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Dragii mei dragi, n-o sa va vina sa credeti ce mi s-a intamplat. Stiu ca a trecut ceva timp de atunci, dar e musai sa va povestesc. Iarna trecuta, intr-o clipa de neatentie, mi-am pierdut o bucatica din suflet. Aoleo! Dar cum? Dar unde? N-as sti sa va spun exact, undeva prin Thailanda.

Dar stati asa, nu e cazul sa va panicati sau intristati! Sa v-o spun pe aia dreapta, am abandonat-o acolo intentionat, in speranta ca intr-o buna zi ma voi intoarce. Nu de alta, dar rar mi-a fost dat sa vizitez un loc care sa imi trezeasca atatea emotii si care sa ma faca sa ma intreb la orice pas daca ceea ce mi se intampla e vis, sau realitate (si am vizitat atatea locuri!). Pentru ca Thailanda e mult mai mult decat tot ce ati vazut in faimoasele poze cu plajele ei exotice. Thailanda e o aventura, o experienta care iti incanta toate simturile. Nu-i o destinatie pentru bronz, e o destinatie pentru suflet.

Si nici nu va imaginati cate amintiri am adunat in aproape 3 saptamani petrecute acolo! Dar pana sa ajungem la povestea propriu-zisa, ce-ati zice de niste detalii tehnice? Tinand cont de faptul ca de cand m-am intors primesc intr-una intrebari de genul “ce ai vizitat?”, “unde ai stat?”, “cat costa o vacanta in Thailanda?”, m-am gandit ca nu ar strica sa adun toate raspunsurile la un loc, intr-un mic ghid de calatorie. Pentru ca desi eu nu voi mai ajunge acolo in viitorul foarte apropiat, mi-as dori din suflet ca voi sa o faceti.

Incepem asadar cu primul episod din seria “Thailanda: ghid de calatorie”!

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My dear ones, I must confess: I lost a piece of my heart. Once upon a time, in a remote country… As a matter of fact, it happened last winter, somewhere in the amazing Thailand. But don’t panic! The truth is that I abandoned it on purpose, hoping that one day I will return to retrieve it. Because that place really made me feel a carousel of emotions and got me wondering if what was happening to me was just a dream or the pure reality (and I have visited so many places! ). Believe me, Thailand is so much more than what you see in those pictures of the amazing exotic beaches. Thailand is more than sand an tan, it is soul food.

I bet you can’t even imagine how many memories I’ve gathered in those almost 3 weeks spent there! But before getting to the adventurous story, what about some technical details, regarding this trip? I’m asking this before since I returned back home, all of my friends and relatives keep asking me:”how was it?” “what have you visited?” “how much did you spent?”. So I thought that it would be a nice idea to gather the answers to the most frequent questions in a small travel guide. Because I really wish for you to be able to live this amazing experience. So let’s start the Thailand Adventure series!

Thailanda, Phi Phi Island

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1. Thailanda: vacanta “do it yourself” sau vacanta rezervata prin agentie?

Personal, prefer prima varianta. Desi e adevarat, agentiile de turism au si ele hazul lor si uneori ne ademenesc cu niste oferte chiar simpatice, din punctul meu de vedere, Thailanda merita vazuta pe cont propriu, atat din punct de vedere financiar, cat si al libertatii de miscare, de a-ti stabili propriul traseu. Evident, depinde de scopul si durata vizitei, dar si de timpul de care dispui pentru a te organiza.

Din ce am vazut, un sejur rezervat prin agentie, se intinde undeva la 7-9 zile, cuprinde o destinatie de plaja si maximum o zi petrecuta in Bankok, capitala Thailandei, iar costurile ajung de la 800, undeva la 1500 de euro, de persoana.

Ei bine, pentru ca noi ne-am dorit o vacanta ceva mai lunga (initial planuisem 3 saptamani, dar intr-un final, pentru ca planurile nu ne-au iesit tocmai cum ne-am dorit, ne-am limitat la 17 zile) si un traseu mai complex, am mers pe varianta do it yourself si am reusit sa ne incadram cu totul, in bugetul de 1500 de euro de persoana. Deci o vacanta de 2 ori mai lunga, in aceiasi bani. O afacere buna, nu? Asta avand in vedere ca nu am calatorit tocmai low cost. Dar atentie, organizarea ia timp!

