Posted by viw on August 25, 2012
We love to travel and will often book off six weeks each winter every year to discover and enjoy a new place in the world. Depending where we are traveling, we’ll often book a land tour of the country for a couple of weeks and then will remain an additional four weeks exploring the country on our own - most times renting a condo or two as a base for our stays. Home Away and VRBO still remain my go-to sites for my vacation rentals for longer stays.
A portion of our 6-week trip to Thailand was the Incredible Thailand tour with Friendly Planet, a fantastic tour company which we’ve used on four trips - our most recent - here in Thailand and prior trips to Peru, Vietnam and Cambodia and our first trip, India and Nepal. Friendly Planet is a fantastic tour company to deal with and along with superb organization from beginning to end, fantastic and affordable pricing, the accommodations used are always wonderful and in great locations.
Following are the accommodations that were used on our Incredible Thailand tour with Friendly Planet.
Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok on Rama lV road - fantastic hotel with great ammeneties. Loved the location - next to two transit stops - the MRT (Metropolitan Rapid Transit) and the BTS Sky Train - geat options to easily visit other parts of Bangkok, across the road from the wonderful huge green space of beautiful Lumphini Park and close to shopping and restaurants right outside the hotel or within easy walking distances. A gorgeous hotel with fantastic service.
Kantary Hotel in Ayutthaya - huge apartment-like rooms (even had laundry in the room!) with gorgeous roof-top pool and patio.
Sukhothai Heritage Resort near Sukhothai - had a definite resort feel - along with quietness and tranquility. A very peaceful place amongst the rice fields in the countryside. Enjoyed delicious meals sitting along side the still waters of the koi ponds.
The Imperial River House Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai - although this location was across the river from the bustling street life of Chaing Rai, it was a relaxing paradise and city life and night market were easily accessible via a walk across the bridge or a quick taxi ride over.
De Naga Hotel in old town Chiang Mai - the perfect location in the Old City section of Chiang Mai across from ThaPae Gate - easy walking to the many restaurants and markets that Chiang Mai has to offer with many located on the street in front of this hotel. A little spot of quietness located amongst the bustling street life of Chaing Mai.
Although a portion of our travels may be through a tour company, I will always research the places we will be visiting for such things as great restaurants in the area, for interesting shops or galleries and even events that may be happening in that region while we are there. By doing a bit of research and studying maps of the area ahead of time, I look forward to arriving at the various destinations and discovering the places I’ve read about. I will often check out travel blogs from others who have travelled to the region that we’re going to - often finding interesting tidbits of travel ‘treasures’ they’ve come across in their travels.
At the same time, it’s still alot of fun just to venture outside and see what I can discover while going for a walk with no particular plan or schedule in mind.
The portion of our organized tour comes to an end here in Chiang Mai. As the rest of the group heads home via Bangkok, we stay for a few additional days to discover Chiang Mai on our own and then plan to visit other areas of Thailand such as Pai (NW of Chiang Mai) and Hua Hin (2.5 hours south of Bangkok). Three more weeks of adventure and relaxation - here we come!
Now I’m on the hunt for that street vendor who makes those delicious chocolate/banana crepes!