A Short Guide for Your First Thailand Trip

Famous for its dynamic cities, stunning natural landscapes, and rich culture, it’s no surprise that Thailand is among the top countries to visit in Southeast Asia. If you’re looking to visit its incredible beaches and see its magnificent landmarks, check out some of our suggestions below.

What places should I visit first?

There are so many beautiful places to visit in the country, that’s for sure. But here, we’ll give out a seven-day itinerary that you can follow:

Day 1: Phuket – This island province is a perfect nature getaway if you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle. You can relax at Karon beach or visit the world-famous Big Buddha. The place is perfect if you want to explore the underwater or zip line across the lush forests. In Phuket city, you can explore the Thai Hua Museum and Chinpracha Mansion.

Day 2: Bangkok – Known as the hub of Thailand, this beast is the perfect example of a bustling city where you can experience a canal boat ride and see their floating markets up close. These are the canal routes of the Chao Phraya River, which is known as the Venice of East. Other fascinating landmarks include the ancient Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and Grand Palace.

Day 3: Chiang Mai – Visit Khun Tan range’s picturesque landscape that will blow your mind. It houses several elephant sanctuaries and the amazing structure of the Buddhist temple Wat Doi Suthep. You can also go cruising on the Mai Ping River, which offers great insight into rural life and local livelihoods.

Day 4: Ko Pha Ngan – Another mesmerizing island in Thailand. The place is best for people who love tranquility and explore the waters. You can go on a diving trip or day-long snorkeling. Other spots to see are the beautiful Sramonora waterfall and stunning beaches such as Thong Nai Pan Yai, Hat Rin, and Haad Salad.

Day 5: Pai – The location is famous for its stunning canyon, winding roads, and mesmerizing lush fields. Named after the Pai river, it boasts eateries serving the traditional Yunnan cuisine and local clay houses on the Pai Walking Street. It also houses the ancient culture of the Kayan tribe, characterized by women who wear metal rings around their necks. Entry to their villages is prohibited, but there are locals selling souvenirs and knick-knacks.

Day 6: Kho Phi Phi – Known for stunningly beautiful Maya Bay that houses several beaches. It is the location of Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Beach. You can also visit the Viking cakes on your boat trip. It’s important to note that visiting such islands and beaches may be a bit expensive than touring on the mainland.

Day 7: Pattaya – This symbolic city is the home of the intricately carved wooden structure of the Sanctuary of Truth, which holds religious significance for Hindus and Buddhists. Other amazing attractions to see are the Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Underwater World Pattaya, and Pattaya Floating Market.

Where can I stay?

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If you’re craving luxurious accommodation, then the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn in Bangkok is worth checking out. This posh five-star hotel boasts its outdoor infinity pool, spacious rooms, high-end business center, international restaurants, and a fully equipped fitness center.

If you’re looking for affordable yet classy offerings like beautiful hostels, Chiang Mai’s accommodations are perfect. One of these is The Wing Boutique Hotel, characterized by its minimalist interior and calming ambiance. They have a sun terrace where guests can relax and a modern ensuite bathroom too.

What’s the best time to visit?

You’d want to visit Thailand during the cool and dry season when the temperature ranges from 29°C to 34°C. This is between November to early April. Still, you can visit all year round as climate actually various throughout Thailand. If you’re planning to go to the north during the high season, you might want to bring warm clothing as temperatures can quickly drop in during the night.

In the south, the climate differs between western and eastern coasts. If you love snorkeling and diving, visiting the west coast during winter is best. The east coast’s weather is good for most of the year.

If you’re more concerned about the festivals and events in Thailand, here’s a list of some of them:

  • Chiang Mai Flower Festival – February (first weekend)
  • Songkran (Thailand’s traditional New Year’s Day) – April
  • Vegetarian Festival in Phuket – October
  • Loy Krathong – November

With its famed beaches, lush jungles, amazing food, and affordable markets, it’s a MUST to include Thailand in your travel goals! You can experience a luxurious trip with their fancy beach resorts or backpack on the mainland if you’re on a limited budget. Regardless of your budget, Thailand has plenty to offer to you!