Thailand in 12 days
This carefully curated itinerary of Thailand ensures an unforgettable experience, from the bustling streets of Bangkok and the enchanting corners of Chiang Mai to the tranquil shores of Krabi and the natural paradise of Khao Sok. Check itinerary recommendations, hotels and dining spots.
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Thailand

Embark on a captivating journey through the diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Thailand in just 12 days. However, if you have more time, no worries - I got you covered with additional recommendations I have been adding to this guide. 

This carefully curated itinerary ensures an unforgettable experience, from the bustling streets of Bangkok and the enchanting corners of Chiang Mai to the tranquil shores of Krabi and the natural paradise of Khao Sok. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of each destination, savoring local flavors, exploring historical treasures, and engaging with Thailand's unique traditions.

Index

General recommendations

Itinerary

- Day 1-3: Bangkok & Ayutthaya

- Day 4-6: Chiang Mai

- Day 7-9: Krabi

- Day 10-12: Khao Sok and back home

General recommendations

📅When was I there? December 2022 - Itinierary revised in 2023.

☀️Weather: Thailand boasts a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. November to February offers pleasant temperatures and clear skies, making it an ideal time to visit. However, you should check area by area since the climate might vary. 

✅Visa: Check the visa requirements based on your nationality and travel purpose before heading to Thailand. For many travelers, including citizens of EU countries, a passport with at least 6 months of validity upon entry is essential. Additionally, some nationalities might need to fill out an Arrival Card upon arrival.

💪🏻Healthcare: Consider travel insurance that covers medical expenses abroad. 

💉Vaccination: Consult your healthcare provider for recommended vaccinations before your trip, considering potential risks like yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and typhoid, especially if exploring rural areas.

🚨Safety: Thailand is generally safe, but stay cautious against petty theft, use reliable transportation, respect local customs, ensure food safety, and follow natural hazard guidelines. Be cautious of overly friendly strangers offering unsolicited assistance or deals that seem too good to be true. Scammers might attempt to overcharge tourists or lead them to fraudulent activities.

💰Money: The Thai Baht (THB) is the official currency. Carry cash, and consider using a reliable currency exchange service like Revolut to avoid high fees.

📱SIM Card: It's easy to purchase prepaid SIM cards upon arrival at airports with AIS company: it works perfectly and you can share internet with others with hotspot. You can also buy Airalo eSIM directly from the app - it provides internet access but not a proper phone number.

🎒Luggage: I prefer traveling light to avoid checking in luggage. To ensure you do so while paying the minimum fair in Thailand, it's best to go with a backpack (that fits under the seat in front) and a funny pack or small bag. However, we used the trolley and had no trouble in avoiding checking it in. 

👗Clothes: You can wear almost every clothes, but for visiting temples ensure to go with long trousers/ skirt/ dress (covering knees) and T-shirts covering shoulders (especially in Bangkok).

🚗Transportation: For intercity travel, both flights and vans are convenient options. Even night trains! Within cities, taxis and tuk-tuks are available, but always negotiate fares before getting in. Utilizing the Grab app, a ride-hailing service similar to Uber, can help you book taxis in advance.

🥙Local Cuisine: Indulge in Thailand's rich culinary scene, renowned for its vibrant flavors. Sample iconic dishes like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Khao Soy (in Chiang Mai) and Green Curry. Don't shy away from trying street food, but prioritize vendors with a clean and bustling presence to ensure a delightful and safe experience

⭐️Highly recommend: you'll see some stars along the text. Well, pay attention to them since they are my top tips for the trip. 

💡Add-ons: find some additional options marked with a light bulb for you to tailor the trip to your preferences.

🙋🏽‍♀️Doubts?: If you have any questions you can reach me at my IG account.

Itinerary

BANGKOK & AYUTTHAYA

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival and Cultural Tastes

Arrive at Bangkok in the afternoon.

Bangkok
@skpaula
Bangkok, Thailand's dynamic capital, seamlessly merges ancient culture with contemporary energy. Explore revered temples, vibrant markets, and indulge in the city's diverse culinary scene. From historic landmarks to bustling streets, Bangkok's captivating blend of tradition and modernity ensures an unforgettable urban adventure.
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Check in at your hotel: Carlton Hotel in Sukhumvit.

Consider indulging in a traditional Thai massage at a local establishment near the hotel. ⭐️Take as much massages as you can!

