Travels

Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun / White temple

2 ½ h NE Chaing Mai

Old Bus Station from Chiang Mai departs from here. There is enough English written on the signs and buses at the terminal to tell where the bus is going.

Buses leave from Arcade Bus St. Fastest (nonstop) bus 3h to Chian Rai bus st. 1st class air-con = £3.40 3 hours. £18 tour inc golden triangle, hot springs, boat trip on Mekong, hill tribe from Chiang Mai. 7.30 – 8pm. http://www.travelhubchiangmai.com/budget-tours/Btour_chiangrai.html

Golden Triangle

2 ½ h NE Chaing Mai

You can go to the very tip of Thailand to the Golden Triangle where you can catch a ferry over to Laos.

Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Overlooking the city climb 309 steps for free to reach the pagodas, passes a couple of nice waterfalls and the view from the temple platform.

Open 6-9pm Entry 54p, 36p for lift, £3.60 rtn taxi
TRAVEL: Doi Suthep to Chiang Mai 72p 1h.

Ayuthaya

Ayuthaya

1h north Bangkok

1350 AD by King U Thong the only buildings made of stone at that time. daytrip from Bangkok.

Bangkok's Hualamphong Train Station and stops in Ayutthaya. The trip takes about 2 - 2.5 hrs depending on the type of service. Second-class seats (A/C) cost £5, third-class 36p no reservations and seats are not guaranteed. The railway station is not on the island but across the river a short ferry ride away. Walk across the main road and down the small street straight ahead. Ferry boats run every few minutes and cost 4 baht. minibuses or vans. They have a frequency of between 20 and 30 minutes, it takes 1h, £1 rtn. We got an overnight sleeper train from Ayuthaya to Chiang Mai. Bring a fleece with you as the A/C blasts! To get to Ayuthaya we took a 3-4 h bus from Kanchanaburi station.

Bangkok

Wat Arun

Central - can walk

Wat Arun, Temple of the Dawn. During his reign (Thonburi Period), Wat Chaeng was the chief temple, and it once enshrined the Emerald Buddha.

Grand Palace

Central - can walk

1782 served as the residence of the Kings of Thailand until the mysterious death of King Ananda Mahidol in 1946. Includes the Emerald Buddha, one of the oldest.

Floating Markets

Ratchaburi floating market. fruit & veg, fresh coconut juice, food cooked from floating kitchens. Guided boat tour of Damnoen Saduak market. Other floating markets to visit are Taling Chan Market, Bang Ku Wiang Market, Tha Kha, and Damnoen Saduak. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Wat Pho

Central - can walk

16th century and regarded as the royal temple of the reign of King Rama I, 46m Reclining Buddha built in 1832 featuring the feet beautifully inlaid with mother-of-pearls. 8.30 – 6pm £1.80 entry

Kanchanaburi

Elephants World

http://www.elephantsworld.org/visit-us/

This is situated in Kanchanaburi. If you book this they will come to your hotel and pick you up and drop you off. It costs about £50 and this includes food and everything you need for the day. You need to bring a change of clothes if you want to swim / wash the elephants!

The buffet Lunch is amazing and there is always tea and coffee and a cute dog that comes to beg food from you while you have your lunch. If you intend to come from Bangkok on the day of your visit we can pick you up at 8.30 AM from the bus station in Kanchanaburi. Arrival at ElephantsWorld. Meet and feed the elephants, Observe the elephants bathing. Clean fruit/vegetables, prepare and cook sticky rice for our old elephants. Lunch. Gathering / planting food for the elephants. e.g banana trees / sugar-cane / banana grass or prepare fruit baskets for the afternoon. Feed sticky rice balls to the old elephants. Take the elephants to the river for a bath / scrub them clean. Feed the elephants fruit and vegetables. The day program ends at 4.00 PM and we will bring you back. BRING: sunscreen, a hat, your camera, mosquito repellent and a change of clothes, Women are asked to swim in shirt and shorts. Please bring yellow bananas.

Bridge over the river Kwai

We walked a good 2 hours from Kanchanburi station to the bridge over the river Kwai. It is a nice straight walk but very long. Once you get closer to town you will begin to see lots of bars, coffee shops restaurants and market stalls. You can't miss the bridge.

Erawan Falls

1h 50 East Bangkok

By road or rail, fishing, bird-watching, star-gazing, elephant and jungle trekking. Several waterfalls, caves "biting" fish, fish massages. 8 to 4 pm. Entry: £3.60. 50p tuk from the st.

BKS public buses (line 81) leave from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal 1st class buses departing from an office off Thanon Saengchuto leave Bangkok every 15 minutes from 05:00-22:30, takes 2h £2, inc a bottle of water. Minivans depart to Kanchanaburi from BTS Victory Monument. Leave when full or every 15 mins. £2.33 3h drive. From Kanchanaburi st the bus for Erawan leaves. There aren't many buses during the day and the last one back to Kanchanaburi is about 4 pm or even earlier.

Phuket - Patong Beach

2h East of Phuket

This is a seedy clubbing area by the beach. There is a shopping mall and market in town. Lots of lady boys come out a night and dance around. If you like drinking and clubbing this is the place for you. The night market sells some really nice street food which we enjoyed. Other than that the beach is pretty clean but crowded. We stayed quite far from town (15 min walk). No sights to see.

TRAVEL: Ferries between Krabi & Phuket or Phi Phi Island in well maintained, big passenger ferries 9am from Krabi, spend 3 hrs on PhiPhi and catch the 14.30 to Phuket £7 each trip book 1 day in advance

Other places

Sukhothai

5h South Chiang Mai

13th century, Sukhothai, “Dawn of Happiness”, 1st independent Thai Kingdom, King Ramkhamhaeng, who is credited with creating the Thai alphabet. £3 entry

Sukhothai bus st regular VIP air con buses, 5h £4.35 bring water and food stops are short

Bangkok - Chiang Mai = Bus: 9h £14 VIP dvds.
Train: £11 15h sleeper 19:35-9:55
Fly: £29, 1h
http://www.seat61.com/Thailand.htm#Bangkok_to_Chiang_Mai

Sanctuary of Truth

1h 44 South BK

Wooden carvings pays homage to ancient religions and philosophies. Thai cultural shows and Thai boxing, or go elephant trekking, horseback riding, or hop on a speedboat to get around. 8-5pm £10 tour from Bangkok Entry: £1.72 Bangkok – Phuket: Overnight train + 6h bus £32 or fly £29.

Phang Nga Bay Island

Island 1h 12 north

60 miles from Phuket. Caves, grottoes. A popular way of visiting Phang Nga Bay is by sea kayak as they are the only way to get inside the grottoes and sea caves. TRAVEL: Easy to find a tour from either Phuket or Krabi

Ko Phi Phi

8h South of Phuket

Famous for: Diving & parties, The Beach. Largest island of the group. 45/90 min speed/ferry from Phuket. £18 ferry http://www.phiphi-ferry.com/ Phi Phi to Krabi £8 2h

Ko Samui

6h East of Phuket

White sand beaches, warm blue seas, lively nightlife and top class resorts. Nearby Ko Phangan and Ko Tao offer yet more perfect beaches. More touristy.

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