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    So im going to Thailand for the first time at the end of January starting off in Bangkok then onto phuket, phi phi, krabi, pattaya and back to Bangkok to fly home. We’re going for 3 weeks and want to do as much as possible while were there, what things would you recommend doing in each of these places? Thank you


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    One of our favourite hotels is Shanghai Mansions in Bangkok. There is a an excellent, very atmospheric jazz bar in the lobby most evenings and Thai street food less than 100 yards away. Barbecued river prawns with a few beers. Heaven!

    Thai food almost anywhere. The best.

    Some amazing temples worth visiting. I'll think of more.

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    I would recommend not going anywhere in any white Toyota Minivan 14-15 seater between these places mentioned ..or on the back of a motorcycle taxi..and definitely do not hire a motorbike and just ride it in flip flops ,shirt and shorts..
    Are you flying from BKK to Phuket?..You will be surprised how far it is by road ..You could travel partway by train..

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    Hi we have sorted our hotels in bkk were in the Hilton Sukhumvit, Phuket is mazi design hotel Patong, phi phi is twin palm bungalow, krabi is aonang viva resort then areca lodge in pattaya. We are flying from bkk to Phuket then boat to phi phi and then to krabi & flying from krabi to bkk to go home


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    You have a very little time to fully appreciate the places you're planning. I would recommend skipping Pattaya altogether, but that's just me!

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    Be aware that Koh Phi Phi Ley is currently closed so no access to Maya bay. Phi Phi Don is still good but many go solely to visit Maya Bay. Agree totally with caller skip Pattaya. Make sure you visit Railay, Phra Nang and the islands Tub, Chicken and Poda (boat tour or hire your long tailed boat if there is a few of you) when in Krabi

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    Is this a male only holiday or a couples holiday?

    Each to their own and all that, but I think you've taken too much on. Bkk and Patts together makes sense, as does the Southern part on it's own, or with a few nights in Bkk, but all together I'm not so sure about, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it whatever.

    I can't help you with Patts or Patong (which I didn't like), but Phuket Town is worth a visit.

    In Bangkok, obviously the Grand Palace and reclining Buddha is a must, a cruise along the river is worthwhile. If in Bkk at the weekend, a trip to Chatuchak market is an experience - there's some great artists selling their wares there, Asiatique (evening market) on the river is worth a look, check out one of the red light district areas for a bit of fun (literally if so inclined) and just soak up the buzz of the place. There are still areas that sell street-food, despite the junta trying to ban them and gross out in one the big stores. Siam Paragon and MBK are linked to each other via the Siam Centre (Siam BTS), in one direction, or just wander between Siam and Chit Lom BTS stations along the walkway between the road and trains above in the other direction and pop into any Mall you fancy, taking in the Erewan Shrine on the way.

    If you're into watches, Siam Paragon has the biggest selection under one roof (ground floor) and usually excellent discounts are offered and you can claim the VAT back (6%).
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    Quote Originally Posted by hayden158 View Post
    So im going to Thailand for the first time at the end of January starting off in Bangkok then onto phuket, phi phi, krabi, pattaya and back to Bangkok to fly home. We’re going for 3 weeks and want to do as much as possible while were there, what things would you recommend doing in each of these places? Thank you


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    It's a little bit confusing. You mention that you are and we're going to Thailand for 3 weeks. Are you going on a family holiday or are you going on your own or with your Thai wife /friend.?
    If you're planning to visit BKK, Phuket, Krabi and Pattaya for 3 weeks, then 3 weeks will not be long enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAS View Post
    Be aware that Koh Phi Phi Ley is currently closed so no access to Maya bay. Phi Phi Don is still good but many go solely to visit Maya Bay. Agree totally with caller skip Pattaya. Make sure you visit Railay, Phra Nang and the islands Tub, Chicken and Poda (boat tour or hire your long tailed boat if there is a few of you) when in Krabi
    Hi do you know if / when it's planned to re open?



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    Quote Originally Posted by te2008 View Post
    It's a little bit confusing. You mention that you are and we're going to Thailand for 3 weeks. Are you going on a family holiday or are you going on your own or with your Thai wife /friend.?
    If you're planning to visit BKK, Phuket, Krabi and Pattaya for 3 weeks, then 3 weeks will not be long enough.

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    Hi, sorry for the confusion there is 6 of us that are going we would have definitely gone longer but could only get this amount of time off work, sounds like we may have been to ambitious possibly worth looking at just spending the day in phi phi giving us longer somewhere else?


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    Quote Originally Posted by caller View Post
    Is this a male only holiday or a couples holiday?

    Each to their own and all that, but I think you've taken too much on. Bkk and Patts together makes sense, as does the Southern part on it's own, or with a few nights in Bkk, but all together I'm not so sure about, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it whatever.

    I can't help you with Patts or Patong (which I didn't like), but Phuket Town is worth a visit.

