The Only 15 Day Itinerary to Thailand That You Need!

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Thailand is a favourite foreign destination among Indian tourists, and for good reason–it is easy on the pocket and it’s the ultimate party hub. All this is fused with beautiful sights of pristine beaches and islands, some of which rank best in the world. So if you want a vacation that packs in all kinds of fun, here’s a two-week itinerary which is your ultimate guide to having the most memorable time in Thailand.

Day 1: Arrive at Bangkok

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok is an eclectic combination of the modern and traditional. Home to the royal family, Bangkok boasts of delightful architecture, wats and palaces. At the same time, it has some of the best bars, shopping hubs and malls, making the capital a happening destination, ideal for every kind of traveller

Places to visit:

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Photo of The Grand Palace, ถนน หน้าพระลาน แขวงพระบรมมหาราชวัง Phra Nakhon, กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand by Saumiabee

Start your day with a visit to The Grand Palace which serves as the seat of the world-famous Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is a massive complex with delightful architectural structure. Take a walk through these imposing structures and peep into Thailand’s royal life, their rich history and traditions.

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Photo of ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, Charoen Krung Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, กรุงเทพมหานคร Thailand by Saumiabee

This is a river front arena that is a spectacle to witness during sunset. Asiatique comprises of numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and is also great for street shopping, especially to take mementos back home. As you enter Asiatique, shops are lined on both sides, selling famous Thai orgnanic scented soaps, high-end fashion and little trinkets. You can also enjoy a cruise along the river, enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel or end your day with a massage. Do have a meal at Baan Kanita By The River, which offers view of the river and serves amazing salads. 

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Photo of The Dome at State Tower, 1055 State Tower, Silom Rd Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand by Saumiabee

Alfresco 64, located at Lebua the State Tower is Bangkok’s finest rooftop bar, situated at a whopping height of 800ft. ie. on the 64th floor! This is the highest rooftop whiskey bar in the entire world. The bar overlooks the skyline of Bangkok, making for a fantastic view and a groovy time. During evenings, there is a live jazz band that plays by a balcony located high up. This is sure to be the best experience of your trip in Bangkok.

Day 2:

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Photo of Platinum fashion mall, Phetchaburi Road, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand by Saumiabee

This is a 6-floor mega-mall that specialises in retail and wholesale clothes, fashion jewellery, make-up, shoes, bags and every other fashion need that you may have. At Platinum, each floor is dedicated to a certain kind of product, and it goes without saying that you can easily spend your entire day here without getting bored. You’ll find the latest of fashion trends at extremely affordable prices. If you get hungry, there are tonnes of stalls located outside the mall where you can eat, along with chains like McDonalds and KFC. 

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Photo of Khaosan Road, Talat Yot, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by Saumiabee

This is the most happening night street in Bangkok that is well-known among backpackers and those who want a typical Bangkok experience. The street is lined with numerous open restaurants and bars. Here you’ll find the craziest of stuff like laughing gas being sold at ₹30, a bucket (served in literally a bucket) of mixed drinks at only ₹200 and drinking and music competitions at every bar. There are also various spas located after every bar, so when you get tired of drinking, you can get a massage and get ready to paint the town red again. Parallel to Khao San, is a street which is ideal if you’re into live bands, there’s a different rock or Jazz band playing at every bar, prefect for a laid back evening.

Getting around:

Taxis are easily available throughout Bangkok, you can also use the well-connected metro to travel across the city.

How to get here:

There are various airlines like Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet and THAI airlines that connect Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok; prices start at only ₹7,000

Where to stay:

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Photo of Siri Poshtel Bangkok, Phraeng Sanphasat Road, San Chao Pho Sua, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand by Saumiabee

At Siri poshtel, alongside an array of rooms to choose from, there are services like a full-fledged cafe, common room, television and laundry service. Located at a prime location, almost all the main sight-seeing spots are a tuk-tuk ride away from here. Moreover, Siri poshtel is only a short walk away from Khao San Road, the party hub of Bangkok, so of course it gets some bonus points just for that!

