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Itinerary opinions - 6 weeks in Thailand

Posted by rooflee on 5/9/2010 at 03:27

Hi there,

I would really appreciate if someone can have a look at my itinerary and pin point routes that could be done easier or better. We'll be arriving in bangkok on the 12th November. Here we go!

Bangkok - 2 nights
overnight train to Chiang Mai - 3 or 4 nights???
bus to Pai - 5 nights
back to Chiang Mai and overnight train to Ayuthaya
Ayuthaya - 1 night, might consider 2, is it necessary?
back to Bangkok, overnight train to Trang to get to Railay, Krabi. Is that stupid, can I stop anywhere closer to get to Railay?
Railay - 2 nights
ferry to Phi Phi - 3 nights
phuket - 1 night, don't know if i should spend more cause from what I've read it's a bit hectic and we aren't the party people type, just looking to chill and stay in laid back places.
bus it to Koh Lak - 3 nights, how long does the bus take from phuket town? was considering to add an extra 2 days to visit surin islands but I think it would work out to be a bit expensive from koh lak.
bus to surat thani....any clue on how long it takes to get to surat?
surat to ko samui - 1 night
ko phangan - 6 nights
ko tao - 4 nights
overnight train from chumphon to bangkok and bus to Kanchananburi
Kanchananburi - 2 nights
back to Bangkok

Don't know if you're confused enough? I am :)

Thanks in advance.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 6/9/2010 at 00:48

" Pai 5 nights", maybe do a sidetrip 2 days to Soppong and stay at Cave Lodge (superb quiet nature spot) Rent scooters in Pai and ride there (awesome).

Down south I'd say you have too many stops, and be aware inside the lower gulf (Ko Samui/Phangan/Tao) can be very rainy in November and December. Maybe sounds harsh but I would skip the whole Phuket-KhaoLak-SuratThani-Samui-Phangan-Tao plan and focus instead on lower west coast places like Railay, Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, and smaller islands Ko Kradan, Ko Muk, Ko Jum (pick a few not all). Train from Bangkok to Trang is a good way to start this off (closest train station to these islands with good connections).

Get back to Bangkok towards the end and sure Kanchanaburi can make a nice finale (Erawan falls, Hellfire Pass, river tours) just be aware Thai tourism kicks into high gear around the King's Birthday December-5 through January and especially on weekends Kanchanaburi town along the river can get really busy (and noisy with drunken karaoke barges late nights). Or go do a few last beach days on Ko Samet (also heaving on weekends tho).

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Posted by rooflee on 7/9/2010 at 00:18

Thanks for the tips captain. Will consider what you've said and maybe ask some more questions soon :)


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