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1. Posted by dariavE (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y

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Hi everyone,

My fiancee will be married at the end of the year, and have decided to go to Thailand for our honeymoon. We'll be there from Dec. 27 to Jan. 13 from London, and we've got no agenda.

If anyone can help with advice on the following, it would be greatly appreciated:

1- What is Bangkok like on New Year's?

2- What is Krabi like on New Year's?

3- What are the main differences between Krabi and Phuket? I am leaning towards spending more time in Krabi, but I am not finding biased info on this area. Is accessibility to Phi Phi better from Krabi? Is it less commercialized than Phuket? Are the beaches nicer? Is it more secluded? A little romantic even?

4- Is it outrageous to try and make it to Chiang Mai also with only 18 days of travel?

This is a rough estimate...

Bangkok-Krabi-Chiang Mai-Bangkok

Is this pheasible without being completely exhausted?

Any advice on a route?

We would like to maximize our time to relax, beach, scuba, eat and admire...

Thank you so much!!

Regards

Daria vE

2. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 12y

1- What is Bangkok like on New Year's?

It's the best time of the year. Weather is nice, not too hot. Many light-decorations during the night (but I am not sure about this year when the gas price tuen to be like this). And for the weather is nice, people are delightful.

2- What is Krabi like on New Year's?

Krabi is also nice, slight chances of rain, but not that much.

3- What are the main differences between Krabi and Phuket? I am leaning towards spending more time in Krabi, but I am not finding biased info on this area. Is accessibility to Phi Phi better from Krabi? Is it less commercialized than Phuket? Are the beaches nicer? Is it more secluded? A little romantic even?

I personally prefer Krabi, because I don't feel like being in Thailand anymore when I am in Phuket or Phi Phi, both in terms of prices and people. Also I think, there are more tourists than local people in Phuket.

Well.. Krabi is also touristy, but still far behind Phuket or Phi Phi. The beaches, sea, isle and mountains in Krabi are unique.

4- Is it outrageous to try and make it to Chiang Mai also with only 18 days of travel?

December to January is the time people head to the north of Thailand the weather is perfect and flowers are blooming.

"Bangkok-Krabi-Chiang Mai-Bangkok" sounds good !! Make sure you spend some time in some quiet mountainous resort in Chiangmai so that you don't forget that the trip is for "Honeymoon.";)

Enjoy!
Chada

3. Posted by meowpok (Full Member 44 posts) 12y

Hi!

As for Chiangmai, heard that the Lana Thai villas are very nice for honeymoon. If you don't have the budget for the Regent Chiang Mai, these villas share the luxurious facilities and wonderful location. But I have not been personally..its hear say. Check it out!

4. Posted by dariavE (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y

Hey everyone- Thanks so much for this!! I forget sometimes how nice it is to share travel advice and experience about a place that someone loves so much.

I will definitely look into the Lana Thai villas and the Regent for our stay up north.

It's also been recommended going to Kho Samui, Nong Khai and Vientiane- what are these places like? I'm trying to get a feel for the size of Thailand and how efficient modes of transportation are from getting to the north to the south- any advice?

Are there more undeveloped treasures in Thailand that someone recommends? Everyone talks about Chaing Mai- is there an alternative that is just as beautiful but less commercialized?

Thanks!

daria

5. Posted by meowpok (Full Member 44 posts) 12y

Hi Daria!

Am not an expert in Thailand... but have been travelling there a few times, so take my advice with a pinch of salt!

But, Koh Samui is just about as touristy as Phuket actually... and I think Koh Samui is rainy around December. But there is a new luxury resort coming up there...www.salasamui.com, check it out, looks nice!

Also, for lana thai in Chiang Mai, this website is good...http://www.asiahotels.com/traveltales/Reviews/Lana_Thai_Villa/

To be honest, Thailand transport is not fantastic from N-S if you are short on time...pls feel free to correct me (anyone out there), but I had troubles fitting several places into my tight deadline the last time I was there if I don't fly....which turned out quite expensive...

It would be nice if anyone can recommend an efficient mode of transport for a short trip for my next trip!

Hope u have fun planning your honeymoon!!!

xx
Karen

6. Posted by spanna76 (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y

Hi there

I've just returned from a four week trip through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

As far as travelling within Thailand goes, we found the rail system to be quite efficient and extremely economical (not sure what your budget constraints are). We took a first class overnight sleeper from Bangkok to Chiang Mai which cost about $30USD per person. The sleeper was comfortable, although if you or your fiance are tall you might find leg room a bit of an issue!!

We also flew domestically in Thailand with Bangkok Air. If you jump on their website, they have a lot of specials for domestic flights. Although it is currently the low season, so not sure how prices will change as you'll be travelling during the high season.

In response to your question about Phuket or Krabi?? Having been to both I'd say without a doubt you should go to Krabi. There are still a lot of tourists there, but it still feels like Thailand. I felt, when we were in Phuket, that we could have been anywhere in the world. It's a place that caters purely to the western tourist. And really, who can go past the limestone cliffs of Krabi? We spent a week relaxing on West Railey Beach, which is only accessible via long tail boat, and left completely relaxed and reinvigorated!!

That's enough from me! If you want any advice on Chiang Mai or further afield in Laos or Cambodia, let me know. If not, have an awesome honeymoon!!:)

Spanna76

7. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 12y

Talking about transportations, I have some suggestions.

Now there are more low-cost airlines in Thailand. It becomes more comfortable to plan your trip. For those low-cost airlines, you don't have to book or get tickets in advance. You just go there at the domestic terminal, get the ticket and get on the plane. Well, if you want tickets to be issued to you in advance, so that you can be sure that you get the seat, you have to pay a bit higher. They are almost similar prices to train travel, but you save 9 hours at least.

http://www.airasia.com/index.htm
http://www.nokair.co.th
http://www.onetwo-go.com/main.html

By the way, it's better to "travel light" with these law cost airline. I think don't take any big check-in baggage. Just hand-carry will be allowed, or you have to pay extra for loading biggie staffs.

8. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 12y

I just found something that might be interesting for you:

http://www.honeymoonthailand.com/

Chada

9. Posted by dariavE (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y

Thanks so much, i'm going to look through these sites right now and get back to y'all.

D

10. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 12y

We have been to Thailand three times and would most certainly suggest you go to Chaing Mai and when you are there take a three day trip into the hill-tribes country, you will stay in native villages at night and have an elephant trek and river raft, at that time of the year the water level is low so the rafting is quite gentle and good fun. A real experience of Thai culture.
In Chaing Mai go to the Institute of Thai Massage on Morakot Road and experience a real Thai massage, this is not massage as we know it.
The night markets in Chaing Mai are unbelievable.
One major piece of advice, travel very light, you will be able to purchase clothes, made to measure from Thai silk - linen etc and so many things at bargain prices.
If you want more detailed information please get back to me.
Have you made plans to book through a specific travel agents, there have been some threads here recently about help from travel agent, we used travelbag to organise all of our visit.
Have you considered a Round-The-World ticket which doesn't cost much more and allows stop offs at a number of places.
We did USA, 2 days in LA, Fiji 1 week in Hideaway Resort, New Zealand 1 week in North Island and 1 week in South Island, Australia 1 week in Cairns, Bali 1 week, Thailand 2 weeks and homein an 8 week trip including travel times.

Look forward to a wonderful honeymoon whatever you do.

Bob Flinn