I'm planning to spend 3 weeks in Thailand between May 18th and June 8th. In previous holidays I've been in Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia but for some reason, I always skipped Thailand. I will be arriving from Kuala Lumpur and if possible I prefer to avoid Bangkok, since I've been there already (same for Ko Samui). My idea is 2 weeks of sightseeing and 1 week of beach and relax. Starting from Chiang Mai , can somebody suggest an itinerary going south and finish the last week in the coast close to Cambodia?
The reason to start in Chiang Mai is the direct connection to KL
Thanks in advance for your help!
#1 sulaco has been a member since 24/2/2014. Posts: 3
Indeed, there are just so many ways to wing it. Nevertheless, here's my two baht's worth. If sightseeing entails temples and historical sights then a fairly straightforward route would be to follow the railway line south. This way you'll get to visit Lampang, Sukhothai, Lopburi, and Ayutthaya. Once you're in Bangkok you can then head east along the coastline.
Ayutthaya / Bang Pa-in https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.581944265161684.1073741852.158074784215303&type=3
Or you could confine yourself to the north for the first week and a half using Chiang Mai as a base. This way you'll be able to check out Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle, as well as Mae Hong Son and Chiang Khan. The links below will provide you with pictures of what to expect.
Mae Hong Son http://topicstock.pantip.com/blueplanet/topicstock/2010/06/E9383553/E9383553.html
Chiang Rai / Doi Tung http://2g.pantip.com/cafe/blueplanet/topic/E12960732/E12960732.html
Chiang Khan http://www.chalaom.com/?pl=30
Thanks for your help. After reading and checking some suggestions I came with something similar, but maybe you can help to polish this:
- Around 6 days for Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and surroundings.
- Head South with stop in Sukhothai (1 day stop)
- Continue to Ayutthaya (1 day)
From here, find my way to Erawan, Nam Tok and maybe Kanchanaburi and spend in this area 3 days
Finally, go to Koh Chang for at least 5 days, maybe with one stop somewhere half way, also focusing on sun+beach
With this, is around 16 days and I have which I can use for side visits, travel between locations, or spend some more time in the north.
#5 sulaco has been a member since 24/2/2014. Posts: 3
If you're Kanchanaburi-bound then two nights in Sangkhlaburi wouldn't go amiss, though you'd be better off taking a van from the provincial capital as the bus takes ages to arrive.
On the eastern seaboard I'd normally recommend a short sojourn on Ko Samet (Ao Phrao if you can afford it), but the island suffered an oil spill in July last year. While I haven't been there recently, the consensus on Thai-language message boards is that Haad Sai Kaew, easily the most accessible of the beaches, is safe to visit.
Avoid Pattaya and Koh Larn if you can.
Food, culture, sightseeing, walking around, hiking, those type of things. I'm not interested in a retreat in a monastery or doing yoga. I'm more of the type that wakes up early in the day to witness an amazing sunrise, continues all day visiting places, doing things, learning about the local culture and finish with a nice dinner. I'm not interested in extreme sports either.
Ko Samet sounds great to divide the beach time between both locations.
#8 sulaco has been a member since 24/2/2014. Posts: 3