|09-18-2009, 03:47 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2009
3 nights in Chiang Mai
I'm traveling for 3 nights with my hubby to Chiang Mai in mid-Oct. Please tell me if this is a good time w.r.t. weather?
Any recomendations to areas to stay in and good budge hotels?
Any help appreciated.
|09-19-2009, 08:31 AM||#2|
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Rhode Island, USA
Usually when it rains it rains heavy then it stops in an hour or so. Rain is normal for this part of Thailand, some minor flooding until the drains handle the deluge. October is nearer the end of the rainy season.
Even during the height of the rainy season tourists still come to Chiang Mai. The sun usually comes out for a few hours during the worse of the rain season. For October I think you will have enough sunshine to make your visit a little drier. When you walk the markets and streets you find the sidewalks higher up to keep them out of puddles and most vendors will have some sort of rain protection. It is rare that the rain falls continually non-stop 24 hours a day.
Where to stay depends on how much you want to spend per night for a hotel. One person's budget-economy price may be only $50 a night others may be around $5 per night. You can try the Montri Hotel, it is right across from the Thapae Gate. Close to the Montri are restaurants, internet shops, small Seven Eleven type stores, cooking schools and travel agencies for tours. Short walk to the night market. I have used this place at least 3 different times over the years.
In Thailand if you want a tour you can get them from local travel agencies pretty cheap and usually the same evening or the next morning. One popular tour is up to Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle area. Tour usually includes a stop at some villages and a short stop at the border with Burma (Myanmar.) See a tour you want in the morning and probably go on it that same evening. Find a tour one day and leave the following morning. On tours or when you are away from your hotel for several hours always have some TP in your walk around bag plus some hand wipes. A hat might be helpful when the sun is nice and bright. Small umbrella you can buy in Thailand pretty cheap, wear shoes that won't be destroyed by wet ground. (Usually most tours are in a van with 8 or 9 other tourists. Safety in numbers!)
If you are still in the planning stage right now my advice is when you fly into Bangkok that you take 2 to 4 days to see that city and then make arrangements to get to Chiang Mai. One popular method to get to Chiang Mai is on the overnight sleeper train. Using the sleeper saves you paying for a night in a hotel in Bangkok. If you fly into BKK and immediately try to fly out you sometimes run into connection problems, etc. See Bangkok and then travel to other places. A final night in Bangkok before you fly home is usually better than flying in at the last minute on a connecting flight that may be late or delayed for some reason.
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