1.Determine how long you plan to visit Europe and how much you can afford to pay for transportation.
2.Draw up an itinerary of the countries you plan to visit and in what order.
3.Consider flexibility and length of the trip, as some Eurail options require a certain number of consecutive days of travel within a two-month period, while other options allow for nonconsecutive use within two months.
4.Determine the number of people in your party; two-person and group discounts are available.
5.Keep in mind the ages of those in your party; adult passes provide for first-class comfort, while youth passes (ages 12-25) provide for second-class services.
6.Decide whether or not to opt for additional services, such as student discounts and pass protection (a type of Eurail pass insurance), both of which are available for an additional fee.
7.Search the Web to compare pass prices, then purchase the Eurail pass that best suits your travel plans. You can also purchase a Eurail pass through a travel agent.
Eurail passes offer options to visit 17 participating European countries or the five most frequently visited countries. If you buy the five-country pass, you can pay to visit certain predetermined zones as well. Each zone consists of one or two countries not usually accessible with the five-country pass.
Remember that train times and quality of rail service often vary from country to country.
Always have your passport accessible when traveling by train.
Eurail passes must be used within six months of purchase.
Eurail passes are not available in Europe. If you don't purchase one before you leave, you will waste a lot of money if you plan to travel by train.
Large fines can be imposed on travelers who misuse passes. Avoid abusing the pass.
1.Take weather into consideration, if possible, for your trip to Bangkok. The climate is quite hot and humid, and the hot season from March to May sizzles From June through October the monsoon winds bring daily rain to the still-hot city.
2.Visit Bangkok between November and February, when you'll be happiest with the weather. The average high in March is 96 degrees F, and the average low in December is 67 degrees F.
3.Check out what festivals, attractions and live performances are happening (see Section 2 and Related Sites).
4.Take care of your flight, transportation and accommodations (see Related Hows).
5.Check the weather forecast for Bangkok shortly before leaving.
Attractions and Seasonal Events
6.Splash your way into the Thai New Year (Songkran) in mid-April. During this holiday you'll witness the "bathing" of Buddha statues and other religious observances, as well as a city-wide melee of water throwing.
7.See the king of Thailand play his role in the Royal Ploughing Ceremony - a ritual marking the beginning of the rice season in early May (May 5, 2000).
8.Witness thousands of points of light flow down a slow-moving river in mid- to late-November. During Loi Krathong, the Festival of Lights, lighted candles in simple banana-leaf boats meander down the Chao Phraya, which runs through Bangkok.
9.Escape the hustle of the streets. Visit one of the city's 300-plus wats (Buddhist temples, shrines and monasteries), or ride a river taxi up the side of the Chao Phraya, or sit by one of the numerous canals (khlongs).
1..Tour the monumental buildings of the Grand Palace. Bangkok's other most crucial sights are the Erawan Shrine, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, and Wat Traimit.
1..Don't miss the National Museum and Jim Thompson's house. He was an ex-pat American who collected Thai art before disappearing mysteriously.
1..Eat your way to ecstasy. Thai cuisine is world-renowned for its sumptuous coconut curries, pungent soups and pad Thai, but when you're in Bangkok you'll find a whole world of Thai dishes you've been missing.
Overall Tips: Streets in Bangkok are often in a state of gridlock. If you're willing, single-passenger motorcycle taxies will squeeze you through the mess.
1.Consider which is the best style for your type of travel. Decide between a travel backpack, duffel bag, wheeled suitcase or traditional suitcase.
2.Shop around. Discount outlets often offer the same quality luggage as high-end luggage stores at a fraction of the cost.
3.Open each suitcase you're thinking about buying. Count the number of inside compartments to be sure it will afford plenty of room.
4.Check the frame material. Fiberglass, aluminum or durable plastic are the best choices for sturdy, lightweight frames.
5.Choose bags with taped seams; look for a strip of cloth that reinforces the zipper and provides added durability.
6.Check all zippers and locks to insure that they function properly.
7.Pick the bag up and carry it to test the handle for weight balance and comfort.
8.Ask the salesperson whether the bag is weatherproofed. If possible, purchase Cordura or ballistic nylon fabrics.
Tips: Purchase your own small locks for luggage to increase security.