I'm travelling to Thailand in December with my 14 year old daughter for 4 weeks ... we're both really looking forward to having this trip together!
I've been reading the many wonderful posts on this site for days now, trying to decide how to best spend our time. It's been really helpful!
I do have some questions I'm hoping some kind soul can help me with -
We'd like to spend just a few days in Bangkok, then head to the Kanchanaburi area, to Chiang Mai as a base for a bit, and to the beach (in no particular order). If I can manage it, I'd love to make a quick side trip to Angkor Wat, but that may not be feasible - and we really don't want to rush anywhere too much!
Is it possible to travel from the Kanchanaburi area to Chiang Mai without going back to Bangkok?
Also, our flight arrives late at night into Bangkok - and I'm not certain of the safest way for a lone woman and a teenage girl to travel into the city.
We're hoping to travel to Khao Sok national park and to find a reasonably tranquil beach somewhere for a bit? Any recommendations??
We're fairly self sufficient, budget (ish) travellers - ... and I'm pretty confused by the overwhelming number of options with regard to the many beautiful islands! We would love to visit some national parks, if possible and to do some snorkelling.
We'll be in Thailand over the Christmas/New period, and we're flexible about where spend that time - and would love to hear any suggestions anyone has!
#1 lc60 has been a member since 14/8/2006. Posts: 4
Welcome to Travelfish - glad you're finding the site useful.
AFAIK, there are not direct Govt buses from Kanchanaburi to Chiang Mai, though there are probably minibuses doing the route -- if it was me, I'd just go back to Bangkok, transfer to northern bus station/ of the train station, and head north to Chiang mai.
Late at nioght from Bangkok - metereed taxi should be fine - be sure to get a metered taxi. Though by December the new airport will be open and I'm not sure exactly how it is all going to work...will find out soon!
If your going to Khao Sok, then sontinuing west to Khao Lak (in Phang Nga province) is an ideal option - post-tsunami re-construiction is ongoing but many places are oprn for business.
Another option is to head south from Khao Sok to Krabi - there's lots of islands out from there - Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta... or even Ko Yao Noi & Yai... Og noo I'm listing tooo many islands again!
Others may have more suggestions.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,789
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I too am travelling with my 13 yo son in December. We are starting in Bangkok, heading up to Chiang Mai then heading back down to Ko Phangan and going into Khao Sok NP then onto Phuket. My son is only staying 3 weeks then flying home to his dad for xmas giving us some free time.
Have spent months in the planning and working to a budget so more than happy to share our plans and ideas. Just drop me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Speak to you soon