- Loved the many and varied methods of transport: overnight train, converted rice barge, long-tail boat bike. Accommodation was varied but the lower grade hotels were confined to pure overnight stops where there was no time to enjoy any facilities had there been any, so fine. Loved the 'le Charme Sukhothai Resort' hotel especially. Staying on the Jungle Rafts was a good experience although it did feel a little like 'rich tourists play Tarzan and Jane'. The dance show by the Mon villagers was disappointing: the dancers looked thoroughly bored; no wonder if they perform every night to the tourists. Thoroughly enjoyed visiting most of the places and sites, although the Doi Suthep experience in Chaing Mai was ruined by the sheer number of loud and disrespectful Chinese tourists. I would rather have spent more time discovering the textiles and crafts of Chiang Mai. The food was amazing everywhere we went and we loved eating out in the night markets etc. Loved all the roadside snacks and all the delicious variations on a theme of what you can do with a common banana! My absolute highlights were the elephant sanctuary (I thought it would be a complete waste of a day! Quite the opposite), the ruins at Si Satchanalai which we had to ourselves (I could have spent hours there), and Jim Thompson's house in Bangkok.
Published on: 16 February 2017