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Our trip planning is a work in progress. We’d love your recommendations on towns, excursions, restaurants, lodging, or anything you think would be helpful during our stay in Thailand.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513806197 Rashaad Jorden

    My favorite island is Ko Samet. It’s no too terribly far from Bangkok – well, maybe a three-hour bus ride from Bangkok to Ban Phe and a 45 minute ferry ride to Ko Samet. Supposedly, a lot of people from BKK take excursions to Ko Samet. I think it’s the beach closest to the capital.
    Ko Samet has a good mix of Thais and Western backpackers. I’m not sure how important good nightlife is to you, but I’ve found bars that have played good music to dance to. I’ve been to Ko Samet three times, but I haven’t explored as much of it as I should have. The northeast part of the island is the most developed, but I’ve gotten the impression the rest of it isn’t as developed.

    • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

      thanks so much for those tips on Thailand! We will have to explore those islands a bit and let you know what we find :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513806197 Rashaad Jorden

        If you’re going to Laos, a nice place in Thailand to visit (on the way to Laos) is Nong Khai. It’s a city in northeast Thailand not too far from Vientiane. The main tourist attraction there is Sala Keoku (or Sala Kaew Ku), a set of huge sculptures. I got the impression most backpackers treated Nong Khai just as a stopover on the way to Laos.

        But there is a really cool guesthouse in town named the Mut Mee (
        http://www.mutmee.com/). It seems to be quite popular, and it has a good vibe.

  • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

    COMMENTS FROM A FRIEND:

    “Fly to Bangkok and spend a few days wandering around the small
    alleysand eating awesome stuff on the street. There are plenty of
    temples and museums and boat tours, etc, but we mostly just wandered
    around a lot. We also went to the mall a few times to buy knockoff
    designer jeans and casio watches. I love Bangkok. The classic
    luxurious old-timey place to stay is the Oriental, but there are
    several newer luxury places too. If you want to stay for cheap,
    there’s a popular backpacker neighborhood (khao san road) that has
    decent options.

    From Bangkok, take the overnight train (first or second class, book
    way in advance) to Chiangmai, which is a famous city in the north of
    Thailand. There’s a Four Seasons there if you’re interested. We stayed
    at some weird place called Happy Inn I think. From Chiangmai, lots of
    people go on jungle treks or various elephant zoo-type places. We took
    a cooking class at this touristy but fun cooking school
    (http://www.thaicookeryschool.com), and then we went every single day
    to this amazing massage place called Bor Nguen. It’s like $10/hr, and
    that felt extravagant at the time.

    If you feel like a longer side trip from Chiangmai, you could go
    either to Pai, which is kind of a hippie town up in the mountains, or
    to the Golden triangle if you’d like to smoke opium in the
    no-man’s-land near Burma and Laos. You probably won’t have time for
    either detour, but just in case…”

  • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

    COMMENT FROM A FRIEND (Colin):

    “High season is expensive. Try and go during the low season. Everything is negotiable. Get a massage by 2 ladies for $15. Phuket island – awesome. Panang is the main spot and really busy. You can just go and walk around to find a guest house. Phi Phi island is awesome. were they shot the beach. go scuba diving with island divers. get on the island in the morning to find a place to stay.”

  • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

    TIPS FROM A FRIEND (Nick):

    “#1)Koh Phi Phi- 1 hour ferry from Phuket. Great nightlife… fear the bucket! no cars or scooters allowed on the island. Maya beach (made famous by Leo) a 15 minute long-tail boat ride away. Meet some fellow expats, pack some beers and take a boat ride together for an awesome afternoon on ‘the beach’. Great Thai & western food (really amazing Italian food). world class scuba diving for cheap (I followed a sea turtle around for 20 minutes and swam with whale sharks… it’s crazy cool). humble accomodations on all these islands except koh phangan so don’t expect much.

    #2) Koh Tao- Short ferry ride from Koh Samui. Stay on Sari beach side (no auto traffic). Great Thai & western food. Awesome scuba diving for cheap. Great laid back vibe. Drink on the beach at night and watch the fire shows. You MUST thry the Thai pancakes from the street vendor that hangs out at the 7-11 at the end of Sari beach. The best in thailand!

    #3) Koh Lanta- southern most Thai island. Super chill. Really off the grid, very romantic

    #4) Koh Phangan- home of the full moon parties which are unbridled freak shows of excess but, all the same should be experienced at least once. The scale of these things are just ridiculous. Google full moon party schedule to get the latest dates. Think body paint, nudity, booze, loud music 10,000 people partying until dawn. Not for the avarage honeymooners… hahaha. Easily accessible from koh Samui (which has an airport).

    #5) Koh Samui- as commercialized as Phuket (ie McDonald’s & Holiday Inns). However, this is is a good jumping off point for the islands on the western side of the thai peninsula (Koh Phangan & Koh Tao). Since it’s one of the better known Thai islands all the luxury hotels are well represented. The other spots on my list are more ‘flash-packer’ than ‘jet-setter’. If you can manage your expectations on accomodations, I think the smaller off the grid islands are way more fun but, that’s just my opinion.

    16 months of travel for a honeymoon? wow. very cool. I hope your friends have an amazing time.

    Nick “

  • Cesar

    Hey bro!

    Judging by your foursquare check-ins, it looks like you don’t need any Thailand tips from me ;) Btw, I LOVE the Muay Thai photo, that was one of my favorite things to do in Thailand.

    My favorite things to do:

    1) When in Chiang Mai, go rock climbing and cave rappelling with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures. That was my first time climbing, and I’ve been HOOKED ever since!
    2) Also in Chiang Mai, go to Patara Elephant Farm or Elephant Nature Park (we did the latter) to take care of elephants.
    3) Stay in Koh Phi Phi, and find a chill guy (the one who doesn’t mob you) who’s got his own boat. Go with him and have him give you his own personal tour for cheap, and have him take you to your own personal island.
    4) Krabi – go outdoor climbing above the beaches!
    5) Also in Chiang Mai, take a cooking class for sure…I’ve been cooking some Thai at home ever since!
    6) Eat anything and everything!

    So psyched to see you’re living the dream! You inspire me!

    Cesar

    • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

      Cesar, man those are some great tips brotha. We took some of them to heart and did the following. We stayed in Koh Phi Phi and did some scuba diving just before christmas. it was a blast. we also took your advice and went to Krabi, stayed on Railay beach…and WOW….what an amazing time. we are in Cambodia now, then Vietnam, then Laos…then the north of Thailand, so we will rock as many of your Chiang Mai tips as possible. oh and we also did a Thai cooking class down south….loved it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jfsteere Jim Steere

    a virtual travel book

    • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

      oh yeah!

  • Wife With Baggage

    We loved Chiang Mai (cooking classes, markets, temples, The Elephant Nature Park are a must) and Koh Chang (hiking, White Sands Beach are a must). Koh Chang is less “touristy” and less expensive, but just as beautiful. We didn’t love Bangkok, but we are really “city” lovers, so it’s not far for me to say much about Bangkok since we didn’t stay long. Train rides are cheap and can be used as over night sleep arrangements, but our trip was quick so we flew Thai Air and didn’t have many issues, just a delayed flight due to weather. http://wifewithbaggage.com/2013/08/26/thailand/ if you care to check out our photos, details, etc.

  • http://HoneyTrek.com/ Mike Howard – HoneyTrek.com

    Thanks Dolly….is Thailand Excursions a tour operator, PR agency, travel agent? And i assume you are located in Thailand?

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