Dinner at ⭐️Supanniga restaurant in Sathorn, offering delicious cuisine at reasonable prices.

After dinner, head to ⭐️Tichuka rooftop for captivating city views and delightful cocktails.

Day 2: Immersion in Bangkok's Culture

Explore the stunning ⭐️Grand Palace and marvel at the Reclining Buddha.

Embrace the vibrant atmosphere of ⭐️China Town, savoring the diverse street food offerings. You can eat a lot for less than 5€!

Evening dinner at ⭐️Anaconda, a nikkei restaurant for a fun-filled night.

Experience the exclusive ambiance of ⭐️Havana Social Club, a speakeasy-style nightclub.

Day 3: Venture to Ayutthaya's Rich History

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
@skpaula
Travel back in time to Ayutthaya, a place where ancient temples and captivating ruins tell stories of Thailand's rich history. Imagine exploring a UNESCO World Heritage site with intricate palaces, towering spires, and serene Buddha statues. Ayutthaya's charm lies in its ability to transport you to a bygone era, where you can wander among the remnants of a glorious past and uncover the secrets of a once-thriving kingdom.
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Embark on a day trip to ⭐️Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the captivating temples, including Wat Ratburana, Wat Maha That, Wat Phra Ram, and ⭐️Wat Chai Wattanaram.

If you go back to Bangkok, experience the thrilling Sky Walk rooftop and/or treat yoursefl at ⭐️Blue Elephant, one of Bangkok's best restaurants. 

💡If you decide to stay,pOpt for a tranquil evening stroll at Ayutthaya weekend Night Market if you stay overnight.

CHIANG MAI

Day 4: Exploring Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
@skpaula
Step into the enchanting realm of Chiang Mai, where ancient temples harmonize with vibrant markets. Imagine exploring centuries-old pagodas, savoring street food delights, and embracing the city's adventurous spirit through jungle treks and night bazaars. Chiang Mai's blend of tradition and modernity creates an immersive experience that captures the essence of Thailand's cultural tapestry.
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Fly to Chiang Mai early morning.

Check-in at De Chai the Deco Chiang Mai.

Explore the enchanting Old City of Chiang Mai and its different temples: Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Sing, Wat Mahawan, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Lok Moli, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Sri Suphan (Silver Temple). 

Join the ⭐️Thai Farm Cooking half day course to learn the secrets of Thai cuisine for dinner.

Thai Farm Cooking School
@skpaula
At the Thai Farm Cooking School in Chiang Mai, you'll discover the essence of Thai cuisine. Learn to create classic dishes in a serene farm setting, from shopping at local markets to mastering traditional recipes. This culinary experience offers a flavorful immersion into Thailand's food culture, making it a must-do for anyone eager to explore the world of Thai cooking.
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Day 5: Cultural Exploration and Elephant Encounter

Continue your exploration of Chiang Mai's Old City, visiting the historic ⭐️Wat Chiang Man.

Engage in an immersive experience at ⭐️Patara Elephant Farm, where you'll interact with and care for elephants.

Patara Elephant Farm
@skpaula
Patara Elephant Farm offers a heartwarming and educational encounter with elephants. Walking, feeding, and bathing these majestic animals in a responsible and natural environment creates a genuine connection. This ethical experience promotes conservation and leaves you with lasting memories of your meaningful interaction with these incredible creatures.
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Attend an authentic ⭐️Muay Thai fight in the evening.

Day 6: Surrounding Wonders

Join a half-day tour to ⭐️Doi Suthep and admire its magnificent temple. I would not recommend adding Hmong Village to this tour - very touristy in my opinion. 

Doi Suthep
@skpaula
Located near Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep is a revered mountain hosting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a striking temple adorned with intricate carvings and a golden chedi. Accessible via a staircase, the temple offers panoramic views of Chiang Mai city. Its historical and spiritual significance makes it a must-visit destination for those seeking cultural insights and stunning vistas.
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Indulge in a rejuvenating Thai massage.

Delight in the vibrant atmosphere of ⭐️ Chiang Mai Night Market at Ploen Ruedee, savoring Khao Soi and live music.

💡More days? 

