Somewhat limited info as to what you want to do or see. Bangkok has a lot of shopping, jewelery, clothes, almost anything you could want, and sight seeing from temples to the Grand Palace and Chinatown. Also how many days that you will be there. Another thing thatyou should plan on is rain. End of the rainy season and you will get wet in your travels whether you are in the city or the countryside. Take a lightweight but decent rain jacket. Usually it'll rain at night but could last anywhere from 10 minutes to 10 hours. Prepare for rain.
Northern Thailand is usually a bit cooler and mountainous fro trekking. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the usual starting points. Again many temples and shopping, depending on what you are going to buy it could be cheaper in the north than in Bangkok, like silver products and Thai silk along with some crafts.
Southern Thailand is mainly beaches, although keep in mind that due to it still being the rainy season the water clarity will not be as good for snorkeling and diving.
Don't overlook the Thai National Parks. They are especially good in the south with some neat wildlife and flora, and again because of the rainy season, there wont be as many tourists crowding the parks. We have been to some where we are the only ones and never came across other people at all, locals or tourists. Khao Sok Nat Park is great, about 2-3 hours out of Phuket. Worth seeing. There are also some great Marine preserves with isolated beaches that are near pristine that again, we were the only ones on for 3-4 days, beaches that stretch for miles in either direction.
Because you are going during the off season be sure to negotiate hotel rates. You are sure to get some good deals, in the south, providing the place is evenb open for biz, you could find yourselves the only ones in the place! The only drawback is they wont be geared up for the usual breakfast meals or other meals should you want to eat in. Minor!
Good luck and have fun!!!!! You can't go wrong in Thailand!
Almost forgot, don't overlook the waterfalls, they are a blast and usually very clean,greta to cool off in and lots of fun. They can have some nice deep swimming holes!
Chinese New Year festivities are always grand in Thailand and Bangkok's Chinatown comes to life during Chinese New Year which fall in January every year .With as much as 14% of Thailand's population claming Chinese ancestry,this celebration is big news!* Yaowarat road is closed off and becomes a visual sea of red,gold ,decorated with electric laterns and long pink,purple,yellow paper of matching colour.A splended Golden Dragon sits near the main gate as people flock inside the Chinese temple to pay respect,watch Lion dance and enjoy the wonderful food.
Fondest memory: Chines Dragon & Lion Dance.
Favorite thing: China Town is a great place to visit while in Bangkok...there are heaps of markets and restaurants through the streets. We stopped off and had dinner in China Town one night and we were glad we did...the food was great and there weren't many tourists at the restaurant we chose... :)
Favorite thing: China Town is a great place to visit while in Bangkok...there are heaps of markets and restaurants through the streets. We stopped off and had dinner in China Town one night and we were glad we did...the food was great and there weren't many tourists at the restaurant we chose. :)
Favorite thing: If you are staying in Chinatown, be aware of the difficulties getting back to this area on Saturday evenings - when it is at its busiest. I was rejected by many taxis and tuktuks to get back to my hotel from Chatuchak markets - and didn't know why. Even Bangkok drivers prefer to keep away from there at this time! So - either get home early - or stay out late - or train it back to Hualamphong Stn, and walk!
I went to Chinatown for Chinese New Years in 2000. It was just a great time. I watch this guy climb up a pole around 20 feet high. Then another guy climbed up the pole and let the first guy stand on his shoulders at the top. The top guy then jumped off to simulate the falling of the old year. They did this every 15 minutes.
Then the dragon dancing came. It was the coming year of the dragon and I managed to touch the dancing dragon for good luck. Even better, a bird pooped on me which the Chinese keep telling me is good luck but I just think that they need an excuse for laughing as I get pooped on.
Favorite thing: A few streets down HuaLamPong is Bangkok's Chinatown. This is an old business center covering a large area. There are many alleys that are full of shops selling all types of merchandise. It has been the main center for trading by the Chinese since they were moved from their old site some 200 years ago. Although many staff in Chinese restaurant speaks Chinese, most residents there, while they might claim Chinese ancestry, speak only Thai and think of themselves as Thai. China town is a places for good and cheap Chinese food: Seafood, Charks Fin, and Birds Nest.
My fondest memory of Bangkok... there are so many... But probably it's the pleasure when I was discovering some quiet areas in this busy chaotic city.
The contrasts are amazing: inside the same disctrict, like Chinatown, you can immediately change atmosphere if you leave the busy main street and find some picturesque quiet hidden corners.
Fondest memory: The Chinatown area of Bangkok is a fascinating place to wander around. Old traditions have been kept alive and I enjoyed going into Chinese medicine shops to watch traditional medicines being prepared.
visit the temples, eat in Chinatown, stroll Patpong, shop in the many vast malls for knock-off designer clothes and accesssories
Fondest memory: Sitting outside the World Trade Center at night, having dinner on the sidewalk, surrounded by so many young people having so much fun listening to live music