Bangkok – 2 Nights
Start your trip through Thailand in the traveling hub of Southeast Asia: Bangkok.
Once you get to Bangkok, you shouldn’t miss out on taking a tuk-tuk around the city – particularly because it is hard to explore everything by foot. Walk around Chinatown, take a water taxi along the river, visit some of the temples and don’t forget to treat yourself to some delicious Pad Thai – a traditional Thai fried rice-noodle dish that you can often get for just 1 dollar.
After a day of exploring, your feet might hurt so enjoy a foot massage on famous Khao San Road for as little as 5 dollars an hour. Finish off your night on one of the rooftop bars watching the sun set over the glittering Bangkok skyline with a fruity cocktail in your hand.
Phuket – 2 Days
Thailand’s largest island is an international magnet for beach lovers and serious divers, who enthusiastically submerge themselves in the Andaman Sea. Blue lagoons and salmon sunsets make for a dream-like atmosphere, and indeed, a vacation here can feel a bit surreal. Watersports are the most popular activities, though once you’ve had enough sun there’s still plenty to explore at the island’s aquariums, gardens, and Buddhist temples.
Escape the crowds of tourists and the hustle of Bangkok and dive into tranquil luxury in Phuket. There are lots of five-star resorts that are affordable. And since they are probably 10 times cheaper than back home, you’ll be ready to spend the money. Believe us – treating yourself like that just for a couple days is worth it.
There are two main coasts of Thailand, both of which have beautiful islands on each side. No matter which one you start on, be sure to check out both sides. To the west, don’t miss Koh Phi Phi.
Koh Phi Phi – 3 Days
A ferry from Phuket will take you to Koh Phi Phi. In two hours, you arrive on this tiny island that is surrounded by so much natural beauty, your eyes might hurt. You won’t need to stop treating yourself here. A hotel room with beach view and breakfast in bed is just about 40 dollars a night.
Regarding the scenery, Koh Phi Phi is one of our absolute favourite place in Thailand. You’ll feel like you had arrived in paradise. Its most famous beach is also its most beautiful. Maya Bay, which served as the filming spot for “The Beach” with Leonardo Di Caprio, is just a short boat ride away. The sand is white and pure and its waters are crystal clear. The only thing mildly interrupting the bay’s beauty are the hords of tourists gathering on the beach every day. If you want to experience Maya Bay without the crowds, you can book an overnight tour and watch it when the stars come out.
You can also take the boat a bit further and explore other stunning places such as the Viking Caves, the Blue Lagoon or Bamboo Island.
Another view you shouldn’t miss out on is the one from the Phi Phi View Point, one of the classic postcard motives best appreciated during sunrise or sunset.
Since Koh Phi Phi is, after all, a party island, check out the bars and live music places scattered along the island or attend one of the Full Moon Partys with its fire shows and wild drinking games.
Chiang Mai – 3 Days
Northern part of Thailand is Chiang Mai. It’s less tourists than the south and offers a much more relaxed pace of life. Wander along some hidden lanes, enjoy a stroll along its famous night market and rent a scooter to the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon to jump off some cliffs or simply enjoy a nice swim.
We would recommend staying in Chiang Mai for three days. Because it is surrounded by some beautiful scenery, it is a good jumping off point for day trips within Thailand’s North. You should ziplining out in the jungle with Flight of the Gibbon. It was pure adrenaline soaring through the rainforest above emerald green rice fields.
Other trips you can do are visiting the stunning white temple in Chiang Rai or go bathing with elephants in the eco-friendly elephant sanctuary.