I am starting my research for my 1st trip to Thailand. These are the areas that I would like to visit. Bangkok for 3 days; I may spend a few more days there at the end of trip...but want to get out of the big city to unwind on beaches.
I would like to go to Phuket, Koh Samai, Krabi & Chiang Mai. I am open to suggestions and don't know how to divide the time between these places & maybe others?
I definately want to stay in Chiang Mai for a week as I am planning to take a Thai cooking course.
Things I would like to do: relax on beach, snorkel,cooking course, visit Chatuchak market, temples,ride an elephant,rafting &/or kayak, get several massages,.
I would like recommendations on best cooking school, places to get great massage, best places to ride elephant, etc.
Air: flying from California with Thai Airways
Accommodations: So far I have only booked 3 nights at Bangkok Loft Inn paid about $30 with breakfast for a double superior room per night.
Budget: accommodations under $50, clean, safe & quiet with a comfortable bed.
Meals: will be eating where "locals" eat, nothing fancy or super expensive other than a splurge or 2. Budget about $25 daily. Will shop and eat many picnic meals.
Also would like suggestestions on routes to take. I am leaning towards Phuket or Koh Samai after Bangkok. IMy birthday is in the first week of June & I would really enjoy getting a massage on or near beach.
Thanks for all the help.Edited: 05 January 2012, 22:03