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1. Posted by spacecake (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


I'm travelling to Thailand for 3 weeks in January. It's a very last minute trip so I haven't had much of a chance to prepare. I've been through some rough guide/lonely planet guide books but because everywhere looks SO fantastic I'm having trouble working out a realistic itinery.

I'd like to see the beauty spots - national/marine parks, laze on beaches, kayak, walking, snorkeling, boat trips and meet lots of lovely people to socialise with - but I'm not looking for a heavy party scene and would like to avoid places that are overdeveloped/trashy/big tourist resorts (i.e. phuket/Ko Samui) and prostitution hotspots (if possible - it'll just upset me).

I tend to be one for finding a nice spot and staying there but in a country so beautiful, I dont want to get lazy so I have put together a rough plan of action...but now I'm thinking this is so rushed I'll never have a chance to stop and take it all in ...

1-3 Bangkok - sights, shopping, bike ride
4-6 EITHER fly to Chang Mai OR travel to Kanchaburi and see some national parks from there as it is closer, OR just go straight down south. Any suggestions?
7- 19 free for andaman coast - I'd really like to see Phang Nga, Khoa Lak, Ko Taruntao...and a million other island chains here. Which ones are worth saving for day trips and which places make the best base to travel from?

7 - Fly to Ranong - head towards Khoa sok
8 - khao sok national park - overnight floating raft house?
9-11 Ao phrang Nga area
12 - Krabi/Ralay beach
13/14 - Ko Phi Phi Le
15/16 Trang - Day trip trang islands
17/19 Ko Taruntao Marine Park (stay ko lipe?)
20 fly back to bangkok early
21 fly home

Would i be rushing too fast to fit all this in?
Would it be better to stay for longer on the islands?

any suggestions would be really valuable.


2. Posted by nin_hydrin (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Spacecake

I have some suggestion that may help you.

In Bkk, I have never heard we can bike for travelling because traffic is really bad and dangerous. One place that I suggest you to bike is Ayutthaya province. This province is far from Bkk around 2 h by train. Train fee is around 20-40 baht. Not far from the Ayutthaya railway station, there are bike rental shop. The price around 40 baht/day/bike. This can be one-day trip.

Every places in your choice sound good. What about if you go both Chaing-mai where is in the north and South, just choose. But one thing, I think Taruntao island is far. Is it in Satul (Satun province)? If you want some place where nearer than Taruntao, I suggest Similan and Surin islands where are in Phang-nga province.

Wish you have a great---great trip

3. Posted by frank_bkk (Full Member 101 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Reads like a good itinerary.

When in Trang, don't miss the Emerald Cave with its beach inside. One of only two such natural phenonemons in the world. Amazing!

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7. Posted by susankamal (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I am going for 4 weeks in Feb, what do you think I should add? I was thinking may be take a course in meditation/thai massage/cooking? Any suggestions?