Exploring Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Koh Lanta
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Thailand12 days / November 2019
Highs & Lows
There are so many affordable hotel options, and virtually every hotel has a pool.
It gets very hot!
This was mine and my boyfriend’s first big trip together and it did not disappoint! We left Toronto on a cold November evening and embarked on what would be almost 24 hours of travel, with a short layover in Shanghai before landing in Bangkok.
After spending a couple of nights in Bangkok, our itinerary was 5 nights in the North of Thailand, specifically Chiang Mai, and 5 nights in the South of Thailand, specifically Ao Nang (Krabi) and Koh Lanta. We decided to pick a couple of bases and do day trips from each location. The North and the South of Thailand are quite a bit different and both very much worth seeing, so I would recommend it if time allows.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I definitely would have spent more time in the North of Thailand to explore places like Chiang Rai which I didn't have time to see. I found the North to be more culturally rich and not as touristy as the South.
What tips would you give a friend?
Make sure you do your research into how much things should cost. Sometimes places will take advantage of tourists by giving you an inflated price.
You will need long pants and shirts that cover your shoulders to visit the temples. Make sure you bring clothes that are light and breathable as it gets very hot.
We flew with AirAsia from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai to Ao Nang (Krabi). We did experience a couple of delays with AirAsia, but it can be expected as it is a budget airline. Once you're in the South, you can get everywhere by boat which is nice. We took a long-tail boat from Ao Nang to Railay and a ferry from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta.
Hotels often provide deals if you book directly with them, for example free breakfast. Always check their website before booking on sites like Expedia or booking.com.