    In Bangkok, obviously the Grand Palace and reclining Buddha is a must, a cruise along the river is worthwhile. If in Bkk at the weekend, a trip to Chatuchak market is an experience - there's some great artists selling their wares there, Asiatique (evening market) on the river is worth a look, check out one of the red light district areas for a bit of fun (literally if so inclined) and just soak up the buzz of the place. There are still areas that sell street-food, despite the junta trying to ban them and gross out in one the big stores. Siam Paragon and MBK are linked to each other via the Siam Centre (Siam BTS), in one direction, or just wander between Siam and Chit Lom BTS stations along the walkway between the road and trains above in the other direction and pop into any Mall you fancy, taking in the Erewan Shrine on the way.

    If you're into watches, Siam Paragon has the biggest selection under one roof (ground floor) and usually excellent discounts are offered and you can claim the VAT back (6%).
    It's not a male only holiday but were all close friends and know what Thailand is renowned for so there will be plenty of that haha, we’re only in bkk for 2 nights and phi phi for 3 I think it is.


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    I'm guessing you will fly from BKK to Phuket, it's not a nice trip by bus. I normally describe Patong as the "Party Town" and that what youu want it's perfect, I live in the next town inland so know it well. While you're here think about going to Big Buddha, Phuket Fantasea, Siam Niramet, View point at sunset at Laem Pronthep, and Nai Harn Beach (the nicest one IMO). If you have any specific questions about Phuket send me a message, I've lived here for years and there not much I don't know about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James HKT View Post
    I'm guessing you will fly from BKK to Phuket, it's not a nice trip by bus. I normally describe Patong as the "Party Town" and that what youu want it's perfect, I live in the next town inland so know it well. While you're here think about going to Big Buddha, Phuket Fantasea, Siam Niramet, View point at sunset at Laem Pronthep, and Nai Harn Beach (the nicest one IMO). If you have any specific questions about Phuket send me a message, I've lived here for years and there not much I don't know about it!
    Thanks that would be great ill look into those and try include some on our trip , we are flying in to Phuket from bok I looked at the jurneyand definitely won't fancy doing it by bus haha, we want a mix of what Thailand has to offer so mainly sight seeing and adventures with a bit of parting when we can. Where would be the best place to visit the elephant sanctuary ?


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    Some places in Bangkok I like are :
    Lumphini Park - Not sure what you think of parks but I love it. Just a nice contrast to the congested city. Easy to get to from Sukhumvit area on train.
    Platinum Fashion Mall and Palladum Market - My wife took me here for the night market. Not my thing but loads of cheap clothes, I came here years ago and had KFC.
    Khao San Road - which I really enjoyed on my last night of my most recent trip as felt relaxing.
    On my very first trip to Thailand me and my mate walked all the way back from Khao San Road to our hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11 as I wanted to see more than Soi Cowboy.
    (TBH I also walked from soi 11 to SuperRich HQ as I wanted to be tight)

    I used to hate Bangkok but think its amazing and see more of it each time I go. Would love to stay elsewhere but I like to play it safe by staying in Sukhumvit.

    In Pattaya I visited:
    Koh Lan - I went to Taween Beach last time by getting on wrong boat and found whole area dirty and prefer the other side (by Lareena resort).
    Pattaya Sheep Farm - Good for kids
    Nong Nooch Garden - Another thing for kids I guess. They charged my daughter 'farang' price upon entry which annoyed me as she's clearly mixed Thai. Don't go here actually.
    Hilton Pattaya - Good for views

    I always go Phuket and always stay in Patong. I would love to stay elsewhere on the island but have friends in Patong and I know I would find myself heading towards Bangla Road.
    I've done Phuket Zoo, Promthep Cape, Karon View Point, Karon Beach, Kata Beach etc.
    This year I rented a car and drove myself to Big Buddha, Rawaii, Kamala and Surin beaches (which I liked but was mega windy).
    Kata is my fave beach of the lot.
    I would go watch some Thai boxing if I could.

    Before I went Thailand for 5 weeks in June I had planned to fit in - Bangkok, Uthai Thani, Kanchanaburi, Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga.
    I missed off Krabi, Phang Nga, Kanchanaburi but went to Chai Nat (near Uthai).

    I always plan to do loads but then reality sets in and not enough time/ money and hint of laziness.
    I see that I've gone on for a bit.

    Enjoy your holiday!

