Our Three Week Thailand Itinerary
I normally don’t take a lot of pictures of famous landmarks and sights. I like to focus on interesting people, scenes and views and because of that, a few people asked us on Instagram where exactly we went in Thailand (and how). Well, you ask, we show; here it is, a short summary of our three weeks in Thailand that had a little bit of everything: Bangkok, jungles, motorbike adventures and beaches.
Like most people, we started off in Bangkok but unlike most people, we LOVE Bangkok. Crazy traffic, wild tuktuk rides and delicious food. I admit that this vast city can be daunting for first timers but give it some time and once you get to know how the city works, you’ll love it, especially if you like streetphotography. We booked a guesthouse in the quieter Dusit area and explored the whole city using river express boats and the skytrain. We could’ve stayed here a lot longer then a few nights but I’m sure we’ll come here again in the future.
*whistles Bridge On The River Kwai movie theme song* Famous for its bridge of course, Kancahanaburi is a popular destination but there’s more. It’s a lot smaller than Bangkok and there’s less traffic which makes it possible to explore the surroundings on a motorbike; a definite must do! We took on a 2 hour trip to the Erawan waterfalls and it was beautiful. For food lovers, we recommend On’s vegetarian restaurant; super cheap and delicious Thai food. We went there every day of our stay.
We didn’t really stay but we had to take the night train to Chiang Mai here. We booked the tickets online and then just had to pick them up in the train station. It only took us a few hours by public bus and minivan to get here from Kanchanaburi so if you leave early, you can probably make a short visit to the old city.
The night train was more comfortable than we imagined and if you can get some sleep it’s over in no time. We arrived in Chiang Mai early in the morning so we basically had the whole day to explore. It’s the perfect city to relax and you can easily stay for a longer time if you want. Like Kanchanaburi, you can explore it by motorbike and there’s a bunch of things you can do to keep busy. We went to an Elephant Sanctuary but I’m still not sure what to think of it. It’s surely better than using these magnificent animals for rides and what not but isn’t it just the same but different in the end? Not sure. To indulge on some good food we went to Aroon Rai’s almost every day. Make sure to try the Khao Soi there!
From Chiang Mai we flew to Surat Thani and as soon as we got our backpacks, we booked some transport to Khoa Sok. Again, a famous place but for a reason; the lake you can visit here, although expensive, is truly amazing and a swim in the clear turquoise water makes the picture perfect. DIY TIP: I read that it’s possible to do the trip to the lake on your own by motorbike.
A classic ending for any Thailand trip is of course chilling and relaxing at the beaches. We went to Ao Nang because it’s the perfect base to explore the mainland as well as the islands. Ao Nang itself isn’t all that interesting but the surrounding landscapes are really impressive and there are some beaches that are truly amazing. Again, we rented a motorbike to explore everything and we visited the horrible Emerald Pool. Well no, honestly, it’s pretty cool but we went way too late and there were busloads of tourists crammed in the pool like sardines. The motorbike ride is also a bit boring. We were most impressed by Phra Nang beach and we think it’s even more beautiful than the famous Railay beach. Just make sure you go as early as you can. Boats leave at 8h00!
Of course, this was a classic three week itinerary for Thailand but we enjoyed every minute of it because it had a little bit of everything and ending at the beach is always a great idea.
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