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  1. Traveling Momma

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    Hi all - I'm in the midst of planning a trip to Thailand in March 2014. I spent a considerable amount of time culling information from these forums, especially from Kalboz, and asking questions to get this put together. I thought some of the other MP members may find this useful.

    Please feel free to comment on what you think we should and should not see. We are two adventurous families from Chicago traveling with two 6 years old children. We don't have any budget constraints and want an authentic, exotic trip.


    THAILAND TRIP – Misc. Information

    Transportation:
    Airport transfers in a town car/Limo costs generally 2600 THB roundtrip. You can also take a taxi but be sure the meter is turned on and you keep the slip they provide you at the airport taxi stand in case the drive tries to charge you more. You will add on the toll way charges if taking the expressway. Ask for the toll receipts when the driver gets them.

    Transportation while in BKK is on the BTS and Sky Train is a good way to get around once settled in.

    Find a hotel central to the Bangkok transportation artery of the elevated light monorail and/or subway system (MRT). A great property with direct access to both is the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit (SGS) which is right at Asok BTS station and intersects right there with the subway system at Sukhumvit MRT station. MRT connection is good to go to Chinatown (Hua Lamphong station). Or, if you want to avoid changing trains at Siam to access the river-bound skytrain, you can always stay at the St. Regis which has direct access to Ratchdamri BTS station.

    The river boat from the many piers is priced at THB 15 for a ride to all the historically significant places. Most of Bangkok's historically significant places are located up river heading north beyond the hotel area of Saphan Taksin (Hotel district).
    Touring the city:
    Tour With Tong
    BKK Tours
    Warning: don't trust TukTuk drivers around Wat Pho or Grand Palace - they will tell you things are closed just to get you in the TukTuk
    BKK Hotels:

    Saphan Taksin area: Shangri-La hotel, Oriental, and then the Royal Orchid Sheraton (ROS) along the river. The Siam is recommended by the NYT and looks really cool.

    Four Points by Sheraton Sukhumvit and the upcoming Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit are both under $100/night all in, including breakfast buffet, WIFI, happy hour, etc.

    Hilton Brands:
    Grand Hyatt Erawan located right in the center of Bangkok and if you get a room/suite with numbers XX01-XX11, you will have great views of the Polo Club or the Ratchaprasong intersection. Great Diamond recognition especially if you have suite upgrades. Great Grande lounge with equally great breakfast and good happy hour benefits.

    St. Regis Bangkok: Facing the Polo Club with expansive views of Bangkok and direct access to skytrain placing the entire city under your fingertips. If you are a SPG Platinum, there is a good chance you will get an Astor Suite facing the Polo Club. The Metropolitan Suites are nice but facing the back (many high-rise buildings next-door looking directly into the Met Suite). No SPG lounge but the best breakfast in town and happy hour benefits at Decanter.

    Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit: Excellent location right at the Asok intersection with direct access to skytrain and 100-m to a subway station. Great Platinum elite recognition and Grande Suite upgrades possibility. Preferably, get XX02 Grande Suite which are facing the Queen Sirikit park and "mini" lake. Adjacent to the shopping areas - Terminal 21. No SPG lounge but great breakfast and happy hour benefits at any hotel venue.

    JW Marriott: Great hotel and facilities but stingy on suite upgrades and 200-m in either direction to skytrain stations. The best lounge in town with good breakfast and happy hour benefits.

    Royal Orchid Sheraton: Awesome riverside location and excellent elite recognition at a huge discount. Complementary shuttle boat to the nearest skytrain station and two riverboat shuttle piers at both sides of this property for easy access to the Grand Palace, Wat Po, Wat Arun, etc.
    Renaissance Bangkok: Great location and views in mid-town next to skytrain station. Great elite recognition and good chance of suite upgrades. But their suites are not really suites, just over-sized rooms. Attentive service and nice lounge with good breakfast and happy hour benefits.
    Plaza Athenee Royal Meridien: Great location on Embassy row (Wireless Rd.) with 100-m to skytrain station and around 1/2 KM walk to lower Sukhumvit where shopping, dining, etc. Good breakfast and great property but suite upgrades are not as forthcoming. Amazing views of the embassies and their park-like settings.

