A Ten Day Tour through Thailand
Thailand is located in Southeast Asia and is known for its food, culture and beaches. From the rural city of Chiang Mai to the sandy beaches of the various islands, Thailand has something for everyone. Here is a guide to help you explore the most of Thailand in ten days.
Chiang Mai: What to Do
This rural part of Thailand is surrounded by mountains and is known for its beautiful temples. Visit the temples on the hills, including the Wat Phra That Doi Suthtrep to see a giant size Budda. On the way to the temple make a pit stop at Karen Long Neck Village that is home to a Tribal group from Burma. It’s very interesting to learn about their background, culture, and their way of life. Their village is also a market, so you’ll have the opportunity to buy handmade souvenirs. If you’re more adventurous and daring, make a trip to the Tiger Kingdom to play with different tigers and lions. Also, if you’re not faint of heart, go watch a Muay Thai fighting match, which is a very popular sport all over Thailand.
Chiang Mai: What to Eat
Chiang Mai is home to a lot of hole-in-the-wall places and little street food carts. Definitely try the Khao Soi, it is a staple dish in the northern region of Thailand. It is a soup-like dish made in a coconut curry sauce mixed with crispy egg noodles, and meat. These street food carts also have an array of meat on a stick, which is a must try!
Phuket: What to Do
Phuket is a coastal town known for its close proximity to the islands and nightlife. Take trips to the neighboring islands of Koh Phi Phi, Krabi to experience blue waters, beaches and great seafood.
If you plan to visit Koh Phi Phi, rent a boat from any of the vendors on the beaches to visit Monkey Beach and Maya Bay. Travel Tip: The monkeys are stray, so please be careful when interacting with them. Also, Maya Bay is temporarily closing for restoration, so plan your trip accordingly. While in Koh Phi Phi, take the short hike up to The Viewpoint, where you will see the two bays intersecting. I recommend going during sunset for the best photo opportunities.
If you’re looking for a fun nightlife, visit Bangla road to experience the world-renowned club, Illuzion. Visit their website to plan your trip around special events like guest DJ appearances and get ready to dance the night away. Spend a day with the elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, you’ll get to play with and feed these amazing animals. You will also get to experience an authentic Thai meal made by the locals!
Get ready for some great shopping at an authentic Thai market, go to Walking Street to find great souvenirs like elephant pants! This is a great stop for window shopping and tasting delicious street food. Once you are finished shopping and well fed, walk over to the Big Buddha, this massive sculpture is a must see!
Phuket: What to Eat
Seafood, seafood, seafood is a must try while you’re in Phuket. Many restaurants even let you pick out your own crab to cook for you and it’s priced very reasonably! As you walk around the town, try any of the hole-in-the-wall restaurants for an authentic taste.
Bangkok: What to Do
This busy city is known for its nightlife, markets, and food. If you want to be in the heart of the hustle and bustle, stay on Khao San Road. It’s like one big block party with hotels, restaurants, shops, and entertainment.
Take a day trip to a floating market, where you will get the opportunity to shop for trinkets and souvenirs while on a paddle boat. If you’ve never been in a boat traffic jam, now’s your chance!
For a great view of the city, visit Sky Bar they have great drinks and an unforgettable view. Claim to Fame: you may recognize this bar from The Hangover. Traveler Tip: Drinks are on the pricey side, but the view is worth it.
Bangkok: What to Eat
There are many small restaurants where you can eat your body weight in amazing Pad Thai, Panang Curry, and the other traditional Thai dishes. If you want to treat yourself to a Michelin Starred Thai meal, make a reservation at the Blue Elephant. Be sure to order the rich Massaman Curry, which is made with coconut cream and is mixed with potatoes, meat (usually lamb, chicken, or beef), nuts, and rice.
Ten days bouncing around Thailand is definitely fast-paced but it can be done. Relax in the coastal town and on the islands of Phuket or thrive in the bustling nightlife of Bangkok. One thing is certain, you will have the trip of a lifetime.