Amazing Offbeat Holiday

Tropical fun destinations, nightlife and accommodations.

We focus on different perspectives plus arrivals in Bangkok and other places. Enjoying beaches and islands, outdoor adventure, nightlife and other vacation. 

In Thailand low budget trips are still possible in a functioning environment, no need to run around and get stressed. 

Just read through our website and hit the road to south, east, west or north. There are five international airports which are Phuket, Krabi, Hat Yai and Chiang Mai and sometimes U-Tapao. Thailand has an amazing variety of budget trips available. 

The Ang Thong Islands close to Koh Samui

Crossing the border via road travel is mainly from Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos, Myanmar is not interesting because of their visa regulations, better take the aircraft to Yangon

Cheap holiday travel to the country of smile. 

Budget journeys are possible with a bit of planning, it just needs to identify where most of the cost come up, that is definitely accommodation and transport. Low priced hotels to stay you can find through the internet or just visit a travel agent at your destination (don't believe any taxi or tuk-tuk driver on this subject) and ask what they have. They usually have special agreement with lodges etc. and pass you part of the discount for great beach, island, rafting of maybe nightlife holiday, this is available almost everywhere. A very similar cheap holiday destination is Cambodia.

The other is low cost travel which means instead the aircraft take the bus it takes more time but it usually costs only about a third when you hit the road. Since the coaches are quite good and comfortable there are no real negative sides.

A perfect holiday destination is the Tilawisu Waterfall at Umphang it's only difficult to travel there.

Climate and temperature: There is endless summer divided into 2 seasons, it's the rainy from around July to November, which is monsoon times with an average temperature from around 24- 28 C. Hot season is the other months with around 30- 35 C. Almost all parts of the country receive some rain throughout the year while higher located areas such as in the north and west get more rain but it wont effect much.

Weather: Is usually excellent for about 8-9 month per year starting from November to May with is full of sunshine and clear or partly cloudy sky, the country is a primarily beach, island and "green" destination.

Culture:  A strong influences come from India and China but has it's very distinctive characteristics. The original Thai people which are similar to Shan in Myanmar came from south China's Yunnan.

As elsewhere in Asia people are with very traditional family ties and most are Buddhism. Although in the southern part are plenty of Muslim.

What to wear:  Take light wear, since all clothing is quite cheap, it makes sense to go shopping for all what you need after arrival, it might save you overweight costs. Also shoes and other stuff to wear are cheap.

Phetchaburi Road at Pratunam

When in Bangkok visit Pratunam that's right in the center, here is the biggest cloth market in the country. Actually all around this area means shopping and as long as someone buys local stuff it's amazingly affordable, read more

Visa:  Visas on arrival are valid for 60 days (new since Sept. 2014) and a extension of another 30 days is available at the immigration counter on the airport and elsewhere free of charge. An extension is possible at the immigration offices throughout the country but this is only for a few countries. Transit paper issued from a consulate are valid for 1 month. Normal tourist permissions are valid 2 month and can be extended for 1 month locally. But some of this has been reversed and applied again etc. its back and forward almost every month. Now (mid 2015) they changed again, they issue half year multiple entry visa for Baht 5000,- but they cant be used back to back etc. Some more changes has been made and it is the best to have a look here: 

Don't overstay it will cost you Baht 500,- per day and if you don't pay you end up in the deportation prison, if it expires make a visa runthey restricted this variant sharply in August 2014. The most popular visa runs are from Bangkok to Cambodia and from Phuket to Myanmar which is, on top of it a interesting day trip anyway. It combines a bus and longtail-boat tour over the border, read more.

Here are great holiday and other travel packages for north, south, east and west Thailand which makes it perfect all year around even when there is some rain it's mostly only for a short time only during monsoon from around July to November it can rain for some more days. Considering the fact its more or less endless summer combined with cheap travel means great holiday.

Starting Holiday to Thailand at Bangkok

Nai Harn Beach Phuket is not budget travel

Not low cost at Nai Harn Beach Phuket, there is a high end hotel and some accommodations left and right. This is one of the best beaches on the island. Also it is not very convenient since this a somehow isolated corner on the south west coast, read more.  

Holiday on Similan Islands in south Thailand

The Similan Islands are a small archipelago in the Andaman Sea off Khao Lak north of Phuket. They mainly are known for their beautiful underwater world. But the tourist boom is not very healthy for the area plenty of damage has been done by local boat operators over the years, read more.

