Thailand 12 Days Itinerary

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Thailand Itinerary 12 Days
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For this itinerary, you’ll be landing straight in Phuket, an island towards to southern part of Thailand, and throughout the trip, you’ll be moving your way up towards Pattaya before ending in Bangkok, the capital.

This is a relatively easy travel plan to follow because it won’t take long to reach each of the destinations.

Day 1-6 Phuket

Phuket Beach
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After landing in Phuket, depending on what time you reach, you can settle in at your hotel for the night or you can start your vacation at the most famous Temple in Phuket town. The ‘Big Buddha’ is a temple on the hilltop with the biggest statue of Lord Buddha in Phuket.

It is said that Thai people like to visit the temple and ask for blessings and protection from the Lord because they believe that the Big Buddha is a highly sacred place.

Big Buddha

Big Buddha
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In Phuket, the largest island of Thailand, you can indulge yourself in interesting activities like ziplining through the jungle, hiking in the mountains, traveling uphill to various sightseeing spots like ‘Rang Hill’ viewpoint.

Rang hill Viewpoint

Rang Hill
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If you wish to enjoy the scenery of Phuket town and its people, there are a lot of cafés and popular restaurants you can try where they’ll give you a selection of different cuisines from around the world.

The Feelsion Cafe

The Feelsion Cafe
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It is known that the island is very diverse in nature due to all the different people and cultures you’ll encounter during your time in Phuket.

In history, Phuket was home to a lot of foreigners like the Chinese and the Portuguese, due to those streets like the ‘Sino-Portuguese Town’ was founded. Over there you will see all the different types of architectural buildings of over hundreds of years old.

Sino-Portuguese Town

Sino-Portuguese Town
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There are a lot of museums and graffiti around Phuket town made by people from around the world, over the years all the graffiti spots became popular amongst photographers who seek to capture iconic photos.

most of the museums like the ‘Nagara Museum’ has made it their mission to educate all the tourists on the history of the island and how it came to be as diverse as it is today.

Museum Phuket

Museum Phuket
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Phuket
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Island hopping in Phuket is something you must-do if you are ever in the area, tour groups all around Phuket will take you to different small but beautiful islands in the area like ‘Phang Nga Bay’, ‘James Bond Island’, ‘Phi Phi islands’, ‘Rang Yai islands’, and many more.  there will be challenging activities like rock climbing, snorkeling, and diving you can enjoy while on your journey island hopping around Phuket.

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island
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At night, you can walk through the ‘Bangla Road’ and venture through all the different bars, clubs, and Go Go bars available. Nightlife in Phuket ever fails to give you a great deal for your money.

Estrela Sky Lounge

Estrela Sky Lounge
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Day 7-9 Pattaya

You can hop on a direct flight from Phuket to Pattaya, a city that earned its nickname as ‘Sin City’ of Thailand’ because of its growing industry of crazy nightlife activities. You can use taxis as your main means of travel in Pattaya because local Tuk Tuks can be very overpriced.

Nightlife Pattaya

Nightlife Pattaya
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Unlike other provinces near the beach in Thailand, Pattaya is not famous for its location near the sea. Over the years due to over-pollution in the area, the beaches in Pattaya has become black and dirty, it is not safe for children to play in. However, there are a lot of attraction spots in Pattaya that are worth our visit.

Pattaya
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The ‘Sanctuary of Truth’ is very famous amongst visitors in Pattaya. It is a temple made solely out of wood. It represents how all of civilization is made based on religious and philosophical values. There are beautiful carvings along the walls of the temple that tells a story about sacred beliefs and history.

Sanctuary of Truth

Sanctuary of Truth
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‘Mini Siam’, a park behind Pattaya Boxing World Stadium can take you around the world in just a few hours! The park contains mini replicas and statues of all the famous attraction spots from around the world. Some of the highlights from his park are the mini Eiffel Tower, London’s Tower Bridge, and Statue of Liberty in Newyork.

Mini Siam

Mini Siam
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‘Nong Nooch Garden Pattaya’ is seen as “one of the most beautiful gardens in the world”; filled with all kinds of accommodation from swimming pools and banquet halls, to restaurants and resorts.

The garden itself is a tropical paradise inspired by all the beautiful gardens from all over the world combined into one altogether. It will surely be a spectacular sight to see.

Nong Nooch Garden Pattaya

Nong Nooch Garden Pattaya
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Aside from the nightlife activities you can find from anywhere in Pattaya, there are floating markets you can enjoy walking around and taking in the traditional riverside culture locals have been upholding for hundreds of years.

floating markets

floating markets
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Walking streets are known as places where you can easily find massage parlors to relax in. Most of them are reasonably priced but you’ll have to be careful not to get scammed.

Nighlife

Nighlife
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Day 10-12 Bangkok

Since Pattaya is near to Bangkok, you can get to the main city of Thailand by train or bus, the whole journey will take about 2 hours and a half. Bangkok is the busiest city in Thailand, you can expect to hear car honks and sirens everywhere you go.

Nevertheless, despite the noise, Bangkok is the center of all commercial businesses and high-end shopping malls, if you are looking for branded high-quality products, this is the place you should be in.

Bangkok

Bangkok
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During your time in Bangkok, you can cross the Chao Praya river to visit a number of tourists attraction spots like ‘Wat Arun’, ‘Grand Palace’, and ‘Emerald buddha’, all of these places are near to each other and you should be able to go through them all in one day.

Grand Palace

Grand Palace
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Near the river is the newest shopping mall in Bangkok, ‘Iconsiam’. Known for incorporating all the traditional styles from all parts of Thailand into one building, you can taste all the different cuisines from the north and southern part of Thailand.

Iconsiam also has a selection of posh rooftop bars you can enjoy in the evening with a view of the Chao Praya river from the balcony.

Iconsiam

Iconsiam
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Right in the center of the city lies ‘Siam Paragon’ and ‘Central World’, the most popular shopping mall in Thailand, where you can find branded shops like Armani and Gucci.

Siam discovery

Siam discovery
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However, if you are more interested in cheap, good quality goods, ‘MBK’ and ‘platinum’ is the kind of place you should be going to since they allow you to freely bargain with shops for a very logical price off of anything you want to buy.

MBK

MBK
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At the end of the trip, Thailand could be one of the most memorable in your lifetime.

Through this itinerary, you would’ve gone to the most beautiful islands in the world and enjoy some of the most diverse cuisines there is. You will go back to your country knowing that your vacation in Thailand was very well spent.