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Things to do in northern Thailand

Posted by lohdennis on 29/12/2017 at 18:48

My wife and I (we are both in early 60's but in good general health) have spent a total of 3 weeks in Thailand in the past. 10 days in Bangkok (in two separate occasions) and the rest in Ayutayya, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai. Now we are doing a megatrip (10 weeks starting January 17, 2018) to SE Asia flying into Bangkok. For Thailand, we plan to spend a few days in BKK then fly to Chiang Mai. Then bus to Chiang Rai as our main base to visit Mae Sai, Mae Salong, Golden Triange, and Chiang Saeng before moving on to Chiang Kong/Huay Xai en route to Luang Prabang via Pak Beng on boat. Stay in Luang Prabang possibly a week. After that we plan to fly to Siem Reap for a week. The rest of the trip is not clear at the moment. We will probably not go to Vietnam this time as it's the beginning of Tet, by then. We will do that on another trip (same goes for Myanmar and Indonesia, another trip.). The rest of the time we might go to Phnom Penh, then back to Thailand, explore more of Thailand then down to Malaysia ( Penang , KL, and Malakka) and eventually to Singapore by the middle of March. We plan to be in Penang for the Lantern Festival (March 2). We like beaches but we get bored if there isn't much to do after a day or two.
Specific questions:
1) Should we visit Mae Hong Son? If so, fly or bus from Chiang Mai?
2) How many days are necessary for Chiang Rai-based tourism? We are fit but no serious hikers/trekkers. We don't like to rush but we always have very active days doing "things".
3) Should we go to Phu Chee Fah?
We are very flexible as you can see. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Posted by telmi on 30/12/2017 at 08:59

Looks like your only travel experience in Laos will be the two day boat trip. Too bad. Suggest heading to Luang Namtha from Huay Xay and stay at least 2 days there, then bus to Oudom Xay for 1 night then bus south to Pak Beng for a night then 1 day boat trip to LP. Take mid-sized local buses and rub elbows with local people. Still get in one day for boat trip which is enough. All 3 of these bus trips are 4 hours or less.

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Posted by lohdennis on 30/12/2017 at 09:02

Thank you. Will look into all of your suggestions. We have time on our trip.

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Posted by SiamGarden on 5/1/2018 at 23:04

Phu Chi Fa is a nice place, a little crowded during Thai holidays.
From Phu Chi Fa area it is also possible to get to Nan province and get into Laos from the Huai Khon-Muang Ngeun border. From this border bus to Luang Prabang or to Pakbeng to take the boat to LP (in this case only ne day on the boat).
Mae Hong Son is also a very nice province. You could also go by bus and eventually get back to CM by plane. Or, if you have more days, make the so called "Mae Hong Son loop" (Chiang Mai, Soppong, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang, Chiang Mai) by bus

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Posted by lohdennis on 6/1/2018 at 11:06

Thanks so much. Will follow.

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Posted by wanderer143 on 16/1/2018 at 15:08

Looks good. Yes I also recommend Mae Hong Son. There's a qigong/meditation retreat in Pai and it's wonderful!

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