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Travel suggestions?

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Travel suggestions?

We are a family of 4, visiting Thailand right now. We have booked all the hotels, except the last 4 days. And we are now looking for some good advice.

We started in Bangkok a few days ago, and spent 3 nights there. Then we took the night train to Surat Thani, where we went by boat to Koh Pangan. We are staying here for 5 days, before visiting Koh Tao for 6 days. After that we have 4 days which are not booked yet.

Here are the different option as we see it:

1. Take the night train back to Bangkok, as originally planned. The problem is that we have seen a lot of Bangkok already (as we visited Bangkok last year as well) and want to experience something new.

2. Take the train back direction Bangkok, but jump off the train earlier. But where? It should not be too far from Bangkok, so it is possible to travel from this place to the airport in Bangkok (and home to Norway) without getting totally exhausted (our kids are 10 years old). The kids loves to travel by train, by the way.

3. Take the ferry to Koh Samui, and spend 4 nights there, before going by plane back to Bangkok, and catch our flight back to Norway. But where in Koh Samui should we stay?

Which one of the tree options do you think we should go for? Do you have some great tips to share? Or do you have any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Travel suggestions?


You could take a Bangkok bound train and get off at Ban Pong. From the railway station it's a 10 minute walk from where the buses depart for Kanchanaburi. Depending on your interests it could be the place for you ! Whatever, Bangkok is just 2.5 hours away by bus. There are also a couple of trains a day to Bangkok from Kanchanaburi.

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I second going to Kanchanaburi. Over a few days, your family can visit the Erawan Waterfalls, which are lovely, go kayaking down the River Kwai (Kwae), gaze at the famous bridge while waiting for the train to pass on it. It can be fun for the kids and historical for the adults.

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Dear Hoppetussa,

Have you visited Ayutthaya during your time in Thailand? As the old capital of Thailand, there is much history and activities that can be done around the region. It might be of interest to you and your family. If we can help with anything in Bangkok, please do let us know.

Enjoy Thailand,

Nelson Hilton

Senior Director of Marketing

Four Seasons Hotels Thailand


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I'm with Andy Kanchanburi ( scenery, cultures and adventures) maybe for 2 nights and 2 nights in Ayuthaya( for history, ruins, the old capital of Siam).

Or Train from Surathani via Bangkok to Chiangmai ( northern of Thailand ) in stead. There are so much to see and do in Chuangmai. Chaingmai are full of history, cultures, scenery and adventures. Chiangami once was capital of Lanna kingdom ( translate : The land of million rice fields) before merging with Siam kingdom.

Koh Samui is only a couple of hours by ferry from koh Tao but as you already have koh Tao and phangan on your tiinaary I wouldn't go to Samui. Head to those mainland for somthing different.

Good luck

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