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2 Wonderful Weeks in Thailand

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A hearty and sincere thanks to the forum participants for helping me plan and execute our 2 week stay in Bangkok, Krabi, and Chiang Mai. Blissful - all around. Most advice came in super handy and provided me with a solid guide to roam and search while improvising and exploring on our own. Using the metro in BKK was the best - the all-day pass was an excellent idea.
Relying on helpful locals for (broken-English) advice was invaluable in jumping off the beaten paths. The one thing I missed learning here was how much one can bargain - taxi-rides, shopping, etc. Don't be afraid to be in situations in which English is missing. And, eat street food. If one spends time on these forums, you pick up 80% of the knowledge needed to sight-see and tour. Numerous times I eavesdropped on guides hired by European and U.S, tourists and was amused at how little was gained from listening to them. There were minor disasters - like our snorkeling excursion in Krabi with a highly-recommended tour-provider whose boats kept breaking down, but all in all a wonderful trip.
I'd solidly recommend Baan Din Lamun in Krabi and Baan Orapin in Chiang Mai as amazing B&B's to stay in. We did spend time in a cookie-cutter 'resort' but the personal attention and general comfort in the smaller B&B's can't be beat. The street on which Baan Orapin is located in CM is a dream - the coolest cafes and art/handicraft stores, nightlife, restaurants, proximity to places across the river, Night Bazaar, Sun. walking street market, etc was the best part of the visit there. (I want to retire and live there). You can't beat CM for shopping - I wish I could rent a whole plane to bring back what I wanted.
Don't have much time, but I'd like to work on a Trip Report with all the exciting details and discoveries related to the 3 destinations.
If there's any help and advice I can provide to would-be travelers, I will.

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