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Trip to thailand - itinerary ideas
The Erawan falls and the River Kwai are definately worth visiting. I went to Thailand last December and the erawan falls was one of the highlights of my trip. I also went to Koh Pha ngan and Koh Tao and loved both of them. Koh Tao is a great place to dive! The North of Vietnam is also somewhere that you should consider visiting - my favourite part of my 3 weeks in Thailand was a three day jungle trip that I did up there! Hope this helps!
skip all the islands - go to Koh Tao - it is the most beautiful, relaxed island ever!!!! absolutely beautiful and insane snorkeling. One of the top 10 spots in the world!!
Hi Guys and Girls,
Im travelling to Thailand with my girlfirend for the first time for new years.We will be staying for nearly 5 weeks and are looking to take in as much as possible.Any suggestions would be much appreciated...
Also we will be in Bangkok for new years and any suggestions on a good way to ring in the new year there would also go down well.
Thanks In Advance,
Hi Everyonee!!! Happy Thanksgiving! Im planning a super quick backpacking trip to SouthEast Asia for my birthday in early March
I wanna hit up Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam in 10 days!! (I know 10 days is super short--but I plan on returning) I was thinking 2 days in Bangkok, 1 day in Chiang Mai, and the remaining 3 days on the Phi Phi Islands,Maya Bay, and monkey beach. The main activities Im interested in Thailaind include taking a Thai cooking class, elephant riding, and beaching it. Would spend 2 days each in Cambodia and Vietnam--just wanna see the major attraction in each country----any suggestions??? As of right now, Im traveling alone..anyone interested in joining me?
P.S. David F., I would love your advice!
Thanks from NYC
Would love some advise! I will be traveling to Thailand for the entire month of August with my boyfriend. I was there as year and a half ago, but he has never been. I know its rainy season, but I remember when I was there last time in August, it really wasnt bad weather. We want to experience the best of the best, and suggested itineraries?? What are your thoughts on August travel? Should we head north? I never saw Bangkok last time either... I know its a long way off, but I want to be prepared. Thailand is AMAZING!!
I am travelling to Asia mid October- christmas. I plan to fly into Bangkok but am aware it is the rainy season. I really want to do the temples in Cambodia then maybe a bit of Southern Vietnam, beaches etc... I have around three weeks to do this part before heading to thailand. Does anyone have any idea about the area and where would be best to hit, also to avoid limited back tracking? I plan to spend a month in Southern Thailand after, islands etc. What would be the best way to got back to Thailand after this?n Also would it be best to maybe fly into some other airport and out of Bangkok?
Sooo excited:) Any help would be brill
This year the weather in Thailand is quite undpredictable. Now in March should be very hot/no rain but it rains nearly every day, like the rain season already started. August is end of rainy season but its hot anyway. In southern Thailand it rains a lot even during hot/dry season but its different rain what you used to from back home. In the morning its usually nice maybe a bit cloudy, then round lunchtime shower for 1 hour and afterwards sunny again for the rest of the day usually with beautiful sunset. So not bad at all.
Just be sure to use mosquito repellent a lot, buy the lime/lemon one from pharmacies in Thailand, they tend to work the best.
As for carrying money, cash/cards combination is probably the best/safest. Just make sure your bank/card company knows you travelling and wont block your card at first attempted payment in Thailand, cause they tend to do it a lot.
Hope this helps.
Stacey, it's a good that you're planning to come to Thailand after October because there's severe flooding in southern thailand right now. It's usually winter season between October to February which means less rain and clear water in southern seas (it's high season). Like Vladi said, the weather's gone bad this year. Winter's got delayed and hard rain in the summer. I've never been to Cambodia and Vietnam but you easily can fly there from/to Suwannaphum airport. Some beautiful destination in the southern: Suratthani (Koh samui, Koh pa-ngun, Koh-Tao), Trang, Krabi, Pungnga (Similan islands), Phuket and Tarutao islands in Satun. Mosquito repellent is definitely a good idea especially when you stay in the southern.
We (a group of 3 friends) are planning a 9 day trip to thailand. Our focus is on adventure sports - scuba diving is top of the list but at the same time, we want to visit the not so crowded beaches. Any suggestions? Lonely planet calls Similan Islands Marine National Park as best for scuba diving.. what about other beaches on andaman coast? also, what will the weather be like on the Amdama coast.
