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1. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 10y

Hi there
I've just booked my flight ticket to Bangkok today going for about 1.5 months this summer. It's the first time i'm going on my own and it's the first time I'm visiting Thailand. At the moment I don't have anything else planned than the flight, so I would like to hear if anybody has any suggestions as to where to go and what to see for a girl travelling on her own!?
Many thanks!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 10y

A couple of things you have to do before you go. The obvious task is to read up on the country BEFORE you go. Keep notes on some of the things that interest you. Get an idea of where some of the places that interest you are located. If Changmai interests you then your next move would not be to Phuket at the bottom of the country and then back to Chiangrai.

Plan a budget! You have to know how much you can afford to spend per day for your trip. You have to allow so much for food and so much per day for hotels. You are lucky that you are going to Thailand, the hotels and food is much cheaper than in your home country. How much you can spend per night for your hotel will determine which hotels are recommended to you.

Part of your budget has to include money for transportation, incidentals like entertainment and tours, and keep some money aside for emergencies.

When you are travelling alone be very careful of whom you trust with your money or hotel key. Keep in contact with your family back home (there are loads of cheap internet shops all over Thailand) and inform them where you are going and with whom you are going there with.

One tip I saw on another travel website that I liked is this. When getting a taxi at the airport take out your cell phone (doesn't have to be on or working) and you pretend to be recording the license plate and any identification numbers of the taxi you are going to take down a dark and lonely road - late at night - all alone! Get my drift? This is one way to help protect your self.

If the plane ticket that you purchased has an arrival time during the day or early evening before midnight there is an airport bus that can take you into town for 100 baht. Young people seem to like to go to Khao San Road and other slightly more mature travellers go elsewhere where the transportation is better. The Siam and Sukhumvit Road areas have the Skytrain for easy transportation to the subway and most of the tourist areas of Bangkok. When you take a taxi in Bangkok insist on paying the METER price, it will be cheaper than bargaining.

Do some homework and come back with some specific questions. Check out Phuket and Chiangmai for a couple of destinations.

AL

3. Posted by onl (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

You should check out Krabi on the net.

4. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Here’s thirty things to think about before and when you come to Thailand...if you need any advice about Pattaya or Choburi send a message...…

1. Bring a cell phone “unblocked” and buy a Thai SIM card for it on arrival..

2. e.g. - International calls to UK are about 8baht per min…

3. Don’t bother with Travellers checks in any currency…they are to much hassle

4. Bring ATM and/or credit cards.

5. Very little cash – you tend to get a better rate of exchange here than any home country. Just enough to get you out of the airport to somewhere nice for the first night

6. Very few clothes – they are so cheap here and you’ll only bring stuff that is too warm.

7. Very little luggage – this makes you more mobile if you need to be and less vulnerable to taxi touts and undesirable men….

8. Before you go home you can buy any extra luggage (cheap) to take souvenirs etc.

9. There are baggage storage facilities at Bkk airport…

10. Mozzie spray – especially if you have the stuff from Oz.

11. Good quality sun-cream – especially the stuff in Oz.

12. Get some travel insurance – hospitals/medicine is cheap but why pay?

13. Check out a few “jabs” – don’t bother with the malaria ones – too heavy!

14. Internet access is everywhere – even on the beach…

15. Thai food is very unlikely to give you food poisoning but can contain more chillies than you ever thought possible…

16. Western (“farang”) food is extremely likely to give you food poisoning – fridges are not part of Thai cooking lore yet…

17. Use common safety sense – it is easy to relax too much here…when it comes to petty crime the rate is certainly lower than in places like the UK…but every country has its share of con-men and psychopaths…..

18. Get a phrase book – lonely planet is good as is their guide to Thailand (better than the rough guide)….

19. Make a friend on the plane and safe money on a taxi to your hotel when you arrive in Bkk. Check out the ways of getting out of Bkk airport.

20. Avoid spending your first night or few days in Bkk – go there at the end of your stay –its better once you’ve acclimatiz3ed, and the airport is about 45 min from the centre.

21. Don’t be afraid to go to Pattaya – it is the sex capital of Thailand but they don’t jump out at single women and has good, cheap hotels, shopping and food. Not a bad place to start off for Koh Chang, Koh Samet or Cambodia.