    Tentative ITINERARY

    Thursday, March 20th, 2014: Bangkok late arrival – check in and go to bed to get on local time zone

    Day 1: Friday March 21st: City Tours

    Touring the River
    Take the BTS at Saphan Taksin. Go down to the ground and walk in the same direction of the train and you will arrive at the Chao Phraya River. Jump on any boat with an orange flag going up river (to the right). You will pay on board 15 THB per person. Here is the map for the boat. Don't bother with the tourist boat - stick to the orange flag (it’s more frequent and less expensive). N8 Tha Tien Pier will get you to the Grand Palace (5 minute walk) Wat Pho (1 minute walk) and Wat Arun (other side of the river). To reach Wat Arun, grab the cross river boat, right next to where Express boat drops you.

    Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple – Wat Phra Kaew. Before entering the main gate to the temple of the Emerald Buddha, stop by the Royal Regalia Museum to see the beauty of decorative jewelry, which used to be ornament of the royal officers and consorts. Visit the Amarin Tharawinitchai Throne Hall – originally a Hall of Justice but used today for coronation ceremonies and the Dusit Mahaprasart Palace initially served as a venue for royal audiences and later as Royal Funerary Hall. Within these walls are situated Government offices and the Chapel Royal.
    Continue exploring Wat Pho (conveniently located right next to Wat Phra Kaew) – the Reclining Buddha temple, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city well known for its huge 3/8 Reclining Buddha. (Get a foot massage at Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical School.)

    And/Or take a long-tailed boat ride along the Chao Phraya River to see Thai lifestyle, contrast between luxurious condominiums and ruined houses along both sides of the canal. Pass the Grand Palace and pay a brief visit to the Royal Barge Museum which houses ceremonial King’s Barges decorated with multi-color glasses, gilt and stuccos. Disembark at Wat Arun – the Temple of Dawn to visit the tallest prang in Thailand. It was built in the concept of Mount Meru, the resident of God located on the center of the Universe.

    Tonight head to the night market in Pat Pong for street food and the night scene or have a nice relaxing dinner closer to the hotel.


    Day2: Saturday March 22nd: Bangkok
    Ease into your day with a cup of coffee, swim in your hotel pool and morning at leisure then find your way to Jim Thompson House. Thompson was an American entrepreneur who, amongst many things, played a key role in the Thai silk industry’s resurgence in the ’50s and ’60s. His beautiful Thai-style dwelling is located between the National Stadium and Ratchathewi BTS stations: take a short guided tour of the house and grounds (100 baht), soak up the leafy-green ambiance, and browse the high-quality silk shop.
    Siam Paragon is just a short walk away. Though often billed as a high-end shopping destination, Paragon is also one of Bangkok’s best (air-conditioned) food meccas. Take your time wandering the first-floor food court and the adjoining stalls and restaurants – there’s no shortage of choice. After you’ve eaten your fill, browse the bountiful Gourmet Food Market and pick up some snacks or culinary souvenirs, then shop the department stores upstairs.
    Exit from the second floor and stroll along the Skywalk westwards until you see the busy Erawan Shrine on the corner of Ratchadamri and Rama 1. After checking out the shrine (and dancers), walk down Ratchadamri until you hit Bangkok’s most-popular green space, Lumphini Park. Try to time your arrival between 4:30 – 5:30pm, when it’s cooler and the locals are out en masse (the resident monitor lizards, however, may have already retired for the day). Linger here for sunset.
    Return to hotel area for relaxing dinner or street food out.

    Day 3: Sunday March 23rd: Morning fly to Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai Hotels:
    Shangra la or Mandarin Oriental nice mix of things: great service, good food, nice grounds. Close to the hubbub of the night market (short walk) but not right in the middle of it like the Le Meridien is. Depending on your desired outcomes and budget- this hotel is kind of in the hustle bustle. It is on a medium busy/busy street. More secluded is the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi.

    Chiang Mai or Rai half day city tour

    **If going to Chiang Rai – Visit the Wat Rong Khun Temple. The temple is different from any other temple in Thailand, as it has been constructed entirely in a radiant white color with sparking reflections from mirrored glass mosaics embedded in the white plaster. The temple is the idea of Mr. Chalermchai Kositpipat, one of Thailand’s most renowned artists, who wanted to build a temple all in white to signify the purity of Lord Buddha. On the way, there are many opportunities for you to take photos and meet with tribal locals for interaction.


