7 best plans for your 1 week trip in Thailand

Beautiful Thailand has many attractive destinations that not every newcomer knows. Thailand shines with splendid temples, golden beaches and Thai smiles. Tourism in Thailand has everything: beautiful pagodas, beaches, cities, and great food. If you have 7 days to visit Thailand, where would you like to visit among a list of attractive destinations? Here are some suggestions for you to choose from. You can also combine these to make your own best trip ever based on your demand.

1. Itinerary 1: The best of Thailand

Day 1-2: Bangkok
Take your first two days to explore the magnificent beauty of Bangkok. Visit Khao San Street, Royal Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and many other temples. Do not forget to take a break at one of Bangkok's massage bars to relax your body. Before you embark on the infamous "sleepless Bangkok night," head to the top of the Golden Mount to watch the sunset cover the city.

Day 3: Kanchanaburi
Spend a day visiting Kanchanaburi province in western Bangkok. See the bridge over the River Kwai in the movie of the same name "Bridge on the River Kwai", along with the War Cemetery and the Jeath War Museum. You can also hang out in Erawan National Park to see waterfalls or turn to nearby elephant camps. Return to Bangkok at the end of the day.


Day 4: Ayutthaya
Day 4, go to Ayutthaya province, where the ancient capital of Siam is Thailand. You can either spend the whole day visiting the temples and studying the history of Buddhism in Thailand, or you can spend the half-day like that and the other half going to Bang Pa-In Palace, which is the summer retreat of King Mongkut and King Chulalongkorn. In the evening, take a night train from Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai or fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Day 5: Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is small, but there are many interesting activities for visitors. You can go to the night markets, visit the temples, or go to the elephant and tiger sanctuary. You can also climb Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. In the evening, go for a "night safari" at the Chiang Mai zoo.

Day 6: Chiang Rai
Get up early to go to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. Chiang Rai is one of the cities in the northernmost part of Thailand. The Golden Triangle is the meeting point of three countries: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, separated only by the Mekong River. Take a boat along the Mekong River, resting in a local village on the way back to Chiang Mai.

Day 7: Chiang Mai
Buy souvenirs in Chiang Mai and prepare for your flight home.


2. Itinerary 2: Bangkok and surrounding

Day 1-2: Bangkok
Take your first two days to explore the magnificent beauty of Bangkok. Visit Khao San Street, Royal Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and many other temples. You can also take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River, or take a Thai cooking class.

Day 3-4: Kanchanaburi
Spend two days in Kanchanaburi province in western Bangkok. On the first day learning about World War II in Thailand by visiting the bridge on the River Kwai, the War Cemetery and the Jeath War Museum. You can also take a train on the "death railway", a railway built by people under the yoke of Japanese fascist. On the second day, hang out in Erawan National Park to see waterfalls or turn to the nearby elephant farm. At the end of the day, head to the northern city of Ayutthaya.

Day 5: Ayutthaya
The ancient capital Ayutthaya is famous for its ancient temples. The two most famous places to visit in Ayutthaya are the place where the Buddha's head lies in the roots of an ancient tree, and where there is a giant reclining Buddha image. You can also visit Bang Pa-In Summer Palace where Thai, European and Chinese architecture meets. Evening back to Bangkok.

Day 6 - 7: Pattaya
Early in the morning, fly from Bangkok to Pattaya. Over the next two days, visit the giant Buddha image at Wat Phra Yai and the Sanctuary of Truth, a wooden building built to promote philosophy and art instead of material things. You can also get out of the city to Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Buddha Mountain, and Pattaya Floating Market. In the evening, go to music shows in restaurants or clubs. On the afternoon of the last day, board the plane home.

koh samui

3. Itinerary 3: Discover the islands in the Gulf of Thailand

Day 1-2: Koh Samui
Want to avoid noisy cities and like to go to the beach? Come to Koh Samui and start the journey through the islands in Eastern Thailand. Spend the first two days on the beach, go snorkelling, sailing through 42 islands of Ang Thong National Park.

Day 3-4: Koh Pha Ngan
On the morning of the 3rd day, take a speedboat to the nearby island of Koh Pha Ngan, famous for its vibrant nightlife and Full Moon party. During the day, visit waterfalls and coastal lagoons or go hiking. In the evening, try the different restaurants and bars, get acquainted and chat with a few visitors in the bars.

Day 5-6: Koh Tao
Koh Tao, also known as "Turtle Island" is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving. Take a ferry from Koh Pha Ngan to Koh Tao and spend the next 2 days participating in water activities such as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving ... If you're lucky you can still see it in person. See whale sharks! The nightlife in Koh Pha Ngan is not too exciting, suitable for families and couples.

Day 7: Koh Samui
On the last day, take a ferry back to Koh Samui, taking the flight back home.