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Thailand: do I need a travel agency or I can do it myself?
Even though the travel agencies are having some very cute and tempting promotions, I really think that Thailand should be a DIY destination, because this will give you the freedom to decide your own route, for a considerably smaller amount of money.

From what I’ve seen, agencies offer 7-9 days in a beach destination, and one night in Bangkok, the Thai capital, for a price of 800 to 1500 EUR per person. ( here I’m talking about the Romanian travel agencies)

Well, because me and my boyfriend dreamt of a longer holiday (the initial plan was to spend 3 weeks in Thailand, but it didn’t turn out exactly how we wanted, so we stayed just 17 days) and a personalised and more complex route, we have decided to plan this trip on our own, so that we have finally spent like 1500 EUR per person (including meals, drinks, fun, and trips). A very good deal, don’t you think? And I must mention that we didn’t really travel in the low-cost mode.

But attention, if you decide to choose the DIY version, have in mind that planning needs some time and effort! (but this is why I’m here, to teach you how to do it)

Vacanta in doi

2. Cu cat timp inainte trebuie sa organizezi excursia si sa faci rezervarile? (ca sa iesi cel mai ieftin)

Stiu, legenda ar spune “cu cat mai repede, cu atat mai bine”…dar nu stiu ce sa zic si cu legendele astea. Daca planuiti sa calatoriti intr-o gasca mare, e adevarat, sansele de a gasi loc pentru toata lumea atat in avion, cat si la hoteluri, sunt mai mari daca va organizati din timp, dar asta nu inseamna ca iesiti si mai ieftin. Daca sunteti mai romantici si calatoriti in doi si dispuneti de un program cat de cat flexibil, nu e chiar asa graba, pentru ca e mult mai usor sa prindeti bilete de avion si cazari last minute mult mai convenabile ca raport calitate-pret. (PS: indiferent de varianta aleasa, daca rezervati hotelul prin acest link, primiti 10% din valoarea rezervatii inapoi! asta ca sa nu ziceti ca nu-s fata de treaba )

Cel mai important este sa nu va pripiti si sa fiti mereu pe faza. Tinand cont de faptul ca biletul de avion reprezinta cea mai mare cheltuiala a excursiei, ideal ar fi sa panditi un pret bun (350-550 EUR), pentru ca asta v-ar putea pastra cateva sute bune de euro in portofel. Iar din ce am vazut, companiile aeriene se bat in oferte in luna noiembrie.

Spre exemplu, in prezent, puteti gasi bilete dus-intors Bucuresti- Chiang Mai, operate de Qatar Airways, pentru perioada 5-19 ianuarie, la pretul de 395 de euro, un pret excelent. (oferta gasita pe momondo.ro)

Oferta avantajoasa de zbor spre Thailanda
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When should I start the planning and the bookings? (to save money)

I know, the legend says “the earlier, the better”, but I don’t really believe in legends. If you plan traveling with your friends, it’s true, you have to book everything a few months before, if you want to make sure that you will all find a place on the same flights and at the same hotel. But this doesn’t mean that you will also save money. The romantic version, of traveling in two, can save you a lot of money, because this way you can hunt the best last-minute deals, both for flights and accommodation and because this way, it is easier to get flexible with your schedule. And you don’t need to book anything months earlier. (PS: no matter what kind of traveler you are, you will get a refund of 10% of your next booking, if you use this link)

The most important thing when planning a trip on your own is to have patience, not to hurry to book the first thing that you find but to always be connected and aware of the best deals. Considering that the plane ticket is the biggest expense of this trip, I bet that you wouldn’t mind saving some hundred euros, by catching a good price ( from my point of view, a good price would be somewhere between 350- 550 euros for both way flight)

Tip: Qatar has a very good deal, so now you can book a Bucharest-Chiang Mai flight, for 395 euros. (travel period: 5-19 January )

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3. De ce buget am nevoie pentru o vacanta in Thailanda?

Lasand la o parte costul biletului de avion, Thailanda este un paradis cat se poate de accesibil.

