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New Year in BANGKOK worth it?

So, i will cut the story short. I and few of my friends are planning to visit Thailand but we still haven't received a quick cost estimation as most of the people claim to have visited there during summer. We want to visit during winter, may be for new year. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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So, i will cut the story short. I and few of my friends are planning to visit Thailand but we still haven't received a quick cost estimation as most of the people claim to have visited there during summer. We want to visit during winter, may be for new year. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

What is your motivation for choosing Thailand (other than to mark the New Year) and what do you want to do while you're there?

How much time do you want to spend in Thailand? Do you want to see more than just Bangkok?

And more importantly, what is/are the genders and ages of your group? (yes... it's important to know, because it will indicate what types of activities to recommend, and also what kinds of pitfalls you will want to avoid)
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Old 23.04.2012, 18:46
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Re: New Year in BANGKOK worth it?

We've been to Thailand over xmas and new year 3 times, going to Phuket twice and this year was Hua Hin.

You're going to have to flesh it out though with what you want to do, how long you want to stay, what you want to do ect and I'll give you some pointers, as we are looking at next year already
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We've been to Thailand over xmas and new year 3 times, going to Phuket twice and this year was Hua Hin.

You're going to have to flesh it out though with what you want to do, how long you want to stay, what you want to do ect and I'll give you some pointers, as we are looking at next year already

....but nothing from the OP yet in response...
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What is your motivation for choosing Thailand (other than to mark the New Year) and what do you want to do while you're there?

How much time do you want to spend in Thailand? Do you want to see more than just Bangkok?

And more importantly, what is/are the genders and ages of your group? (yes... it's important to know, because it will indicate what types of activities to recommend, and also what kinds of pitfalls you will want to avoid)
5 peeps. 3 boys and 2 girls.
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What is your motivation for choosing Thailand (other than to mark the New Year) and what do you want to do while you're there?

How much time do you want to spend in Thailand? Do you want to see more than just Bangkok?

And more importantly, what is/are the genders and ages of your group? (yes... it's important to know, because it will indicate what types of activities to recommend, and also what kinds of pitfalls you will want to avoid)
We might stay for 15 days, not sure yet.
Concerning ages, we are starting our tweenies soon.
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We might stay for 15 days, not sure yet.
Concerning ages, we are starting our tweenies soon.
No Idea what that means... but imo 15 days in Bangkok is 10 day to long. There are things there that are must see's if you've never been to Thailand, I love Bangkok but Mama G hates it as it is crazily, mentally busy... and very traffic congested so noisy and grimey.

Last time we stayed in a Crowne Plaza on Silom road, excellent hotel and 5 minutes walk to the skytrain, Lumpini park and the night market at Pat Pong (which is as good or naughty as you want it to be). I couldn't find it but did here it's changed hands and is now a Holiday in http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/...l/photos-tours.

Lots of hotels on Sukhumvit Rd to and have stayed in 2 hotel there bud didn't find it as handy as Silom for getting about.

Once you've done:
the floating market at Damnoen Sadawk. 1 day,
Ayutthaya 1 day
The grand palace and Wat Arun. Leisurely day,
Wat Po and a trip on the klongs. Leisurely day.
Chatuchak Market & Lumpini Park (weekends). Leisurely day
And those padded out with stolling around and lunch... your pushing it.

So 1 day arriving as you normally get there in the afternoon, 5 days for the above, the then I'd head south possibly Hua hin by train 4 hours as it's a nice place quiet safe and quiet, or fly to Phuket or Samui if you want better beaches, watersports and wilder nightlife.

Best tip I can give you is take a few bits and an empty suitcase, and get most thing in Pat Pong. You'll kit out yourself for a fraction of what you'd spend here. A lot is fake, but a lot is actually made on "black runs" that go out the back door of the factories so the real butstill illegal macoy... either way it's good quality and silly cheap. I still have 'Levi' and 'Diesel' T-shirts and polo's that I wear for bumming about that I bought.... in 1998!