22. Remember Thailand is more than beaches – there are beautiful cities, national parks, forests and lakes up North – your guide book will help you there…

23. Bring an international driving licence – although most national ones are accepted by motorbike and car hire companies and anyone else who wants to hire you something….

24. check up on Thai manners and customs – this will earn you more respect from the locals.

25. Keep up some dress sense – how you dress in Thailand is quite important.

26. Don’t go topless without checking out if it’s acceptable where you are – usually it’s frowned upon.

27. You’ll notice that Thai women (even sex workers) are very modest in public –they usually swim fully clothed.

28. Check out table manners – Thais tend to eat from communal dishes in the centre of the table – don’t pour everything onto your own plate!

29. Don’t knock the royal family – even in jest.

30. Don’t point your feet at people – the body is seen as hierarchical and the feet are the lowest part and should not be waved about (this is like a “fingers up” sign.

5. Posted by xiananena (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

I'm also flying in July to Thailand for a month -Bangkok and other cities, I'll see- this summer for the first time :)

indio, when are you travelling? we can meet there o help eachother with the search of information, if you want :)
with which company did you buy your tickets?? I'm looking for the cheapest ones and I can't find nothing cheaper than klm...

wildfk, thank you for the points, they're good to begin (I was a little worried about unsafety at the beginning!)

thanks for the coments :)

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 10y

Slight difference of opinion. A different point of view from an old fart.

3. Don’t bother with Travellers checks in any currency…they are to much hassle

I have never had a problem with cashing traveller's checks - anytime - in the last 9 years! Some credit unions back home even will sell them to you without a fee if you are a member. Don't bother with small amounts, stick with the largest denominations you can get.

In Thailand they require that you have your passport with you for identification when you cash the check. There is a small 33 baht fee to cash a check (less than one dollar U.S.)
You can record serial numbers on the internet for easy access in case you "lose" the checks somehow. Simply write the serial numbers in an e-mail to yourself and save that e-mail.

4. Bring ATM and/or credit cards.

Some credit cards have very high fees - check with your credit card issuer to see how much of a fee you pay when you use an ATM overseas. Don't make a lot of small ATM withdrawals where your fees may match your withdrawals. Take out enough money ONCE to last you several days.

Use the security box in your hotel to safeguard your money and valuables. Don't leave the key out in plain sight. You not only have to worry about the hotel staff stealing your stuff you have to be wary of your fellow traveller next door!

9. There are baggage storage facilities at Bkk airport…

Yes, 90 or 100 baht per day. Some hotels in town will store stuff for you planning on you booking another room with them on your return. Could be cheaper to book a hotel, let them store your stuff when you check out, and book another night with them on your return, than the charges at the airport.

14. Internet access is everywhere – even on the beach…

If you store personal info on the internet for emergencies, like cc #'s, telephone numbers, bank account numbers, stuff like that - don't use a password that everyone else knows! Invent a new password or set up another account, Yahoo and Hotmail are all over most of Asia and they are free!

15. Thai food is very unlikely to give you food poisoning but can contain more chillies than you ever thought possible…

Some people are lucky and can eat anything! Other people have weaker stomachs. I never eat something from the street that has been on the grill with dust, fly poop, dirt and no refrigeration - all day long! I would get sick! Nothing screws up a vacation like a stay in a hotel with food poisoning! I do eat similar food when the food is cooked in a place where the cook can wash his hands after using the toilet.

16. Western (“farang”) food is extremely likely to give you food poisoning – fridges are not part of Thai cooking lore yet…

You can find Farang food that won't make you sick. Depends on where you eat. Many hotels offer "all you can eat" buffets real cheap. Many places in Thailand have eggs, ham, toast, coffee for around a dollar. Of course there is the world re-known McDonalds Burger Kings and KFC's all over Thailand.

17. Use common safety sense – it is easy to relax too much here…when it comes to petty crime the rate is certainly lower than in places like the UK…but every country has its share of con-men and psychopaths…..

Not all criminals are Thai. Be careful who you trust with a hotel key or money! You are just as likely to be ripped off by a fellow foreignor as a local person.

18. Get a phrase book – lonely planet is good as is their guide to Thailand (better than the rough guide)….

Phrase books are cheap in Thailand. See Asia Books or Bookazine stores.

19. Make a friend on the plane and safe money on a taxi to your hotel when you arrive in Bkk. Check out the ways of getting out of Bkk airport.

