10 day Itinerary in Thailand – 3 BEST Routes for an Epic Adventure

Cheow Lan Lake Tour, one of the highlights of our 10 day Itinerary in Thailand!

Are you looking for the best 10 day itinerary in Thailand for an epic adventure? Look no further.

Welcome to the land of golden temples, pristine beaches, mouthwatering cuisine, jaw-dropping landscapes, and vibrant culture—Thailand. In these 10-day adventures, we invite you to embark on a journey that will immerse you in the enchanting wonders of this captivating country.

From the vibrant street markets of Bangkok to the tranquil temples of Chiang Mai, and from the pristine beaches of Krabi, to the wild jungles of Khao Sok, Thailand offers a diverse and unforgettable experience for every traveller.

Get ready to indulge in flavourful street food, explore breathtaking landscapes, discover the rich history and traditions, and create lasting memories in the Land of Smiles. So pack your bags, open your heart to new experiences, and join us on this extraordinary 10 day itinerary in Thailand.

Planning Your Trip to Thailand

Things to Know Before Visiting Thailand

When planning a trip to Thailand, it’s essential to be aware of some important details that will enhance your travel experience. Here are some key things to know:

  • When to visit Thailand for the best weather: The optimal time to visit is during the dry season, from November to March. Note that since this is the most popular time to visit, prices will be higher. If you need to stay on more of a budget, visit during the rainy season between April and October. The term rainy season can be misleading, as it usually means periodic short, and heavy downpours, with the remainder of the time being sunny.
Things to do in Krabi
  • Thailand visa requirements: Before travelling to Thailand, check the visa requirements based on your nationality. Many visitors can enter Thailand without a visa for a certain period, usually ranging from 30 to 90 days, depending on the country of origin. However, it’s important to ensure your passport has at least six months of validity remaining beyond your planned departure date.
  • Buy a local SIM card at the airport: Staying connected while travelling is important, and while Thailand is well-connected with WiFi, limited connectivity is available on some of the islands and national parks. Upon arrival at the airport, you can purchase a local SIM card if you wish. Service providers offer affordable data plans, allowing you to have internet access, make local calls, and use navigation apps throughout your trip.
  • Safety in Thailand: Thailand is a generally safe destination for travellers, but it’s always important to stay aware of your surroundings. Exercise caution in crowded places and be mindful of pickpockets. Carry a photocopy of your passport while keeping the originals in a secure place. When using public transportation, choose licensed taxis or use ride-sharing apps. Avoid travelling alone at night, and stick to well-lit and populated areas.
  • Get around cities quickly by tuk-tuk, songthaews, Grab, or Bolt: In Central and Southern Thai cities, tuk-tuks are a popular mode of transportation for short distances, but be sure to negotiate the fare before hopping in. Songthaews are a popular option in Northern Thailand, Additionally, ride-hailing apps like Grab and Bolt are widely used and provide convenient and affordable transportation options, including cars and motorcycles. The fares on Bolt are half of Grab, but the availability is less and not available in every city.
  • Booking Accommodations: The most popular booking websites in Thailand are HostelWorld, Agoda, and Booking.com. Compare pricing on each and book what gives you the most value for the level of comfort you desire. You can book comfortable private rooms for less than $25 USD per night or dorm beds for under $10 USD.
  • Currency is the Thai Baht: The official currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB). The exchange rate is approximately 34 baht for every $1 USD. There are ATM’s at the airport to withdraw money upon arrival. Major credit cards are widely accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and larger establishments, but you will need to carry cash for smaller vendors and when travelling in more remote areas.
  • Main Language is Thai: The official language of Thailand is Thai. While English is spoken in popular tourist areas, especially by those working in the tourism industry, it’s helpful to learn a few basic Thai phrases or carry a translation app to facilitate communication, particularly in more rural or less touristy areas.
  • You cannot drink tap water: In Thailand, it’s important to remember that tap water is not potable. Stick to bottled or filtered water, which is readily available throughout the country. Also, avoid consuming ice cubes in drinks or eating raw vegetables or fruits that may have been washed in tap water. Opt for cooked or peelable items to ensure food safety.
Czarina showing off her proper attire for exploring temples and ruins in Ayutthaya
  • Dress code in temples: When visiting temples or other religious sites in Thailand, it’s crucial to dress appropriately as a sign of respect. Both men and women should cover their shoulders and knees. Wearing loose-fitting, modest clothing is recommended. Carry a shawl or scarf to cover up if needed. Removing shoes before entering temples is also customary.

Is 10 days Enough for Thailand?

From our experience travelling in Thailand, we feel that at a minimum you should spend 10 full days here to allow you to see enough of the highlights of various regions without feeling too rushed.

But of course, if you have more time, or are living a full-time digital nomad lifestyle, longer is preferred! We were only in Thailand for three weeks but could have spent months travelling through the country without running out of fun and exciting things to do.

If you’re planning to spend more time in Thailand, you could combine these itineraries or use one as a base starting point and further expand based on your interests.

How much does a 10 day trip to Thailand cost?

Travelling in Thailand is relatively cheap, although can be quite pricey depending on how you travel. Here are a few tips to save money and keep costs down while travelling throughout Thailand:

  • Eat at local restaurants or street food vendors. The cost of a meal at local spots starts at around $1 USD, and is typically much more delicious than the fancy restaurant chains or Western restaurants. If eating solely at local restaurants and street food vendors, you will likely spend around $10 USD per day.
accommodations in Chiang Mai
  • Avoid booking at fancy luxury hotels or beachfront villas. Since you’ll be spending most of your time outside exploring the country, your money will be better spent on new experiences and activities. Instead, stay in hostel dorm rooms ($8-10 USD) or private rooms in mid-level hotels or guesthouses ($20-30 USD).
  • Travel slower. If you’re not limited to 10 days and have more time to see and experience Thailand, spend more time in each place to save on transportation costs.
  • Book activities and tours in person with local tour operators. If you book online, you will pay a higher fee and likely receive a lower-quality tour.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption, as the cost of drinks each night will add up significantly over time
  • Spend more time in the north of Thailand versus the south, as costs on the islands are much pricier.
  • Walk to where you’re going when possible instead of taking public transportation.
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During our three-week trip in Thailand this past February of 2023, we followed the above guidelines and a similar itinerary to those listed below and spent on average $50-60 USD per day including our domestic flights.

Getting to Thailand

Most visitors to Thailand will arrive in Bangkok, the vibrant capital city. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the main gateway, serving numerous international flights. Once you land at the airport, there are various transportation options available to reach your destination in Bangkok.

