Thailand itinerary - Choose your route

Updated: Apr 14, 2018

After knowing what all you need to be aware of before going to Thailand in my previous blog now we move to choosing locations.




Planning a trip is always the toughest and most important part of beginning of your journey. If planned thoroughly with all information then you will save & enjoy more without any hassle. There are various routes and you can choose the one that suits your taste and interest. 


Route 1 : See city life, relax on beaches, enjoy the calmness of islands in morning and party hard at night 


1. Land at #Phuket. Depending on which country you are travelling from there are direct as well as connecting flights to #Phuket

  • To enjoy sheer limestone cliffs , emerald-green waters and calm beaches try northeastern beaches of Phuket

  • Serious partygoers should base themselves near #Patong to enjoy adult #nightlife, bars , cabaret shows, shopping etc.

2. #Phi_Phi_IslandIf you enjoyed the city life of Phuket and are yet to relax and lie on beach (basically do nothing I mean besides #diving) then a  2 - 3 day trip to this island is a must.

  • #MayaBay for sightseeing , relaxing  and snorkeling (made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie: The Beach)

  • Phi Phi is also heaven for Snorkels and #divers to see diverse marine life at #PhiPhiDon island. Register with PADI and enjoy

3. #Ko_Pha_Ngan :  Book your whole travel to Koh Pha Ngan by #Seatran or other ferry services 2 days in advance. This small island is famous worldwide for its monthly full moon parties. Make sure your trip coincides with the full moon party if you are a party person.


4. #Ko_Samui : Tired of Partying? wish to relax on beaches, learn diving before you fly back then travel to Ko Samui. Its airport makes it easier to commute. I personally didn't like Ko Samui after witnessing crystal clear waters of Phi Phi side. It is just another island with beaches.


Note : You can skip Ko Samui and take a ferry to Surat Thani from Ko Pha Ngan to take a flight to Bangkok OR book whole travel back to Phuket from Ko Pha Ngan. 


Route 2: Cosmopolitan life of Bangkok, Shopping fanatics, witness adult life, Full moon party, diving and best beaches:

  1. #Bangkok : Land at Bangkok and enjoy the cosmopolitan life , chinatown delicious food, great temples and fulfil your shopping fantasies. You can also see famous ping pong shows and go go bars if you are up for such experiences.

  2. #Ko_Samui :  Take a direct flight to Ko Samui or to Surat Thani and ferry to Ko Samui. You may decide between beachside hotels at #Chaweng town which offer nightlife and variety of food or relaxing beachside resorts. Many people learn diving & Snorkelling here. 

  3. #Ko_Pha_Ngan : Enjoy the full moon party. See list of dates mentioned in Route 1 details

  4. #Ko_Phi_Phi: This ultimate destination will end your journey on a high note. After seeing city life, shopping, partying it is time to relax on beautiful beaches of Phi Phi. Make sure you choose beachside places here and those who are up for luxury there is nothing better than Phi Phi Island village beach resort.

  5. From Phi Phi you can take flight from either #Krabi or Phuket to Bangkok for your return flight from Thailand.


Route 3: Least travelling from Bangkok, Crazy Shopping, local food, Late night Parties, Bachelor/Bachelorette, Backpackers

  1. #Bangkok: Land at Bangkok and enjoy the cosmopolitan life , chinatown delicious food, great temples and fulfil your shopping fantasies. You can also see famous ping pong shows and go go bars if you are up for such experiences. Other places to see near Bangkok Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Ayutthaya Historical Park etc.

  2. #Pattaya: For those who love to go crazy in bachelors/bachelorette Pattaya is the place with beach, hundreds of beer bars, go go clubs and massage parlours.  After Bangkok it is second largest international city of Thailand. 

  3. #Ko_Samet: Now is time to relax on sandy shores of ko samet. In northern part you can enjoy fire shows & beach barbecues. This beach is underdeveloped with low rise hotels and gets crowded on weekends and holidays by domestic tourists of Thailand.

  4. #Ko_Chang & Other islands nearby: If you wish to enjoy more of secluded islands and are on long vacation then try Ko Chang(elephant Island) and nearby beach like Ko Kut(super soft sand). 


Route 4: Diving, Hiking and wildlife tour along with Beach relaxation

  1. #Phuket: Land here and enjoy city life, bars, go-go clubs or beautiful beaches. To enjoy sheer limestone cliffs , emerald-green waters and calm beaches try northeastern beaches of Phuket. Serious partygoers should base themselves near Patong to enjoy adult nightlife, bars , cabaret shows, shopping etc.

  2. #Surin_Similan_Islands: Hop aboard on day diving tour from Khao lak. If you are professional diver then try 3-5 days boat trip and enjoy the marine life with water clarity upto 30m. Surin & Similan Islands are heaven for scuba divers. 

  3. #Khao_Sok_National_Park: It is believed to be world’s oldest rainforest has wide array of bird species , biggest flower of the world and wide variety of flora. 

  4. #Phi_Phi_Island: Enjoy beautiful beach with emerald green water, night parties, snorkeling , Learn diving with best marine life in nearby island

  5. #Railay: For hiking, rock climbing & deep water soloing travel to Railay. It has vertical rock spires draped in greenery, surrounded by crystalline sea and amazing beaches.

Hope the above information helps you in choosing the route suited best for you! Do comment if you have discovered another alternate route!
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