My trip to Thailand is weeks away and instead of doing a guided tour like I did last year, I decided to do all the planning myself. I felt like it would not only give me an opportunity to do what I want, when I want. I would also get the chance to obsess over the Land of Smiles and all of the amazing things I can do there in 11 days.
Besides visiting as many temples as possible and eating everything I lay my eyes on, I wanted to plan an activity for each day. After I fly into Bangkok I’ll stay there for two nights then use a domestic (and cheap!) airline to fly down to Krabi for some island hopping. After four days in the southern islands I’ll head back up to Bangkok and explore the “City of Angels”.
Here is a look at my tentative itinerary and thought process for planning each adventure.
1. Chatuchak Market
Address: 587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand
After flying into Bangkok my plan is to stay within walking distance of this colorful outdoor market. I love a good flea market and shopping is my profession. I’m so looking forward to trying the street food and discovering local crafts.
2. Island Hopping: Railay Beach & Ko Lanta
Image: A Dangerous Business
I decided that it would make the most sense to make Krabi home-base while I’m exploring the southern islands. It’s affordable and one of the best places to stay if you want to island hop. There are long boats and ferries at the nearby Ao Nang Beach and from there I’ll be able to get to one of the many neighboring islands.
I’ve read so many amazing things about Railay Beach, and the photos are ridiculous, so that’s a must see. I’ve also heard about renting scooters on Koh Lanta and being able to see the entire island in a day. I’m up for that challenge!
I’m lucky to know a lot people who have traveled to Thailand recently. Many of them told me not to stay in Phuket. Word is, it’s a tourist trap and overrun with drunk backpackers. Because of this, accommodations are either very cheap or overpriced. I love a good party and a good deal even more. However, I opted to stay in the more mellow and affordable area of Krabi. That way I’m walking distance to long boats and ferries that can take me to Phuket.
Image: Hua Hin 4 Rent
I recently went snorkeling for the first time in Jamaica and was blown away! One of the things I’m looking forward to the most in Thailand is swimming with the fishes in the clear blue waters of the Andaman Sea.
5. Party in Phi Phi
Kho Phi Phi is known as a party island and after looking into it, I’ve found that there’s something here for everyone.
If you want to hang with the cool kids, consider going to the Pool Party at Ibiza House. They’re held every Sunday and Wednesday from about 1pm to sunset. Although the entry is free, the drinks are overpriced. This seems like the perfect place for people watching. They even host a Full Moon Party which might be worth checking out.
The Banana Rooftop Bar has a great view and is one of the places I want to check out.
If you’re in the mood for a mellow Beach Party head to the Sunflower Beach Bar.
I’m also interested in visiting the Phi Phi Reggae Bar where the main attraction is the Muay Thai fight that’s held nightly.
The most unique bar in Phi Phi is the Tattoo Bar where you can get a needle or bamboo tattoo and have a delicious meal and Thai Ice Tea (no alcohol before getting inked!)
6. Don’t Ride Elephants – Visit a Sanctuary.
Elephants are hands down my favorite animal. I would pay money not to abuse them and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Instead of riding an elephant I want to volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary. Check out these 7 Ethical Elephant Experiences in Thailand for more ideas.
7. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Address: Damnoen Saduak District, Ratchaburi, Thailand
Image: Blog of Francesco Mugnai
Images of Thailand’s Floating Markets are what inspired this trip. I remember watching an episode of America’s Next Top Model years ago where they did a photoshoot at a floating market in Thailand. I remember thinking, I have to see that!
8. Muay Thai Fight
Image: Daily Mail
I’ve been an MMA fan for years and have seen a few live fights. So I think I’ll enjoy the adrenaline of seeing a live Muay Thai fight. I’m unsure of how I’ll feel seeing kids fight, but it will be an opportunity for me to appreciate one of the many cultural differences.
9. Pak Khlong Market (Flower Market)
Address: 116 Chakphet Rd, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Image: Jack Kurtz
I’ve seen SO many stunning images of the Flower Market. That was enough to garner my attention and add it to itinerary. I mean, what girl doesn’t love flowers?
10. Thai Massage
Image: Lonely Planet
The ideal way to end this trip would be with a Spa Day and authentic Thai Massage. Prices can range from about $7 to $20 an hour. I think I’ll start researching different spas, treatments and prices next so I can make sure to add this little luxury to my budget.
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