I hope someone can help me. I'm considering going to Thailand for 2 weeks over the Easter break in 2008.
Where is worth seeing, considering I only have a limited amount of time. Flying into/ out of Bangkok would probably be my option but where else should I go?
I could really do with some help figuring out a small itinerary.
it depends what kind of things you like to do, but a nice mix for 2 weeks would be a few days in Bangkok followed by a some time relaxing on one of the islands/beaches. ko chang and ko samet are a few hours away from Bangkok - I haven't been to either of these but I have heard they are nice. you can get a bus from Bangkok. alternatively you could fly or bus it down to ko samui (Bangkok airlines do this route) and stay there or on nearby ko phangan or ko tao. ko tao is great for diving if you are interesting in this. or you could head down to phuket/krabi on the other side. if you don't fancy the beaches you could head up to northern Thailand and do some trekking, and visit the second city chiang mai. again there are a couple of budget airlines who do this route, or you could get an overnight bus from Bangkok.
Agree with Bex76. It depends on your traveling style. If you like to be on the beach, may be Phuket or Samui can be your choice. These places are about 1 hour flying from Bangkok. If you would like to take it easy, be with nature, a bit of adventure, I would suggest going up north to Chiang Mai.
If you like nightlife, Koh Pa-ngan (down south) or some nightlife spots in Bangkok will do.
Feel free to ask more, if you have any specific queries.
if this is your 1st ever trip to Thailand and only for 2 weeks stay, i'd stay in Bangkok the entire time if i was you
there is a TON of stuff to do here, nightlife, temples, restaurants, tours, Kao San Road, Nana Plaza, Wat Po, Wat Traimit, Golden Buddha, Soi Cowboy, Soi 11, Soi 33, shopping: MBK Centre, Siam Paragon, i could go on for days (maybe even weeks) listing more and more stuff to do here lol
well, good luck and have fun Jayne
Jayne, I can suggest following:
- arrive to Bangkok, fly to ChiangMai. Get trip on North Thailand for 3-4 days.
- fly to Bangkok, move to the islands/beaches. Relax. 5-6 days.
- return to Bangkok, visit famous places and take 1-day trip to Auythaya or BangPaIn+Lopburi
- return home
I suggest to visit KohTao + Koh Phangan + Koh Samui. You can get overnight train from Bangkok to Chumphon + boat.
Other option - fly from Bangkok to Phuket, visit Phi-Phi, Pha Nga bay etc.
Yet another "beach" options: Koh Chang or Huahin/ChaAm
Also you can travel from North (Chiang Mai) to Bangkok by train. In this case you can do stopover and see several places.
Overland traveling in Thailand is more interesting but need more time.
I am new to this but have some knowledge of LOS and some views to share. Please do not try to spend two weeks in Bangkok as has been suggested. Especially, as a single 28 year old female, do not look on Nana Plaza, Soi Cowboy as the sort of place that you would want to linger in. The attractions of Thai beaches, islands and hill country areas are so well documented that you will know about those. I would add Kachanaburi (nice and close to BKK) with lots to do and a good backpacker community to mix with and Nong khai (near to Laos) with home stay potential, sculpture park and the Mekhong River nearby as two worthwhile destinations which are more towns than cities if that is your preference. I have not been to Mae Hong Song but I have visited Mae Sariang. It's enchanting with many of the same options for meeting tribes etc. Enough for now. Good luck.
Thanks guys, I really appreciate your imput. Obviously I want to feel as safe as possible travelling on my own.
I'm not one for beaches for a whole 2 weeks so will definitely need some other things to do as well as relaxing!
I've got lots to research into now which is great!!
If you dont fancy the beaches that great a deal, then Phuket, Samui, PhiPhi would probably be too far for you unless you would like to fly. There are budget airlines traveling in and out of Thailand at real affordable rates. Personally I love PhiPhi island. Its a small town easily covered by foot in 30 mins. Phuket is a little too congested for my liking.
Koh Samet is another good choice. If I dont remember wrongly, its around 5 ++ hours away from bangkok by bus and ferry. Take the local ferry (50 bht when i was there ) unless you don't mind paying more to travel by speedboat. Basically beaches and seafood.
Koh Samet waters are also clearer than Ko Chang when I was there.
Kanchanaburi is another destination that I remembered fondly.
If you are feeling adventurous, go tackle the Erawan falls (i think). Basically waterfalls and more waterfalls to trek up and it could get real slippery at times. The food there is to die for. There is an apple restaurant featured in lonely planet that makes delicious pancakes and they even offer cooking lessons.
Couple of hours away from Bkk and the accommodation is really affordable there as well.
Hope that helps.