This itinerary takes you via Bangkok to the north of Thailand. From there you end up in South Thailand after which you decide the trip in Bangkok. The trip lasts 30 days, exactly the number you are entitled to with your visa on arrival when you enter Thailand by plane.
1. Bangkok 3 days
ou start your trip in Bangkok. For many just a stopover, I think it is a very nice and especially lively city. If you’re tired of Khao San Road , you can chill out in nearby Soi Rambuttri , for example on the rooftop of Rambuttri Village, where you have a swimming pool.
Recommenders in Bangkok include the Big Buddha, or the reclining Buddha ( Wat Pho ), the Snake Farm and attending a Muay Thai fight in Lumpini.
Do you enjoy shopping? Then go to MBK. For street food, I recommend the Soi Rambuttri mentioned earlier. Massage? Then Wild Orchid Massage is recommended.
If you are ready for a workout, go to big city park near Khao San Road. It is the ultimate place, for example, to run fast or do your daily pushups. You can also enjoy the sun here, just get lost and away from the hectic. Do you miss the bike? Then cycle through Bangkok with Co van Kessel Bangkok Tours.
What I do not find worthwhile, but what is being promoted a lot, is the Bangkok floating market.
After three days of Bangkok you travel in two hours by bus to Ayutthaya.
2. Ayutthaya 2 days
Ayutthaya is known for its beautiful temples. I advise you to stay here for a day or two. Personal recommendations are: Wat Phra Mahathat, Wat Ratburana, Wat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Na Phra Mane.
You continue your adventure with the sleeper train (the night train) that runs from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai (11 hours travel).
3. Chiang Mai (3 days)
Chiang Mai is full of great temples where you can just walk in. Other recommendations are the Night Market and a Cooking Class at the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School.
Furthermore, it is recommended to rent a bike (this can be done at various places, often for 100 Baht per day), and to go out to the mountains and waterfalls. A mountain bike is recommended. You can also use a tuk-tuk to explore the area.
Another attraction in Chiang Mai is the Tiger Kingdom. I have driven here myself with the mountain bike. You can also go by taxi or bus. Depending on what you like.
In terms of nightlife Chiang Mai is all more friendly than for example Bangkok. However, no less fun! Take a look at the Old Town, here are nice bars. Personally, I really liked the Monkey Club.
After you have been in Chiang Mai for 3 days, you continue the trip by bus (3-4 hours) to the hippie village called Pai . Adventurous? Do you want to experience unexpected things ? Then rent a moped to cruise to Pai!
4. Pai 3 days
Pai is one of my favorite spots in Thailand. Without a doubt! Why? Well, the atmosphere, the relaxed, the non-committal, the people. It is simply wonderful to stay in this authentic mountain village.
Rent a scooter (I did this for only 100 Baht) and head for the hot springs. You literally feel reborn if you have been in this. Furthermore, the e night market is very cozy. Finally, you have numerous ‘tea bars’, where you can drink delicious organic tea and relax. You will also find several bars, if you want to go on a trip in the evenings.
Actually, I find little for Pai three days, but in one month I want to show you as much of Thailand as possible without being too hasty. That is why after three days we hoist the backpack on our back and go back to Bangkok via Chiang Mai. You take the sleeper train, a ride of about 12 hours.
5. From Chiang Mai via Bangkok to Chumphon 2 days
To be honest, this is not the most exciting part of your tour of Thailand. Anyway, stopovers belong to it . Arriving in Bangkok I advise you to take a rest. For example, spend a night in Soi Rambuttri.
The next day you book a bus (or train) to go to Chumphon. The aforementioned place is the connector between land and island, Koh Phangan is calling! From Chumphon you take the boat (3.5 hours with a regular boat) and you continue the adventure.
6. Koh Phangan (5 days)
Of course: the Full Moon Party (take as little as possible, many people lose things). Furthermore you can beach hopping here. I advise you to rent a bike and cycle towards the different waterfalls. Get out! If you like Muay Thai, Diamond Muay Thai is a must-go.
Koh Phangan ‘lives’ mainly as the Half Moon or Full Moon parties. Many backpackers often leave the island the day after the big parties. It might be nice to stay for a while, I did this myself. Calmly chilling on the beach, and not rushed away again. Enjoy eye-catching sunsets.
After five days of Koh Phangan, and perhaps the Full Moon Party, it has been enough. Then you go by boat to the quieter nearby Koh Samui. The tour lasts only one hour.
7. Koh Samui (4 days)
Koh Samui is the second island of Thailand after Phuket in terms of area. She is just a little bigger – about 10 square kilometers – than the third island of Koh Chang. I chose this destination because it may have been hectic in Koh Phangan. Samui is the ideal base to take it easy and relax.
Once arrived, you can not avoid the beautiful kilometers of sandy beaches. Lamai Beach and Bo Phut Beach are relatively quiet beaches. Chaweng Beach, by contrast, is more touristy. You will also find many shops and such.
If you still want to dive into the nightlife, go to the On Street Bar at Chaweng. For beautiful coral reefs, go snorkeling at Ang Thong National Marine Park.
You end your stay on Koh Samui after a day or four. Then take the boat to Surat Thani and take the bus to Krabi. This trip takes about 4.5 hours: 1.5 by boat and 3 by bus.
8. Krabi 3 days
What about Klong Muang Beach? A very quiet, deserted beach. Located around Krabi Town. This is one of the nicer beaches I have seen in Thailand! Another absolute must is a daytrip to Railay Beach. Do this via Ao Nang .
If you choose this last option, I advise you to continue cruising from Koh Lanta to Koh Lanta. The latter is namely closer to Railay than Krabi Town. This boat trip takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
9. Koh Lanta 4 days
Koh Lanta , one of my favorite spots in Thailand. Especially because the island is so authentic, and is not overrun with for example only party-backpackers.
Rent a scooter and go into the mountains. Follow a cooking course at Time for Lime . Continue to Lanta Old Town and visit the deserted beaches there. Furthermore, I advise you to snorkel on Koh Rok (you can go here by speedboat) and take a look at the beautiful Long Beach. This is also a very good place to jog. It is advisable to also book your accommodation there.
The trip through Thailand is almost over. After spending four days on Koh Lanta, you will go to Krabi Town by boat. This takes about two hours. From Krabi I advise you to fly back to Bangkok. A bus or train ride will take at least 12 hours. The choice is of course yours.
10. Bangkok via Krabi 1 day
To conclude your stay in Thailand one more deserved day of Bangkok. Do not do too much more I would say, the hotspots of Bangkok you have often seen on your first days.
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