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1. Posted by thomer (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


i will travel around in thailand for 6 weeks. but i'm not sure what is more interresting, the north or the south. i know both sides of the country are great. in the beginning i wanted to travel to the north-east and then to laos, there in a boat on the mekong river to luang phabang. from there fly to vientiane and back to thailand, down to the eastcoast and then back to bankok.
but now i heard so many nice things about the south... and of corse the coast and all the beaches are so tempting :S
what shall i do?
i will be there from the middel of june to the start of august that i will be there. so does anybody know where its best in that time?
if you dont know, then maybe you can give me some nice tips where to go (both north and south)



2. Posted by coolLew (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Sawasdee Thobadan, From reading your travel plans it seems to me you know what you want to do and where to go. I was on Phuket for 6 months last year from April/Oct in Kamala/Patong area. First of Oct I went to Pattaya for 2 months. I left Thailand just before the Tsunami hit. I enjoyed both places very much, Bangkok is interesting but once you've been to less expensive areas in Thailand it looses it's appeal. My brother has a bar/returant in Kamala and says that the area has recouvered from the tsunami, so you'd enjoy Phuket if you're a beach inclined type. Lots to do on Phuket besides beaches by the way. I perfered Pattaya over Phuket, beach is nicer and Pattaya is big enough that you can get away from the tourist crowd anytime you want. In my 8 month stay I met lots of ex-pat long time residents of Thailand and heard nothing but good reports about all areas of Thailand, especially up north where it's cheaper and cooler than the south, I plan on a Northern visit when I go back for 8 months in Oct. I think you would be wise to stick to your own plans but be flexable enough that once you get there you can go where the breeze takes you, from my stay in Thailand no matter where you end up you'll have a good time. Your time of visit is suppose to be the rainy season, but when I was there last year at the same time I didn't think it rained that much and certainly didn't interfer with my stay, just get an umbrella. OK have a great trip!! P.S. if you're living in Denmark check out flights to Cuba, almost as cheap as Thailand, but the chicas are hotter. Lew

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

6 weeks is enough to cover all.
myself I always prefer mountains over beaches

4. Posted by chorpet (Inactive 110 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

June is rainy season in Thailand. So, it's better that you enjoy trekking in the north. Whitewaterrafting is also interesting.

In the south, esp Andaman coast, it's a bit dangerous coz it's monsoon period. You could enjoy only beaching but cannot see best view of coral reefs. But accommodation is quite cheap during low season.

5. Posted by allthai (Full Member 88 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Thobadan,

The North of Thailand is by far more interesting than the South. The Islands are geared more for tourists so unlike North Thailand experiencing the real Thai culture is difficult.

Amidst the rolling foot hills of the Himalayan Mountains some 800 kilometers north of Bangkok is the culturally rich city of Chiangmai, the longest continuously lived in settlement from the ancient days of Siam. Founded in 1296 AD it was isolated from Bangkok and could only be reached by an arduous river journey or an elephant back trip until the 1920's. Such isolation has helped keep Chiangmai's distinctive charm intact up to the present day.

Inside Chiangmai's remaining city wall and moat are more then 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality in 1296. Doi Suthep temple which is on the mountaintop at 3500 feet above and overlooking the city is a shrine to both Thai and foreign visitors. These Temples are a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan, and Lanna Thai styles decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree.

Chiangmai is not only the home of culture, charm and hospitality but adventure as well. Elephant riding, trekking, hiking, bird watching, rafting, camping and long tail boat riding are all very popular activities. Orchids, butterflies, and exotic birds,plants and fauna will surround you. Friendly hill tribe people greet you. Waterfalls and spectacular mountain top vistas will dazzle you.This is the best way to enjoy the unique natural beauty of the north Thailand country side and it's people.

As countless travelers have discovered, Chiangmai's many attractions enthrall, delight, and capture your imagination. To visit this northern city just once is to remain forever enchanted.

6. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I just got back from the eastern Gulf coast (just getting into monsoon season), and while we did get a lot of rain, it was really just in compact periods, not all day. It came down pretty hard, though! With six weeks, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to do north and south. Just keep in mind that it's a good 10-11 hour bus ride to southern Thailand from Bangkok, and almost as long from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. To get to Trat/Laem Ngop, which is where the ferries are that take you out to Koh Chang (beautiful, if somewhat overdeveloped in some parts), it's only a five-hour bus ride from the Ekkamai bus terminal. Bangkok is a blast, but make sure you bring pants that come down only to about mid-calf or can easily be hiked up, and wear sturdy sandals that are good for walking through lots of water.