If you finish with customs before 1220 a.m. you can still use the AIRPORT BUS (for 100 baht) for SAFE transportation to many places in Bangkok. Including Khao San Road and Sukhumvit Road. My advice for women travelling alone is to take the AIRPORT BUS instead of a taxi. I think you would be safer on a bus with a driver that has been employed by the airport for a long time and on a bus full of fellow travellers. Unless you like travelling down a dark and lonely road, late at night, with a total stranger (taxi driver), in a foreign country!

20. Avoid spending your first night or few days in Bkk – go there at the end of your stay –its better once you’ve acclimatiz3ed, and the airport is about 45 min from the centre.

Spend your first night in Bangkok, get used to the heat, get used to bargaining, and for heaven's sake give all of us a break - TAKE A SHOWER! Another reason is that most of the plane tickets are CHEAPER when purchased in Thailand than back home. Message boards are full of travellers asking if they have enough time between flights when they arrive for the first time in a strange airport. Take the time to relax a little!

23. Bring an international driving licence – although most national ones are accepted by motorbike and car hire companies and anyone else who wants to hire you something….

If you are not used to driving on the "other side of the road" like travellers from Britain or Australia do - don't drive! Foreignors are walking ATM machines when involved in accidents. The police will confiscate your passport and keep it until you pay for damages!

Transportation is very cheap in Thailand, let somebody else do the driving. When taking a taxi in Bangkok tell the driver "meter only," the ride will be cheaper than bargaining. Tuk-Tuks are more expensive than AirCon taxi cabs, unless you speak Thai!

30. Don’t point your feet at people – the body is seen as hierarchical and the feet are the lowest part and should not be waved about (this is like a “fingers up” sign.[/quote]

Yes, and it is not polite to pick your teeth with a toothpick in public unless you cover the action with your other hand. However, it is okay to pick your nose, study the booger, and flip it away as often as you want to. Don't believe me - check out the people waiting at a bus stop when you pass by.

Have fun.

7. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 10y

Slight difference of opinion. A different point of view from an old fart.

There is always a difference of opinion here but….
(I've had to edit out some of the resposes for reasons ofd space....)

3. Don’t bother with Travelers checks in any currency…they are to much hassle
I have never had a problem with cashing traveller's checks - anytime - in the last 9 years!

I have had experience and witnessed tellers refusing cheques in certain currencies and denominations because they either didn’t have the time inclination or cash to change it. If you take large denominations you then lay yourself exposed to carrying large amounts of cash. Banks close on holidays but exchanges and ATMs don’t.
You can use your debit or credit card with a passport at the counter or use it in an ATM or in an emergency at a hospital etc – they won’t be happy to see traveler’s cheques
.

4. Bring ATM and/or credit cards.
Some credit cards have very high fees - ....Take out enough money ONCE to last you several days.

Fees for credit cards vary but you get a good rate of exchange more or less at the time of the transaction – if you’re coming from K there are a couple of banks *Nationwide??) who don’t charge at all! Strike a balance between carrying cash and paying fees.
There are usual precautions for carrying a card and keeping them separate etc, but that applies everywhere.

14. Internet access is everywhere – even on the beach…
If you store personal info on the internet for emergencies,.....


There is a fine line between caution and paranoia – I’m sure you are internet literate and Thailand is no more prone to internet fraud than anywhere else – just use common sense!

15. Thai food is very unlikely to give you food poisoning but can contain more chilies than you ever thought possible…

Some people are lucky and can eat anything! .....

16. Western (“farang”) food is extremely likely to give you food poisoning – fridges are not part of Thai cooking lore yet…

You can find Farang food that won't make you sick. ... Many hotels offer "all you can eat" buffets real cheap. ...there is the world re-known McDonalds Burger Kings and KFC's all over Thailand.

