So my flights are booked and I fly out on the 4th of June. I am flying with Emirates Airline with a changeover in Dubai on the way to Bangkok, arriving on the 5th of June. That’s a whooping 16 hours traveling!
So I mentioned that I had booked a trip with Geckos in order to induct myself into the country, I have now received the itinery for this trip and I have detailed the basics of it below. I am arriving two days early and staying in the same hotel as the group will meet on the 7th of June.
The trip is called ‘Tales of Thailand’ and is seven days long. It starts in Bangkok at thee Nouvo City Hotel (Canal wing) which I will have spent the last two nights. For what I can gather from the person on the phone, there are about eight of us booked on the trip.
So things to do on the first few days are:
-Take the Skytrain
-Take a riverboat to Chinatown
-Visit the magnificent Grand Palace
-The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
-The Khao San Road
Now I am not one for packing a bunch of stuff in just for the sake of it but I will be doing everything on this trip as the rest of my time in Thailand is completely unplanned so I will have plenty of time to ‘see where the winds takes me’ as they say.
Day 1: BANGKOK
Day 2: SUKHOTHAI
Accommodation: Sawasdipong Hotel, Sukhothai
-Travel to Sukhothai – ‘The Dawn of Happiness’ by local bus approx 6 hour.
-Ride bicycles around the temples and other archaeological relics in Sukhothai’s historic area.
-Sukhothai – Historical park guided cycle tour
DAY 3-4: CHIANG MAI
Accommodation: People Place 1 Hotel
-An early start for the trip to Chiang Mai. (Approx 5 hours in a mini van)
-Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Lampang. Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital is a non-government organisation in Thailand which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of elephants both domesticated and wild. We stop off at this center today to see the fantastic work this organisation is doing to care for the elephants in Thailand.
-Visit some of tthe temples in the northern city of Chiang Mai, with over 120 temples in the centre alone.
-Optional excursion to the top of Doi Suthep, with fantastic views over the city
DAY 5: DOI MAE SALONG – small southern Chinese village
Accommodation: Baan Sue Sue Guest House or similiar, Doi Mae Salong
-Travel by public Bus to Doi Mae Salong via Mae Chan. (approx 4 hours to Mae Chan and 1 hour to Doi Mae Salong)
-Tea in a traditional Chinese tea house overlooking the mountains.
-Visit the interesting markets, full of produce and crafts made by hilltribe people.
-Climb the 719 steps to see a budhist temple with a great view.
DAY 6 : CHIANG RAI
Accommodation: Baan Warabordee Guest House or similiar, Chiang Rai
-Travel on local songthaews, to visit the point of the Golden Triangle where the Thailand, Burma and Laos borders meet.
-Visit to the House of Opium Museum for a deeper insight into this area’s problematic past.
DAY 7 : CHIANG MAI
-Visit the famous white Temple in Chiang Rai Wat Rong Khun to see the best quirky temple you have ever seen.
-Bus back to Chiang Mai (approx 3.5 hours).
-Back in Chiang Mai board an overnight train for Bangkok (approx 13 hrs).
DAY 8: BANGKOK
-Arrive back in Bangkok.
Sounds exciting! Now I did I say I would post my packing guide for packing light, and I will…..
Tomorrow off to the Thai Embassy to get my Visa!
Next up: packing light for Thailand