• Travel Guide: All About My Thailand Trip (June 2019)

    Travel Guide: All About My Thailand Trip (June 2019)

    Hello beautiful souls♡

    After my one-month trip through Malaysia, where I got to experience the diverse culture of Kuala Lumpur and Penang Island, I followed my heart and found my way to the incredible land of Thailand.  

    Well, I had booked my tickets from Penang to Phuket about a month before, and knew this would be a destination during my solo travel journey. Thailand is a country I have desired to visit for a long time, so arriving here felt absolutely surreal. After pinning photos of the Phi Phi Islands and temples on my vision board, it was truly a dream come true to explore this place. 

    While I didn’t know anyone here, or speak the main language, I really fell in love with all that Thailand had to offer during my one month exploration there. The temples, beaches, islands, food, friendly locals…everything was so memorable, and I will surely return one day to explore the endless other scenic landscapes and interesting places of Thailand. 

    As a solo female traveller, initially I did feel afraid to go by myself because of some stories I had been told (human trafficking is a real issue there), but as it turned out, they really were stories of unique experiences after all, and not once did I feel unsafe or turn it into my own story. It’s always wise to stay cautious and not go out to isolated places alone, but if you also plan to go solo, I promise there is nothing to fear. Fear will only hold you back from having the time of your life. Do what feels safe, have a phone you can use to make calls, and you will have an adventure.

    If there is one word I can use to describe my time in Thailand, it would be “fulfilling”. From boat hopping to temple visiting, nature to mountain tops, I experienced just about everything I had dreamed of seeing and doing, and I am incredibly grateful. Our soul always leads us to places that support our growth the most.

    In this post, I’ve put together the brief summary of where I stayed, what I did and where I ate, which can hopefully be a great guide for you if you also choose to visit Thailand- a destination I highly recommend in South East Asia. 

    Sending my love,

    Jasmine

    xxx

    OVERVIEW

    When: 26th May 2019 – 22nd June 2019

    Transport

    Throughout Thailand, I used Grab via the app (south east asia version of Uber) to get around, as it was really affordable and convenient. You can also take the public subway in Bangkok, buses, taxis, tuk-tuks and songathaews.

    Money

    Upon arriving, I exchanged some money at the airport, and throughout my trip I used both my bank card and cash to pay. There are many ATMs in the main cities and towns to withdraw money (just know it will have a transaction fee for international cards), and I still recommend carrying cash around as most places still use cash.

    SIM Card

    I highly recommend that no matter where you travel to, to purchase a SIM card when you arrive at the airport so you can travel with more ease, safety and convenience. I purchased a 30-day SIM card upon arriving at Phuket airport with around 15 GB of data for 800 THB.

    Weather

    When I visited in June, it was rainy season, however there weren’t a lot of rainy days I experienced. If it did rain, it was a short 1-2 hour heavy rainfall, then it cleared up afterwards, so this time of year is still perfectly fine to visit. As Thailand is located in the tropics and June is part of the warmer season, it was very hot and humid, and there wasn’t much difference between the south (Phuket) and further up north (Chiang Mai). 

    Food

    Thailand is generally quite plant-based friendly (especially in Chiang Mai), where you can find lots of tropical fruits around and locals delicacies. Street food is very popular too, and I recommend trying some at the markets you can find in every city.

    Language

    While the official language of Thailand is Thai, you will be able to get around just fine with English only if you’re travelling in the more well-known areas. That being said, it’s important to not assume every local can speak English, and  it would be great to learn some basics before you go too for respect and convenience. 

    Hello: sah wah dee khaa (for females)

    Thankyou: khob khun kha (for females)

    TIPS

    Clothing

    Thailand is overall still a ‘conversative’ culture when it comes to clothing, and I noticed that women tend to be covered up, especially around the chest, shoulders and knees. While as a tourist you don’t ‘have to’ do these things, and it’s okay to wear bikini at the beach (especially in tourist areas), it may be best to follow the customs as a sign of respect to the local culture. As it’s also so hot, wear light clothing and shoes that are breathable. If you plan on visiting temples, you’ll definitely need to have your shoulders and knees covered, even if it is a sarong or light scarf.

     

    PHUKET

    When: 26th May – 2nd June 2019

    Accommodation

    Ozone Condominium

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    Where I Went

    Exploring Phuket

    • Wat Chalong
    • Big Buddha
    • Karon View Point
    • Kata Beach

    Phi Phi Islands Boat Hopping

    BANGKOK

    When: 2nd June – 7th June 2019

    Accommodation

    Old Town Chic Guesthouse

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    Where I Went

    Exploring Bangkok

    • Wat Pho
    • Temple of the Emerald Buddha
    • The Grand Palace
    • Wat Arun
    • Ethos Restaurant
    • Khao San Road
    • Tha Tien Pier

    CHIANG MAI

    When: 7th June – 21st June 2019

    Accommodation

    Night Bazaar Condotel

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    Where I Went

    Exploring Chiang Mai

    • Vegan Heaven Restaurant
    • Ploen Rudee Night Market

    Sacred Temples

    • Doi Suthep
    • Wat Suan Dok

    Taking the Overnight Train

    • Where I purchased the train tickets (I stayed in the first class cabin that fits two people): Here
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