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Please critique our itinerary/plan

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Please critique our itinerary/plan

Hi there! My husband and I will be in Thailand for 16 days this April and will spend about 3 days in CM. I haven't planned much but would like to know from experienced visitors if this is a good itinerary:

5 Apr - Overnight Train #1 from Bangkok

6 Apr - 0830 (ish...often delayed) arrive by train, transit to hotel (Tamarind Village), nothing planned for most of the day, 1600-2000 Cooking Class with Baan Thai, Night Bazaar (also read about Sat night market somewhere?)

7 Apr - Nothing planned for daytime, dinner at a Riverside Restaurant, Sunday Walking Markets after dinner

8 Apr - Patara Elephant Farm all day

9 Apr - depart on early flight (0840) to Phuket

So, as you can see, not much planned out. Was thinking maybe of booking a half-day tour for the first day or maybe full-day for the 7th to see some Wats or handicraft centers? Any opinions on this? Should we just wander on our own instead?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Please critique our itinerary/plan

Hi

Wat Doi Suthep is a must see perhaps do it on 7th in the morning for half day :)

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McKay B, you may want to include a trip up the hill to see the Wat at the top of the stairs.

This is how I recognize Chiang Mai in an instant.

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Have fun

Edited: 3:28 am, January 27, 2013
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3. Re: Please critique our itinerary/plan

oops

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4. Re: Please critique our itinerary/plan

Inaspin that's really look like the stairs up to the temple :)

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5. Re: Please critique our itinerary/plan

visit doi suthep (the temple high on the hill above chiang mai). Either get a car and driver to take you up- your hotel can arrange this or hire a guide for the day- or else the red songteaws leave from outside the zoo for the mountain. It is a good adventure.

If interested they have pandas in the zoo.

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Yes Pea, each step is described in detail. :(

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7. Re: Please critique our itinerary/plan

Hear hear to inaspin's advice - Doi Suthep is a lovely excursion and needn't take all day.

I think you're wise to have some free time to wander in the old City - you'll find lovely little shops, cafes, many wats and just beautiful things to look at, without needing a guide or a set plan. Looks like a good itinerary to me, with the addition of Doi Suthep and retaining some of the free time.

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Hi there,

It looks like a great start for your 3 day visit, we have just returned from a 12 day visit and there are still destinations and sights we wish we had visited.

There is a beautiful Wat about 500m north of Tamarind Village - Wat Chiang Man, it houses the first temple of Chiang Mai, built 1297.

We had a lovely lunch at the Riverside Restaurant, you could wander around Warorot Market before dinner, it is located just across the river from the restaurant.

Patara - what can I say.... the most amazing day!! Great choice!!

You may want to visit Tiger Kingdom for another animal experience, 600 baht round trip in a songthaew, it's a good half day trip.

Another restaurant in the Old City, relatively close to your hotel is 'Dash', lovely ambiance, food, staff & owner. We did a full day cooking class with Noi the owner which involved a morning visit to local produce market Muang Mai - fascinating!!

Give yourself time to wander and discover, if you have a sweet tooth be sure to get a Roti with sweet milk from one of the Night Markets.

Most of all, enjoy this amazing city!!

Kind regards

Jenny

Edited: 6:17 pm, January 29, 2013
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9. Re: Please critique our itinerary/plan

Thanks so much for all the replies! I think we will definitely check out Doi Suthep, but we'll leave it until we get there and maybe take a songathew to keep on-budget. Thanks again!

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10. Re: Please critique our itinerary/plan

Gday Mckay B

Not sure what class you are travelling on the night train Bangkok -> Chiang Mai but you may want to consider pre-booking if you are looking for first calss sleeper ... We had a little fun getting tickets ( tripadvisor.com.au/…46868665 - Post #13) but they are now secured.

Oh btw - we've pinched some of your ideas and those from others! That's why we luv Trip Advisor :)

Edited: 3:01 am, January 30, 2013
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