We're a 60 year old couple and will be travelling in Thailand for 3 weeks in November.We plan are to spend 3 days in Bangkok recovering from jetlag and seeing a few sights (booked at Adelphi suites). We've booked a flight to Chiang Mai, and intend staying 5 nights in Chiang Mai (booked at Shewe Wana suite resort).
We intend flying to Phuket and spending a week in khao Lak, and after this, we have about 5 unplanned days. we would have liked to remain flexible with hotel bookings and flights but as this is hight season, flexibilty doesn't seem possible. I've noticed hotels and flights are booking up.
1. Should we book our flight out of Chiang Mai after 5 nights or should we give ourselves a few days more in the North?
2. What should we do after Khao Lak? Not sure if we should return to Bangkok or spend a few days in Phuket. We have to book a flight back to Bangkok.
3. Khao lak accommodations seem overpriced for this time of the year. Are there any other, easy to reach options near Phuket? We're on a mid-range budget but would like somwhere relaxing and relatively quiet, but within reach of shops and restaurants.
All suggestions and advice welcome.