As our trip rapidly draws to a close, I thought I would take the time to reflect on all the unique types of accommodation we stayed in and transportation we used to get around during our stay in Thailand. Depending on your taste and budget, Thailand offers so many different types of lodging from high end hotels, to renting a tent and spending a night under the stars.
During our stay in Phuket we chose to rent a more upscale apartment called Kamala Beach Estate, located on Kamala beach, which worked out to be $44/night/person. With the 3 of us sharing it was very inexpensive, and totally worth it! We ended up with a 2 bedroom suite overlooking the Andaman Sea. It was easy for us to participate in any of the day trips they offered at the estate, and it felt as if we had our own private island during our stay.
Other types of accommodation that were available were bed and breakfasts, hotels, bungalows, apartments, condos, and resorts. Apartments are an economical way to stay in Thailand that offers the privacy of a hotel with the price of a hostel. Many apartments were available to rent for as little as $9 per night. The most unique type of accommodation we saw was the tenting. You could rent one or bring your own and camp. Most of the National Parks throughout Thailand offer camping.
Getting around Thailand was easier than we had originally anticipated. In Bangkok they have a fairly efficient rail system called the BTS. It was super easy to get around the city, as it stops at all the major centers and shopping areas. The cars are all air conditioned, which was a nice relief when being stuck in a car full of people. Paying was very easy, you could purchase a charge card and simply fill it with the amount you wanted and use it as you needed. You never had to worry about having a ticket handy; just swipe and go!
The canal boats were also a fantastic way to get around in Bangkok, as they’re super quick and efficient and you don’t have to deal with as much traffic. It was very inexpensive too, as a 20 minute boat ride cost us about 10 baht ($0.32 CAD). The only downside was the fact that if a bigger boat passes you, you do get sprayed and the canal water is NOT the cleanest. The taxis all have “taxi-meters” installed in them now, so unfortunately you can’t barter for the amount of a journey. The bus system is also well organized, cheap and efficient. You can purchase coupon books when buying your BTS charge card and it comes with free bus passes!
The most unique types of transportation we came across were the “Tuk-Tuk” and the rickshaw. The “Tuk-Tuk” means every in Thai and that’s because they are EVERYwhere! They reminded me of a 3-wheel golf cart, as they have the canopied seat behind the driver. They’re not very big, which wasn’t an issue for us girls, but anyone over 5’5’’ would have to cram themselves in as the ceiling is low and the leg room very sparse. You have to negotiate a price with the driver, and they aren’t any cheaper than a taxi. It was a very unique way of getting around the city, as you cram into the little seat behind the driver as they weave in and out of traffic to get you where you need to go. If you come to Thailand and don’t have at least one Tuk-Tuk ride, you are missing out!
This is our last few hours before we head back home and felt it necessary to have a overview of some fun stuff!
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