We are coming from Canada on Dec 14th, our kids are 15, 13 and 8. My plan was to fly to Chang Mai for a few days and then get to Vientienne, Laos. It does seem like it will cost us quite a bit to make this trip and since we are going to Malaysia and Vietnam I would like to keep costs down.
Would you recommend somewhere closer to Bangkok that we could go to the beach, ride the elephants, relax a bit but not spend a lot of $ on flights. This is our first trip and my husband and son will do better with cleaner, quieter areas!! (I want them to keep travelling :-))
Also what to see if we stay in Bangkok for a day or two?
Thanks in advance!