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1. Posted by Molly Muld (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

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Arriving in Bangkok on 23 Sept and leave on 1 October. We have 7 full days in all. We will be celebrating my husband's 60th birthday there (we are doing our 'gap' year stuff' 40 years after we should have done)!!

Intend to spend a few days in Bangkok - what MUST we see and what can we miss. I saw a dravel documentary recently which featured an overnight trip on an the river. Any comments anyone?

Then we aren't sure what to do -? fly to Phuket or Kao Samui for a few days or elsehwere. I suppose we want to balance just chilling and ejoying with fleeing about seeing the sights!!

Also worried about it being monsoon season. Are we just likely to get rained off everything?

Cheers

Molly

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 8y

Molly, well done on taking the plunge. We did it in our thirties and intend to do it again!
Thailand will be wet at times during this period, but not necessarily all day - you just might get an hour or two of downpour and then it'll be hot again. So just carry a thin waterproof to get you through it and enjoy.
Phuket or Koh Samui probably depends on how busy you want to be!

3. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 8y

Bangkok is a lovely city. I absolutely love it! And, you've got plenty of time to see it all. Make sure you get to Chatachuk weekend market. It is in the north of the city and is an absolutely huge market selling everything from tropical fish to flip flops to carved buddha statues to furniture. If you are into shopping, Siam Square and MBK are great. Siam Square is more upmarket, MBK is cheap. China town is great to wander around. The Grand Palace is a must see (ensure you 'cover up' when you go here, otherwise they will not let you in). Night time- Lamphini Stadium has an excellent night market and there is a huge stage there where you can watch the hottest thai bands perform while sitting down with a few beers. Sukhamvit is where the more upmarket bars and restaurants are but if you're on a budget, Khao san Road / soi rambruttri is atmospheric at night (and an experience in itself!). Patpong also has a good night market and is where most of the infamous 'gogo' bars are. Other things to do in Bangkok.... see a thai boxing match, head up to the revolving restaurant (can't remember exactly where it is, near victory monument, I believe), cinema is also an experience having to stand for the national anthem, floating market...

In terms of weather, it will be the tail end of the monsoon, so won't be too bad, but will still be quite humid (I was there this time two years ago - it wasn't really beach weather as such, but still nice to sit in beachside cafes and chill out). You can get really cheap flights last minute to Samui/Krabi/Chiang Mai once there (Air Asia!). Have fun!

4. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 8y

You can also visit ancient capital of Thailand, Ayuthaya which you MUST see when you are in Thailand. Just probably 45 minutes by minivan from Bangkok. Try Damnoen Saduak or the Floating Market in Ratchaburi. Experience the Venice of the East. Other than that, try Kanchanaburi for River Kwaii and the Death Railway.

5. Posted by lodesafun (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

Kanchanaburi--
Cheap, Peaceful, Comfortable, Variety of things to do Including the Bridge over the river Kwai, Bit of history there, Lest we forget.
Google it and check it out. Can be a day trip or 1-2 Days. Helps the budget a bit.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 8y

Quoting Molly Muld

Arriving in Bangkok on 23 Sept and leave on 1 October. We have 7 full days in all. We will be celebrating my husband's 60th birthday there (we are doing our 'gap' year stuff' 40 years after we should have done)!!

Intend to spend a few days in Bangkok - what MUST we see and what can we miss. I saw a dravel documentary recently which featured an overnight trip on an the river. Any comments anyone?

Then we aren't sure what to do -? fly to Phuket or Kao Samui for a few days or elsehwere. I suppose we want to balance just chilling and ejoying with fleeing about seeing the sights!!

Also worried about it being monsoon season. Are we just likely to get rained off everything?

Cheers

Molly

Unless you are really into beaches why not visit Chiang Mai instead??

Beaches are beaches, you probably have some in your own country. When you visit Chiang Mai you can see a lot of what makes Thailand unique! Long Neck Women, tour to the Golden Triangle and hill tribes, elephants, night market, etc.

Things to see and do in Chiang Mai.

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2769001-chiang_mai_things_to_do-i

For both Bangkok and Chiang Mai if you want organized tours all you have to do is find the nearest travel agency and they will have a menu selection of popular tourist destinations. These tours are local and out of the city. From Bangkok the "Bridge on the River Kwai" tour is pretty neat if you like WWII history.

You will probably have some rain every now and then. The rain usually doesn't last too long and the sun comes out again. The rain does not fall everywhere in Thailand at the same time. Often the rain falls when you are sleeping. You can get an umbrella in Bangkok. Millions of travelers still come to Thailand during the rainy season.

Have a good trip.

7. Posted by riverine (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

I am personally a huge fan of exploring places around bangkok. Some of these have been mentioned, but here are my thoughts:

1) kanchanaburi - only an hour from BKK, great stuff to see. bridge over the river kwai, ww2 memorial, and the tiger temple just outside where you can go play with tigers domesticated by buddhist monks!

2) ayuthhaya - again just an hour from bkk. phenomenal temples, probably the best ive seen after angkor. i spent 2 days there and loved it.

BKK itself - the above posts are pretty thorough, but let me give you some of my favourites: sanam luam night market and beer gardens in Lumphini, fancy movie watching in Siam Square cinema, crossing the chao phraya river to explore the other side of Bangkok, exploring khao san road and ratanakosin, watching a kick-boxing match in lumphini stadium...