Food poisoning is caused by bacteria in or on the food – the toxins they release will make you ill/sick to varying degrees. Different bacteria take different times to reproduce and then produce enough toxins to make you ill – up to several days. So blaming the last thing you ate on your food poisoning is not helpful...
Thai food has been cooked here for centuries and the street food is cheap delicious and part of the Thai experience. You are never more than a few meters away from a tasty snack, be it meat on a stick, beautifully pre-cut fruit, or some incredibly sugary delight….if you haven’t eaten sliced green mango with chili and sugar dip –you haven’t lived! The flavors of Thailand are sometimes quite startling – a mix of sweet sour bitter and salty and not where you’d expect it – (ice cream and sweet corn in a sandwich?). not to eat the street food would be not to go to Thailand!
As for “farang” (foreigner) food – why travel half way round the world to eat what you eat at home? MacDonald’s KFC etc are culturally intrusive and are contributing to a wave of obesity amongst the younger generation here, why support that sort of enterprise? The practice of storing fully food at +5C and then quick serving it is at the heart of western eating; here it can be impossible to do this especially with the outside temp permanently in the 30s C, and staff unaware of the dangers of not adhering strictly to safety practices. This proves ideal breading grounds for bacteria. 2 of my friends got a very bad dose off a fast food restaurant on Koh Samui a couple of years ago. We ate together everyday for a week with the one exception I wouldn’t eat a MacDonald’s! I recently had another friend who decided to eat a lamb curry in a Bkk British style Indian restaurant and ended up in hospital. (Lamb is virtually unheard of in Thailand)
The practice of hotels leaving buffets out in the open for hours on end is also extremely dodgy – you see displays of food even seafood here that would instantly draw the attention of the food hygiene authorities in far more temperate climes! Many farang blame food poisoning on the last (Thai) meal they had when in fact they caught it a day or two earlier off the hotel buffet!
Thais snack several times a day and the idea of eating big sit down meals apart from special occasions is a western introduction. Much of the “Thai” food you get at hotels is a westernized version or adapted from Chinese to suit the eating habits of the west.
All food here is cheap even western food but, local food is even cheaper and usually much more exciting – put away any notions of “a strong or weak stomach” just enjoy.
I have been coming to Thailand since 1992 and have now lived here for several years – I occasionally get a pang for some western “comfort” food but live on a 90% Thai diet, I’m healthier here and weigh less than for years of living in UK and Oz on a western diet. – and I cook for myself too!

17. Use common safety sense – it is easy to relax too much here…when it comes to petty crime the rate is certainly lower than in places like the UK…but every country has its share of con-men and psychopaths…..

Not all criminals are Thai. ..... -Why give your hotel key to anyone???

18. Get a phrase book – lonely planet is good as is their guide to Thailand (better than the rough guide)….

Phrase books are cheap in Thailand....
They’re cheaper in most of Europe! Read up and get prepared!

19. Make a friend on the plane and safe money on a taxi to your hotel when you arrive in Bkk. Check out the ways of getting out of Bkk airport.

... for SAFE transportation to many places in Bangkok. Including Khao San Road and Sukhumvit Road. ...

20. Avoid spending your first night or few days in Bkk – go there at the end of your stay –its better once you’ve acclimatized, and the airport is about 45 min from the centre.

Spend your first night in Bangkok, get used to the heat, get used to bargaining, ...

Admittedly most people head for Khao San rd when they arrive and this is not too bad a choice although being what most people do, doesn’t make it best. Bkk is usually a degree or two hotter than the rest of the coast and very humid and grimey (As I write - 6.30pm it is 31c in Bkk but put wuith the humidity the weather men say it feels like 40c - you will avoid this down the coast a bit). And of course full of touts etc who know you are just off the plane.
If you have time for a 1.5 to 2 hour bus (110 baht)/taxi (1200 to 1800 baht)/ minibus (200 to 300 baht) ride book a hotel in Pattaya ad chill for a couple of days then move on. A cheap hotel with pool is about 650 to 1000 baht per night. Taxis and minibus will drop you at the hotel door.

Or look at a map and try somewhere out of town east or north. (Bang Saen, Sri Racha, Jom Tien/Pattaya)
You can of course fly straight out of Bkk to Chiang Mai, Samui, or any where else in the country!
you can get a room at the airport if you simply must go to sleep - or there are a couple of (pricey) hotels nearby...

23. Bring an international driving licence – ...
If you are not used to driving on the "other side of the road" like travelers from Britain or Australia do - don't drive! Foreigners are walking ATM machines when involved in accidents. The police will confiscate your passport and keep it until you pay for damages!

Come on! Not drive? Just be careful…if you see the way Thais drive buses and taxis you may well want to take control yourself….