Erawan waterfall means low cost travel near the capital

Erawan waterfall at Kanchanaburi is probably the most attractive in the country and not far from Bangkok which make it a great day trip destination. Many people from the capital know that and often it gets very busy around, read more.

bus trips to south Thailand usually is in the night

Bus travel is probably the best way to explore the country. The coaches come in different sizes and drive to almost any destination, on top of it this is quite cheap. E.g. from Phuket to Bangkok, a 12 hour ride through the night is $ 20,-. The buses are comfortable and make one or two stops, read more.

Trips to south Thailand and elsewhere.

The best and fasted moving around in urban areas is with motorbikes (scooter with 150 cc), they can be rented everywhere for around Baht 250,- / day. Actually it is very dangerous to drive with them because most people don't know about traffic rules and they just don't care. A good alternative in Bangkok would be to take a "Motocyc" taxi and the BTS (elevated train) or the underground.

travel tips for a scooter ride to Chiang Mai

Travel tips for a scooter ride to Chiang Mai which is a interesting and cheap country exploration although the weather must be considered, don't do this from May to November since there are frequent showers, although it's never cold it is not comfortable. Anyway that could be perfect holiday travel, read more.

Be fascinated by Thai Orchids and their colors

Be fascinated by local orchids the country is the major exporter of this beautiful plants and they have all possible versions and colors. The best is visiting a flower market or even better a orchid nursery, there are many everywhere, read more.

With the speed boat at Ang Thong coming from Ko Samui

With the speed boat to Ang Thong is a great day trip, it starts in the morning when the tour operator will pick you up, carry you to the pier and supply breakfast after they turn on their 600 HP and the ride over the waves starts. This trip is almost the best someone can do on holiday on Koh Samui, read more.

holidays need travel to Bangkok Airport Suvarnabhumi

A trip to the country of smile and arrivals at Bangkok plus other places. Rushing to beaches, outdoor adventure or other vacation activities is probably what most travelers are interested. In Siam as it was formerly known are top packages available for this purpose. 
This can be a spectacular adventure and no need much to run around. If you arrive in the capital go to a travel agent and a day after you hit the road, maybe to southern Thailand, read more.

Since many people prefer to start their holidays by travel to Bangkok first and start their holiday there naturally we have many pages on the capital with almost every theme you can imagine including shopping, entertainment, nightlife, hotels and the visitors etc. it is very diverse indeed, read more.

Low cost travel for visa run between Ranong and Kawthaung
Tourists at Similan islands south Thailand

Tourists on Phuket Mai Khao beach

Tourists on a Phuket Island Beach, this sandy waterfronts are the essence of the tourism in Thailand here are many. The one pictured above is Mai Khao at the north west of Phuket just in front of the Andaman Sea, read more.

ATM's: Are almost at every "second corner" in the tourist areas, petrol stations, at the highways, shopping malls, convenience stores and other places, which means no need to take lots of money with you or change money. Just fill up your account and pull the Thai Baht out from the machine, be careful about the frequency since they charge a fee for each transaction which your bank will finally deduct, all bank HQ are concentrated in the capital. 

Here is also a excellent place to open a foreign currency account, nobody will find your hard earned money afterwards, just take a debit card, there are many different answers when you ask yourself, what to do in Thailand?

If you are on a low budget tour. 

Khao San Road at night and budget travel

For a suitable low cost lodge try Khao San Road As it is visible thats a big Beer Garden with myriads of small street shops where they try to sell anything including services such as massage, food, tours etc. actually every local tries to sell something, read more.

Street Food in Bangkok Pantip Plaza

About eating, street food is the real Thai traditional food. If you are a little bit careful you could be on the safe side with it. You would hardly need to spend more than about $ 5, - for the whole day on food. Especially look first how they clean the plates, fork and spoons, since they don't have running water often they clean the whole day in the same water container, you can imagine what will happen to your stomach afterwards. So check it out first, after it should not be a big problem, read more.

Pretty Thai Girls working at night

What about a pretty Thai girl as a companion when you are on holiday. Could also be a guy as seen below. Since people are open minded there are no problems and it makes your stay a more pleasant one. If you like to change this every day just visit the nightlife spots there are myriads of gorgeous young women, read more

Travel tips for gay and lesbians

Travel tips for Gay and Lesbians, the country is extremely tolerant to the individual, people are not shy and wont hide their sexual preferences towards the "three" gender means ladyboys etc. That's one of the reason why people from the whole world come over to have some time just to live as they want, read more.

