Thailand Guide [Tour + What To See + Budget + Tips]

You have no idea how excited we are to get started with this great guide to Thailand which we hope will grow little by little in the coming months. In this guide you will find everything you need to prepare your trip in the easiest and fastest way: what to see in Thailand, complete tour for 17 days, budget, tips, where to eat, where to sleep, how to move around Thailand, internal flights, documentation you need, visa for Thailand, the weather in Thailand, etc …

Guide to Thailand: our tour
When we started planning our tour of Thailand, which lasted a total of 17 days, we were clear about what we wanted to see in Thailand and which areas we wanted to spend the most time in and which we wanted to spend the least time in. There are many people who would rather sacrifice the northern area to spend more days on the southern beaches, but we were very clear that we did not want to miss Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai because they are areas that have a lot to offer. Here are the most important places we visited in Thailand:

Thailand Guide: 17 day tour
Thailand Guide: 17 day tour
If you want to download the map with the complete route of our route through Thailand in high resolution, you can do it here.

MAP OF THAILAND: WHAT TO SEE IN EACH SITE AND MAJOR CITIES
ITINERARY FOR THAILAND IN 20 DAYS

Trailer of our trip to Thailand (VIDEO)

Here’s a little video summary of what to see in Thailand:

 

We divide our trip as follows:

BANGKOK (2 days)

AYUTTHAYA (1 day)

SUKHOTHAI (1 day)

CHIANG MAI (2 days)

CHIANG RAI (2 days)

KRABI (1 day)

IHP ISLANDS (3 days)

KOH SAMUI (2 days)

BANGKOK (2 days)

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What to see in Thailand in 17 days
How to organize a trip to Thailand on your own?

Obviously, like everything else, to choose your destinations in Thailand you have to take into account what you can see in Thailand, what your tastes are and how much time you have to make your trip. Below you will find all the stops on the way we made on our trip to Thailand:

What to see in Bangkok in 3 days (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Bangkok Grand Palace
Thailand Guide: Bangkok Grand Palace, one of the classics to see in Thailand
If we had to define Bangkok in one word, it would undoubtedly be this: CHAOS. But it’s cool chaos. Very cool. In this video post we tell you how to make the most of your time in Bangkok to make the most of the city in 3 or 4 days. Especially because to start your route through Thailand you will start yes or yes in the capital, so whatever time you are there you have to know what is worth seeing and what is not. Without a doubt, Bangkok is one of the must-see places to see in Thailand.

 

What to see in Ayutthaya (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Buddha on the Ayutthaya Tree
Guide to Thailand: Buddha on the Ayutthaya Tree, a mythical sight in Thailand
Ayutthaya is the second stop on our journey. Former capital of the kingdom of Siam, Ayutthaya is about 80 kms from Bangkok and all the guides mention it as another of the must-see places to see in Thailand. You can include this historic city as part of your trip to the north of the country or take it as a day trip from Bangkok. But you can’t miss Ayutthaya. Besides numerous historical temples that transport you to the past, Ayutthaya is home to one of Thailand’s most photographed ‘monuments’: the Buddha in the tree.

 

What to see in Sukhothai (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Sukhothai Historical Park
Thailand Guide: Sukhothai Historical Park
After visiting Sukhothai we read and saw on Instagram people who said it was not worth it and not one of the best places to see in Thailand. What a big lie! Sukhothai has a small but beautiful historical center. Besides, it is much less crowded than Ayutthaya and it made us feel a peace that we have felt in few places more than there. We even made a dog friend!

Two days in Chiang Mai (VIDEO)
Guide from Thailand: stairs to Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai
Guide from Thailand: stairs to Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai
Welcome to the north! In Chiang Mai, besides the city itself and its temples, there are two things you can’t miss: Doi Suthep, a temple at the top of the mountain, and the Elephant Nature Park, a reserve where elephants rescued from exploitation and unscrupulous tourism live. For us, one of the best things to do in Thailand.

A day in Elephant Nature Park (VIDEO)

Thailand Guide: Elephant Nature Park
Thailand Guide: Elephant Nature Park

Two days in Chiang Rai (VIDEO)
Guide to Thailand: Chiang Rai White Temple
Guide to Thailand: Chiang Rai White Temple
Chiang Rai and its surroundings surprised us very much and it is one of the fundamental areas to see in Thailand, as we found places we did not expect to like so much: the white temple, the blue temple, a giant tea plantation, the golden triangle? Without a doubt, it is worth going up so high on the map and enjoying the treasures that this area holds.

