Post # 1
So since Future In-Laws so generously offered to pay for our minimoon, we can now officially do two weeks in Thailand next year! I want/need advice from people who have been – what should we do? what order should we do stuff in? Tips? Warnings? Whatever you got!
I know for sure I want to go to an amazing beach resort and I want to do a side trip to Cambodia and go to the Angkor Wat temple complex.
Any advice/suggestions most appreciated!
Post # 3
Which Island will you be on? I highly recommend Koh Samuii. We stayed in a beautiful resort right onthe beach called Samaya Bura.
My advise would be to spend 2-3 days in Bangkok max. Just enough to take in the nightlife and shopping. It is a very dirty/ bust city and we couldn’t wait to leave!
We did a elephant and jungle trek which was fab!
There are full-moon (also half moon) parties on the island of Koh Phanghan, you can look up when the next full moon will be. We took a boat over anf came back later that night. It was very rowdy and young but good fun (Be careful, lots of pickpocketers)
Definately do some snorkelling, we saw some amazing fish, take advantage of the cheap massages on the beach, we had a few couples massages.
Also, we hired some mopeds and drove to the quiter side of the island and saw ‘Real’ island life, it was amazing. We saw two young boys bathing their buffalo in the ocean, then walking it down the street. Be careful though, the traffic is a bit mental.
Kick back, relax and enjoy some cocktails! Have Fun, it’s beautiful!
Post # 4
Go to all the islands like Koh Samui, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. I have friends who said it was amazing. I am jealous and want to go to Thailand soooo bad.
Post # 5
My favorite beaches are Krabi, Phi Phi, (been to those 2 places 3 times!) Phuket, Tarutao Island. So beautiful! Snorkling was fun, also I took those tiny motor boats instead of the speed boats or large cruise ships so I felt so close to the water.
Bangkok is fun if you like night life, fancy things and shopping. There are some temples and the old city and you can also take a canal tour. If you like old cities Ayuthaya is also nice and only an hour away.
Some people really like the northern parts of Thailand like Changmai. The weather us more comfortable and it’s a great hike.
If you need info on Bangkok feel free to PM me, I lived there for a while:)
Post # 6
OK so logistically/realistically, would we be able to do Bangkok (not too long in Bangkok – I’m from NYC, I don’t need that much time in a major city!), Chiang Mai, a beach (whether Phuket, Koh Samui, somewhere else) and a side trip to Siam Reap/Angkor Wat in Cambodia? Any experienced travelers have an itinerary to propose for that? If it’s not realistic, somebody let me know now so I don’t drive myself crazy trying to make it work!
Post # 7
Hi! My family’s from Thailand and we’ve started planning our honeymoon for this fall in Thailand as well. I think your plan is do-able…the only difficulty is since you have 2 weeks, you might have to choose between Chiang Mai or the islands. We would love to do both but considering travel time, it might not be feasible.
You would only need 3 days in Bangkok to see the main sites (temples, floating market, shopping).There are also nice beach resorts a few hours from the city by car (Pattaya, Hua Hin). We are considering going to one of these if we can’t make it to Koh Samui. How do you plan on getting to Chiang Mai? If it’s not by plane, then you’d have to figure in about 8 hours by car or longer by train…once you get to Chiang Mai you could spend 4 days or so there (Mae sa elephant camp, karen (long neck) tribe, more temples). I’ve never been to Cambodia so I can’t speak to how long it takes to get there and how many days to spend. All in all, I would say 2 weeks is the minimum in order to do all of this (not including Angkor Wat or Phuket/Koh Samui).
As for tips, I would say the usual as when travelling anywhere-keep your belongings close to you and stay alert. As much as I hate to say that, I’m extremely weary and cautious when I go even though I might look like a native!
Hope this helps, feel free to PM me as well! Once our itinerary is complete I wouldn’t mind sharing it with you 🙂
Post # 8
I’m planning my honeymoon to Thailand as well. 🙂
Where you want to go really depends on what you plan on getting out of the trip. Do you and Fiance have anything in particular that you guys are enthusiastic about that you’d want to do in Thailand?