- 1 day trip to Mae Taeng y Huai Nam Dang National Park: rice fields    

Huai Nam Dang National Park
@skpaula
In Mae Taeng and Huai Nam Dang National Park you'll find lush hills, crystal-clear rivers, and dense forests perfect for hiking and camping. A nature lover's paradise, with waterfalls that sing and indigenous cultures that add a touch of authenticity to your adventure.
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- ⭐️1 day tri Chiang Dao National Park with Bua Tong Waterfall    

Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
@skpaula
Up north, Chiang Dao National offers majestic landscapes, cool caves, and, the star of the show, Bua Tong Waterfall. Unlike other falls, you can climb up its terraced steps without slipping, which feels like a giant nature playground. Imagine exploring this wild wonderland, surrounded by nature's finest.
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- 1 or 2 days in Chiang Rai to see the white pagod 

Chiang Rai
@skpaula
Chiang Rai's main hihglighs ate The White Temple and Blue Temple. From vibrant markets to lively festivals, Chiang Rai is a vibrant mix of experiences you won't forget.
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-⭐️ 2 days in Pai and enjiy slow life

Pai
@skpaula
Tucked into the northern mountains, Pai is a little haven that both chill-seekers and adventure lovers adore. Imagine soaking in natural hot springs, chasing waterfalls, and soaking up stunning views. Pai's night markets are buzzing with life, and the food is a flavor explosion.
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KRABI

Day 7: Island Adventure and Sunset Splendor

Krabi
@skpaula
Krabi, a scenic province in southern Thailand, is famed for its stunning beaches and limestone formations. Ao Nang, a bustling beach town, serves as a vibrant hub for island excursions, with its own picturesque beachfront lined with shops and eateries. From here, you can explore captivating destinations like Railay Beach and Phi Phi Islands, making Ao Nang a captivating starting point for both relaxation and adventure.
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Fly to Krabi early morning.

Check-in at ⭐Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort.

Begin your Krabi journey with relaxation and a quick meal.

Embark on a mesmerizing 7 island Sunset tour, reveling in the beauty of the islands and snorkeling opportunities.

Day 8: Railay Bliss

Railay Beach
@skpaula
Railay Beach, a secluded haven accessible only by boat, boasts stunning limestone cliffs and clear waters. With rock climbing, hiking trails, and hidden caves, Railay offers an adventurer's paradise. As the sun sets, the beach transforms into a peaceful retreat, inviting travelers to bask in natural beauty.
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Take a long tail boat to ⭐Railay beach and caves from Ao Nang and explore Railay beach and its captivating caves.

Enjoy fire spectacle in the beach. 

Day 9: Scenic Views and Relaxation

Hong Island
@skpaula
Hong Island, a hidden gem near Krabi, unfolds like a paradise untouched by time. Imagine turquoise lagoons surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. As you explore its emerald waters, you'll be enchanted by the vibrant marine life while snorkeling or swimming. The highlight is the "room" or lagoon enclosed by cliffs, creating a serene sanctuary. Hong Island is a tranquil escape for nature lovers seeking to immerse themselves in Thailand's coastal beauty.
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Opt for the ⭐️Hong Island tour, for enjoying a lovely beach, with breathtaking views from Hong's viewpoint.

Recharge with a tranquil sunset and cocktails, possibly at the hotel's viewpoint or the beach.

Enjoy an Oil Aroma Massage for ultimate relaxation.

Treat yourself to dinner at ⭐️Cafe 8.98.

💡More days? 

- Phi Phi 1 day tour

Phi Phi Islands
@skpaula
The Phi Phi Islands, an iconic archipelago, captivate with their pristine beaches and vibrant underwater world. Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh offer lively nightlife and serene coves, while Maya Bay's beauty enchants visitors. Whether seeking parties or relaxation, the Phi Phi Islands promise a quintessential tropical getaway.
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- Krabi Short Earth Tour: Hiking in Wat Tham Sua or Tiger Cave Temple (physically demanding), Ride to Emerald Pool located inside Thung Teao Forest Natural Park and Dip into Klong Thom Hot Springs.  Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are the most famous landmarks in Krabi, they sit either side of the river and are a real natural wonder.    - Klong Thom Hot Springs    

- You can also find Thai Cooking courses and Elephant riding, although they are cheapper in Chiang Mai

- You explore other farther areas like  ⭐Ko Lipe, ⭐Surin & Similan. These are both very good spots for diving. 

