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Old 01-14-2016, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I am in the process of planning a vacation to Thailand and I have lots of questions and needs lots of information.

I'd like to know more about the country as a whole.

I don't want to go to the typical touristic places and vacation like a typical tourist, but instead want to be and stay safe of course, but go where the natives go, eat what the natives eat, etc. I think you get the drift.

Any and all information would be helpful.

Thanks

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Old 01-14-2016, 01:07 PM
 
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I'd say your best bet is if you've got a friend who's been there, have them go with you. Or, if you have a friend who knows someone from there, have them hook you up with that person. Seriously the best way to do what you are wanting to do is by having someone with you from there.

I did it that way when I was going to Japan, Thailand, Korea, and the Philippines for the first time. Saved me a whole lot of troubles and money.
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Old 01-14-2016, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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The non-tourist area's of Thailand aren't that interesting.

If you want to avoid the majority of the tourists just don't go to Bangkok, Chonburi, Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani and Chiang Mai.

Don't go to the 3 most Southern provinces (Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat), most dangerous area of Thailand.

Still like 65 provinces left
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:50 PM
 
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NW of Khon Kaen, dam and reservoir, giant Buddha temple on top of mountain, quite beautiful. Large temple on mountain by Udon Thani and a famous lake in winter with red flowers. Nongkhai is nice, clean on Mekong River, as well as Chiang Khan in Loei. Mountains there to view the beauty. Lopburi is the town with monkeys.

There are lots of people online who are private tour guides and speak English. I'd check the sites you'd want to visit and find a private English tour guide. And check Thaivisa.com for suggestions.

Trains are fun, even if they look like they are 80 years old, have an adventure.
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Old 01-15-2017, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Western Asia
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What is it you want to do there? If you don't speak the language, it's going to be problematic when you get into the rural backwaters and you are dealing with essentially 3rd world poverty and infrastructure. As far as I know, most of Thailand is fairly safe provided you are respectful.


I love Thailand but wouldn't want to spend appreciable time in the areas not tourist promoted. I have friends that live there and can travel to remote areas to see how they live and it's much easier to be there in the company of a local.
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