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    **If going to Chiang Mai - Half day biking and San Kamphaeng Hot Spring
    For early risers: Highly recommended because this is a gentle way to see Chiang Mai Buddhist people’s life: wake up early in the morning and take a ride to Kruba Sri Vichat Statue, the holy monk of Northern Thailand to take part in a daily Buddhist ceremony “Tak Bat” or “Merit Making” by giving offerings to monks on their arms-rounds with local people. Purify your mind and learn how to give and learn a part of Buddhism. After Tak Bat, continue to Wat Suan Dok to offer some requisites to monk and receive blessings from him on this special time.

    After breakfast, take a leisurely bicycle journey along the Ping River over quiet, narrow roads and through local fruit orchards, rice paddies and small villages. Stop occasionally to visit temples, markets, traditional northern Thai houses and a local Thai school. The ride will end at the seldom visited ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, which some consider to be the ancient city on which Chiang Mai was built. This bicycle journey is at a very gentle pace with a variety of stops.


    This evening, you may want to take a visit to the bustling Night Bazaar and do the night safarri and have dinner.

    Day 4: Monday March 24th: Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center
    After breakfast, head out on an excursion to visit an elephant working site located at Ta Yaak Village, Chiang Dao District, approximately 70 km from Chiang Mai.

    On the way, you can observe the way of living of people who live in the outskirt of Chiang Mai area and pass by Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and many of hill tribe villages including the long-neck hill tribe.

    Upon arrival in Chiang Dao, visit the elephant working camp on the banks of the Mae Ping River and surrounded by rocky hills where you can see the elephants take a bath in river, drag and push logs. An interesting demonstration of how trained elephants are used as work animals in the teak forests of Thailand around 10:00am. Next, enjoy an exciting trek on an elephant back around camp through the jungle and along the river. Also have a chance to walk around the Lisu village in the jungle and see some product that made in their village. Have lunch at the camp.

    Afterwards, board bamboo rafts along a very picturesque stretch of the Mea Ping River to see the beautiful scenery down the river. The rafting lasts about an hour but depends on the depth of the water and the speed of the current.


    Day 5: Tuesday March 25th: Karen Village trekking – Mae Sai – Golden Triangle full day
    Wake up early to the sound of roosters and rice pounding. After breakfast set out on a drive to Karen Hill Tribe Village. Upon arrival at the Karen village, hike though the village for a half an hour and continue by car to visit authentic and colorful Long Neck, Lahu and Akha Hill Tribe Villages, exploring their ways of life. Then set out on an excursion to Mae Sai, the farthest northern town on the Thailand – Myanmar border for a visit.
    Enjoy shopping for souvenirs at the border market, if interested, including the Jade Cutting Factory before departing for the world famous Golden Triangle, where the borders of three countries meet – Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Visit the nearby Hall of Opium before returning to Chiang Mai for the night.

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    Leave for Mae Kampong village, a perfect destination to experience the unspoiled beauty of nature. A stop will be made at a local market where you will have a chance to buy ingredients for a self-cooked dinner at the village in the afternoon.
    The village is 1,300 metres above sea level with an average temperature of 10-18°C throughout the year.

    Upon arrival you will walk through the community forest, where the villagers grow tea and coffee, to see how they preserve their forest and how they live in harmony with nature. It is a good example of the Thai king’s self sufficient economy theory.

    After a picnic lunch at a waterfall you will return to the village to relax with a one hour Thai traditional massage. These massages are given by the homemakers of the villages, this is another initiative by Mae Kampong to provide extra income for households. Then walk around the village to witness the process of fermenting tea leaves.

    Day 6: Wednesday March 26th: Thai Airways direct to Phuket or Ko Phi Phi or Ko Samui:

    From koh Samui you can hop to laid back Koh Phangan which is very near, you can also fery as said to Koh Tao - Koh tao is tops for snorkeling, Nang Yuan is great to visit

    You can also do snorkeling trips straight from Samui

    Hotels: Phuket or Ko Phi Phi:
    Phuket - Burasari Hotel: which is located in the south area of Patong Beach.
    Khao Lak area is Le Meridien, JW Marriott, etc. Khao Lak area is an hour drive north of HKT and has great beaches and is adjacent to two national parks.

