THAILAND: My First Solo Travel

To the FIRST of many backpacking adventures! I’m really grateful to have experienced travelling alone & this is the first trip that I was blessed enough to pay for ALL expenses with money I worked very hard for!

Travel date: Feb 2014

ACCOMMODATION: BUDDY BOUTIQUE INN

At Buddy Boutique Inn. Costed me P1,500 per night.

At Buddy Boutique Inn. Costs around P1,500 per night.

I had a great stay at this hotel! I am so grateful for the free room upgrade & gifts that they gave me. I am truly blessed. This hotel is near the backpacker haven – KHAO SAN ROAD. Hotel has clean rooms and facilities. The staff are just amazing, so accommodating and sweet! Check it out buddyboutiqueinn.com

EXPLORING BANGKOK

(1) GRAND PALACE

At the Grand Palace. Photo taken by a hot German guy ;)

At the Grand Palace. Photo taken by a hot German guy 😉

Amazing place! I felt like I was in another era! Or like in a Mulan movie! There were so many tourists. The Buddha Shrine inside one of the palaces felt so magical that I stayed for 10 minutes just appreciating & being grateful for the wonderful view in front of me!

BEWARE of scams outside the palace telling you that it’s closed! Don’t believe them. It is definitely open! I experienced being approached 2 times telling me that the Grand Palace was closed and that I should go to <specific temple> instead!

(2) WAT PHO

Check out this Big Buddha behind me ;)

Check out this Big Buddha behind me 😉

Just as amazing as the Grand Palace because of the biggest Buddha I have ever seen in my life. It occupied almost an entire building or temple.

The walk from Grand Palace to Wat Pho is around 15-20 minutes.

(3) WAT ARUN

Super Steep Steps at Wat Arun! What a climb!

Super Steep Steps at Wat Arun! What a climb!

After Wat Pho, I took a ferry to cross the Chao Paraya River just to get to this temple. This is the temple I liked the most because it challenged me! Through its VERY steep steps, I got to feel adventurous! I even felt like it was a sort of a “legends of the hidden temple” challenge. It was also fun to see tourists from all over the world challenging themselves to conquer the steps just to get to the top.

(4) MALIWAN THAI COOKING CLASS

Cooking Thai Food in Thailand! Yum!

Cooking Thai Food in Thailand! Yum!

Incredible class! Couldn’t be more grateful for all the things I learned in this class! Great people too, very nice & friendly! I got to learn basics of thai cooking and made 3 wonderful recipes – YUM MOO YANG (Grilled Pork with Sour & Spicy Salad, KAI PHAD BAI KAPRAO (Stir Fried Chicken with Holy Basil) & POR PIA TOD (Fried Spring Rolls). I loved YUM MOO MANG, I’ll make sure to make this for my family SOON! ♥

Check out their classes maliwancooking.com/Pages/Default.aspx

(5) KHAO SAN ROAD

After that walk-a-thon of temples & a tiring cooking class, I explored Khao San Road – the famous backpacker’s haven where one can see almost different nationals from a lot of countries. Khao San Road is a lively place with street shops (clothes, keychains, shirts, etc), food (pad thai, coconut ice cream, insects). You can also hear good music from different bars & just see people dancing to the music on the streets!

EXPLORING KANCHANABURI

I availed the KANCHANABURI DAY TOUR c/o daytoursbangkok.com

Pretty short River Raft Tour!

Pretty short River Raft Tour!

I ended my Thailand trip with a BANG! This tour was one of the best I’ve had so far in my life. I visited a World War II & Jeath Museum, walked across an old train bridge over River Kwai, Bamboo Rafted & Rode an Elephant at Elephant Camp, visited Sai Yok Waterfalls & got up close & personal with Tigers at a temple!

First Elephant Ride! :) And definitely the last!

First Elephant Ride! 🙂 And definitely the last!

I know there are a lot of articles that say that we shouldn’t ride elephants. From my experience, I agree that they are not treated well because of environmental conditions, the blades that are used to tame them, and the accessories being put on them. But in the moment, it was really a great experience, after riding we bought food that we could feed them and just pet them carefully to make them feel appreciated. I don’t regret my elephant ride because it was a really great experience but I will not do it again.