Day 3: Leave for Pattaya

This is the closest beach destination to Bangkok located just 2 hours' drive away (147km) from the capital. The best and cheapest option is to take a bus from Ekkamai BTS station on Sukhumvit Road at Soi 63 which will cost you only 117tbh ie. approximately ₹250 only! Buses leave every thirty minutes, starting from 5:30 am - 12 am.

Things to Do:

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Photo of Pattaya Floating Market Train Station, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand by Saumiabee

Pattaya Floating Market This is a massive 100,000sqm arena that comprises of more than a hundred stalls selling souvenirs, art, and handicrafts. Get around this floating market on a boat, and access shops through connecting bridges, this is truly a unique shopping experience .

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Photo of Pattaya Beach, Satun, Thailand by Saumiabee

This 4km long beach is a must-visit while in Pattaya. Spend the day here sunbathing, jet skiing or enjoying pristine waters of the beach. Enjoy a variety of cuisines at various cafes, restaurants, shacks located right at the beach.

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Photo of Khao Chi Chan Buddha, Soi Khao Chi Chan, Na Chom Thian, Sattahip District, Chon Buri, Thailand by Saumiabee

This is one of the largest Buddha carvings in the world. The carving is embossed in gold on a limestone mountain that is as tall as 130m and spans across 70m in width. The mountain is a sight to behold, complimented by beautiful landscaping that has been done around the mountain. There’s a lake right in front of the mountain and breathtaking gardens where you can saunter along. Located 6km from Sukhumvit road, a cab ride to Buddha Mountain will cost you 500tbh ie.₹1,000

Day 4: Day trip to Koh Larn

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Photo of Koh Larn Island, Beach, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand by Saumiabee

This is a coral island that is located a ferry ride away from Pattaya Beach, away from mainstream crowds and chaos of Pattaya. Plan to reach Koh Larn in the morning so that you have enough time to explore the island through the day. This island is ideal for those looking for a quiet, serene and paradise-like retreat. Here, you can explore adventure activities like speedboat riding, jet skiing, banana boat ride and parasailing. The water around the island is sparkling blue, thus making it ideal for snorkelling. If you just want to relax, you can spend the day sun-bathing, getting your hair braided or getting your body tattooed in henna.

Return to Pattaya by evening.

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Photo of Walking Street, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand by Saumiabee

At night, you can visit the walking street, which is located at the end of Pattaya Beach road. This walking street is lined with nightclubs, bar, restaurants, and witnesses various kinds of street performances. This is one of Thailand’s most famous streets, so plan to reach by 6pm, when the street comes alive and party till wee hours of the night.

Where to stay:

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Photo of Citrus Parc Hotel Pattaya by Compass Hospitality, Thap Phraya 12, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand by Saumiabee

Located only 10 minutes' drive from Pattaya Walking Street, Citrus Parc Hotel is affordable, and yet offers luxuries like a pool-side bar, rooftop bar and ideal vacation rooms. Room prices range between ₹3500 - ₹6000 (breakfast not included).

Day 5: Leave for Phuket

Phuket is Thailand’s largest and most visited island, famous for its pristine beaches and mountains. There are about 30 beaches, located along the western shore that you can choose from. The best option is to take a flight from U-Tapao International Airport, Pattaya to Phuket International Airport, Phuket. Tickets can range anywhere between ₹1500 - ₹3500.

Places to Visit:

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Photo of Phang Nga Bay, Thailand by Saumiabee

This bay offers sights of a unique landscape that is going to be one that you’ll remember forever. The emerald green waters of the bay sport tall limestone cliffs that jut out of it. A boat ride through Phand Nga Bay thus, must be on your bucket list. Explore caves and hongs as you tour across the bay; these hongs are rich in untouched flora and fauna and make for bewildering sights.

