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1. Posted by blytonrtw (Respected Member, 20 posts) 30 Apr '07 11:38

Hi folks, can anyone recommend any itineries/must see places to go in Thailand for 2-3 weeks?

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru, 809 posts) 30 Apr '07 13:16

For three weeks:
Spend 7-10 days on the beach down south on one or more of the many Islands, or somewhere closer to Bangkok like Samet or Chang.
Spend about 5-7 days around Bangkok visiting Kanchanaburi and Ayathya as well.
Spend 7-10 days up north in Chiang Mai, treking, Pai etc...if you haven't been templed out from Ayathaya, visit Soukathai on the way back to Bangkok.

3. Posted by sublimer (Budding Member, 18 posts) 30 Apr '07 21:10

Agreed... I'd recommend Koh Phangan as far as islands in to stay on in Southern Thailand. You have the beautiful beach mixed with the wild parties, what could be better than that???? I loved it!

I felt like Koh Samui was to couple oriented and the partying was not nearly as intense. Koh Tao was to small, but still really friendly - you do get to know everyone pretty quickly. :)

Have fun!

4. Posted by peterW (Budding Member, 7 posts) 1 May '07 14:47

You have to spend a few days in Bangkok while there, it is a very rich city with loads to see, especially some of the temples and palaces.

From there it is easy to take a day trip to somewhere like Ayutthaya (which was the capital of Thailand before it moved to Bangkok). It has lots of old ruins, can be covered in a day or a relaxing place to stay over for a night.

The only island I got to was Phuket, which is great so long as you avoid the really busy beaches, especially around middle of the island.

The links here will lead to interactive maps with panoramic images of what there is to see there, and some local information, which may help you plan a bit.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 2 May '07 02:31

Hello Blytonrtw:)

I wont attempt, to make an itenary, for u, because u have not mentioned what u particularly like to do, while travelling.
But here are the places, I recommend. I went to them, last November.
Koh PhaNgan.
It is a popular destination, for backpackers. A lovely tropical island. I recommend, that u stay at coconut beach. It is nice and secluded. Stay at http://coconutbeach-bungalows.com/
The owner of these beach bungalows speaks fluent English and was very helpful to us, when we were there.
Kanchanaburi.
This is a lovely little town. It is especially interesting, if u are interested in World War 2 history.
Stay at the Blue Star Guesthouse. Bungalows range from 150 to 600 Bahts. Ask for one overlooking the river, if u dont mind paying 600.

Mel

6. Posted by blytonrtw (Respected Member, 20 posts) 4 May '07 14:01

Thanks for all the useful advice folks:)

7. Posted by Louissa (Budding Member, 59 posts) 10 May '07 00:59

You can go up North to Chiang Mai, Chiang mai and mae Hong Son, but if you only have a few weeks my tip for seeing a lot with a lot of variation would be:

Bangkok, then go by bus to Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai. You can stay along the river or on river rafts, elephants, hot springs and other sights.
Then go by bus a few hours to the coast around Hua Hin. From there you can beach hop along the coast to the Sam Roi Yot National Parks and the amazing coastal cave and the wetlands, and then Prachuap Khiri Khan and see the amazing Monkey temples and the other temple sights. Then go along south by bus ( or you can go by train as the rail line goes all down the coast ) to Ban Krut and Bang saphan for more laid back beach. Very much BBQ seafood on the beach with a few beers ort of places, but nice bungalows resorts. :)You can go over to the small Koh Talu island for a few nights and snorkel.
Then bus or train to Chumphon from where you take the boat to Koh Tao and, or, Koh Phangan. Then you can take a boat to Koh Samui for some partying and fun and then just head back to Bangkok.
That gives you jungle, rivers, treks, beaches and national parks, snorkeling and small islands and end up on a busy island.
The distances are not much at all from place to place.
You get to see a little of everything.

8. Posted by claireh (Respected Member, 316 posts) 11 May '07 06:40

My Thailand favourites are Bangkok for just being Bangkok, Koh Phi Phi & Koh Pha Ngan for partying and beach, Chiang Mai for trekking, Pai and Tonsai beach for chilling. Kanchanaburi was pretty cool too and is definitely worth a whirl and I've heard Ko Sok National Park is beautiful.

9. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru, 1281 posts) 11 May '07 07:51

Without having any idea about your likes, dislikes and interests it is pretty hard to give you an itinerary that definitely suits what you like. I personally think that Bangkok deserves 5 days if you really want to see it well. If partying is what you are after you should also head to Pattaya (Sin City Thailand style) because that is pretty good. What the others have said are very good recommendations at least the places I have been to.

Have a great trip.