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Costs

Food costs are low in Thailand $2-6/meal and each person has their own priorities and desires for souvenirs - here are representative costs for some of our fun activities:

Expense Type

Thai Baht US $
Hotel in Bangkok/night, 2-people, includes breakfast 1450 $36
Hotel in Chiang Mai/night, 2-people, includes breakfast 790 $20
Train between Bangkok and Chiang Mai 870 $22
1/2-Day Elephant show, raft and ox-cart ride and lunch 750 $18
1/2-Day Thai cooking class 500 $12
2-Day trip from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son including elephant ride, visits to 2 villages, driving 6 hours one-way and 30 minute plane flight return, lodging and all meals 4000 $100
Flight Phuket-Bangkok 1-way, 1-person 2730 $68
1-Day Sea Canoe trip, including lunch 2650 $66
2-Day trip from Phuket to Phi Phi, 2-hour ferry trip snorkeling stop, lunch, 1-night lodging breakfast  1300 $32
Evening at FantaSea (add 500 Baht for buffet meal) 1000 $25

Recommendations

Hotels:  
  • Bangkok - Elegance Court Suites -  88 Charatweing Rd., Silom, Bangkok.  Ph:  (02) 630 7000-20   Fax:  (02) 238-1419   Email:  elegance53@hotmail.com  This small hotel has 2-room suites (bedroom and living room with refrigerator and tea/coffee service) for about 1450 baht/night.  5 minute walk to both the Skytrain and River Ferry landing.
  • Chiang Mai - Royal Lanna Hotel - 119 Loikroh Rd. T.Changklan A.Muang  Ph.  (053) 818773  email:  royal_lanna@yahoo.com  This was right next to the Night Bazaar and a 15 minutes walk to the historic city.  Lots of restaurants within walking distance.
Travel/Tour Agents:
  • Phuket - Emotion Travel, 104 Ratsada Rd.  Muang, Phuket Town  PH:  (076) 222320  Fax:  (076) 222420 Email emotiontravel@hotmail.com 
  • Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai Suparerk Group (in the lobby of the Royal Lanna Hotel).  Yupin was an excellent guide and spoke very good English

Transportation

  • Bangkok - Skytrain  This is the way to get around in this traffic-choked city.  If you are going to be there more than 2 days, we recommend you purchase the 4-day tourist fare card for 280 baht.  It allows unlimited rides for 4 days.
  • Chao Phraya River Ferry - This is another great way to get around.   You can ride the ferry all the way to the end (stop no. 30) for 10 baht.  Get off at stop no. 9 to go to the Grand Palace.
Thai Cooking Class:
  • Chiang Mai - The Master Thai Chef Cookery Course, Permpoon & Suriyan Nabnian (owners)  Ph: (053) 27782  This course is run by 2 brothers who both speak excellent English.  Their facility is in a lovely country location just outside of Chiang Mai that has individual cooking stations for all participants.
Sea Canoe Trip:
  • Phuket - John Gray's Sea Canoe - 124 Soi 1 Yaowarad Rd. Taladyai, Muang.  Ph:  (076) 254 505 6.  email:  info@johngray-seacanoe.com   This is the trip for nature-lovers as they emphasize quality over quantity.  They take their time in each hong and move to a different one if there are too many other canoe companies already there.

Itinerary 

This was our proposed itinerary that we used as a guideline for a 3-week visit and, as you will see, we did almost every activity.

Day Activity Day Activity
1
  • Meet at Phuket airport and bring back to our hotel room at  marina
12
  • Chiang Mai - sightseeing
2
  • Show around marina and introduce to friends.
13
3
  • Sightseeing around Phuket – See Wats, Chinese Temples, beaches, waterfalls and Gibbon sanctuary
14
  • Visit Wats and huge Night Bazaar
4
  • Go to Patong Beach
15
  • Travel to Mae Hong Son by mini-van on specially designed tour.
5 16
6
  • Phi Phi Island sightseeing
  • Return to Boat Lagoon
17
7 18
  • Travel to Bangkok by Train
8 19
  • Sightsee/Shop Bangkok
9
  • Open
20
10
  • Travel to Bangkok by Plane
21
  • Open
11
  • Travel to Chiang Mai – by Train
22
  • Leave for U.S.
 

 

 

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