Help me figure out where else to go on my Thailand trip!
May 19, 2011 5:55 PM Subscribe
I'm going to Thailand to see a friend, who is on an island off of Phuket. I'll be there for about a week. Apparently this island has great beaches and is great for relaxing, snorkeling, and doing a whole lot of nothing. I'd like to take two or three weeks on this trip, but the problem is that I don't know where else to go in addition to this island!
I've never been to Thailand, and everything seems to focus on the great diving and snorkeling (not my thing, I don't like deep water), the beaches (chilling on a beach for more than a few days makes me antsy), and the insane partying (I'm not into drugs and I'm past my getting-totally-wasted-and-passing-out life phase). What am I into? I like food, wine, art, architecture, day hiking with great views (and without too many bugs or wildlife), biking, music, cooking, important historic sites, things that are very old, and off the beaten path adventures. However, I don't like the "shady" factor of Thailand - I have traveled elsewhere in Asia and in the Middle East and I don't like sticking out as a foreigner (I am white) and being preyed on constantly by people who want to take you to "their brother's shop" or whatever other shady thing. I'm wondering if I shouldn't spend the other weeks of my trip in Japan or something. I'm also terrified of dengue fever! Anyway, with the above in mind, are there any other can't miss parts of Thailand or SE Asia?