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Old 11-07-2017, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Why are you going there? Can't you find an American (as in USA), place to spend your dollars and time?
Rhetorical questions:

Is the computer you're using made in America?
Is your car 'made' in America?
How about your TV?

I'll help you out: The answer is NO.

Wanna play who owns many of the resorts and hotels in America? It's not Americans. . .
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:35 PM
 
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Day 1 -- arrive in Chiang Mai. Will be staying near heart of Chiang Mai so I can explore and visit the night markets.
Need at least 1-2 days to explore Chiang Mai. Rent a moped to get around. Get a Massage; go to Wat Doi Sutep and/or the White Temple.
Day 2 -- go to an elephant park - I did this and did not like it - but your call.
Day 3 -- Go to Chiang Rai to see temples - It's a long drive. I preferred the Triangle Area and Mae Sai - you can cross into Burma if you bring your passport.
Day 4 -- fly to Bangkok, explore the grand palace, flower market, floating market - all good
Day 5 -- explore Bangkok - Good
Day 6 -- explore Bangkok - Nice - eat and some of the big restaurants, take a ride on the river. Go to a few night bars - Soi Cowboy, Stay out late at least one night.
Day 7 -- Go to Krabi, explore Bamboo Island, Tub Kaek Beach - Good.
Day 8 -- Explore Krabi ... maybe go scuba diving? Krabi is mostly a jumping off point for the Islands.
Day 9 -- Don't know - Pick your Islands
Day 10 -- don't know -Perhaps visit Pattaya City -after Bangkok for 1 or two nights.
Day 11 -- Don't know - from Bangkok perhaps to
Day 12 -- Go to Phuket - Go to the East side of Puket and take "Tropical Islands/James Bond Island tour - best full day money you will spend.
Day 13 -- Explore Phuket... maybe go to Koh Phi Phi
Day 14 -- Fly out of Phuket

There are also some nice Forrests north of Bangkok with waterfalls that could be very nice for a day trip.

Comments - inline - Enjoy !
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:33 PM
 
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Thai foot massage. Find some place offering it. Seriously it was the most amazing thing. My feet have never EVER felt that good.
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:00 PM
 
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Thai foot massage. Find some place offering it. Seriously it was the most amazing thing. My feet have never EVER felt that good.
I vote for the full body massage (the legitimate kind). I spent 2 weeks in Phuket training Muay Thai a few years ago and got 1 hour massage everyday and I think it was about $15-20 U.S. at the time. A bargain and those little Thai ladies will drive their knees and elbows into every muscle in your body and twist you up like a pretzel but you leave feeling like a million bucks
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:02 PM
 
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Why are you going there? Can't you find an American (as in USA), place to spend your dollars and time? Ever watched the movie "Bangkok Hilton"
The cheap massages and healthy inexpensive food have me thinking about expatriating... and I love the USA.
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:29 PM
 
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I vote for the full body massage (the legitimate kind). I spent 2 weeks in Phuket training Muay Thai a few years ago and got 1 hour massage everyday and I think it was about $15-20 U.S. at the time. A bargain and those little Thai ladies will drive their knees and elbows into every muscle in your body and twist you up like a pretzel but you leave feeling like a million bucks
Body massage too often is code for other things though. Look for the folks who can crack walnuts with their fingers. Tip well.

(Seriously the strength of these folks hands who do the foot massages is just unreal)
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:48 PM
 
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Body massage too often is code for other things though. Look for the folks who can crack walnuts with their fingers. Tip well.

(Seriously the strength of these folks hands who do the foot massages is just unreal)
That's why you need to find the legitimate places. Even the most naive tourist should be able to tell if they are walking into a massage joint or a brothel. If the masseuses are all young, scantily clad girls then you aren't going to get a good massage
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:39 PM
 
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I vote for the full body massage (the legitimate kind). I spent 2 weeks in Phuket training Muay Thai a few years ago and got 1 hour massage everyday and I think it was about $15-20 U.S. at the time. A bargain and those little Thai ladies will drive their knees and elbows into every muscle in your body and twist you up like a pretzel but you leave feeling like a million bucks
Massage sounds great but I have sciatica right now and can't get a full body massage. Maybe acupuncture but I don't really care for it.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:48 PM
 
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Massage sounds great but I have sciatica right now and can't get a full body massage. Maybe acupuncture but I don't really care for it.
Acupuncture might really help that, you could ask...

I think you will have a great time in Thailand, also don't be afraid to eat the street food (use common sense) it is delicous-

there is a guy on instagram who goes by migrationology that posts all his food from his travels (I think he's a food writer and blogger) and it looks amazing (he goes to Thailand a lot, I think he is married to a Thai person).

I think he has a website/ travel info service too... if you wanna google him.
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:48 PM
 
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Acupuncture might really help that, you could ask...

I think you will have a great time in Thailand, also don't be afraid to eat the street food (use common sense) it is delicous-

there is a guy on instagram who goes by migrationology that posts all his food from his travels (I think he's a food writer and blogger) and it looks amazing (he goes to Thailand a lot, I think he is married to a Thai person).

I think he has a website/ travel info service too... if you wanna google him.
I ate 90% of my meals on the street for 2 weeks I was there and never had an issue. But I never could muster up the courage to try the bugs on a stick from the insect cart even though everyone including expats and western travelers I met told me they are delicious
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