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8-10 days over christmas - how to spend them?

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8-10 days over christmas - how to spend them?

Hi, we will arrive in northern Thailand on the 21st December and will be there until around the 30th/31st December. We have never been there before and I am having trouble trying to work out how long to spend in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai or should we just go to one or 2 of those places? We are a couple in our early 50's and will probably want to do day trips rather than overnight ones.


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1. Re: 8-10 days over christmas - how to spend them?

I have been in CM the last 2 years at Christmas. I enjoyed my first brief visit so much that I allocated 12 nights for my second. I booked my first 3 nights accommodation and my last 7 nights in 2 different guest houses in CM, and when I arrived I arranged a trip to CR for 2 nights.

I particularly wanted to be in CM for Christmas day which dictated the 3/2/7 night split - otherwise I would have done 5/2/5.

I would suggest something similar, although in hindsight I would have enjoyed a guided trip with two or three places of interest included, more than just CR.

You will find lots of tours on offer when you get to CM and even though it's a busy time, you won't have any problem with availability. Your guest house or hotel will also be keen to help you make plans. Take an overnight bag with you and you will be able to leave your large luggage at your accommodation.



PS I'll be back there this December!

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If you like natural beauty and mountains Chiang Dao is worth a visit. You could arrange transport and get there and back (from Chiang Mai) in a day. Otherwise it makes for a wonderful overnight or two.

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3. Re: 8-10 days over christmas - how to spend them?

With 12 days, I would keep it to two places.

Have a read of some of the FAQs on the forum pages (see right hand side) - The Chiang Rai forum has a great FAQ (top 30 things to do). These might help you decide what there is to see and do and what appeals.

One thing to keep in mind - the larger hotels usually have a compulsory Christmas and New Years dinner - if you stay the cost is added to your room bill.

These can very quite expensive.

If you go for one of the smaller, boutique style hotels or a B&B you won't have this problem.

It is a great time of year to be in Chiang Mai.



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