I am going to be in Thailand from the 12 December for around a month as part of my trip round Asia. I am hoping to head to the Gulf Islands for the Christmas and new year period, spending around 5 days each on Samui and Pangnang. After this I want to fly up to Chiang Mai , Hopefully on January 2nd. I have a couple of questions for more experienced Thai travellers;
Is Phuket the only place to fly to Chiang Mai from in the south? If so will I be able to get to Phuket from koh pangnang in one day, seeing as it will be new years day will the Thai transport system be running as usual? There are 2 flights from Phuket to Chiang Mai , morning and evening. Therefore if I leave koh pangnang on new years day will I get to Phuket the same evening and be able to catch the early flight the next day or am I best to do the journey in two days and catch the evening flight on the 2nd.
#1 Jw90 has been a member since 21/9/2011. Posts: 1
You don't necessarily need to go all the way to Phuket just to catch a flight. You could fly from Samui Island, connecting through Bangkok, or from Surat Thani, again connecting through Bangkok.
The Samui Island option will be expensive, but if you get lucky, you might catch a decent price on the Surat Thani-BKK and BKK-Chiang Mai option, particularly if Air Asia is still flying those routes.
I'd be nervous trying to travel like that over the New Year Holiday weekend. It is a big deal in Thailand and most anyone who can will be on travelling that weekend.
Hope that helps. Cheers.