Another thing is, what are the non -shopping activities in Bangkok, considering we stay there for 2 days.
Is it possible to go and explore northern Thailand in 9 days along with beaches.
Forgot to add.. we plan to visit in the last week of September.
I am looking to visit Thailand in July/August time, the dates im looking to go are from the 29th July - 15th August. I'll be flying from Manchester.
I really need some good advice on how to plan the trip because its a surprise for my girlfriend so i want to make sure i get it right! First things first, altogether including spending money we would be looking to spend roughly £2500 each max! At the moment i have an itinary that reads:
Day 1 (29th July) - Fly To Bangkok from Manchester (Stay for 3 Nights to explore and go shopping)
Day 4 (1st August) - Fly to Surat Thani from Bangkok, get boat from Surat Thani over to Kho Pha-ngan. (Stay in Kho-Pha-gnan for 5 nights. The reason for this is that we want to go to the full moon party, but i have been told that you can only book accomodation for 5 nights at a time??? If this is wrong then any advice on the best thing to do would be great!)
Day 9 (6th August) - Boat back to mainland and then bus to Phuket. I was going to book a nice hotel for 5 nights in Phuket since we would have spent 9 days before hand rushing around Bangkok and getting drunk at the full moon party. Is this a good idea? Are there any nice (not too expensive) hotels in Phuket? Is it best to stay in Patong? What can we do for 5 days whilst we're there?? Ive heard there is also a day tour of some locations filmed in 'The Beach' and a James Bond film???
Day 14 (11th August) - Fly from Phuket to Chang Mai. I was going to book for us to stay in Chang Mai for 3 nights. Is this a good option? What can we do whilst we're there?
Day 17 (14th August) - Fly from Chang Mai to Bangkok, Fly from Bangkok to Manchester
Looking at the itinery guys is there anything that i have got wrong?? Would it be affordable on the budget i quoted? Would it be best to stay in Phuket longer and not go to Chang Mai or Vice Versa?? I reall really need some help as i dont want to get this wrong, its my first visit to Thailand and i dont want to mess it up, especially for my girlfriend!
To help you out, we would both really want to go to Bangkok to shop, the full moon party as ive heard its amazing and then chill out on a nice beach in a nice hotel as we would need to unwind. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!
This is my recommendation on what you might be interested to do in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai
Bangkok - to visit
1. Grand Palace
2. Wat Arun
3. Boxing match - Lumpini/ Ratchadamnoen (depend on the date of opening)
Ratchadamnoen Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
Open on Monday, Wed, Thur And Sunday From 18:30 to 22:30 am
Lumpini Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
Open Tue 6.30-10.30pm, Fri 5-8pm, Sat 8.30pm-midnight
4. JJ Market wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatuchak_Weekend_Market
5. Dinner Cruise along Chao Phraya River
CHIANG MAI - TO DO
1. Elephant Riding
2. Doi Suthep
3. Nimman area- Eating (lots of delicious food)
4. Zoo very good weather from Dec - Feb
5. Walking Road.. it's call "Tanon Kon Dern" / "?????????" in Thai
2. Snorkeling at Similan/ Phi Phi Island
3. Chilling and shopping at Patong
4. Sun bathing @ the Beach ^___^
5. All marine activities i guess
If you are looking for private and exclusive services about activities to do in Thailand,
could be your great choice!
Have you ever wanted to be pampered like a princess? This is your chance! This Special Day of Relaxation includes: Finest Facial, Nail, and Body spas, Hair styling, and a dinner cruise down the renowned Chao Phraya River in the heart of Bangkok. These premium services are provided by high skilled personal-care specialists. It's time to make your dreams come true!
If you already admire the majestic elephant or would love to learn more about this magnificent mammal, then prepare for an experience of a lifetime. This is a 2 day / 1 night package to Northern Thailand to show your love and care by being an "elephant owner" one-on-one for a day. You will learn how to approach, care for, and ride an elephant through forests and waterfalls.