Ko Lipe
@skpaula
Ko Lipe, nestled in the Andaman Sea, boasts pristine beaches and clear waters perfect for snorkeling. With a relaxed atmosphere, charming streets, and stunning sunsets, it's a paradise for beach lovers seeking tranquility and natural beauty.
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Similan Islands
@skpaula
The Surin and Similan Islands are aquatic paradises, renowned for their vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. Diving and snorkeling here offer unforgettable encounters with Thailand's underwater treasures, featuring stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity.
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KHAO SOK & BACK HOME

Day 10: Getting to Khao Sok

Khao Sok National Park
@skpaula
Khao Sok is a captivating blend of ancient rainforests and striking mountains. Picture serene Cheow Lan Lake and lush jungle treks leading to waterfalls. This nature haven offers diverse ecosystems, from limestone caves to tranquil lake bungalows, creating a mesmerizing retreat for nature enthusiasts.
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Take a Van to Khao Sok (5hs). 

Check in at Khao Sok River Home Resort.

Do a quick hike through the forest. 

Day 11: Exploring Khao Sok

Take a one day trip into ⭐️Khao Sok's nature with the Cheow Lan Lake tour. 

Day 12: Returning to Bangkok and Home

Take early flight back to Bangkok and home. 

💡OTHER PLACES TO CONSIDER

If you have more time or you are at a different time of the year, consider:

- ⭐Ko Tao, also good for diving (better in june-august) 

Ko Tao
@skpaula
Ko Tao, nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, beckons with its clear waters and rich marine biodiversity. Imagine diving into vibrant coral reefs and lounging on stunning beaches like Sairee Beach. This island paradise is a haven for relaxation and water adventures, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and marine exploration.
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- ⭐️Koh Chang, Koh Kut, Koh Mak islands: beautiful beaches not so far away from Bangkok. Koh Kood not crowded.

Koh Chang Island
@skpaula
The trio of Koh Chang, Koh Kut, and Koh Mak islands offer diverse experiences in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Chang boasts vibrant beaches, Koh Kut offers unspoiled beauty, and Koh Mak provides a tranquil retreat. These islands combine adventure and relaxation, showcasing Thailand's island charm in distinct ways.
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Thailand in 12 days
This carefully curated itinerary of Thailand ensures an unforgettable experience, from the bustling streets of Bangkok and the enchanting corners of Chiang Mai to the tranquil shores of Krabi and the natural paradise of Khao Sok. Check itinerary recommendations, hotels and dining spots.
19 Places • 5 Saves • ago
Free

Thailand

Embark on a captivating journey through the diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Thailand in just 12 days. However, if you have more time, no worries - I got you covered with additional recommendations I have been adding to this guide. 

This carefully curated itinerary ensures an unforgettable experience, from the bustling streets of Bangkok and the enchanting corners of Chiang Mai to the tranquil shores of Krabi and the natural paradise of Khao Sok. Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of each destination, savoring local flavors, exploring historical treasures, and engaging with Thailand's unique traditions.

Index

General recommendations

Itinerary

- Day 1-3: Bangkok & Ayutthaya

- Day 4-6: Chiang Mai

- Day 7-9: Krabi

- Day 10-12: Khao Sok and back home

General recommendations

📅When was I there? December 2022 - Itinierary revised in 2023.

☀️Weather: Thailand boasts a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. November to February offers pleasant temperatures and clear skies, making it an ideal time to visit. However, you should check area by area since the climate might vary. 

✅Visa: Check the visa requirements based on your nationality and travel purpose before heading to Thailand. For many travelers, including citizens of EU countries, a passport with at least 6 months of validity upon entry is essential. Additionally, some nationalities might need to fill out an Arrival Card upon arrival.

💪🏻Healthcare: Consider travel insurance that covers medical expenses abroad. 

💉Vaccination: Consult your healthcare provider for recommended vaccinations before your trip, considering potential risks like yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and typhoid, especially if exploring rural areas.

🚨Safety: Thailand is generally safe, but stay cautious against petty theft, use reliable transportation, respect local customs, ensure food safety, and follow natural hazard guidelines. Be cautious of overly friendly strangers offering unsolicited assistance or deals that seem too good to be true. Scammers might attempt to overcharge tourists or lead them to fraudulent activities.

💰Money: The Thai Baht (THB) is the official currency. Carry cash, and consider using a reliable currency exchange service like Revolut to avoid high fees.