Transportation is very cheap in Thailand; let somebody else do the driving. When taking a taxi in Bangkok tell the driver "meter only," the ride will be cheaper than bargaining. Tuk-Tuks are more expensive than AirCon taxi cabs, unless you speak Thai!

All true – However - I drive here and am used to driving in Europe, the States, UK and Oz and I have no problem on which side of the road I drive and neither do the Thais! Driving here is an experience! However there are times and places when to get the most out of your visit you may feel that hiring a vehicle is the best solution. E.g. a motorbike on an island or a long road trip to a national park etc. – motorbike deaths are out of control here, not helped by peoples reluctance to wear a crash helmet.
You need to be aware of the pitfalls of driving here and try not to apply your national highway code – it won’t work…just expect the unexpected or the downright outrageous!
PS – You can hire a minibus ands driver for about 2000 per day – good if there’s a group of you but you will have to tip the driver to curb his driving exuberances!

30. Don’t point your feet at people – the body is seen as hierarchical and the feet are the lowest part and should not be waved about (this is like a “fingers up” sign.[/quote]
Yes, and it is not polite to pick your teeth with a toothpick in public unless you cover the action with your other hand. However, it is okay to pick your nose, study the booger, and flip it away as often as you want to. Don't believe me - check out the people waiting at a bus stop when you pass by.

Raising your voice – even shouting across the street will raise Thai eyebrows – the key words for behavior here, and you will hear them over and over again are “Jai yen, yen” – cool heart. Keep cool never loose your temper, and remember Thais will do anything not to loose face…

Have fun.

8. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Hey Indio!!!
I was in the same position as you last year, I was a 22 year old girl travelling alone and to be honest it was the best thing I ever did!!!It was amazing!I flew into Bangkok airport and a friend had told me to ignore all the touts and people promising to get you a cheap taxi.....I walked straight out of the taxi and headed to the actual taxi queue...DO NOT ARRANGE TO GET ON ANY WAITING LISTS OF ANYTHING INSIDE THE AIRPORT!!I knew people who did this and they got seriously ripped off ie: 900Baht and 2 charges for toll booths just to get to Khao San Rd. Get your own taxi from the rank and be very insistent when you get in the taxi for them to put the meter on, often the drivers will tell you there is a cheaper way or pretend they cant hear you so just keep repeating "put the meter on please" and they will do it!
I think Khao San road is the perfect place to start off as a lone traveller...its easy, cheap and a perfect place to ease yourself into it all!Also its a great place to meet people!
My trip to Thailand was incredible...i met some truely amazing people, had sooooo much fun, visited some wonderful places!!!
Im actually going back myself this summer for a short time so maybe if our paths cross we can meet up for a drink!!!!!!
Oh yeah and while in Bangkok be sure to visit Patpong market (i prefered it in daytime!) and when you head to the beaches be sure to go to Krabi...its so amazing, Phi Phi, Ao Nang....my favourite all time place in Thailand was East Railay in Krabi, beautiful!!!!

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 10y

Quoting wildfk

[quote]Slight difference of opinion. A different point of view from an old fart.

There is always a difference of opinion here but….
(I've had to edit out some of the resposes for reasons ofd space....)

ETC. ETC. See previous lengthy net conversations.

3. I have never had a problem with travellers checks. I get my checks free from a credit union. If you are a member of a credit union you may get your TC's free too! Stick with better known traveller's checks like Cooks and American Express and you shouldn't have a problem. Stick with the big denominations - don't waste the 33 baht fee on a bunch of $10 or $25 TC's. The only time I have witnessed any problem with traveller's checks is when the person trying to cash the check did not have proper identification. I'm glad the bank clerk was vigilant.

4. Some people do have credit cards with low fees - bully for them! But if you don't know for sure it is a good suggestion to check with your credit card provider so you won't be surprised with huge fees when you arrive home. Same as with the TC's - don't bother with a lot of small ATM withdrawals where you will end up with a lot of fees. Get enough out of an ATM to last for several days.

14. Some young people share their passwords with friends and don't safeguard their passwords too good. Why take a chance. The internet is real handy for storing personal info, there are plenty of internet shops around in case you need something in an emergency. I like to store my e-tickets on the net too. Being cautious is not paranoia.

15. Some people ARE lucky and can eat any piece of "old dead meat on a stick" without getting sick. Some people aren't so lucky. It's like winning the lottery - some are lucky and some are not! Being sick in a foreign hospital is not a vacation.

