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> Simple questions about Thailand, from a simple minded guy
post Jan 12 2009, 12:34 PM
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I've a few questions about Central and Northern Thailand, and I would appreciate those who know the country well if they could offer up some advice.

* The Train Network

Outside of public holidays, how busy does it get? Am I likely to be able to get a ticket a few hours before it goes, to popular places like Bangkok to Chiang Mai or from Nong Khai to Bangkok? Would it better to book ahead by a few days?

* Booking things ahead - i.e. whilst in the UK still

I'm looking at being there for most of May, I doubt very much I will be going off the tourist route too far (if at all), I'm a (first time) solo traveler who doesn't care too much about accommodation as long as I can get some sleep and wake up with my bags still there in the morning. Will I be able to find ample accommodation at that time? I don't want to book ahead as I don't like the idea of having to keep to a schedule....but at the same time I don't want to have to search for three hours to find a bed in a cesspit.

* Experience with Air Asia?

At the end of the trip I have to make a trip over to Bali, and I'd be doing it with Air Asia. Thoughts on this airline? I don't care for comfort, facilities or service, but I do care that my flight (and airline) will still be running, as I cant be late in Bali, at all. Also, I'd have to fly back to Bangkok to get my flight home to the UK as one way tickets are proper expensive.

I think that's it really. I like the idea of doing things on the spur, but I am also tainted by previous bad experiences that mean I now need reassuring that I can do the above fairly simply. If im honest, I think I know the answers to the above, but like most people attempting to step out of their comfort zone, I also need reassuring too.

Thanks guys,

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darrenstravels   Simple questions about Thailand   Jan 12 2009, 12:34 PM
wakingdream   Hey Darren, Well, if you're traveling in May,...   Jan 12 2009, 05:39 PM
ScottWoz   Mate, You'll have absolutely no problems, non...   Jan 12 2009, 08:24 PM
darrenstravels   Now they are what I call helpful replies! Tha...   Jan 14 2009, 02:54 PM
ScottWoz   Good to hear the grin's stretching wide D, and...   Jan 14 2009, 03:09 PM
wakingdream   Yup. Scott's right. It will fall all into plac...   Jan 14 2009, 08:34 PM
lunthom   yes, you do no need to reserve the train ticket ,...   Jan 14 2009, 08:43 PM
Paul   Yeah, I am pretty much going to agree with everyon...   Jan 16 2009, 07:27 AM
skylab   Now I'm wondering about the same questions but...   Jan 16 2009, 08:05 AM
skylab   Hey Scott, how long will you be in Thailand for?   Jan 16 2009, 08:40 AM
ScottWoz   Agree on the 2nd class sleeper theory. I've t...   Jan 16 2009, 11:07 PM
Paul   Same answers for August.   Jan 16 2009, 07:53 PM
wickyjennings   I'm going to be around Thailand from June, wit...   Jan 17 2009, 06:51 AM
lunthom   I'm going to be around Thailand from June, wi...   Jan 18 2009, 08:20 PM
travelmonster   Hi Wicky, I don't know the answer to your que...   Jan 17 2009, 03:39 PM
ScottWoz   Agreed. I spent last June/July around Krabi, Koh ...   Jan 19 2009, 10:04 PM
wakingdream   Agreed. I spent last June/July around Krabi, Koh...   Jan 20 2009, 09:05 AM
wakingdream   Hey Darren, check this out too; THAI cut domestic...   Jan 21 2009, 10:02 AM
darrenstravels   Oh sweet, thanks for that. I originally checked o...   Jan 21 2009, 05:39 PM
wakingdream   Oh sweet, thanks for that. I originally checked ...   Jan 22 2009, 10:10 AM

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