U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-20-2014, 11:18 PM
 
1,242 posts, read 1,254,885 times
Reputation: 3643

Advertisements

Good to know about the train, we are thinking of taking an overnighter and have a daughter around that age!

We are definitely looking for the laid-back, slow paced feel. Would love to see temples, possibly hill tribes, and hoping for gorgeous beaches (not dangerously secluded but maybe off the beaten path) and friendly "cozy" spots that offer some adventure.

We'd prefer to stay away from ritzy, sterilized hotels and restaurants as well as tourist traps (e.g. markets with mass produced goods and gem sellers...)

I figure we will stay a few days in Bangkok but from there it sounds like we will have to do some serious research. I'm just a bit overwhelmed with all the options and just 10 day to pack it into!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-21-2014, 02:15 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
22,537 posts, read 39,914,033 times
Reputation: 23634
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eazine View Post
Good to know about the train, ... I'm just a bit overwhelmed with all the options and just 10 day to pack it into!
Just don't plan to do ALL of Thailand in 10 days! EZ to do a couple days in BKK, and a few days in Mtns / temples and 3-4 days at the beach.

Get up early, stay up late, and when you get to a place you can relax... take some time to do so.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-21-2014, 02:36 AM
 
5,823 posts, read 10,149,308 times
Reputation: 4531
Why doesnt the OP fly to Mexico (Cozumel for instance). The airfare is much lower, it's much much closer to the states, and albeit not as cheap as in Thailand, Mexico is not expensive by US standards. And no Yucatan is not dangerous, unlikeother parts of the country!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-21-2014, 03:12 PM
 
26,590 posts, read 54,571,346 times
Reputation: 13019
One thing you are forgetting is travel insurance.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-21-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
2,935 posts, read 4,764,328 times
Reputation: 2236
Quote:
Originally Posted by pigeonhole View Post
Why doesnt the OP fly to Mexico (Cozumel for instance). The airfare is much lower, it's much much closer to the states, and albeit not as cheap as in Thailand, Mexico is not expensive by US standards. And no Yucatan is not dangerous, unlikeother parts of the country!
I'm confused. Why would someone fly to Cozumel as an alternative to Thailand?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-21-2014, 04:38 PM
 
26,590 posts, read 54,571,346 times
Reputation: 13019
Quote:
Originally Posted by foadi View Post
I'm confused. Why would someone fly to Cozumel as an alternative to Thailand?
Well, the OP said they wanted beaches. Cozumel has them. Airfare will be 1/3 the cost of airfare to Thailand, hotels will be a bit more, food will be about the same.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-21-2014, 05:13 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
2,935 posts, read 4,764,328 times
Reputation: 2236
Quote:
Originally Posted by annerk View Post
Well, the OP said they wanted beaches. Cozumel has them. Airfare will be 1/3 the cost of airfare to Thailand, hotels will be a bit more, food will be about the same.
He also said he wanted to avoid the ritzy sterile hotels/beach resorts which is exactly what comes to mind when I think of the Riviera Maya.

To the OP, I think you're making the right move by avoiding the floating markets/night markets. Complete tourist traps and total wastes of time.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-21-2014, 05:16 PM
 
1,242 posts, read 1,254,885 times
Reputation: 3643
Quote:
Originally Posted by annerk View Post
One thing you are forgetting is travel insurance.
Great point, we ended up getting TI and it added $231 to the trip, but the peace of mind is a good tradeoff.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-21-2014, 07:47 PM
 
2,563 posts, read 2,787,535 times
Reputation: 3479
For what it's worth, United seems to have some reasonably priced fares to Thailand after the first of the year. I looked the other day and from Chicago, the price was a little over $1000, R/T.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-22-2014, 07:35 PM
 
580 posts, read 604,685 times
Reputation: 740
You can take Air Asia from BKK to HKT for very cheap.

Would look at the west side of the island for beautiful beaches, but a bit quieter than Phuket town.

Eating is very reasonably priced. All indecipherable, but all delicious.

For those comparing Cancun to Phuket and Thailand...lol. You don't know what you are missing
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Travel
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top