📱SIM Card: It's easy to purchase prepaid SIM cards upon arrival at airports with AIS company: it works perfectly and you can share internet with others with hotspot. You can also buy Airalo eSIM directly from the app - it provides internet access but not a proper phone number.

🎒Luggage: I prefer traveling light to avoid checking in luggage. To ensure you do so while paying the minimum fair in Thailand, it's best to go with a backpack (that fits under the seat in front) and a funny pack or small bag. However, we used the trolley and had no trouble in avoiding checking it in. 

👗Clothes: You can wear almost every clothes, but for visiting temples ensure to go with long trousers/ skirt/ dress (covering knees) and T-shirts covering shoulders (especially in Bangkok).

🚗Transportation: For intercity travel, both flights and vans are convenient options. Even night trains! Within cities, taxis and tuk-tuks are available, but always negotiate fares before getting in. Utilizing the Grab app, a ride-hailing service similar to Uber, can help you book taxis in advance.

🥙Local Cuisine: Indulge in Thailand's rich culinary scene, renowned for its vibrant flavors. Sample iconic dishes like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, Khao Soy (in Chiang Mai) and Green Curry. Don't shy away from trying street food, but prioritize vendors with a clean and bustling presence to ensure a delightful and safe experience

⭐️Highly recommend: you'll see some stars along the text. Well, pay attention to them since they are my top tips for the trip. 

💡Add-ons: find some additional options marked with a light bulb for you to tailor the trip to your preferences.

🙋🏽‍♀️Doubts?: If you have any questions you can reach me at my IG account.

Itinerary

BANGKOK & AYUTTHAYA

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival and Cultural Tastes

Arrive at Bangkok in the afternoon.

Bangkok
@skpaula
Bangkok, Thailand's dynamic capital, seamlessly merges ancient culture with contemporary energy. Explore revered temples, vibrant markets, and indulge in the city's diverse culinary scene. From historic landmarks to bustling streets, Bangkok's captivating blend of tradition and modernity ensures an unforgettable urban adventure.
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Check in at your hotel: Carlton Hotel in Sukhumvit.

Consider indulging in a traditional Thai massage at a local establishment near the hotel. ⭐️Take as much massages as you can!

Dinner at ⭐️Supanniga restaurant in Sathorn, offering delicious cuisine at reasonable prices.

After dinner, head to ⭐️Tichuka rooftop for captivating city views and delightful cocktails.

Day 2: Immersion in Bangkok's Culture

Explore the stunning ⭐️Grand Palace and marvel at the Reclining Buddha.

Embrace the vibrant atmosphere of ⭐️China Town, savoring the diverse street food offerings. You can eat a lot for less than 5€!

Evening dinner at ⭐️Anaconda, a nikkei restaurant for a fun-filled night.

Experience the exclusive ambiance of ⭐️Havana Social Club, a speakeasy-style nightclub.

Day 3: Venture to Ayutthaya's Rich History

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
@skpaula
Travel back in time to Ayutthaya, a place where ancient temples and captivating ruins tell stories of Thailand's rich history. Imagine exploring a UNESCO World Heritage site with intricate palaces, towering spires, and serene Buddha statues. Ayutthaya's charm lies in its ability to transport you to a bygone era, where you can wander among the remnants of a glorious past and uncover the secrets of a once-thriving kingdom.
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Embark on a day trip to ⭐️Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the captivating temples, including Wat Ratburana, Wat Maha That, Wat Phra Ram, and ⭐️Wat Chai Wattanaram.

If you go back to Bangkok, experience the thrilling Sky Walk rooftop and/or treat yoursefl at ⭐️Blue Elephant, one of Bangkok's best restaurants. 

💡If you decide to stay,pOpt for a tranquil evening stroll at Ayutthaya weekend Night Market if you stay overnight.

CHIANG MAI

Day 4: Exploring Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
@skpaula
Step into the enchanting realm of Chiang Mai, where ancient temples harmonize with vibrant markets. Imagine exploring centuries-old pagodas, savoring street food delights, and embracing the city's adventurous spirit through jungle treks and night bazaars. Chiang Mai's blend of tradition and modernity creates an immersive experience that captures the essence of Thailand's cultural tapestry.
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Fly to Chiang Mai early morning.

Check-in at De Chai the Deco Chiang Mai.

