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First trip to Thailand for around 18 days

Posted by Scotsgirl on 17/4/2013 at 07:30

Hi everyone!

I plan to travel to Thailand in January 2014 with my husband. We are 26/27 year olds.

We plan to fly into Bangkok and stay for 2 nights. From then onwards we are looking for some tips on where to visit...

(I had originally hoped we could see a bit of Cambodia and Vietnam too but I am now thinking it will be too much to fit in and we won't really get a good feel of the places)

So...ideally we would like to see 2 or 3 different locations in Thailand. We like trekking, culture, wildlife, beaches, nice scenery. Not interested in partying on this trip. We would like mid of the line accommodation then possibly a nice hotel on a beach somewhere picturesque to finish off. Ideally we would like to stay where its not too 'touristy'.

Any advice on where to go, how long to stay there, how to get about would be very appreciated!

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 17/4/2013 at 09:55

"We like trekking, culture, wildlife, beaches, nice scenery."

Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Trang are good places to visit. The later have airports with cheap flights also a mini bus between the two. Kanch is easy to visit from Bangkok.

Jan is peak season so there will be lots of tourists around but Trang is off the main tourist trail.

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Posted by ThaiStick on 18/4/2013 at 17:45

You might just want to consider dropping one location from Thailand and going to Siem Reap in Cambodia for a few days to see the legendary Angkor Wat. It's just right next door to Thailand.

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Posted by JaiYen88 on 18/4/2013 at 18:31

I second what ThaiStick said! You can get from Bangkok to Siem Reap in 6 - 8 hours, depending on how long it takes to get across the border, definitely worth it!

How long is the trip going to be overall?

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Posted by Scotsgirl on 19/4/2013 at 04:34

19 days all in. We will have 17 full days and 2 days either side of that will be arriving and departing Bangkok.

We would love to see Angkor Wat! How would you recommend we travel from Bankok to Siem Reap? It is definately something to consider.

We have thought about going trekking and I have heard people talk about 'pooh eco trekking'. Anyone got any experience on this? Is it worth doing. We are both reasonably fit.


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Posted by chinarocks on 19/4/2013 at 05:55

Hi Scotsgirl

For what it's worth, I would recommend sticking to Thailand for this trip and getting the most you can out of that country rather than adding another one into the mix, especially given that you have only 2.5 weeks. This is enough to get a feel for Thailand but if you go across to Cambodia you will reduce your time in Thailand to under 2 weeks, you will incur additional visa costs and you will not get to see what else Cambodia has to offer (Kampot, PP, Battambang, wild undeveloped North East etc). Come back some other time to see Cambodia.

Less is usually more!


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Posted by alexdavid on 19/4/2013 at 07:33

This project originated as a study tour focused on the natural environment, cultures and traditions of the local communities in various Hill Tribe villages in the northern part of Thailand. The study tour was considered an eye-opening experience as it provided opportunities for its participants to learn about crucial aspects of existing problems that have been widespread among many Hill Tribe villages in northern Thailand. For various reasons in northern Thailand, there is a struggle to have enough land for all the people’s needs, for forest protection, and for security; this has brought the Hill Tribes quickly into contact with modern life and has forever changed their situation whilst making some of their traditional practices impossible to continue.
There are now between 25-26 children living at the Mae Kok Foundation ranging from 4-18 years old.
The current Volunteer Project and activities are part of a joint effort between ISV Foundation Thailand and the Mae Kok Foundation. The ultimate goal is to improve the life of underprivileged Hill Tribe children by providing housing, food, education and other vocational training activities. These training activities include improving agricultural knowledge and working skills in the areas of vegetable gardening, welding, building and embroidery, as a way to provide the children with better opportunities for their future dependence.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 19/4/2013 at 11:52

Angkor Wat is mafia controlled. You can see the same sorts of temples at Phanom Rung and Phimai, just smaller.

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