Other international airports in Thailand but cater more to flights within Southeast Asia are:

  • Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) – Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) – Chiang Mai
  • Phuket International Airport (HKT) – Phuket
  • Mao Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI) – Chiang Rai

Getting Around Thailand

Thailand offers a variety of transportation options that make exploring the country convenient and enjoyable. Some of our favourite ways to travel around Thailand are:

  • Domestic Flights: If you’re short on time or want to cover long distances quickly, domestic flights are an excellent option. Thailand has several well-connected airports, with regular flights between major cities and popular tourist destinations. We’d advise you to book a few weeks in advance to secure the best fares and most direct routes. We booked our flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi less than a week before flying and had to pay a premium and take a non-direct flight.
  • Trains: Thailand’s railway network is extensive and offers an affordable and scenic way to travel between cities. The State Railway of Thailand operates both overnight and daytime trains, with comfortable seating or sleeper options available. Travelling by day train allows you to soak in the picturesque countryside and interact with Thai locals along the way, giving you a more rural and non-touristy travel experience.
  • Buses: Buses are a common mode of transportation in Thailand and provide an extensive network of routes covering both short and long distances. They are affordable and offer various classes, including standard, VIP, and express options. You can book tickets at bus terminals or through reputable online platforms. Keep in mind that travel times will vary depending on traffic conditions, and allow a couple extra hours to the stated arrival time to be safe. When we’re travelling through Asia, we like to use 12go Asia when planning bus and train routes.
  • Taxis and Tuk-tuks: Taxis are widely available in major cities and offer a convenient way to get around, especially for shorter distances. Ensure the taxi driver uses the meter or agree on a fixed price before starting the journey. Tuk-tuks, three-wheeled motorized vehicles, are popular for short rides within cities. Negotiate the fare before hopping in, as they often don’t have meters.
  • Ride-hailing Apps: Ride-hailing apps like Grab and Bolt are widely used and provide convenient and affordable transportation options, including cars and motorcycles. The fares on Bolt are half of Grab, but the availability is less and they are not available in every city.
  • Motorbikes and Scooters: Renting a motorbike or scooter is a popular choice for exploring local areas and enjoying the freedom of the open road. However, ensure you have the necessary driving license and take precautions, such as wearing a helmet and following traffic rules. Note that in order to be covered by most insurance companies, you will need to have an international driving license.
  • Boats and Ferries: Thailand’s coastal regions and islands are best accessed by boats and ferries. From long-tail boats to speedboats, there are various options available depending on your destination. Explore the stunning islands, enjoy snorkelling or scuba diving excursions, or simply take in the beautiful coastal scenery while cruising on the water.
  • Songthaews: Songthaews are shared open-air pickup trucks with benches in the back, popular in northern Thailand. They operate both within cities and on shorter intercity routes. They are an affordable option and provide a local experience, but note that they may have fixed routes and limited schedules.

When travelling around Thailand, it’s important to research and choose reputable transportation providers, ensure your belongings are secure, and consider travel insurance for added peace of mind. Additionally, familiarize yourself with local customs, traffic regulations, and safety precautions to have a smooth and enjoyable journey throughout the country.

Getting to Downtown Bangkok from Suvarnabhumi International Airport

The Airport Rail Link is generally the cheapest and fastest way to reach downtown Bangkok from the airport. You can access the Airport Rail Link from the underground level of the airport. The train ride to Phaya Thai Station takes approximately 30 minutes and costs 45 baht, with trains operate every 15 minutes from 6 am to midnight.

To board the train, you will need to purchase a token from the vending machines. Remember to keep this token with you, as you will need to insert it at your destination to leave the station. If your hotel is not close to the Airport Rail Link, you may need to take a taxi or use other public transportation options such as the BTS Skytrain or the metro “MRT”.

If your arrival time is after midnight like ours was, you will need to take a taxi into downtown Bangkok. Go to level 1 of the airport, where you will find the taxis. Here, there will be vending machines providing a ticket with the license plate number of your assigned taxi. The taxi cost will be between 250 to 450 baht, depending on your destination. Ensure that the taxi driver turns on the meter, and never accept a fixed fare for the ride.

After your arrival and check-in to your hotel, be sure to have a good night’s rest to prepare yourself for an exciting and fun 10 days in Thailand!

The BEST 10 day Itinerary in Thailand for an Epic Adventure

Overview and Highlights

Day 1
Bangkok Temples and Markets
Day 2
Flight to Chiang Mai & Monk’s Trail Hike to Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai
Day 3
Hill Tribe Trekking Tour Day 1: Into the Heart of the Jungle
Hill Tribe Village
Day 4
Hill Tribe Trekking Tour Day 2: Bamboo Rafting & Elephant Encounters
Chiang Mai
Day 5
Flight to Krabi & Railay Beach Exploration
Railay Beach
Day 6
Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Tour
Railay Beach
Day 7
Rock Climbing and Kayaking at Railay Beach
Railay Beach
Day 8
Khao Sok Jungle Trek & Night Safari
Khao Sok
Day 9
Cheow Lan Lake Tour – Day 1 & Kayaking
Cheow Lan Lake
Day 10
Cheow Lan Lake Tour – Day 2 & Nam Ta Lu Cave Hike

Day 1: Bangkok

Day 1 Sample Itinerary: Bangkok Temples & Markets

Grand Palace, one of the most famous Bangkok temples and landmarks.
  • Start your day by immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of Bangkok. The first stop on our list of iconic landmarks this morning is the Grand Palace, one of Bangkok’s most famous places, and the former residence of the Thai royal family.
  • While at the Grand Palace, marvel at the intricate architecture, stunning sculptures, and serene atmosphere that the site offers. Be sure to check out Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), often regarded as the most sacred temple in Thailand.
  • Another must-see place within the palace is the famous Chakri Maha Prasat Palace. This palace was the home of King Rama V, who is well-known for his contributions to Thailand’s economic rise in the 19th century.
  • The entrance cost to the Grand Palace is currently 500 baht for foreigners, and open daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Depending on where you’re staying in downtown Bangkok, you can either walk or take a taxi to get here.
Tasting the various Thai delicacies within the Wang Lang market, in the heart of Bangkok
  • Cross the Chao Phraya River by public ferry, and grab a late lunch in the vibrant and bustling Wang Lang Market, known for its delicious street food stalls. Spend some time exploring the narrow alleyways of the market, which provide an authentic glimpse into everyday Thai life and culture.
  • Next, visit the shimmering Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), a famous Buddhist temple located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Renowned for its architecture, Wat Arun features a towering central prang decorated with intricate porcelain and seashells. The temple is particularly enchanting during sunset.
Delicious Thai food at Nai Ek Roll Noodle along Yaowarat Road in Bangkok's famous Chinatown
  • As the sun drops, head to Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, a food lover’s paradise. Explore the numerous street food stalls and local restaurants offering an array of dishes. Some of our favourites include Nai Ek Roll Noodle, Guay Jub Ouan Pochana, Weng Restaurant, and Yaowarat Toasted Buns.
  • On your way to or from Yaowarat Road, stop for a herbal tea at Kan Kee Nam Tao Thong, a shop which has been open since 1901.
  • Experience the energetic nightlife in areas like Khao San Road or Sukhumvit. Khao San Road is known for its lively bars, street performers, and backpacker-friendly atmosphere, while Sukhumvit is known for its wide range of clubs and rooftop bars.
  • Remember, you have just scratched the surface of what Bangkok has to offer, but this one full day will provide you with a taste of the city’s cultural richness, culinary delights, and vibrant nightlife. Get ready to embark on the rest of your 10-day journey, filled with more remarkable experiences throughout Thailand.

Related: Living in Bangkok as a Digital Nomad: The BEST Guide

Other Things to Do in Bangkok

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  • Take an organized boat tour on the Chao Phraya River. If on a budget, you can tour the river on your own using the network of public ferries.
  • If it happens to be a weekend, visit the bustling Chatuchak Weekend Market, the largest market in all of Thailand.
  • Get a Thai massage.