You can also visit James Bond Island which gained prominence after the 'Man With the Golden Sun' was shot here. From James Bond island, you can take a bus to Koh Panyee. Koh Panyee is a quaint village that is abundant in handcrafts, sea-facing restaurants and shacks where you can enjoy authentic Thai sea-food.

In the evening, you can soar though the famous night-market located in Patong. Here, you can buy super-cheap souvenirs, mementos and handcrafts to take back home. The night market is also lined with bas, restaurants and pubs where you can sway to music and watch street performances

Day 6: Day Trip to Krabi and Phi Phi

Leave early morning to visit the highly famed Krabi and Phi-Phi islands that are must-visits from Phuket.

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Photo of Krabi, Thailand by Saumiabee

Krabi’s wild landscape lies in stark contrast to Phuket’s manicured beaches and thus, takes you closer to unadulterated nature. You can book a seat from Phuket-Krabi in a government-run bus that will charge only 200tbh (₹400) for this 4 hour journey. You can also hire a cab, which will cost you about 3000-4000 tbh (₹6000-₹8000). Once at Krabi, you can take a ferry ride along to its various beaches.

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Photo of Phi Phi Islands, Krabi, Thailand by Saumiabee

From Krabi, lies Thailand’s second largest island, Phi Phi island, which is a must-visit. This is an uninhabited island with coral seas, dreamy, sandy beaches and clifftops covered in foliage; Phi Phi is a heaven right out of your dreams. You can opt for an organised Phi Phi boat tour, which can be settled either at Phuket or once you’re at Phi Phi. At Phi-Phi, you must try deep sea diving which is an activity of prime attraction. You can choose from King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point and Anemone Reef diving points that are renowned for their professional instructors and equipment.

Return to Phuket by night.

Where to stay:

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Photo of Le Hua, Montri Road, Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand by Saumiabee

This quaint property is located in Old Phuket town, providing you an experience of an old world charm. While you hop around from island to island, this property will serve as a peaceful and quiet haven. The continental breakfast at Le Hua is a top favourite among guests. Prices range only from ₹1500- ₹1700 (breakfast included)

Day 7: Chiang Mai

After extensive island hopping, you are bound to be tired the sun, salt and water; so a trip to the mountains would do you good. Chiang Mai, Thailand's second largest city, with mountains that are as majestic as the lagoons of Krabi. It is know as the Rse Take an early morning flight from Phuket International Airport to Chiang Mai International Airport which costs ₹4500 onwards.

Places to Visit:

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Photo of Wat Chedi Luang, Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Saumiabee

Spend the day exploring the Old City; the architecture is unique and different from any other place in Thailand that you may have visited. Wat Chedi Luang, a 14th century Buddhist temple. It is renowned for hosting the Phra Yok, a black, Jade statue of the Buddha. Wat Chedi comprises of two more temples that you can spend your afternoon exploring.

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Photo of Chiang Mai Night Market, Rachadamnoen Rd, Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Saumiabee

By evening, take a stroll along the night market where you can shop for mementos, clothes, get a massage and eat at the numerous restaurants and cafes the market has to offer. The night market bustles with life and is an experience you cannot have in India. It remains open from 4pm - 12am.

Day 8:

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Photo of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Road Su Thep, Chiang Mai Thailand by Saumiabee

Visit Wat Phra Doi Suthep which is one of the most sacred monastries in North-Thailand. Located on a mountain top that is about 15km from Chiang Mai, this temple is a magnificent exemplum of Thailand architecture. It is flanked by seven snape-heads that line the temple's entrance. What's even more exciting is that you need to climb about 306 steps to get to the temple, however, the effort is totally worth it for the beautiful views it provides of Chiang Mai city.

