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1. Posted by Nisda (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

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Hi guys,

I'm going to Chiang Mai with hubby from Bangkok on 4th Nov. for 5 nites. My questions:-

1) Can we get the train without booking for nite train to ChiangMai on 3th Nov. as we coming direct from airport?

2) We plan to stay in Downtown Inn in Chiang Mai city area. Has anyone stays there before? any comments?

3) We plan to do 3days2nites trekking in Chiang Mai. Where should we keep our luggage? Is there hotel provide luggage keeping?

4) Any suggestion good and fun tour in Chiang Mai for our trekking and possible visit to Chiang Rai as well.

Appreciate your help.

TQ:)

2. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 11y

There is a walkway over the highway from the airport to the train station at Don Muang. if it is not a weekend you should be able to book two berths.

Downtown Inn is fine and yes they will hold your luggage for you.

For ideas about trekking and other thinks to do in Chiang Mai etc. see http://www.all-thailand-exp.com/

3. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y

Hi Nisda,

I am a Malaysian, and frequent traveller to Thailand, Laos & Cambodia as part of my work - nature conservation & environment-as I am involved as media consultant to UNDP-GEF Funded Project on Peat Swamp Forest Conservation.

I just returned from a visit to Laos, Cambodia & Northeastern Thailand.May be I have some advice & suggestions for you since it appears you have some interest in eco-trekking.

Try to contact Yochit Nampholsaen (Dtaw) and Cathy DiSantis who are very much into nature.

Or you can contact his brother in law, Somphong Sritatera who operates eco-lodge in Ban Lung ( ratanakiri in cambodia) - Yaklom Hill Lodge. He is also into nature, and he cares for the hilltribe communities, just like Dtaw and Cathy.

see: www.3rdeyetravel.com

and get in touch with Dtaw and let him know that I (dana) had the privilege of meeting up with somphong on Sept 19 at ban lung. I am in fact, editing a video shoot for Yaklom.

They are genuine and will not rip u off! Rest assured. If you want furher information, let me know. I hope you and ur hubby have fine trip.

Evene if u already have a programme worked out, there'snothing to lose....

Cheers

4. Posted by Nisda (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Quoting allthai

There is a walkway over the highway from the airport to the train station at Don Muang. if it is not a weekend you should be able to book two berths.

Downtown Inn is fine and yes they will hold your luggage for you.

For ideas about trekking and other thinks to do in Chiang Mai etc. see http://www.all-thailand-exp.com/

Hi allthai,

How far is a walkway to the train station and is there any direction or sign board from airport.

Do we have to pay for the days that we don't stay at the hotel? How secure the luggage keep in the hotel?

5. Posted by Nisda (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

[quote=danalasta]Hi Nisda,

I am a Malaysian, and frequent traveller to Thailand, Laos & Cambodia as part of my work - nature conservation & environment-as I am involved as media consultant to UNDP-GEF Funded Project on Peat Swamp Forest Conservation.

Hi Dana,

Very interesting job you have. I've always wanted to do something job+travel together like Travel Discovery in Channel 11 Astro. But I'm not sure how to expose and no opportunity. I love traveling like backpacking style. I always wanted to visit Cambodia, Angkor Wat since 2 years back but my hubby to scare to try by land from Bangkok. Anywhere I would love to try if I could find good partner.

Anywhere, we do not have much time to explore ChiangMai, what we want to see like Hill view, chiang rai, triangle, journey thru the river etc.

6. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y

Hi Nisda,

Maybe I am fortunate...My first job as a newspaper journalist, took me to many places around the world ( I went in style cos it was in the course of duty),but now as a media consultant,my life revolves around indigenous people, poverty stricken areas and remoate villages, including hilltribes,etc.Very fulfilling.

I travel lightly...but a camera and video, plus my notebook, I feel the world is at my feet. Siem Reap where Angkor Wat is (actually three parts - Bayon, Ta Phrom and Angkor )is getting to be very expensive & extremely touristic..not cheap..esp December-May.

My next trip (in final stages of planning), will be flying into Phnom Penh by airasia, and then overland by bus to Ho Chi Minh via Moc Bai, and travel up north by train to Hue, Hanoi, and get to Kumnin, Li Xiang, and get into Laos via Boten to Luang Namtha.

With that trip, my two year dream of covering the length and breadth of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and the whole of Thailand will be complete.

So what are you thinking...get a travelling companion and see humanity around you.

If you are in Chiang Rai,go up north to Meisai (60km),stay at Golden Triangle Hotel, and if you want to splash money, at the Baan Boran Resort ( wow!!!), dont forget this is the Nov period, and watch the giant catfish catching competition, or take a river cruise from the hotel to Chiangrai or Rimkok resort!

Have a nice day!!!

7. Posted by deguluver (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Most hotels will store your luggage for free. I stayed at the YMCA Hotel and they did it for us. Most of the trekking programs go into the hilltribe villages, I went on one this last summer. It was fairly touristy, but fun none the less.