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Please forgive the pun, I've been wanting to do that ever since I started researching this trip - but seriously, years ago when planning a trip to England with my then young sons I had filled the itinerary with numerous castles, and a friend who was helping me plan said, "really Laura, there is such a thing as too many castles." (still not sure I agree with that), but I am wondering about the Wats. It seems like there are so many and the guidebooks wax so enthusiastic about their beauty, but I do imagine that there is a saturation point. Now that we have firmed up hotels, we are having fun trying to figure out ideas for each city so here are my questions related to "activities".

The itinerary:
4 nights, 5 days in Bangkok - staying at the Peninsula, figure on the first day being pretty exhausted.
On day 4 have a private guide through Tours by Locals to see Ayutthaya
2 nights Chiang Rai, staying at Le Meridien, have made arrangements with Srgt Kai as recommended by people on this forum for a day trip to the Hall of Opium, and then the next day to drive to Chiang Mai, stopping at Tha Ton Temple, a Lahu Tribal village and Chiang Dao cave.

3 nights Chiang Rai, staying at the Puripunn - still debating pros and cons of wandering streets, seeing Wats and museums, vs cooking school, vs trip to Doi Inthanon and elephant refuge.

5 nights at the Pimalai Resort on Ko Lanta - we haven't even started thinking about activities outside of the resort itself - suggestions?
last night in Bangkok at the Shangri-La - still debating in my head if we should change that to the Anantara riverside since so many of you seem to love that hotel- input much appreciated.

So some questions:
1. Visiting Wats - are there some you would consider do not miss sites?
I know I should wear skirts - do I need long sleeves as well? (not a problem if so). can my husband wear shorts, or should he have long pants?
2. Is there any part of this itinerary for which we would need warmer clothing? (jacket or sweater?)
3. In Europe we learned that it was a good idea to get tickets ahead of time for the most popular museums, sites. Are there any such sites in Thailand (the palace in Bangkok? museums?) that you would recommend obtaining tickets in advance?

and any favorites that you suggest we not miss?

Kap Kuhn Kah (thank you, I think)

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