it's been a while but i'm back from my year in australia and planning my next adventure!
i'm going to thailand for the month of july and wondered if anyone had been, as i only have 4 weeks to see the best of thailand. i want to make sure i see all the best bits!
Of course its possible to see most of Thailand in 4 weeks. Many travellers have less time than that. Hit the Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai area for trekking, hill tribes; Kanchanaburi on the way back for the Bridge on the River Kwai, waterfalls, rafting & visit hill tribes. BKK for all the sights there then down to Krabi/Phi Phi for beaches, snorkelling and island hopping. Over to Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan for full moon party and more beach time. Hit Pattaya if you want wild nightlife for a few days before hitting BKK and out. A month is perfect.
It's possible to see a lot of Thailand in 4 weeks but personally I wouldn't rush too much and not stress too much if you don't get to visit everywhere that you originally planned.
Definitely go up north to go on a hilltribe trek, and also Kanchanaburi is worth visiting. Once you head down south though I would take it at a more relaxed pace. Just pick a couple of beach towns/islands that you like the sound of and then by the end of your trip you'll probably realise that you want to go back to Thailand again in any case, so if you miss out on anywhere you can just visit it next time.
I agree, you have more than enough time to be able to fit quite a lot into your four weeks!I would start with a couple of days in Bangkok, before heading up to Chiang Mai for around 5 days maybe....from there I would say start moving south and do a bit of Island hopping! Personally I prefered the west coast Islands so you could spend some time exploring Krabi, Phi Phi, Aon Nang...My favourite place of my whole trip was East Railay...Its really laid back, really beautiful and you meet some amazing people there!One the way back up to Bangkok maybe visit the east coast islands, I found Samui too touristy but some places are a lot quieter and its good as a base to get to Koh Pha Ngan....Koh Tao Is pretty cool too!
I just got back from Thailand 4 days ago, so if you need any tips drop me a line. I went to around 8 different places in 3 weeks!
Although i was very tired... it was worth it. Its easy to get buses and trains all around and they are cheap. To give you an idea.. Bkk to Chiang Mai = 12 hr bus ride.. around £8. A sleeper train is around 14 hours and similar price. Bkk to Kanchanaburi in a shared mini bus = 3 hours max and cost £3! Flight from Bkk to Koh Samui = less than an hour (the coolest airport in Koh samui ) cost just under £60. Hope this helps!
thanks, very much for all your help! some good tips! i dont got til july so ive got plenty of time to plan! thanks again!