Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thailand itinerary

Working on the itinerary for Thailand (~2 weeks):

- first night at the airport guesthouse then travel downtown (1 night)
- explore Bangkok (2 nights)
- Bangkok to Kanchanburi (by train from Thonburi station costs 100B, 3 hours): river raft guesthouse, caves, waterfalls (3 nights)
- bus or minibus/van from Kanchanburi to Ayutthaya (main station to Suphanburi 2 hours, 45B then connect to Ayutthaya 1.5 hours, 49B - or minivan direct for 350B): bike around (1 night)
- Ayyuttha to Lopburi (via train 1 hour): temples, OVERRUN with monkeys, enough time to see the city between the morning and evening trains (1 night)
- Lopburi to Phitsanulok (3-4 hours via train for 28-64B) then on arrival immediately connect to Sukhothai same day by bus (1 hour bus ride from Phitsanulok, 54B): historical capital, bike the UNESCO World Heritage Site/national park (2 nights in Sukhothai) 
- Chiang Mai from Sukhothai (4-5 hours by bus): cycle the city, a day of hill-tribe trekking (3 nights)
- Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong (by bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, then Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong): relax (1 night) --> border crossing into Laos (2 day boat trip down the Mekong to Pakbeng then Luang Prabang)

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