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1. Posted by rwright (Budding Member, 20 posts) 28 Apr '07 21:24

Hey, I'll be flying into Bangkok in June and have 2weeks to wait for a friend who's flying in so I don't want to venture too far away before he arrives. Any suggestions for places to go, things to see? Are there any beaches around that area?
Thanks

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru, 1281 posts) 28 Apr '07 21:53

You could go to Pattaya (Sin City Thailand style) and that isn't too far away from Bangkok (not adviseable as a daytrip, but you can get there in about 3 1/2 hours).

If when your friend arrives you are basically just planning on moving on from Bangkok straight away, well you could spend 4-5 days easy in Bangkok to begin with if you want to explore it in detail and see most the sites. I spent 5 days there and I know I missed out on a number of things, but I did see a lot more than most would in that given time. If you did that, it would mean you only had 9 days to use and well depending on if you like going to nightclubs/partying etc well you could have a great time in Pattaya. I personally don't think I could put up with more then 3-4 days there, but that's because I like more of a sight seeing type trip and that is why I liked Bangkok quite a bit.

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 28, 2007, at 9:53 PM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru, 1836 posts) 29 Apr '07 01:20

2 weeks are long. You can go everywhere around Bangkok. Jim Thompson House,Grand Palace,Wat Phra Kaew. For beaches, Yea,Pattaya as aharrold45 mentioned or maybe you can go to Ko Chang. It is not far from Bangkok. Many teenagers from bangkok go there during weekend. Maybe you can visit Hua Hin as well. It is located South of Bangkok. Quite far though. At night, you can enjoy beers around Khaosan Rd or Rambutri Rd. Well, enjoy your trip!!!;)

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1263 posts) 29 Apr '07 21:27

Quoting rwright

Hey, I'll be flying into Bangkok in June and have 2weeks to wait for a friend who's flying in so I don't want to venture too far away before he arrives. Any suggestions for places to go, things to see? Are there any beaches around that area?
Thanks

Two weeks is a long time. You could burn up some of the time taking day tours to some of the local tourist attractions. The local travel agencies have a menu of various tours that you can take. They pick you up at your hotel and bring you back at the end of the tour.

You could also take the overnight train up to Chiangmai and do the tour thing there to kill some time. The overnight sleeper train gets into Chiangmai early in the morning. Taking the sleeper saves you paying for a hotel in Bangkok for another night.

Depending on your budget, Pattaya is cheaper than Bangkok for living. Hotels are cheaper or you get more for your money in the hotels there. June is low season time and there are many vacancies and some good savings. The bus to Pattaya is around 120 baht from the Ekamai bus station, depending on traffic the time to get there is around 2.5 hours.

Good luck.

5. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member, 454 posts) 30 Apr '07 00:55

With 2 weeks you could go anywhere.

A flight to Samui takes about an hour asdoes one to Chiang Mai.

Pattaya is an hour and a half from the airport by taxi (cost10505 to 1300 baht) bus is much cheaper.

Koh Samet island is about 3 hours to Ban Phe and a short ferry ride

Koh Chang (yuck) is about 5 hours by minibus.

Kanchanaburi (Bridge over the river Kwai) is about 3.5 hours

the last thing I'd want to do is spend 2 weeks in Bkk.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 30 Apr '07 03:29

Hello Rwright:)

I went to Kanchanaburi, the last time I was in Thailand. It is just a 3 or 4 hour bus ride, from Bangkok.
It does not have a beach, but it is a lovely little place. It is especially interesting, if u are interested in World War 2 history.
If u go there, I recommend that u stay, at the Blue Star Guest House. It has bungalows for 150 to 600 Baht. If u dont mind paying the top price, get one overlooking the river.

But, as the others said, 2 weeks is a long time. U can get all the way down or up Thailand, in just one night on the train or bus. What about going to Koh Pha Ngan, for 10 days. That will give u plenty of time, to get back to Bangkok and meet your friend. Just get the night train or bus, to Surat Thani, and then catch the boat. There will be plenty of agents waiting for the buses and trains, who will sell u a boat ticket, and take u to the Pier. If u take the train, book a couple of days in advance. They often get booked up.
On Koh PhaNgan, I reommend that u stay in the beach bungalows, in this link. www.coconutbeach-bungalows.com

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 30, 2007, at 3:43 AM by Mel. ]

7. Posted by rwright (Budding Member, 20 posts) 30 Apr '07 03:57

Hey, thanks for all the help guys! Yeah I'm not so keen on cities so I think heading out of Bangkok and chillin' somewhere will be the way to go