Explore the enchanting Old City of Chiang Mai and its different temples: Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Sing, Wat Mahawan, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Lok Moli, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Sri Suphan (Silver Temple). 

Join the ⭐️Thai Farm Cooking half day course to learn the secrets of Thai cuisine for dinner.

Thai Farm Cooking School
@skpaula
At the Thai Farm Cooking School in Chiang Mai, you'll discover the essence of Thai cuisine. Learn to create classic dishes in a serene farm setting, from shopping at local markets to mastering traditional recipes. This culinary experience offers a flavorful immersion into Thailand's food culture, making it a must-do for anyone eager to explore the world of Thai cooking.
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Day 5: Cultural Exploration and Elephant Encounter

Continue your exploration of Chiang Mai's Old City, visiting the historic ⭐️Wat Chiang Man.

Engage in an immersive experience at ⭐️Patara Elephant Farm, where you'll interact with and care for elephants.

Patara Elephant Farm
@skpaula
Patara Elephant Farm offers a heartwarming and educational encounter with elephants. Walking, feeding, and bathing these majestic animals in a responsible and natural environment creates a genuine connection. This ethical experience promotes conservation and leaves you with lasting memories of your meaningful interaction with these incredible creatures.
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Attend an authentic ⭐️Muay Thai fight in the evening.

Day 6: Surrounding Wonders

Join a half-day tour to ⭐️Doi Suthep and admire its magnificent temple. I would not recommend adding Hmong Village to this tour - very touristy in my opinion. 

Doi Suthep
@skpaula
Located near Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep is a revered mountain hosting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a striking temple adorned with intricate carvings and a golden chedi. Accessible via a staircase, the temple offers panoramic views of Chiang Mai city. Its historical and spiritual significance makes it a must-visit destination for those seeking cultural insights and stunning vistas.
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Indulge in a rejuvenating Thai massage.

Delight in the vibrant atmosphere of ⭐️ Chiang Mai Night Market at Ploen Ruedee, savoring Khao Soi and live music.

💡More days? 

- 1 day trip to Mae Taeng y Huai Nam Dang National Park: rice fields    

Huai Nam Dang National Park
@skpaula
In Mae Taeng and Huai Nam Dang National Park you'll find lush hills, crystal-clear rivers, and dense forests perfect for hiking and camping. A nature lover's paradise, with waterfalls that sing and indigenous cultures that add a touch of authenticity to your adventure.
Add to
Details

- ⭐️1 day tri Chiang Dao National Park with Bua Tong Waterfall    

Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
@skpaula
Up north, Chiang Dao National offers majestic landscapes, cool caves, and, the star of the show, Bua Tong Waterfall. Unlike other falls, you can climb up its terraced steps without slipping, which feels like a giant nature playground. Imagine exploring this wild wonderland, surrounded by nature's finest.
Add to
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- 1 or 2 days in Chiang Rai to see the white pagod 

Chiang Rai
@skpaula
Chiang Rai's main hihglighs ate The White Temple and Blue Temple. From vibrant markets to lively festivals, Chiang Rai is a vibrant mix of experiences you won't forget.
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-⭐️ 2 days in Pai and enjiy slow life

Pai
@skpaula
Tucked into the northern mountains, Pai is a little haven that both chill-seekers and adventure lovers adore. Imagine soaking in natural hot springs, chasing waterfalls, and soaking up stunning views. Pai's night markets are buzzing with life, and the food is a flavor explosion.
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KRABI

Day 7: Island Adventure and Sunset Splendor

Krabi
@skpaula
Krabi, a scenic province in southern Thailand, is famed for its stunning beaches and limestone formations. Ao Nang, a bustling beach town, serves as a vibrant hub for island excursions, with its own picturesque beachfront lined with shops and eateries. From here, you can explore captivating destinations like Railay Beach and Phi Phi Islands, making Ao Nang a captivating starting point for both relaxation and adventure.
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Fly to Krabi early morning.

Check-in at ⭐Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort.

Begin your Krabi journey with relaxation and a quick meal.

Embark on a mesmerizing 7 island Sunset tour, reveling in the beauty of the islands and snorkeling opportunities.

