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Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhotai ..or even Siem Riep?:

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We are beginning to put shape to our trip in January and/or February. trying to figure out how many days to spend (somewhere between 15 and 21 nights on the ground), balancing between travel fatigue and taking advantage of being there. A priority is to minimize changing hotels, using up days in stressful travel while of course seeing as much as possible.

My original thought was Bangkok 5 nights (4 at beginning, one at end) with maybe some day trips from there

Chiang Mai 5 nights

and somewhere on the Andaman coast 5 nights.

then guide book seduction sets in. If we added a night or two is there a way to visit any of the above (Chiang Rai, Sukhotai or Siem Riep) without adding in another airline trip or driving it ourselves. Can any of these be done as day trips from Chiang Mai? or could one hire a driver or guide and spend say two nights in C.R. or Sukhotai? I would love to see Angkor Wat but at least from the guide book can't figure out a way to do it that wouldn't add on a lot of transfer travel time and energy.

your thoughts and experience would be most welcome.

oh and we love history, nature, culture, etc. but not big on partying, night life (we are big on food!) Thanks

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