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Where would YOU go if you HAD 12 nights in THailand ?!

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Where would YOU go if you HAD 12 nights in THailand ?!

just thought id get some advice from everyone else how they'd spend their 12 nights in thailand. Last year we went to bangkok then down to phuket for 6 nights and then back up to bangkok for the last couple days.

our itinerary as of now

november 2010

4nights in bangkok - during that time doing a day trip up to ayutthaya and also possibly a day trip to erawan falls in kanchanaburi. shopping and settling in, getting over being jet lagged.

6nights in chiang mai - during this time possibly doing some white water rafting, visiting the elephant farm, visiting temples etc shopping eating out every meal =) at the night markets and the larger sunday market

2nights back in bangkok - or we're mayber thinking pattaya or koh larn just to relax and unwind. take in some sun and some sights. then must return to bkk for our 1130pm flight out.

that's whats planned for now. do you think the last part of the trip. two nights in pattaya or koh larn is long enough or will it just be rushed? Maybe we should just stay in bkk?

any other places or activities you think we shouldnt miss????

thanks so much in advance

looking forward to your responses =)

mahalo

ps we dont want to spend too much time at the beach, being from hawaii.....

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1. Re: Where would YOU go if you HAD 12 nights in THailand ?!

If you want to hit a third destination, cut Chiang Mai back to 3-4 nights. Putting time in Bangkok at the begining and end of your trip may be a good idea, depending on what time your flight leaves. It would be fairly easy to vicit Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket in 12 days. Pattaya is ok if you just want to have a quick trip (2 days or so) from Bangkok. It is only about 2 hours away. Other than a so so beach and the usual nightlife and shopping, there is not much. I actually like Pattaya, but with only 12 days I would not bend over backwards to get there. A trip divided between Bangkok and Chiang Mai can be very nice, and skip the beach. I am not a big beach fan.

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2. Re: Where would YOU go if you HAD 12 nights in THailand ?!

we spent 16 days in thailand one year, it was a blast. suggest 4 days bangkok, 4 days chiang mai, 4 days koh samui (if you prefer tranquility) or phuket (if you prefer party scenes).

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3. Re: Where would YOU go if you HAD 12 nights in THailand ?!

We spent 22 nights in Thailand last year and if we did it again, we would maybe spend just 1 night or so in Bangkok and then split the rest of the time between Chiang Mai and Krabi provinces, bypassing Phuket and Koh Samui altogether. These were our two favourite destinations by far.

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4. Re: Where would YOU go if you HAD 12 nights in THailand ?!

Everybody is suggesting the same old places. How about branching out just a little bit and visiting some of the wonderful places a bit away from the tourist trails, and many are very easy to get to.

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7. Re: Where would YOU go if you HAD 12 nights in THailand ?!

It seems everyone is ignoring that you've been here before and know what your getting/doing in BKK. The same for Chiangmai, you've said your going. Great place. And you've already been to Phuket. As for your question about the end of your trip - Pattaya or elsewhere, well, your pic looks young, but you've only indicated your into cultural sigtseeing, the food (of course), and active as far as rafting. No indication on if your single, into nightlife, or even beach activities. You've only indicated you want some sun, relax, unwind--which could be interpreted a number of ways.

Pattaya, while on the beach, isn't known as a great beach location. Not as good as,say, Phuket's beaches. It does have a few worthwhile attractions possibly worth visiting, BUT is primarily known for its intense and very active nightlife scene. Now, you may already be aware of that and that may be what your looking for to "relax and unwind"? If not, and you don't want to do another long flight to say Koh Samuii, then I'd recommend going to Hua Hin. It's about same distance from BKK, easy to get to by taxi in about 3 hours, has some very nice beaches, is popular with Thais and tourists but not as well known nor as well visited by tourists. It's got alot of interesting things to see and do, and great place to relax, take it a little slower, and unwind.

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9. Re: Where would YOU go if you HAD 12 nights in THailand ?!

Seeing that you are from Hawaii and have been to Phuket, I would ignore the islands.

I would go up to Chiang Mai and do the Goldern Triangle Tour or Go up to Chinag Rai and Mae Hong Song.

Alternative would be Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang(Laos) then down through Isaan to Bangkok. You will get to experience 4 different cultures and lifestyles.

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