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    shocked Holiday to Thailand

    I have searched and researched, but best to get Ideas from You Guys.

    And Finally..... Flights booked...
    Provisional program organised;8th April - 29th April
    First Weekend, getting re-acclimatised.
    SongKran at Jintanas (getting Wet ) and Family outing to Auyathaya
    Rayong Weekend with extended Family.

    Then Road Trip 19th/22nd (no details yet; need your Advice) to Issan
    Have noted Friends suggestion of Hotel in Ubon.

    Jintana has a rough Idea on where to go; She has friend in Roi-Et and wants to stop in Burriram. And is keen to meet UK friend & Fiancée, in Ubon Ratchathani
    I realise 3nights/4days isn't a long time, but will go no further north than Roi-Et and east as far as Ubon Ratchathani
    Is it feasable to use Ubon as a Base ? or 2 nights in one place and 1 night in t'other; or 3 nights in different Places.

    Is this like saying, "staying in London, but want a day-trip to Devon" lol

    I have no Idea of time it takes or Road conditions.
    I'll hire a Car; from Don Muang Airport; do I need an SUV or will a Compact do ?

    I'm open to Ideas and suggested Itinerary.
    Again.... I've searched all Forums, and read Sparkys Road Trips

    Best Wishes

    James

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    Re: Holiday to Thailand

    HI

    Have a great trip

    Just a few caveats

    the bigger the car the more family will want to go with you.

    driving a day before, during ,and a day after songkran is very dangerous
    the roads will be packed and on some of the outlying roads you may run into road blocks
    of local celebrants haveing a grand old time stopping all the cars and showering them with talc and water.

    You will never stay on schedule once with family.

    Usually a couple hr drive for a day trip takes all day

    Once you are in Issan most of the majors citys are 50 to 100 kilo's apart
    the main freeways are fine so can make great time actualy not that long of a drive from Bangkok .but once you get off the main road the side roads will be jammed full of people, bicyles,
    water buffalo. scooters. trucks, bus's and cars.
    and farm tractors and your drive time will increase dramaticly

    for major trips with family I always rent a van and driver.

    MY wife is from Roi -et also on our last trip we rented a van and driver for 1600 baht a day plus petrol. the Van sat 12 and had DVD player and karokee

    we took some of the family to Bangkok and then to Rayong then back to roi -et
    the driver was fantastic he knew all of the roads and I felt extremly safe with him.

    you will find great hotels at half the price of Bangkok all over Issan

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    talking Re: Holiday to Thailand

    the bigger the car the more family will want to go with you.
    Tis only Me and Jintana

    driving a day before, during ,and a day after songkran is very dangerous
    Going on 19th ... will roads still be crowded ?

    roads will be jammed full of people, bicyles,water buffalo.scooters. trucks, bus's and cars.and farm tractors
    No Problem... I live in The West of Ireland...


    I drive People for a Living; know Ireland well enough not to need Maps or Sat Nav. But need all the help I can get when In Thailand.

    .... But thanks for the Reply

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    Re: Holiday to Thailand

    What hotel in Ubon?

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    Re: Holiday to Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    What hotel in Ubon?
    Laithong Hotel Recomended cos its 5 minutes staggering distance from Friends Apartment
    This air-conditioned hotel is one of the most modern in southern Isarn and has 124 rooms on offer. Facilities include a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out service, hotel safe, cloakroom and lift access, as well as a cafAc, bar, restaurant and conference facilities. Guests may also make use of the room and laundry services and car park and, for an additional fee, they can take advantage of the Internet access and bicycle hire service.

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    shocked Re: Holiday to Thailand

    Have done my research;
    Now need 2nd opinion on a few details.
    Driving times; no stops. (I know the distances)
    Roi-Et to Ubon.
    Ubon to Buriram/Phanom Rung.
    Accomodation around Buriram/Phanom Rung.
    Thanks

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    Re: Holiday to Thailand

    I can't help you with travelling times, other than to say 60 kilometers per hour if you don't stop, but I can say that I used Khorat as a base when I explored Phimai and Phanom Rung.

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    Re: Holiday to Thailand

    Quote Originally Posted by homejames View Post
    Ubon to Buriram/Phanom Rung.
    We have stayed in the Thepnakorn Hotel in Buriram the first time I went there. I thought it was good and would recommend it. The bedrooms were huge, you almost needed to use your telephone to speak to someone on the other side of the bed as it was so big...

    I haven't seen the hotel on any internet booking sites but 6 years ago we payed 1,000 Baht a night for a room.

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