First time traveling to Thailand. Female, young 20s. Have 15 days. Researched and mapped it out - and I know there have been threads on these two subjects before - however, I haven't found what I need.
Chiang Mai - I have three open days. I'm a hiker - steeper the better. I'd love to ride an elephant. I'm on a 100 - 150 USD $ budget for this activity. Anyone have a favorite 2-3 day trekking company?
I want to learn to dive on Ko Tao . Ideally I'd hit Ko Phagan for the half-moon party on my birthday (september 13th), but I'm looking tight on time getting to the island.
I fly into Phuket on the 9th at 12:30 AM. It's difficult to find a bus/ferry combo I can purchase online to Ko Tao - i'd prefer to have them on hand because I'm nervous about making the 9AM start of diving lessons on the 10th (that would give me one day, from 12:30 AM to 9:00 AM the next day-- when I start lessons).
I've found a good ferry from Chumporn to Ko Tao that leaves at 1:00 PM on the 9th ($20)...but ensuring I make it to Chumporn on time by bus from the Phuket airport has been an issue online. I'd rather not fly, as i'll be a little tight pocketed at that point.
Diving lasts three days 10th, 11th, 12th.
I can head over to Ko Phagan the morning of the 13th.
But if feedback = that I'm cutting it too close with the Phuket to Ko Tao travel all in one day, I'll start diving a day later and scratch the half-moon party, allowing myself 2 days to arrive on Ko Tao.
Any help with this would be VERY appreciated. I am beyond ecstatic, but don't want to make 1st-timer, silly time mistakes and be dubbed a forever-dumbix by my mistake-awaiting friends. Thank you!!
#1 Gearyd has been a member since 28/8/2013. Posts: 1
Scratch the half moon party. The idea should be to have a good time, not induce stress into your life. It's just another party. The hiking and diving seem more important to you based on what you wrote.
#2 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Phuket is a long way from Chumphon . You can fly to Chumphon or Surat from Bangkok and catch ferries. See Air Asia and Nok Air for flights.
You can learn to dive in Phuket Phi Phi or Krabi if you want. No need to go to Tao. Phi Phi is similar to Tao anyway. If you are flying into Phuket from another country just go to Phi Phi instead.
Chiang Mai has many treks to choose from. Mostly moderate treks but interesting and you can include an elephant ride in a trek as well as bamboo rafting. I've done a 3 day trek and it was pretty good.
#3 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148