Amazing Bangkok Picture showing budget travel

Bangkok pictures show this oriental city with incredible views some are amazing, other trivial and sometimes it's rather shocking since the people have an other thinking pattern and look at many things much different as "westerners" do. This is different with the pics of the Chao Praya River and the BTS train on top, read more.

People are ethnically quite diverse, the Thai and Shan of Myanmar came in long time ago from southern Yunnan, China. There are also plenty from south Asia, means India and Pakistan plus naturally Chinese. There is a substantial amount of European's and a rather small group of Africans and Arabs. From them Nigerians are the worst, they are heavily involved in drug trade, read more.

cheap travel by bus

Road travel by bus, motorbike, ship, scooter and car is the best within the country. Roads are still quite good, ten years ago they were much better. Even into the smallest village is a hard surface asphalt road, ferries carry the people and mostly also vehicles to most islands. Bikes, scooters and cars for rent are widely available at any tourist spot in the country, read more.

Bus counter for Cambodia at Mo Chit terminal in Bangkok

Beside of Cambodia are not many countries around with several road border crossing and most tourists arrive from Thailand by coach. The main destination is Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Another is Koh Kong which has a van link from Trat near Koh Chang. That is a popular Visa Run routing, read more.

Songkhla Holiday in the south including beaches, the city, history and some interesting detail. As usual in the deep south the people are victims of mad islamist controlled from neighboring Malaysia who kill Thai Buddhist every day. Their prefered targets are Buddhist monks, temple boys, school kids, teachers and women, you can see what kind of people this are, read more.

Nightclub dancing in Phuket Town

Nightclubs in Phuket Town and elsewhere can be a haven for the men. Amazing sexy games are played there every night and everyone likes it since it's natural. Only people who have a strange relation to sexy stuff think this not good, read more

Tiger a go-go in Patong Phuket

Tiger a go-go in Patong is one of the best designed club in the country. Somehow following the idea of a natural cave with a few dozen bar cluster where the girls are doing table dancing, read more.

Nightlife girls in Pattaya go-go dancing

Girls in Pattaya doing their job very similar to other nightlife areas in the country. What makes it good is all is very compact located in the town center along the waterfront on the beach road where "walking street" is a segment of it, read more

Ko Panyi & James Bond Island

The island was founded by Indonesian fishermen.

The area was in the 18th Century under the control of the Srivijaya kingdom on today Sumatra. This is a great water world and the only way to enjoy this is by boat. 

To get some better idea of the area take accommodation in one of the guesthouses. Ko Panyi is a Muslim village right in the water on stilts, this golden shimmering mosque is a beautiful optical impression. Maybe have something to eat, be aware that everyone wants to sell you something.

Ko Panyi built on stilts in Phang Nga Bay

The place is about a half kilometer long and before the tourists came all people made their money with fishing. 

Explore the incredible limestone formations, the natural formed caves and have a dive in the pleasant tropical water, just tell the boatmen to stop on a beach you like and jump. 

If you go swimming or just walk around in the splendid waters keep your shoes on or use dive boots, sometimes there are quite sharp coral pieces and other stuff around which is not visible but has sharp edges and after having a cut is having a problem.

Cheap holiday travel in south Thailand.

This area is full of breathtaking panoramas, full of excitement which makes you -gasp- oh - ah and I can't believe. Beaches are so many, nobody actually know how many, but for sure enough. In the emerald sea you will find your own private island with a beautiful white stretch of sand, there are several secluded resorts around. The whole looks like Halong Bay in Vietnam.

James Bond Island

A day trip usually includes James Bond Island.

The name comes because some scenes of the movie "The man with the golden colt" were shot here. It's the taller one in the picture center above

Bus schedule between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Schedule at Tak.

Travel in Thailand is mainly on the road thats the most important passenger moving. By far more active than air travel or the train and that has a reason. 
This is the prices are low the frequency high and the coaches are quite comfortable and are somehow synchronized, not very good but withing one or two hours it is always possible to get a connection on the main through-roads and stations.
The main terminal is Mo Chit in north Bangkok, another one in the south of the city, in Chiang Mai for the north and Phuket and Hat Yai for the south.    
Bus schedule between Bangkok and Chiang Mai (1)
Bus schedule between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

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Here are individual tours.

This trips are tailored for travelers who want a special touch. Check it out you will find one you like there is a wide spectrum.Here are, among other, some day trips and short journeys close to Bangkok in Kanchanaburi around the Bridge over the River Kwai and National Parks with one of the most scenic waterfall, the Erawan Falls and some more within a short distance. Since the roads in the province are quite good and a four lane motorway connects to the capital the is are ideal side trips into jungle with comfort from the capital. 

