I was born in Thailand and lived there for ummm....30 something years :-)
Now live in Long Beach, California.
If anyone has questions about Thailand...just ask...
I used to work as a sales manager in some 5 stars hotels in BKK and deal with travel agency too.
feel free to ask...will answer if I can.
Hi Mod. First of all welcome to travellerspoint. Good to have a Thailand travel specialist among us
Khob Khun Kha. (Thank You)
Hi, welcome to the forum. I'm actually planning a trip to Thailand at the end of March so if you have any tips, they would be useful.
Currently, we're planning to fly into Bangkok, spend a few nights in Chiang Mai and then head down South to the islands, not sure which ones to visit though - do you have any advice? We're more into culture and relaxing than mad parties, if that helps...
Thanks for the warm welcome.
For Bangkok, there is nothing much for relaxing but massage. One place I like name "Health Land", there have quite many locations. It's good, real massage and reasonable price. I used to have bad bad migraine and went there, after 2 hours head and neck massage. It was gone. But if you want real local without fancy services, Wat Pho massage is the best!
I suggested go up north to Chiang Mai by plane since it's a lot faster and inexpensive. Some people wants to travel up there by overnight train, it's good too but you won't see the beautiful scenery at all since it's night time. Moreover, do not expect luxury mattress or toilet on the train. But there are one place call "Pai" not so far from Chiang Rai...now it's very popular among domestic tourists since it's still fresh, no fancy restaurants and shops. But you have to fly to Chiang Rai and take a bus or van there. Otherwise, you won't disappoint by Chiang Mai by it's culture and people.
Southern islands, I suggested Pa-ngan or Krabi. But if you go to Phuket, there is Khao Luk where was completely destroyed by Tsunami 3 years ago, I think nature is beautiful there and quiet...absolutely nice.
Let me know if you wanna know something else or questions.