    Gorgeous beaches and towns on Phuket are: Kata, Karon, Kamala, Surin, Rawai

    Phuket is a great base to settle in and explore the entire region, such as visiting Koh Phi Phi, Koh Naka, Krabi, Phang Nga. Also, Phuket has the best values in terms of accommodations, facilities, and attractions. You may want to visit temples, such as Wat Chalong, Wat Prathong (temple of the half buried Buddha). Other attractions including: FantaSea, Big Buddha (150 ft. high), Phuket Zoo & Siam Safari, charming Cino-Portuguese architecture, Golden Jubilee Lighthouse, etc.

    Koh Phi Phi is very nice if you stay at a decent place. The Zeavola usually goes for around $300++/night for a Village Suite (40 SQM living room space & a King bed). Also, the Holiday Inn Koh Phi Phi. Those resorts are great for relaxing and seclusion. Koh Phi Phi is a great base to explore the beaches/islands (Koh Lanta, Koh Jum, Krabi, and even Phuket itself) when getting tired of relaxing.

    What to do in Koh Samui:
    Koh Samui and the surrounding areas:

    - Angthong National Marine Park
    - Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yuan for snorkeling, kayaking, etc.
    - Laem Sor Pagoda
    - Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
    - Wat Khunaram to see the mummified monk
    - Lamai and/or Chaweng Beach
    - Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks (Hin Yai / Hin Ta)

    Where to eat in Phuket: http://www.thavornbeachvillage.com/...-fine-dining-restaurants-in-phuket-thailand./

    Sea Safari at Angthong National Marine Park is a must do: http://www.safariboat.info/daily-tours/mu-ko-angthong-national-marine-park/

    Day 7: Thursday March 27th: Phuket or Koh Samui:

    Day 8: Friday March 28th: Phuket or Koh Samui:

    Day 9: Saturday March 29th: Phuket:

    Day 10: Sunday March 30th: Depart for home
     
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  2. edekba

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    I took a taxi from BKK to ROS. It was 700 Baht from what I remember. Waited in the Taxi line got the slip and paid him.

    Also 2 days in BKK seems awfully short. Maybe do 3/3/3 ?

    Also maybe do Ayuttthaya River Cruise. We did it and enjoyed it. My friend also did it and was impressed.
    More info is below, I booked it through the ROS tour desk.
    http://www.bangkok.com/river-cruise-tours/riversun.htm

    One thing you shouldn't miss ... goto the Malls and eat the food court. :) Cheap, great variety and cleaner than what you'll get on the street. Get your stomach used to it first. Most foreigners with weak stomach will have problems the first few times going potty ... if you catch my drift.
     
  3. Traveling Momma

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    You're a perfect person to comment! Thank you. By the way, thank you for all the feedback you've given me. I don't know you but feel like I do because of our interaction here on MP.
     
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    Ps. totally get your drift about the "potty". I have guts of steel and can anything, good or bad, and not get sick. My kid too. My husband - no so much.....:p
     
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    Haha =) You're Welcome? Enjoy Thailand but like I said earlier it will be hot. =)

    Re: Phuket/KPP/KSM ... I would pick Phuket. KPP is super isolated which means relaxation but also really $$$$. A Day trip to KPP is fine from Phuket.

    KSM is more quiet than Phuket, but again the isolation factor. Also ... from my what I've been told by my relatives... KSM is strictly foreigners and rich Thai people. Most Thai people no longer go to Samui because it is overrun by foreigners and cost too much.
     
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    I'm assuming you know about water and ice.


    Also if you need taxis. Try walking a bit away from the hotel. The taxis parked outside are usually in cohorts with the bell ppl and will only take you to some places and want to charge you a flat rate. The bell guys excuse usually goes something like "we partnered with them to ensure the safety of you and your belongings. Id you leave something we can call them back for you. "
     
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    I'd rather not catch that... drift. :D

    But yes, the food courts have an amazing selection of food. Didn't find my favorite, though... Hot Dog on a Stick.
     
