*Very* last minute itinerary help

Mar 10th, 2007, 09:28 AM
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*Very* last minute itinerary help

Hi--
I'm scrambling to plan a very last minute trip to SE Asia and would love comments/feedback on my Thailand/Cambodia itinerary. About me--early 30's, travelling alone, very interested in art, history, nature, food. I am also a huuuge beach person, but my current itinerary has no beach at all since i'd really like to explore northern thailand a little (i've been to tons of beaches but have never experienced anything like what n. thailand seems to offer) and don't think i can do both that and a beach in the time i have. so, what do you all think of the following itinerary? do any of you think i could fit a beach in there somewhere?

March 30--Arrive in BKK, stay at airport hotel
March 31--early morning flight --BKK to Siem Reap
March 31-April 4--Siem Reap
April 4--fly to Chiang Mai
April 4-9--Chiang Mai and environs
April 9--fly to BKK
April 9-12--BKK

as for the flights--i'm looking into a Discovery pass but have not booked yet.
thanks!
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Mar 10th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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The airport hotel is expensive. I noted from another post that you are looking at $50 in SR for as hotel. You could save money by staying in BKK for two nights at the beginning and end of your trip. $50 per night hotels are plentiful in BKK.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 02:16 PM
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Gpanda--
I was looking at the Grand Inn Come Hotel near the airport, which seems to have rooms for $52 & change. I'm also interested in hearing your hotel recommendations in BKK?
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Mar 10th, 2007, 02:22 PM
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It looks like you are spending a good amount of time in each place for the short time period you will be in the area.

I would not try to squeeze in a beach area as you would spend too much time on the road.

In Siem Reap there is a very nice but basic accomodation that I checked out when I was there last year. It is called Phuket Hostel and if I go there again this year (as part of a fund raising event) I would stay there in a heartbeat! It is only $15 USD per night. The Thai restaurant that is part of it serves good food as well.

If you want a little more luxury, try Auberge Mont Royal. that is where we stayed and I think it was about $40 a night.

In Chiang Mai, I highly recommend Ban Orapin. It is an old teak Lanna style place that has a couple of buildings to choose from. Being that this is last minute they are most likely full but worth a try. You can get a room for under $50 a night.

I stayed at Chiang Mai White house for a couple of nights during my second visit to Chiang Mai last year. Pretty basic but clean and friendly and in a great little area surrounded by fun bars and restaurants. As a solo female traveller this was great because I met LOTS of fun people!

In Bangkok I loved Suk 11. I paid about $16 a night for a nice room with air con, breakfast included, right near the sky train and some hip bars including Bed Supper and Q bar. This was another place to meet other travellers.

I am 41 and met other people around my age while staying at the places I mention in Thailand.

All the accomodations I mention had private bath and were very clean. They were also ideally located in areas where I could walk or take public transport easily.

Good luck and let me know if you have questions about my solo trip.

cheers!
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Mar 10th, 2007, 02:35 PM
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I tried to book 4 nights at Grand Inn Come and they were booked,apparently. The nights I was booking were: March 25, April 6 and April 13/14

They were booked for all the nights at least through Asia Rooms. Ended up booking at Avana

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Mar 10th, 2007, 04:46 PM
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Check out www.bangkokair.com for flights to Koh Samui. You could fly down early morning, hire a car and check out some beaches and fly back the last flight, next day. I'm a great believer in a taste of everything, when I can possibly fit it in! You could cut a day from Siem Reap and a day from Chiang Mai. The airfares are and car hire are cheap and the island of Koh Samui has some fab beaches.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 04:47 PM
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Check out www.bangkokair.com for flights to Koh Samui. You could fly down early morning, hire a car and check out some beaches and fly back the last flight, next day. I'm a great believer in a taste of everything, when I can possibly fit it in! You could cut a day from Siem Reap and a day from Chiang Mai. The airfares and car hire are cheap and the island of Koh Samui has some fab beaches.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 04:48 PM
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Oops! I edited my original reply and re-posted. Sorry!
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Mar 10th, 2007, 05:35 PM
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I think your itinerary sounds good. You are spending enough time in each place that you won't feel rushed all the time.

Adding in a beach will, I think, detract from the whole trip. Also, since Bangkok Air owns the Koh Samui airport, the flights there are rather expensive unless you stumble across a promotions by Bangkok Air.
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