About the budget, if you have around 3,500 - 5,000 baht per night, you can book a really nice hotel. For the air ticket cost, you should have around 7,000 - 8,000 baht for economy class for round trip from Bangkok to Phuket (less cheaper from Bangkok to Chiang Mai) by Thai airlines... will be cheaper for low budget airline. The cost of the meals, you should have around 500-600 baht for two persons in a nice local restaurant, and around 1,000 - 2,000 baht in a very luxury hotels. If you want to try street food, it would cost around 50-100 baht each to fill up your stomach
Enjoy Thailand!! Hope it helps you in some way!!
Need your inputs on a week's trip to Thailand with my wife starting Feb 16 this year...Thanks in advance
Hello all, great suggestions so far. I'm off to Thailand next week and wondered if anyone has any recommendations for how best to travel/see the northern regions? We have 8/9 days, going from Bangkok and wanting to take in Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai and Sukhothai. Is that too much? What order? How many days in each? Things of that nature would be greatly appreciated, ta :)
PS- If you're heading to Krabi, here's my thoughts on our recent trip - http://laylaamir.blogspot.com/2012/12/aonang-krabi-thailand.html?m=1
edited February 2013
Thailand have best attractive places.these are
6)Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
8)Phang Nga Bay
10)Ko Phi Phi
Me and my girlfriend are travelling to Thailand 26th - 16th Sept. I was hoping for a little advice on best way to plan a Itinerary which would include visiting temples and relaxing on some of the beautiful beaches. I really want to visit Cambodia, Southern Vietnam within the 3 weeks, am I being unrealistic trying to get all of this into 3 weeks? Also my girlfriends stepmum is from Thailand and she says the weather is fine this time of year is she slightly over exaggerating to make us feel better about it being the rainy season?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
She may be exaggerating, I was planning a trip to Thailand around the same time and was told by pretty much everyone who's been there that it's a terrible time, right in the middle of monsoon season!
My boyfriend and I are going to thailand on April 1-15th 2013 and landing in Bangkok. We are very excited and cant wait. However, need some help with making an itinerary please. We plan to visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai,Phi Phi and maybe KO samui if we can fit it in our schedule. Also where can I get the best experience in riding an elephant?
I don't think it's that terrible. I know lots of people who travelled in that time and had a blast. If you're that worried though, why don't you move your trip?
Do buy yourself a sturdy umbrella and a foldable one for light/unexpected rain. Raincoats would do also but I think umbrellas are more common in those parts.
And 3 weeks should be plenty.
edited February 2014
I would not bother making a reservation if it is not party time. Best
just to turn up and look at few places and compare rates, facilities
etc. Some are good and some are very bad particularly at the budget end
of the scale. You might want to check out
Koh Phangan Resort
I also make plan for the Thailand i hope in this tour i got those place or visited those places where i can not go last visit i have good plane for now..
edited May 2016
If you're planning your trip to Thailand, you need to plan your trip in terms of all the important factors that should be considered:
Here is a list of few places I had explored on my Thailand holiday:
1. Thailand Island
The islands off the coast of Thailand are famous throughout the world for their beautiful beaches, others for their gorgeous scenery and some even claim their fame for the party atmosphere.
2. Chiang Mai
Surrounded by the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a flourishing city often used as a base among both backpackers and tourists wishing to explore the lush landscapes, hill tribes and outdoor adventures of the region.
3. Khao Sok National Park
Considered by many to be one of Thailand’s most beautiful wildlife reserves, the Khao Sok National Park covers jungle forests, limestone karsts, rivers and lakes in the Surat Thani province of southern Thailand.
Once just a quiet village in northern Thailand, Pai is now a booming town that is part of the Mae Hong Son Loop stretching between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. Noted for its picturesque valley and relaxed atmosphere, Pai is a favored destination among backpackers and tourists wishing to explore the region.
