My version of a guide
This page is my overview of backpacking Thailand, covering the country, some tips, general things to know, transport and accommodation options, general costs and my overall experience.
What can I possibly say about Thailand that hasn’t been said a thousand times before?
Thailand is the backpacker super highway, every backpacker travels through it at least once. I know long-term travelers who have been multiple times and never had the same experience, they never get bored of it, as it’s constantly evolving.
Sure maybe today it can be considered as too commercial. The ‘cliche’ backpacker country where once upon a time travelers went to discover this once mystical land but now it’s a commercial tourist trap overrun by western enterprises. And, there is an argument for that. It is over crowded with tourists, everything is geared towards tourists, there are way too many souvenir shops and way too many tours offering the ‘authentic travel experience’ that Thailand once had. But Thailand will always attract backpackers no natter how many ‘Starbucks’ and ‘McDonald’s’ appear, it will still still appeal to backpackers.
Why though? because this crazy, chaotic, vibrant Country has it all; from the unbearable humidity of Bangkok to the paradise beaches of the south to the jungles in the north. Thailand is a backpacker haven, whatever type of trip, whatever you’re looking for, whatever your purpose – you will find it here. It doesn’t matter how commercial it get’s in the future Thailand will always have it’s charm and diversity.