I have put together a list of useful links for travelling Thailand which cover transport, accommodation, events, tours and news.
Travel Thailand: Transport- Trains and Buses
http://www.railway.co.th/checktime/checktime.asp?lenguage=Eng Train timetable website but you cannot book tickets on it.
Koh Life website this is actually a friend’s transport agency that he started last year and it’s going really well so far! They have tons of buses and ferry links on the decent VIP buses (think proper reclining seats and no TV blasting at you all night like some other buses I’ve been on!). They will be adding trains soon. You can get discounts for multiple bookings and group tickets.
www.thaiticketmajor.com also has bus ticket bookings for all of Thailand. I find the website is not that navigable and buses leave from different areas around Bangkok so make sure you know where the departure station is.
Thailand Transport- Flights
I usually find a great deal for domestic flights with either Air Asia or Nok Air. I always use Skyscanner to compare prices.
Thailand Transport- Taxis
I always just use meter taxis but I know some people are a fan of Uber and Grabtaxi. I’ve found both of these to usually be more expensive, but the benefits are taxi drivers with a GPS who will know where they are going!
I usually compare Agoda and Booking.com to find the best deal for accommodation.
Thailand Events Information
Facebook is a really useful tool for finding events happening in the area and various bars and clubs advertise special events on here.
I enjoy reading BK Magazine for inspiration about where to travel and what to do and see http://bk.asia-city.com/
Full Moon Party Schedule Information
If you’re looking for cycling tour then I definitely recommend https://www.covankessel.com/ as I have done several of their bicycle tours around Bangkok. I think they are good value for money and the guide provided has always been very knowledgeable.
For other tours I recommend using local tour agencies around Khao San area or through your hotel, Ask around to make sure you are getting the best deal.
For local news I follow:
None! I honestly find weather forecasts to be extremely inaccurate as the weather here is very unpredictable! The best advice I can give is to keep your options open and your travel plan flexible so you can move around if the weather turns bad.
Thailand Travel Blog : Thailand What to Pack
People often ask me what they should bring out to Thailand so I wrote these two blog posts, aimed at backpackers or flashpackers.
Thailand Travel Blog : Thailand Travel Books
As always the Bible for travellers is often Lonely Planet or a similar brand. I have found the Thailand one extremely useful and also Southeast Asia on Shoestring. Buy your own copy on Amazon below: I don’t recommend Kindle versions and this is one book where I would rather have a real, paper edition.
I always try and buy the latest version but old versions are dirt cheap and can still be useful for the planning stages of your trip.
Learn some Thai with a Thai phrasebook. I have this and it was very useful when I first arrived here. Definitely get a phrasebook with a CD or MP3 version as Thai is a tonal language and so you need to be able to hear the word to reproduce it. Buy your copy here.
Thailand Travel Blog
I’ve got tons of information from itineraries to transport, from wildlife to diving and the top islands to visit. Click the links below.
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