this is my first time to thailand. could somebody help me to create an itinerary for a week. i'll be arriving at bangkok from singapore and that's about it.
i would prefer an activity based vacation and knowing the locals there.
i'll go there with three of my friends, all male. right now our rough idea was to just like this
bangkok - ayuthya - phuket - bangkok.
btw we are students and have very tight budget.
is ayuthya really worth the trip?
#1 hang has been a member since 16/7/2007. Posts: 2
IMHO you need 2 days for Bangkok (major sites: Emerald Buddha, Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, longtail boat trip etc) and 1 day for Ayuthaya (rent a bicycle for 60TBH/day and see all major sites).
But I am not sure about Phuket. If you want start your trip right now, weather condition will be not so comfortable. Also keep in mind that journey to Phuket will take you 14 hours by bus.
I think that in only a week you would be hard pressed to go to Phuket as well as the other places, unless you fly... but if you are wanting to conserve money maybe that is not an option. Although you can get cheap flights...
I think you can see the main sights of BKK in one day (a busy day tho) - Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Emerald Buddha, maybe a river trip (and look at Wat Arun too). I personally love Ayuttaya, (depends a bit on how much you like old temples...) and I always try to do an over night stay. Then you can get a tuk tuk around the temples on one day, and do a canal trip in the morning the other day... It is possible to do a one day trip to Ayuttya from BKK, but it would be pretty rushed. And you may not see all the cool stuff. It is great to see the temples from the river and canals, it is totally different. After that, if you want to laze on the beach and are pressed for time, I would suggest going to Ko Samet. It is about 3 hours by bus from BKK (and it is easy to get there, just go to the Eastern Bus Terminal - from Ekkamai BTS station - it is only about 50 m from the station, then there are heaps of signs to all sorts of places. And you can get a joint bus/ferry ticket. Samet has good beaches, there are interesting bars if thats what you like, and also it is not as over the top as Phuket. And there are quite a good range of things to do. Hope that helps. ALISON
#3 alisonmilliken has been a member since 10/12/2006. Posts: 70
thank you so much for both replies. it has helped me a lot. maybe i would ditch the phuket and definitely go to ko samet. did some research and looks like it is a very nice beach. thank you for pointing that out.
#4 hang has been a member since 16/7/2007. Posts: 2