5. Phanom Rung
Sitting on an extinct volcano in northeastern Thailand, Phanom Rung is a Hindu shrine complex regarded for its outstanding architecture. Located near the village of Nang Rong, this temple sanctuary was built by the Khmer culture between the 10th and 13th centuries as a dedication to the Hindu god, Shiva.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) invites tourists to have new experience;The activities and traditions are classified into four groups; 1.Food & Music Festival, 2.Cultural & Art Festival, 3.Creative Event & Festival, 4.Recreation & Sport Event.
activities are as follows:
• Poy Sang Long Festival will be held from 1st – 3rd April, 2017, at Panglor Temple, Chong Kham Sub-district, Mueang District, Mae Hong Son Province
• Somdet Phra Mahajanaka Honor Event and Uthai Thani Red Cross Fair will be held from 1st – 9th April, 2017, at Central Stadium of Uthai Thani Province
• Isan Songkran Festival, Dok Kun Siang Kaen Festival and Khao Niew Road will be held from 5th – 15th April, 2017, at Bueng Kaen Nakhon and Sri Chan Road, Mueang District, Khon Kaen Province
• “Don Luang Cotton Colorful Cloth Festival” will be held from 7th – 11th April, 2017, at Ban Don Luang, Mae Raeng Sub-district, Pa Sang District, Lamphun Province
• Takua Pa Seafood Festival will be held from 7th – 9th April, 2017, at Bang Sak Beach, Takua Pa District, Phang-Nga Province
• Hat Siao Elephant Ordination, Sukhothai Province will be held on 7th April, 2017, at Hat Siao Temple, Hat Siao Sub-district, Si Satchanalai District, Sukhothai Province
• Su-ngai Kolok Tasty Food Festival 2017 will be held from 7th – 11th April, 2017, at Maharat Stadium, Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat Province
• Si Satchanalai Songkran Festival will be held from 8th – 12th April, 2017, at Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Sukhothai Province
• Maha Songkran Festival will be held from 10th – 15th April, in Bangkok
• Songkran Festival on the Beach and Phuket Bike Week 2017 will be held from 11th – 13th April, 2017, at Patong Beach, Saphan Hin, Phuket Province
• Hatyai Midnight Songkran will be held from 11th – 15th April, 2017, at Odean Intersection, Sanehanusorn Road, Niphat Uthit 3 Road, and Hat Yai Nai Temple, Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province
• Nakhon Phanom Songkran Festival, Thai-Lao New Year Merit Making, and Khao Pun Road 2017 will be held from 11th – 15th April, 2017, at Khao Pun Road, Mueang Nakhon Phanom Municipality, and in the area of Renu Nakhon Sub-district, Nakhon Phanom Province
• Su-ngai Kolok Chao Mae To Mo Celebration 2017 will be held from 12th – 21st April, 2017, at the Chao Mae To Mo Shrine, Su-ngai Kolok District, Narathiwat Province
• The Nang Daan Procession of Nakhon Si Thammarat Songkran Festival will be held from 12th – 15th April, 2017, at Si Thammasokarat Public Park, Phra Isuan Hall, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
• Chiang Mai New Year Festival will be held from 12th – 15th April, 2017, at Chiang Mai Municipality, Chiang Mai Province
• Samui Coco Songkran will be held from 12th – 14th April, 2017, at Liap Chaweng Beach Road, Central Festival Samui Shopping Center, Mueang District, Surat Thani Province
• Sukhothai Ancient City Maha Songkran Festival will be held from 12th – 14th April, 2017, at Historical Park, Sukhothai Province
• Corn Street Songkran Festival 2017 will be held from 13th – 15th April, 2017, at Corn Street, Mueang District, Chai Nat Province
• Suphan Buri Songkran Festival 2017 will be held from 13th – 14th April, 2017, at Nen Kaeo Road (Mueang Suphanburi Municipality), Mueang District, Suphan Buri Province
• Wax Castle Parade Songkran Festival will be held from 13th – 14th April, 2017, Nong Prue Temple, Nong Prue District, Kanchanaburi Province.