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    If you're in TH on 5th FEB 2019, that is Chinese New Year.
    I would have recommend going to see Slash (Guns n Roses) with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at GMM live House (BKK), but your coming at the end of Jan, poor planning there I see.
    A trip to Chinatown during CNY would be in order if you are in BKK, even if not I would recommend a trip there, it comes alive during the evening for street food, during the day it's easy to visit via Hua Lamphong MRT (Bangkok's current main rail station) follow the signs to the Station, it's pretty easy from there.
    At the Chinese Arch you will see Wat Traimit (Temple of the Golden Buddha) this houses the Buddha made from 5/6 tons of solid gold, also in the same complex is the Chinese Cultural / Heritage Centre. Back out at the Arch you can see a Hospital walk to it and you are on the main Chinatown road (Yaowarat) on the left just past the hospital is a Big Chinese Temple really colourful, the temple foundation funds the surrounding medical buildings that give free or low cost access to doctors and medical care for those with little money (a small donation would be a great gesture) Yaowarat continues on into Chinatown and there is a Little India in the area.
    For great views of the city head to Golden Mount Temple, to get there is easy on the Saem Saep canal boats from Patunam pier not far from Central World / Patunam Malls, it costs around 20 baht and it is at the last stop (Station 4) go left over the bridge at Stop 4 , a short walk will bring you past the Fire Station and the entrance is on the left, to go up to the Stupa at the top costs 50 baht for foreigners, in the Temple just under the Stupa is the only Temple I know of that asks you to keep your shoes on (bizarre) from the Stupa area there are panoramic views in all directions.
    Also at Stop 4 you are only a short walk from the Giant Swing, Democracy Monument, Khao San Road (if you want a Same-Same tee shirt or hair braided whilst watching backpacker scruffs avoiding soap) as you will be in the old city, will also find Grand Palace / Temple of the Emerald Buddha (visiting the Grand Palace be there when it opens as later in the morning it will be full of even more tourists) not far from the Palace is Wat Po (Massage) Bangkok City Pillar, Bangkok National Museum in fact quite a few museums in the area. To visit Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)you can get a cross river ferry at the River Boat Express stop for the Grand Palace.
    Not far from canal boat Station 4 going the opposite way from Golden Mount is one of the Two main Muay Thai Boxing Stadiums, Rajadanmern Boxing Stadium the other one is (New) Lumpinee Boxing Stadium located in the Bang Khen area (north of the city centre) if you like the Gee Gees (Horse Racing) the race track is at the Royal Thai Sports Club in down town, have racing twice per month (Sundays) gambling is illegal in TH but you can place bets here, thus the grandstands are full, last time I went(few years ago) they had horse racing a golf tournament and a cricket match going on at the same time ..lol (this is TH)
    I would personally swap to 3 nts in BKK and 2 nts Koh Phi Phi, even though Phi Phi is often compared to the Isle of Sheppey in IMHO Phi Phi just about shades it for weather in Jan / Feb.
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    If your going to Patong (Phuket), I'm not sure why you'd then bother with Pattaya - everything is much the same accept that Patong is marginally prettier (in terms of it has a Beach) - although I think Pattaya probably has a bigger gay scene with attached predators

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    Suggest planning everything then actually do 50% its likely you will need a few days to change time zones etc.
    My first trip I used half the time sleeping off the alcohol but of course I am sure you will all be really moderate in the drinking etc

    Unlike many I quite like Pattaya its got many good places to eat and plenty of things to do e.g fishing golf shooting etc.

    Its quite cheap as well
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    My post also contains a few warnings... First place I would visit is 7-11/Boots/Family Mart and pick up a few bottles of Soffell to keep the mosquitos at bay...
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    Should be about 50 baht a bottle and should save you and friends from mossie bites, use it regularly and on any exposed skin.

    Second the trips in Bangkok to Grand Palace, Wat Po etc in Bangkok and Chatuchak market, keep your possessions safe and remember to barter. Floating Market can be flooded with tourists, but can be fun/relaxing. Safari World for the animals. Getting taxis should work out cheap, but be careful on being ripped off and never enter into an argument with a Thai (unless you know what to do). Patpong has a very big night market and is in one of the dodgy night scene areas so be careful which bar you might pop into for a drink. Travelling around on the BTS (Train) is cheap, air conditioned and easy once you get the hang of it.

    Phuket was great, sea was warm, but be careful about too long in the sun, I burnt really badly after 1.5 hours in the sea/on the beach. We did the Fantasea show (night time cabaret) and James Bond Island trips and both were good.

    With Pattaya I like Nong Noch which is a little trip out of the city, there is the infamous Walking Street, which along with the venues it's renowned for, does have some nice seafood restaurants near the entrance where you have the meal out on a "wooden pier" with the sea lapping underneath.

    It is surprising how much you can do in a short space of time in Thailand because travel is relatively cheap. I have hired a big minibus and driver before to do udon Thani to Loei to Chang Mail, to Bangkok, Pattaya and then back to Udon Thani in 5 days, cost was I think 2000baht a day plus fuel. Driver did a lot of overnight driving, especially Chang Mai to Bangkok, but took us to many places.
    If you felt up to it, you could ask a taxi driver/minibus driver how much they would charge for a day to take you to many different places. Last time we did this was with a taxi driver that took us to Safari World and took us in in the cab, worked out very cheap and he got us a discount on entry fee :-)

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    A Bangkok must do is the night food market: Talad Rodfai Ratchada (Train Market)

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    From what I've found out and heard about Thailand I don't think any amount of time will be long enough there's so much to do in each area, have any of you done a sky bar in bkk? I've heard Bangkok is mind-blowing how busy and big it is and just to go and experience it, in my head I'm doing something every day but I bet I'll be the same and only do about 50% will have to get a good massage as soon as I get there to relax myself . Watching a good Muay Thai boxing match is high on my list of things to get done, is the safari world in koh sok? If it is I originally wanted to do the 3-day safari there


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