Fiance and I love snorkeling and diving so we’re spending most of our time on the beaches at Koh Tao and Koh Samui (the side of the gulf where it’s not monsoon season at the time we’re going). We’re going to be spending 3 nights in Bangkok over the last weekend we’re there so we can go to the weekend market there.
The itinerary you have is doable if you want to spend a lot of your time traveling. It is ambitious of you to want to go to 4 places… esp. 4 places that you need to fly to in order to get the most out of your itinerary. Flights can add up so if you’re budget sensitive on your trip you have to take that into consideration.
A really helpful tip…
I found that Kayak had the best rates for inter-Thailand travel. I booked my flight from Bangkok to Koh Samui a few weeks ago through Kayak (via Bangkok Air link it took me to).
For some reasons the Bangkok Air link that Kayak sent me to was much, much cheaper than any other online site (including the official Bangkok Air website) and any rate a travel agent could get me. It must be some insider link b/c it lists the entire schedule for the day to your particular destination (much like if you booked on Southwest). At first I thought it was some hack site b/c none of the links on the page worked so I was very skeptical. However I found it to be completely legit.
On the Bangkok Air site (meaning… when I directly went to http://www.bangkokair.com), it didn’t give this kind of flexibility b/c it would automatically mash up flights together and I had a hard time finding the specific flight schedule I wanted.
When I searched Kayak for the flight, it listed the price as $274/person. Don’t be fooled, this is not how much it really costs. When using the Bangkok Air link it connected to, both of our flghts totalled some where around 12600 Bhat… whichended being $394.00. On the Bangkok Air website, the same flights cost around 15700 Bhat.
Hope this helps!!!
Post # 9
@ Kittyachi: that looks like a realistic itinerary. Do two full days in Angkor Wat, very little time in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and a week at a resort. Lovely.
The thing that will make a big difference for your schedule is if you fly. Don’t cheap out and go by ground between places.
Post # 10
My favorites are Koh Tao and Phi-Phi islands!!! They are absolutely beautiful!
I’ve posted my pictures from a wedding trip here http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/wedding-in-thailand
Make sure you book a good photographer. We went with tropicpic.com and I am so i’m glad I have these pictures, I can imagine how happy I will be looking at them when I’m like 60))))
Have a great honey moon and enjoy Thai!!!!!
Post # 11
We haven’t been there but we just planned our honeymoon in Thailand for 2 weeks as well. We also originally wanted to do Akor Watts, bangkok, changmai, a beach as well as Vietnam. While it’s doable in 2 weeks, we found out that we would have spent a lot of time traveling instead of enjoying ourselves and most flights were connecting flights. In the end we decided to just do Bangkok, Chang Mai and Koh Samui. I was debating between Puket and Koh Samui so hopefully we don’t regret our decision.
In Chaing Mai we’re dong a elephant trek. http://www.pataraelephantfarm.com/ That was the main reason I wanted to go to Thailand.
Post # 12
Hi all – I’m reviving this thread because I’m also figuring out a 2 week Thailand honeymoon (possibly) and am looking for feedback from all your trips! We are looking to do exactly what PP said – 2 weeks with 2 days max in Bankok, then a week in Koh Sumui (also going during monsoon season) and a week in chang mai. Is this doable? How did you all enjoy your trips?
Post # 13
If doing a beach trip in Thailand, you cannot, you must not miss Koh Phi Phi (a ferry ride away from Phuket).
Post # 14
I’ve never been, but for the OP that wanted to do a side trip to Cambodia…
I have been in love with this hotel for ages.
Post # 15
@kankanwed: We don’t want to do Phuket because it’s way too touristy, and also end of June is monsoon season.. we heard Ko Sumui is best to solve both those issues (but is wicked expensive to get to from BKK – $300pp!!!).. do you recommend Ko Phi Phi over Sumui?
Post # 16
@MissBoston: I haven’t been to Samui either but I am sure its just as touristy as Phuket. I didn’t like Phuket either, but Koh Phi Phi wins hands down in terms of natural beauty.