Originally Posted by aidancov
I am travelling to thailand in feb, and wanted to visit north and south, want to go kanchanburi to river kwai, visit ayuthayya . go to chaing mai via sleeper train then to chaing rai. Then down south to some of the quieter places avoiding phuket.
I am going for 1 month
and any ideas would be much appreciated
A journey of a thousand miles began with a single step. [1904 Sayings of Lao Tzu tr. L. Giles 51]
Everything on your list is something you can do. In Thailand you can get tours through local travel agencies if you want. First three things are easy to get from Bangkok. There are many tours available you can get daily if you want. Or you can try it on your own.
Stay in Bangkok first and during that time get your train ticket for Chiang Mai. (The sleeper car tickets sell out first so get them when you first get to Bangkok.) In Chiang Mai there are tours you can get for Chiang Rai. You can avoid Phuket if you want but millions and millions of tourists visit there every year. From Phuket you can go to other places too! End your holiday in Bangkok again for a few days before you fly home.
Thailand has excellent transportation services. Besides trains you also have cheap bus travel and discount airlines too. In Bangkok you can use the Skytrain, subway and Airport Rail Link to get around the city. There are hotels near the Skytrain route you can use, some are also near restaurants, malls, street vendors, nightlife, etc. Meter taxis in Bangkok are cheap providing you just use the meter! There is rail service from the airport (up to midnight) and meter taxis 24 hours a day. Bangkok Airport Public Taxi Service | Suvarnabhumi Airport | New Bangkok Airport Guide UrbanRail.Net > Asia > Thailand > Bangkok Metro
In Bangkok, the Skytrain connects with the Airport Rail Link and with the subway. The subway can take you to the national train station for your ride to Chiang Mai. The Skytrain also connects with the Ekamai bus terminal, Patpong, Chatuchak, MBK, Sukhumvit, Siam areas too.
Plan a budget out and see how much you can afford for hotels per night and then ask for some suggestions. That way you will have some places to check out. Wait until you get to Thailand to change any money over to Thai baht for a better rate. No problem changing money over at the airport 24 hours a day.
When you get around to specifics you ought to also mention if you are male or female and roughly your age bracket. That way you will get something more useful.
(Lots of old posts on this forum you might find helpful.)
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