We're heading to Thailand this year in November for 3 weeks.
We already thought about a route and would like to have any experienced opinions.
-3 days Bangkok
then by bus to
- Kanchanaburi (1-2 days)
then by bus to
-Ayutthaya (1 day)
from there by train to
-Khao Yai (2 days trekking or mountainbiking)
back to Ayutthaya and by nighttrain to
- Chiang Mai (2-3 days and 2-3 days Pai)
after that by plane
-Phuket (4-5 days island-hopping and relaxing)
then by plane
-Kuala Lumpur (2 days)
from there back home.
Would you say this trip is too stressy or rather doable?
And how about the transfer from Chiang Mai to Phuket and Phuket to Kuala Lumpur? Is it really worth it to take the train especially for landscape or should we rather take the plane to save time??
What sights must be seen?
Can we leave one or two points on our trip?
Any suggestions about nice calm islands around Phuket?
Does anyone know a good hotel in bangkok (max.3000bht per person and night) in a nice area?
That should be enough questions at first. I'm sure there will come more soon :)
Thanks in advance for all your answers!
I've been to Thailand many times, and I'd have to suggest you perhaps try to do a bit less: that's a lot of travelling you have on there.
It might be worth trying to decide what sort of trip you are after: culture? adventure? beaches? In my view its hard to do all in a few short weeks.
My personal favourite area is way up in the North East near Nan around the border of Laos, but this takes time. Great trekking around here but an easier area to get to is around My Hon Son on the border with Burma.
If you've never been before, Bangkok is still a wonderful city to explore - plenty of temples and night markets for your senses to explore.
Personally I think the lustre of the southern islands wore off many many years ago, but that's just my opinion. If this sounds exciting and attractive to you then head south: http://gu.com/p/2jebf/ip
A wonderful country, people and culture though.
enjoy your trip about 10 years ago
You might also check out these classic itineraries suggested by Lonely Planet:
http://adventures.worldnomads.com/destination/211/itinerary/38/Thailand/Isan-Special.aspx about 10 years ago
I've taken overnight trains from Chumphon-Bangkok and Bangkok-Chiang Mai and they are a brilliant way to travel, get the 2nd class sleeper seats (or first class). Tickets are cheap and it saves you a night's accommodation, it's easy and safe. And yep, you do get to see a lot of interesting scenery.
Bangkok - we stayed at the Bangkok Loft Inn. Great value, new, nice quiet area with markets near, 5 mins walk to a BTS station.
Phuket Islands - Tenta Nakara is simply amazing, calm, fantastic food, and a bit different. I highly recommend it!
agoda.com is a great site for booking accomm - cheapest, has lots of reviews. about 10 years agoAnswered by Bri via Travellr.com
Actually, if I was to return to Thailand any time soon, I'd visit this off-the-beaten track place: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2010/sep/18/thailand-isaan-region-walking-mekong about 10 years ago
Wow, that's an awful lot of travelling for your first time there.
In Bangkok, I stayed in a 2 bed apartment with these http://www.centrepoint.com/ which was located at the Lang Suan which was easily walkable to the sky train - although they happily provided a free tuk-tuk to drop you off. Place was clean, tidy, rooms were fantastic and the price was good and included breakfast. about 10 years ago
Your plan sounds great. But agree with Sam and Original Nomad, it is rather a lot of travel. One of the things most worth experiencing here is the Thai people. Maybe consider slowing down a bit so you can experience some of the culture. about 9 years ago