Myself and my boyfriend are going back to Thailand at the start of September for just over two weeks. Can anybody recommend somewhere different to go that will be having nice weather - or even just something really different/interesting/fun to do! We've done three months in asia and have seen the andaman & gulf side but would love to see koh change and samet but don't think the weather will be good enough.
Also, any recommendations for Bangkok? We'll only be spending another couple of days there but is there any one thing anybody did that really stands out - we've been there 3 times and havent really done that much - except khao san road, muay thai & the grand palace etc.! we'll probably spend about 3 days here so would love some ideas to make the most of it!
Really looking for interesting things to do during the day - any ideas?
So you guys final decided on Thailand? Did you go to Wat Pho in Bangkok (thats most likely spelt wrongly!) - you can take massage lessons or just go for a massage and the reclining Budha is there, there is a snake farm too that l visited - depends l guess on how you feel about snakes!!
Where did you go on your last visit to Thailand - islands or up into the jungles? I was only in the islands and whenever l go back l want to definately go up to the Golden Triangle Changi Mai/Rai etc.
But you would best get an idea of weather as l have a feeling that monsoon may be a factor in some areas.
Im sure there are more folk on here who are better placed to advise you!
Enjoy - lm jealous!
We went to Kanchanaburi, chiang Mai & down south to the islands;koh phi phi, phuket, samui, phanghan, koh tao etc. Just loved it! That sounds great with the massage classes Ill have to look that up! We'd love to go to Koh chang, there are some great things to do and they have jungle & beaches but the weathers not right so I guess it'll have to be the andaman side
I got the train up to Ayuthuya from Bangkok for the day and rented a bike and cycled around the ancient ruins, temples, etc. up there...quite ineresting from a historical/cultural point of view, it used to be the capital of Thailand before Bangkok...Enjoy!!
Hi Clare, have you thought about visiting about Northern Thailand? there is a little town called Pai which is great, and you can do some treks round that area. it's a cool place to hang out for a few days. I also did a great Thai cooking course in chiang mai which I would recommend - send me a pm if you want the name of the place I did it at.
As for Bangkok, I thought Jim Thompson's house was interesting (it's the restored house of a former teak merchant), a trip down the klongs (canals) was really good, and also Chatuchak weekend market. I have heard that the floating market is quite good too.
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It is the rainest month. So any place may be wet you just have to hope.
Kanchanaburi is a place I often reccomend. bit west of Bangkok. Rainy weather won't affect most of the things you can do there, Cheap, Great for couples. Give it a google.
I Like to stay at soi1guesthouse in Bangkok and the Jolly Frog in Kanchanaburi.
There are also some great non-temple sights in Bangkok. I would suggest going to Sky Bar at State Tower for a cocktail and enjoy the incredible nighttime view. Some of the Thai hi-so nightclubs in Thong Lor are also a nice change of pace from Khao San road. I would suggest going to [snip] and taking a look at their recommended sights. They also provide a map, making it easy for you to put a location with easy suggested location.
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Why not stay in a different part of Bangkok instead of the Khao San Road area. My preference is the Sukhumvit Road area near the Nana Skytrain stop. However, you could stay in the Phetchaburi Road area. Lots of shopping. When I first started visiting Bangkok 12 years ago I used to stay at the Opera Hotel. The Opera is not too far from the First Hotel at 2 Phetchaburi Road, but much cheaper. From the Opera it is a short walk to the Skytrain stop at the Asia Hotel.
http://www.bts.co.th/en/mapframe.asp?s=N1&id=299&t=Hotel (Opera Hotel map reference.)
I worked on archeology projects in Phimai a couple times. Phimai is a nice laid back small town. Phimai Wat is the main attraction and the "Biggest Banyan Tree" in Thailand is another place to visit there. Phimai is about an hour from Korat. Korat isn't a bad place to visit. If you haven't been to this area before this would be a nice little trip. In Phimai there are two bus stations. One in the small town and another newer bus station on the main highway - the Phimai Inn is across the street (kitty corner) from that bus station. The Phimai Inn is a nice little hotel to stay at, every January to March they have Earthwatch volunteers stay there. Earthwatch provides the archeology volunteers for the Thailand Department of History.
Korat and Phimai can be reached pretty easy by bus travel from Bangkok. Visit Ban Prassat if you get to this area and like history.