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First time in Thailand - itinerary advice?

  • StevenBX

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    My partner and I are thinking about a trip to Thailand this year. It will be the first trip for both of us, and we'd be keen to see a few different sides to Thailand. At the moment, I have a vague idea of the itinerary in my head, which I think gives a nice balance of relaxation and time in each place versus seeing a couple different places. I'd love to get the opinions of people more experienced than us in travelling to this part of the world though!

    At the minute, my very vague itinerary is as follows:
    * Fly into Bangkok from London, and spend approx 3-4 days in Bangkok. Potentially do a day trip to Ayutthaya or Kanchanaburi .
    * Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and spend approx 2 days there.
    * Fly from Chiang Mia to Phuket and spend approx 3 days there.
    * Fly from Phuket to Bangkok and spend another 2-3 days there, doing another day trip to Ayutthaya or Kanchanaburi (potentially staying for a night in the latter).
    * Fly from Bangkok to London.

    Is the above achievable or is it over-stretching our time (approx 2 weeks) there? If so, I think Chiang Mai would be the best place to cut out (?). We have two seasons in which we can visit, dictated by my partner's work - either sometime from April to October, or October to March. I gather than visiting from April to October would be much preferable to visiting from October to March; is that correct?

    Any advice, recommendations, etc. which you could offer to help us firm up our plans would be much appreciated!

    #1 Posted: 20/1/2013 - 09:16

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    If those are the three principal places you want to go (Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket ) then I would suggest you spend your first day in Bangkok after arrival and then fly to Chiang Mai. After three days there head to Phuket and after your planned three days there the rest in Bangkok in one swoop. I find November through March preferable.

    #2 Posted: 20/1/2013 - 11:39

  • emfuzzyduck

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    Hi StevenBX,

    Your plan sounds perfectly achievable and my advice would be not to miss out on Chiang Mai or Kanchanaburi as those were the highlights of our trip. I agree with Mad Macs suggestion of just doing Bangkok once to cut out on travelling, though I would be tempted to either to fly directly to Chiang mai, or fly home from Phuket (both connect through Bangkok but you will save time with checking in and out if you do it this way).

    In my opinion Kanchanaburi is too far to just do in a day trip (though people do). It was really nice when we checked into our hotel and the other people on our trip were told to get ready for the return bus ride home (ouch). Also we got more time to really get a feel for the place and it really does deserve it.

    We went in Late November and although we did get a couple of rainy days down south, the weather was fine most of the time but we were unable to visit Ayutthaya due to flooding.

    Good Luck with your plans

    #3 Posted: 20/1/2013 - 13:21

  • stoneman

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    Agree your itinerary is achievable. And yes, I agree with madmac regarding leaving Bangkok at the end. My first 2 trips I left Bangkok at the end to do all my shopping (so you don't have to cart it all around with you).

    #4 Posted: 23/1/2013 - 04:56

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