We’re flying from Chiang Rai to Krabi! (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Krabi
Thailand Guide: Krabi
Krabi was simply a necessary stop on the way, as our flight landed at a time when the last ferry to Phi Phi Islands had already departed (we told you all about this in the post). Despite this, the little we saw in Krabi we loved, we even took our first long tail boat ride!

Three days at Phi Phi Islands (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Point View in Phi Phi
Thailand Guide: Point View in Phi Phi
Phi Phi is an archipelago of wild islands consisting of Koh Phi Phi Don (the main, inhabited island) and Koh Phi Phi Leh (the smaller, uninhabited island), which can only be seen with a day trip. Here you will find Maya Bay, the beach from the movie ‘The Beach’). We spend three nights in a cabin in the middle of the jungle surrounded by nature and beautiful beaches.

Our luxury villa on Koh Samui (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Koh Samui
Thailand Guide: Koh Samui
When you consider going to the beaches of Thailand you have two options: the Andaman Sea, where Phi Phi, Krabi and Phuket are located, or the Gulf of Thailand, where Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao are located. You can choose one of them or get to know both, as we did 😉 In Koh Samui we spent two nights in a beautiful hotel where we could enjoy a private villa with a swimming pool that kept us trapped for the two days.

Market on the train tracks (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Maeklong Market
Thailand Guide: Maeklong Market
This is one of the tours you can’t miss: the visit to the market near Maeklong Station. It’s so funny to see that it doesn’t matter what we tell you, because you have to see it. Totally recommendable. One of the things to see in Thailand yes or yes.

Floating Market (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Damnoem Saduak Floating Market
Thailand Guide: Damnoem Saduak Floating Market
Just like the previous one, you can’t miss a visit to a floating market. It’s MEGA tourist, we won’t deceive you, but it’s really worth seeing. Another highlight to see in Thailand.

Thailand Guide: how to pack (VIDEO)
Before you launch your Thai adventure, you obviously have to pack, so in this post we give you the keys to make the most of your backpack space. And we say backpack, because we think that to squeeze Thailand to the maximum, you will go much more comfortable with a backpack than with a suitcase.

Guide to Thailand: internal transport
Thailand Guide: Krabi

As you may have noticed, a trip to Thailand like this one is very busy so you have to be very clear about how you are going to move within the country, as well as what to see in Thailand. There are plenty of options: bus, train, plane, ferry, private transport… And I think we’ve tried them all. So in this list of posts you will find all the information you need to organize your internal transport in Thailand:

How to get from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

How to go from Ayutthaya to Sukhothai

How to get from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai

How to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

How to get from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai

How to get from Chiang Rai to Krabi

How to get from Krabi to Phi Phi Islands

How to get from Phi Phi Islands to Koh Samui

How to get from Koh Samui to Bangkok

How to get from Bangkok airport to downtown

We have also written this other post about how to move around Thailand so that you can get to know the most common means of transport in the country:

Transport in Thailand: How to move around in Thailand?
Thailand Guide: where to sleep
As you know (because we tell you in our Route 66 guide), we usually take all the hotels booked from Spain to avoid wasting time once there. When you consider making a trip like this, you have two ways of doing it:

Choose and book the hotels from here.
Book them on the spot as you arrive at the place where you are going to spend the night.
Thailand Guide: Views from one of our hotels in Bangkok
Thailand Guide: Views from one of our hotels in Bangkok

We Cnormally choose the first option and we always recommend that you do the same for the following reasons:

Saving. By booking the hotels in advance you can find very good offers and compare between the options you like best.
You don’t waste time looking for accommodation. By knowing where you will be staying, you can make the most of your day: you don’t have to waste time looking for accommodation that suits your tastes and what you want to spend.
Better planning of the day. You know exactly where you are going to start from each day and where you are going to spend the night, so you can plan transport or meals accordingly.
You know in advance what the hotel you are going to is like. Thanks to the comments of other guests, you will know what services the hotel you have booked has, if the rooms and bathrooms are OK (if you have internet, you could also do it at the same time, but it would be a waste of time during the trip).
You make sure you find a site that suits your needs. There are areas of Thailand, such as Phi Phi, where cheap accommodation is scarce, especially in high season, so if you don’t have it booked from here, you may have to stay in a place that makes you pay a fortune for hotels that aren’t really worth it.
Where to sleep in Bangkok
Where to stay in Thailand: guide to choose the best hotels
Thailand Guide: budget
Besides what to see in Thailand, let’s talk about money. This is the eternal ‘discussion’. You’re all so hot! What a trip! Well, Thailand is not an expensive trip FOR ANYONE. Unless you want to make it expensive. We’ve spent about 3,000 euros in total, that’s about 1,500 euros per person. And I’m throwing a lot of weight around. In this video-post we will break down our budget and talk to you about the most important items, but I will tell you right away that we don’t skimp on expenses and that we generally sleep in good hotels. In fact, in Koh Samui we had a whim with the hotel that we will tell you about 😉

