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Thailand 15 full days what to do and see most efficently :)

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1. Posted by Karenxxx (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

:)Hi guys :)

Myself and my boyf plus another couple are making our first trip to thailand in July :)
We have from the 16th july till the 2nd of August which really means 15 full days excluding flights.
We planned on flying into bangkok spending a short amount of time there, going up chiang mai, then down to koh samui and koh phangan for short stays in each, perhaps phuket also and then fly home from bangkok again.

From looking at other posts im thinking that this may be verry optimistic :P
We mainly want to do the following:

Meet a tribe
Elephant ride
Culture
Nightlife
Jungle stay perhaps

Any thoughts or ideas on this would be sooo helpful :)

Thank you!!:):):)

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3. Posted by Famousmr (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y

Sounds like a good plan and with the time you have I think it is possible. To save some time you might consider flying to Chiang Mai and from Chiang Mai down south. Air Asia often has good deals on flights to Chianbg Mai, that might save you some money.

To get from Chiang Mai down South you can fly directly to Koh Samui with Bangkok Airways. If you're on a budget you can also fly to Surat Thani with Air Asia and take a ferry to the Koh Samui. It takes a bit more time, but the ferry is also a nice experience.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Apr-2012, at 21:09 by Famousmr ]

4. Posted by Famousmr (Budding Member 5 posts) 4y

Meeting a tribe and elephant riding can be done in a one day tour in Chiang Mai.

The Nightlife can be found on Koh Samui or Phuket. If you just want to enjoy some nice beaches I would spent my time in Samui and Phangan and skip Phuket.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Apr-2012, at 21:09 by Famousmr ]

5. Posted by Stevewilloughby (Budding Member 23 posts) 4y

Skip phuket theres much better places eg lanta or phi phi

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 4y

Karen,
You can get most of your list done in Chiang Mai (CM) or Chiang Rai (CR). Do some research on trekking. Fewer people in CR so perhaps a better experience. CM has nightlife as well. Strolling the CM Night Market is almost required!

I did a quick search and only one out of 12 daily flights on BKK Air is non stop. $250 one way: CNX-USM. The rest go to BKK first. Of course the cheapest option is overnight bus to BKK, spend the day sightseeing in BKK and then overnight bus to Surat Thani, ferry to Samui. Or Air Asia CNX-BKK, then BKK-URT, ferry over to Samui.

I agree with the above post. Forget Phuket, you will have enough beach with Samui & Phangan. Good luck.

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8. Posted by jaatravel (Inactive 8 posts) 4y

Bangkok - Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai - and Phuket/Samui/Phang Ngan are very dynamic.

Bkk u get night life, culture, temples, food, shopping.

CM/CR u get non-metropolitan culture with the elephants n' all

Phuket/samui/phang ngan - pretty much beach/party areas - all 3 places are pretty expensive - especially samui and phang ngan bcos they are not attached to the mainland and everything sold on the island is more expensive.

Phuket is actually nice if you stay in secluded areas/resorts - unless you want nightlife - which means Karon beach or Patong beach areas.

Try searching online for places to go as well - from thai forums or thai facebook fanpages about traveling.

I have a useful one i use - it's a fanpage on facebook that ppl post pictures of traveling around thailand with chang beer - pretty interesting and fun - search "live like you mean it" on facebook or "chang beer"

goodluck !