Hello everyone I was hopeing if people could help me. I will be traveling around Thailand on my own at the end of the year and I was wanting help. I want to spend about a month in Thailand. Want to experience culture and enjoy myself to. Was hoping people could give me tips on what route to take? What is better night busses or trains? Also want to spend time with elephants if possible..
Thanks for any help.
#1 John83 has been a member since 20/2/2014. Posts: 1
Night buses are dangerous. Flights are cheap. Go where ever you want, it's your holiday. If you really want culture then you wouldn't be following some set path.
#2 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
There's just the single rail line up into the north, so most of your travel will be by bus (night- or day-) or boat (if you do the Tha Ton to Chiang Rai trip.
Elephants, well the flavour of the year it seems is Elephant Nature Park as for more "cultural" activities, trekking is the easiest way to take a look at how other minorities live, so here are two stories that may be of use:
Trekking locations outside ChiangMai
As for places to go, personally I reckon Chiang Mai is a must see - both for its temples and food. Mae Hong Son is pretty while Soppong is worth a look for the caves. Pai isn't so much to my taste, but it is a highlight for many first time visitors to Northern Thailand.
Another good temple town is Lampang while in the far northeast, Nan offers some more off the neaten track trekking options.
Hope that helps.