Subject: Thailand
Ziners, I am in the process of planning a trip to Thailand and I'd appreciate suggestions from those of you who are familiar with Thailand. This is what I'm currently thinking and I'm very open to ideas. Bangkok, 4 nights at the Sheraton Royal Orchid (using Starwood points). Fly to Chiang Mai, 3 nights at the Chiang Mai Sheraton (points again). On to Chiang Rai to stay at the Anantara for 4 nights. My husband is very interested in taking the elephant training class for 3 days and I'm all for the cooking classes, spa treatments, etc. From Chiang Rei, fly back to Bangkok where we meet a group for a 15 day escorted trip to Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam. We'll be tired when we return to Bangkok, so I'm thinking some beach relaxation will be in order. I'm thinking about Krabi, 2 nights at the Sheraton (again Starwood points) and then 2-3 nights on Kol Phi Phi at the Phi Phi Island Resort.Of course Rayavadee in Krabi would be my first choice if cost were not an issue.How is the pacing on this itinerary? Is Chiang Rei very different from Chiang Mai? Do we have enough time in each place, or is there something we should skip or consolidate? Any additions? I'll be interested and grateful for your thoughts.

Judy