I'm travelling to Thailand in March and have a bit of spare time in Bangkok. I'm already planning a day trip to Ayutthaya, is there a similar trip that can be done in a day? Would it be worth flying to Chiang Mai just for two nights? Any advice would be really appreciated!
Hello and welcome to VT.
There are endless possibilities for day trips out of Bangkok. My personal favorites are Khao Yai National Park (if you're into nature) and of course the very popular and very touristy Bridge on the river Kwai. There are also the floating markets which we did - but we found these very VERY touristy and frankly over hyped.
As to 'worth it' for Chiang Mai, if you only have 2 days 'worth it' is a matter of personal opinion as to how much of a hassle it may take to actually get there and the fact that you frankly won't be getting much out of it - just a taste.
If you could squeeze in an extra day then yes or, for something completely different, if you could figure in 3 days instead of 2 go for Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Less than an hour away from Bangkok you will be blown away by a totally different experience.
You will not regret it.
In my opinion it would hardly be worth flying to Chiang Mai for two days considering the time it would take getting to and getting from both the airport's. There is plenty to keep you occupied in Bangkok. Try a river trip to Ko Kret
Thank you both for your replies! I had looked into going to Khao Yai National Park but it seemed very difficult without a car. Ko Kret sounds like a really good option, I will have a look at the river Kwai as well.
I think you are probably right that the flight to Chiang Mai is not really possible in the time.
I second Ko Kret. I've also done a cycling and boat tour in the countryside. It is an interesting experience too. We went to the floating market and the boat took us away from the crowd into smaller canals, and we started cycling once we landed. It was an easy and fun trip.
I would second the trip to Siem Reap for visiting Angkor Wat. Arrive in Siem Reap in the early afternoon if possible. The next day get up EARLY to visit Angkor Wat and the park all day. Leave back to Bangkok that night. I live in Chiang Mai. I wouldn't come here for just a couple days, and March will have horrible air pollution, though I don't know if anywhere in Thailand or Cambodia would be all that different. I would definitely go to Angkor Wat even for just a day.
I see Ko Kret has a weekend market. Is the market open Sunday as well? Would it be better to go on a day the market is open?
I also vote for Siem Reap if you have two nights to spare. Check [original link] for flights, if you leave early from BKK you will have time to see Siem Reap City
The next day start early in the morning to Angkor by viewing sunrise and later in the afternoon viewing sunset, you will be back at your hotel by 7 pm and have dinner. Then fly back to BKK the third day
If you want to stay in BKK and take day trips from there, besides others mentioned above, how about Chachoengsao is more than one hour from BKK by bus or minivan......More temples to see in Chachoengsao, next to the golden temple Wat Paknam is the Floating market, this is less touristy than the one in BKK and cheaper
Tuk tuk drivers in Chachoengsao were honest compared to other drivers in Thailand
If there is a weekend market at Ko Kret, then I would highly suggest you go on either day. There will be more interesting things to see for sure. I went during a weekday but it was still interesting enough to me.
Keep in mind that it will be very hot in March in Thailand. The Heat & Humidity are oppressive. There is a lot of burning off old crops debris in the agricultural counrtysides, so the air quality won't be very pleasant. Anywhere near the ocean is preferable.
I hadn't known about the air pollution problem, probably lucky I spend most of my trip down south. I guess I will have to plan another trip for North Thailand at a better time of year, and give myself time to see Chiang Mai properly.
Definetly it does not worth going to Chiang Mai, agree with the others there is plenty to do in Bangkok...do not miss the weekend market Chatuchak and also we got the orange line boat from first to last stop wich gives a nice view of the city.
I recommend you take a day tour out of Bangkok, book at hotel tour desk or travel agent close to hotel. They will pick you up from your hotel, take you to the destination etc etc , lunch usually included and return you to your hotel. It will be reasonably priced as there will be 10 or 20 other people on the coach.
I recommend - Bridge on the River Kwai - attached link shows most of what we did on our day trip
[original VT link]