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Dream trip to Thailand

Dream trip to ThailandTrip Plan

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Trip Plan Tags: 
spa + wellness,
city,
budget,
shopping,
outdoors + nature,
luxury,
design + architecture,
hiking + trekking

After two trips to Thailand, I can't help feeling like it's one of those destinations that I will always return to. Current political woes aside, I have never felt a more genuine welcome (or tasted more exciting street food). This trip plan is a sort of greatest hits of both my favorite spots and those I can't wait to check out on my next trip.

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Terrace Bar
Nightlife Terrace Bar, Chiang Mai

The tall rooms and broad verandas of the former British Consulate, a splendid slice of colonial design on the grounds of the Chedi hotel, now hold an... more

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Nightlife Riverside, Chiang Mai

The east bank of the Ping River running north of the Narawat Bridge claims one of the best sunset views in town, so it's no surprise the shore is lined with... more

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Shop Treehouse, Chiang Mai

Think of a Thai-style attic full of treasures. The owners have filled several restored wooden homes with a trove of Burmese lacquerware, old teak furniture,... more

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Night Bazaar
Shop Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai

The empress of outdoor retail therapy, this nightly bazaar stretches more than a mile along Changklan Road, a major north-south street a half mile east of the... more

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Temples
See + Do Temples, Chiang Mai

The trade caravans that trod for centuries between China and Burma gave Chiang Mai its cosmopolitan flavor. This is exemplified by the unique Lanna... more

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See + Do Songkhran (Thai New Year Celebration), Phuket

On the Thai New Year (April 12-15), the island becomes an enormous outdoor water fight. The fest springs from the tradition of sprinkling water on statues of... more

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See + Do Longtail Boating in Phuket, Phuket

More than 40 limestone islands with deserted beaches, underground streams, and caves rise out of Phang Nga Bay amid thick mangrove forests. The two big stops on... more

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Hill-Tribe Regions near Chiang Mai
See + Do Hill-Tribe Regions near Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

Society here has traditionally been organized by altitude, with Buddhist Thai living in permanent lowland settlements and animist ethnic minorities scattered on... more

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See + Do Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaeo, Bangkok

One of Thailand's most impressive sights: 54 acres featuring a collection of palatial buildings, golden stupas, sculpted nine-foot demons, and richly ornamented... more

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Golden Triangle
See + Do Golden Triangle, Chiang Mai

Once notorious for its poppy farmers and drug lords, the Thai-Burma-Laos frontier has largely cleaned up its act. In northernmost Chiang Rai province, a... more

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Festivals
See + Do Festivals, Chiang Mai

Wear drip-dry clothing for Songkran. The mid-April Thai New Year celebration is a blow-out splash party throughout the kingdom, but Chiang Mai's water festival... more

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Elephant Camps near Chiang Mai
See + Do Elephant Camps near Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai

For centuries, timber elephants played a crucial role in northern Thailand's economy. The Thai government banned commercial logging in 1989, but the skills of... more

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Chatuchak Weekend Market, Bangkok

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See + Do Boat Trips, Bangkok

Whether by public ferry or private water taxi, leisurely cruises down the Chao Phraya River guarantee great views. Better yet, get off the river and explore... more

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Sala Mae Rim
Eating Sala Mae Rim, Chiang Mai

The view from the Four Seasons ' 70-seat Thai restaurant—think verdant rice paddies—is so stunning that you'll swear it's been Photoshopped. The... more

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Eating Night Markets, Phuket

Any traveler who comes all the way to Thailand without visiting the food-centric night markets has missed an essential part of the Thai experience. Phuket... more

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Eating Le Normandie, Bangkok

The Thai royal family has been known to spend an evening at Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and not just for the sweeping views of the Chao Phraya... more

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Le Grand Lanna
Eating Le Grand Lanna, Chiang Mai

The Mandarin Oriental has several of the city's most well-regarded food establishments, including Fujian (contemporary Chinese) and Farang Ses (French). But the... more

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House Restaurant, Wine and Tapas Bar
Eating House Restaurant, Wine and Tapas Bar, Chiang Mai

In 2003, Danish-born businessman Hans Christensen rehabbed this prewar house a few hundred yards north of Thapae Gate into a swank dining room. The fusion and... more

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Eating Gallery, Chiang Mai

Location and atmosphere, history and food mix happily in this relaxed restaurant and art gallery inside an 1892 teakwood building along the Ping River.... more

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Eating Dalaabaa Bar & Restaurant, Chiang Mai

Set in a sleek, glass-sided house that looks like it was lifted from an L.A. canyon, the former Indian consulate was reincarnated in 2004 as one of Chiang Mai's... more

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Eating Cabbages & Condoms, Bangkok

Don't let the name fool you into thinking that this is a hot spot in the red-light district. Cabbages & Condoms is in fact a quirky, tasty restaurant in the... more

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Metropolitan Bangkok
Hotel Metropolitan Bangkok, Bangkok

Not far from the Skytrain and subway, the Metropolitan, sister to the ultrahip London hotel, strives to be the epitome of modernism, with its Mies van der... more

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Mandarin Oriental, Dhara Dhevi
Hotel Mandarin Oriental, Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

A successful truck dealer with a taste for art, Suchet Suwanmongkol underwrote the $75 million dream of a young, unknown architect to build an ancient Asian... more

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Kirimaya
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Amanpuri
Hotel Amanpuri, Phuket

Few hotels in the world make a better first impression than Amanpuri. Upon arriving from the madness of the airport—only 25 minutes as the limo... more

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Alila Cha-Am
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Aleenta Phuket–Phang Nga
Hotel Aleenta Phuket–Phang Nga, Phuket

The 30-minute drive to Aleenta takes you away from the resort-clogged circus of Phuket through small towns, rubber-tree farms, and rolling hills of palm trees.... more

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