My girlfriend and I are looking into traveling to Thailand. We would like to visit Bangkok, but I've always wanted to visit Phuket and Ko Samui. To visit these other areas of Thailand, would it require a very long vacation? Is 11 days enough to explore Bangkok and do tours of the area? We aren't able to take long vacations because of our jobs, but obviously after a long flight we won't want to stay for only 5 days and then head home. and
What airline would you recommend we look into? Thai? We are nearby Philadelphia, Newark, and JFK airport...although JFK is a bit further for us. I don't really have a preference, but we definitely would like a non-stop flight and cheaper is always better. We're figuring about $1200 per person for airfare, is this about right? I was planning on booking the flight myself when the time comes, but I'm nervous that I'll do soemthing wrong...should I maybe try a travel agent?
I have traveled internationally before, but it was in an organized group trip to London and France and I didn't really have to plan anything. I've traveled a lot inside the US and to the Caribbean islands and Mexico, but I don't have much experience in traveling abroad where cultures are much different from what I'm used to.
I am planning on going to the bookstore to buy a travel guide to read up on Bangkok and the other areas.
Sorry to bombard you with all the questions, we're just getting started so its a little crazy right now trying to absorb all the information and sort things out...I hope you can help!
I'd really appreciate any information you can give me.