Hi, my boyfriend and i are off on holiday to thailand begining of December this year, i wanted to fit in seeing as much in as possible in the 2 weeks we are away, but also relaxing on the way. i was thinking of samui, kohpangnan, chaing mai, bangkok and over to koh chang ? does anyone have any ideas for me, if this route is managible ? any good places to stay? we wanted to be in the mix of things but also where we can get away from it all if needed ! were not on a tight budget but didnt want to over spend ! any help or ideas of places to see and things to do would be most appricated ! Thanks x
I'll assume you'll be flying into Bangkok. Why don't you take a 5 day trip up north to Chang Mai (excuse the spelling). There are group treks (usually a max of 12 people) that include trekking, elephant rides, rafting & meeting local hilltribe village people. Then come back down, sitesee Bangkok for two day, and get the train down south to the beaches, maybe Krabi or one of the islands? that could be achievable in 2 weeks.
Jen 23's itinerary is good. A lot depends on when your flight arrives in Bangkok, and if flying domestically in thailand is in your budget. I would recommend the 3-day trek in the Chang Mai region, followed by a trip down to the beach islands around Phuket. Closing out the trip with a couple days in Bangkok. I always prefer to end a trip to thailand with some sites and shopping in Bangkok. Now back to your flight, if you arrive in the afternoon, I recommend the overnight train to Chaing Mai, arriving in the morning and quite possibly starting your trek. After Chaing Mai, I would fly down to Phuket, otherwise it will take about 20-24 hours by train or bus. Travelling back to Bangkok, you have the option of flying or taking an overnight train, arriving in Bangkok at around 7 am. If you can afford it, flying is a relatively cheap option in Thailand, and great for short trips. Another option is exploring Bangkok and the beach islands to the south, and doing the northern trekking during another trip. There is so much to see and do in Bangkok, and the islands to the south are numerous. So many options, so little time, keep researching, and have a blast!
Almost forgot, if you are in Bangkok on Saturday/Sunday, you must check out chatuchak market(spelling?)! I personally love Sukhumvit Road, loads of restaurants, bars, poolhalls, nightclubs, street vendors, late night sidewalk bars and food, good clean cheap accomodations, skytrain, and subway. Everything you need, and no hippie backpackers. No offense to anyone, i am finished with those 'budget-myself-to-death' days!