Day 8: Railay Bliss

Railay Beach
@skpaula
Railay Beach, a secluded haven accessible only by boat, boasts stunning limestone cliffs and clear waters. With rock climbing, hiking trails, and hidden caves, Railay offers an adventurer's paradise. As the sun sets, the beach transforms into a peaceful retreat, inviting travelers to bask in natural beauty.
Add to
Details

Take a long tail boat to ⭐Railay beach and caves from Ao Nang and explore Railay beach and its captivating caves.

Enjoy fire spectacle in the beach. 

Day 9: Scenic Views and Relaxation

Hong Island
@skpaula
Hong Island, a hidden gem near Krabi, unfolds like a paradise untouched by time. Imagine turquoise lagoons surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and lush vegetation. As you explore its emerald waters, you'll be enchanted by the vibrant marine life while snorkeling or swimming. The highlight is the "room" or lagoon enclosed by cliffs, creating a serene sanctuary. Hong Island is a tranquil escape for nature lovers seeking to immerse themselves in Thailand's coastal beauty.
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Opt for the ⭐️Hong Island tour, for enjoying a lovely beach, with breathtaking views from Hong's viewpoint.

Recharge with a tranquil sunset and cocktails, possibly at the hotel's viewpoint or the beach.

Enjoy an Oil Aroma Massage for ultimate relaxation.

Treat yourself to dinner at ⭐️Cafe 8.98.

💡More days? 

- Phi Phi 1 day tour

Phi Phi Islands
@skpaula
The Phi Phi Islands, an iconic archipelago, captivate with their pristine beaches and vibrant underwater world. Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh offer lively nightlife and serene coves, while Maya Bay's beauty enchants visitors. Whether seeking parties or relaxation, the Phi Phi Islands promise a quintessential tropical getaway.
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- Krabi Short Earth Tour: Hiking in Wat Tham Sua or Tiger Cave Temple (physically demanding), Ride to Emerald Pool located inside Thung Teao Forest Natural Park and Dip into Klong Thom Hot Springs.  Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are the most famous landmarks in Krabi, they sit either side of the river and are a real natural wonder.    - Klong Thom Hot Springs    

- You can also find Thai Cooking courses and Elephant riding, although they are cheapper in Chiang Mai

- You explore other farther areas like  ⭐Ko Lipe, ⭐Surin & Similan. These are both very good spots for diving. 

Ko Lipe
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Ko Lipe, nestled in the Andaman Sea, boasts pristine beaches and clear waters perfect for snorkeling. With a relaxed atmosphere, charming streets, and stunning sunsets, it's a paradise for beach lovers seeking tranquility and natural beauty.
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Similan Islands
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The Surin and Similan Islands are aquatic paradises, renowned for their vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. Diving and snorkeling here offer unforgettable encounters with Thailand's underwater treasures, featuring stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity.
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KHAO SOK & BACK HOME

Day 10: Getting to Khao Sok

Khao Sok National Park
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Khao Sok is a captivating blend of ancient rainforests and striking mountains. Picture serene Cheow Lan Lake and lush jungle treks leading to waterfalls. This nature haven offers diverse ecosystems, from limestone caves to tranquil lake bungalows, creating a mesmerizing retreat for nature enthusiasts.
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Take a Van to Khao Sok (5hs). 

Check in at Khao Sok River Home Resort.

Do a quick hike through the forest. 

Day 11: Exploring Khao Sok

Take a one day trip into ⭐️Khao Sok's nature with the Cheow Lan Lake tour. 

Day 12: Returning to Bangkok and Home

Take early flight back to Bangkok and home. 

💡OTHER PLACES TO CONSIDER

If you have more time or you are at a different time of the year, consider:

- ⭐Ko Tao, also good for diving (better in june-august) 

Ko Tao
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Ko Tao, nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, beckons with its clear waters and rich marine biodiversity. Imagine diving into vibrant coral reefs and lounging on stunning beaches like Sairee Beach. This island paradise is a haven for relaxation and water adventures, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty and marine exploration.
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- ⭐️Koh Chang, Koh Kut, Koh Mak islands: beautiful beaches not so far away from Bangkok. Koh Kood not crowded.

Koh Chang Island
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The trio of Koh Chang, Koh Kut, and Koh Mak islands offer diverse experiences in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Chang boasts vibrant beaches, Koh Kut offers unspoiled beauty, and Koh Mak provides a tranquil retreat. These islands combine adventure and relaxation, showcasing Thailand's island charm in distinct ways.
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