2 weeks in Thailand itinerary

Apr 2nd, 2014, 06:48 AM
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2 weeks in Thailand itinerary

I've started planning a trip to Thailand for October 2014 for my SO and myself.

Friday Oct 10th- Depart DFW
(7am) Oct 12th- land BKK
12th-16th Bangkok
Evening of the 16th- Depart Bangkok for Chang Mai (Plane? train?)
17th- 19th Chang Mai
19th- 21st Chang Rai/Golden Triangle
21st- 25th ????
26th- 2:05 AM Depart BKK

For the 21st to the 25th I would really like to visit a beach, any beach! Myanmar? Fly to the east coast of Southern Thailand?

Any suggestions on this itinerary would be much appreciated.
As an American, my SO and I have have become very accustomed to fitting a LOT into our very limited vacation time (This trip will use up 80% of my vacation time, and I need to see my mom&dad for christmas!). We tend to do a few "cram everything possible in" trips over a few years, then pick a favorite destination to return to and truly immerse ourselves.

Thanks for your advice!
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 07:20 AM
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For the Bangkok - Chiang Mai part I would recommend that you fly. There are several low cost airlines that fly that route and cheapest flight, I just took it last week, was only 850 Baht or $26.

Low cost airlines:

Air Asia - when you book do read the fine prints for extra charges like luggage, insurance etc.
Nok Air - complementary 15 kg luggage and snack on board.
Thai Lion Air - at the moment the cheapest with complementary luggage and snack.
Orient Thai - I don't trust this one as I am not too sure about their maintenance.

For the beach time I suggest Phuket and the area around the it like Krabi, Koa Lak etc. You can fly direct from Chiang Mai to Phuket on Air Asia and Thai Airways.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 07:51 AM
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Hanuman has given you good advice.

If you are thinking about Myanmar, plan it for a full trip next time you are in SE Asia. Going there just for a beach would miss the whole point. I think it needs a minimum of 10 days for a first trip.
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 08:16 AM
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Thank you Hanuman! That's very helpful. Complimentary luggage and a snack?! Unheard of over here (well, except for Southwest!)

Kathie, yes, I know Myanmar deserves a lot of time (boy do I wish I had it- I'm dying to see Bagan!), I just wondered since we'd already be up in that area it might be more convenient to visit a beach in Myanmar vs. flying down to southern Thailand But thanks to Hanuman, I know that won't be super difficult!!
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Apr 2nd, 2014, 10:48 AM
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fly to CM to save time and energy.

we love khao lak for the beach time---I stay at the jw Marriott or le meridian, but there are other cheaper places too.
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Apr 3rd, 2014, 07:08 AM
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Khao Lak- is that one of the 'party beaches'?

SO and I are not at all the partying type, so the quieter the beach, the better! (Especially after the hustle and bustle of Bangkok!)
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Apr 3rd, 2014, 08:09 AM
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No, Koh Lak is a quieter beach, north of Phuket.

"I just wondered since we'd already be up in that area it might be more convenient to visit a beach in Myanmar vs. flying down to southern Thailand" No, flying to a beach in Thailand is quick and simple. Flying to a beach in Myanmar require a visa (which must be obtained in advance), a flight to Yangon, then a flight on a domestic airline that will make one or two stops before getting you to a beach.
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