There is so much to see in Thailand, it seemed like we would never have enough time for everything! When I traveled Thailand, these were my favorite places and where I would recommend you to visit! I did this Thailand itinerary in 3 weeks, but could have definitely stayed longer.
Start off your trip in Chiang Mai. (Or Krabi/Phuket and do this itinerary in opposite order.) If you absolutely must fly into Bangkok, or it is a lot cheaper to, do some research and see if you can get a connecting flight to start your journey in either the North (Chiang Mai) or the South (Krabi/Phuket.) The domestic flights are pretty cheap and will save you a lot of travel time!
Here is a timeline of the best way to see Thailand, and my must-do’s in each place!
Chiang Mai (2-4 days)
Sticky Waterfalls- I didn’t get the chance to visit, but I’ve heard they’re great!
Digital Nomad Community- I met the most amazing digital nomads in Chiang Mai! If it’s something you’re interested in, attend a meet up while you’re in town!
Chiang Rai (1 day)
White Temple- Take the bus to visit the While Temple. It is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve even seen! But we didn’t find much else to do, so I would suggest to just take a day trip from Chiang Mai like we did.
Pai (3-4 days… or as long as possible!)
Spicy Pai- It’s a hostel! And I had to include it because it was one of my favorite ones I stayed at in Thailand. The “good vibes” are real. I just wanted to sit in a hammock in the community tree house all day and talk to the awesome people who were staying there.
Land Split- The ultimate budget activity! They grow fresh food on the land and serve you for only donations! Such a fun place to relax and enjoy some cheap, healthy snacks!
Hot Springs- We didn’t make it to the hot springs, but I heard they were awesome and I wish we could have gone!
Bangkok (1-2 Days)
Unicorn Cafe- Because if you have the opportunity to dress up in a unicorn onesie, cuddle with unicorn stuffed animals, and eat brightly colored sugar… always do it. Watch the video here!
Temples- I really liked Wat Pho. I’ve heard the Grand Palace is incredible, but both times I was in Bangkok, it was closed!
Khao San Road- The typical touristy street that everyone hangs out on. Get a bamboo tattoo, eat a scorpion, and enjoy a cheap massage on Khao San Road!
Koh Phangan(3 days)
Full Moon Party- Honestly the party was the only reason I came to this island and I planned my entire trip around it. And I had a really awesome time! But that was mostly because I met really awesome people there. If you feel like it’s your scene, then make sure to go to the Full Moon Party! But if you’re not a partier, it’s not a life changing event and you would be okay without going.
Koh Tao (4-5 days)
Koh Nang Yuan- One of my favorite places in Thailand! It’s short boat ride from Koh Tao. You’ve seen those gorgeous pictures of everyone at this lookout point! The island is crowded and there’s not much to do besides the lookout, but it’s worth it for that view!
Scuba Dive with Roctopus- Koh Tao is famous for scuba diving! I went diving for the first time and got certified in Koh Tao. I had the best experience and I spent way less on my certification there than I would have if I had gotten it anywhere else! Read more about my experience scuba diving in Koh Tao here.
Abandoned Resort- There is a nice long hike to an abandoned resort that is very secluded! It was fun exploring the building and then relaxing on a beach with only 2 other people around! Read more about my experience at the abandoned resort here.
Hiking- There are plenty of other hikes around Koh Tao to explore too! We were busy diving most of the time, but I would have loved to go see more of the land.
Koh Phi Phi (2 days)
Maya Bay at Sunrise- Such a beautiful and “must-see” attraction. But I would highly recommend going at sunrise so that you can actually see the beach and not just all of the people standing in front of you.
Boxing Bar- There is so much night life in Phi Phi, but this bar was my favorite! Drunk people box in exchange for free alcohol. It’s seriously so entertaining!
Ao Nang (1-2 days)
Koh Lanta (2-3 days)
If we would have stayed in Thailand any longer, this is where we would have gone. Everyone said it was a really nice island, but we didn’t make it this time!
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