De la cazare, la mancare, distractii si haine, totul este cat se poate de ieftin. Asta evident, daca nu mergeti acolo pentru lux, ci pentru o experienta mai autentica. Ca sa nu ziceti ca bat campii, eu si iubitul meu am reusit sa ne incadram intr-un buget decent, astfel ca am cheltuit in 17 zile undeva la 760 EUR pentru cazare, 200 EUR pentru zborurile interne, 400 EUR pentru excursii si scuba diving si 500 EUR pentru mancare. Si tin sa mentionez ca am stat in locuri dragute si ne-am facut toate poftele, fara sa ne dam in laturi de la nimic, deci, cu putina cumpatare, am fi putut sa ne incadram intr-un buget si mai mic de atat. Acum totul depinde de pretentiile, poftele si dorintele voastre.

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How much money do I need for a trip to Thailand?
Despite the airplane ticket, Thailand is a very accessible paradise.

From accommodation to food, drinks, clothes and fun, everything is very cheap there. This, of course, if you don’t to choose to travel in luxury mode, but in a more authentic and local style. Just so you understand, my boyfriend and I managed to keep on a decent budget, spending 760 EUR on accommodation, 200 EUR on internal flights, 400 EUR on the optional trips (yeah, they are not quite cheap) and 600 EUR on foods and drinks. And I must mention that we stayed in very nice hotels and enjoyed our experience at it’s fullest, without stepping back from anything.

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4. Cash sau card in Thailanda?

In Thailanda, moneda oficiala este bahtul, iar 1 THB, e echivalentul a 0,12 Ron, 0,03 USD, sau 0,026 EUR. Acum, intrebarea pe care ne-am pus-o si noi inainte sa plecam, a fost “Bine, bine…si ce luam la noi? Cash sau card?”
La sfatul prietenilor nostri deja experimentati intr-ale Thailandei, am decis sa mergem pe a doua varianta. Intr-adevar a fost foarte comod, deoarece astfel nu ne-am mai complicat cu case de schimb si nici nu am stat cu emotii ca am putea fi inselati. Chiar daca nu exista prea multe locuri in care sa platiti cu cardul (cel putin noi nu am intalnit, in afara de cateva hoteluri), gasiti ATM-uri la orice pas, iar comisionul de retragere este de 200 THB, indiferent de suma (tocmai de asta , cu cat retrageti o suma mai mare, cu atat e mai convenabil)
E adevarat, acest confort de a calatori cu cardul are si un pret, iar cand zic asta ma refer la comisioanele mai mult su mai putin ascunse ale bancilor, despre care noi am aflat abia la intoarcerea in tara, cand am verificat extrasul de cont.

Prin urmare, recomandarea mea ar fi sa calatoriti cu cash, daca vreti sa economisiti putin, mai ales ca din ce am auzit, casele de schimb Thailandeze au un curs bun si nu aplica comision, ceea ce e minunat. Dar mare atentie sa numarati banii pe care ii primiti, pentru ca sa nu fiti inselati.

Acesta a fost primul episod din seria “Thailanda: ghid de calatorie”. Sper ca v-a fost de folos. Oricum fiti pe faza, pentru ca urmeaza si episodul 2, in care va voi vorbi mai in detaliu despre cea mai buna perioada pentru a vizita Thailanda, mijloace de transport si locuri de cazare. Pe curand!

Don’t forget to run wild,

Io. 

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Cash or credit Card?
In Thailand, the official currency is the Thai baht, and 1 THB is equivalent to 0.12 Ron, 0.03 USD, or 0.026 Euros. Now, the question we asked before we left, was “Okay, okay … but what will we need? Cash or card?”
On the advice of our friends who already experienced Thailand, we decided to choose the second option. It really was very convenient, because that way we did not get complicated with exchange houses and we did not feel like we could be cheated. Even if there are not too many places to pay by card (at least we have not met any, apart from a few hotels), you can find ATMs at every step, and the withdrawal fee is 200 THB , regardless of the amount (just therefore, the bigger the amount, the more convenient it is)

It is true that this comfort of traveling with the card also has a price, and when I say this I refer to the more or less hidden commissions of the banks, which we found out about only when we returned to the country and checked our account.

Therefore, my recommendation would be to travel in cash if you want to save a little money, especially since Thailand’s exchange houses have a good course and do not apply a commission, which is great. But be careful to count the money you receive so you will not be deceived.

This was the first episode of “Thailand travel guide”. I hope I was helpful. Anyway, stay tuned for the next episode, where we will talk in detail about the best time to visit Thailand, transportation, and accommodations. See you soon!

Don’t forget to run wild,

Io. 

 

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