BOOM… There we were, lying on the ground, kissing the tarmac of a Lao road. A few seconds before, we were still happily driving around on our motorbike along a winding road somewhere in the countryside of Luang Prabang, without knowing what was going to happen after the next sharp hairpin corner.
Summer is coming closer, and we all know what that means. Yes, it’s festival season! Everyone wants to enjoy the best time of the year with great friends, fresh cocktails, and good music. But with all the hundreds -or even thousands- of music festivals that are going on in just two months, which one is worth spending all that money? We from Nomada How Far made a list of our top 10 unique and innovating music festivals in Europe you should go to. Some of these have great concepts, while others try to do everything to make the world a better and happier place, at least for a short period. It’s up to you which one to choose, or maybe you can combine them all in one major European road trip!
Going to Thailand but don’t know what to expect budget-wise? Let us help you out! The Land Of The Smiles is an extremely budget-friendly country, and that’s probably the fact why so much backpackers head over to Thailand. Doing full-moon parties or relaxing on the beach isn’t the only thing to do in Thailand. Go trekking in the mountains around Chiang Mai, explore the small alleys of Bangkok or indulge yourself in the local food culture. We kept track of all our expenses during our one month in the north of Thailand. We stayed in Bangkok for a couple of days and traveled to Chiang Mai to spend some time in the mountains. If you travel on a budget like we do, you can explore Thailand with just $500 in your pocket.
Thailand is a super backpacker-friendly country, which makes it easy to spend some time in the country on a very tight budget. We’ve spent almost two months in Thailand and managed to spend only $10 a day, even when we were traveling between places. Of course, not every day is the same, and there were days that we’ve spent way more than this. Especially, when doing tours or activities that cost money, it’s difficult. But still, it isn’t impossible. That’s why we wanted to share our experiences and tips on how we managed to travel cheap in Thailand on only $10/day.
Pai, a small town in the mountains of Thailand, has become very famous among the backpackers for a few years now. Many come here to relax and escape the bustling cities of Thailand with its shouting tuk-tuk drivers and busy traffic. Because of this, it’s also called the hippie town of the north. With just 150 km from Chiang Mai, it’s easily accessible by bus or minivan. Although many travelers prefer to conquer the mountain road with its endless twists and turns (762 in total) by motorbike. There a lot of cool things to do in Pai which you can easily combine in one whole day.
After one month traveling through the north of Thailand, our visa exemption of 30 days was going to expire. We were in Chiang Mai and wanted to extend our visa. There are multiple options one can do, like going to the Thai Immigration Office to extend a visa for another 30 days. Or you can go to a neighboring country to get a new stamp when crossing the border back into Thailand. Unfortunately, regulations change quickly, and it’s really difficult to find up-to-date information about doing a Thailand visa run in 2017.