This is the first time I am going to Thailand and am there for 10 days (travelling with a friend) - I arrive on Tuesday 19th April @ 8.20am, depart on Fri 29th April @ 1.45pm.
We would like to see a bit of Bankok and Kanchanburi (death railway etc...), then take a trip to Chaing Mai - do some hill-tribe trekking and a cooking course, then finally head to south and spends a few days (at least 4) around a set of islands - I was wither the Ko Surin group of islands or Ko Similian group of islands.
Budget isn't really too much of an issue, although not at all looking to stay in 5 star hotels etc... but would consider flying internally if it will allow us to fit more in and is cheap enough.
I'm worried that we won't have enough time to fit everything in..
Please could you give me some of your expert knowledge!
Do you think we will be able to fit our 'wants' in, or do you think this is too ambitious? If so, what parts of my itinerary would you leave out?
What set of islands should we visit? - I'm looking for somewhere a little less 'touristy' and love to be in the water - snorkling and swimming. I'd prefer to hire my own boat/kayak to explore the islands (again if cheap enough) and not be in a huge group - although not totally against this and if met other fun people
Please ask me if you would like me to clarify anything further!
Your help will be much appreciated
What I would do in your situation is do Bangkok and Kanchanaburi on the way to Chiang Mai. I think you can do a 3 day trek and cooking course then fly down to whatever island you decide to go to and fly back up to Bangkok. No, you don't have a lot of time but if you're organized and you fly everywhere you should have the time to see everything and do all that you want.
I just don't think you have enough days for everything on your agenda. I am going to drop Kanchanburi. I think that makes more sense than a 1 day cooking class, a 1 day trek or fewer days at the beach.
Day 1:get a room, and a half day sightseeing.
Day 2 Bangkok sightseeing.. I advise you to take the overnight bus up to Chiang Mai after sightseeing. You save a day and get in early am. Day 3-4, cooking class. Day 5-6, trekking. Overnight bus back to BKK after trek. Arrive BKK early am. To the airport, fly to Krabi. Day 7-8-9 at the beach. I think Railay Beach is where you want to relax, swim, paddle. Air Asia has a morning flight, but not a flight back to BKK to allows you to make your flight home. One solution is to take Thai Air KBV-BKK. More expensive, but puts you into Suvarnabhumi in plenty of time for your flight home. I was looking at Koh Kradan, but just could not work out flights, ferries, getting back to BKK w/o losing a beach day. There are beach options that are only a bus ride from BKK. Cha Am or Koh Samet are only a few hours away via bus. Much cheaper to reach and less hassles to get there and return for your flight.
I would pack light. You need a bag legal for the overhead bin, wheels and can be used as a backpack. You are going to be on/off planes, buses, ferries, taxis. Choose something easily carried. Good luck with your planning.
I will comment on Three things:
- See the main Temples complex
- Ride the Klong water Taxi $ .25 cents - 15 seconds to get on and off --
locals great fun
- Sukamvit Road - by Sky Train -- tailor made silk shirt $20 - Suit for $125.
- Flower Market Area - 2 dozen roses $ 1.25 same for Orchids
2. Ko Samui
- bus or taxi from BK to shore forgot the town
- Boat to Island
- Four Star for $ 85 with infinity pool
- fast food 3 courese meal a. pork or chicken or shrimp b. rice c. stir fry veg $ 1.25
- Main Hotel Dinners under $ 10 the works w/ drinks
- Snorkeled right off the beach with coral and many colorful fish
- Beautiful sunsets
3. Chaing Mai -
You can do ( I did ) the following in one day !!!
Elephant Park show and ride
White Elepant Temples
Gem Factory -- super prices , good gems etc
Silk Factory -- see worms, cacoons, removal, spun, dyed, woven, made , sold
University Sponsored -- Dinner show $ 8.00 6 course meal -- 8 folk shows -
Music & Dance and Costumes - very authentic
I loved it the old train through the rice fields.. mountains and rivers.
Widows slid down,, clickity clack rail cars...
Seriously I remember turning to friends and asking " Where's Bogie.
Food at the turnaround was tasty
5. Old Capitol Temples and Boat ride
take the bus up from BK ... catch the big cruise boat with Dinner on the way back
Really get to see life along the river... so fertile...
The Buddists are so wonderful..