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lucijag
post Jun 11 2013, 02:57 PM
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Hello! Me and my friend are planning a trip around Thailand and Cambodia (3th ofJuly - 5th of August). Our plan is first to stay in BKK for about a week and after that spend about 1 week in Northern Thailand, 1 week in Southern Thailandand 1 week in Cambodia.

And here's the plan. In our first week in BKK and its neighbourhood we would check outtiger's temple (Kanchanaburi) and Erawan's waterfalls. Is it better to take an organised daily trip orto go alone? What else would be worth seeing on the way there?

The next week we would take the sleeping train to Chiang Mai. There we would go trekking for about 3-4 days. What do you recommend? Because there are a lot of offers and not all are probably good. What are some good agencies offering trekking? And is it better going on a trekking in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai? We would also like to join monks in a temple for a few days (approx. 3). Does anyone have any experience regarding that? Which temple would be good to join and is it necessary to apply in advance? If we go to Chiang Mai, should we also go to Chiang Rai? Because these two cities are supposed to be quite similar.

Then we would go to village Pai. From the description it looks very funky dance.gif . Does anyone know of another similar place, that is more ''bohemian''?

On the third week we would go to the South on the islands. We heard that Phuket is nothing special and that people visiting it were mostly disappointed. So we are more likely to go on the Eastern islands - Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan. Is it possible to surf and snorkel during monsoon season? Which are the other islands worth visiting on the South?

On the last week we are flying with AirAsia form BKK to Phnom Pehn and then going to Siem Reap and Angkor temple. Then we return back to BKK. How many days should we spend in Cambodia and what else should we visit beside mentioned? We are flying to Cambodia and returning to BKK with trains/buses.

We are students and we would like to make this trip as non-tourist and authentic aspossible. We would like to come in contact with the real lifestyle of Thailand and Cambodia. So we would ask for any advice on what is worth visiting in each country (of course we won't avoid all the tourist hot spots, but we would mostly like to find out about less known and interesting things to check out).

Do you recommend any good and interesting guesthouses?

Thank you very much for your answers! air_kiss.gif
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post Jun 12 2013, 03:03 PM
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QUOTE(lucijag @ Jun 11 2013, 03:57 PM) *

Hello! Me and my friend are planning a trip around Thailand and Cambodia (3th ofJuly - 5th of August). Our plan is first to stay in BKK for about a week and after that spend about 1 week in Northern Thailand, 1 week in Southern Thailandand 1 week in Cambodia.

1. Is it better to take an organised daily trip orto go alone? What else would be worth seeing on the way there?

2. The next week we would take the sleeping train to Chiang Mai. What are some good agencies offering trekking? And is it better going on a trekking in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai?

3. If we go to Chiang Mai, should we also go to Chiang Rai? Because these two cities are supposed to be quite similar.


4. On the third week we would go to the South on the islands. We heard that Phuket is nothing special and that people visiting it were mostly disappointed.

5. On the last week we are flying with AirAsia form BKK to Phnom Pehn and then going to Siem Reap and Angkor temple. Then we return back to BKK. How many days should we spend in Cambodia and what else should we visit beside mentioned? We are flying to Cambodia and returning to BKK with trains/buses.

6. We are students and we would like to make this trip as non-tourist and authentic aspossible.

7. Do you recommend any good and interesting guesthouses?

Thank you very much for your answers! air_kiss.gif



Here are some comments on some of your questions.

1. You can book tours through local travel agencies with one day's notice. They are convenient because they will pick you up at your hotel and return you there at the end of the day. The Kachanaburi - River Kwai tour leaves daily. You can do a day tour if you want. If you have an interest in WWII history you may like it more. Hellfire Pass, cemetery and little museum are popular, especially with Australians, Americans and Brits. Some tourists do visit Kachanaburi on their own.

2. For the sleeper car get the tickets for that ride the first day in Bangkok. Sleeper berths sell out quickly. (Subway has a stop for Hualamphong Station.) In Chiang Mai just about any local travel agency near your hotel can provide treks and tours. Some hotels do the same thing. Usually buy today leave next morning. Most travel agencies are reliable. Some treks are more arduous than others. Some are on vans where you are dropped off and you walk - then a few hours later you are picked up.

3. Chiang Rai you can do with a day tour. Golden Triangle, maybe a stop for a local village, perhaps a ride to the island to sample the "snake wine" can be done in one day from Chiang Mai.

4. Phuket is popular and better known. Seas can be choppy and rough at times. Buses from Bangkok available for 12 hour ride. Train does not go to Phuket but does go part of the way then you switch to a bus. Bangkok is cheaper than Phuket because of cheap city transportation. Koh Phangan okay for you since you are kids. Maybe not so okay for retirees. But Koh Phangan mostly is a Full Moon destination. Read up on what you must do to get there.


5. Maybe 5 days Cambodia. One day to visit Phnom Penh. Visit museum, Killing Fields, etc. You can use a ferry boat to get from PP to Siem Reap. Nice little boat ride to SR up river to Tonle Sap Lake, etc. Big catfish in this lake.

6. Tourists go to popular places! Popular tourist sites are easy to get to. Even lodging is available with good restaurants. Go with the flow!

7. Anytime you want a hotel or guest house recommendation also include a price range. In Bangkok a hotel not far from the Skytrain route will make it easier to get around the city. Skytrain connects with Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link and with the subway too. Suk 11 Hostel Bangkok. Check out Tri Gong Residence Chiang Mai.
http://www.urbanrail.net/as/bang/bangkok.htm
http://www.suk11.com/suk11hostel/
http://www.trigong.com/index.htm

If you use a free Google check or Bing or Yahoo check you will get additional information on how to get from point A to point B. Also these Google type checks will give you some of the things to see in each area. In Bangkok you can do some shopping. Skytrain takes you to Patpong, Chatuchak, MBK, Sukhumvit Road, etc. One museum that you might check on in Bangkok is the Erawan Museum.

Know what visas you need (if any) for entering Thailand. Different countries means different visa requirements. Same for Cambodia where most tourists will have to buy a visa. (Google up Visa Requirements!)

*Read up on weather for Thailand. Different cities on bottom of this link:
http://www.guidetothailand.com/thailand-tr...ion/weather.php


Good luck.

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