Hard to believe but our trip is only four months away! We people who book award flights plan very early and it seemed like it would never get here. Okay, slightly intimidated about Thailand - kind of like Russia last summer. A language I'm not familiar with (at least I could pronounce the Cyrillic signs!). I get a number of emails from Viator and they seem to have some very inexpensive tours of both Bangkok and Chiang Mai but I've never used them. At this point, we're not sure if it will be just the two of us or another couple - they may have to cancel at the last minute. Here goes: 1. From airports to hotel - Viator offers inexpensive transfers. Do I need this or should I just grad a cab at the airport? 2. Tours - everything seems so reasonable that I'm tempted to forego anything but a private tour. Make sense? If so, any recommendations for either good companies to deal with or good private guides someone has used? 3. Packing - do I need to bring a sports jacket? My sense is it will be pretty hot but if there are some must-see restaurants on the more formal side, happy to do it. Just really have no idea how to pack for Thailand in January. Oh, and we stop for three nights in Hong Kong on the return. Anything else I'm too ignorant to ask?! Many thanks to all.