I'll be in Thailand for 2 weeks in Dec. Bangkok for first week. What should I do for the next week? I need to get back to Bangkok by the end
I'll be in Bangkok for 2 weeks in December this year. The first week, my wife and I plan to hostel it in Bangkok. But, I've heard that we might not have anything to do for a whole week there. So, I'd like to get out and see what else there is in Thailand. We'll need to get back to Bangkok by the end of our two weeks to fly out, but what could we do for about a week in Thailand? Cheap, cheap, please.
There are so many options within Thailand, and they have heaps of cheap flights internally.
These places are a fantastic start. Chang mai for jungle treks, jungle life (its the 2nd biggest city in Thailand) you can relax with Elephants etc.
Koh Samui, lovely Island
Phuket, Tourist area, still quite good.
My choice would be Koh Samui or Chang Mai, however from Bangkok be sure to check out the tiger temple, its one of the best attractions to see. about 10 years ago
As long as you are taking your malaria meds you could head north into Chang Mai. Experience the tribal side of Thailand, trek through the jungle as mentioned above, and immerse yourself in rich Thai culture.
I didn't really enjoy my time in Samui, it seemed too commercial for what I was traveling for, instead I traveled into Koh Phangan for a laid back time with a scooter, and if you can time it right you might be able to get to either a full moon party on Had Rin beach or (my personal favourite!) the half moon party out in the jungle in the middle of the island.
I'm an avid scuba diver and got my ticket on Koh Tao which is an amazing little island. If you are a diver or want to be then definitely head to Koh Tao... you might be lucky enough to swim with a whale shark at Chumphon Pinnacle. You can do your open water dive course in 4 days. about 10 years ago
Also Koh Phi Phi for an the full on tourist experience. Krabi is also very cool but more laid back than Phuket. You can get a boat from Ao Nang to Phi Phi. I'm in Phuket now which has pretty much everything you could want in Thailand. It has remote inland areas and countryside along with amazing beaches and all the nightlife / tourist elements you could want. You can get away from it all if you stay away from Patong or go for the full on ladyboy bazaar that is Soi Bangla after dark. about 10 years ago
From chang mai, go to the elephant nature park. www.elephantnaturepark.org Its amazing and inspirational, a park set up where used and abused elephants have been rescused and instead live in happiness. You can observe for a day, stay for a night or two or volunteer for a week (six days). i stayed for the week, which gives you a great insight into the way they act and interact with each other. very rewarding.
added bonus: the BEST food you will ever eat!! its worth going for lunch just in itself :-) about 10 years ago
There is loads to do in Bangkok itself - just the people watching is great..green papaya salad from the street stalls (that sort of thing)...while everyone yawns at seeing the big wat po i still love it, chatachuk (think you can catch the sky train these days) is definately worth a day trip wandering around all the stalls.. treat yourself to a drink on the terrace of the oriental hotel (thats all we could afford) but great to watch the boats go by all lit up...also think you used to be able to go close to the burmese border to see the burmese railway but not sure you should check on that...hth kirsti about 10 years ago