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1. Posted by chriscoby (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

So, my friend and I finally bought our tickets to Thailand. We will be there from July 27- Aug. 4. We have not booked anything (no hotels, tours...nothing).. do you think that we should do that? Where are nice places to go? Nice as in beautiful beach, amazing scenery, animals... What are some cool things to do in Thailand? How much do you think we should plan on spending? Any place to be nice herbs? It would be amazing if someone could tell us like the best places to go, we want to go to many places... From Bangkok, what is the course to take? Yes, we could read a book about Thailand, but I'd rather hear from the people who have traveled there... So, please help a girl out. :) Any info you have to offer would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks a trillion

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Chris,
7 days in Thailand is not much time. I think you have to decide if you want beach time or see some Thai culture.

If you vote beaches, I suggest the Krabi area. It is picture postcard pretty and has many beach options closeby. Railay Beach is what you imagine a Thai beach should look like. You also have Koh Jum, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi off the coast. You also have the Phuket option if you want trekking, aninmals and beach in one spot.

I would get myself to Krabi town, go into a travel shop and have them make recommendations based on your budget. Since you are going in low season, I would book everything once there. There are dozens of small hotels & guesthouses within walking distance of downtown Krabi. Try here for an overview. I have some Krabi photos in my gallery.

If you vote for Thai culture, I suggest you fly or take an overnight bus/train up to Chiang Mai, go on a couple day trek, back to Sukhothai, perhaps stopping at the River Kwai on the way back if you have time. Either option will have you moving pretty quickly with only 7 days in country.

Good luck on your Thailand adventure.

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting vegasmike6

Chris,
7 days in Thailand is not much time. I think you have to decide if you want beach time or see some Thai culture.

If you vote for Thai culture, I suggest you fly or take an overnight bus/train up to Chiang Mai, go on a couple day trek, back to Sukhothai, perhaps stopping at the River Kwai on the way back if you have time. Either option will have you moving pretty quickly with only 7 days in country.

Good luck on your Thailand adventure.

Does that mean that the islands or the southern part lack culture? One reason, I dont want to go SOUTH, is the thought that its BANGKOK again... night markets, GO GO BARS, foot massages, spicy food, pagodas, temples and temples, tuktuks and loads of drunk white tourist. I am just being funny, I actually like this KSR scenario. PHUKET and PATTAYA, it probably has more culture than sleepy CHIANG MAI city. Why do people always say that if you want culture you head north... I think PHUKET, is BANGKOK with a beach... CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG. I Have yet to check it out myself.

4. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Well I'd support the idea that Chiang Mai is more geared towards culture.
It would be great to include it but with only 7 days I'd probably stick to trying to absorb the culture within Bangkok (as long as you can handle a little chaos!). Also consider it's in the rainy season - so I wouldn't put all my eggs in the 'laying on the tropical beach soaking in the sun' basket.

Given you've only got 7 days, I reckon 3 days in Bangkok, then maybe 4 days in either Krabi/Phuket/Koh Samui(try get a flight as you don't want to waste time on buses/trains, unless it's a sleeper). Not sure about Krabi (although I heard it's good), but at least Phuket and Koh Samui are a little bit built up with things around to do if the weather is bad.

If you can have the option to go home via Chaing Mai then you should consider staying there for 2 days (and taking 1 day off Bangkok and 1 off whatever other place), but otherwise it'd be too much moving around.

In terms of money, live pretty comfortably on $50 US per day, more if you're flying around to places - you might pay around $80-100US per flight booking at short notice with budget airlines

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting Erik85

Also consider it's in the rainy season - so I wouldn't put all my eggs in the 'laying on the tropical beach soaking in the sun' basket.

Erik,
I am really liking your 'eggs in the basket.' saying. I plan on stealing it and using it in a future post.

6. Posted by mja1906 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Chiang Mai although less commercialised than Bangkok is still touristy so one needs to venture out a bit to find the real culture. For example in Mae Hong SOn its possible to get an authentic experience and insight into people's way of lives. Its famous for its diversity of people; Thais, Shan (ethnic minority) and various hilltribes and you can see this blend of influences in the architecture, food, language etc. You'll find few foreigners in this area.
It's also extremely scenic, with lush greenlands and amazing flora and fauna.

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

My take on your questions:

1) Its ridiculously easy to find accomodation all over Thailand, so I wouldn't worry about winging it. Might help to book something in BKK for your first couple of nights, but not beyond that

2) If you have only 7 days, I would suggest staying around the vicinity of Bangkok (also keeps your costs down). BKK requires around 2-3 days in itself. Kanchanaburi is well worth a visit (bridge over the river Kwai, tiger monastery), as is Ayuthhaya, the old capital of Siam with great history and temples. Both these are an hour away from BKK by bus/train. That will leave you enough time to get some beach and sun at phuket/krabi/pattaya.

3) In terms of expenses, I'd budget for around $40-50 a day, travel and accomodation included. Yes, flights would push this up, so try to book those in advance.

Hope this is helpful!