With Bangkok as the hub for travel, jungle beaches in the south, and templed Chiang Mai in the north; Thailand can be a very well rounded destination.

Language : Thai          Currency : Thai Bhat

GETTING IN

The easiest and most inexpensive airport in Thailand is the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). From the airport you can take a train towards the city, or a taxi. With taxi services, you should negotiate all rates before entering the cab.

GETTING AROUND

While traveling between regions of Thailand, simple flights connect most major cities with flights nearly every hour of the day between more major cities. Tickets can be bought at the airport for the next departing flight, or booked more than 24 hours in advance. Also, Thailand does have a comprehensive train system if you have the time.

BANGKOK

This buzzing and dynamic city is often skipped over by tourists who only stay long enough to book a ticket out. In reality, this might be the best place to actually see the real thai culture adapted to modernity. The city has layers of old world and highly developed world. Walk the streets of different neighborhoods sampling food and wandering through markets.

116 Chakphet Rd, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
If you are like us and take a few days to adjust to the time zone in Bangkok, spend your early mornings in the different markets like the flower market. The market is busiest between 2am and 6am. Walk off the insomnia and find the occasionally sweets shop, or food stall.
2 Sanamchai Road, Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10200, Thailand
This temple complex is the oldest and largest in Bangkok. Less frequented than the royal palace, you might just have the temple to yourself. At the medicine pavilion you can get a quality and inexpensive massage. Wat Pho is the national headquarters for the preservation and teaching of traditional Thai medicine and massage.

KRABI

Railay Beach

10 minute long boat ride from Krabi Pier

We spent a bit of time around the islands and found this to be a very special place. Only accessible by boat, this location tends to keep things feeling a little more local and remote. The beach areas have hotels and resorts lining the beaches. From Railay you can take boats out to the other islands, rock climb, or just be.
Longboat to Phi Phi

Ask your hotel or walk through the town to find travel options.

The south of Thailand is special because of it’s islands. We don’t recommend staying on the actual islands because it seemed to be either a party town or an all inclusive resort. However, we do think you should see them. Charter a long tail or speed boat out and around the islands. They will usually make stops at beaches and feed you lunch.
Railay Beach

Krabi, Thailand

Hiking to the Princess Lagoon is difficult for experienced hikers, so be prepared for a challenge. Wear good shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

Walk to the south from either side of Railay. You will come to the wooden pathway winding around the cave formations. You will come to a muddy hillside with a small sign that says “warning climbers” this vague sign marks the ascent. Climb up the roots and ropes and slope up to the top of the cliff, then climb down the other side into a giant lagoon. Go during high tide to be able to swim across. If there at low tide, the lagoon is only mud.

CHIANG MAI

105/1 Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road, Tambon Watgate, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai 50000

+66 5324 8604-5

Use the Tourism Authority of Thailand offices to get information on what to do in the area. The office does not take commissions and generally has good advice on what to do and see. Also, check with them on the holiday schedules for the time you are visiting.
Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market
Rachadamnoen Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Every Sunday evening, the streets up and down for quite a distance are filled with stalls and vendors. Mostly arts and crafts and the occasional food, this market is exhausting in the best way.

ROAD TRIP TO PAI

Motorbike Rental
Ratchamanka Rd toward the East Gate

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Not only can an inexpensive scooter cost less per day than a taxi ride across the city, scooters are the real transport of the people of Thailand. Ride to night markets, to the Doi Suthep National Park, or we highly recommend a road trip to Pai for a day. If you don’t feel comfortable about driving such long distances, you can take the less enjoyable (Many hours on a windy road in a full vehicle) bus. Once in Pai, you can rent a scooter to get out to the different things to see there.
Take a long hike to a beautiful waterfall. There are easier waterfalls to get to, but this one is more beautiful and more fun to get to. The path takes you through lush jungle along a river for about 3 hours in and 3 hours back. Climb to the top of the lowest tier and take a shower under the falls.
If you have the time and good weather, go see Trolltunga for a two day camping hike. If you are shorter time, equally as impressive and much more accessible is Vøringfossen. Take a whole day driving along the fjords to the falls. There are small cities along the way where you can stop and find lunch. Be prepared, fuel and tole roads are expensive.

River Rafting

Possible in both Chang Mai and Pai

Not the largest or most exciting rapids, but more of an experience. The river winds through jungles and villages along the water. It feels surreal when elephants are drinking or eating near the banks.

WHAT TO PACK

On a trip like this where you are in and out of trains, planes, cars, long hikes, and short day trips, it’s best to have a super light and easy Day Pack. We packed this super lightweight pack onto our large bags. When we took a couple days motorbike trip to Pai, we left our main bag at our hotel and put only a few days stuff into this day pack. Very easy and very light.
On a trip to paradise, you don’t want to be constantly worrying about your phone. Take our magnetic sealing Waterproof Pouch. This keeps sand and water off of your phone and double seals with magnets. One of the easiest cases we have ever used. Just slide in your phone and the case seals itself.
We happened to be in Thailand during monsoon season. It rained often and abruptly. But even if it wasn’t the rainy season, we never knew when we were going to end up hiking into a lagoon or needing to cross a pass after the tide came in. This Lightweight Dry Bag rolls up smaller than a t-shirt, but can save everything you own from getting drenched.

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