I will be travelling to Thailand for Xmas and NY - We have 3 weeks that is all.
We have booked a connecting flight to Chiang Mai on the day we arrive - 20th Dec. Need a nice place to stay to relax for the 1st night before we start on our adventure.
Looking for some different experience's - We both like treking, also would like to do a Thai cooking day and maybe a days fishing - Have about 12days in the north before we head south to send the last few days on a beach and some shopping.
What is a good idea for NY if we are still up North.
We will buy a rough guide/lonely planet but have found that this site has been useful previously for newer ideas.
#1 miked has been a member since 27/7/2009. Posts: 7
Don't blow Bangkok off! Usually when tourists come in to Bangkok and immediately fly out they have other problems like connection times or place to stay between flights. In Bangkok you could have booked flights to Chiang Mai from one of the local travel agencies pretty easy or book the popular overnight sleeper train to that city.
I think it is easier on tourists to actually see Bangkok for a few days, maybe take in a tour or two and then head out for other places. You can check out the hotel you booked or some other ones nearby if it is not good enough. Also, during this time you would be able to unload some winter wear and other unneeded junk at the first hotel. Some hotels store your stuff knowing you will return again for another night before you fly home. Why carry winter jackets, gloves, sweaters and other cold weather gear with you all through Thailand, if you have some.
At least spend the last night in Bangkok before you fly out. This will give you a last chance to purchase some souvenirs, take in a tour or evening dinner cruise. Also you won't be worrying about any last minute flight breaking down and you miss your flighthome. From the city area you can make it to the airport in around 25 to 40 minutes by meter taxi in the morning depending on where you are staying and the time. Meter taxi cabs are available 24 hours a day and very easy to get.
In Chiang Mai check out one of the many travel agencies and see if one of their treks or tours will do for you. There are cooking schools you can sign up for too. They are used to tourists choosing a tour one day and leaving the following day.
How much time do you have to kill between flights? Will you be checking your bags through all the way to Chiang Mai? If your connecting flight is on a discount airline keep in mind that some of them have lower weight limits than the big airline you flew over on.
Good luck you will have a good time up north.
I assume you've considered the various options here on Travelfish?
If not (and some who post here haven't - or at least to any major degree), try these sites...
10 trek options. Especially look at Chiang Dao (but it's not the only place, it's just that it's relatively easy to get to from Chiang Mai).
for Pai and a ride / swim with elephants, and/or river rafting.
For a somewhat different 'perspective' of Thailand (than Chiang Mai), you might like to check out...
Lamphun, or Sukhothai.
These latter two would allow you to bus it back to Bangkok (if you like).
There's plenty of ideas here on Travelfish.