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bangkok ot chaing mai

Posted by basejump on 15/12/2008 at 18:26


if you only had 2 and a half days in thailand would you choose to spend it in bangkok or chaing mai or split your time?

We have a stopover in thailand on the way to Luang Prabang and can either fly out of bangkok or chaing mai and could even spend a night in bangkok and two nights in chaig mai before heading into laos.
we are traveling to LP for pii mai in april 2009 via bangkok

we currently plan to be in LP for 4 nights

we can fly to LP

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Posted by exacto on 15/12/2008 at 21:01

two and a half days isn't much time, so i'd probably spend it either one place or the other. i imagine which one would depend on if i'd been to either place already or not. if you haven't been to bangers yet, i'd spend it there. that's particularly true if you'll be arriving in thailand via a long flight and will need the time to catch up from the jet lag.

one other thing to consider, however, is that it will likely be really hot in bangkok in april. we're talking hot. so if the heat is an issue, chiang mai might be a better option for you.

then again, you could always just spend a quick overnight in bangkok and then fly directly to LP and spend the extra time there. four nights in LP isn't as much time as it sounds like on paper, and the extra time there will allow a good side trip too.

no matter which you do, because you'll be travelling through the busy pii mai season, i'd definitely make sure my transportation reservation was made well in advance and consider booking my accommodation in advance as well. cheers.

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Posted by Jon_Mak_Mak on 15/12/2008 at 22:58

Great advise there from exacto! I would also pick one place and spend the time there. 2.5 days isnt enough to wast time checking out to places. I would probably just choose Bangkok.

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Posted by travelrock on 16/12/2008 at 09:17

bangkok has more character than chiang mai and more things to do in a short time

- grand palace/national musuem
- suan lum night bazaar
- lumpinee boxing stadium for muay thai
- mbk/siam paragon for shopping
- saxophone pub for live blues music

april is very hot, apart from the first activity you can spend your time indoors or at night. bangkok comes alive at night so it's better then.

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Posted by basejump on 16/12/2008 at 18:40

thsnks; all good advice

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Posted by sirhalberd on 17/12/2008 at 20:26

Time is short you shouldn't waste a lot of it sitting around airports.

Stay in Bangkok. Get a hotel near the Skytrain route so you can use that overhead train service to get around the city.

There is lots to see in Bangkok. I would get a hotel in the Siam or Sukhumvit Road area so you can walk to many places.

You can get tours through the many travel agencies. Stop in, select a tour if you want and the company picks you up at your hotel and returns you there. You can even sign up for an evening dinner cruise.

List of hotels you can look over:

Cheaper hotels also available.

Good luck.

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Posted by basejump on 17/12/2008 at 22:25

thanks for all your advice; i'd hadn't appreaciated that bangkok had a lot to offer

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