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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Ok so lve been to Thailand before but this time we want to be a bit more adventurous, we should hopefully be going 31st Oct until 18th Nov (lm hoping we are going to miss the worst of monsoon weather which l experienced in Phuket the last time we were there!)

So spend 5 nights in BKK - love that city but having seen the Royal Palace, Wat Po, Patpong, River boat ride - l want to try floating market and am ensuring going to be there over a weekend to visit the Weekend Market - anything else we should do in Bangkok - Wat Arun?

After Bangkok - we are going north up to Chiang Mai - l want to visit the elephant home - where you have to pre book and you get to spend the day helping out and getting in and washing the elephants - but what else - hope to spend about 4 days in Chiang Mai.

Then we should flying down to the islands - not definate as to which one (which has the most to do - l dont mind a day hanging at the beach but l like to see a bit!) which island would be the best mid Nov - would like to at least spend a day snorkelling (or maybe doing some diving or at least learning total novice though!) should have around 5 or 6 days there before having to head back home to UK.

All reccommendations gratefully accepted!



2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Purdy,

in Chang Mai you will notice easily that everywhere they offer 2 to 3-day hiking tours combined with other activities (bamboo rafting, elephant riding, visiting a "hilltribe") to the surrounding area. I went on a 3-day one in the north east and did have a really good time. Our guide was a local and apart from the fact that he told us loads about the history of the place, he also cooked some traditional food for us which was pretty cool.
I didn't have the time but many people I know went from Chang Mai to the little village Pai in the Northeast, to hang out and chill there for a day or two. Everybody seems to love it and I've been told it is like Australia's Byron Bay of Thailand.
As for diving/snorkelling I'd say a good spot for a cheap intro dive is definetely Ko Tao, there's lots to see around there as well. My favourite place for diving though was Similian Islands on the Andaman coast, it was absolutely magic there. My friend who only went snorkeling there said similar things about his experience. It's a bit hard to get to, but for sure one of my favourite places in Thailand.
If you need any info about accomodation, send me a pm anytime ;).


3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I'm sure someone will have something to say on this but I found that there isn't actually that much to do on the Islands except hire mopeds/crossers, snorkel/scuba dive (Ko Tao national park) and partttaaaay...I'd say get a ped and just baz about the place for a couple of days theres some top little roads out there. I also reccomend getting on one of the boats that takes you out round the island with food and stuff included, its so relaxing and really gorgeous! If you can catch a full moon party do it!

have fun mate!


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5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

there isn't actually that much to do on the Islands

Ummm, isn't that the whole point of being on an island??

6. Posted by M.A. (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When I was in Chiang Mai, we did a day trip up to the Golden Triangle where you get to see the point where Thailand, Laos and Burma all meet. On the same trip we visited some traditional villages including the Long Neck hilltribe which was cool. Everything is really easy to book. Every hotel seems to have a travel agency attached to it.

I had a blast just chilling on Phi Phi Island. We stayed on Long Beach and pretty much had the beach there to ourselves everyday.

I'm so jealous, Thailand is incredible!!!!

7. Posted by nicolson (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yes, thailand is incredible indeed!

8. Posted by jsimmo (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Chiang Mai was very nice. We took numerous tours, one up to the 'Golden Triangle' , which included a boat ride along the Mekong River, it also allowed us to actually 'get off' on Laos and look at the shops! We also visited an Elephant camp for shows and riding ect.. Then we headed off to the Karen Long Neck Tribe, very, very nice.
After Chiang Mai we flew down to Koh Samui.

I would suggest going to Koh Samui over Phuket because it is alot quiter (even though it is starting to build up).
There are alot of islands off Koh Samui, so if you ever get sick of Koh Samui then I suggest you can catch a ferry to KOH TAO or KOH NANGYUAN!!
KOH NANGYUAN, this was the highlight of our entire journey. (Koh Nangyuan is just off Koh Tao). So a ferry ride from Koh Samui to Koh Tao and then onto Koh Samui is the way you would get there.
There is only one resort on Koh Nangyuan, the rates are okay, they vary significantly because some 'shacks/bungalows' don't have power, hot showers etc. We didn't actually stay at the resort but we should have.
If you have an extra few days MAKE SURE you go to this island, it will blow you away. Google it and you will see what I am talking about. (We snorkled 2 - 5 meters out from the sand in water that looked like it was 1 meter deep but it was actually 10 - 20 meters deep, there were sea turtles and all sorts of fish.
I would imagine about 3 days on Koh Nangyuan would be long enough because it is only small with nothing much to do other than snorkeling or hanging out at the ONLY restaurant bar. You can do a few walks up the mountain which gives you an ABSOLUTE AMAZING view of the island.
Koh Nangyuan is actually TWO islands connected by a sandbar, the islands are identical. To see what I mean check out photos on Google by searching: 'Koh Nangyuan'.

I would suggest this itinerary:

Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Koh Samui (4 days) - Koh Nangyuan (3 days)


9. Posted by jsimmo (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!