Hi, We are planning a 12 day visit to Thailand with a 2 yr old - starting thanksgiving '13. We are still debating between doing just BKK(5 days)/HKT(6 days) vs. BKK(3 days)/CNX(3 days)/HKT(5days). some notes: 1. We prefer staying at Hilton, With gold status, figured we will make good use of the free breakfast/wifi and potential of upgrade. 2. BKK - I have a booking at the millenium hilton. Is the boat shuttle to the other side of the river useful? I read that the "saphan takshin BTS" is closing for renovation. so, is BTS access difficult from that hotel. I can always try the other hilton properties on sukhomvit (new hilton/doubletree). 3. CNX - planning to stay at Le Meridien. 4. HKT - have booked Hilton Arcadia at Karon. Intra-Thailand flights will be on air asia DMK-CNX-HKT-DMK Any tips on what is the best time to travel to DMK airport to escape traffic? are early morning departures better or does it not really matter? Current planned itienerary: Day 1: BKK - Reach BKK early morning at 1:30 AM. Take taxi to hotel. Wake up late, Visit some temples (Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Grand Palace). Day 02: BKK - Day trip to Ayuthaya or floating market Day 03: BKK - Shopping, Food courts, etc Day 04: CNX - Catch early morning flight to CNX. check in to hotel. Sight see around CNX town. Day 05: CNX - Hire car for the day - visit elephant camp, handicraft village(s), Day 06: CNX - Hire car for the day and sight see around or within CNX. catch late night flight to HKT Day 07: HKT - Day 08: HKT - Day 09: HKT - Day 10: HKT - Day 11: HKT - catch late afternoon flight to BKK Day 12: Finish up shopping in BKK, Pack and fly out at 10 PM. Ayuthaya - is it worth the day trip? What is the best way to do Ayuthaya with a kid? bus/train/boat/car-hire. CNX - should we spend an extra day there? Any tips for travelling with a mobile 2 yr old? We went to Bali last year when our kid was 8 mo old. Bali was awesome because we took taxi everywhere within town and did couple of day trips with hired car. What mode of transportation (BKK/CNX/HKT) is the best with a kid.. One more thing: We will most likely shop a lot of handicrafts, wood carvings, etc from Chiang Mai. Instead of lugging it around the rest of our trip, is it possible to ship it through DHL/UPS to our hotel in BKK? Is that reliable, I am assuming the hotel in BKK will receive the shipment and store it for us - we will pick it up when we stay there on day 12. I would appreciate your comments and suggestions.. Thanks in advance!