Hello My Husband and I are traveling to Chiang Mai for the first time on Jan. 1- Jan. 5, 2014 and are hoping you could help us review our itinerary and provide any suggestions. Our hotels/ flights are booked, but we haven't booked any tours/ activities yet, so all dates for those are flexible.
Arrive Chiang Mai (from Bangkok) on Jan. 1st around 2:00 pm
-Check into hotel (Ratilanna Riverside)
-Perhaps go to night bazaar if we get there in time or walk around old city (what time should we get to night bazaar?)
-find someplace for dinner (I am a vegetarian, any suggestions for our 4 nights with good ambiance and not extremely far tuk tuk ride from our hotel would be appreciated)
Jan. 2nd (Thursday)
-Elephant Nature Park (haven't booked yet - all day from around 8:00 am to 6:00 pm)
-Find dinner somewhere easy/ not too far away from hotel
Jan. 3 (Friday)
- Cooking Class (Deciding between Siam Rice, Thai Farm, or May Kaidee's ...any opinions on which is best for vegetarian (myself- Husband is not vegetarian)?)
-afternoon/ evening walk around city/ browse shops (any suggestions on what to do here?)
Jan. 4 (Saturday)
-Morning go to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. (what time should we leave in morning to catch a songthaew?)
Which place is closer to get a Songthaew to Doi Suthep from our hotel Ratilanna Riverside (zoo area or Chang Puak Gate?) Will the songthaews stop at the waterfall near Doi Suthep (is this waterfall even worth visiting?), or will we need to hire a songthaew or driver if we also want to go to the waterfall? I saw another post mentioning hiring a songthaew, do you hire those at the same place where the public songthaews leave from? How far away is Doi Suthep from the city?
-Afternoon visit Wat Chedi Luang
-Perhaps massage at spa (will we have time for this, or can we squeeze it in another day?)
-Saturday evening market (what time should we get to this?)
Jan. 5 (Sunday)
-Flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket leaves at 1:00 pm (What time should we leave to get to airport from Ratilanna Riverside hotel? Will we need to arrange for a taxi in advance to pick us up from our hotel?)
Other General Questions:
Do we need to make reservations for restaurants in advance?