Thailand trip advice

Jun 20th, 2019, 07:34 PM
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Thailand trip advice

Hi, looking for advice re: our Thailand trip. We will be attending a wedding in Trat on 11/9. Some ideas were to go to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Open to visiting other areas but we will stay a total of 7-10 days, whatever suggestions you have would be appreciated!!! Probably donít want to take a bus but would rather fly. Any tips??? Someone told me to purchase while in Thailand to go from city to city as itís cheaper? Any must doís??? Looking for help making an itinerary. Recs on which airlines as well?? I would like to avoid Chinese airlines bc I have heard some not so great reviews. Thanks in advance!!!!
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Jun 21st, 2019, 05:05 AM
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Royal Palace and night markets at Bangkok
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Jun 21st, 2019, 03:50 PM
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Local flights are inexpensive. Look at Thai, Thai smile, Air Asia, Bangkok Air. I agree that. the Royal Palace is a must-visit, also Wat Po, Wat Arun - there are dozens of amazing wats. I also recommend a stroll though Chinatown. Stay along the river for easy access to the water taxis and the major sites to visit. Take the Skytrain to the big shopping centers. I'm not a fan of the night markets - tourist junk, much of it made in China.

I will admit I am not a fan of Chiang Mai.

If you want to visit a beach, the weather along the Andaman Sea will be getting nice in November.
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Jun 21st, 2019, 11:31 PM
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Local flights are inexpensive. Look at Thai, Thai smile, Air Asia, Bangkok Air. I agree that. the Royal Palace is a must-visit, also Wat Po, Wat Arun - there are dozens of amazing wats. I also recommend a stroll though Chinatown. Stay along the river for easy access to the water taxis and the major sites to visit. Take the Skytrain to the big shopping centers. I'm not a fan of the night markets - tourist junk, much of it made in China.

I will admit I am not a fan of Chiang Mai.

If you want to visit a beach, the weather along the Andaman Sea will be getting nice in November.
Thx for the reply! Would you suggest purchasing the local flights ahead of time in the US or while we are there?? Def will check out Royal Palace. What other area alternatives would you suggest if not Chiang Mai? Could we squeeze in Phuket somewhere? Is it close/convenient to travel there as well
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Jun 22nd, 2019, 10:11 AM
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I usually buy my domestic flights online before I go, but you should be fine if you decide to wait. You aren't traveling at one of the busiest times. Since you want to go to Phuket, I'd suggest Phuket instead of Chiang Mai. It's a short flight from Bangkok. With a mere 7-10 days, (can you make this trip longer?) I'd suggest not more than two places.
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Jun 22nd, 2019, 01:38 PM
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I quite like Chiang Mai, have visited many times and, in the context of the time you have, would be happy spending 2-3 days of your time there. the old city can be seen in one day on foot but there are also a few sights like Doc Suthep and Doc Intahnon which would make nice day trips from the city.

Bangkok needs maybe 3 -4 days but that largely depends on how much you like large asian cities.

Years since I had visited Phuket and it was not great then ( but I confess I am not a fan of large resort orientated islands.

Chiang Rai is a couple of hours drive from Chiang Mai but a world apart in pace and ambiance. it has a small town feel with a wonderful walking market and two sights definitely worth seeing - The Black House and teh White temple - some photos on our [email protected] https://accidentalnomads.com/2015/10...ack-and-white/

As your wedding is in Trat, which is close to the Cambodian border, why not consider Phnom Penh or Angkor or both. it is pretty easy to cross the border to get to those places or somewhere like Kampot. some details of some of our travels in Cambodia @ https://accidentalnomads.com/category/cambodia/ - Sadly, I haven’t gotten around to posting about Angkor but for many it is the pre-eminent site in SE Asia.

As for buses in Asia. I would avoid if at all possible. safety records are not great. fly any longer stretches if possible and hire a taxi for the shorter journeys. Train is a fun option in some places but there is not an extensive network.
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Jun 22nd, 2019, 05:35 PM
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11/9? confusing dates, which could mean 9 November, or 11 September. November will be pushing into the SE Asia high season with various upwards prices.
Frankly i find the chinese calendar much more systematic than the multiple USA systems. In china it is ALWAYS : year-month-date.

And it looks like from Trat the only direct air flights are to Bangkok. Maybe 4000 baht return per seat = US$ 140.
Renting a car is a reasonable option (1000 baht per day) in Thailand and will take a USA driver 1/2 hour to figure out the opposite side of the road. But i suspect the Trat highways/byways quite slow and uncrowded.

