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BKK-Ayuthaya-Sukhothai-Chiangmai-BKK (12 days)

  • PinkMango

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    Hi everyone

    I'm heading to Thailand for 12 days for Christmas & New Year. Here's my tentative itinerary appreciate any feedbacks/suggestions.

    Bascially to summarize, I'm flying in and out of BKK and spending Xmas & NY there. Will spend 1 night at Ayuthaya, 2 nights in Sukhothai and 3 nights in Chiangmai.

    22 Dec - Land in BKK at 515pm
    23 Dec - BKK
    24 Dec - BKK
    25 Dec - Ayuthaya
    26 Dec - Sukhothai
    27 Dec - Sukhothai
    28 Dec - Chiangmai
    29 Dec - Chiangmai
    30 Dec - Chiangmai
    31 Dec - BKK
    1 Jan - BKK
    2 Jan - BKK

    I actually can't decide if I should stay in Sukhothai for 1 or 2 nights? Is there anything much to do there?

    Please recommend some sights to visit at Ayuthaya/Sukhothai/Chiangmai if you have any.

    Many thanks!

    #1 Posted: 11/10/2010 - 21:21

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  • exacto

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    Lots of folks might suggest visiting either Ayutthaya or Sukhothai but not both. They are both worth a visit, but you've got limited time to spend, so unless you are really into the ruins scene, you might save some time that way.

    You'll spend half a day getting to Sukhothai and another half day getting from there to Chiang Mai . So if you do Sukhothai, I'd suggest spending at least two nights there so you can have a full day at the old city. The new city has lots of great places to stay and a few good night markets and other hangouts for food and drink. There was also a company offering bicycle tours when I was in Sukhothai last year.

    Have you sorted out your return flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok yet? The international new year period is an exceptionally busy travel time in Thailand, so you'll want to get your booking sorted as soon as possible. Cheers.

    #2 Posted: 11/10/2010 - 23:45

  • PinkMango

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    Hi Exacto

    Thank you for your advice.

    My plan was to include Sukhothai as I thought since I am heading up to Chiangmai, I might as well stop over at Sukhothai as it's on the way (I think?).

    If i skip Sukhothai, I might be left with many nights in Chiangmai. I actually thought of including a beach resort in my trip but I've just came back from Krabi and been to Phuket and Huahin before as well. Moreover, I think most of the beach resorts are not up north, so might not be on the way to Chiangmai.

    Thanks for your reminder to book my flight, I'm planning to fly either Thai Air or Air Asia from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, but yet to book as I'm still trying to sort out which day I should fly back from Chiang Mai.

    Many thanks!

    #3 Posted: 12/10/2010 - 08:32

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