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12 day trip to Thailand first time!

  • Nikita26

    Joined Travelfish
    18th January, 2013
    Posts: 4

    Hey guys,

    I wanted to get some tips from some of you about my trip to Thailand.Im going for 12 days from April 10th till 22nd.

    I have made my plan all ready,but of course I would love to hear your opinion if this is possible.

    3 days in Bangkok

    Take the overnight train to Chiang mai

    4 day Chiang Mai

    5 Doing a trek somewhere around the city

    6 and 7 staying somewhere around Chiang Rai

    Train back to Bangkok overnight

    5 days days in the south but still not sure where yet east or the west coast.

    P.S Doing the whole backpack thing.

    P.S 2 I think this is a great forum :)

    #1 Posted: 18/1/2013 - 15:56

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  • exacto

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    Hi Nikita,

    You've picked the hottest time of year for your trip, so I hope you are comfortable with the heat. You'll also be travelling right in the middle of the busy Songkran water festival holiday, so if you don't want to get involved in day long water fights in Chiang Mai , you might want to go somewhere else.

    Because this is a busy time for domestic travel, you may want to book your train as far in advance as possible. Other transport may be booked solid too, so either plan ahead or be very flexible with your plans, which is hard to do with only 12 days to spend.

    There is no train from Chiang Rai back to Bangkok, so you'll need to travel either back to Chiang Mai or another place along the line like Den Chai to catch the train. Given the short amount of time you have, consider flying back to Bangkok instead. That way you can catch a connecting flight to get you down south right away. Also, since you've got only a few days, maybe skip Chiang Rai altogether, spending the extra time in Chiang Mai and flying south from there instead.

    Perhaps this weather map http://www.travelfish.org/weather_fish.php will help you decide if you want to stay on the east or west coast in April.

    That's just a few ideas. I'm sure others will have more. I hope these help. Cheers.

    #2 Posted: 18/1/2013 - 17:38

  • Nikita26

    Joined Travelfish
    18th January, 2013
    Posts: 4

    Thanks a lot!

    It seems the weather on the western coast will have more rain.

    Problem is im low on cash thats why im not taking them.

    #3 Posted: 18/1/2013 - 17:51

  • tezza

    Joined Travelfish
    13th April, 2006
    Posts: 1316
    Total reviews: 61

    With only 5 days I'd be seriously thinking of doing them on one island - I reckon Phangan is a good one that time of year. Thing about Phangan is that by changing beaches you are doing the equivalent of changing islands elsewhere (there is a diverse range of beaches - one for everybody's taste from party fiends to chill-out merchants) except it takes an hour or so rather than most of the day.

    If you figure two islands than Tao and Samui are both pretty close to Phangan. Tao is the better for budget travellers.

    #4 Posted: 19/1/2013 - 03:19

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