Thailand has consistently been a popular travel destination, unsurprisingly so! With beautiful beaches, warm weather, shopping and delicious food, it has something to offer everyone! Thailand is a fairly large country, unless you have months to explore the length and breadth of the country, you are going to have to pick and choose.

Thailand can be roughly divided into three zones namely, northern, central and southern Thailand. Northern Thailand is a backpacker haven with plenty of historical sights to see. It is less commercial compared to Bangkok and can offer an insight into rural Thai life. Popular destinations here are Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Central Thailand is where the crowds are. The most popular destination here is the Thai capital of Bangkok followed by Pattaya and Ayutthaya. Shopping, food and nightlife, there is plenty on offer. It is safe to say that one must never visit Thailand without stopping by in Bangkok. Southern Thailand mainly comprises of various islands such as Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui to name a few. Its beautiful beaches make for the perfect getaway. There are watersports, snorkeling and diving for the adventurous. Depending on your interests and time you can create your own Thai itinerary.

Here is a sample 10 day itinerary featuring Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Phi Phi islands. The itinerary offers a mixture of sightseeing, relaxation and shopping, with an insight into historical and modern Thailand. For a guide to Pattaya check out my previous article here

 

Day 1: Pattaya

  • Arrive in Bangkok and transfer to Pattaya.
  • Check into hotel
  • Visit Sanctuary of truth
  • Pattaya Beach
  • Pattaya Beach road and Walking Street
  • Watch a cabaret show

Day 2: Pattaya to Bangkok

  • After breakfast head to Nong Nooch tropical gardens
  • Check out of hotel and head to Bangkok
  • Check into Bangkok hotel
  • Chao Praya River cruise
  • Visit Chinatown

Day 3: Bangkok

  • Grand Palace and Wat Pra Kaew
  • Wat Po
  • Wat Arun
  • Visit MBK mall
  • Asiatique Riverfront

Day 4: Ayutthaya

  • Half a day visit to Ayutthaya from Bangkok
  • Experience Nightlife in Khaosan Road Bangkok

Day 5: Bangkok

  • Visit a floating market (Taling chan/Lat Mayom)
  • Visit Chatuchak weekend market

Day 6: Bangkok to Phuket

  • Early morning flight to Phuket
  • Visit Phuket Old town
  • Big Buddha
  • Promthep Cape
  • Watch a Muay Thai fight
  • Overnight Phuket

Day 7: Phuket

  • Visit Phang Nga Bay
  • Bangla Road

Day 8: Phi Phi islands

  • Take a boat to Phi Phi islands
  • Explore islands with boat tour
  • Snorkeling
  • Overnight on the island

Day 9: Bangkok

  • Take a boat back to Phuket and flight to Bangkok
  • Visit Platinum Mall
  • Palladium mall

Day 10: Bangkok

  • Full day for shopping
  • Pratunam market
  • Terminal 21 Mall
  • Evening Flight back home

 

 

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