• Ancient City Songkran Festival will be held from 13th – 15th April, 2017, at Historical Park, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province
• "Wan Lai Bang Saen Sand Castle Festival" will be held from 16th – 17th April, 2017, at Bang Saen Beach, Chon Buri Province
• "Wan Lai Pattaya, Na Kleau and Na Kleau Rice Piling Festival" will be held from 18th – 20th April, 2017, at Pho Na Kleau Yard, Chaimongkhon Temple, Chon Buri Province
• Phra Pradaeng Songkran Festival will be held from 21st – 23rd April, 2017, in front of Phra Pradaeng District Office, Bangkok
• “Memories Hua Hin Station of Love” will be held on 29th April, 2017, at Hua Hin Train Station, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province
• “Crafting Sand Art in Rayong” will be held from 31st March – 2nd April, 2017, at Nam Rin Beach, Ban Chang District, Rayong Province
• Samui Big Bike Week will be held from 5th – 6th May, 2017, at Central Festival Samui Shopping Center, Surat Thani Province
• Top of The Gulf Regatta 2017 will be held from 4th – 8th May, 2017, at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Chom Thian Beach, Pattaya, Chon Buri Province
• Hat Yai International Balloon Festival will be held from 5th – 7th May, 2017, at Jiranakorn Stadium, Hat Yai District, Songkhla Province
• Mud Festival will be held from 5th – 7th May, 2017, at multi-purpose park in front of Bang Tabun Sub-district Municipality, Phetchaburi Province
• Elephant Ordination Festival will be held from 8th – 9th May, 2017, at Elephant Study Center, Ban Ta Klang, Tha Tum Sub-district, Surin Province
• Visakha Puja Festival will be held on 10th May, 2017, at Phuttamonthon, Phuttamonthon District, Nakhon Pathom Province
• Atthami Puja Festival will be held from 17th – 18th May, 2017, at Wat Mai Sukhontharam, Nakhon Chai Si District, Nakhon Pathom Province
• Sakon Nakhon Visakha Puja Festival 2017 will be held from 10th – 14th May, 2017, at Wat Pa Sutthawas and Wat Phrathatcherngchum Worawihan, Sakon Nakhon Province
• River Kwai Trophy 2017 will be held on 27th May, 2017, at Felix River Kwai Resort, Kanchanaburi Province
• Yasothon Fire Rocket Festival 2017 will be held from 13th – 14th May, 2017, at Phaya Thaen Public Park and Muang Yasothon Municipality, Yasothon Province
• "Samui Regatta 2017" will be held from 20th – 27th May, 2017, at Chaweng Beach, Mueang District, Surat Thani Province and Bo Phut Sub-district, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani Province
• Amazing Thailand Grand Sale will be held from 15th June – 15th August, 2017, at participating department stores, hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions across the country.
• The Sixth Month Merit Making Festival (Fire Rocket) and Phi Khon Nam Folk Play, Ban Na Sao 2017 will be held from 10th – 12th June, 2017 at Ban Na Sao, Na Sao Sub-district, Chiang Khan District, Loei Province
• Phuket Baba Wedding will be held from 17th – 18th June, 2017, at Thalang Road, Old Phuket Town, Phuket Province
• Laguna Phuket International Marathon will be held from 3rd – 4th June, 2017, at Bang Thao Beach, Laguna, Phuket Province
• Candle Procession Festival and Food Offering on the Elephant Back, Surin Province, will be held from 7th – 8th July, 2017, in front of the City Hall and the monument of Phraya Surinphakdee, Surin Province
• Candle Procession Festival, Ubon Ratchathani Province, will be held from 8th – 9th July, 2017, at Upparat Road (in front of Wat Si Ubonrattanaram) Road around Thung Si Mueang, Ubon Ratchathani Province
• National Mother’s Day will be held on 12th August, 2017, at the Sanam Luang Plaza, Bangkok, and nationwide
• International Mountain Bike Race at Bhumibol Dam will be held from 26th – 27th August, 2017
• Tradition of long boat racing to win the King’s cup in Phichit Province 2017 will be held from 2nd – 3rd September, 2017, at Nan River, Wat Tha Luang the Royal Monastery, Mueang District, Phichit Province
• Songkran and Honey Offering Festival will be held on 20th September, 2017, at Bang Numpheung Nok Temple, 20th September, 2017, at Wat Bang Num Phueng Nok, Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan Province
• Nakhon 10th month Merit-Making Festival will be held from 16th – 25th September, 2017, at Suan Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park (84) Thung Thalat, City Hall of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
• Illuminated Boat and Nakhon Phanom Red Cross Fair 2017 will be held from 28th September – 6th October, 2017 by the Mekong River at Sunthon Wichit Road and Nakhon Phanom City Hall.
please visit www.tourismthailand.org/thaifest
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