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Trip itinerary - help please

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Trip itinerary - help please

Hi to all, now that everything has cleared and Bangkok is once again safe it is back to trip planning. We are a family of 4 (2 teenage daughters) so I planned to stay in Phuket, then Bangkok and then Dubai to satisfy all - relaxing in Phuket, sightseeing in Bangkok and a little shopping in Dubai. The question is: how many days to you propose for each place: I planned for 6 nights in Phuket, 3 Bangkok and 3 in Dubai. Is 3 nights enough for Bangkok and sightseeing? Is 6 nights too much for Phuket? This is our last family vacation for the upcoming years (older daughter is leaving for the university next year) so I want to plan it as perfectly as possible. Thanks

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Hi

How many days you spend in each is really a personal thing, no one can really propose that for you, as only you know what you like to do and how far you money will go.

The shopping is pretty good in Bangkok and Phuket - cheaper by far than it is in Dubai!

3 nights in Bangkok will allow you to see most of the sights and do a little shopping.

6 nights in Phuket will allow you to see most of the islands sights, shop and relax on the beaches.

3 nights in Dubai (IMO) would be too long for me.

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I agree with Traveling mit about personal preferences and I, too, would skip Dubai. Why not extend your time in the two Thai destinations or add a third like Hua Hin or Chiang Mai. If it is shopping you want, you can find all you want or need in Bangkok.

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I agree, extend your time in both with such a short holiday or add another amazing destination like Chiang Mai... I have never been to Dubai so cant comment but I know my choice would be spending all the time in one country

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have previously ben to bangkok, chaing mai,phuket and koh samai and when be doing dubai,bangkok,hua hin and abu dhabi in 10 days time--all my research has told me that both dubai and abu dhabi are extremey expensive so we will avoid any shopping there, yes we will go to the malls and take in the experince but any retail spending will be in in thailand, i just assume with two teenage daughters you will need extremley deep pockets.I would definetly recommend chaing mai as it really is a fabulous place to stay totally different from bangkok .Chang Rai , laos,burma , the brass necked hill villages,elephants ride down the river , banana sellers swinging out of the tree tops as you ride the elephants thro the rain forrest -- you don't know what your missing -- we were sitting outside a "high street" iresturant in chang mai when an elephant's trunk tapped my wife on the shoulder during our meal--earned his owner 20 bhat for a bunch of banana to feed his liveyhood and made a great picture shoot--

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Thanks to all for your great answers. The reason we choose Dubai is because the plane will stop in that airport and since we have never been there we thought we might try it. The only shopping I am interested in is a new smartphone (has not decided on the brand yet) and a zoom lens for my camera. The daughters are ofcourse into clothes. So ...

Dubai is out, Chang Mai is in. Can I impose on your good nature and ask how far away is it from Bangkok and how does one get there? Is it a day trip or shall I plan for 2 nights there as well?

The trip now is planned like this:

Bangkok 3 nights (we will hire a guide)

Chang Mai (2 nights???? - more research on this)

Phuket 5 nghts to relax

Back home and count the days for the next summer....:-))

Thanks for all your help

Andreas

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gali meri andreas , boss biess---when we did the trip a few years ago we chose to fly from bangkok to chang mai-- i think it was about a 50 minute flight-- i would have thought that if your plan was 2 days i would assume a land trip may be too far but you need to check that out. The escorted trips as i remember were the elephant santuary with a ride up to yours knees down the river etc--a great trip on long boat,these are boats with what look like aircraft engines lumpted on the back, up to a village in laos,not passport control to worry about , then up the chang rai on the golden triangle-- you with need your passport if you want to venture across the border into burma, and that included a few visits to the multi brassed neck ringed hill viilages--i'm sure your daughters would find that very interesting,bit crazy as i remember as their was quite a few 70 year old looking women smoking pot and just wandering around in the clouds--- chang mai high st is great in the evenings-- usual large markets--don't know if much has changed but i do recall you could haggle the usual stall items for about a quarter of the price of the same items in pat pong---as for bangkok as i said we will be returning in 2 weeks time with a couple of friends who have never been--my top tips are-- vertico on the 61st floor top of the banyan tree hotel --check it out on line -fabulous views and the food if good as well--must do the grand palaces and a guide would be a good idea once you are there-- girls will need to covers arms and legs otherwise they wil have to loan the same robes that a 100 other people have worn before you if they don't-,girls won't like that -when you get back to the river staging platform we can take a 60 min long boat trip all around the back waters---the day trip we will be taking will be from sea travel--they have an office in ther shangri las hotel-- ask for the trip that does the bridge at the river kwai and the floating market and the town with the trip the drives right thro the maket every hour--and the war cemetry etc -- they don't usually offer it all in one and choise to split it with a trip to the rose garden but i've done it twice although its long day about 7.30 start and 12 hours its a great day out in your own personal people carrier with guide and driver the whole time-- another nice trip as an evening cruise and meal from the shangi las or oriental and again the oriental does one of the best afternoon teas known to man and you mustn't mis out on pat pong -- another one not in the usual gude books is a drink or meal at bayoote tower-- its a pair of high blocks a few blocks from siam station that you can have a drink on the 82nd floor and then come down the outside flight from the 79th floor- a bit of a grotting area but just arround the corner from the mrt--one quite pointer if its your 1st time in bangkok-- if you're offered a tut tut ride for 20 bhat it will not be going to where thought,you may get there in the end but not till you've seen a few gem markets or one day special tourist sales in the back of beyond--the more you plan it the better it will turn out--

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Wow, it seems that all you nice people really do know what you are talking about. So, it is back to the drawing board redesigning the itinerary. 6 nights in Phuket, 3 nights in Bangkok, 2 nights in Chiang Mai (wish I could stay more but I have to come back to work.....). Thanks once again for the eye opener.

Andreas

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I did the same trip 2008, 4days in Bangkok amazing, 10 nights in Phuket out of this world the culture, food, people beaches are something differant I travel somewhere differant in the world every year and Thailand is at the top of my list along with Egypt. we spent 5 days in Dubai I felt a little let down with it, after seeing the pretty buildings which does'nt take too long thats it and being spoilt in thailand I was'nt impressed. Dubai is man made and it shows it's so perfect in places thats not good for me, I like to see natural beauty I think they've built sky scappers on top if it LOL. We brought some really cheap diamonds and I mean a bargin, I'm sure your going to have a blast in all three place, I'm going back to thailand again in August carn't wait. When I travel I always go via a differant country and stop of for a few days that way I get to see so much of the world. ENJOY

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I've just read the comments and will agree with everyone that says spend all your time in Thailand. you will not be disappointed there is so much to see and do. The elephants are just so frendly when we were there last time a baby elephant sprayed it's keeper with water, when his back was turned the keeper pointed his finger at him to tell him off, the elephant bowed it's head and wrapped it's trunk around it's keeper to say sorry, that was just an amazing experience to see. I think I want to be an elephant in my after life LOL. There are so many places to go and so much to see when you get back YOU WILL book to return.

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