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    Hi! I am traveling to your wonderful country in November and I would love some advise from a native. We arrive in Bangkok at midnight on October 31 and we want to have a hotel room booked before we arrive, any suggestions? Our price range is flexible for the first night. Any suggestions on trekking companies when we go to Chang Mai? What is the best way to travel in Thailand price wise and time wise, by air, and if so what is a good airline company to go through? I appreciate any advise, thank you for your time.

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    For online hotel books the following site is mentioned a lot to be reliable:

    If you are backpacking, then the Khao San Road area has many guesthouses. So many that if you turn up late at night you shouldn't have a problem.

    In Chiang Mai there are many trekking comapnies. There is no need to book in advance. Just shop around or talk to other backpackers in Chiang Mai who may have just finished a trek. Thisis usually not a problem.

    If you don't have much time I suggest you go by sleeper train. These are very comfortable. For example, you can catch one overnight to Chiang Mi.
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    Sleeper trains are good, but they often get booked up fast. Thai Airways is the main domestic flight operator, the flight Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes about an hour and costs (I think) about $45 US. Bangkok Airways is the other main operator, they fly to some popular tourist destinations where Thai Airways don't (such as Sukhothai or Ko Samui). Flight costs are standard whether you buy the tickets from the airline or a travel agent, and there is no discount for getting a return ticket (it just costs twice a single).

    Another option is the VIP aircon buses which are cheaper and faster than the sleeper trains, but some of the driving can be hair-raising. Plus Bangkok's Mo Chit bus station is not the easiest place to be if this is your first time in Thailand. As for hotels, there's a good site in my profile

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