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1. Posted by hidi6514 (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

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Hi,

I arrive in Bangkok on 18th February and leave again to go to Sydney on 3rd March. I was going to be organised and book everything in advance but after speaking to friends who have been travelling before I think I will leave it all to chance.

Whilst in Thailand, as Im only there for two weeks Im in a quandry of what to do and this is where I hope you may be able to help.

Do I go south and visit the islands or go north and take a trek through the jungle.

I know both are totally different one relaxing and one not but what would you do?

Think it will probably come down to flipping a coin but experiences of each would be handy to help me decide. After all Im not liable to come back for a while so want to make the most of it!

2. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

like you said they are total oppsites personaly i would go north to see the hill tribes and monks in chang mi maby take a trip into Lao. near bangkok i would def check out the tiger temple its a buddist temple where they tame wild tigers you can go up and pet them its amazing. the islands are beautiful but you can go to many places in australia that are just as good. its not everywhere in the world where you can trek through the golden triangle and cross into a newley reopened country,Lao. my advice is to go north and have an adventure

3. Posted by Mikey730 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

I actually just got back from 2.5 weekend in Thailand and had the same dilemma, but i was there over New years and I know what I felt like experiencing. I wanted to party and relax a lot, so i decided to go to the south, Koh Samui. Phangan and went to Krabi, I had the most amazing time and it was nothing like anywhere I have been and you still experience much of the Thai culture anyway. Next time I go, I will go to Chang mai and more of the north and Loas etc...But I think now after going to the islands and bnagkok, I have a great knowledge of the Thai culture and next, when I go to the north, I will know more of what to expect! The Full Moon Party in Phangan was awesome and the beaches are amazing...I have been to Mexican Riviera, French and Italian Riviera, all over the east and west coasts of the USA, the Mediterranean, Costa Rica and had the Most amazing time of them all in the south Islands in Thailand! Choice is yours, if you know you will go back eventually and hopefully soon, go to the south first, but thats me and you dont need to fully book in advance, besides Phangan for Full moon party!

Feel free to write me with any questions!

-Mike

4. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 10y

The islands of the South versus a trek in the North would come out even for me - they're both totally excellent.

But as you're heading on to Australia after Thailand I think in your situation I'd be tempted to go for the trek, as once you're in Australia they are plenty of excellent beaches.

5. Posted by Helsb (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Think I agree there. I had the most amazing time in Chiang Mai trekking and staying with the hill tribes - it was also to do with the people I met up there too, definately an experience I wouldn't swap for anything!

But in the south Pi Pi stole my heart! I went before the Tsunami and things will be different but no doubt as beautiful and unbelievably chilled! Although I'm a little bias here...I still think you should do the North and then head to the beaches in Oz

Hope that didnt confuse matters even more!

6. Posted by Jolo73 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Go to Chaing Mai for sure, thats real Thailand, I went for three weeks last year, did north and south they are both amazing but I fell in love with Chaing Mai. Go to the Elephant conservation centre, you can train to be a Mahoot. I went on a trek organised by Banana guest house (see lonely planet)the food was amazing and we had dinner and lots of beers around the campfire, slept in a bamboo hut, was woken but the sound of elephants, swam in beautiful waterfalls, showered in beautiful waterfalls, stayed in a hill tribe village, and our group were a great bunch. I hope this swings it for you, there are beaches everywhere after all ;)

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1592 posts) 10y

[quote=hidi6514]Hi

I arrive in Bangkok on 18th February and leave again to go to Sydney on 3rd March. I was going to be organised and book everything in advance but after speaking to friends who have been travelling before I think I will leave it all to chance.

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Hello,

Spend at least 2 or 3 days in Bangkok after you arrive. This will get you used to the time changes, catch up on your sleep and look around the city. There's lots to see in Bangkok. There are lots of travel agents all around the city, check out their menu boards of available tours and services. There will be something to interest you I'm sure.

For Bangkok choose the area where you want to stay at. Usually really young travellers head out to the Khao San Road area. If you are a little more adult I would advise you to select a hotel in the Siam or Sukhumvit Road area. The advantage of a hotel on Sukhumvit or Siam is the SKYTRAIN rapid transit system. This overhead subway can easily connect you to many parts of Bangkok such as the Chatachuk weekend market, the Ekamai bus station, night market at Patpong, and the connection to the subway at Asok. The subway is new, it goes to the train station. There are no nearby Skytrain stops in the Kho San Road area.

In Bangkok I would get a ticket for the overnight, sleeper train to Chiang Mai. You should get this ticket a couple days ahead of time. Taking the overnight train would save you the cost of another night in a hotel. Bring snacks and water, they do have a "runny egg" breakfast if you order ahead of time. That train arrives in Chiang Mai in the early morning, usually after 7 in the morning. From that train station you can catch a pedal taxi to a nearby hotel.

In Chiang Mai find a hotel. Park your gear, clean up, etc. When you walk around you will notice lots of travel agencies. Like Bangkok, they have a menu of available treks and tours. Choose your poison - if you want to walk a lot - they have a tour available. If you want to ride in vans and busses to the Golden Triangle area, Long Neck Villages, etc. - they have the tour for you.

End up in Bangkok again for your final night or two. Many hotels in Bangkok will store stuff for you while you head out to Chiang Mai or somewhere else. The hotels expect you to return to Bangkok and book another night with them. This final night in Bangkok will allow you to make last minute purchases, or take some day tour that interested you previously. ALWAYS COMPARE PRICES AT TRAVEL AGENCIES! They are friendly and helpful, take their advice and leave and compare prices somewhere else. Make your best choice.

From the airport in Bangkok, if you arrive before midnight, there are cheap Airport Busses to take you into town. The cost for this bus is 100 baht, cheaper than a taxi. You will be on the bus with other like tourists (Farangs) heading into town. There are several bus routes, Khao San Road (KSR) and Sukhumvit are two of the routes. The bus driver will let you out at the nearest stop to your hotel.

When you change your money over at the airport make sure you get some small bills for paying taxis and purchases in small shops. Don't expect everyone to be able to make change for 1000 baht or 500 baht notes. When taking a taxi in downtown Bangkok only pay the meter fare - it will be cheaper than bargainig. Ride a Tuk-Tuk once for the fun of it - then go back to the CHEAPER AIRCONDITIONED metered taxis.

Any hotel recommendations would depend on your daily budget. Okay/decent hotels with AirCon, HW, TV, private toilet/shower and safety box are available from 650 baht to 1500 baht. Of course if you want to use more expensive hotels there are lots of those. Same same for Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

Have fun,
AL