I'm going to be in Thailand for a week (bangkok, Phuket and chiang Mia) do y'all have recommendations of things to do or places to see?
We really loved Chiang Mai! Some of our favorite things there were spending a day at an elephant sanctuary (Choose an ethical one, like Elephant Nature Park), seeing the free Ladyboy show near the night market (and of course the night market itself), and visiting temples (Doi Suthep is one of the most famous).
Bangkok was also great, but it’s super hectic! Make sure to go to Wat Arun and the Big Buddha. We also took a cooking class there, which was awesome. We also spent a day in Ayutthaya, where we rented bikes (it’s about an hour from Bangkok), where you’ll see some amazing ruins. In both Bangkok and Ayutthaya, it’s worth hiring a Tuk-Tuk for the day to see all the main temples. (Although, if you do hire a Tuk-Tuk, you might get dragged to some overpriced silk shops, jewelry shops, and boat rides…just remember you are free to make your own choices and skip these things, despite your driver’s pleas to go buy something.)
We probably only scratched the surface since it was our first time, but we found it was one of those trips you just figure everything out on the ground. We didn’t make it down to Phuket, so you’ll have to let us know how it goes!