4. Itinerary 4: Northern Thailand

Day 1 -2: Chiang Mai
Arrive in Chiang Mai on the first day. Begin the journey by exploring the night markets, or climbing to the top of Thailand's highest mountain Doi Inthanon (or taking a bus to the top of the mountain!). You can also visit Mae Sa waterfall, go for a massage or take a cooking class.

Day 3-4: Chiang Rai
Go to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. On the way, stop by the White Temple, an art exhibition and cultural symbol built on the architecture of a Buddhist temple. When you arrive at the Golden Triangle - the meeting point of the three countries of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar - take a boat across the Mekong River to go to market in Laos and add a stamp on your passport! When you return to Thailand, learn about the notorious opium trade in the Hall of Opium Museum. On the second day, visiting Thailand's northernmost, Mae Sai, bordering Myanmar. You can visit Tham Pla cave and climb to the top of Wat Phra That Doi Wao for a panoramic view of Chiang Rai.

Day 5: Lampang
Head south to Lampang and visit upland ethnic villages of Thailand. Or you can go to see the murals at Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, see the jade Buddha image at Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, or watch the elephants at the National Elephant Institute.

Day 6: Sukhothai
In the early morning, spend a whole day visiting the Sukhothai Historical Park, which is the capital of the Kingdom of Sukhothai from the 13th to the 15th century. Buddhist temple ruins and royal palaces have brought it here. into a UNESCO world cultural heritage. Overnight in Sukhothai.

Day 7: Chiang Mai
Back to Chiang Mai, go buy souvenirs and board the plane back home.

Chiang Mai  

5. Itinerary 5: Tribes and villages in the mountains of Northern Thailand

Day 1-2: Bangkok
Go to Bangkok and spend 1.5 days exploring all the famous palaces and temples. Enjoy the vibrant modern life before you come to the world of mountain tribes. The second night, take a night train to Chiang Mai or fly to Chiang Mai from Bangkok.

Day 3: Chiang Mai
Visit Buddhist temples and night markets. Especially, the night market sells a lot of handicrafts from mountain tribes. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 4-6: Northern Hill Tribes
Leaving Chiang Mai, start trekking villages in Northern Thailand. Start at the crowded market of Mae Malai village. Next, hike through the primaeval forests and the countryside Bae Min Jok and Pa Khao Lam, experience the beauty and diversity of different alpine tribes. Learn how to make a bamboo or basket boat. You can also stay with homestays with local families for cultural and language exchange. At the end of the 6th day, return to Chiang Mai.

Day 7: Chiang Mai
Buy souvenirs and fly home.

Khao sok

6. Itinerary 6: Southern Thailand

Day 1: Bangkok
On the first day in Bangkok, visit famous attractions such as Wat Pho, Royal Palace, or go for street food on Khao San Street. In the evening, take a night train to Khao Sok National Park.

Day 2-3: Khao Sok
When you come to Khao Sok you will be greeted by the world of one of the oldest primaeval forests in the world. Walking through waterfalls, watching monkeys play, or taking a tour to see the animals. You can also take a boat ride on Cheow Larn Lake and see animals drinking and playing around the lake. Overnight in a guesthouse in the forest.

Day 4-5: Ao Nang Beach
In the morning, go to Ao Nang beach, in the centre of Krabi. Swim, dive and relax - that's what you need after a trip through the jungle!

Days 6-7: Phuket
End your trip in Phuket Island, a paradise of beachgoers and young people who enjoy the vibrant nightlife.


7. Itinerary 7: Cruise trip from Phuket

Day 1: Phuket
You want to experience floating on the sea. Start your flight with a flight to Phuket Island, Thailand's largest island. From there you take a yacht to the islands in Western Thailand. Spend the morning exploring Phuket or relaxing on the beach, sailing in the afternoon. Overnight on train.

Day 2: Phang Nga Bay / Railay Beach
In the morning, you will visit Khao Phing Kan, also known as "James Bond Island". After visiting the island, you can go to Railay beach, go hiking, visit the Sea Princess Temple, or visit bars and restaurants. Overnight on boat.

Day 3: Railay / Koh Haa Beach
Continue sailing to Koh Haa National Park, where you can swim and snorkel in the middle of the lagoons. You can also kayak or sunbathe. Overnight on board.

Day 4: Koh Phi Phi
To Koh Phi Phi, a small archipelago of 6 islands. Get acquainted with the monkeys at Monkey Island, watch fire circus performances and other cultural and recreational activities in the evening.

Day 5: Koh Racha Noi
Before going to Koh Racha Noi, stop at Maya Bay, where the filming of The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio. At Koh Racha Noi, relax on the beach or scuba diving in deep water.

Day 6: Ko Yao Yai
Last stop before returning to Phuket. Koh Yao Yai is an island with wild beauty. You can walk along the beach or immerse yourself in the clear blue water. Avoid diving deep if you have a flight the next day because changing short-term environmental stress for a short time is bad for your health.

Day 7: Phuket
Back to Phuket. Board the plane home.

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