Accommodations in Bangkok

When selecting your accommodations in Bangkok, consider your preferred atmosphere and the type of experience you seek during your stay. The first two places on this list are where we stayed during our time in Bangkok, however, there are many other great options.

Everyday Bangkok Hostel: If you’re looking for a quieter place to stay, we recommend Everyday Bangkok Hostel. This is where we stayed our last night in Bangkok and the rooms and hostel vibe were top-notch, offering both dorms and private rooms. With both dorms and reasonably priced private rooms, there is something for everyone here.

D&D Inn Khaosan: If your goal is to make the most of your limited time in Bangkok and immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife until the early hours of the morning, D&D Inn Khaosan is the best choice for you. This hotel offers affordable rooms right in the action of the Khao San nightlife. If you’re not planning to stay up late, don’t make the same mistake as us by staying here though, as the party and noise goes on until 5 am.

Speck Bangkok: Located in the heart of Sukhumvit, this is the place to stay if you’re wanting to spend some time exploring the shopping malls, nightlife, and trendy food scene of Sukhumvit. With both private and dormitory rooms, this hotel offers something for all budgets.

Once Again Hostel: Located in Bangkok’s Old Town, Once again hostel is positioned perfectly, close to all the main tourist attractions including Khao San Road.

Related: Where to Stay in Bangkok: The 8 Best Neighborhoods & Hotels/Hostels

Day 2-4: Chiang Mai

Day 2 Sample Itinerary: Flight to Chiang Mai & Monk’s Trail Hike to Doi Suthep

  • Take an early morning flight to Chiang Mai and check into your accommodation.
  • Start your day with a visit to Khao Soi Islam Noodles, our favourite Khao Soi restaurant in Chiang Mai.
Damrong in Chiang Mai
  • Next, head to the nearby Warorot market, Chiang Mai’s largest market. Head to the Damrong shop and pick up some of their famous Sai Oua (Northern Thai Spicy Sausage), fried pork cutlets, and Naem Tod (fried Northern Thai sour sausage). They were all so good we had to make a second trip a few days later!
  • After you have your bellies full and snacks for the trail, continue your day with a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most important temples in Northern Thailand.
mid-way point of the monks trail to doi suthep, at the beautiful Wat Pha Lat
  • Opt for the Monk’s Trail hike to make the journey to Doi Suthep more adventurous. The trail begins near the Chiang Mai Zoo and goes through the jungle, passing a couple of waterfalls and the beautiful Wat Pha Lat temple along the way.
  • While at Wat Pha Lat, take a break to admire the views and statues within the temple, and prepare yourselves for the second half of the hike which is quite steep!
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, after an exhausting hike up to the summit
  • Explore Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and admire the architecture and religious significance of this famous temple. Enjoy panoramic views of Chiang Mai from the viewpoint.
  • Explore the grounds of Doi Suthep a bit further and you will find the International Buddhist Centre and their Meditation Center where you can take a break to meditate.
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  • Once you’ve descended from Doi Suthep via songthaew, head back to your accommodation to relax before a night of indulging in Chiang Mai’s famous food scene.
  • If you have some extra time before supper, relax with a traditional Thai massage. Everyone we talked to recommended Green Bamboo Massage, however, they were fully booked when we visited. We went to Lila Thai Massage, which is run by ex-inmates.
  • End your day at the vibrant night markets such as the Sunday Walking Street, Saturday Wua Lai Walking Street, or one of the Night Bazaars, where you can sample a variety of local delicacies like larb kua, miang kham, and mango sticky rice. We listed the best foods we found here.
Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak, one of our favourite street foods in Chiang Mai
  • Our favourite street food stall was at the Chang Phuak Gate Night Market at a stall called Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak. Look for the lady in the cowboy hat! This stall is quite famous, and the tables are always full.
  • Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the night market, browse through the stalls selling handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs, and soak up the local culture and entertainment on offer.

Related: Is Chiang Mai Safe? Unique Things You Need to Know

Day 3 Sample itinerary: Hill Tribe Trekking Tour Day 1: Into the Heart of the Jungle

While it is possible to go on a one-day hill tribe trek, from talking with others in Chiang Mai most of these one-day treks are very rushed and artificial in nature. To truly gain an authentic experience, you need to do a two-day hike at minimum, or three days as we did with Chiang Mai Trekking with Piroon.

With an additional day, you can venture further into the jungle, discover hidden gems, and gain a deeper connection with the region. Additionally, spending a night in a hill tribe village provides an authentic cultural experience, giving you the chance to interact with the locals, learn about their traditions, and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life.

Things to know before visiting Thailand

The following is a rough itinerary of what this trek will consist of:

  • Early morning pickup from your accommodation in Chiang Mai.
  • Visit a market to gather supplies for the expedition.
  • Drive to Mok Fa waterfall for a refreshing swim and breathtaking views.
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  • Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch at a roadside restaurant.
  • Proceed to the drop-off point and begin trekking.
  • Trek through the jungle, with a knowledgeable local guide stopping to explain the plants and animals you’ll encounter.
  • Spend the night in a wooden hut in the Karen or Lahu hill tribe village.
the amazing sunrise at 6 am during our hill tribe trekking Chiang Mai experience
  • Freshen up with a shower and enjoy a delightful dinner prepared by the team.
  • Witness the stunning sunset over the mountains from the village deck and enjoy the tranquillity of being surrounded by nature.

If you’re interested in what we thought of the trek, we journaled our experience of the hike here.

Related: Where to Stay in Chiang Mai: 6 Best & Safest Neighborhoods

Day 4 Sample Itinerary: Hill Tribe Trekking Tour Day 2: Bamboo Rafting & Elephant Encounters

  • Explore the Karen or Lahu village after breakfast, gaining insights into the hill tribe’s simple life.
bamboo rafting during our hill tribe trekking Chiang Mai adventure
  • Embark on an exciting bamboo rafting adventure down the Mae Tang River to a Shan village. Enjoy the jungle views and help steer the bamboo raft.
  • Refresh yourself and have lunch in the Shan village.
  • Wander around the village and cross a long wooden hanging bridge.
Elephant sanctuary , things to do in Chiang Mai
  • Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary for an unforgettable encounter with the majestic creatures. Get close to the elephants, feed them, and take a walk among them.
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After arriving back to the Chiang Mai Old City, indulge in some amazing cuisine which the city is famous for. One of our favourite Chiang Mai restaurants open late is Rote Yiam Beef Noodle, offering the best beef noodle soup we have ever had. So good we ordered a second bowl to takeaway for breakfast the next morning!

How to Get to Chiang Mai

  1. By Air (Fastest Option): Fly to Chiang Mai International Airport. Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours from Bangkok. Flight frequency is high, and there are multiple airlines operating on this route.
  2. By Train (Most Scenic Option): Take an overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Travel time ranges from 10 to 14 hours, depending on the train type and schedule. Train tickets should be booked in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.
  3. By Bus (Cheapest Option): Buses offer different classes, including VIP and standard, with varying levels of comfort. Travel time ranges from 8 to 12 hours from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Other Things to Do in Chiang Mai

  • Explore the historic temples of Wat Chedi Luang or Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan.
  • Take a traditional Thai cooking class and learn to prepare delicious Thai dishes.
  • If you’d like to party, Zoe in Yellow is one of Chiang Mai’s best party spots.
  • Yi Peng (Loy Krathong) lantern festival (if here during November).
  • Visit the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls.
  • Whitewater rafting in Maetaeng River.

