Thailand Itinerary – 1 Month

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Thailand Itinerary 1 Month
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Introduce

Thailand is an amazing and unique country. It is known to many as the ‘land of smiles’ because people in Thailand are always so friendly to visitors and are always ready to help them get around.

Bangkok

Bangkok
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Everyone who ever visited Thailand will leave with a better understanding of how unique this country is. With this one-month itinerary, you’ll get to cover all the beautiful places in Thailand from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and Phuket island.    

Day 1-3 Bangkok  

Bangkok
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Day 1 

Book a hotel near the ‘Sao Chingcha’ area and have your breakfast at ‘Kope Hya Tai Kee’, one of the few traditional Chinese style coffee stops in Bangkok.

Kope Hya Tai Kee

Kope Hya Tai Ke
Kope Hya Tai Kee

Then take a Tuk Tuk or walk towards the first attraction you’ll see today; the Emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew where you can pay your respects to Lord Buddha and ask for his blessings.

Wat Phra Kaew

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Wat Phra Kaew
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You can walk straight to ‘Wat Pho’ from there, aside from being a must-see attraction spot, Wat Pho also has a lot of nice massage parlors nearby if you want to enjoy a relaxing traditional Thai massage. After exploring Wat Pho, walk towards ‘Museum Siam’, a well-known museum in Bangkok featuring everything you need to know about Thailand’s great history and cultural beliefs.  

Wat Pho

Wat Pho
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In the afternoon, marvel around traditional Thai Cuisine at ‘Err Urban Rustic Thai’, a restaurant that uses true Thai in-house preserved ingredients to deliver you the most authentic Thai dishes you’ll ever taste.

Err Urban Rustic Thai

Err Urban Rustic Thai
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After that, head towards the Chao Praya Riverside and wander around ‘Tha Maharaj , a newly made riverside complex filled with small Cafés and dessert shops you can help yourself with and enjoy.

Tha Maharaj

Tha Maharaj
Tha Maharaj
Tha Maharaj
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Tha Maharaj is surrounded from all corners with all the famous attractions in Bangkok, this includes ‘Wat Arun’, your next destination. Wat Arun is located on the other side of the Chao Praya River.

All you need to do is cross that river and you would’ve found yourself in the middle of the infamous ‘Temple of Dawn’ where you can marvel around the beautiful historical prang 

Wat Arun

Wat Arun
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In the evening, you can take the MRT towards ‘Wat Mangkorn’ station and make your way towards the biggest Chinatown in Thailand, ‘Yaowarat’. Over there you can take iconic photos of the streets that resemble the joint union of residents from China and Thailand and taste world-famous food like Dim Sum.  

Yaowarat / Chinatown

Chinatown Yaowarach
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Day 2 

Enjoy an early breakfast at ‘Lhong Tou Café’, a traditional styled Dim sum restaurant with a modern twist. After your breakfast, take a taxi towards ‘Talat Noi’, a famous historic neighborhood in Bangkok.

Lhong Tou Café

Lhong Tou Café
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Over there you can walk around famous many unique highlights of Bangkok like the ‘So Heng Tai Mansion’, an old Chinse Courtyard House built in the 19th century.  

So Heng Tai Mansion

So Heng Tai Mansion
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For lunch, it is highly recommended that you try ‘Hi Cheng Fish Ball Noodle’ in Samyan intersection. Famous for their delicious ‘Yong Tao Fo’ noodles and Fish Balls.

Yong Tao Fo

Yong Tao Fo
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The restaurant is very near to ‘Samyan Mitrtown’, a new shopping mall that recently opened in Bangkok, it is where the biggest Muji can be found and a landmark for all the delicious dessert stalls in Samyan area. While in Mitrtown, you can either walk around the mall or enjoy a nice movie at ‘House Front’, an iconic local cinema famous among Thai people.  

