Need 3 week Thailand itinerary for July – but there’s a catch
So I plan to travel to Thailand for 3 weeks in July of 2014 – but here’s the catch. I’ll be spending the first week solo, and then I’ll meet my girlfriend at the Bangkok airport, and we’ll travel together for 2 more weeks. I don’t want to hit any of the “must see” sites solo, as I would rather save those for after she arrives.
Having said all of that – I would like to back into the right itinerary by looking at it this way:
A. What is a great 2 week itinerary for (not too much time spent in transit) with “must see” sights/destinations for 2 people who love food, culture, and want to divide some time between beautiful inland landscapes, history, and a bit of beach time?
B. Prior to that 2 week itinerary, what is a good 1 week solo itinerary if the aim is beach time, relaxation, and a total disconnect from western reality? I’m strongly considering flying right back out of Bangkok the morning after I get there and heading to someplace like Samui? Am I on the right track? Should I spend that week of solo time in one general location, or should I split it up on the way back to meet my girlfriend in Bangkok?
Keep in mind that we’re going in July – so weather may affect some of your suggestions. Also, I realize that we’re limited on time here, so I’m fine with synthesizing it down to a few key cities, as opposed to running ourselves ragged. Thanks!