Trip to thailand - itinerary ideas
  • Hi Guys.

    I am looking to visit Thailand in July/August time, the dates im looking to go are from the 29th July - 15th August. I'll be flying from Manchester.

    I really need some good advice on how to plan the trip because its a surprise for my girlfriend so i want to make sure i get it right! First things first, altogether including spending money we would be looking to spend roughly £2500 each max! At the moment i have an itinary that reads:

    Day 1 (29th July) - Fly To Bangkok from Manchester (Stay for 3 Nights to explore and go shopping)
    Day 4 (1st August) - Fly to Surat Thani from Bangkok, get boat from Surat Thani over to Kho Pha-ngan. (Stay in Kho-Pha-gnan for 5 nights. The reason for this is that we want to go to the full moon party, but i have been told that you can only book accomodation for 5 nights at a time??? If this is wrong then any advice on the best thing to do would be great!)
    Day 9 (6th August) - Boat back to mainland and then bus to Phuket. I was going to book a nice hotel for 5 nights in Phuket since we would have spent 9 days before hand rushing around Bangkok and getting drunk at the full moon party. Is this a good idea? Are there any nice (not too expensive) hotels in Phuket? Is it best to stay in Patong? What can we do for 5 days whilst we're there?? Ive heard there is also a day tour of some locations filmed in 'The Beach' and a James Bond film???
    Day 14 (11th August) - Fly from Phuket to Chang Mai. I was going to book for us to stay in Chang Mai for 3 nights. Is this a good option? What can we do whilst we're there?
    Day 17 (14th August) - Fly from Chang Mai to Bangkok, Fly from Bangkok to Manchester

    Looking at the itinery guys is there anything that i have got wrong?? Would it be affordable on the budget i quoted? Would it be best to stay in Phuket longer and not go to Chang Mai or Vice Versa?? I reall really need some help as i dont want to get this wrong, its my first visit to Thailand and i dont want to mess it up, especially for my girlfriend!

    To help you out, we would both really want to go to Bangkok to shop, the full moon party as ive heard its amazing and then chill out on a nice beach in a nice hotel as we would need to unwind. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!
  • This is my recommendation on what you might be interested to do in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai

    Bangkok - to visit
    1. Grand Palace
    2. Wat Arun
    3. Boxing match - Lumpini/ Ratchadamnoen (depend on the date of opening)
    Ratchadamnoen Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
    Open on Monday, Wed, Thur And Sunday From 18:30 to 22:30 am
    Lumpini Muay Thai Boxing Stadium
    Open Tue 6.30-10.30pm, Fri 5-8pm, Sat 8.30pm-midnight
    4. JJ Market …wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatuchak_Weekend_Market
    5. Dinner Cruise along Chao Phraya River

    CHIANG MAI - TO DO
    1. Elephant Riding
    2. Doi Suthep
    3. Nimman area- Eating (lots of delicious food)
    4. Zoo very good weather from Dec - Feb
    5. Walking Road.. it's call "Tanon Kon Dern" / "?????????" in Thai
    PHUKET
    1. SPA
    2. Snorkeling at Similan/ Phi Phi Island
    3. Chilling and shopping at Patong
    4. Sun bathing @ the Beach ^___^
    5. All marine activities i guess :)

    If you are looking for private and exclusive services about activities to do in Thailand, www.ThailandToDo.com could be your great choice!

    Princess Hours
    Have you ever wanted to be pampered like a princess? This is your chance! This Special Day of Relaxation includes: Finest Facial, Nail, and Body spas, Hair styling, and a dinner cruise down the renowned Chao Phraya River in the heart of Bangkok. These premium services are provided by high skilled personal-care specialists. It's time to make your dreams come true!

    Elephant Buddy
    If you already admire the majestic elephant or would love to learn more about this magnificent mammal, then prepare for an experience of a lifetime. This is a 2 day / 1 night package to Northern Thailand to show your love and care by being an "elephant owner" one-on-one for a day. You will learn how to approach, care for, and ride an elephant through forests and waterfalls.

    About the budget, if you have around 3,500 - 5,000 baht per night, you can book a really nice hotel. For the air ticket cost, you should have around 7,000 - 8,000 baht for economy class for round trip from Bangkok to Phuket (less cheaper from Bangkok to Chiang Mai) by Thai airlines... will be cheaper for low budget airline. The cost of the meals, you should have around 500-600 baht for two persons in a nice local restaurant, and around 1,000 - 2,000 baht in a very luxury hotels. If you want to try street food, it would cost around 50-100 baht each to fill up your stomach :):)

    Enjoy Thailand!! Hope it helps you in some way!!
  • Hi All,

    Need your inputs on a week's trip to Thailand with my wife starting Feb 16 this year...Thanks in advance
  • Hello all, great suggestions so far. I'm off to Thailand next week and wondered if anyone has any recommendations for how best to travel/see the northern regions? We have 8/9 days, going from Bangkok and wanting to take in Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pai and Sukhothai. Is that too much? What order? How many days in each? Things of that nature would be greatly appreciated, ta :)

    PS- If you're heading to Krabi, here's my thoughts on our recent trip - http://laylaamir.blogspot.com/2012/12/aonang-krabi-thailand.html?m=1
  • Thailand have best attractive places.these are

    1)Ko Tarutao
    2)Ayuthaya
    3)Ko Chang
    4)Grand Palace
    5)Similan Islands
    6)Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
    7)Railay
    8)Phang Nga Bay
    9)Koh Tao
    10)Ko Phi Phi
  • Hey all...
    Me and my girlfriend are travelling to Thailand 26th - 16th Sept. I was hoping for a little advice on best way to plan a Itinerary which would include visiting temples and relaxing on some of the beautiful beaches. I really want to visit Cambodia, Southern Vietnam within the 3 weeks, am I being unrealistic trying to get all of this into 3 weeks? Also my girlfriends stepmum is from Thailand and she says the weather is fine this time of year is she slightly over exaggerating to make us feel better about it being the rainy season?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  • Hi Trimm,

    She may be exaggerating, I was planning a trip to Thailand around the same time and was told by pretty much everyone who's been there that it's a terrible time, right in the middle of monsoon season!
  • My boyfriend and I are going to thailand on April 1-15th 2013 and landing in Bangkok. We are very excited and cant wait. However, need some help with making an itinerary please. We plan to visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai,Phi Phi and maybe KO samui if we can fit it in our schedule. Also where can I get the best experience in riding an elephant?
  • I don't think it's that terrible. I know lots of people who travelled in that time and had a blast. If you're that worried though, why don't you move your trip?

    Do buy yourself a sturdy umbrella and a foldable one for light/unexpected rain. Raincoats would do also but I think umbrellas are more common in those parts.

    And 3 weeks should be plenty.
  • I would not bother making a reservation if it is not party time. Best
    just to turn up and look at few places and compare rates, facilities
    etc. Some are good and some are very bad particularly at the budget end
    of the scale. You might want to check out
    Koh Phangan Resort

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