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Seeking advice for 10 days in Thailand

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1. Posted by amigo (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

We are going in June. Want a few days in Bangkok, a few days at a beautiful beach and maybe Chiang Mai. we are a family of four and want recommendations of cheap airlines to Chiang Mai and maybe Krabi, and inexpensive but nice accommodations in all three places.
Thanks for any advice you can offer!! Our first time there.

2. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

Hey,

Might want to check out Thai Airways deal. They have this deal where you buy tickets outside Thailand and you get 3 flights for $169 and $59 for each additional flight check it out here

Oh yea, you have to prove you are not native to the country with a air ticket in, read the rules, they cover it.

jz

BTW, I'll be in Thailand May 14th-29th.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 10y

Quoting amigo

We are going in June. Want a few days in Bangkok, a few days at a beautiful beach and maybe Chiang Mai. we are a family of four and want recommendations of cheap airlines to Chiang Mai and maybe Krabi, and inexpensive but nice accommodations in all three places.
Thanks for any advice you can offer!! Our first time there.

You say you want "inexpensive" accomodations, some travellers ideas of inexpensive is between $80 and $100 per night, thinking of New York or Paris. You can get hotel rooms in the 700 to 1800 baht range that have AirCon, HW, TV, private toilet, some rooms may have a connecting door. This includes the normal maid service and some sort of security box, either in your room or at the check-in desk for your money and valuables (always a good idea to use it.) Smaller towns like Pattaya have even cheaper hotels of equal quality.

You also did not say how young the children are. In Bangkok for an area that is more "bar free" - Google up the Asia Hotel. This Asia Hotel is right on a Skytrain stop. The Skytrain can take you to many areas in Bangkok quickly and cheap. You won't have to mess with too many taxi cabs then. A hotel not too far from the Asia Hotel is the First Hotel on New Phetchaburi Road. New Phetchaburi Road has has lots of vendors, small shops, malls, cheap restaurants and fewer bars.

If bars are not a problem, I would recommend that in Bangkok you stay in a hotel in the Sukhumvit Road area so that you can use the Skytrain. The Skytrain runs up and down Sukhumvit Road. One hotel you can Google up is the Honey Hotel (reasonable rates,) the Fortuna Hotel (Soi 5,) and the Swiss Park Hotel. All on or just down a bit from Sukhumvit Road.

For Chiangmai take the train up to that city. If you take the overnight train you can avoid paying another night in the hotel and get a ride too! It is better that you get the train tickets a day or two ahead of time. To get to the main train station take the Skytrain to the Asoke station stop, switch to the subway, the last stop on the subway is the train station. At the train station avoid all the touts (even the ones that have badges saying "official this or that") go to the Chiangmai window and purchase your tickets there.

In Chiangmai you can stay at the Montri Hotel. The Montri Hotel is almost across from the Thapae Gate and within walking distance of the "Night Market." Lots of restaurants, internet shops, travel agencies and Seven Eleven type stores all around this Montri Hotel, various size rooms available, all with AirCon.

Flights within Thailand are quite cheap anyway, compared to flying the same distance in the U.S. Bus travel and train travel is efficient and cheap also. When on planes, trains and busses always keep your important stuff like money, passport, plane tickets, jewelry WITH YOU at your seat - DO NOT PUT IMPORTANT STUFF IN THE CHECK-IN BAG!

When you use a taxi in Bangkok city, hail a moving taxi coming down the road, avoid parked taxi cabs, they will want to barter and cost more too! After you stop the taxi tell the driver METER ONLY and the ride will be cheaper than bargaining..... Tuk-Tuks will be more expensive than an AirCon meter taxi - unless you speak Thai fluently.

You can Google up Thai Air and check some of their prices to establish a base price. The travel agencies in Bangkok are pretty good and you can usually get a plane ride with only a few days notice. Always compare the price you get at one travel agency with another and select the best place.

Good Luck.

4. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

Quoting amigo

We are going in June. Want a few days in Bangkok, a few days at a beautiful beach and maybe Chiang Mai. we are a family of four and want recommendations of cheap airlines to Chiang Mai and maybe Krabi, and inexpensive but nice accommodations in all three places.
Thanks for any advice you can offer!! Our first time there.

Traveling with a family up to Chiang Mai take the 1st class overnight train. You can get two joining cabins with 2 berths in each cabin. This will give your family more privacy and the batherooms are much less crowded and cleaner than second class. It will still be cheaper than flying as you save money on an overnight hotel room. The train is clean, safe, comfortable and fun.

Childern need a lot of room to run around and play. For this reason I like Eurasia Resort and you can get a suite for under $100 USD. They have a great pool and childrens play area. Lots of room in a garden setting, very quiet. See http://www.eurasiahotels.com/chiangmai/rooms.php

When friends with children come to vist us in Chiang Mai they love to stay there. It is only a 10 minute ride from the city center and they do have shuttles to take you there.

If you would like info on family accommodations in Phuket please let me know and about what price range.

Kind regards,
Randy and Ning