Renting a motorbike is inexpensive and very worth it. Cruising through mountain and country roads, taking in the breathtaking vistas and enjoying in the freedom of an open road with a new destination in the horizon is a special kind of satisfaction. On a trip to Chiang Rai today we had a happy encounter while topping off for a water and snack break with traveling family interested in learning about our experience and sharing rice/coconut and banana fritters wrapped in banana leaf. Just another example of the warmth you come across at every turn in this wonderful country.
The Thai bus system is another solid option for transportation around the country; it's convenient and inexpensive. You can get mostly anywhere in the country for under $20 and the scenery is breathtaking. Just be sure to bring entertainment because a five-hour night bus to Bangkok can seem like a lifetime without a good book to read or movie to watch.
Air travel is also a great and relatively inexpensive option. I was able to travel from Nan to Bangkok for $30 on a one-hour flight for a weekend of city nightlife and endless options for life music, dancing and all kinds of delicious foods. Bangkok is an electric city that makes for an ideal vacation from slow northern Thai country living.
What to Bring
Bringing lots of clothes to Thailand is pretty unnecessary as work and casual dress can all be picked up at a local market for a very reasonable price. Although the material is usually very thin, clothes here are designed for comfort and a hot climate. Although the days are usually very hot during the cold season, a warm jacket or pull-over is essential for the nights which can sometimes get chilly, and even cold depending on the month.
Phoenix is a participant in the InterExchange Teach English Thailand program.