If you want to experience one of the most beautiful countries in Southeast Asia, you should travel to Thailand. Why is Thailand one of the best and popular countries to travel to? It’s easy to say it just comes from the fantastic food. Many travelers enjoy nature, temples, the busy morning markets, or an awesome evening in Bangkok. Thailand has unbelievably beautiful white sand beaches, jungles, ancient ruins, and beautiful Buddhist temples. Thailand is sought after for Thai food, but there is so much more that Thailand has to offer. We love Thailand! Via this itinerary, you get to know all the highlights of Thailand. We share all our experiences and tips in this Thailand itinerary. For each destination, we have written an article with all the information you need to know!
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How many weeks do you need for Thailand?
We did this itinerary in 3 weeks and recommend traveling through Thailand for at least 14 days. If you have more time, which is preferred, you can travel at a slower pace or you can add destinations to this itinerary. When planning your trip, it is important not to underestimate the distance and travel time between destinations. It’s important that your Thailand itinerary is balanced and not only contains travel time and highlight scenes. It is also very nice to do nothing for a while, isn’t it? Traveling in Thailand is mainly done by bus, train, or plane.
If you have more time to discover Thailand, you have different choices, depending on your personal wishes. If you like culture, temples, and nature, we recommend taking more time to discover the north of Thailand in the province of Chiang Rai. If you are in Chiang Mai it’s highly recommended to the extent of your travel by visiting Pai. This is a beautiful village in the middle of the mountains. We were unable to visit Pai because the roads were unsafe due to the rain.
If you like islands, tropical sandy beaches, snorkeling, and sea, island hopping from Koh Samui, Ko Pha-Ngan, and Ko Tao is highly recommended. Other top destinations in the south of Thailand are Phuket and the Trang Islands. We were unable to do this due to time constraints. However, a very good reason to come back to Thailand.
How much does it cost to travel through Thailand?
Thailand is an incredibly cheap country to travel to. In Southeast Asia, Thailand is one of the more expensive countries to travel to. If you pay attention to your expenses, you don’t do expensive excursions every day, you don’t do crazy things, a budget of $25 – $30 per day can be sufficient. This only applies to people who consider themselves budget travelers. On average a traveler spends $35- $55 per day. This is an indication if you want to know more about how much it costs to travel through Thailand you can read our article “Thailand trip cost” for more information. This article describes in detail how much it costs per day per cost type. In the end, we share how much this 3-week Thailand tour has cost us.
Our favorite places to stay during this Thailand itinerary
During our trip through Thailand, we went looking for nice and special places to sleep. In our opinion, the nice and special accommodations where you stay give your trip an extra dimension. We have managed to find those places in Thailand and are happy to share this with you. We share two unique tips per destination. In this article, we give you an overview of the best places to stay in Thailand.
Thailand itinerary which direction to go?
Your trip will probably start in Bangkok, the advantage of Bangkok is that this city is centrally located in Thailand. After you leave Bangkok you have two options, traveling to the north or south. It is strongly recommended to travel north first and then continue your journey south. The reason is that in the north you have more activities and in the south you more time to enjoy the tropical islands and beautiful beaches. We personally prefer to do at the beginning of the journey the most active things. In the second part of your holiday, you have more time to relax. There aren’t the best options because this is personal.
Below you can see the perfect Thailand itinerary. To give you a good idea of all the destinations of the Thailand travel route, we have briefly described each destination below. If you want to know more about a specific destination, you can click on a link to the destination. For each destination, we have written a detailed article in which information can be found about sights, activities, dining options, our favorite hotels & hotels, and our personal tips. These articles help you to get a good idea of the destination.
Properly your journey will start in Bangkok, a great city to discover. It is a perfect place to get used to the Thai culture and the high temperatures. Be prepared that you may have to get used to all noises, for certain is this city different than many other cities. In Bangkok you can do a lot of awesome things, for example, you can go to the palace of the king, discover various temples but also visit local markets. We tell you everything you need to know in our article: 3 days in Bangkok.
Tip: Bangkok is very popular, so our favorite accommodations are quickly fully booked. Bangkok is probably your start and end destination of your trip through Thailand or Southeast Asia. It is therefore recommended to secure yourself a spot at the beginning at end of your holiday. You can read our favorite accommodations in Bangkok in our article about Bangkok. Also, we have compiled a list of all our favorite accommodations in Thailand that you can combine with this Thailand itinerary.
Chiang Mai is perhaps the best city to visit in Thailand. It’s a city with a relaxed atmosphere, the highlight of Chiang Mai is the local Sunday night market. From Chiang Mai, you can organize a lot of awesome activities. We went to a recognized elephant sanctuary where you can help as a volunteer for a full day. You can also start beautiful treks in Chiang Mai and much more. Are you curious about what you can do in Chiang Mai, where you need to eat, and which accommodation we recommend? We have bundled all our tips in our article about Chiang Mai: 3 days in Chiang Mai itinerary.
Tip: if you have the opportunity, we recommend continuing your travel to Pai. We were unable to visit Pai because the roads were unsafe due to the rain.
Surat Thani is a city in the south of Thailand. From Chiang Mai, you travel via Surat Thani to Koh Samui. If you depart by plane from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani in the morning, you can take the ferry to Koh Samui in the afternoon. If you leave Chiang Mai in the afternoon (or later), you arrive in Surat Thani in the evening, you can still take the ferry to Koh Samui in the evening/night. If you arrive very late in Surat Thani, we recommend staying in Surat Thani at B Boutique Residence. The next morning you can take the first ferry from Surat Thani to Koh Samui. The advantage is that you don’t travel at night and so you are more rested and will have more energy, so you can immediately discover the island.
Finally, you are going to discover the beautiful beaches and islands of Thailand. Above Surat Thani are three islands that are each very popular and each has its advantages. We went to Koh Samui because this is the largest island and therefore has more to offer. We are travelers who love to discover the authentic parts of a country and believe us you can certainly find it at Koh Samui. It’s really easy, rent a scooter and drive around the island. There are many places where it seems like you are the first person who discovers it. There are plenty of beaches in Koh Samui where you will be all alone. You only thing you need to do is to do things differently than other travelers. We give all our tips in our article: Koh Samui travel guide.
Khao Sok National Park
After relaxing in Koh Samui, you will visit perhaps one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand: Khao Sok National Park. This park is surrounded by rock formations that can have an altitude of 900 meters. When you are in Khao Sok National Park you have the feeling if you are standing in a scene from Jurassic Park. There is a lot you can do in this park. We wrote all our tips and things you need to know in this article Khao Sok National Park travel guide. This will help you to make sure that you get the most out of it.