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Photos sent by a lovely German couple I met on the tour

Aside from all these adventures, I got to meet & interact with very cool people from Poland, Germany, London, and Korea! They were all so nice and gave me some lessons on travelling! It was amazing just observing their cultures and how they interact with me.

Tigerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ;)

Tigerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr 😉

Some even exchanged contact information with me. This tour was such a great experience that I will always be grateful for!

With Shannon, Amira and Shrena! New friends from the UK! :)

New friends from the UK! 🙂

Just a few grateful realizations:

1) It’s good to travel once in a while & just reward yourself with experience.
2) I am proud to say that at 23, I got to backpack travel on my own in another country!
3) I want to marry a guy who loves to travel just as much as me.
4) When you travel alone, you don’t only know more about that country, you also learn more about yourself!

Just a few advices FOR YOU: 

1) Choose to travel NOW. There are lots of opportunities to travel, you just have to open your eyes to them!
2) Budget travel and tours planning is very accessible through internet blogs and search pages.
3) Instead of buying a new smartphone or tablet, choose to travel! Nothing beats travel experience.
4) TRAVEL ALONE and learn more about yourself!

If you need any advice for your own Bangkok trip, feel free to ask me! Just comment below.

I just want to say THANK YOU to all those who helped me during the planning stage of this Thailand trip! I am so grateful for all the answers I got for all my questions. They all helped! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Until my next adventure! ♥

I am very grateful for the money that I paid for these amazing travel blessings:

Cebu Pacific Flight P3,889.30
Airport Fees:

Travel Tax

Terminal Fee

P1,620

P550

Accommodation – Buddy Boutique Inn (3 nights) P4,564.20
Grand Palace P670
Wat Pho P140
Wat Arun P70
Round trip boat to Wat Arun P8
Maliwan Cooking Class P1,314.39
Kanchanaburi Tours (Shared Tours) P2,056
Food

Transportation

Souvenir Gifts

P5,000
Estimated Total P20,000

8 thoughts on “THAILAND: My First Solo Travel

  1. Leny cantos says:

    Hi irene, i was so impress by your travel experience since im also a traveller person,just want to get from you any suggestions in thailand with my friends this sept.3-6 (7persons)where to explore new experiences.thanks

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  2. Joy says:

    Hi Irene! I’ll be travelling to Bangkok too this coming Feb and same as you this will be my first travel and alone as well haha 🙂 I’m so excited!

    I’d like to ask some question and recommendations if you’re available for a quick chat! You can email me 🙂

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      • Joy says:

        Since it would be my first time going abroad. Any tips on Immigration process? Are they going to question me going to Bangkok? I’m a bit nervous coz what if Immigration won’t let me go to Bangkok if that’s possible? lol

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      • Irene Maligat says:

        Just be confident 🙂 Don’t look nervous when you’re there. Bring your employment ID, a copy of your return flight ticket, accommodation, planned itinerary (if any). When I travel, they usually ask how long I’ll stay, what my occupation is, what I’ll do there 🙂 When I’m with my family, it’s easy. They don’t ask that many questions anymore. When I’m alone, that’s when they usually ask what I listed. Good luck joy! 🙂

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      • Joy says:

        You’ve been so very helpful!! Yeah, I’m traveling alone 🙂 I really appreciate you responding to me 🙂 I’ve also checked out your Malaysia tour and it’s amazing. I’ll be going to Malaysia on June so looking forward to that! Thanks Mucho Irene 🙂

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  3. Emilia Sumpay- Bio says:

    Thank you for this highly informative write up about Thailand.
    We are scheduled to visit Bangkok this Feb. 9-13,2016, booked thru a travel agency owned by a friend. Lucky for us to avail of promo/seat sale last Nov/Dec (?) ~ sorry I forgot ☺️
    Btway, you spent 20k all-in for how many days?

    Vietnam-Cambodia adventure in the making…after BKK…after Batanes
    Thank you…cheers to more travels! 😀

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