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    How about scent? :)
     
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    Helpful. :)
     
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    Here are some of my thoughts:

    Transportation: 2600 Bhat is way too much. In Nov I took a carservice/taxi from airport to JWM for 500 Bhat. at 230AM. You can get a car-service for 990-1000 bhat. Come back from the city, to catch the flight back, it was 450 bhat all told with meter.

    Staying: You could stay near the BTS near Asok, or by the River if you want to splurge there are many luxury hotels. If you do not want to use points etc. check agora.com for real good deals on hotels in BKK.

    Food: Drink beer, avoid green salads if your stomach is weak and eat any ways at the street stall, night markets and any place where they cook stir-fry in front of you.

    Boat ride: I think the best is indeed to ride the orange flag local. One trip, for the heck of it I took the longest ride to the end (edge of BKK) and walked around the neighborhood and discovered the most wonderful produce market - with small eateries and restaurants serving up delicious meals.

    Shopping: Electronic and gagetery doodads go to Pantip Plaza. For everything else go to the Chatuchak (sp) weekend market. Easily reachable by BTS. Also you never pay retail for anything in these markets. Bargaining is the norm.
     
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    also if possible do a floating market =)
     
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    The weather in Thailand is not too bad during March, but I'd spend more time in Bangkok as it is a fascinating metropolis. Covering 3 locations in 9 days is just too much traveling, IMO. You will be exhausted and you won't get to see each location for what it really is in such a short time. You have to remember that there is packing, checking out, traveling, checking in, and then unpacking and that will drain at least two days out of your valuable 9-days vacation.
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    For a party of 6 people plus luggage, you do have a special transportation needs from/to the airport, and, hence, the limo service is a great choice. Is "meet & greet service" included in this price? Because as edekba stated above, THB 2600 is just too much to pay for a limo. But if this is for a RT two way service (from/to airport), then not a bad deal.
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    When choosing a hotel in Bangkok, I'd pick a property and stay with it as, again, moving around between hotels will consume too much valuable time. Also, if money is not an object, then stay at the Peninsula, Shangri-La, or the Mandarin Oriental, if by the river. If you prefer city center locations, then the Grand Hyatt Erawan, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, or the St. Regis Bangkok. All are great properties ... the kids will love the amenities and all available transportation like the BTS and the express boat.
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    Hilton has two new properties opening soon in addition to the riverside Millennium Hilton and the city center Conrad. Both new properties are along side Sukhumvit near Phrom Phong BTS station. But the luxury hotels, Starwood, and Hyatt offer much better properties/service/amenities/locations, IMO. So, skip Hilton in Bangkok.
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    Marriott has good properties also. The JW Marriott, the Renaissance, and the newly opened Marriott Sukhumvit 57 are all great. But, again, the above mentioned properties are the better choice.
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    The Missus with the kids at Marriott Sukhumvit 57 pool
     
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    Hiring a tour company for the first time visitor is a good idea, but be cognizant that they only take you to major tourist attractions. The best touring is done when you take the BTS/MRT/express boat to the end of the line and then wander on your own. Your itinerary as stated above is good: tour the river and temples one day, and then do the shopping malls and city center during the next.
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    Wat Saket or Temple of the Golden Mount
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    Wat Traimit or Temple of the Golden Buddha (Chinatown)
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    Wat Suan Phlu next to the Shangri-La Hotel
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    Touring the river by public boat
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    Or, by private long tail boat (next to the Peninsula Hotel)
     
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    The events courtyard between Siam Center & Paragon as seen from Siam BTS station
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    Siam Paragon with IMAX & Ocean World as seen from CentralWorld
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    Street food outside Siam Center
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    Food Court inside Siam Paragon
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    The Oriental Bangkok luxury hotel in Thailand features fine dining at L’Espace Restaurant located at Siam Paragon Shopping center, Main Floor, serving international & Asian Cuisine. With a Thai friend (Khun Minnie) in Sept 2006, having shrimp with spinach pasta and Pâté de foie gras.
     
