Potential Itenerary - please review (BK to Ankor to Krabi)
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 3:38 AM Last Post By: bigal1
Oct 15, 2012 6:04 PM
Potential Itenerary - please review (BK to Ankor to Krabi)Hi all,
So after quite a bit of reading I've come up with a tentative route. I'd really like your input and I have a few questions.
I'll only have 9-10 days for this trip (unfortunately) but here's a snapshot of the itinerary that I'm working on. A few things about me:
-Married, mid 30's, not going for the drinking, the bars, the girls, or to sit on a beach all day.
-Do enjoy culture, great sites, great food, anything bizarre and quirky, scuba diving, motorcycles, hiking, animals, great adventures, massages, and great stories to tell.
-For this short of trip I'd rather spend a bit extra on a couple flights and not end up spending half the trip on a bus/train/airport.
-Angkor Wat is high on my list
-Seeing the stunning scenery of the south is #2
-We want to get a great feel for the authentic Thailand, not just the "tourist resort" Thailand.
So with that in mind, I'm thinking for an itinerary something like:
1. USA to BK
2. Train/bus to Siem Reap - spend about 2 days there.
3. Air Bangkok discovery pass flight (2 legs) to Southern Thailand (Koh Pi Pi, etc).
4. Overnight train to Lompori OR maybe flight to Chang Mai/Bangkok) - depending on how long we end up spending in the south.
5. (optional) Train from Chang Mai to Lompori then to Bangkok
6. Arrive in Bangkok
7. Fly home to USA
I'd really appreciate your input and suggestions and I also have a couple of questions:
#1. I think that the Chang Mai phase is probably unlikely. Is that realistic or unrealistic? Lompori seems like a good compromise. Thoughts?
#2. I like monkeys and ruins and Lompori seems like a good place. Thoughts on that destination? It looks like it could be a good day trip or overnight trip from Bangkok. Worth it? How long would you spend there?
#3. For the discovery air pass, you have to buy 3 coupons (6 max). It looks to me like they're transferable. Is that correct? So the SR to BK, BK to Phuket route will take 2 coupons for each person - 4 total. Can one of us buy 4 and then each of us use two or do we have to each buy the minimum of 3?
#4. How much would you bring in USD for Cambodia?
#5. Is it nice to pack snorkel gear or is it just as easy to rent wherever you go?
#6. Where would you suggest diving in/around Krabi?
#7. How hard is it to use the discovery flight coupons? How far in advance should we book and commit to a flight?
I'm not asking you to answer every question; I realize I've asked a lot, but I'd love some guidance on anything that sticks out to you. Thanks!
Oct 15, 2012 6:40 PM
1Yes..... Lopburi. Thanks for the correction. Are there places similar to this all over Thailand or is it more or less unique?
I expect that we'll love Thailand and come back many more times. It's hard for me to NOT try to explore the entire country on the first trip. Thanks for the insights. Please, keep them coming!
Oct 15, 2012 8:29 PM
2A couple of questions ? 7 isn't a couple. 2 is a couple.
3 coupons per pax. That's how they sell them, and they are not transferable. They already thought of your idea and decided against it! You might like to compare the total cost of those sectors with a single sector on BangkokAir REP to BKK and then shuttle across to DMK and go to HKT on AirAsia or Nok. PG delight in being overpriced, especially on monopoly routes. You might even consider taking the bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and then flying AirAsia to DMK - it's only USD 80. Then you can avoid Bangkok Airways altogether.
Snorkel gear is cheap to rent and saves lugging it around.
Lopburi unique for a day/night, but that's enough really.
Lest touristed and still more "real" are Sangkhlaburi (at the top of Kanchanaburi province) and MaeHongSong (town and province). The latter is from ChiangMai , the former you can do from Bangkok or Kanchanaburi - and better still if you hire your own car.
If you do discover gems, (and you may well) please keep your mouth shut - don't do the "Oh My God, Harry" bit!!
Oct 15, 2012 8:31 PM
3Just watched the first episode of "Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand". Interesting perspective. "Locked up abroad" is another interesting show that frequently takes place in Thailand. Thanks again.
Oct 15, 2012 11:20 PM
Oct 16, 2012 3:04 AM
5"Big Trouble in Tourist Thailand"
99.9% of western tourists in Thailand will have no problems. However, read up on scams in Thailand before going.
"Locked up abroad"
Don't know that one, but if it involves drugs, the "victims" have only themselves to blame, and I for one have zero sympathy if they had drugs and it wasn't a set up.
I found the rental snorkling gear to be a bit substandard, so I always took my own. I wouldn't take flippers though.
I'll only have 9-10 days for this trip
That's enough for Bkk and one other. However, you're not alone, as people are always asking about unrealistic travel itineraries.
We want to get a great feel for the authentic Thailand, not just the "tourist resort" Thailand
With that amount of time you have very little chance of getting off the tourist trail.
"Authentic" Thailand isn't easily reached.
I like monkeys and ruins and Lompori seems like a good place
You don't have time. However, if you stay on Railay they have monkeys there ( or at least they did when I was visiting the place ).
Oct 16, 2012 3:38 AM
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