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Suggestions on 25days in Thailand, starting January 1st

  • brainatwork

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    Hello everyone,

    thanks for all the great information that you're all sharing :)

    Me and my girlfriend are coming to BKK on January 1st and have to go back on the 25th.

    We were in the southern part of Thailand last year - phuket, phi phi

    This year, the idea is to:
    - fly to Chiang Mai, rent a big bike and tour for a couple of days (any tips on which loop to do?)

    - fly somewhere south to relax, Koh pan gan?

    - fly to Singapore for 2,3 days
    - eventually do Lombok (or anything else for that matter)
    in Indonesia instead of Thailand beaches?
    - oh yeah.. we'd also like to get married somewhere on a beach (have a little Thai ceremony, flip flops and t-shirts, nothing fancy - the two of us)

    I havent booked no flights or made no reservations apart from the 1st few nights in BKK, should I do it now or on the spot? From my last year's experience I lean towards the "there and then" option, but it was in November.. January is supposed to be the peak season?

    Any kind of info would be greatly appreciated:)

    Thank you,
    Harris

    #1 Posted: 10/12/2009 - 02:26

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  • Tilapia

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    Hi Harris,

    Here is a great source of info for motorcycling around Thailand and Laos, but especially Northern Thailand ... http://www.gt-rider.com/

    Don't forget that last year tourism was way down because of the political unrest and airport closure. I suspect this year will be much busier (but I would not bother reserving anything except a room for my arrival and, possibly, departure days). Only because I don't like being locked into schedules.

    #2 Posted: 10/12/2009 - 04:28

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    For biking out of Chiang Mai, the Mae Hong Son Loop is a great one -- but really need more than just a couple of days to do it justice...

    Bear in mind Jan in Bali Lombok is wet season, so I'd be getting married in Thailand if I was you (congrats by the way!)

    You're going to be flying quite a few legs -- I'd be checking the budget airline websites now if I was you -- to get better fares.

    Cheers

    #3 Posted: 10/12/2009 - 11:03

  • MADMAC

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    "- oh yeah.. we'd also like to get married somewhere on a beach (have a little Thai ceremony, flip flops and t-shirts, nothing fancy - the two of us)"

    Do you mean "Get married" or do you mean just do a little ceremony? Getting married in Thailand if neither of you is Thai will doubtless involve a bunch of paperwork in a bunch of offices somewhere.

    #4 Posted: 10/12/2009 - 18:00

  • brainatwork

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    Hello again,

    thanks everyone :)

    @samtam2000
    "a couple of days" meant as long as we like it :) I'm actually thinking of buying a one way plane ticket to CM and then see how it develops (so we're not tied to flight schedules), thanks for the tip :)

    @madmac
    we basically will "get married" :) it doesn't have to be completely legal, the idea is to have a ceremony and then when we get back we'll sign the papers in our home country. we'd consider the legal way, but like you said - we don't feel like spending 3,4 days running bureaucracy

    Thanks :)

    #5 Posted: 10/12/2009 - 19:01

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