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Advice for Bangkok and Chiang Mai in 6 days

Posted by fel117 on 19/7/2012 at 09:19

Hi guys,
I know i have short time but i would like to see the most things i can, so i need helps from all of you. What is the most can't miss out to do and see when you are in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
My flight into Bangkok around 4pm and planning to stay in Bangkok for 2 nights and 3 days then take a night train up to Chiang Mai. So roughly i have 3 days in each city.
Any comments and advice are most welcome.

Felson

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/7/2012 at 23:10

Well, A lot of tourists like Patpong. Personally I find it and Nana over the top. I recommend the Soi 33 area.

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Posted by exacto on 20/7/2012 at 00:48

I like the Sukhumvit Soi 33 area too, particularly for food and shopping and fun. It is a great expat locale. But for most first-time visitors to Bangkok, the Rattanakosin/Banglamphu area is the best bet. This is the area around Sanam Luang where most of the large, famous temples like Wat Phra Kaeo and Wat Pho are located. The National Museum is also nearby. This puts you close to the river too, which is a good thing because the river ferries are a great way to see the city and it makes it easier to visit my personal favorite temple of Wat Arun, on the other side of the river.

This area is right near Khao San Road, the backpacker hangout. Khao San developed where it is exactly because it is so close to these tourist hot spots, but you don't have to stay on Khao San Rd, since there are plenty of other good accommodation choices and places to eat nearby. Just avoid the touts and you should be fine in this area.

As for Chiang Mai , here is a list I put together after a trip to Chiang Mai several years ago, which I think still stands up reasonably well.

- taking the overnight sleeper train either to/from Chiang Mai
- visiting the three temples of Wat U-mong, Wat Singh, and Doi Suthep
- enjoying a walk along the moat
- getting lost in the traditional Thai market on Moon Muang Rd Soi 6
- tasting the curry at Aroon Rai restaurant (profiled in Travelfish)
- getting a massage (try the massage for the blind!)
- a trip through the Night Bazaar (okay), or even better, the Sunday Market (great)

There is much more to do in Chiang Mai of course, and I think the real fun of the city is wandering around and finding places on your own.

By the way, have you booked your overnight sleeper train yet? Those berths fill up quickly anymore so you'll want to book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. If you are interested in ancient Thai ruins, you might want to make a day trip up to Ayutthaya and then catch the onward sleeper train to Chiang Mai directly from there that evening. Good luck!

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/7/2012 at 02:28

Exacto,
I was only pulling his pud. The post lacked specifity. I was pretty sure he wasn't planning on hanging out at Patpong or Nana.

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Posted by longbeach on 20/7/2012 at 11:23

6 days I'd stick with 1 city. Bangkok would be my choice.

Khao San Road is loserville. It's for 19yos and lost backpackers who need to stay in packs to survive.

Sukhumvit soi 20-22 is close to Skytrain and nice street food or pratunam but no Skytrain.

Evergreen Place is a great location near MBK and Skytrain. Best money exchange near there too. Best I've ever seen in BKK.

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Posted by longbeach on 20/7/2012 at 11:25

"Wat Arun, on the other side of the river."

suprising how few tourists it gets compared to grand palace. nice views and the noodle stand serves up good food inside near where they sell bags and stuff.

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Posted by longbeach on 20/7/2012 at 11:29

if bangkok isnt enough train it to kanchanaburi. only 3 hours. CM is way too far for a short trip. kanchanaburi is more interesting anyway and on a nice river.

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Posted by MADMAC on 20/7/2012 at 13:16

I have to admit I like Wat Arun, and have been there twice now even though it's out of the way. That's a cool place.

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Posted by sayadian on 22/7/2012 at 00:48

Madmac. Wat Arun-is that a Salsa club or a suburb of Mogadishu?
;-)
I'd say buy a day ticket for the river bus.You can get off and see so much from the river (including Wat Arun),China town, (though it's 15 minutes walk from the river) and of course Rambutri,Banglumphoo area. Don't miss the human zoo of KhaoSan Rd.
Flight to Chang Mai is a option to save time. Deals on AirAsia start at around 2000 baht; better than a clapped out Thai night train.

Question.
Don't people climb up to Doi Sutep anymore in Chang Mai city? Beautiful place.

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Posted by MADMAC on 22/7/2012 at 05:06

"Madmac. Wat Arun-is that a Salsa club or a suburb of Mogadishu?"

Neither, although I will accept your inference as valid that since it is neither of those, it is by definition a second tier location.

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Posted by longbeach on 22/7/2012 at 06:49

You can walk Khao San in 5 minutes. Takes longer to get there than see it and there's nothing to see. Just losers you would have seen at the airport.

Thong Lor is a good place to explore. Good Issan food there on Ekamai soi 1 Sabai Jai is a massive place with a huge menu.

Saxophone Pub at Victory and Raintree Pub on Rangnam road. Good music venues and the later serves great food as well.

Ratcha for Thai nightclubs.

Khao San would rank about 1000th on my list of things to see.

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Posted by MADMAC on 22/7/2012 at 07:38

"Khao San would rank about 1000th on my list of things to see."

That high huh? I have it considerably lower, as in it just isn't on the list.

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Posted by longbeach on 22/7/2012 at 07:54

Make it 100000000000000000th if you like. Was too lazy to add the zeros before

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Posted by sayadian on 22/7/2012 at 07:56

'Neither, although I will accept your inference as valid that since it is neither of those, it is by definition a second tier location.'
Groucho Marx couldn't have put it better.

Re: KSR>So nobody is into human zoos then.
don't forget KSR grew up because of its proximity to the 'must see' sites

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Posted by longbeach on 22/7/2012 at 08:10

You've never seen backpackers before?

KSR is lame. Same tragics can be seen at airports, pai, phi phi. No need to visit ksr to see bad tourists.

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Posted by MADMAC on 22/7/2012 at 08:55

OK Sayadian, maybe to get the T-shirt! Point made.

Still I'm with Longbeach in principal. But I suspect you are too.

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Posted by sayadian on 22/7/2012 at 09:45

karma, tantric BS, dreadlocks,croaking frogs,Seikh palm readers,dodgy suits on sale, overpriced beer,7-11 drug-dealing.How could you not want to visit KSR.

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Posted by MADMAC on 22/7/2012 at 10:08

What about prostitution? No prostitution? Man, the place is screwed up.

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Posted by sayadian on 23/7/2012 at 01:20

Most of the 'girls' aren't girls.Cross Ratchdamnoen and you get lots of Ladyboys (maybe that's how they wondered to KSR) and the lower end of the market in prostitution.Some of those girls been standing there so long they're covered in cobwebs.
Madmac, mow you've got me into trouble with some of the ladies on here.

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Posted by MADMAC on 23/7/2012 at 09:43

BWAHAHAHAHAH - you got suckered in man.

Anyway, KSR is a big no-go. Like I said, Freak Show Central. It's a draw I suppose for those who think being a backpacker is being a weirdo. But for everyone else...

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