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    MBK Shopping Center it has everything but specializes in electronics
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    Inside MBK mall
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    MBK 4th floor: Report unfair, fraud, and ...
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    MBK area circa 1970 (not my photo).
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    Bangkok Art & Culture Center across the street from MBK
     
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    In Chiang Mai, I stayed at the Centara Duangtwan Hotel (twice) which is right across the street from Le Meridien Hotel and as you mentioned, right in the middle of the night market. The hotel was clean and sufficient and offered breakfast, happy hour, and other amenities all for $75/night. The reason as to why I did not stay at Le Meridien is because it was not opened yet. I have not been back to Chiang Mai since 2006.
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    Centara Duangtawan Hotel right across the street from Le Meridien.
     
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the awesome direction Kalboz. If I can ever be of help, please let me know.

    Blue.
     
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    Kalboz, I took your comments to heart and have cut out Chiang Mai this time around. We'll spend 4 days in Bangkok and then travel down to Phuket and seek out a nice island adventure for 5-6 days. We have air returning from Phuket via Seoul to Chicago on Asiana in biz class for all 3 of us. It's going to be a great trip! I'll have to do Chiang Mai another time.

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    Congratulations on a great decision that you won't regret ... I did not see Chiang Mai until my fourth visit to Thailand. The business class flight back will make it an easier trip.
     
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    the old saw "if you can't peel it, boil it, or cook it don't eat it" works really well. So eating food that is cooked to order in front of you (like most of the street food in Thailand) is safer than the "peeled" pineapple that looks so amazing on the street b/c you didn't peel it and the KNIFE that they use to cut multiple fruits is often quite nasty (that being said it isn't much of a risk for someone with a normal immune system). Drinks or other food that has been sitting out for hours in the heat, however, is another story.

    If you stay at the SGS there is no need to go to Paragon for food (unless you want to see the expensive shopping there) b/c directly across the street is Terminal21 which has hundreds of restaurants plus (my favorite) a food court where the food is just like the food you'd get on the street and about the same price BUT in a clean air conditioned place with signs and prices (mostly) in English;)
     
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    I wouldn't go to chatuchak with 2 6 yo's. there is plenty of convenient shopping for cheap stuff if you want that in Chinatown (which I would AVOID on the weekend b/c it is impossibly crowded) or Pratanum (clothes) where there are now a couple of multistorey malls where (again it is air conditioned) and there are ALWAYS food courts. then again MBK (IMHO) is better for electronics than Pantip and there are also clothes, shoes, etc. etc

    BUT that being said if you are only spending 2 or 3 days in Bangkok I don't know that you'd want to spend that time shopping.
     
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    Based on feedback we've made some adjustments and plan the following:
    • Arrive late the 20th
    • 3 full days in Bangkok to sight see, shop and dine (21st, 22nd, 23)
    • 24th Bangkok fly to Koh Samui
    • Stay at Conrad Koh Samui the 24th and 25th (using my free night certs)
    • Fly to Phuket the 26th
    • 26, 27, 28, 29 in Phuket
    • Fly home on 29th departing at 2am
    Can anyone comment on whether this is too much or just right. I'm worried about having to travel so much with a 6 year old.
     
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    Kalboz Gold Member

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    I see why you going to Samui (to burn the HH certs) and Phuket (booked departure) ... and, hence, the two island/beach locations. Reasonable enough, TM.

    We travel with a two kids (5 & 2 years) and it is never a problem, just your run-of-the-mill naughty bickering between the two :D ... I won't brag about my 5-year old boy, but my 2-year old daughter been to Thailand 3 times and flew around the world once thus far ... ;)
     
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    Oops. My Hilton Certs are only good on weekend and the 24th and 25th are weekdays. No conrad Koh Samui for us this time. We'll burn these certs in Rome next summer.

    Change of itinerary now:
    • Arrive late the on 3/20th - go to bed
    • 3 full days in Bangkok to sight see, shop and dine (21st, 22nd, 23)
    • 24th Bangkok fly to Phuket
    • 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 in Phuket
    • Fly home on 29th departing at 2am
     
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    bonvoyagethai New Member

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    Thanks for such a wonderful account of your trip. You have included so much good information and kodus to the photos! Some people think that it's not the place to be but for me Chiang Mai is a wonderful place to visit. It's a favorite sanctuary besides my home.
     
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