Paradise Thailand

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Paradise Thailand Koh Tao. Photo by The Traveling Chili.

Paradise Thailand | When booking a vacation in the tropics, many of us look for paradise. So let’s define it. Paradise is a place in which existence is positive, harmonious and timeless. It is the counter-image of our daily grind. Instead of fighting for comfort, in paradise comfort is a pre-set. And in addition to this you will find peace, prosperity, and happiness …

Paradise Thailand at $1000 per month

Paradise Thailand | You will have to make compromises for sure. But if certain necessities such as internet, Starbucks and minibar are not top priorities for you, then the Kingdom of Thailand is a serious contender for a $1000-per-month stay. A mix of tropical weather, rich culture and plenty of nature acts like a magnet. 33 million tourists arrive in this south east Asian country every year. We tried to find a place stay for 30 days. Budget: $400 for the monthly rental, $600 for food and fun = $800 for a shelter for two and another 1200 for food/fun, since we travel as a couple.

Tourist Visa in Thailand

U.S. and EU citizens in possession of a return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand and are allowed to stay up to 30 days. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry.

Thai Baht

Thailands currency is quite stable and overall inflation is moderate. Currently 1 Thai Baht = US$0.029 / 0.026 Euro. That makes it 34.06 THB per 1 US Dollar and 38.40 per 1 Euro. Roughly ten years ago, 1 Euro would have converted into almost 50 THB, while a US Dollar was at 34 THB, as it is today.

Koh Samui

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Paradise Thailand, Koh Samui Resort. Photo by The Traveling Chili.

Ko Samui, Thailand’s second largest island, lies in the Gulf of Thailand off the east coast of the Kra Isthmus. It is no longer a hidden gem, famous for palm-fringed beaches, coconut groves, dense mountainous rainforest, luxury resorts and spas. The landmark of Koh Samui is a 12m-tall golden Big Buddha statue at Wat Phra Yai Temple. Koh Samui cannot compete with the Phang Nga Bay region. But it got enough to offer. The following 3 properties would be in our targeted price range. Two of them are hostels. Once Cafe & Hostel ($786 per double bed in a small private room with own bathroom for 28 nights), UBOX Hostel ($436 per one bunk bed for 28 nights), Right-on-the-Beach House ($1,047 per double bed room for 28 nights).

Chiang Mai

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hidden gem chiang mai – Wat Rong Khun (Thai: วัดร่องขุ่น), perhaps better known to foreigners as the White Temple, is a contemporary, unconventional, privately-owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. Photo: wikipedia CC

Surrounded by the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a city often used as a base among both backpackers and tourists wishing to explore the lush landscapes, hill tribes and outdoor adventures of the region. Nevertheless, Chiang Mai itself represents a large and culturally important city where ancient and modern Thai traditions coexist. A walk around the historic center bestows views of old city walls and dozens of Buddhist temples. The most famous of these temples, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, lies outside Chiang Mai on a mountainside overlooking the city -> Hidden Gem Chiang Mai

Hostels are a great option to choose when on a budget. In this category Chiang Mai prices can go low indeed. At Tanwa Hostel US$589 pay for two persons for 28 nights -> Tanwa Hostel.

Hostels are too basic? At Boutique House Nipha – a 3star property – you’ll get a double room for US$786 for 28 nights, including breakfast -> Boutique House Nipha.

A bit more comfort even? We still have $200 to top up. Let’s check in at the Plern Plern B&B for $956 for 28 nights. It offers modern accommodation with free WiFi and free bicycle rental. And what’s particularly cool about the location: You find shelter just 4 km away from Chiang Mai Airport -> Plern Plern.f

There are more cheap and comfortable properties in and around Chiang Mai. Take at look at these -> Baan Tung Boon ($1,200 per bungalow for 28 nights), Thai Modern Home ($873 per double bed room for 28 nights), Star Hill Cozy Condo ($923 per double bed room for 28 nights).

Phang Nga Bay – between Phuket and Krabi

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Paradise Thailand. Hidden gem Krabi. Photo by The Traveling Chili.

You might have heard about Railay, a small peninsula in south Thailand near Krabi, only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. This area is very popular among Thailand travelers due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. Between Krabi in the East and Phuket in the West there are some 50 or so islands. Many of them can be reached by boat. We’ve been to Phuket and Krabi. In case you need to choose: avoid Phuket, go with the Krabi region and Ao Nang in particular. -> Hidden Gem Krabi.

Finding a reasonably comfy and cheap property in the Phang Nga Bay is not as easy as in Chiang Mai. The region is well known among mainstream sun seekers especially from Europe. We found this option for you, with $1,050 per double bed room for 28 nights still kind of in our targeted budget -> Cozy Garden Resort.

Not Part of Paradise: Bangkok

Thailand’s capital and largest city in the country, Bangkok, is not part of our paradise pursuit. It’s just a buzzing cosmopolis of high rise buildings with some palaces and temples here and there, glittering nightclubs, lots of messy markets and streets lined with vendors hawking souvenirs. You constantly face 33 degrees celsius no matter if day or night. Avoid Bangkok! It’s a chaotic concrete jungle jam-packed with noisy traffic and polluted air.

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