Samyan Mitritown

Samyan Mitrtown
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Experience a wonderful dining experience in the mall itself. Head to the ‘Food Legend’ zone and take your pick from a variety of different cuisines from all around the world. Aside from a great selection of cuisines, Food Legend also comes with a great view of the city you can enjoy. After your dinner go up towards the ‘Rooftop Walk’ where you’ll get a full 360-degree view of Bangkok and its beautiful city lights.  

Samyan Mitritown

Samyan Mitrtown Rooftop
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Day 3 

Have morning coffee at ‘Ek Teng Phu Ki’, a retrospective and vintage styled restaurant near Chinatown before you head over to ‘Jam Factory’ and ‘Iconsiam’ for the day.  

Coffee shop

Coffee shop
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You’ll have to cross the river to get to Jam factory, a new vintage-styled building where you can explore all the different styles of artwork from famous and ambitious individuals who wish to connect various values of history, modern world, an future possibilities together. You can also spend your time looking at all the interesting selection of books that you can buy in ‘Candide Books’, one of the zones in Jam Factory.  

Jam factory

Jam factory
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Just a short walk away from Jam Factory lies Bangkok’s most iconic and trendiest luxury shopping malls; Iconsiam. The building itself, built in inspiration to a paper boat contains an architectural design that combines traditional with modern aspects making it the most popular among tourists right now. The mall itself is very famous for its floating-market themed food court that serves food from all parts of Thailand whether it be north, south, west, or east.  

Iconsiam

Iconsiam
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At night it is recommended that you enjoy one of the many rooftop bars available in the shopping mall. You’ll get to enjoy a delicious drink while getting lost in the beautiful view of the Chao Praya River and various other attractions near the riverbank.  

Iconsiam

Iconsiam
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Day 4-6 Ayutthaya 

Ayutthaya
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Day 4  

The easiest mode of travel from Bangkok to Ayutthaya would be by train, you should choose to travel early for the journey if you want to make the most of your trip to Thailand’s Ancient City. Your first day in Ayutthaya will be spent looking at all the famous ancient temples around the Ancient City.

Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya
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You’ll be starting with ‘Wat Yai Chaimongkol’, a popular destination among tourists. This is a big temple surrounded by many statues of Lord Buddha and famous for its huge prang that you can climb the stairs up to observe.  

Wat Yai Chaimongkol

Wat Yai Chaimongkol
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A short taxi ride away from Wat Yai Chaimongkol lies another temple; ‘Wat Mahatat’, a temple considered to be very important to Thai history. It is also here that the famous sandstone buddha ‘trapped’ in the tree roots is found.

Wat Mahatat

Wat Mahatat
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Besides Wat Mahatat is yet another temple named ‘Wat Ratchaburana’, well known for its history of being robbed of valuable treasures by thieves many hundred years ago.

Wat Ratchaburana

Wat Ratchaburana
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Nearby to this is ‘Wat Mongkhon Bophit’, a UNESCO world heritage site that is worth setting your sights upon.  

Wat Mongkhon Bophit

Wat Mongkhon Bophit
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Only a short walking distance away from Bophit temple lies ‘Wat Phra Ram’, known for its beautiful prang and its location near ‘Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal’, a place considered to be Ayutthaya’s treasure, where elephants are well nurtured and cared for. It is also where tourists can get educated on how elephants were used back in the day how they were dressed according to their role in the history of Thai royal elephants.  

Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal

Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal
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You’ll continue your journey at ‘Wat Lokayasutharam’ or the temple with the reclining Buddha. Lastly, you’ll end your day by watching the sunset at ‘Wat Chaiwatthanaram’, a big temple made famous as a sunset viewpoint for all the visitors. You can wait till the sun completely sets and observe the temple being lit beautifully by small lights installed around the ancient prangs.  

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram
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Day 5  

The beginning of your fifth day will be all about your adventure to the local floating market of Ayutthaya, the market is filled with traditional boats and food stalls that you can walk around, take a ride, and explore. It is also where you can enjoy an interesting Burmese show from one of the many stages within the market.  

floating market of Ayutthaya

Floating market
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For lunch, head over towards ‘Café Kantary’ located near the ‘Kantary Ayutthaya Hotel’ for a nice selection of food and dessert that can be both traditional and modern depending on what you choose from their menu.  

