We are flying into Bangkok in May and have decided after alot of discussions that we will take the Night train to Chang mai for 3 days then maybe Laos quickly for 3-4 days then down to Koh Tao. Has anybody got some good recomendations of Tours / Acomadation / things to do in Chang Mai and what would be the best way into Laos from there and where to go in Laos for 3-4 days
Probably only go to one place in Laos due to time... Also need to get from Laos back to Bangkok
Thanks for any advice..
If you're only going to be in Laos for a few days, I'd suggest flying to Luang Prabang from Chiang Mai, as otherwise you'll be spending the vast majority of your time on the road. Lao Airlines fly the route and you can also fly from Luang Prabang to Bangkok.
If I had three dys in Chiang Mai and wasn't planning on trekking, I'd allow two days for sightseeing (a mix of temples and Doi Suthep) and a day of shopping and pampering...
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I agree that if you only have a few days, flying from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang (Lao Airways) and then from Luang Prabang to Bangkok (Bangkok Airways) is your best bet for travel and a rewarding itinerary too.
Personally I'd spend my three days in Chiang Mai visiting temples, including a must see trip to Doi Suthep in the mornings, pampering in the afternoons, and shopping and eating in the evenings. That rythym fits Chiang Mai well.
Have you decided how you are getting to/from Koh Tao? I ask because if you are flying at least one of the legs between Bangkok and Samui and then travelling to/from Tao by boat from there (I think most folks take the ferry from Chumphon, not Samui), then you might want to look into the Bangkok Airways Discovery Pass. I believe it requires a minimum of three flights to purchase, but with the Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang and the Luang Prabang to Bangkok legs, you could wind up saving money. Lao Airways honors the pass. Regards.