My Backpacking Route Part 1: Thailand

Seven and a half days until departure, so I decided it’s time to plan a rough route for my journey.

Generally, my goal is to travel very spontaneously. But I think it is a good idea to think of a few countries and places I want to visit. There are also certain events on certain dates that I want to attend. Plus, I have to show a onward or return ticket on check-in in Munich or I won’t be allowed to board the plane.


  • My journey starts on April 10th at Munich airport. I have a one-way ticket to Bangkok where I will arrive on April 11th around 7 in the morning.
  • From Bangkok, I’ll fly to Phuket to go on a 4 day diving safari.
  • I’ll be island-hopping for the next couple of weeks. Destinations will include Phi Phi Islands, Ko Tao & Ko Phangan and probably Railay Beach.
  • Afterwards I’ll be heading north, exploring Bangkok, Kanchanaburi (famous Tiger Temple + other sights) and visit Yasothon for Rocket Festival.
  • Maybe I’ll visit Chiang Mai.
  • After 30-50 days in Thailand I’ll fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia

Have you ever been to Thailand? Did you like it? Any  places that I have to visit?

Update: Nothing happens as planned while travelling. After island-hopping in the south I left for Malaysia.

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Brendan April 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Keep planning to a minimum and spontaneity must rule the roost!

Looks like you’re going about your preparation the right way to me. Be footloose, fancy free and 80% flexible and you’ll get the best out of any trip.

My partner and I are heading out to SE Asia (starting with Malaysia) in a few weeks, I’ll be interested to see what you think of the places you visit and the people you see.

Have a whole world of fun!


David April 4, 2010 at 12:22 am

It’s kinda strange when you’ve never been longer away from home than 2 weeks and have to plan a journey over multiple months and countries. Spontaneity is king to me.
Looking forward to your posts on Malaysia, I might visit this country too.


Scott April 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I just saw your plan, and it looks awesome. If your going from Phuket to Koh Tao/Phangan, stop off for 2 days at Khao Sok National Park. It’s on the way if your taking the bus from Pkuket to Surat Thani (the port to get to Phangan/Tao). We saw more monkeys there than anywhere else we’ve been in Asia.

Kanchanaburi was so much fun, there’s a Safari Park and the best waterfall in all of Thailand – Erawan Falls. 7 Layers of swimming pools to go through.

If you have any questions let me know. We spent 4 months in Thailand (Nov – Feb) and just headed back to spend the final 10 days of our trip on Koh Phangan.


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