Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 10, 2012 2:48 PM Last Post By: PhiMeow
Apr 30, 2012 3:34 PM
Thailand NewbieI'm planning a first time trip to Thailand (combined with about 2-3 days in Hong Kong). I am trying to figure out how many days I'll need in Thailand, and which cities are the best to hit, if I have limited time. Though I like beautiful beaches, I am less interested in sitting on beach all day, than more adventure and site-seeing. If I was thinking about going to 2-3 cities in Thailand, which ones would you recommend?
Apr 30, 2012 5:05 PM
1It really depends on your interest and time, as getting around can be done via bus, train or plane. The Thai islands are also nice to eat, drink and scuba dive/snorkel, depending on time of year. They are also stunning in their beauty, its one place that fe can rival IMO. They also are a damn good time, especially if your solo and into a good party with a international crowd.
Bangkok has a lot of culture and a lively nightlife for all types. Changmai is a fun area for both culture, markets and a slower pace and seeing nearby areas for adventure and outdoors. Though Pai is not the sleepy trek/waterfall paradise it once was, its an option. I have been to BKK a dozen times over the last decade, and never tire of the place, but I like city life.
Have you looked a guidebook? How many days you have?
BTW- Hong Kong is not cheap, so be prepared for spending some money for a decent place, and if you do go there, head to Macau on the ferry, and enjoy some Portuguese influence and history with a backdrop of old Cantonese China, and a excellent diverse cuisine scene.
Apr 30, 2012 5:52 PM
The above is a joke BTW..Definitely DON'T go there unless you want to get bombed or shot
Chiang Mai in the north is great for culture, reasonable night life (nice northern ladies to drink with) and some zip line adventures. Minimum 3-4 days.
Don't miss Bangkok for its nightlife and shopping. Minimum 4-5 days.
Apr 30, 2012 6:52 PM
3If you aren't into the beaches, you could do Bangkok, Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai. You could even add Chiang Rai. Since BK and Chiang Mai have been talked about:
Sukhothai old city is a UNESCO world heritage site with ruins of the Sukhothai empire, which is considered the golden age of Thailand.
Chiang Rai is kind of like Chiang Mai, but still a bit more traditional. It's got great history and culture as King Mengrai who started the Lanna Kingdom was from there. There are temples that are over 500 years old there. The modern Wat Rong Kun (the white temple) is also there.
Apr 30, 2012 9:08 PM
May 1, 2012 6:09 AM
5Chiang Rai is much smaller tham Chiang Mai. Not that similar at all, apart from being in the north and the best temple is the White Temple south of Rai.
Not sure what adventures you want to do but you can book treks, elephant rides and the like from Mai, Rai, Mae Hong Son in the north.
From Bangkok you could head west to Kanchanaburi for war musuems, elephant rides, waterfalls.
Jun 10, 2012 9:41 AM
6Thank you for everyone's help! I think that I have settled on Bangkok and Chiang Mai because I will have a little less time than I thought. What is the best way to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai? On my return trip I may have to travel Chiang Mai to Bangkok to Hong Kong in one day. However, is there a good train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?
Also, how long does it take to get from Bangkok's airport to the city center? If I return from Chiang Mai and spend only 1 more night in Bangkok, is it a huge hassle to go back into the city?
Jun 10, 2012 9:44 AM
7Since you don't have much time, fly to Chiang Mai. Just to let you know, you can also fly to Chiang Rai from Bangkok.
It really depends on traffic. If there is no traffic, it might only take 25 minutes to the airport or so.
Depending on where you are staying in BK, you can take the airport rail link.
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