Café Kantary

Café Kantary
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After your lunch, find your way to the ‘Bang Pa-In Palace’, formerly known as the royal residence for kings of Thailand, it is filled with a beautiful fusion of traditional and European buildings that you can tour around in a golf cart.

Bang Pa-In Palace

Bang Pa-In Palace
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In the evening, take a taxi to the ‘Krungsri Market’ where you will be able to enjoy very cheap and delicious Thai traditional Seafood cuisine.  

Krungsri Market

Krungsri Market Ayutthaya
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Day 6 

Before you say goodbye to Ayutthaya, make sure to visit the ‘Japanese Village’ where you’ll learn about the interesting history of Thai sweets.

Japanese Village

Japanese Village
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The Japanese Village is regarded as one of the most important memorial places in Ayutthaya that tells a tale about a Japanese-Portuguese lady whose specialty of making sweets intrigued the royal clan so much that they officially named her the ‘Maestro of Thai Desserts’.

Japanese Village

Japanese Village
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Day 7 Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi
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There is a minivan service that will take you straight to Kanchanaburi from Ayutthaya. It is the quickest way to travel aside from taking a personal taxi. The whole journey can take up to about 4 hours, so it is best if you travel early in the morning.

Once you’ve set foot in Kanchanaburi, your first stop will be at ‘Farmcafé De Kalavela’ where you will enjoy your first meal and coffee of the day.  

Farm cafe De Kalavela

Farm cafe De Kalavela
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You’ll start your tour around Kanchanaburi at the ‘Erawan National Park’, one of the most popular waterfalls in the country. You will be surrounded by the greenery of the jungle and peaceful sounds of water running through rocks.

Erawan National Park

Erawan National Park
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The park is also a dedicated sanctuary for wild animals and birds, you can book a private tour with the park if you want to learn more about various species of wildlife that live deep in the forest.  

Wild animal / Bobcat

Wild animal
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Your next stop will be at the ‘Death Railway’, an old train track used built during World War 2. the railway itself comes with a dark history of over 12,000 deaths during its construction period.

Death Railway

Death Railway
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Despite the sad upbringing, it is known today as the most beautiful yet dangerous viewpoint in Kanchanaburi. You can walk along the tracks of the railway and explore the Death Railway cemetery as well as the Hell Fire Pass, a memorial spot to revisit what laborers back in the day had undergone.  

Death Railway

Death Railway
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During your stay at Kanchanaburi, it is highly requested that you book a room at ‘River Kwai Jungle Rafts’ resort. The resort will take you away from the busy areas of the city and into a riverbank where your “floating” rooms will be located.

The resort will not provide you with any internet or light, however, you will be given traditional lamps at night so that you can experience a true historical way of life during your stay.  

River Kwai Jungle Rafts RESORT

River Kwai Jungle Rafts RESORT
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Day 8 

One of the many reasons to spend the night at River Kwai resort is that you can wake up to a lot of onsite activities waiting for you just outside your room! There are numerous things you can do at the resort, like river jumps, boat trips, canoeing, rafting, sunbathing, and many more.   

Other than spending your whole day at the resort, you can leave the accommodation of your rooms to explore ‘Phra That Cave’ located about 8 kilometers away from Erawan Falls.

Phra That Cave

Phra That Cave
Phra That Cave
Phra That Cave
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Walk around the cave and observe all the stunning translucent stalactites and stalagmites. Make your way to the middle of the cave, you’ll see a beautiful statue of Lord Buddha. Before you decide the venture into the cave, please make sure to get permission from the authorities beforehand so that they can arrange a tour guide for you.  