16. There is nothing wrong with eating European or American food in most Thai restaurants. It's the street vendors that don't have the proper refrigeration or running water to wash their hands after using the toilet. MOST big restaurants, especially hotel restaurants have running water and refrigeration. McDonalds and the other chain restaurants, are popular with many people, something familiar from home. Check out a Mickey D's - they are always crowded! And the customers are from many different countries! Noodle soup and meat on a stick is Thai fast food, without the advertising budget! I have no problem with hotel buffets - everything I eat is well done, I skip the salads, and cold cuts. I stick with well cooked HOT foods when I eat at buffet lines. The longer you stay in Asia the more your stomach can handle the local food!

17. Stupid young visitors, male and female, feel an attraction to another "recent aquaintance" and throw caution out the window when the hormones are raging! Stupid decisions are often made in the heat of passion! Giving your key to someone who was a stranger a few days ago is not unusual - stupid maybe - but not unusual! Not all criminals in Thailand are Thai - you are just as likely to be ripped off by a fellow traveller as a local. Be cautious of everyone!

18. Of course you should read up on any country you intend to visit, you can even check a travel guide out of your hometown library for free. You can purchase a THAI PHRASE BOOK cheaper in Thailand than Europe or America, unless it is from a thrift shop.

20. Spend the first couple nights in Bangkok, get used to the time changes, get used to the heat. Clean up and take a shower and check out the city a little. It is USUALLY cheaper to buy flights in Thailand for other places than from your home country. Pattaya is around 110 baht on a bus, and you can take the Skytrain to the Ekamai bus station. Hotels are cheaper in Pattaya and other small towns. Sometimes you have to pay the piper and fork over an extra 5 bucks a night for a hotel in Bangkok - just to say you have been there! You can get A/C hotels in the Sukhumvit area between 600 baht to 850 baht, including HW, TV, and security box.

I think a hotel on Sukhumvit makes more sense than one in KSR simply because of the Skytrain transportation and the connection with the subway. But that is an "old fart" point of view. I can understand "really young" travellers wanting to go to KSR to be with all the other "really young" travellers.

23. People who routinely drive on the same side of the road as the Thai's do (Brits, Aussies, NZ's, etc.) almost always advise "go ahead and drive in Thailand" it's a breeze. If the only driving experience a person has is driving on the "wrong" side of the road in Canada or America your emergency response to a pending accident may be the wrong response out of habit. I do find it easier to ride a pedal bicycle in Thailand than back home, the cars and motor bikes seem to blend around you easier.

Farangs are "walking and talking ATM's" when you are involved in a serious accident. The police will confiscate your passport until you pay for damages.

Taxi cabs are cheap in Bangkok - insist on the meter - it's the law. Paying the meter will be cheaper than bargaining. A/C taxi cabs are cheaper than Tuk-Tuks, unless you speak Thai.

30. Booger picking in public is not impolite - picking your teeth with a toothpick (uncovered) is! You figure that one out!

Have fun.

10. Posted by trip345 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

First of all:

Travelers cheques are actualy NOT a hassle in Thailand and they are a GOOD idea to bring. Don't bring cash. Too dangerous. Also, you might run into more problems with having your bank card or credit card. If it doesnt work then yiu really have a problem but when you have travelers cheques you can change them at ANY bank and the rates are better than for cash, too.

You should spend a few days (or longer) in bangkok. Check out the typical tourist stuff at least like the grand palace. Also check out the great nightlife. look here for more info on that: www.bangkokrecorder.com . also check out the shopping at places like siam square but you might wanna wait for the shopping until the end of your trip so you don't have to carry too much.

As youhave 1.5 months you should check out the south as well as the north. In the North you should go to Chiang Mai of course. Many things to do there. Its a relaxed city and the area surrounding it is beautoful. If you like trekking, mountain biking or motorcycle trips then you are at the right spot.

The longest time you can spend down South . Go to Samui, Krabi (especially Krabi, its beautiful). In Krabi stay at Railay Beach, in samui stay at meanem or bophut beach if you want a more secluded experience or stay at chaweng beach if you want to be where the action is.

Before going back home you should have another few days in bangkok, check into a nice hotel. find the right place at www.excelloz.com for example or another booking website. Rates are dead cheap and its the right thing at the end of a 1.5 months trip.