We will be arriving in Bangkok on Boxing day and were thinking about heading up to the North until just after New Year at which point we were thinking about heading down to the islands off Trang for two weeks before heading back to Bangkok to fly home. We are trying to decide where to go in the North using either Chang Mai or Chang Rai as a starting point. One thing that has interested us is 3 day rafting trips - can anyone provide more information about these? We love walking and wildlife and would be interested to hear about which of the national parks are a must. Any suggestions for New Year in the North would be appreciated too. Does anyone know how easy it would be or not be to travel to Ko Chang on the way down to the islands off Trang? One last thing would be to ask of recommended dive clubs on the islands around Trang. Many thanks
#1 ecoldwell has been a member since 2/10/2008. Posts: 10
You will find more info about rafting and trekking from guesthouse websites, just surf around to find which ones have websites. On the accomodation pages here there are links to a number of these websites. Chiang Mai can be used as a starting point but often the better rafting is from Chiang Rai or Fang. Or if you like caves you can try rafting through the caves at Tham Lod.
As to getting to Koh Chang you just bus from Bangkok to Trat . Trat is a good place to stay a day and see the market. Then take a sangthaew, a sort of cut down car converted into a taxi-cum-bus to Laem Ngop. From there you take a ferry to Ko Chang . You can spend extra and get a speedboat but the slow boat is the option I would prefer. Apart from being cheaper it allows you to appreciate the Gulf of Thailand. There are plenty of guesthouses on Ko Chang , have a look at Ko Chang under Thailand hot-spots to the right.
As you mentioned parks I would recommend that you take the ferry that goes to Ao Sapparot. From there it's a short drive to the national park offices at Ban Khlong Son, and Ko Chang 's national park is one you want to see with it's waterfalls, thick jungle and varied wildlife.
#2 mic59 has been a member since 30/7/2008. Posts: 107
#3 ecoldwell has been a member since 2/10/2008. Posts: 10