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A visa run tour
Tour at Khao Sok National Park
A trip to Similan Islands
Sexy stuff in Danok 

This is cheap holiday travel in south Thailand.

Kings Cup Regatta Phuket

The biggest regatta in the country. 

The event started in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Over time the Kings Cup became Asia’s premier sailing and yachting regatta event.

Kings Cup Regatta Phuket Start at Kata Beach

Kings Cup Regatta Phuket Start at Kata Beach in the morning

It has been held every year in the first week of December to commemorate His Majesty’s birthday on December 5th.Boats from all over Asia, Australia, Europe and other countries come to find the best in several categories, sail boat and catamaran racing / cruising and more.

Kings Cup Regatta Start at Kata Beach south of Patong

This is Asia’s top sailing and yachting event held every year in the first week of December. 

Phuket is part take part in one of the fastest growing sports in the world and that is sailing regattas also in Asia it might be dragon boat racing. 

Kings Cup Regatta in full blow

Boats from all over Asia, Australia, Europe and other countries come to the island trying to find out who is the best in different categories such as sail boat racing / cruising, catamaran class and more. 

Trip to Phuket from anywhere
Sea battles are played out on the south west coast which sometimes remind at the ancient marine battles between the English, French, Portuguese and Dutch. It starts at Kata Beach about 7 am.

Until recently Australians were most of the participants but time is changing, now Russians have the top count. They just fly in and charter bare boats.

About 2,000 participants from 25 countries are active.

They come to the island to salute the King of Thailand on his birthday from Dec 2-6 that means four days of racing, counting the first day as practice day and incorporating the traditional lay-day as regular racing.

It starts at Kata Beach and it is amazing that so many companies in the public and private sector support this great yachting extravaganza.

Phuket in the Andaman Sea has historically associated with sailing, already since Claudius Ptolemy indicated the island as Junk Ceylon, at that time and for most of the other the thing was blown with the wind.

The today regatta is the largest in Asia. The majority of activities will take place off busy Kata Beach on the west-coast of the island. That’s including the many parties in the restaurant behind the beach. Many of the races will be run close to shore to make sure everyone has a good time enjoying the racing boats under full sail. As usual in Thailand everything is possible spinnaker classes, non-spinnaker plus open and multi-hull, involving yachts and local boats.

Local vendors big and small provide parties with all kinds of barbecued delicacies and genuine Thai food.

Starting the Kings Cup Regatta at Kata Beach
Starting the Kings Cup Regatta at Kata Beach
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The Regatta is open to mono-hull cruiser, racers and catamarans from everywhere who enjoys sailing. Since this is more or less a “farang” event it was well organized and and everyone had a good time means the participants and spectators alike. Probably also to the sponsors since without them it would be difficult to handle it.

This sailing event attracts racers and recreational participants too from as far as Australia to Russia and some Asian countries but mainly men who have an exciting spectacle. Of course there was the compulsory evening entertainment which catered wonderfully for celebrations and commiserations!

It always starts at Kata Beach.

The virtual club house is the big restaurant in the back which supplied some entertainment and catering the spacious site was the Kata Beach Bay and the facilities supplied by sponsors.
 In front of Kata Beach yachts in motion
 In front of Kata Beach

Phuket sailing in ThailandPhuket yachting off the westcoastRegatta war in the Andaman Sea a dense battle

Swing over the Andaman Sea a competition

The island of the Andaman Sea are many, not all of them are open for the public which is probably not so bad anyway. But cruising around in between could be real highlights at any holiday travel either "wet or dry", read more.

Do it slow with the catamaran and enjoy
A fast cat on the Indian Ocean

Regatta action with a full blow
The small ones in the wind moving fast

In South Thailand several competitions are held.

One of them is the Kings Cup, another is in Phangnga Bay and some smaller ones elsewhere. The event usually starts at Kata Beach and the “racer” comes from all over the world which is amazing considering the far off location Phuket has but south Thailand is the ideal location for an event like that.

Phuket sailing and the Seraph a gaff rigged schooner Yacht
That is a real highlight in the sailing competition calendars it including dinghy racing and windsurfers competition.

Phuket sailing and the Seraph a gaff rigged schooner Yacht with teams are battling against tricky tropical winds and sometimes some rain burst in but rather minimal. Entrants are local and international, there is a wide background for shopping and entertainment on the island nobody will get bored after a hard racing day, read more.