Day 9  

On the morning of your last day in Kanchanaburi, you can enjoy the accommodation provided by the resort, like breakfast, coffee, and desserts. Or, you can venture into the streets and find a local restaurant anywhere to your liking. 

kanchanaburi Resort

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You’ll be spending most of your day traveling today. Since your next stop is Chiang Mai, the journey that you’ll take will be long and tiring. You’ll have to board a train from Kanchanaburi back to Bangkok, where you can spend the night at a hotel near the airport itself before you fly to Chiang Mai. You can choose a flight plan that will land you in Chiang Mai airport the next morning itself, that way you can start your travels early in the morning.  

It is recommended that you take a good rest while you can because your trip to north Thailand will consist of many whirlwinds of fun and exciting moments that you will not have time to rest! 

Day 10-14 Chiang Mai  

Day 10  

Start your day walking along the ‘Tha Phae Gate’, a historic gate made solely out of bricks, you can take a lot of good photos of the gate in the morning before it gets late and people start of swarm around the area.  

Tha Phae Gate

Tha Phae Gate
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Next up, visit the ‘Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary’, a well-known sanctuary for elephants in Chiang Mai; the sanctuary helps keep elephants safe and away from the hunters in the forest that seek to kill elephants for money.

You’ll be met with an English-speaking tour guide who will tell you about Thai elephants and help you do many heart-warming activities like feeding and bathing elephants.  

Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
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For lunch, head over to ‘MIX Restaurant and Bar’ located in Nimman Soi 1, a very popular northern restaurant famous for its delicious fusion-styled cuisine. Take a culinary class after your lunch in Chiang Mai where you can learn how to make delicious Thai cuisine whenever you go back to your country.

If you are not someone who fancies cooking, you can always rent a bike and explore the city of Chiang Mai and take in the positive vibes present all around the area.  

MIX Restaurant and Bar

MIX Restaurant and Bar
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In the evening, if you are there during the weekends, you can venture around Chiang Mai’s famous night markets and perhaps buy some of the handmade gods the locals sell in the area. You can also explore the Old City of Chiang Mai and look at all the historical walls and buildings made hundreds of years ago.  

Old City of Chiang Mai

 Old City of Chiang Mai
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Day 11 

On the second day, wake up a little bit late have breakfast at your chosen hotel before you take a taxi to the ‘Tiger Kingdom’, a place where breeding of tigers is promoted to prevent the endangered species from going extinct. At the Tiger Kingdom, you’ll get a chance to play, feed, and take photos with baby tigers as well as enjoy activities like playing Zorb balls in the river near the area.   

Tiger Kingdom

Tiger Kingdom
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In the afternoon, if you are getting bored with Thai food, you can always find yourself in a westernized restaurant like the ‘Rock Me Burgers and Bars’ to enjoy delicious dishes like burgers, fried hotdogs, and steak. This restaurant was rewarded as one of the best restaurants in 2020, so, it is worth giving a try.  

Rock me burgers and bars

Rock me burgers and bars
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After your meal, it is time to start exploring all the ancient temples around Chiang Mai, your first stop will be at ‘Wat Chedi Luang’, a famous historical temple in Chiang Mai that tells a tale about northern history. It will not take long to explore the temple, and whenever you are done, you can make your way to ‘Wat Phan Tao’, a beautiful wooden temple surrounded by a stunning garden famous for being an amazing place for a photoshoot.  

Wat Phan Tao

Wat Phan Tao
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As for your dinner, stop by any local restaurants for a bowl of Khao Soi, a famous northern style noodle. It is noodles dipped in rich curry sauce, but you’ll be surprised at how much one simple dish can have so many flavors all at once. Khao Soi is one of the many signature dishes in Chiang Mai, so it is only fair that you do not miss a chance to try it.  

Khao Soi

Khao Soi
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Day 12  

You’ll start your day finishing your tour around all the ancient temples in Chiang Mai, starting with ‘Wat Umong ‘and ending with ‘Wat Lok Molee’.