Accommodations in Chiang Mai

During our travels in Chiang Mai, we stayed at both Hostel Lullaby and Family Home Chiang Mai. These were two of our favourite hostels we stayed at in all of Thailand.

Hostel Lullaby: Located in the Old City, Hostel Lullaby offers budget-friendly accommodation with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Having dormitory and private rooms, a cozy common area, and helpful staff, it’s a great choice for backpackers and budget travellers looking to stay in the heart of the city. They also offer a free breakfast of coffee pancakes with bananas and eggs, daily yoga sessions, cooking and muay thai classes, and free bike rentals.

Family Home Chiang Mai: Located just outside the Old City, Family Home Chiang Mai provides a warm and welcoming environment for travellers seeking a more homely experience. With attentive staff and a peaceful garden setting, this guesthouse offers a comfortable stay, making it an ideal choice for families and those looking for a relaxed atmosphere.

Related: 10 Best Hostels in Chiang Mai

Day 5-7: Krabi

While many decide to stay in the popular resort town of Ao Nang during their stay in Krabi, we preferred staying right in Railay Beach. A second option for those with a focus on climbing during their time in Krabi would be to stay at Tonsai Bay.

Day 5 Sample Itinerary: Flight to Krabi and Railay Beach Exploration

  • Start your day by taking an early morning flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier in Ao Nang or Krabi Town and board a longtail boat to Railay Beach.
  • Check-in to your accommodation in Railay Beach and take some time to relax and settle in or grab a quick lunch.
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  • Our favourite lunch spot in Railay Beach is Railay Family Restaurant, serving delicious southern curries and soups at affordable prices. It is a popular spot and usually full during peak hours, but the food is quick and we did not have a bad meal here. If staying in Ton Sai, go to Mama’s chicken for delicious Thai food and giant fruit shakes.
  • If you plan to rock climb during your stay here, now is a good time to visit the various climb shops in Railay Beach and Tonsai Bay and decide on a plan for the coming days.
Czarina leading the way to Tonsai Bay
  • Note you will have to hike to get from Railay Beach to Tonsai Bay. The first option is the beach trail with a bit of rock scrambling, although you will need to plan this route with the tide. The second option is the jungle trail up and down a big hill. Both are fun options and worth doing during your stay here.
  • In the afternoon, explore the caves and beaches of Railay Beach on foot. Visit the iconic Phra Nang Princess Cave, a special place known for its unique shrines which men leave as an offering to the fertility goddess.
Lookout to Phra Nang beach below
  • While at Phra Nang Beach do the short hike up to the Phra Nang Bat Cave viewpoint, where you can explore the cave and have some of amazing views of the beaches and limestone cliffs below.
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon swimming, exploring and relaxing at Phra Nang Beach, known for its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking sunset views.
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  • In the evening, indulge in a delicious dinner and immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of Railay Beach.

Related: Phra Nang Bat Cave: Amazing Viewpoint near Railay Beach

Day 6 Sample Itinerary: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Tour

  • Wake up early and enjoy breakfast at your accommodation.
  • Join a full-day speedboat tour to the Phi Phi Islands, departing from Railay Beach. Cruise across the Andaman Sea, taking in the picturesque views of the surrounding islands and limestone cliffs.
Finally made it to Maya Bay, enjoying our Phi Phi Islands tour
  • Visit Maya Bay, the famous filming location for the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Spend time relaxing on the pristine white sand beach. The Thai government temporarily closed Maya Bay to the public for a few years due to over-tourism, and has only recently re-opened the Bay to tourists in late 2022. However, there is still a ban on swimming in the bay, to keep it in pristine condition.
  • If you’re lucky like us, you may even see a baby shark swimming in the shallow waters of Maya Bay!
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  • Next up, explore Pileh Lagoon, a stunning natural lagoon surrounded by towering cliffs. Dive into the emerald waters and snorkel among vibrant coral gardens and marine life.
  • Continue the tour to Monkey Bay, where you can observe playful monkeys and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters.
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  • Enjoy a buffet lunch during a short break at Phi Phi Don Island, where you will be served delicious southern Thai food such as panang curry and massaman curry spiced chicken wings.
  • Finally, head to Bamboo Island (Koh Pai). Relax on the soft white sand beach, swim in the turquoise waters, or simply soak up the sun.
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  • Return to Railay Beach in the late afternoon and spend the evening at your leisure. You can explore the local shops, try out beachfront bars, or relax on the beach while watching the sunset.
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  • Other options for those not wanting to visit the Phi Phi Islands are the popular Hong Islands or 4 Island Speedboat tours.

Day 7 Sample itinerary: Rock Climbing and Kayaking at Railay Beach

  • After breakfast, get ready for an exciting rock climbing adventure. Railay Beach and Tonsai Bay are renowned for their limestone cliffs, making them the perfect destinations for climbers of all levels.
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  • Join a guided rock climbing session or if you are an experienced climber, rent gear at one of the climbing shops and hit the crags for a fun day scaling the vertical cliffs. Note the guided sessions tend to pick easier routes, so if you are an experienced climber you will have more fun renting gear and finding a partner.
  • For beginners, there’s some nice easy routes by Railay East, and for more experienced climbers, Tonsai Bay is the most popular area.
  • Take a break for a well-deserved lunch before continuing with more climbing or exploring other activities in the area.
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  • In the late afternoon, grab a kayak for an hour and paddle through the stunning bay of Railay and Phra Nang. Explore hidden caves, and marvel at the limestone karsts that surround you as the sun drops in the distance.
  • After returning to Railay Beach, go for a quick swim in the turquoise waters to refresh after a busy day, or simply relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere reflecting on the incredible adventures you’ve had in Krabi.

Related: 10 Best Beaches in Krabi

How to Get to Krabi (Route Info in Links)

  1. By Air (Fastest Option): The quickest way to reach Krabi is by flying into Krabi International Airport (KBV). It is well-connected with domestic and international flights from major cities. From the airport, you can reach your destination by taking the airport shuttle bus.
  2. By Bus (Cheapest Option): Krabi is well-connected to various cities in Thailand via an extensive bus network. Buses from Bangkok, Phuket, Khao Sok, and other major towns operate daily, providing an affordable option for travellers.
  3. By Ferry: If you’re coming from nearby islands like Phuket or Koh Phi Phi, taking a ferry is a popular choice. There are regular ferry services connecting these places to Krabi.
  4. By Train and Bus: If you prefer a combination of train and bus travel, you can take a train to Surat Thani and then transfer to a bus heading to Krabi. Surat Thani is the nearest major railway station to Krabi, and the bus journey from there takes approximately 3-4 hours.

Other Things to Do in Krabi

  • Try Deep Water Soloing, a unique style of free climbing on cliffs over open water.
  • Hike up to the Railay Beach Viewpoint and to Railay’s Hidden Lagoon.
  • Explore Diamond Cave (Tham Pranangnai Cave).
  • Learn how to cook Thai staples at a Railay Cooking Class.
  • Get a massage (Thai or massages specific to climbers).
  • Try snorkeling or scuba diving (if you’re PADI certified).
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  • Explore the mainland by motorbike and hike up the 1,237 stairs to the Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), relax in the Klong Thom Saline Hot Springs, and check out the beautiful Emerald Pool. You can rent a motorbike easily from Ao Nang using BikesBooking.com.
  • Take a speedboat tour to James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay.

