Chiang Mai questions - urgent!
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 10, 2012 8:31 AM Last Post By: altmtl
Nov 10, 2012 3:38 AM
Chiang Mai questions - urgent!Hello everyone, I am just looking for some guidance regarding organizing tours and things in Chiang Mai. I am currently in Bangkok and am planning on heading up to chiang Mai in a few days. Today I went to the tourist office in Bangkok to see about booking a train ticket there and I ended up booking the train there, pick up from the station, accommodation at Mandala House (pricey) for six nights, a three day/two night group jungle trek with food and everything included, and also my ticket for the slow boat into Laos. I tend to like to book these things ahead of time for the peace of mind, but after paying about $450 Canadian for it all I cant say I feel too peaceful. Am I a sucker and this is a major rip off? Or is it maybe a good call for this time of year in Thailand? I just have a feeling it could be done much, much cheaper on my own... I have about five months of travelling ahead of me so I am trying to stick to a reasonable budget. Any advice would be MUCH appreciated!!!!
Nov 10, 2012 5:04 AM
1Quick answer: much cheaper......
Quick answer 2) if you want to prebook everything prior to coming then that may be a fair price but I wouldn't know as we didn't do it that way.... Thee are many 'travel agencies' in Chiang mai and you can with a small bit of time book all of this yourself for way cheaper
Edited by: dZilla
Nov 10, 2012 5:05 AM
Nov 10, 2012 5:58 AM
Nov 10, 2012 7:22 AM
4OP - The only real question is if you're happy. If what you get for what you paid makes you happy then nothing else matters. In life most anyone can find someone who did something for less than they did or find something they paid more for than someone else. So what.
I seriously doubt you're a sucker or got ripped-off. You may be paying more than doing it on your own, but as stated, we don't know the quality of what you'll be offered.
If you end up happy and enjoy your trip that's all that matters.
Nov 10, 2012 8:31 AM
5I'd have to agree with the others - you paid too much and over planned, but #4 does make a good point, you obviously can afford it and now have peace of mind, but as #2 pointed out - "The unknown is the quality of the services offered" - You may find the slow boat to Laos less than comfortable... http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2243438
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