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3 weeks: from north to south itinerary (and Angkor?)

Posted by Dimas on 22/7/2014 at 21:24

In two days we leave and we don't have the route yet. I'm working on it just now and I'll appreciate any comments or suggestions.

I'd like to be free to change the plans in Chiang Mai and the south (islands) on the fly.

OPTION A: 170 euros / person (2 internal flights)
Day 1: Arrival Bangkok 19h (Khao Sand Rd.)
Day 2: Excursion Ayutthaya
Day 3: Chatuchak + Royal Palace + NIGHT TRAIN to Chiang Mai
Day 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9: Chiang Mai and surroundings (City temples + Wat Pra That Doi Suthep + Elephant Park + Trekking/BTT + Pai?)
Day 10: FLIGHT Chiang Mai > Samui (direct or passing by Bangkok)
Day 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16: Koh Tao, Phang-Ang... (Snorkle, Windsurf, Relax) + Railay, maybe staying at Khao Sok.
Day 17: FLIGHT to Bangkok
Day 18: Bangkok (Floating market, park, skyscraper, ...)
Day 19: Bangkok (Chinatown) + FLIGHT TO HOME (12h)

Disadvantages: Changing Angkor for Ayutthaya
Advantages: Price, flexibility (no need to make flight reservations), time


OPTION B: 320 euros / person (3 internal flights)
Day 1: Arrival flight Bangkok 19h + Khao Sand Rd.
Day 2: Chatuchak + Royal Palace + NIGHT TRAIN to Chiang Mai
Day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: Chiang Mai and surroundings (City temples + Wat Pra That Doi Suthep + Elephant Park + Trekking/BTT)
Day 8: FLIGHT Chiang Mai > Samui (direct or passing by Bangkok)
Day 9, 10, 11: Koh Tao, Phang-Ang... (Snorkle, Windsurf, Relax)
Day 12: BUS to the west coast (Railay), maybe staying at Khao Sok.
Day 13, 14: Railay (Escalada, Windsurf, Snorkle o quizá alguna excursión isla cercana)
Day 15: FLIGHT to Siem Reap + Short route Angkor
Day 16: Larg route Angkor (or lake towns)
Day 17: FLIGHT Siem Reap > Bangkok
Day 18: Bangkok (Floating market, park, skyscraper)
Day 19: Bangkok (Chinatown) + FLIGHT TO HOME (12h)

Advantages: Angkor
Disadvantages: I must decide before departing at which island I will take the flight to Siem Reap, few places on flights:-((


OPTION C: 390 euros / person (4 internal flights)
Day 1: Arrival Bangkok 19h (Khao Sand Rd.)
Day 2: FLIGHT Bangkok 10AM > Siem Reap 11AM + Short route Angkor
Day 3: Large route Angkor (or lake towns)
Day 4: Angkor
Day 5: FLIGHT Siem Reap 16PM > Chiang Mai 21PM
Day 6, 7, 8, 9, 10: Chiang Mai and surroundings (City temples + Wat Pra That Doi Suthep + Elephant Park + Trekking/BTT)
Day 11: FLIGHT Chiang Mai > Samui (direct or passing by Bangkok)
Day 12, 13, 14, 15: Koh Tao, Phang-Ang... (Snorkle, Windsurf, Relax)
Day 16: FLIGHT to Bangkok
Day 17, 18: Bangkok (Chatuchak, Churches, Skyscraper, Floating market, Park)
Day 19: Bangkok (Chinatown) + FLIGHT TO HOME (12h)

Advantages: Angkor, I only need to book flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap, and Siem Reap to Chiang Mai. After that I'm free to change plans.
Disadvantages: Few days for the islands, Price


OPTION D : 390 euros / person (4 internal flights)
Same as C but removing 1 day to Angkor and another one to Bangkok, and giving these 2 days to the islands (maybe going to the west)

Any comments are welcome!

#1 Dimas has been a member since 22/7/2014. Posts: 1

Posted by comtam3000 on 23/7/2014 at 22:58

3 weeks is a decent chunk of time, but my one piece of advice would simply be less is more.

-Angkor Wat might be a stretch in my opinion, maybe save that for next time? Unless you've got a total temple boner.

-Briefly looking over your itineraries and seeing the destinations you've mentioned, I would suggest splitting your time between Bangkok, Chiang Mai area (I personally would spend a week in this area alone if I had only 3 weeks), Railay, Phang Ang, and one of the gulf islands. Even that might be a stretch. Remember this is all based on my personal style of travel though, I much prefer sticking around somewhere for more than just 1/2 nights

Un saludo!

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