Related: Where to Stay in Krabi: 7 Best & Safest Neighborhoods

Accommodations in Krabi

During our travels in Krabi, we stayed at the following accommodations. They were all decent budget options, but none exceeded our expectations.

The accommodations in Railay Beach are mostly luxury resorts, boutique hotels, and a limited number budget-friendly guesthouses. Unless you want to stay at the party hostels, cheap accommodations are limited and fill up quickly. Book in advance as we met a few people who just showed up without accommodations and couldn’t find anything.

This are the accommodations in Krabi we stayed at:

Railay Beach: Railay Viewpoint Resort & Rapala Rock Wood Resort: These are two of the cheaper options in Railay Beach for private rooms if you are on a budget but prefer not to stay in dorms. If you don’t mind spending a bit more, Sand Sea Resort is a popular option with a pool facing the bay.

Ao Nang: Pop-in Hostel Ao Nang: We only stayed at Pop-in for one night before heading to Railay Beach, but the atmosphere was nice, the staff was very friendly, and the beds were comfy and clean. It is located well, a short walk from the beaches of Ao Nang.

Krabi town: Thaksin Grand Home Hostel: A quieter option in Krabi town, the owner was very helpful and understanding of our booking mishaps. The decor could use some updates, but a great budget option.

Other good options are Tonsai Bay Resort in Tonsai Bay (the place to stay if your focus is on climbing and want to be close to the crags), or Pak-Up Hostel in Krabi town (voted “Top 3 Hostels in Asia” by hostelbookers).

Related: 10 Best Hostels in Krabi

Day 8-10: Khao Sok

Day 8 Sample Itinerary: Khao Sok Jungle Trek & Night Safari

  • Start your day early by taking a bus shuttle from Ao Nang to Khao Sok. The journey takes approximately 2-3 hours if taking a direct route, or could be 3-4 hours depending which shuttle company you choose to go with.
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  • Arrive at Khao Sok and check-in at your accommodation.
  • Depending on what time you arrive in Khao Sok, explore the hiking trails of the nearby National Park (200 baht entrance fee) area and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Khao Sok. Hike the 6 km out-and-back trail to Bang Hua Rat Waterfall, passing Wing Hin Waterfall and Wang Pai Nga along the way.
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  • At Bang Hua Rat, there will be local park rangers telling you not to go further without a guide, but we saw many doing this including us. The jungle gets very dense at this point, and some navigation skills will be required. We didn’t start hiking until 2:30 pm in the afternoon so only went as far as Wang Yao Waterfall. We passed others hiking without a guide, two of which had seen a viper on the trail in front of them close to Ton Kloi.
  • If you have more time or happen to arrive in Khao Sok earlier in the day (recommended!), hike further into the jungle to Ton Kloi Waterfall or Than Sawan Waterfall.
  • While hiking through the park, keep your eye out for the endangered Rafflesia kerrii plant, the world’s largest flower.
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  • If you’re not too tired, or if you spent the afternoon relaxing rather than hiking, spend the evening on a Khao Sok night safari where you’ll likely see pit vipers (can you spot one in the above photo?), mangrove snakes, scorpions, slow loris, monkeys, stick and leaf insects and many more. (You won’t be disappointed. Read more on our experience here!)
  • If a night safari is too much for you or you’d prefer to get a good night’s sleep before hitting up Cheow Lake Lake, spend the evening relaxing at your accommodation and preparing for the adventures ahead.

Related: Khao Sok Night Safari: A Nocturnal Hike through the Wild Jungle

Day 9 Sample Itinerary: Cheow Lan Lake Tour – Day 1 & Kayaking

  • Today marks the beginning of your two-day adventure on Cheow Lan Lake.
  • We recommend booking this tour with Khao Sok Smiley Bungalow. While all tours have a standard cost of 2,500 baht plus a national park and pier cleaning fees, Smiley’s tour finishes later on the second day around 3 pm, versus the other tours finishing around noon.
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  • The biggest difference is the other tour groups do the hike to Nam Ta Lu Cave on Day 1, while Smiley’s tour does it the morning of Day 2, which gives more free time at the lake house the afternoon of Day 1. This also means less crowds when you do the hike on Day 2.
  • Another factor is they own the lake house you’ll be staying at, which is where several other tour groups stay as well.
  • After breakfast, you’ll visit a local market to pick up any last minute snacks and then transfer to the pier where you’ll board a traditional long-tail boat.
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  • Cruise along the emerald waters of Cheow Lan Lake, surrounded by limestone karsts and dense rainforest. Marvel at the stunning scenery and enjoy the tranquility of the lake.
  • Arrive at your floating bungalow, your accommodation for the next two days. Check-in and take some time to relax and soak in the beauty of the surroundings.
  • In the afternoon, enjoy various activities such as kayaking, swimming, or simply lounging on the deck of your floating bungalow.
  • If kayaking, discover hidden coves, secluded beaches, and breathtaking viewpoints as you paddle through the calm waters.
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  • Before sunset, your guides will take you on an evening boat safari, where you’ll have the chance to encounter wildlife living in the Khao Sok National Park.
  • After sunset and returning to your floating bungalow, savour a delicious dinner and spend the evening stargazing or engaging in conversation with fellow travellers.

Day 10 Sample Itinerary: Cheow Lan Lake Tour – Day 2 & Nam Ta Lu Cave Hike

  • Wake up to the peaceful ambiance of Cheow Lan Lake and start off your day as I did with a refreshing cannonball jump into the lake.
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  • This morning you’ll have the opportunity to further explore the lake and its surroundings, through another morning boat safari where if you’re lucky you’ll see wildlife such as langur monkeys, elephants, and bison.
  • After returning from the safari, enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your floating bungalow.
  • Embark on a hike to Nam Ta Lu Cave, venturing through the lush rainforest, crossing streams and navigating the rocky terrain.
  • Using a headlamp, explore the intricate chambers of Nam Ta Lu Cave, with thousands of bats hanging from the ceiling above. Some of the chambers you will pass through are very narrow and there will be sections where the water will be overhead so you’ll need to swim through.
  • After arriving back to the floating bungalow, eat a final lunch before returning to the pier
  • After lunch, bid farewell to your floating bungalow
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  • Return to the CheoLan Pier and begin your journey back. Depending on your next destination you can either return to Khao Sok, take a bus to the Surat Thani Airport to fly back to Bangkok, or take a bus to Surat Thani to catch an early morning ferry the next day to Koh Phangan.
  • Either way, wherever you end up, indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, celebrating the end of your Khao Sok adventure.

How to Get to Khao Sok

  1. By Bus: From major cities like Bangkok, Phuket, or Krabi, you can take a bus to reach Khao Sok.
  2. By Train: If you prefer a scenic train journey, you can take a train to Surat Thani, which is the closest railway station to Khao Sok. From Surat Thani, you can then hire a taxi or take a bus for a further 1.5-2 hour ride to reach Khao Sok.
  3. By Air: The nearest airport to Khao Sok is Surat Thani International Airport. From the airport, you can take a taxi or a pre-arranged transfer to Khao Sok, which usually takes around 1.5-2 hours.
  4. Organized Tours: Many tour operators offer organized tours to Khao Sok from nearby destinations like Phuket or Krabi. These tours often include transportation, accommodation, and activities, providing a hassle-free way to visit the national park.

