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    Three questions

    Hello BM:s i am coming for a four weeks holiday to Thailand
    and have a few questions.

    Q1. Best way from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueng.
    I will arrive early 6 am on a sunday.

    Q2. How to go from Udon Thani to Chiang Mai.
    By air or by bus.

    Q3. Hotel recommendation in CM. I stayed in Raming Lodge before
    it is ok but i prefer smaller hotels.

    Thanks in advance.

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    A1. Free shuttle bus runs between BKK and DMK, aircon and modern, often quicker than a taxi.

    A2. Luxury coach trip takes ~ 8 hrs and cost SFA.

    A3. Shutimol Residence on Loi Kroh between Night Bazaar and Iron Bridge, short stagger from Downunder Bar ~ 900Bt p/n OR Mawin Hotel on other side of Iron Bridge.

    Shutimol >https://goo.gl/maps/us7iq2KjT1B2
    Last edited by kaptainrob; 8th November 2015 at 17:46. Reason: Kanair dont fly to Udon
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    A2. There is a daily flight by Nok Air if you would prefer that

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    A2. There is a daily flight by Nok Air if you would prefer that
    Agreed on that, it is cheap enough and just on an hours flying time....

    3... Myself and Ozguy have both stayed here many times, small family run and close to the old City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptainrob View Post
    A2. Luxury coach trip takes ~ 8 hrs and cost SFA.
    There'd be good scenery on the way if it's during the day, eh? Those luxury ones look seriously comfortable. The seats seem to me to be almost on part with business class.

    Do they usually make any short pit stops on the way, or is it 8 straight hours?
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    ^ loony drivers on very,windy undulating roads.
    it is a good drive/MB ride though.
    phu ruea-dan sai is a lovely area at the right time of the year.

    4) you could hire a car and drive it yourself one way.

    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    A2. There is a daily flight by Nok Air if you would prefer that
    BKK air also do that one now,twice daily in one of their turbo prop planes.
    i prefer the Nok 737 though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacon View Post
    There'd be good scenery on the way if it's during the day, eh? Those luxury ones look seriously comfortable. The seats seem to me to be almost on part with business class.

    Do they usually make any short pit stops on the way, or is it 8 straight hours?
    Ultra comfortable modern coaches run by Phet Prasaert with 2 drivers and hostess. They usually stop at Phitsanoluk and by day the scenery is fabulous. New road most of way thru mountains has eliminated worst sections. Jo usually does a 15 hour overnighter going thru to Ubon Ratchathani. Seats recline almost flat.

    Nok may be preferable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptainrob View Post
    Ultra comfortable modern coaches run by Phet Prasaert with 2 drivers and hostess. They usually stop at Phitsanoluk and by day the scenery is fabulous. New road most of way thru mountains has eliminated worst sections. Jo usually does a 15 hour overnighter going thru to Ubon Ratchathani. Seats recline almost flat.

    Nok may be preferable.
    I would think that time constraints would come in to play. But the bus trip does sound interesting.

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    Thanks for all the answers.

    Q1. I will go with the shuttel bus to Don Mueang.
    Is it easy to find on the airport?

    Q2. If i can convince my TG about fly with Nok air we do that.
    She don`t like to fly but she donīt like to by bus either 555.

    Q3. Thanks for the hotel recommendation i will book hotel
    after i come to UT and book flight.

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    Q1 yes easy many signs, there is a table with a guy who checks that you have a flight booking from DMK, I tried to hood wink him with an old booking but he was sharp and no way of paying; taxi in the end, as meeting TGF there and if you go taxi via toll roads it clocks up a bit three tolls if I remember.
    Q2 mine doesn't also like flying but goes along with me (she got the train to DMK from up North, as we stayed at a hotel not far from there.
    Q3 Cheaper but near Ramming, Mandala house bit further but near Saturday Market Noble House.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    Agreed on that, it is cheap enough and just on an hours flying time....

    3... Myself and Ozguy have both stayed here many times, small family run and close to the old City.

    Welcome to Thaphae Garden Chiang Mai Guest House
    often wondered how some of these places make any money with the rates they charge..

    hell 500 baht in high season ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by meese View Post
    often wondered how some of these places make any money with the rates they charge..
    Small, family run.... Literally the young lady who runs the front desk will cook you breakfast as well. She is a niece, Father, mother and son all work there. And a couple of cleaners.
    I have been going there for years now as has Ozguy and they have a fairly high occupancy rate. A lot seem to be returnees.
    They also do shared rooms for back packers.. And are close to just about everything.

    Generally they have good reviews on the booking sites, so they must be doing something right.
    BTW mom and Pop travel quite a bit themselves, so they must be making some money 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    Small, family run.... Literally the young lady who runs the front desk will cook you breakfast as well. She is a niece, Father, mother and son all work there. And a couple of cleaners.
    I have been going there for years now as has Ozguy and they have a fairly high occupancy rate. A lot seem to be returnees.
    They also do shared rooms for back packers.. And are close to just about everything.

    Generally they have good reviews on the booking sites, so they must be doing something right.
    BTW mom and Pop travel quite a bit themselves, so they must be making some money 555
    our fav guesthouse in Nan is similar.
    rooms were 450 baht when they first opened but about 550 now.
    the old man worked in the schooling dept and did many trips OS to do whatever business that needed to be done re student swaps.
    he spoke very highly of his time in Russia and was most impressed by the work ethics of the people there compared to his lazy countrymen 55

    spotless modern rooms with a soft bed. popular with thais too so you have book ahead to make sure you get a room.

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    Given the number of small hotels and guest houses in CM they need to be competitively priced. I am sure I could find a lot cheaper, but the family are now like friends to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    Agreed on that, it is cheap enough and just on an hours flying time....

    3... Myself and Ozguy have both stayed here many times, small family run and close to the old City.

    Welcome to Thaphae Garden Chiang Mai Guest House
    Depending what time of the year 600 to 900TB, great location, really nice staff but the pool is cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    Small, family run.... Literally the young lady who runs the front desk will cook you breakfast as well. She is a niece,
    Ann her name is, nice respectful girl often thought of asking her out 555
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    Quote Originally Posted by OZZYGUY View Post
    Ann her name is, nice respectful girl often thought of asking her out 555

    Dont tell your wife Ozzy 555
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteGill View Post
    Given the number of small hotels and guest houses in CM they need to be competitively priced. I am sure I could find a lot cheaper, but the family are now like friends to me.
    you mean there is cheaper..surely not 555555....suppose i have the same relationship with the place i stay in lamai....the thais do seem to survive on hardly any cash...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivo View Post
    Dont tell your wife Ozzy 555
    Before then mate 555

    Janice stayed there when I took her to CM in April, she also thought it was a good guest house and her parents are staying there in December.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meese View Post
    you mean there is cheaper..surely not 555555....suppose i have the same relationship with the place i stay in lamai....the thais do seem to survive on hardly any cash...
    Beach and tourist area's will always be a bit more expensive, even the lower end of the market. In the area I stay in CM there must be dozens of places amongst all the side soi's. I think my place is one of the nicer, but there are some upmarket ones too.. And a few dives..
    Best cheap place I haave stayed is JK place in Udon. Brand new, huge rooms with sitting area and free coffee in the foyer.. All for the pricy sum of 550 bhat per night.... and cheaper if you stay a week.

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