 

READ How much does a trip to Thailand cost? (VIDEO)

Thailand Guide: Islands of Thailand
In this post we are going to make a super review of all the islands of Thailand so you can have a clear idea of where they are, what you can see and do in each of them, how to get there, etc..

What to do in Phi Phi Thailand

READ Islands of Thailand
Thailand Guide: tuk-tuks
Thailand Guide: tuk-tuk
Thailand Guide: tuk-tuk
One of the most common forms of transport in the cities in Thailand are the tuk-tuks. They come in all sizes, shapes and colors, and negotiating with their drivers is an art. In this video-post we will tell you all about the intricacies of riding a tuk-tuk.

How to get a tuk-tuk
Thailand Guide: Shopping and Bargaining
Thai traders and drivers have haggling in their veins. If you want to buy something and the price is not marked, it is a clear invitation to haggle. In this post we will give you advice so that you are not fooled, and if they do, at least be aware that they are doing it 😉 First advice: if they ask you for 1,000, don’t pay more than 300.

Shopping and haggling in Thailand
Guide to Thailand: the baht
The currency of Thailand is the baht. One baht, depending on the exchange rate at any given time, is equivalent to between 36 and 40 baht. In this post, we will talk about what is the best way to take money to Thailand: exchanging it or taking it directly there from the ATMs that are everywhere.

Currency in Thailand: the baht
Guide to Thailand: the food (VIDEO)
Thailand Guide: Street Food in Thailand
Thailand Guide: Street Food in Thailand
As good food lovers, besides what to see in Thailand, obviously there could not be missing videos about food in Thailand. We are going to make a series of videos tasting Thai food, both on the street and in restaurants: prices, flavours, food preservation, hygiene… Here they are:

Tasting Thai Food vol. I

Tasting Thai Food vol. II

Tasting Thai Food Vol. III

Tasting Thai Food Vol. IV

Thailand Guide: cheap flights
To start your journey through Thailand, it makes sense to fly to the capital Bangkok. In this post we will talk about the best times to find cheap flights and how to go from the airport to the city and vice versa.

How to find cheap flights to Thailand
Guide to Thailand: a Thai massage
How many times have you heard of the typical Thai massage? You know they’re super hard? If you are waiting for the typical relaxing massage where you fall asleep… Forget it! 😉 In this post we talk about the types of massages you will find and our experience.

Massages in Thailand: Everything you need to know
What to see in Bangkok in 3 days: Thai foot massage – massage in Thailand

What documentation do I need to travel to Thailand?
Basically to travel to Thailand from Spain you only need one thing: your valid passport with a validity of more than 6 months. In this post we will talk carefully about the process of entering and leaving the country and its procedures. In addition, if you have a passport from any other country, you will find all the necessary information to apply for your visa to Thailand in case it is required.

Visa for Thailand: What documents do I need to travel to Thailand?

When is the best time to travel to Thailand?
As I’m sure you know, it’s practically the same temperature in Thailand all year round. The only thing that varies throughout the year is whether it’s the rainy season or not. The monsoon season in Thailand runs from May to October, but that doesn’t mean that during that time it will rain all the time. We were there at the end of September and the beginning of October and we had some showers, but they didn’t last more than two hours and they let us live almost normal lives. In this post we talk more about the weather in Thailand.

Climate in Thailand – What is the best time to travel to Thailand?
Thailand Guide: tips
Thailand Guide: Ayutthaya
Thailand Guide: Ayutthaya
In this section we will compile the most important tips for you to make a perfect trip and the cheapest, safest and most beautiful possible, thus completing our super guide of Thailand. Because besides telling you what to see in Thailand, we want to help you organize your trip in the most practical way possible.

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