Other Things to Do in Khao Sok

  • Take an overnight survival course.
  • Hike the northern trail to Sip Et Chan Waterfall.
  • Take a Thai cooking class at Rungfah’s Khao Sok Cooking Class.
  • Visit Wat Tham Phanthurat, a Buddhist temple overrun by wild monkeys.
  • Go on a canoeing or bamboo rafting down Khao Sok River.
  • Go on a cycling adventure through the beautiful countryside exploring villages along the way.

Accommodations in Khao Sok

In Khao Sok, you’ll find a range of accommodations that cater to different preferences and budgets. Here’s a brief overview of the accommodations available in Khao Sok:

  • Jungle resorts
  • Riverside lodges
  • Floating bungalows
  • Guesthouses and hostels

The accommodations in Khao Sok and Cheow Lan Lake we stayed at were:

  • Chillax Khaosok Hostel: Offering comfortable and clean rooms at budget prices, Chillax Khao Sok was a great place to stay. It is on the main road in Khao Sok, close to the National Park entrance, and all the best restaurants.
  • Smiley’s Lakehouse: The place to stay when on Cheow Lan Lake
  • Khao Sok Morning Mist Resort: Another great budget option, with a more rustic feel as it consists of wood huts surrounded by nature.

If you have a higher budget and want to stay at a jungle resort or riverside lodge, the following are the best to places to stay:

10 day Itinerary in Northern Thailand

Overview and Highlights

Day 1
Bangkok Temples and Markets
Day 2
Bangkok Open Exploration
Day 3
Flight to Chiang Mai & Monk’s Trail Hike to Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai
Day 4
Chiang Mai Mae Takhrai Loop Motorbike Adventure
Chiang Mai
Day 5
Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Trek & Mok Fa Waterfall
Hill Tribe Village
Day 6
Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Trek – Full Day Hiking
Hill Tribe Village
Day 7
Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Trek – Bamboo Rafting, & Elephant Sanctuary
Chiang Mai
Day 8
Chiang Mai Doi Inthanon National Park Tour
Night train
Day 9
Ayutthaya Exploring Ancient Ruins
Pak Chong
Day 10
Khao Yai National Park Escape to Wilderness

Day 1-2: Bangkok

The Day 1 Sample Itinerary will be the same as the 1st day in our BEST 10 day Itinerary in Thailand for an Epic Adventure.

Day 2 Sample Itinerary: Bangkok Open Exploration

With the endless amount of activities to do in Bangkok, this will be a customizable day giving you the opportunity to plan your itinerary based on your preferences. Ideas include:

  • Start your day with a morning Backstreets of Bangkok bike tour to explore the city’s hidden gems.
Eating at the famous Jek Pui in Bangkok, legendary for their Thai curries at a very cheap price
  • Indulge in a delicious local food adventure by exploring Bangkok’s many amazing restaurants and food stalls. Some of our favourites include Jek Pui, Nai Mong Hoi Thod, Sae Phun, and Sawang Noodles. Other popular spots we never had a chance to eat at are Jay Fai and Pad Thai Fai Ta Lu.
  • Experience the vibrant Sukhumvit Soi 38 Night Food Market.
  • Visit the Taling Chan Floating Market to immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and sample local delicacies.
  • Treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Explore the Jim Thompson House, a beautiful museum showcasing Thai architecture and art.
  • Take a leisurely afternoon stroll through the serene Lumphini Park, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and seeing the monitor lizards up close lounging on the edges of the lake.
  • Dive into the rich history and cultural heritage at the Bangkok National Museum.
  • Visit the iconic Wat Saket and climb to the top for panoramic views of the city.
Monitor lizard swimming in the lake in Lumphini Park, Bangkok
  • Take a leisurely afternoon stroll through the serene Lumphini Park, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and seeing the monitor lizards up close lounging on the edges of the lake.
  • Discover the majestic Wat Traimit, home to the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statue.
  • Take a boat tour along the Chao Phraya River to explore the waterways and witness the local way of life.
  • Explore the bustling Chatuchak Weekend Market (if your visit falls on a weekend).

Other Things to Do in Bangkok

Other potential ideas to fill this day depending on your interests are:

  • Take part in a Thai Cooking Class
  • Have cocktails and watch the sunset at one of Bangkok’s many epic rooftop bars
  • Take a two-day tour or go on a self-guided tour to Kanchanaburi and Erawan Falls.

Day 3-8: Chiang Mai

The Day 3 Sample Itinerary will be the same as the 2nd day in our BEST 10 day Itinerary in Thailand for an Epic Adventure.

Day 4 Sample Itinerary: Mae Takhrai Loop Motorbike Adventure

  • Start the day early and rent a motorbike in Chiang Mai.
  • Before leaving Chiang Mai, grab a quick breakfast. We decided to indulge ourselves in a big bowl of Khao Soi at Khao Soi Lung Prakit Kad Kom.
  • Begin the journey by heading northeast on Route 118 towards Mae Takhrai and Chae Son National Parks.
  • Make a stop at the Mae Takhrai National Park and take a short hike to explore the park’s nature trails.
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  • Continue north past Doi Saket until you reach Ban Pong village, where you will turn right at the Ban Pong Din exit.
  • Now you will be entering the most scenic part of the ride, with twisty roads through the Chae Son mountains passing small villages, rice fields, and quick sharp turns.
  • Take a quick detour and visit the three waterfalls. Go on a short hike to the third and most beautiful Thep Sadet waterfall.
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  • A bit further down the road, treat yourself to a well-deserved break at Palore Coffee & Tea House, where you can indulge in a variety of aromatic coffees and refreshing teas in a cozy and inviting setting. This is the perfect place to grab a few bags of coffee beans to take home with you.
  • Enjoy the rest of the scenic ride back to Chiang Mai, completing the full Mae Takhrani loop.
  • Return the motorbike in Chiang Mai and conclude the day with some more delicious street food at one of the many night bazaars.
  • Other popular one-day motorbiking loops to consider are the Samoeng loop and the Chae Son loop. The Samoeng loop goes around the Doi Suthep mountain, passing coffee shops and botanical gardens. The Chae Son loop is off the tourist radar, passing through the beautiful forests of Chae Son National park, and small, remote mountain villages.

Day 5-7: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Trek

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The Sample Itinerary for Days 5 to 7 will be similar to days 3 to 4 in our BEST 10 day Itinerary in Thailand for an Epic Adventure, with an additional full day of hiking through the mountains. If you want to read more about our 3-day Chiang Mai hill tribe trek experience, we have an article linked on the bottom!

Day 8 Sample Itinerary: Doi Inthanon National Park Tour

Hiking the Kew Mae Pan nature trail during our Doi Inthanon National Park tour
  • Join a guided tour to Doi Inthanon National Park, located southwest of Chiang Mai. Known as the “Roof of Thailand”, Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in the country and offers breathtaking natural beauty.
the twin royal pagodas, at a viewpoint during the Kew Mae Pan nature trail
  • Explore the park’s highlights, including the twin royal pagodas, Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Bhumisiri. These pagodas offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and are an important pilgrimage site.
  • Grab a selfie at Thailand’s highest point, 2,565m above sea level.
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  • Visit the epic Wachirathan Waterfall. If you’re feeling adventurous, hike further up to the different tiers of the waterfall.
  • Go on a short nature walk on the scenic Kew Mae Pan nature trail, one of Thailand’s top-rated hikes. This 3 km hike will take you through the mountains to a viewpoint with spectacular views below.
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant serving up delicious Thai foods.
  • Visit a hill tribe village serving up delicious locally-grown coffee before heading back to Chiang Mai.
  • Once back in Chiang Mai, grab a quick final meal and prepare for your evening night train to Ayutthaya.

