If you’re planning a short trip to Thailand, maybe just a couple of weeks, and you’re trying to create the perfect itinerary that gives you a taste of this amazing kingdom, allows you to see and do as much as possible, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve sorted it all out for you. I’ve got three different itineraries for you to choose from, depending on what you’re in the mood for. Each itinerary starts and ends in Bangkok, which is likely where you’ll be flying in and out of. In this video, I’ll talk you through each day of the itinerary in detail, with links to Google maps, hotel booking sites, and recommendations for the best places to eat and experience along the way. And trust me, I know what I’m talking about. I’ve lived in Thailand for over 10 years and have explored this country inside and out, so I believe these itineraries are perfect if you’re coming to Thailand for a short trip and want to make the most of your time here. So let’s jump right into the first itinerary, the Southern Suntan.
The Southern Suntan Itinerary
Arriving in Bangkok
When you arrive in Bangkok, the excitement in the air is palpable. You may be feeling a bit jetlagged or overwhelmed from your long flight, so it’s best to settle in and take it easy on your first day. I recommend checking into a hotel in the vibrant Chinatown area, such as the Carlton hotel on Pahurat Road. The rooms are comfortable, and you’ll get a good night’s sleep to help overcome any lingering jet lag. Plus, the hotel has a fantastic rooftop pool and sky bar, offering breathtaking views of the city. After settling in, head out to Nana, a lively neighborhood known for its street food stalls and bustling nightlife. Grab a few beers, indulge in some delicious street food, and immerse yourself in the wildness of Bangkok.
Traveling to Koh Samui
On the second day of your trip, it’s time to explore more of Bangkok. Depending on how you feel, you can either visit Wat Arun and the Grand Palace or relax at the Carlton hotel, enjoying their rooftop pool and gym facilities. In the afternoon, I highly recommend going on a hidden tour of Bangkok, where you’ll explore the city’s intricate canal systems and see attractions like the Golden Buddha. The tour is a unique way to experience the city’s hidden gems and immerse yourself in its culture. After an eventful day, return to the Carlton hotel for a great night’s sleep.
On the third day, wake up early and head to the airport for your flight to Koh Samui. There’s only one airline that flies to the island, but rest assured, it’s well worth the trip. Upon arrival, check into Lana, a fantastic hotel located near the Fisherman’s Village. Lana offers beautiful rooms, excellent service, and a remarkable rooftop pool. Take some time to relax and enjoy the beach, or venture out to see some of the island’s stunning temples. If you’re up for an adventure, try water skiing or simply laze by the pool, sipping cocktails and taking in the breathtaking views. Koh Samui is a paradise, so make the most of your time here.
After spending a couple of days on Koh Samui, you can continue your island-hopping adventure by taking a quick ferry ride to Koh Phangan. This beautiful island is renowned for its Full Moon Party, which is a must-see if you happen to be there during the full moon. If not, head to Zen Beach and enjoy the mesmerizing sunset while indulging in delicious food. Rent a motorbike and explore the island at your own pace, discovering hidden beaches and climbing beautiful rock formations. Or simply relax and unwind, as the choice is truly yours. Spend at least one night on Koh Phangan to fully experience its magical vibes before moving on to the next destination.
Visiting the Amphawa Floating Market
On the fifth day, it’s time to bid farewell to Koh Phangan and embark on a journey to the Amphawa Floating Market. Take a quick ferry ride to the mainland and hop on a small bus to Mae Klong. From there, you’ll find yourself in the heart of one of the most charming floating markets in Thailand. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you explore the countless stalls selling fresh seafood, Thai delicacies, and handmade crafts. Don’t forget to try the mouthwatering local treats like grilled squid and coconut pancakes. As evening falls, witness the beauty of the firefly boat tour, where you’ll see the magical glow of thousands of fireflies lighting up the night sky.
Touring the Ayutthaya Historical Park
After a day at the Amphawa Floating Market, it’s time to delve into Thailand’s rich history by visiting the Ayutthaya Historical Park. Located just a short distance from Bangkok, Ayutthaya was once the capital of the Kingdom of Siam and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend a day exploring the ancient ruins, awe-inspiring temples, and magnificent Buddha statues that dot the park. Rent a bicycle and pedal your way through the park’s sprawling grounds, taking in the fascinating architecture and learning about the country’s past. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the sunset over Wat Chaiwatthanaram, a truly enchanting experience.
After immersing yourself in Thailand’s past, it’s time to experience the vibrant and lively city of Pattaya. Known for its vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches, Pattaya offers something for everyone. Spend your days lounging on the beach, indulging in water sports, or exploring the vibrant Walking Street, lined with bars, clubs, and restaurants. If you’re a fan of seafood, don’t miss the opportunity to dine at one of the many seafood restaurants along the coast. Be sure to catch a breathtaking cabaret show, an integral part of Pattaya’s entertainment scene. After a busy day exploring, find solace in one of Pattaya’s luxurious hotels or budget-friendly accommodations, providing a comfortable place to rest before continuing your Thai adventure.
Thailand is a country full of diverse landscapes, rich history, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality. Whether you choose the Southern Suntan Itinerary, the Northern Monkey Itinerary, or the Thailand Trailblazer Itinerary, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the tranquil beaches of Koh Samui and the historical sites of Ayutthaya, every corner of Thailand offers a unique adventure. Remember to pack and prepare accordingly, and be open to embracing the unexpected. Thailand will reward you with breathtaking sights, memorable experiences, and a sense of wonder that will stay with you long after you leave. So, pack your bags, embark on an adventure, and get ready to fall in love with the Land of Smiles.