand is under license from BSAC UK. Although BSAC has been operating in Thailand since 2001, but was officially franchised in May 2009. BSAC Thailand has over 18 BSAC affiliated centers throughout Thailand including University branches.
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nishiii wrote a review Feb 2014
Sydney, Australia48 contributions8 helpful votes
Hi All, Most of you had asked me to give you my Trip details (Thailand), share the itinerary. So I have made it simple for you. Below is an account of what all I did, and you can include in your trips going forward. You can customize it according to the days and interest you have. Just read about these places a little on Google, and then u can put them in the itinerary. So when u go with the below itinerary, keep in mind your preferences, tastes, like, patience and physical strength (lot I walking guys n sports). Few points about us: We are a couple travelling just entered 30’s, didn’t want to do a planned holiday. Only the flight tickets from Delhi to Bangkok were booked, rest everything we figured out from talking to fellow travellers, reading and I think by lots of luck. I like backpacking and don’t mind cramping my-self in a dorm/hostel but my guys is just extreme, it’s either a tent at a nice place or a good property. So when I am thinking Bed n Breakfast, he is thinking luxurious hotel. So we did something which catered to both our wishes. We both don’t mind, long walks, traveling with locals and any means of transport etc. It’s just something we enjoy. A nice camera, books, 2 backpacks and sunscreen is what we started with. The first stop was Bangkok, we landed in the morning at 8, so we took this day to figure out the trip ahead of us, spoke with people around. We logged in an Art Hostel, which was amazing. From here we took an overnight train to Surat Thani, it’s much better than the Bus and way Cheaper than flight. From Surat thani train station, we took the local BUS to a bus station (like their ISBT, where the interstate Volvos depart from). Here you get these sexy Volvos to khao sok national park. The park has big lake where you can stay at Bamboo huts, Waterfalls, lime stone caves, trek. Amazing it is. One can stay at khao sok village, if you want a decent accommodation. One night at this stop is more than enough. You don’t need to be here for long, it’s a day or maximum day and half excursions one can plan. KRABI Next was KRABI province, one can take a bus or car to reach here. The place you see ‘Avatar’s Pandora Mountains’, limestone cliffs in the sea, Thailand’s version to Australia’s 12 apostles. We drove down to Krabi, AooNag beach Good 2 to 3 hrs of drive it is from Surat Thani. Pick a place which is facing the sea, one can have breakfast on the beach; stroll around in the market in the evening, lots of good bars, eating places. Accommodation of all price brackets is available here. It’s nice, to leisure around, do day trips to various islands, kayaking, treks anything. I do not recommend those 30 pax trips around, they are not just fun, avoid them. Try to club it with just 2 or 3 more people hire an exclusive trip. It’s a little costly than the former but totally worth it. Another island you can stay in Krabi is Railay. You will have to come till Aoonang and take a ferry to reach this beach. It’s a backpackers paradise and we choose it because we wanted to indulge in 2 days of rock climbing and cliff diving. It’s addictive and young and hippi. You have these Jamaican cafes, open shags, nice food, and the island where you walk through small road, below the cliffs and heavy vegetation. You can also stay in Koh Phi Phi, (there are two Phi phi’s, only one you can stay, the other is just for day trips)but I suggest, if you are not the solitude types, stay in elsewhere. koh phangan : We had planned our trip around the ‘full moon party’, it’s party every month on fool moon. All travellers around the works, especially youngsters come for this. It’s crazy, 8K people on a beach, just tripping, loud music and all you can think of. You can stay on the island if you think you will be partying till wee hours, and don’t fancy a very high speed bumpy ride back in a speed boat to you hotel. Beds on rent to accommodation in a nice hotel all are an options here, but book in 3 to 4 days in advance, it goes sold out towards the end. There are many yoga retreats if you want to indulge.The other option is what we did. Koh Samui : From Krabi, we took a BUS + Bog BOAT tickets to Koh Samui. This was our place to stay for the next couple of days. We took VIP passes for the full moon party from our hotel. This gave us an access to the speed boat to the island and return; we did not have to stand in queue at all. The AC Cab drop back to the hotel is included in the tickets price. It was just a personal choice, to stay at one place and move around. The speed boat ride in the night is something one should experience, my knuckles went numb holding to the rail too tight but I would give my arm again to not miss it. Koh Samui is just mind-blowing, an island with white beaches, best places to stay, markets to stroll around, hookah’s and sheesha’s to inhale. I loved being here. We stayed at Lana Sumui, which is like a 5 star property (my husband’s idea, and it was an experience I cherish). The hospitality, spa’s and food was 7 star worth. One can also stay at Fisherman’s colony; it was our night hangout for all the days we were here. The restaurants are amazing, shops and entire vibe is very different from any other place. I can live here. Or if you want a place by the beach then choose chamming or Bhoput area for stay. Koh Samui is a good idea to hire a scooter or a bike, the roads are nice, winding and along the shoreline, clean, gives you an ease to stop by any place on the beach and enjoy. I recommend, hiring scooter, a massage on the beach, paddling (the water is best for it), shopping. From here one can go to Koh Tao, which is diver’s paradise, people come from all over the world to do their PADDI certificates and courses. Shark bay is highly recommended from here there is a ferry + bus ride combination which takes you back to Bangkok. Easy to book, so just don’t fuss about it. Back to Bangkok, it caters to all interests of people, all types of people. The city is always alive, party scene at its best. Don’t just visit the sleazy lanes where Indians go think it’s all bangkok has to offer, but go beyond. Visit Asiatic, stay at Lebua ( Hangover 62nd floor restaurant). Take water boat ride, City skyline at sunset from the river is amazing. You will meet people of all nationalities, and the clubs are best here. Have a look at the temples, participate in a protest (we did, it was at a different level all together). And if you like shop. We had around 20 days for our trip, so rather than covering all Thailand and making it a hectic affair, we chose to see Sothern part. It was not planned but turned out to be very enjoyable. Tips for you, travel light so that you have ease to move around form one place to other. You don’t need much clothes, buy from there, they are cheap and shorts does the thing man. It’s comfortable, easy and works. The country is safe for tourists, after all their economy is dependent on it. Try Chang, local beer its light and very nice. Indulge in rock climbing, diving etc. Travel in train, safe cheap and enjoyable. Avoid the touristy places like Puket and Pataya, it’s overrated, and serves generally one purpose. Don’t think and plan much, just go with it.
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Date of experience: November 2013
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