Gap Years and Backpacking in Thailand

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Why Go?

Gap Years in Thailand

Backpacking in Thailand, one of the most popular countries in South East Asia, is just one of those things you have to do. The country is an absolute magnet for travellers and it’s easy to see why: paradise islands, exciting jungles, amazing food, phenomenal nightlife and an incredibly friendly population. Oh, and it’s cheap. Like, really cheap.

The cities

Most international travellers enter Thailand through Bangkok, a wild, hectic capital, which can be a bit overwhelming for the first time visitors to Asia, but people quickly learn to love it. The city has some of the most impressive architecture and cultural treasures in South East Asia, incuding the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Wat Pho, home of the enormous reclining Buddha.

Almost every backpacker finds themselves around the Khao San Road area, a legendary hub full of bars, clubs, restaurants, street hawkers and cheap accommodation.

The other major city in Thailand is Chiang Mai, mainly used as a base for people going to trekking adventures into the surrounding mountains, but a city well worth some exploration in its own right. It has one of the best night markets in Asia and offers a much calmer experience than its southern counterpart.

The scenery

Thailand has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. In the south, the country tails off into a blissful haven of perfect beaches amidst stunning karst formations on islands so beautiful you simply have to see them to believe them.

In the north, the country rises up into impressive mountain scenery, where you'll find traditional hill tribe villages, impressive waterfalls and fascinating wildlife.

Itineraries

Travel Experiences in Thailand

So, what’s it going to be? Tropical beaches? Dense jungle? Buzzing cities? Thailand has an answer for everything. Most people land in Bangkok, one of the most exciting cities in South East Asia. Once they’ve had their fill of temples, shopping and crazy nightlife, they head either south, for the achingly scenic islands, or north, for the awesome jungles and mountains.

It’s important to remember that while Thailand is very safe, it is also a developing nation, and as such can be quite daunting to get about in for first time backpackers. Therefore many people opt for a tour as these allow you to enjoy all the good stuff and meet awesome people while not having the stress of having to organise everything.

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Advice

Advice & Tips on Backpacking in Thailand

We’ve accumulated an absolute mass of helpful information for travelling in Thailand, all written by people who have been there and done it. Once you’ve had a look through the links up there to the left, which cover all the basics, check out some of these great articles on backpacking in Thailand.

If you have a specific question which needs answering just put it out there on the boards and someone will be back with some advice in a jiffy.

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