Other Things to Do in Chiang Mai

  • Go on a day trip to Chiang Rai and witness the architectural marvel of Wat Rong Khun (White Temple).
  • Head to Pai and spend a few days exploring the area’s attractions including the Pai Canyon, Sai Ngom Hot Springs, Tham Lod Cave, Huai Nam Dang National Park, white water rafting, or visiting one of the many waterfalls (Mo Paeng, Pam Bok, Mae Yen).
  • Visit the Lampung cliff temples.
  • Spend a week motorbiking and exploring the Mae Hong Son Loop.
  • Take part in a multi-day meditation retreat.
  • Go caving in Chiang Dao.
  • Enjoy a traditional Khantoke Supper.
  • Watch a muay thai boxing match at the Kalore Boxing Stadium (every Friday night at 8 pm).

Day 9: Ayutthaya

Day 9 Sample Itinerary: Ayutthaya Exploring Ancient Ruins

Exploring the Ayutthaya ruins
  • After arriving in the early morning by train, begin your exploration of Ayutthaya by renting bikes for the day.
  • Start your morning by visiting Ayutthaya Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which houses the magnificent ruins of temples and palaces from the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom. With the various ruins spread across the city, travelling by bike will allow for quick and easy access to all the iconic landmarks.
Exploring Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya Historical Park
  • Our favourite spots in the park which are not to be missed include Wat Mahathat (famous for its Buddha head intertwined in tree roots from a banyan tree), Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and Wat Ratchaburana.
  • Of the 50 ancient ruins to visit, six require entrance fees. A day pass which covers all six will cost 220 baht, or if you only want to see a few of the ruins, individual tickets for each are 50 baht.
  • During your exploration of the ruins, indulge in some delicious bowl of boat noodles, a signature dish of Ayutthaya. Our favourite places were Pa Lek Boat Noodle (close to Wat Mahathat), and Crying Tiger Boat Noodles.
food stall in Hua Ro Market serving the best pad thai we had in Thailand
  • Take a mid-day break at Hua Ro Market, a local market with a wide variety of local products, handicrafts, and souvenirs. We had our best pad thai in all of Thailand here!
  • In the evening, take a bus to Pak Chong, the starting point for your next day’s adventure.

How to Get to Ayutthaya

To get to Ayutthaya from Chiang Mai:

  • By Train: Take a train from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. The journey takes approximately 8-9 hours, and you will have the option to take a nighttime sleeper train or a day train.
  • By Bus: Board a bus from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya. The bus ride takes around 9-10 hours, and there are both daytime and overnight options available. This will be the cheapest option, but less comfortable than taking a train.

To get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok:

At the train station in Bangkok, getting ready to board our train to Ayutthaya
  • By Train (cheapest option): The most popular way to reach Ayutthaya from Bangkok is by train. Trains depart regularly from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station, and the journey takes about 1-2 hours depending on the train type.
  • By Bus: Buses from Bangkok to Ayutthaya are frequent and offer a convenient option as they will pick you up from your hotel. The journey takes around 1.5-2 hours. The cost will be significantly higher than taking the local train.

Other Things to Do in Ayutthaya

  • Go on a scenic sunset boat cruise down the Chao Phraya River and take in the outlines of the ancient ruins that surround the city.
  • Sample a variety of mouthwatering local delicacies, such as Roti Sai Mai, a popular Thai dessert which was first served to royalty during the reign of King Rama V.
  • Visit the Ayutthaya floating market where you can find authentic local foods cooked for you directly on the boats.
  • Visit the Ayutthaya Night market, where you can sample local curries, meat skewers, and desserts.

Day 10: Khao Yai National Park

Day 10 Sample Itinerary: Khao Yai National Park Escape to Wilderness

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  • Start your day early and make your way to Khao Yai National Park.
  • Begin by visiting the Visitor Center to gather information about the park and get a map of the trails.
  • Take a guided trek through the lush jungle, immersing yourself in the natural beauty and wildlife of the park.
  • Explore the park’s top attractions, such as the stunning Haew Narok Waterfall and the picturesque Pha Diao Dai Cliff.
  • Go on a wildlife safari, keeping an eye out for elephants, gibbons, hornbills, and other fascinating creatures that call the park home.
  • Visit the picturesque Khao Yai viewpoint for breathtaking panoramic views of the park and its sprawling landscapes.
  • Head to the vineyards in the area and indulge in a wine-tasting session, enjoying the unique flavours produced in this region.
  • As the day winds down, make your way back to Pak Chong and take a 3 hr bus ride back to Bangkok, reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories made during your 10 day itinerary in Northern Thailand

How to Get to Khao Yai National Park

Since Pak Chong is the entry point to most of Khao Yai National Park, you will first want to arrive here.

To get to Pak Chong from Ayutthaya:

  • By Train: Take a train from Ayutthaya Railway Station to Pak Chong Railway Station, which takes around 2-3 hours.

To get to Pak Chong from Bangkok:

  • By Train: You can take a train from Bang Sue Grand Station in Bangkok to Pak Chong Railway Station, which takes around 2-3 hours.
  • By Bus: Numerous buses depart from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) to Pak Chong Bus Terminal throughout the day. The bus journey will take around 3 hours.

For all these options, once you arrive in Pak Chong, you can take a taxi or songthaew to your final destination.

Other Things to Do in Khao Yai National Park

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  • Go birdwatching in the morning or evening.
  • Hike the adventurous 8 km trek to Haew Suwat Waterfall, known as the orchid waterfall since orchids surround this waterfall. This hike requires hiring a park ranger to guide you.
  • Hike to the peaks of Khao Laem or Khao Rom for scenic viewpoints below
  • Hike to Pak Chi observation, one of the best spots to see wild elephants roaming in the mornings.
  • Visit the Khao Luk Chang Bat Cave before sunset to witness thousands of bats leaving the cave at once.
  • Go on a Khao Yai night safari where you’ll have the chance to see deer, spotted civets, and snakes.
  • If you’re visiting Khao Yai National Park during the rainy season, go whitewater rafting down the Sai Yai River.

