The Peninsula in Bangkok is a fabulous hotel. Especially if you can get an upgrade to a suite on a high floor. It is across the fiver from the Mandarin Oriental and an easy ferry ride across to the main city. Thailand, however, is another story unless you can't get to a beach closer to home or are in love with Buddhist temples and statues. During the months of february to April, the farmers are burning their fields in the central lowlands and many of the hill people are slash and burning. The smoke in the air is dense. The visibility can be very poor.
The golden triangle is a disappointment. There is no air from Bangkok to Sukhothai and the car ride is very long. Unclear whether you need to go to Ayuthayya as well but it is an hour from Bangkok and then you can fly to Changrai. Once again, if you are going to the Golden Triangle and visiting a hill tribe which is worth while, you should stay in the GT, not in Changrai. However the best hotels in the GT can be quite pricey.
Changmai is an interesting city if you can see it through the smoke. There is a nice national park nearby with a waterfall and interesting birds. There is a white temple which some might find "cheesey". There are some trained elephants which are fun. I would not go to Thailand as a destination. Mix it in with Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Angkor Wat in Cambodia has it over most religious monuments in the world. We preferred Vietnam. Less built up then Thailand. Bangkok is incredibly crowded and the traffic is horrendous.
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- Developed as one of the finest hotel properties in Bangkok, its riverside location inspired the wave- shaped design, capitalising on the uninterrupted panoramic views from every room and adding a distinctive architectural statement to the Bangkok skyline. The Peninsula Bangkok offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service. ... more less
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