I’m going to be travelling around Thailand alone for around 5weeks in august/September. It’s going to my 1st time ever leaving the country (Ireland)! I fly into Kuala lumpur and I’m thinking of flying up to chaing mai and working my way down to Malaysia and travelling through stopping off a few places to get to KL. I haven’t been able to find much information about doing this so anything you can tell me would be useful.
Would it be a better idea to just fly back as I only have 5 weeks?
I’m also finding planning my trip difficult with so many places and things to do. Anyone got any advice or tips on how to being planning and narrowing down my choices? I’m hoping to do a bit of everything – temple/ruins, trekking, beaches.
Thanks for any help.
#1 elainemc has been a member since 17/4/2010. Posts: 1
Doesnt make sense to go from KL to Chang Mai as you cant get to Chang Mai without passing through BKK first.
I suggest you go from KL to the South of Thailand to a beach (as you stated). Then go North to BKK, then up to Chang Mai. Then after Chang Mai fly from BKK to KL to get your flight back.
If you want to see temples try Sukkothai. It is North of BKK on the way to Chang Mai. Probably the best place. Also Ayuthaya is another option.
There is good trekking near Chang Rai/Pai.
Keep in mind that you will be right in the thick of Monsoon so I would avoid the Andaman coast and got to a beach on the Gulf (East). Monsoon wont hit that side until October.
Good luck and have fun!
#2 yogakhaolak has been a member since 1/4/2010. Posts: 45
I'm a beach guy - form this point of view if I was travelling back to KL that time of year I'd be hitting the southern Gulf (Samui/Phangan/Tao) and the Perhentians/Redang because they tend to be in dry season whereas the western side of the peninsula is normally in wet season. Not a no-no, but more rain, not as much sunshine.
It is possible to fly KL to Chiang Mai - Air Asia do it. I rather like your idea of starting in the north and slowly heading south.
You could spend a bit of time up in the north before heading back towards Bangkok. From there head south and, like Tezza says, visit some of the east coast islands. From there you could always head to Krabi and fly on to KL. Or it may be possible to travel overland, though will leave others to advise as parts of the south east of Thailand is considered off-limits at present.