Post # 1
We’re going to Thailand (w/ a side trip to Cambodia) for almost 3 wks for our honeymoon. So excited! Our tentative plan is a day or two in Bangkok, Angkor Wat (Cambodia) for a couple days, beaches (Koh Samui/Koh Tao) and then up north (Chaing Mai).
Has anyone been to Thailand? Any recommendations, advice, etc. would be awesome.
Are you ladies planning out your honeymoon in advance, or going with the “figure things out once you get there” approach?
Post # 3
never been there but it looks beautiful! i suggest looking into the thailand forums on tripadvisor.com. Those forums usually have experts from the area.
Post # 4
I’ve spent a lot of time in Chiang Mai and have been to Ankor Wat.
I’ve never done beaches in Thailand, but hear they can be really nice.
I’m curious, where are you staying in Chiang Mai/what drew you to include that on your trip? I’ve always gone for business trips, and it’s hard for me to picture it as a romantic getaway. 🙂
Post # 5
Cambodia is UH.MAY.ZING.
Just a tip for travel in SE Asia generally: be sure to check with your doctor re: any recommended vaccines and don’t skimp. Malaria is no joke, and medical care, even in Bangkok, isn’t what you’re used to in the U.S.
Stock up on mosquito-repellent that’s at least 30 per cent DEET and intense sunscreen.
It pays to be respectful of local customs when it comes to dress. Shorts are generally considered inappropriate, as are tank tops, and some wats, temples and other religious locations may prohibit you from entering if your attire is “immodest” by local standards. Simple cotton skirts and t-shirts are best, and by far the most comfortable option.
Post # 6
daydreamwander – hmm…chiang mai was suggested in most of the itineraries I’ve seen on tripadvisor and lonely planet. Maybe I’ll look more into it.
I’m now considering Krabi instead of Koh Samui. We’ll probably end up planning last minute 🙂
Post # 7
I went to Koh Samui in Feb last year and it is beautiful! I’d definately recommend that island. We stayed in Lamaii, which was just outside of Chaweng (the touristy part) but its only a five minute drive and you hope on the back of a truck like a public taxi. The beaches are absolutely beautiful and the nightlife colourful. We stayed in a hotel called Samyara Bura which was gorgeous, brand new. Bangkok is an eye-opening, good for shopping and the nightlife is a must see but don’t stay too long. Have you looked at Phi Phi island and Koh Phangan, they are also supposed to be beautiful. Whichever island you go to, hop on a moped and go exploring, we saw some great culture by getting out of the ‘touristy’ areas. And I’d be reluctant to eat any food from the street carts, I’ve heard stories that the meat is dog/rat… eurgh! PM me if you have any questions 🙂
Post # 8
thanks, B Tamara! we’ve traveled quite a lot and definitely want to avoid super touristy areas. i’ll look into samuary bura!
Post # 9
That’s almost our exact itenerary! 22-hour layover in Singapre, then Bankok, Angkor Wat, Chang Mai, Ko Samui/Ko Tao/Krabi, then back to Bangkok and another layover in Singapore. We’ve been looking on Trip Advisor, but it’d be great to hear what other people think!
Post # 10
Hi Amani –
We just went to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand (Chiang Mai and Bangkok) for our honeymoon. We loved the tiger kingdom in Chiang Mai, and had a great time playing with the tigers!
Here are some pictures: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2046544&id=1094618484&l=b0790f6d1f
Post # 11
I’m a local! I lived in Bangkok for 15 years.
I’d say Bangkok is definitely a must, night life, shopping, and the temples. And it’s true, entering the temples I recall it’s no tank tops or shorts but they do have things to cover you up (for sale near by the entrance) if you don’t have the right attire. I think the sell cheap pants or throw a blanket over you to cover your shoulders. Also the river and canal tours are nice. Lots of lovely, fancy places to eat for cheap. I’d stay away from street food in general unless you’re with someone local and go to a market, I know some tend to have stronger stomachs than others but there are tons of nice things in restaurants as well. Mosquitoes are a pain especially at night when you want to enjoy the view at sit outdoors. You can ask me about hotel locations in Bangkok I can recommended some area according to what type of activities you like.
Chang Mai is a popular place for tourist because it’s not hard to get around speaking English. And the weather is nicer, also you can go on mountain hiking tours, see waterfalls, and see temples on the mountains. I personally like beaches more coz I’m not a hiker:)
Koh Samui and other islands in the gulf of Thailand are wonderful. Koh Samui in particular is a very large national park so you can hike and also have the beach. I like the beaces on the Andaman side more (phi phi islands, krabi, phuket) I was there in year ten years ago it was pretty much quiet but I wnet back again recently it’s more populated but it’s crtystal clear water and amazing islands are wonderful. Think “The Beach”.
When I had foreign guests over to visit, they also enjoyed Ayuthaya (old capital), it’s like 45 mins away from Bangkok, the floating market (a bit too touristy though) and most wanted to extend their stay in Bangkok for around 4 days, to see the big shopping centers, night markets, night life. Possibly coz there’s a huge difference in terms of convenience between Bangkok and other cities.
If you have any questions please PM me:)
Post # 12
I spent a little over a month in Chiang Mai and loved it! One warning though- try to get some antibiotics from your doctor if you can. They’re nice to have on hand just in case. I was so careful but still ended up with dysentery… yuck. Other than that I loved my adventures in Thailand.