Neil, further to my post from yesterday, here is a great website about things Thai (culture, history, language, customs, practical stuff, etc):www.Sawadee.com
I read that you are trying to focus on fewer rather than more places, which is very sensible; BUT - if you don't know when you will ever get back there it would be too bad if you missed a trip to Angkor Wat in Siem Reap Cambodia. It is just accross the border from Thailand, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a "must see" on anyones' list who are interested in the World's greatest archeological and cultural heritage sites. The photographic potential there is breath-taking (temples, landscape, everything). It is easily reached with Bangkok Airways or Siem Reap Airways. There are over 2000 hotel rooms there from very cheap to five star. Renting cars and guides is cheap. (The park is enormous and you need transportation and guidance inside.)
You can make reliable arrangements through Diethelm Travel in Bangkok:
DIETHELM TRAVEL ASIA LTD.
140/1 Wireless Road, Kian Gwan II Building 12th Floor, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: (66) 2255 9150-70 Fax: (66) 2256 0248-9 E-mail:
(BTW, "Wireless Road" is known in Thai (for taxis) as Thanon Wittayu.)