Are you planning a trip to Thailand? Check this awesome itinerary that we put together for our Thailand holiday. This trip had 4 international flights, 3 domestic flights and 2 ferry trips! We visited Southern, Northern and Central Thailand. It was a great holiday!
Days 1-2: BANGKOK (Old City)
Our plane landed 09:50am at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. We got a taxi at the airport and by midday we were at the hotel. The “Blue House by the Chang” hotel located in the Old City was nice, simple and hidden away from the main street. The plan was to explore the Old City of Bangkok (Rattanakosin) in the first two days. You can reach main places on foot, if you like longer walks, or take rides with Tuk Tuks, because they are so much fun (see some tips at the end)!
We managed to explore:
- Wat Benchamabophit, The Marble Temple (20 Thai Baht)
- Loha Prasat Temple (50 Thai Baht)
- Grand Palace (500 Thai Baht)
- Wat Pho, Temple of Reclining Budha (100 Thai Baht)
- Wat Prakaew, Temple of the Emerald Budha (100 Thai Baht)
- Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn (100 Thai Baht)
- Wat Saket, The Golden Mount (100 Thai Baht)
- Chinatown (try street food and massage there)
- Khao San Road
Days 3-5: Phuket
We got a domestic flight with AirAsia from Bangkok (Don Mueng Airport, 10:55am) to Phuket (12:15pm). For domestic flights and with hand luggage only, you are absolutely fine to arrive at airport 60minutes before the flight. Again we got a taxi from the airport to our hotel and this time we stayed at the “Kata Bai Inn’’ hotel. The hotel was in a quiet zone (Kata Beach area, not Patong) and close to the beach. In Phuket we did a lot of tours and activities. When you travel in a group and out of the high season, you can bargain down the original price a lot!
Some of the things we did:
- Big Budha
- Day on the Kata beach
- 'James Bond' Island
- Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
- Ao Phang Nga National Park
- Visit to Pearl Farm which ended up to be visit to the Pearl factory as the farm was closed...
Stroll in Patong
Days 6-7 Koh Phi Phi
No flights this time. We took ferry from Phuket (Sea Angel Pier, 08:30am) to Koh Phi Phi (Tonsai Pier, 10:30am). I used Phuketferry website to book tickets. The Koh Phi Phi island is small so you easily reach your hotel on foot. We stayed at the lovely “Phi Phi Palms Residence”, which was located in the centre of the island and close to the beach. Many reviews state that Koh Phi Phi is a party island but to us it was beautiful island with nightlife on the beach. Maybe because we visited it off-season, it was not so busy. I wished we had spent more time here. So, if you have more time add a day or two extra.
This is what we managed in under two days:
- Full day scuba diving trip (two dives and highly recommended!)
- Monkey Beach, Viking Cave, Koh Phi Phi Leh (snorkelling)
- Phi Phi Viewpoint
- Beach at day and night
Days 8-11: Krabi
We took ferry from Koh Phi Phi (Tonsai Pier, 09:0)am) to Krabi (Klong Jilad Pier, 10:45). Again, taxi from the pier to our hotel. The hotel“The Capuchin Hotel’ was really nice! We had some brief shower rains here. Similarly to Phuket, here you can do lots of activities and trips.
Some of the activities and trips we did:
- Wat Tham Suea, Tiger Cave Temple (1237 steps in torching heat!)
- Full day trip including zipline, whitewater rafting, monkey cave, elephant trekking
- Hot Springs and Emerald Pool
- Day on the beach!
Day 12: Chiang Mai
We took morning flight from Krabi (09:10am) to Chiang Mai (11:05am) with AirAsia. Again, taxi from the airport to the hotel (taxis are relatively cheap in Thailand). Our hotels got better and better as the trip continued, which was not intentionally planned but very nice surprise. Our absolutely lovely hotel, “P21 Chong Mai Hotel”, was located close to the Old City, which was perfect for getting there on foot.
Most of our time we spent exploring the Old City of Chiang Mai, which is full of temples. The most interesting were Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phan Tao. We also took a ride to the Doi Suthep mountain to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Suthep Mountain temple.
If you have more time, add extra days to spend time in the elephant sanctuary!
Day 13: Bangkok
We took midday flight from Chang Mai (12:05) to Bangkok (Don Mueng Airport, 13:20) and taxi to get to the hotel. This time we stayed in the city centre at the "Majestic Suite Hotel". The hotel was located very close to the metro, which we used for getting around the area. The 'New City' is completely different to the Old City of Bangkok! Our plan was to go to one of rooftop restaurants/bars but due to heavy rain (all day!) we abandoned the idea. Instead, we strolled in night street markets and shopping malls.
Day 14: Home time
This awesome holiday was ended with midday flights from Bangkok to UK via Amsterdam.
- Currency: Thai Bat (100Thai Bat=£2.35)
- Visa: Check here to see if you require a visa. We got a Visa on Arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport. The process was quite smooth and we were done within an hour.
- Getting around: Tuk Tuks are much fun to ride in Bangkok but negotiate the price before you ride it. They usually don't go from Old City of Bangkok to the New City. Be aware that they may not wait for you while you visit a site, even if agreed beforehand. Our Tuk Tuk was gone after we visited the Golden Mount despite the agreement for him to wait for us. We thought it was strange as we had not paid him for the first part of the trip but he was gone. If using taxies, use only metered ones to avoid being overcharged. Don't forget to ask them to switch the meter on! Communication can be a problem as many Bangkok's taxi drivers often speak little English.
- Season: The peak season is from November to March. We travelled in early June that was in the beginning of the rainy season, i.e. off-season. We had good weather and just the last day in Bangkok was full with heavy rain. Travelling of season paid off as the total cost for international and domestics flights, ferry trips and accommodation were only £520 per person! A bargain holiday I would say. Also, all activities and trips were heavily discounted after negotiation. Read here on how to get good price flight tickets.This website has some neat information on Thailand seasons, expected rainfall and temperatures.
- Luggage: We travelled with hand luggage only thus the getting to/from domestic flights and ferries was easy. If you worry that you may not have enough clothes, use laundry services during the trip and the problem will be solved.
- Elephants: We did some elephant trekking in Krabi. They all said that they treat animals well there but I had my doubts about it after seeing it. I would highly recommend to see elephants in Chiang Mai sanctuary where they are truly treated well.
Did you like this type of brief and short trip itinerary? Have you visited Thailand? Tell me what you would add to the itinerary!