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Photo of Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo, Moo 12, Nong Kwai, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Saumiabee

By night, you can take the Chiang Mai Night Safari which is something everyone of all ages will enjoy. This Safari is not a mainstream safari through jungles, but it organises various shows where you can experience wildlife like bear, smooth-coated otter, porcupine, wild boar, hyenas, tigers and lions. Although this is open throughout the day, it is best to take safaris through 5pm-10pm.

Where to stay:

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Photo of The Grand Napat Serviced Apartment Chiangmai, Muen Saddam Prat Road Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Saumiabee

Located right in the middle of Chiang Mai city, The Grand Napat is an opulent listing that is close to the airport, walking street and most tourist attractions of the city. The hotel has an outdoor pool, done up in modern interiors and serves American and Thai cuisines. Cost of a room at The Grand Napat ranges between ₹3500- ₹10,000 (breakfast included).

Day 9: Pai

Located further up north, closer to Myanmar border, Pai is an absolutely gorgeous place that fuses cultures of both Myanmar and Thailand. Pai is rife with natural beauty; waterfalls, hot springs and open fields all throughout. From Chiang Mai, it is best to take a bus, which will take about 90tbh, ie. about ₹200 only. The trip will take about 4 hours to complete.

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Photo of Mo Paeng Waterfall, Mae Na Toeng, Pai District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand by Saumiabee

Once you reach by afternoon, visit the Mo Paeng Falls that from typical Thailand lagoons that you might have seen in pictures. Slide down the rocks of this waterfall, bathe underneath it and swim with the fish! From here, you can walk to another secluded waterfall called Pombok, which is surrounded with really high cliffs.

A little walk from Pombok lies a mysterious land where over a period of time, a split was created in the earth due to some kind of soil erosion. The owner of the land now runs a tiny shop where you can stop over for bite and some drinks; and walk around exploring the split.

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Photo of Pai Canyon, ตำบลแม่ฮี้ Pai District, Mae Hong Son, Thailand by Saumiabee

You can then head to Pai Canyon, which is commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Thailand. The canyon offers beautiful sights of untouched green lands that sprawl across as far as the eyes can see. This is an ideal location to watch the sunset of your dreams!

Day 10

Pai has a lot more in store, so today you can visit some more exciting places.

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Photo of Tha Pai Hot Spring, Mae Hi, Pai, Mae Hong Son, Thailand by Saumiabee

This is something you must do, especially if you're visiting during winter. The Tha Pai Hot Springs are located 7km away from the main city, where water runs over extremely hot rocks, that remain so even during winter months. Soak in the hot springs as long as you like and enjoy the natural beauty it is surrounded by.

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About 35km further away, towards Mae Hong Son, lie the mysterious Spirit Caves. These are structures made of limestone that are formed over a river. You can take a boat ride over the river that will take you through these lakes. The caves also have ladders that you can climb up to explore stalactites at leisure. The insides of the caves are also lined with ancient painting and ceramics.

Return to Pai, and explore the area around your resort on foot or visit the walking street.

Where to stay:

Located right at the bank of river Pai, the Ban Pai riverside resort is also close to Pai walking street. At an extremely affordable price, the resort brings you closer to nature, with verdant greenery and gardens that are blanketed in colourful flowers. Rooms range from ₹800 - ₹3500; breakfast is included.

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Photo of Baan Pai Riverside Resort, Khrongkan Nai Mu Ban Mae Hi Rd, Mae Hi, ปาย Mae Hong Son, Thailand by Saumiabee

Day 11

Today, you return to Bangkok; there are various flights from Pai Airport to Suwarnabhumi airport, which is just a 2 hours' journey. This will cost about ₹1500 onwards.

Things to do:

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Spend your entire day at Bangkok's biggest and best malls, Emquartier, Emporium and Siam Paradise that have stores of all the best brands in the world. You can shop everything ranging from HnM and Zara to Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co. There is also a Sea World in the mall, the grandest movie hall that you'll ever see and some great restaurants to eat at. Usually, there's also an exhibition going on at these malls where you can purchase more affordable products.

