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The backpackers' favorite !
>> Description ? A taste of paradise stretching from the sand of the South to the jungle of the North along smiling faces.
>> Why go there ? Start your own backpacking experience / Dip in the clear ocean toward colorful fishes / Trek jungles / Visit minorities villages / Party all night & sleep all day / Fall in love with Asia /
>> Drawback ? The crowd / The look of some travelers / The consequent opinion of some local people toward backpackers and the potential breach of violence if at the wrong place / The sex industry with very professional ladies /
>> Cultural Highlights ? Grand Palace (Bangkok) / The ruins of the former capitals (Sukhothai & Ayuthaya) / Thai & Khmer Temples / The Thai Boxing ceremonial / Minorities villages & traditions (The North) / The Thai architecture and teak houses / The spicy food /
>> Natural Highlights ? The clear water around the exotic islands / The karts peaks around Krabi / The waterfalls & caves around Kanchanaburi / Any National Park (79 to choose from) / The jungle in the north / The Mekong riverside /
>> How long ? From a couple of days to relax on the sand to the rest of your life... Three months would be good enough for a complete circuit.
>> Budget ? Around US$8 per day all included if basic room in the North & North-East. The islands are slightly more expensive : count on US$10 per day for a basic bungalow. Less if dormitory.
>> Visa ? Not necessary. 30 days on arrival for most westerners.
>> When to go ? Any time is suitable but the cooler weather is from November to February. Those are consequently the crowded months. Spring is therefore a good option. The east-coast monsoon occurs from November to January. The west-coast monsoon blast from June to September and most of the untouristy islands shut down.