Thailand is my first destination in Asia. It was much inspired by our friends who once visited the country. From all the stories I have heard, it is a beautiful country, rich in tradition and very friendly to tourist. It come to no surprise when I landed in Bangkok for the first day and continue my 2 week trip from south to north.
Here is my itinerary for Thailand :
Bangkok 3 days
Day 1: See Bangkok`s life
For the first day, there is no many sightseeing but I managed to tackle the key attractions like Grand Palace, China town.
The river trip on Chao Phray at down is really nice. The first Tom Yom soup and Pad Thai is a good treat for the day.
Day 2: Bangkok Market and Tuk Tuk ride
The second day is spent for exploring Bangkok`s lively street with a tuk tuk driver. It was really an exotic experience, need a little negotiation but everything went well.
The highlights of my day are Wat Pho, Wat Arun and Chang Chui market
Day 3: Floating market – Cultural Dance
I joined a group tour to see the Damnoen floating market for half day. This is a beautiful way to appreciate the local life but surely without a tour guide it seems like you go for the most touristic place.
I took time to take the rest after the tour then attend a dance at National Theatre in the evening.
Related reading: Top Things to do in Bangkok
Krabi 2 nights
Day 04- 06 : Krabi
There are different options to Krabi by flight. Air Asia offers great deal for this route.
Options to enjoy the beach in Krabi seems endless. I took a boat trip to Railay, joining groups of tourist to swim in the azure waters.
Wat Tham Sua is proably the best temple to visit in the area which boasts beautiful view after passing the sacred cave.
Another spot that we have chance to delve into in Krabi is the tour to Four Islands : Tup Island, Phra Nang Cave, Chicken Island and Poda Island.
Phuket 2 nights
Day 07: Krabi to Phuket
Before I left Krabi, I took time to see Krabi downtown, mostly recommended for first timer to Thailand. A ferry transferred me to Phuket it the afternoon.
The rest of the day should be for discovering Phuket Old Town, a perfect spot to enjoy the ambiance of Phuket.
Day 08 -09 : Phuket by bike and by Beach
I decided not to go for touristic area of Patong beach then I booked a hotel near Kat Tanoi beach. There is no better way to explore Phuket than taking a motorbike, riding like a British on the left side of the road, traversing some hidden beaches without the crowd.
On the way, I stopped for sunbath in a small beach with some 20 people including the shop owner.
The main attractions of Phuket are Buddha Statue which overlooks the ocean and greener part of Phuket, the old town which has really own charm.
Evening flight to Chiang Mai.
Adventure in Chiang Mai 3 days
Day 10: A little adventure + a little Culinary trip
Undoubtedly, Chiang Mai appeals your sense of adventurers, especially those who want to learn about tropical forest and Thailand elephants.
The half day zip line, flying over the jungle is just something I could not forget about Chiang Mai.
Another half of the day was filled with a appetizing cooking class which costs about only $20.
Day 11 -13 : From town to mountain
A full day was reserved to scan the famous sites in Chiang Mai as well White temple which is about 20km from the town.
At the end of my adventure, I joined a motorcycle tour to hit the road to Golden Triangle. I highly recommend this trip for those who are curious about the life in Myanmar and eager to have a quick look at this mysterious country.
Day 14: Leave Thailand
As usual, the last day of the trip was the leisure time to profit the swimming pool, taking the pampering Thai massage before heading home.
There are so many ways to appreciate the beauty of Thailand, if you come for adventure, spend more time in the north, if it is for a honeymoon trip then check out my friend Vicki`s blog for Thailand Honeymoon Itinerary.
Thailand is also a perfect hub to do cross country tour, especially to the mystical Myanmar country which offers great contrast.