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No Idea what that means... but imo 15 days in Bangkok is 10 day to long. There are things there that are must see's if you've never been to Thailand, I love Bangkok but Mama G hates it as it is crazily, mentally busy... and very traffic congested so noisy and grimey.

Last time we stayed in a Crowne Plaza on Silom road, excellent hotel and 5 minutes walk to the skytrain, Lumpini park and the night market at Pat Pong (which is as good or naughty as you want it to be). I couldn't find it but did here it's changed hands and is now a Holiday in http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/...l/photos-tours.

Lots of hotels on Sukhumvit Rd to and have stayed in 2 hotel there bud didn't find it as handy as Silom for getting about.

Once you've done:
the floating market at Damnoen Sadawk. 1 day,
Ayutthaya 1 day
The grand palace and Wat Arun. Leisurely day,
Wat Po and a trip on the klongs. Leisurely day.
Chatuchak Market & Lumpini Park (weekends). Leisurely day
And those padded out with stolling around and lunch... your pushing it.

So 1 day arriving as you normally get there in the afternoon, 5 days for the above, the then I'd head south possibly Hua hin by train 4 hours as it's a nice place quiet safe and quiet, or fly to Phuket or Samui if you want better beaches, watersports and wilder nightlife.

Best tip I can give you is take a few bits and an empty suitcase, and get most thing in Pat Pong. You'll kit out yourself for a fraction of what you'd spend here. A lot is fake, but a lot is actually made on "black runs" that go out the back door of the factories so the real butstill illegal macoy... either way it's good quality and silly cheap. I still have 'Levi' and 'Diesel' T-shirts and polo's that I wear for bumming about that I bought.... in 1998!

HTH
Wow, quite interesting. Tweenies, means in our 20-30 years. Most of us are 21, thank you for everything. Will update you and post here in case i need more specific knowledge.
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Re: New Year in BANGKOK worth it?

I wouldn't recommend going for Western New Year, but going for Thai New Year (Songkran) is a lot of fun. You've just missed it this year, but there's always next year...



I did it one year in Phuket. I don't think I've ever been so wet in my entire life. The locals all seemed to take particular delight in splashing a farang.
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There's a lot you can do in 15 days, and quite honestly, I still don't know what YOU want to do with your time because I don't know what YOU all value.

I can assume you want to party, but you might be hippies and take more value from getting out and about and visiting local communities.

So...

If you value partying, then go to the beaches down south. If you value culture, then head up to Chiang Mai. You could also look at getting a flight from Bangkok and heading out to visit the Angkor Wat region in Cambodia (Siem Reap) (you can get a Visa upon arrival or in advance) or you could also get an Air Asia flight for cheap from Bangkok to Yangon and explore Burma. If you go to Burma though, the best sites are far from Yangon near Bagan or Kalaw/Inle Lake (which means taking another flight), but it would be advantageous to visit Burma now while it's still somewhat preserved.
I'll warn you though: Burma rolls up the streets at night and you'll be hard pressed to find a beer after 11:00pm.

You could also look at some of the tours on offer in that area. 15 days is plenty to get in a trek from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi. (Viet Nam requires a visa in advance of arrival)

But like I said... I'm not sure what you're looking to do while you're there. If all you want to do is party, then stay in Bangkok or Phuket, or throw in a flight to Bali, but I secretly hope you're interested in exploring the great cultural and historical opportunities that abound in the region.
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If you do decide to go down the tourism route, I can highly recommend these guys:

http://www.buffalotours.com/

They set up a great itinerary for us in Vietnam last year.
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...and I'm going to plug Intrepid Travel

www.intrepidtravel.com
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Re: New Year in BANGKOK worth it?

If you can afford the high prices, this is an awesome place to have dinner

http://www.lebua.com/en/the-dome-din...co-restaurant/

63 floors above the pollution and humidity, amazing views. I didn't really like Bangkok that much, but this was my favourite part of my visit.
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thanks everyone. Will make up my mind soon.
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