I have been getting a few requests recently requiring advice on where to go and what to do in Thailand for an approximate 2 week period. The requests are not from people who want to sit on the beach all day, but from those that would like to get a fair grounding of the country in the time provided. The requests have expressed that the quieter sea-side town of Hua Hin and the culture of the north sound just the ticket. Combining these places with of course the bustling capital city of Bangkok gives a nice little trip in my opinion.
Wat Arun – The Temple Of Dawn, Bangkok
With Thailand being a very warm climate I like to keep baggage down to the bare minimum. I have never found any fun in lugging around large suitcases in the hot sun full up with clothes that I won’t need. Most of the time you can get away with short sleeve shirts, shorts and flip-flops.
Having said that make sure you do bring some decent long sleeve shirts and smart trousers for men and classy dresses for women that cover the shoulders just in case you want to enter some of the fine temples. The Grand Palace for instance in Bangkok has a strict respectful dress code upon entering. If your attire is not acceptable you will have to change in to the temple provided attire before being allowed entry. Now before thinking to yourself I don’t think I will go to that much trouble, then think again. The Grand Palace is a must see as they say so dress appropriately.
The Grand Palace Complex, Bangkok
Welcome To Bangkok
As most people’s point of entry in to the kingdom of Thailand is Bangkok then it’s a good place to start. I have spoken before at odds that I could spend lots of time in Bangkok and never get bored. The country’s capital has always enthralled me. There are so many things to see and do in Bangkok it’s basically a Thailand trip on its own. From the older and fascinating China Town to the newer and glitzier Siam, Bangkok just oozes life. Last year I did a post on a 5 day itinerary to Bangkok. It doesn’t matter whether you intend to stay in Bangkok for two day’s or the full 5 day’s there is something here for everyone.
Link Here: Bangkok: A 5 Day Itinerary
From the traffic jams, heat and madness of Bangkok to the Royal sea side resort of Hua Hin on the west coast of Thailand. Incidentally I love the madness of Bangkok, but it is the Bangkokians themselves that choose Hua Hin as their preferential weekend escape. A lot of the Bangkok residents have second homes in and around the area of Hua Hin for just that reason…. Escapism.
The Royal Sea-side Resort Of Hua Hin
Hua Hin is just one beach town in the beautiful region of Prachuap Khiri Khan. There are plenty of other beaches literally a stone throw away at Cha – am, Suan Son, Ao Manow and some real beautiful beaches in the Pranbury area of Khao Khalok. In fact this is my favourite. Hua Hin at night has several excellent night markets to browse and the street food is really excellent. Pull up a seat in the night market at one of the many vendors specialising in their chosen dishes and be amazed by the delicious cuisine and the next to nothing prices. Of course with Hua Hin being a seaside resort there are always plenty of top class sea-food dishes to choose from. This once sleepy fishing town is not so sleepy any more and you can find plenty to do in and around Hua Hin both during the day and evening.
Khao Khalok, Pranbury
Here are a few of my tips regarding a guest house, breakfast place, bar , places to go and various other essentials. These tips are still current at this present moment.
Link Here: Hua Hin Guest House And 10 Helpful Tips
Once again to do with Hua Hin I enclose a link to another excellent site that covers a lot of information. This includes beaches, restaurants, accommodation, attractions you name it and they cover it.
Link Here: http://www.huahinafterdark.com/
Hua Hin, Thailand
From frantic, bustling but exciting Bangkok to the quieter sea-side and coastal life of Hua Hin it’s time to go North.
North To Chiang Mai
The North is a hot bed of culture, beautiful scenery and a slower pace of life. I must admit to having a soft spot for Chiang Mai. As Thailand’s second largest city It has all the everyday things a person could want, but without the mayhem of Bangkok. Don’t get me wrong it can still be busy during the rush hour traffic, but compared to Bangkok it’s nothing.
Kantoke at Cultural Chiang Mai
If you are not short on time then visits to Chiang Rai, The Golden Triangle, Mae Hong Son, Pai and Yunnan are all must see places. For those perhaps on a two-week vacation then there are plenty of terrific places to visit on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. These places include some superb national parks like Doi Inthanon, the beautiful flower gardens and nature of Krisdadoi, the horse and cart riding town of Lampang and the very historical town of Lamphun to name a few.
The very beautiful Krisdadoi, Chiang Mai
More Information On Chiang Mai
Link Here: Where Can I Find A Guest House In Chiang Mai
Combining the capital city Bangkok with the seaside resort of Hua Hin and then taking in the culture of the North is an ideal mix for a trip. For a 10 day stay you might want to split your time in to a 3 day Bangkok, 3 day Hua Hin and 4 day Chiang Mai. For a 14 day stay you could then spend longer in the Chiang Mai area and get outside the area of Chiang Mai to some of the places mentioned above. If you have three weeks then I would stretch to 4 day’s in each Bangkok and the Hua Hin area use Chiang Mai as a base and explore the North with the rest of the time. You will need to add in time for travelling. The time you will need to allow will very much depend on how you are going to travel.
For speed and efficiency then domestic flying will be the way to go. If flying up to Chiang Mai then it will be best to arrive in the country first and head straight off to the sea-side resort of Hua Hin. After spending your 3 or 4 day’s in Hua Hin you can then spend another 3 or 4 day’s in Bangkok. The reason for this is so that you are in Bangkok to take your flight from Don Muang domestic airport straight up to Chiang Mai.
The other options of bus and train will take much longer. Approximate times and various ways to travel to Chiang Mai from Bangkok are covered in link 3 here. The lonely planet links cover most other general information.
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