Hello! I'm off next month for two months to SE Asia on my own. I'm planning to visit Vietnam, Camboya, Laos, Thailand, Malasia y Singapur. Could you please check my Thailand itinerary? Thanks!
21 27-may Siem Reap-Bangkok
22 28-may Bangkok
23 29-may Bangkok
24 30-may Bangkok
25 31-may Bangkok - Kanchanaburi. Visit Kanchanaburi.
26 01-jun Morning in Kanchanaburi. In the afternoon Kanchanaburi- Ayutthaya
27 02-jun Visit Ayutthaya. In the evening Ayutthaya - Sukhotai
28 03-jun Visit Sukhotai. In the evening Sukhotai - Chiang Mai
29 04-jun Chiang Mai
30 05-jun Chiang Mai
31 06-jun Chiang Mai. In the evening Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao
32 07-jun Chiang Dao
33 08-jun Chiang Dao. In the evening Chiang Dao - Chiang Rai
34 09-jun Chiang Rai
35 10-jun Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong (Huay Xai)
Is it worth staying 2/3 nights in each "Chiang" or is it better to stay 5 days in just one? Are there many differences in the activities / sights? Thank you!
#1 kitsune has been a member since 10/4/2010. Posts: 8
Personally I would not spend any time in Chiang Rai (the city that is) - very boring. I would spend a couple days in Chiang Mai , then go up to Chiang Dao for 1 or 2 nights.
Chiang Dao (town) itself is not terribly interesting. In my opinion, the reason to go up there is stay out of town in the forested areas, like at Chiang Dao Nest http://nest.chiangdao.com/ and do some self-guided walking or mountain biking. Lovely setting with nice jungly and limestone cliff scenery and chance to be sort of on your own before re-joining the tourist track. Also the "Nest" has amazing food in a tranquil garden setting.
You could also just base yourself in Chiang Mai for the week and do daytrips and/or an overnight trek. If you're ok with riding a small scooter (Honda Click, etc) rent for 200 baht/day and ride up to Mae Sa which has many attractions about 15km north of CM, as well as Huay Tung Tao lake where you can swim and eat and drink in a fairly green natural setting. Or ride up the excellent twisting road to Doi Suthep (local mountain) and visit the famous Suthep temple plus the two Hmong villages, coffee plantation, Phuping Palace, etc. Lots of 1-day getaways out of Chiang Mai. I live here so am biased =)