Located towards the western part of Chiang Mai, Wat Umong or ‘Tunnel Temple’ is best-known for its location in the forest and for having a lot of tunnels that lead to various statues of Lord Buddha. Next up on your list is ‘Wat Lok Molee’, home to the most impressive Chedi in Chiang Mai.

Wat Umong

Wat Umong
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In the afternoon, you should take a walk around ‘One Nimman’, a community mall located right in the center of Chiang Mai. Over there you’ll find various interesting booths and boutiques where you can eat, shop, take photos, and enjoy the scenery. One Nimman is the trendiest part of Chiang Mai and is very popular among young couples looking to date.  

One Nimman
One Nimman
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Just a few streets away from Nimman is a big shopping mall, ‘Maya’. You can expect to find branded shops like H&M, American Eagle, and Adidas there. You will be able to enjoy a relaxing walk around the air-conditioned mall and seek dinner in the building, away from the hot streets of Chiang Mai.  

Maya Shopping Mall

Maya
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Day 13 

Wake up early in the morning and drive up the ‘Doi Suthep Mountain’ that is located not very far from Chiang Mai. You’ll visit the Doi-Suthep Doi-Pui national park where you can enjoy looking at the morning fog, sip coffee, and eat strawberries. Within the national park, you will be surrounded by nature all around you. This makes Doi Suthep a perfect getaway for you if you are not a fan of cars and city lights.  

Doi Suthep Mountain

Doi Suthep
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Head back towards the city and enter Chiang Mai University to marvel at ‘Ang Kaew Reservoir’ where you can freely take a walk around and enjoy a nice cup of coffee, you can even stay awhile for a picnic beneath one of the big trees around the area! 

Ang Kaew Reservoir

Ang Kaew Reservoir
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For dinner, head to ‘Pims Place’ near the university for a delicious bowl of Khao Soi or Pad Thai. This small diner is one of the most famous ones in the area for their food and hospitality.   

Day 14  

In the morning, take a taxi to ‘Baan Kang Wat’, a traditional style community mall that is very different from One Nimman. Baan Kang Wat aims to give off that ancient, historical, yet minimalist vibe to tourists. You can walk around and expect to see old-styled shops, minimally designed stalls, restaurants, and dessert cafés.  

Baan Kang Wat

Baan Kang Wat
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Since you have already explored the traditional and natural aspects of Chiang Mai, maybe it is time to see the contemporary side of the city. The MAIIAM contemporary museum is very famous for its modern style arts, beautiful paintings, and portraits that represent the northern part of Thailand.

The MAIIAM contemporary museum

The MAIIAM contemporary museum
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For your last dinner in Chiang Mai, you should try dining at Khum Khantoke, a traditional style restaurant that offers shows and dance performances for you to enjoy along with your dining experience.  

Khum Khantoke

Khum Khantoke
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Day 15-18 Pai  

Day 15 

Known for its rich scenery of waterfalls and mountains, Pai is a small town with big promises to a wonderful vacation getaway. You can take a minivan from Chiang Mai to Pai in the morning, the journey can take about 3-5 hours depending on the type of minivan you choose to travel in.

Once you reached Pai, walk to ‘Nong Beer Restaurant’ just nearby to the van stop to have your breakfast.  

Nong Beer Restaurant

Nong Beer Restaurant
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After checking into your hotel, you’ll notice that the streets of Pai are surrounded by cafés, which makes it very easy to find a nice relaxing spot. But, if you want a beautiful scenic view with your coffee, you should find your way to ‘Container Café’ in the area.

The café itself became one of the must-see landmarks in Pai with its iconic chairs and a priceless 360-degree view from the balcony.  

Container Café

Container Café
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Tham Lod’ cave is another attraction spot that you must visit in Pai, it is one of the most beautiful caves in Thailand and one the highlights to the place is that you’ll get a chance to explore the whole cave using a raft to make your way through the cave waters.  

Tham Lod Cave

Tham Lod Cave
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In the evening, you’ll travel to the most famous hiking spot in Pai to watch the sunset; the ‘Pai Canyons’. You will travel up the steep slopes of a hill leading to the top where you will experience the view of vast mountains right before the sunsets.