I'm in Chiang Mai, never been to Trat but now have read a bit about the city and province. Possibly no high season there as few tourists arrive. Also possibly, few if any car rentals. Seems isolated, and very little english spoken. There may be nice clean beaches however. And Trat is a famous fruit growing region full of coconuts, durians, mangoes, etc.

Have a great holiday.
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Jul 9th, 2019, 05:58 PM
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Info?

Ok I am preparing to book the trip. Probably will leave from Los Angeles on November 3 and stay until November 13. Tickets are to/from BKK Bangkok. I was thinking of flying into Bangkok, staying few days, head to Trat until November 10 and from there go to our last destination and fly out of BKK. Last destination I was thinking Chiang Mai or Koh Chang as someone suggested. What about Koh Samui?? This looks very interesting. My first time to Thailand since I was born there and I want to make it memorable! Thank you for all your help and I canít wait!!!
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Jul 10th, 2019, 10:55 AM
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Visit the market of exotic cuisine. Even if you do not want to try. Then take a look at the variety of local cuisine. Friends ate fried grasshoppers. They said that the view is not very, but tasty.
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Jul 11th, 2019, 06:39 AM
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Trip booked!

So Iíve finally booked my trip! Flying into BKK Nov 4 and leaving to Trat via bus Nov 7. Spending time there for the wedding, then flying Trat to BKK to Chiang Mai on Nov 10-13, then back to BKK and leaving 10-14.

Thx for all your help!! Any hotel recommendations and what areas to stay in those cities? I saw Fang National Park but will it be worth it? Howís the weather.. maybe too hot for hot springs? Staying overnight seemed cool. Someone mentioned Chiang Rai is a must, as well as trekking into mountains and doing cooking class. I will def do a day with elephants as well. Any specific tour companies? Or where to book the activities?
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Jul 11th, 2019, 11:33 AM
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In Bangkok, I recommend staying along the river - lots of hotels to choose from in many price ranges. IIt places you where you can use the water taxis to access the most important sites (Grand Palace, Wat Po, Wat Arun and other buddhist temples).

You really don't have time for Chiang Rai or any trekking into the hills (you would need an overnight in order to get far enough in to make the trek worthwhile). If you want to do a day with elephants, you want to make sure you are visiting a place that is not abusing them (if they allow you to ride the elephants, they are abusing the elephants). I recommend the Elephant Nature Park. You can make a reservation online. I would book directly with the cooking class. I wanted, no need for an agency. The one must-do in Chiang Mai is Doi Suthep, the Buddhist Temple atop the "mountain." Hire a taxi to take you there - they have a fixed price for the trip.

Get yourself a good guidebook and start reading. There is so much to know about the history and culture that you don't find online, and you want to have that background before your trip.
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Jul 11th, 2019, 08:46 PM
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You really don’t have enough time to visit all those places.

Chiang Rai deserves an overnight stay at least. If you wanted to visit some of the minority villages as well as the town itself, you would really need to spend all your time there. One full day in Chiang Mai would be sufficient just to cover the old city, markets and temples. Another full day or even an overnight for the Elephant Nature Park ( as I recall, it is a 1-2 hours drive from CM)
Doi Suthep is often cited as a "must do" but it is a little bit tacky these days and Fang NP is too far in the time you have. If you want some countryside/ Nature experience, then maybe consider a days trip to Doi Inthanon NP. I am sure there are a number of tours on offer which will include a vist to the park and probably could include a quick stop at Doi Suthep on the way back if you really wanted to visit.

There are a huge number of cookery schools in CM. We used https://www.thaicookeryschool.com/ which was very good but not sure if they do half day courses. A whole day would be a big chunk of the time you have there. We stayed at teh chefs house while doing the course and it was one of te best places we have ever stayed in the city! The food is great in Chiang Mai and it is definitely worth doing some research into the restaurants you may like.

In CM I would suggest staying in the old city. In Bangkok, either close to the river, esp Saphin Taksin Pier so as to be close to the riverboats which are a great way to get to the major temples, Chinatown and also BTS for the rest of the city. Difficult to suggest specific hotels without knowing you budget and the type of accommodation you enjoy.
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Jul 17th, 2019, 08:33 AM
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My Trip Report has 5 days in Koh Chang - itís currently on the first page of the Asia forum as I have helpfully bumped it. Btw the Koh Chang section is toward the end.
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