Going to Thailand soon, need some advice
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I'm going to be there for 11 days or so. I'll be staying in Bangkok for at least part of it and my friend wants to go to Phuket.
Are hostels safe to stay in? I have some luggage (a fairly big backpack and a suitcase), will it be secure there and will I have some place to store it with it being relatively safe from theft?
Approximately how much Baht will I probably need to include hostel, food, alcohol (probably), travel between Bangkok and Phuket and back, etc?
If anyone has answers to some of these questions, it would be greatly appreciated.
The truth about traveling
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'Travel' as leisure is for schmucks
Thankfully I realized this early on life as a child/teenager, having spent a cumulative year of my life in several dozen countries, but many people have never been overseas before and get lured into this scam because they hear about how great it supposedly is.
You want to experience 'travel'? Go to that local suburb you've never been to. Or go to a nearby nature reserve; there's bound to be one. Stay there a day; a week; a month - it doesn't matter.
The truth is that the world is pretty much the same wherever you go, or at least your experience of it is. At least if you stay local you won't bleed a fuckton of cash in the process.
If you're looking for an 'experience', 'new friends', girlfriend, etc. then forget about it. Lots of naive fools have been duped by this one. 20-somethings drifting through life with nothing to show for it, so they think that if they travel they'll be treated as a god in another country (exoticism) and they'll be molded into a new experienced person with a lot of great stories to justify their existence with.
Protip: The only thing they'll treat you as a god for is your wallet, and you'll be the same empty shell but with $X,000 less cash in your pocket and a month or two shaved off your life by the time you get back.
Travel isn't even fun. It's not leisure. Leisure is playing vidya, talking with a friend or walking along a beach at dusk and collecting sea shells. Very little of travel has anything to do with any of that sort of thing. No, here's your 'itinerary': Up 5AM sharp. Pack luggage. 6 hours in taxi, customs, duty-free and waiting for boarding. 12 hour flight and checkout. Sleep because you're buggered. Too bad, 5AM sharp. Eat stale croissant with bar of butter. Exchange $1000 of your rapidly depleting savings for local at jew rates. Spend 12 hours on 'tour' (90% window-watching getting from point A to B, and trash trinket buying). Sleep in unfamiliar hotel bed. Repeat until completion.
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So lets talk about booze and travel. What's your favorite drink when traveling? Do you guys seek out locally made alcohol or drinks that are popular in the given region when you travel there? What drinks have you tried abroad for the first time and then started drinking them when you got back home?
I don't usually drink sweet alcohol drinks, pretty much drink beer 90% of the times I drink any alcohol but when I went to the Caribbean I totally loved all the mixed drinks they made there. The mojitos there were so much better than the ones I have back here, maybe it's due to the warm weather, maybe due to the atmosphere, but they never taste the same here. This rum and coconut liqueur is pretty good, definitely not something I would have tried at home for the first time.