  Pai Canyons

Pai Canyons
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Day 16 

In the morning, explore the calming waters of ‘Mo Paeng’ falls. You can also choose to pay respects to the big, white statue of Lord Buddha at ‘Wat Phra That Mae Yen’, a local temple in Pai. 

Wat Phra That Mae Yen

Wat Phra That Mae Yen
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One of the other tourist attraction spots in Pai is the ‘Sai Ngam Hot Springs’ where you can pay a 20-baht fee to enter and enjoy the clear blue waters in the hot spring. It is said that a lot of visitors enjoy the place because it is so peaceful and clean to relax in.  

After you felt that you have had enough of the hot springs, go back to your hotel to freshen up and rest for a while. Traveling in Pai can prove to be a hassle because you will most likely travel around hills, that can prove to be very tiring for you. End your day at ‘Wat Si Don Chai’, a 700-year-old temple that is beloved and respected by all the residents of Pai. It is famous for its gold-painted statues of sacred animals and colorful walls of the temple.  

Day 17  

Begin your day at the newest viewpoint in Pai, the ‘Sea Fog Attraction’, also known as ‘Yun Lai Viewpoint’. True to its name, once at the viewpoint, you’ll find yourself looking at the vast seas of fog above mountains and hills. The sight is beautiful and indescribable with words, you’ll have to see it yourself to know.

Take a walk back in history at ‘Pai Historical Bridge’, built during World War II by the Japanese, the whole place is filled with memories of the war. Today, it serves as one of the most important attractions and photography spots in Pai.  

Spend your afternoon and evening at ‘Love Strawberry’ in Pai where you can enjoy walking and tasting various species of strawberries. You can also enjoy activities such as ziplining and sitting on the Giant Swing here.  

Love Strawberry in Pai

Love Strawberry
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Day 18  

You can spend your last day in Pai revisiting your favorite spots in the town. Pai is relatively hard to get to so you might have trouble coming back here.

To kill time, you can explore the old Yunnan village, a traditional Chinese village that used to serve as a residence for Chinese citizens.  

You will go back the Chiang Mai by a minivan. Once in Chiang Mai, you will board a flight straight to Krabi, a province located in the southern part of Thailand.  

Day 19-22 Krabi  

Day 19 

After spending your time around waterfalls and mountains in Chiang Mai and Pai, it is time to travel around islands and explore the seas of Thailand. Once you’ve made yourself comfortable in Krabi, bike around ‘Ao Nang’ and take pictures at the ‘Big Fish Statue’, a landmark of the tourist center.  

Ao Nang

Ao Nang
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For the entire afternoon, feel free to head to the ‘Emerald Pool’, a clear, shallow pool surrounded by the greenery of the jungle in Krabi and ‘Krabi Hot Springs’, a place where tourists must go through a small hike up the hill to reach, they are rewarded with a relaxing day chilling in the warm waters of the place.  

Before sundown, make sure to visit the Tiger Cave Temple, a famous hilltop temple in Krabi famous for its small steep steps you must make if you want to get to the temple at the top. At night, you can walk around the streets of Krabi and look for a local restaurant to dine in, the price is usually affordable, and the food is mostly very delicious wherever you go.  

Day 20-21  

Hire a boat or join a tour that will take you to attraction spots like ‘Phra Nang Cave’, ‘Chicken island’(the island looks like a chicken, thus its name), ‘Tha Le Weak’, and ‘Poda Beach’. All these places are famous for their clear coast, coral reefs, and diving experience.

Phra Nang Cave is famous for its tale of the Indian princess Phra Nang, it is known today as the place sea travelers come to pay respects at before they go on their journey across the ocean. The chicken island, Tha Le Weak, and Poda beach are all different islands coasts around Krabi, they are each unique in their way.