By night, you can visit Above Eleven, an exquisite rooftop bar that is centrally located and offers amazing views of the city. It's the ideal place to enjoy late night drinks and party in style!

Day 12: Kanchanaburi

This day you can leave for Kanchanaburi, a town located west of Thailand, about 2 hours away from Bangkok. The best way to undertake this journey is to take a taxi that will take you there in just ₹2000.

Places to visit:

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Photo of Above Eleven แขวง คลองตันเหนือ Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand by Saumiabee

In this town, lies the iconic Bridge on the River Kwai that you must have read about in history books or watched the eminent war film that goes by the same name. The bridge has now been retained to become a highly-rated tourist attraction. The river beneath is beautiful, with several over-water Thai restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Thai food. You can even take a tour of the river on a speedboat which is sure to be an amazing experience.

Right next to the bridge is the Jeath War Museum, that commemorates the powers that were involved in Bridge on the River Kwai : Japanese, English, Australian, American, Thai and Holland. It depicts the construction of the JEATH railways, the conditions during that time and also displayed various relics, weapons, paintings and drawings by former prisoners.

Have a meal at Library Cafe , which has an eclectic variety of Thai food that you must try. The ambience is classy, and yet, the food is affordable. 

Day 13: Erawan National Park

Today, you can leave for Erawan National Park that is located only 50 minutes from Kanchanaburi. An exciting way to undertake this journey is to hire a songatheaw, which is a Thai version of a temp0-traveller. This will cost you just ₹1400 for a round trip. If you aren't in an adventurous mood, you can alternatively hire a cab that will cost about ₹3500-₹4000 for a round trip.

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Photo of Erawan Falls, Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by Saumiabee

At the park, visit Erawan Falls which is a splendid waterfall that creates clear emerald green pools in which you can take a swim. The falls is also a great site for bird watching and you can spot species like crested serpent eagle, black-naped monarch and blue-winged leafbird.

You can also opt for a safari around the park that will take you to habitats of elephants, wild deer, monitor lizards, and Indochinese sero.

The park closes by 5pm, so plan you return accordingly.

Return to Kachanaburi by evening, relax in your resort or take a walk around exploring street food!

Where to stay:

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Photo of Good Times Resort Ban Tai, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by Saumiabee

This resort is located only 3km from River Kwai and is 10 mins away from the main city of Kanchanaburi. The resort offers spa and massage facilities, a swimming pool and has packages for various tours that you can explore. Cooking classes are also organised in case you're a cooking aficionado and want to learn cooking the Thai way. A room here will cost you starting from ₹2500-₹5500 (breakfast included).

Day 14: Return to Bangkok

You can leave for Bangkok after breakfast and check in to your hotel before lunch.

Places to visit

Today you can visit Si Lom arcade, that has restaurants and cafes from around the world. You can enjoy Pav Bhaji and a road-side stall, South Indian food at Suvarnabhavan or the best of stews at Mohsen, an Iranian restaurant.

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Photo of Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand by Saumiabee

You can then head to Lumphini Park, that is located only 5 minutes away from Silom. This park has been hailed as one of Bangkok's best parks. You would never imagine that such a rich and abundant park would be located in the heart of a city filled with skyscrapers. You can walk around the park, take a boat ride in the lake, hire a cycle to go around the park or join an open-air Zumba class that is free and open for all. The lush green gardens laden in colourful flowers is a sight to behold especially during sunset. This experience is the ideal bye-bye to Thailand.

Day 15:

Head back to Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi from Suwarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok. Your trip hasn't yet ended, because there's still the happiness of shopping from duty-free!

Follow this 15-day itinerary and ensure that your precious two-weeks at Thailand do not go waste. By the end of the trip, you would have lounged at world's best beaches, ferried across the most fantastic islands, partied like you never have before, and of course, gorged on the best Thai food of all times.

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