Thailand... where to go??

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1. Posted by Nici_DD (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys... heading to Thailand in Jan 09 but have no idea where to go while there... dont wanna end up going to sh*te places and miss out on great places... Any tips??

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I hear Bangkok, Chang mai and the south coast are awesome places. I all want to visit them in the upcoming years

[ Edit: Edited on May 8, 2008, at 12:59 PM by wouterrr ]

3. Posted by nzkatenz (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Try and see as much of Ayyuttaya (near Bangkok) as possible, its beautiful

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

allow a few days for Bangkok. I really enjoyed Pai which is a little town in the far North. Khao Sok national park in the south west was really cool - you can do a day trip from Phuket or stay overnight.

5. Posted by Yeah (Budding Member 67 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Depends on what you wanna see and do. Seems like bangkok is a city you either hate or love. I loved it. Temples, partys, markets, ping pong shows. Pretty intense though, most people dont spend more than three days. I spent a week and enjoyed every minute, but it felt good to escape to some quiter places after that.

Chiang may is good for trekking, elephant riding, rafting and that kind of stuff.
You find great beaches all over the country. Ko chang had great beaches. Koh tao has great diving. Full moon party in koh phangan is an experience. Amazing party. Still got a hedonistic and alternative vibe. Selling magic mushrooms over the bar desk. Getting more commercialised though. Guess we'll see a macdonalds in a couple of years.

6. Posted by Nici_DD (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys thanks so much for all the advice!! Just wish I was there already!! Enjoy any trips ye take!!!:)

7. Posted by jokar (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

The south beaches are pretty good, try to avoid the more commercialized islands like phuket and koh samui if you can, and get to koh phi phi, koh chang or koh phangan, where the beaches are more beautiful.

In the north, there is Chiang Mai and Pai, but you may wanna try the "Northern Circuit", whic also consists of Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang, Mae Sot (where you can cross into the Burmese border town of Myawaddy). These are all small towns, which have different characteristics to them even though they are pretty close to each other. The travel methods too, can be pretty interesting and exciting, especially from Mae Sariang to Mae Sot.

The east is good if you're looking to visit minority tribes. Although there are also minority tribes in the north, these are different from those in the east, so it depends on what you're looking for. There, you can try Nong Khai and/or Khon Kaen.

Bangkok, as the capital city, has it's pros and cons. Yeah loved it (as you can see from his/her post), but i also know of others who just really didn't like it. Nontheless, it's a good base from which you can travel around the country.

Hope this helps. :)

8. Posted by OlliOreo (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Bangkok is an awesome city! Someone mentioned Ayuthaya, I would not recommend going there if you are only in thailand for a few weeks.. yes the temples is beautiful, but thats all the city has to offer and not charming at all with a lot karaoke-bar (brothels) catering to japanese tourists.

In january there is gonna be sun every day just about whereever you go.. down to the islands koh tao, koh chang, koh samet, ko phan ngan in the gulf or koh phi phi, koh lanta in the krabi province...

Chiang mai in the north is good for trekking, mountain biking and stuff like that.. very nice if you dont wanna lay at a beach all day.. also you could go see the kanchanaburi province with the riwer kwai and some nice national parks...

If more you want a more tourist vibe (you will get that anyway).. there is koh samui or phuket.. of the 2 I would say Samui and not phuket and for god sake not Pattaya... awfull place...

I lived in Bangkok.. so if you have any question be free to send me a message...