Accommodations in Khao Yai National Park

Since we did not have time to visit Khao Yai National Park, we are unable to make any personal recommendations on where to stay in Khao Yai and Pak Chong. However, both offer a range of accommodations to suit different preferences and budgets. Here is a summary of the accommodation options in the area:

  • Resorts and Hotels
  • Guesthouses and Homestays
  • Nature Lodges and Campsites
  • Boutique and Eco-friendly Accommodations

10 day Itinerary in Southern Thailand

Overview and Highlights

Day 1
Bangkok Temples and Markets
Day 2
Flight to Krabi & Railay Beach Exploration
Railay Beach
Day 3
Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Tour
Railay Beach
Day 4
Rock Climbing and Kayaking at Railay Beach
Railay Beach
Day 5
Khao Sok Jungle Trek & Night Safari
Khao Sok
Day 6
Cheow Lan Lake Tour – Day 1 & Kayaking
Cheow Lan Lake
Day 7
Cheow Lan Lake Tour – Day 2 & Nam Ta Lu Cave Hike
Surat Thani
Day 8
Traveling to & Exploring Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan
Day 9
Scuba Diving around Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan
Day 10
Angthong National Marine Park Tour
Koh Phangan

Day 1: Bangkok

Day 1 in Bangkok for this itinerary will be the same as the 1st day in our BEST 10 day Itinerary in Thailand for an Epic Adventure.

Day 2-4: Krabi

The 3-day itinerary for Krabi will be the same as our 3-day itinerary within our BEST 10 day Itinerary in Thailand for an Epic Adventure.

Day 5-7: Khao Sok

The 3-day itinerary for Khao Sok will be the same as our 3-day itinerary within our BEST 10 day Itinerary in Thailand for an Epic Adventure with the following minor changes:

  • After arrival back at Cheo Lan Pier, instead of travelling direct to the Surat Thani airport to return to Bangkok, we will travel to Surat Thani to spend the night before an early morning 7:30 am boat ride to Koh Phangan.

Day 8-10: Koh Phangan

Day 8 Sample Itinerary: Traveling to & Exploring Koh Phangan

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  • Leaving at 7:30 am, you will start your morning travelling by bus and boat to the island of Koh Phangan, arriving at the Thong Sala Pier around 11:30 am.
  • After a quick check-in to your accommodation and grabbing a bite to eat from one of the many local Thai restaurants in town, you will head off on your adventures for the afternoon.
  • Rent a scooter or hire a taxi for a full afternoon of exploration on Koh Phangan island.
  • Start your afternoon by exploring the beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan. Head to one of the quieter beaches like Thong Nai Pan or Bottle Beach.
  • In the late afternoon, explore the island’s interior. Visit the stunning viewpoints at Than Sadet Waterfall National Park.
  • Finish your day off with a visit to Wat Pho, a temple that also offers a herbal sauna (100 baht) and massages (200 baht).
  • Indulge in local Thai delicacies at the Thong Sala night market.
  • If you’re a party lover, you could join in on the fun at one of Koh Phangan’s epic parties. Even when it is not the monthly Full Moon party, there is always something going on whether the Half Moon or Jungle Experience party.

Day 9 Sample Itinerary: Scuba Diving around Koh Phangan

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  • Start your day by embarking on a scuba diving adventure around Koh Phangan. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, dive centres on the island cater to all levels.
  • Join a diving tour to explore the vibrant underwater world surrounding Koh Phangan. Dive sites like Sail Rock (Hin Bai) offer the chance to encounter diverse marine life, including colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, and even occasional whale shark sightings.
  • If you’re not a certified diver, you can opt for a Discover Scuba Diving program, where you’ll receive a brief training session before diving under the guidance of an instructor.
  • After your diving adventure, relax on the beach, treat yourself to a beachside massage, or celebrate your diving achievements with a delicious dinner at a seaside restaurant.

Day 10 Sample Itinerary: Angthong National Marine Park Tour

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  • Join a tour to Angthong National Marine Park, a breathtaking archipelago consisting of 42 islands known for their natural beauty.
  • Start your day with a scenic boat ride to the marine park, enjoying the picturesque views of the limestone karsts and emerald-green waters.
  • Explore the park’s islands, go kayaking through hidden lagoons, or snorkel in the vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life.
  • Hike to the top of Mae Koh Island to witness the iconic viewpoint overlooking the emerald-green saltwater lake known as “Talay Nai”.
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch on the boat and relax on the pristine beaches before returning to Koh Phangan.

Please note that scuba diving activities require prior certifications such as PADI Open Water and sometimes Advanced Open Water training, or participation in a Discover Scuba Diving program. Always ensure you dive with a reputable dive center that prioritizes safety and follows sustainable diving practices.

With this itinerary, the following day you can take an early morning boat from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui where you can take a direct flight back to Bangkok.

How to Get to Koh Phangan

Flying over Koh Phangan and Angthong National Marine Park on our flight from Surat Thani to Bangkok

To get to Koh Phangan from Surat Thani and Bangkok, you have a few transportation options:

From Surat Thani:

  • By Ferry: Take a bus or taxi from Surat Thani to Donsak Pier, which is about a 1.5 to 2-hour journey. From Donsak Pier, board a ferry to Koh Phangan. The ferry ride takes approximately 2 hours.
  • By Speedboat: Alternatively, you can take a speedboat from Surat Thani directly to Koh Phangan. This option is faster but usually more expensive than the ferry. The speedboat takes around 1 to 1.5 hours.

From Bangkok:

  • By Train and Ferry: Take a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The train takes approximately 8 to 12 hours. From Surat Thani railway station, you can take a bus or taxi to Donsak Pier and then a ferry to Koh Phangan.
  • By Bus and Ferry: Take a bus from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The bus takes approximately 8 to 10 hours. Once you reach Surat Thani, proceed to Donsak Pier and take a ferry to Koh Phangan.
  • By Flight and Ferry: The quickest way to reach Koh Phangan from Bangkok is by flying. Book a flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani Airport or Ko Samui Airport. From Surat Thani or Ko Samui, you can take a ferry to Koh Phangan.

Other Things to Do in Koh Phangan

  • Head to Haad Rin Beach, famous for its Full Moon Party.
  • Relax on another popular beach such as Mae Haad Beach or Haad Yao Haad Salad Beach.
  • Hike up Khao Ra Mountain.
  • Hike to Phaeng Noi Waterfall.
  • Discover the island’s cultural heritage by visiting the local temple of Wat Phu Khao Noi.
  • With the northwest side of the island increasingly being known as a hippy area, you could join a yoga or meditation session.
  • Take part in a cooking class at Same Same Thai Cooking School.

Accommodations in Koh Phangan

Since we did not have time to visit Koh Phangan, we do not have any personal recommendations on where to stay. However, there are a range of accommodations in Koh Phangan to suit different preferences and budgets. Here is a summary of the different areas of Koh Phangan and top rated places to stay:

  • Baan Tai (if it’s your first time in Koh Phangan): One More Night Beach Resort or Phangan Hometown Resort: These two are centrally located on Koh Phangan’s south coast, with many nearby activities, attractions, and the full moon parties of Haad Rin.
  • Haad Rin (nightlife): Om Ganesh Hostel: This is where to go if you’re here to indulge in the infamous Full Moon party.
  • Haad Salad (coolest area to stay): Shiralea Backpackers Resort: This is one of the prettiest areas of the island, with white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and close to nature.

Further Readings Referenced within the Article

Phra Nang Bat Cave: Amazing Viewpoint near Railay Beach

Khao Sok Night Safari: A Nocturnal Hike through the Wild Jungle

Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Trek: Authentic and Fun Adventure

Essential Guide for Chiang Mai: Planning Your Perfect Stay

Best Foods in Chiang Mai: Where We’ve Eaten (With Map and Photos)

Work and Play in Paradise: Comprehensive Guide for Digital Nomads in Krabi

Get Lost in Nature’s Playground: A Traveler’s Guide to Khao Sok National Park

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