Having a dilemma here so hoping for some advice. Thinking of a holiday starting mid to late Jan for about 3 weeks, could do a few days more. We've been to a few places in Thailand and Cambodia and I wanted something new although part of me also says I just need to chill out so maybe should stick with where we've been this time. Anyhow..... Have seen reasonable flights to Bangkok. My thinking at the moment is we get a flight from there on the day we arrive to Vientiane and spend 3 nights there. Fly on to Luang Prabang for maybe 6 nights, then fly onto Chiang Mai for 4 (we had our first visit there 2 years ago and enjoyed it), then fly to Phuket for 6/7 nights for some beach/pool down time and then back to Bangkok for 1 nights (or none) before our return home.
This would give us the balance of something new and something relaxing. I know I've probably been generous than most would on the days in LP and Vientiane but I do prefer to do things at a relaxed pace instead of just rushing about.
Any thoughts? Should we try to do a trip to Vang Vieng? Husband is not keen on sitting on a bus for very long, he's 6ft3 and is not a fan of being squashed up esp as he can get a bad back easily. Is there any alternative to the Phuket bit? We have been to Khao Lak a couple of times in the past and enjoyed it. I'm not too fussed where we go as long as we have heat and a decent pool or a beach. Just want to grab some down time and enjoy the heat before we return to chilly Scotland.
Thanks in advance!