I am planning a trip to Thailand in July. I am Planning the trip on my own and would love help! My mom 65, brother and his wive 30's and myself a young 50. do not want the beach or party scene. Can anyone help ? Do you think we should just do Thailand?
I don't want to be rushed. What about shopping? Ship or not ship?
Day trips from one location? We are all active and adventurous. No hostels. We want to stay in a moderate budget. We hate tours. What's a sleeper bus? I need an itinerary.
Thanks for any help!
I'd suggest you pick a few cities - Bangkok, Chiang Mai etc. - and explore them. Then you have the luxury of good hotels, but lots to see and do.
You probably won't want to do Phuket, as it's mainly beach and/or party, but for what it's worth, the sleeper train down from Bangkok to Surat Thani was very good, clean etc.
Maybe you can visit Mae Salong in Chiang Rai province which is famous for its oolong tea.
I think Chiang Mai would be fantastic for you guys. There are alot of moderate hotels and the ambiance is that of a small town. For the ladies; if they're keen; they an try on thai-cooking classes;where they'd bring you out to the local market to shop for the ingredients and then learn to cook them and eat them in a thai home. They can get their hands on spring rolls and tom yum. There's an abundance of night markets for the shopper; all within walking distance from the town centers.
You can also take day trips out to Tribal Villages (Although, I do have to say, they're rather touristy-for the real Mc-Coy you need to subject yourselves to a bit of trekking); Elephant sactuaries, kayaking and rafting.
If you prefer something more laid back, then you can wander Chiang Mai itself for it has numerous UNESCO quality temples and museums.
Bangkok is fine, too. But a little for smoke (from the huge traffic jams) and things can get a little hectic, for me anyway. Great for shopping though and the food there is to die for too!