Not too long ago, we shared a book titled On the Iron Rails of the Orion by Kris LeBoutillier. It is a compilation of essays and photographs by LeBoutillier, who has been exploring Southeast Asia – and Asia in general – for so long. The photographer’s exploration brought a lot of travelers to places like Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
Thailand in particular is an exciting country to visit. LeBoutillier shared some of the best photographs of the country, including photos of Bangkok. Of course, Bangkok isn’t the only place you can visit in Thailand. If you want to go on your own iron rail adventure and you are starting in Thailand – the way LeBoutillier started his adventure – here are the best tips to keep in mind.
Set a Budget
One of the first things you want to do when planning your adventure is setting a budget. The region is very affordable and friendly to travelers but having a clear budget in mind still helps with the rest of the planning process.
Determine how much you want to spend on the adventure and start researching the places you want to visit. The budget you have will determine how far you can go into the adventure. With a tight budget, for instance, you can limit your adventure to Thailand and its attractions.
Plan a Route
Now that you have a budget in mind and you know how far you want to go, it is time to start looking into the route you can take. LeBoutillier started his adventure in Thailand, and that is exactly where you want to begin.
You can start in Bangkok due to the fact that there are many international flights to the city, and then continue exploring Thailand. Places such as Koh Samui and Bophut are equally fascinating to visit. Besides, Bangkok nightlife is something you have to sample at least once in your lifetime.
You want to leave room for spontaneous detours and for trying new things along the way, but you also want to book things early as much as you can. Thanks to the internet, you can now nail down the important details of your adventure before departing to Thailand.
If you want to spend some extra days in Koh Samui, you can book the best Samui hotel without breaking the bank. Properties like Lub D even offer special rates for longer stays.
Prepare for the Adventure
One last thing to do before finalizing your plan is prepare yourself. The research you do on countries and cities you will be visiting will help you prepare better for the trip. For starters, you can pack the right clothes and other items based on the weather forecast and terrain.
While you are at it, you want to study additional details such as internet connectivity, emergency numbers, exchange rates – and where to exchange your money – and of course alternative travel methods to consider.
As you gather more details, you will see your plan for an Iron Rails Adventure taking shape. Book everything, pack the right items, and relive the Iron Rails Orient adventure yourself. The memories you bring home will be invaluable.