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Where to stop between Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Posted by Remedy on 16/5/2010 at 19:21

Hi,

In the not so distant future I'm planning on taking the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The thing is that when I travel I always try to mix things up a little by not going straight from one big city to another, but rather stop somewhere enroute and spend a couple of days in a place with a different feel to it.

Does anyone have any good advice on where I could jump of the train and kick back ?

Thanks,

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Posted by swankyelf on 16/5/2010 at 20:44

There are handy dandy sample itineraries in the "before you leave" drop down list. This one notes the various spots worthy of visiting b/w BKK and Chiang Mai:

https://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/thailand-northern-explorer

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Posted by Tilapia on 16/5/2010 at 22:18

Some Ideas

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Posted by idreamofdurian on 17/5/2010 at 15:29 TF writer

Ayuthaya, Khampaeng Phet, Sukhothai

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Posted by exacto on 17/5/2010 at 22:47

Good choices directly on the train line from Bangkok to Chiang Mai are Ayutthaya , Lop Buri, Phitsanulok and Lampang . Ayutthaya and Lop Buri are good for ruins and ancient culture with a nice touch of backpacker fun. Phitsanulok and Lampang are Thai and other asian tourist destinations. You'll find great value and good fun in both places.

If you are willing to get off the train line a bit, then Kamphaeng Phet , Sukhothai , and Sri Satchanalai are good options. They formed the core of the first Thai state. All have good ruins and Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet have good accommodation and great food and local night life choices. Have fun. Cheers.

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Posted by exacto on 17/5/2010 at 22:48

Good choices directly on the train line from Bangkok to Chiang Mai are Ayutthaya , Lop Buri, Phitsanulok and Lampang . Ayutthaya and Lop Buri are good for ruins and ancient culture with a nice touch of backpacker fun. Phitsanulok and Lampang are Thai and other asian tourist destinations. You'll find great value and good fun in both places.

If you are willing to get off the train line a bit, then Kamphaeng Phet , Sukhothai , and Sri Satchanalai are good options. They formed the core of the first Thai state. All have good ruins and Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet have good accommodation and great food and local night life choices. Have fun. Cheers.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 18/5/2010 at 10:35 admin

Lots of good tips! Still more information in this story: https://www.travelfish.org/feature/152

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Posted by Remedy on 19/5/2010 at 00:08

Thanks for all the replies. Lots of good tips here. Guess I have to spend some time researching all possibilities.

Cheers,

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Posted by thaiyaikit on 20/5/2010 at 22:10

As ever, Exacto offers good, solid, and reliable advice. If you stay in Ayutthaya overnight, be sure to book anywhere along the river. Stunning views and, if you are up at dawn, one of the best places to sit and listen to the birds' dawn chorus!

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