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5 days to spend outside Bangkok - any tips?

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1. Posted by robbo_gsi (Full Member 81 posts) 8y

Hi

Ok I need some tips on where to go visit in Thailand for 5 days in October.

We've booked a trip that takes us from BKK down thru the south west of Thailand so thats all covered already.

I personally wud have liked to visit Chang Mai but as its so far away, am not sure if i'd be bothered travelling that far and back in such as short time.

Is there any other lively/fun/beautiful places north/east/west of bangkok that we could visit.

Ave heard people mention Kanchanaburi, which i reckon is worth visiting but all other suggestions have been wayyy up north.

any advice is much appreciated

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Lee,
You said, 'we'. If the we is a lady, then I vote for Kanchanaburi as well. Scenic, historic, rafting & trekking options. If it is you and another guy, then I vote for Pattaya! More nightlife than many can handle, all at affordable prices. 40 minute ferry ride to Koh Larn and you have a decent beach/water option as well. Just a thought.

3. Posted by IamSiamese (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

I vote for Kanchanaburi too. If you come from the south of Thailand then it's not too bad. There are so many interesting places in Kanchanaburi and the scene is absolutely different to the south. I am thinking about to go there in October too.

Siamese

4. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 8y

You can take a car, bus - or even a boat, up to the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Only about a two-hour trip if I remember correctly. If you like old temple ruins, it's a good trip.
Another option it taking the train about halfway to Chiangmai. Stop in Phitsanulok and spend the night. It's a nice riverside town and there are a couple of cool temples in town, but it's also only about an hour from Sukhothai, another ancient capitol with old temple ruins. The train to P-Lok takes about 6 hours from Bangkok. Or, also by train, you can stop in Lopburi, famous for all the monkeys wandering around downtown. There are some cool old Khmer temple ruins in Lopburi also. I like small Thai towns like this one. Very friendly locals and there are good cheap restaurants, also. From both towns you can take a train or bus back to Bangkok.

5. Posted by suwannaphu (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y

Why not to Kao Yai National Park in Nakorn Ratchasima (Korat) province in the northeast - just 2 hours or so bus ride from BKK. Lots of wildlife, night safari, trekking, mountain biking, waterfalls, etc. Apart from the park, if you have time, visit many Khmer style temple ruins in Pimai district of Korat, and/or Phnom Rung in Buriram province - a short bus ride from Korat.

Bored of places too touristed, then from Korat head east to Ubon Ratchathani for the pre-historic paintings on the cliff by the Mekong and more. Or from Korat, head north to Khon Kaen, Udon Thani and Nongkai provinces and more. These laid back areas are rich in local culture, the least travelled by (conventional) tourists, and people's lifestyle reflects a more traditional Thai ways (not like those tourist-oriented ways in Pattaya, Samui or Phuket...).

Apart from train (all the way from BKK to Nongkai or Ubon), and plane (to Ubon, Khon Kaen, Udorn Thani, etc,), the road network in the northeast is the best in the country and it is the most convenient and easiest region to make the loop travel.

Enjoy...

6. Posted by robbo_gsi (Full Member 81 posts) 8y

thats excellent advice folks, thanks a lot!!

gonna get on the ball now and research these places

7. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 454 posts) 8y

From Bkk you can fly to any of the major islands...Samui, Phuket, and to Trat on the mainland for Koh Chang. all these flights are abouyt an hour. Most internal flights are quite cheap except for Samui as this is a Bangkok Air Monopoly.
You can also get some very cheap flights to Chiang Mai.

Have you considered flying to Siem Reap - Ankhor Wat? Direct form Bkk with Bangkok Air....a bit pricey but only an hour or so.

Otherwise Kanchanaburi for scenery...take the 100km trip to Sri Nakarin Lake and Mae Khamin waterfalls.
OR
Kao Yai National Park, all quite near to Bkk.

Or as Vegas M suggests - Pattaya. Night-life, shoppping, food and really good VFM hotels....not nearly as sleasy as some people would have you believe.

8. Posted by rama_h (Inactive 91 posts) 8y

I suggest Phuket... Take an Airasia flight, you can go to their website and book your travel through the net... it's really cheap from Bkk, and the beach down there is worth it! Great crowds also... Enjoy your time in Thailand!

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1329 posts) 8y

[quote=robbo_gsi]Hi

Ok I need some tips on where to go visit in Thailand for 5 days in October.

I personally wud have liked to visit Chang Mai but as its so far away, am not sure if i'd be bothered travelling that far and back in such as short time.

Is there any other lively/fun/beautiful places north/east/west of bangkok that we could visit.

I wouldn't rule out Chiangmai just yet. You can fly and be there in a couple hours. You can see quite a bit in 3 or 4 days. From Chiangmai you can also visit the Golden Triangle area on a day tour if you want, as well as the Long Neck Villages and walk to the Night Market.

If you are in the Khorat area you can visit Phimai. In Phimai you will see one of the better restored wats. Interesting museum there and the largest "Banyan Tree" in Thailand (their claim.)

Like VegasMike said if the "we" means two males then Pattaya is a good trip if you want to stay closer to Bangkok (around 120 baht on the VIP bus from Ekamai.) Day tours to Kanchanaburi are interesting, you can visit the Death Railway and "Bridge on the River Kwai" sites.