Krabi

Krabi
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It is difficult to describe their beauty; you just have to visit them on your own the know how special they are. Other coasts that are worth your time visiting is ‘Railay Beach’ and ‘Ko Hong’. Again, these places are mostly covered by the beautiful, clear waters of the ocean. Tourists mostly go there to marvel at the beauty of the sea and sunbathe while they can. Nevertheless, all these activities would’ve consumed your entire day and you would come back to your room exhausted and ready to call it a day! 

Day 22 

You can spend your last day at Krabi by visiting the ‘Than Bok Khorani National Park’. Covered by different types of forests and mountains. The National Park has two routes, one short route and another long one. It depends on your preference, but in the end, both these tracks will take you through the vast forests, and along the way, you’ll be able to explore the natural habitats within the conservatory walls.   

Than Bok Khorani National Park

 Than Bok Khorani National Park
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Your only mode of transportation available while at sea is a ferry. In the afternoon, board a ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi Islands (the latest ferry will leave at 15:00 of every day). Once you reached, feel free to check-in at your hotel for the night.  

DAY 23-25 Phi Phi Islands 

Day 23 

You can venture off into the ‘Tonsai pier’ at the dock of Phi Phi Don island, where you can look at all the different tour groups you can register with, bars you can enjoy drinks at, and restaurants you can eat in.  

Your afternoon can be enjoyed at the infamous ‘Phi Phi Viewpoint’ at the top of Phi Phi island. If you’re wondering why your whole afternoon is going to be over by just visiting a sightseeing spot, you should know that the path you have to take to get to the top can take as long as two hours to complete, and another two hours for making your way back to the land. Nevertheless, the viewpoint is one of the most treasured attraction spots in Phi Phi and you most definitely should not miss it! 

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island
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In the evening you can venture out into the coast and witness some of the wildest party ever! There will be bonfire shows and dance parties that you can enjoy yourself with the whole night.  

Day 24  

On your second day at Phi Phi Don, you can take advantage of the fact that the island itself is situated in the middle of the sea, so all its borders are surrounded by the ocean. Use the whole day to travel around the island and visit various coasts and beaches like ‘Laem Tong Beach’, ‘Loh Bakao Beach’, ‘Tonsai Beach’, ‘Moo Dee Bay’, ‘Bamboo Beach’, and many more. All the places mentioned are located on the same island, and they serve as fantastic diving spots for tourists who are interested to look at underwater life.  

Cross over to ‘Phi Phi Leh’ island when you’re done. Phi Phi Leh is a lot smaller when compared to Phi Phi Don. But it is home to the very famous ‘Viking Cave’, where you can look at all the unique rock formations above the water and admire all the various birds that choose to make the cave their home. It is also popular for its diving spot because you’ll be able to look at beautiful sea urchins and corals underneath the water.  

Day 25 

Phi Phi don houses an important diving spot for tourists known as the ‘Sharks Point’ where you can dive down into the sea to look at small sharks in the area. You can choose to do your dive in the morning if you don’t want to share your diving spot with other tourists.  

Sharks Point

Sharks Point
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Before you leave Phi Phi, please don’t forgot to visit the Tsunami memorial park, built with respect to the horrible Tsunami that rocked the whole island many years ago.   

Day 26-28 Phuket  

Day 26 

There are numerous resorts and hotels in Phuket that are located near the beach, you can book a room before you reach or just wander around the beach right after you reached and take your pick at one of the available places with an unoccupied room. Some of the recommended areas that have a great view of Phuket aside from rooms near the beach are hotels located around beaches like ‘Patong Beach’, and ‘Yai Nang Beach’.

Patong Beach

Patong Beach
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You’ll be starting off your trip to Phuket at the newly found beach located deep in the island, ‘Nui Beach’ where you have to pay a fee of 100 baht for a local to guide you to and from the beach because to get to the bay, you’ll need to pass difficult roads and it might be a little dangerous. Over there, you’ll get to take photos at beautiful attraction spots of the beach like the ‘Phuket Swing’.  

Enjoy your food in the afternoon at the ‘Three Monkeys Restaurant’, a dining area right in the middle of the forest, even though it was made famous because of its unique location, the food there is exceptionally delicious and well worth your money value.  

Three Monkeys Restaurant

Three Monkeys Restaurant
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In the evening, around 4 pm, you can talk around the Old Phuket Town and take iconic pictures of the diverse architectural works of all the buildings. At night, wander into ‘Bangla Road’ and look for ongoing parties at various clubs and bars available in the street. The whole road is filled with different variations of nightlife like the Cabaret Show that is sure to give you one of the best moments of your life.  

Day 27  

Take a taxi into the city and find the famous ‘Big Buddha Temple’ of Phuket. By the name, you probably would’ve guessed it, the temple is known for its big statue of Lord Buddha. However, what you don’t know is; at the top of the temple you will get a view of the whole Phuket island. The view itself was described to be very spectacular, you will be able to see the town, beaches, and vast seas from the place. This makes the temple even more popular among tourists and residents.  

Big Buddha Temple

Big Buddha Temple
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Head towards the ‘Trickeye Museum’ in the afternoon if you are interested in taking photos with 3D portraits and paintings. The museum itself features many realistic artworks that will surely spike your interests.  

In the evening, you can watch the sunset at ‘Rang Hill Viewpoint’, a famous scenic spot for travelers. The viewpoint is not only a famous place for visitors, but it is also famous among monkeys! During your time in Rang Hill, you will find yourself sharing space with a lot of lovely monkeys that are sure to approach you and ask for small portions of food.  

Day 28 

There are many iconic streets in Phuket, this is a result of the diverse history of residences in Phuket. Travelers from all around the world who chose to make Phuket their home used the area in the town to build houses and buildings inspired by their hometown. Because of that, all those buildings serve as a beautiful shooting spot for photographers. Streets like ‘Soi Romani’ and ‘Soi Pradit’ is made famous for their colorful buildings and different varieties of street graffiti, visiting them will become the highlight of your last day in Phuket.  

Among all these trendy streets, the most popular must go to ‘Sino-Portuguese Town’. A specific section in the town filled with buildings whose architectural design is a fusion between Chinese, Portuguese, and Thai influences.  

Sino-Portuguese Town

Sino-Portuguese Town

Aside from the historic aspects of Phuket, there are streets well-known for their popular cuisine, one of them is ‘Thalang Road’, located right in the middle of Phuket’s ‘Old Town’. The street is filled with a mixture of restaurants among old buildings and shops of Phuket, making it give off a vibe of its own.

Day29-30/31 Bangkok  

Phuket, being the largest island in Thailand has its own airport, you can board a plane back to Bangkok directly from Phuket. Once in Bangkok, you can choose to seek residence in one of the hotels near the center of the city like ‘Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam’.  

Novotel Bangkok Platinum

Novotel Bangkok Platinum Pratunam
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If you can recall, at the beginning of your trip you spent all your days wandering around all the attraction spots near the Chao Praya River. It was a good idea to do that because this time, you can spend all your days around the very center of Bangkok, focusing on all the famous tourist attractions in the heart of the city.  

Bangkok

Bangkok
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You can freely plan your days according to wherever you want to see, here are some great suggestions, Siam Paragon and Central World if you want to shop for luxurious goods and dine in the best of restaurants. MBK and Platinum if you want to buy local goods like shirts, keychains, and small souvenirs you can take back to your country.  

At night, if you happen to be in Bangkok during the weekends, try to visit ‘Chatuchak Market’, the biggest night market in Bangkok where you’ll find a lot of cheap products you won’t be able to find in your country. Otherwise, you can always explore ‘Khaosan Road’, the most popular street for hosting parties and nightlife enjoyment in Thailand.  

At the end of your trip, you will be leaving Thailand with a conscious reminder that even though you already spent a month of your life here, it is still not enough! There are a lot of places that you haven’t explored. But at least you would have already been to all the famous attraction spots, and you will understand why Thailand is beloved among tourists all around the world.