Tours in Thailand
We have gathered the best tips and scripts from 4 travel bloggers
The main idea in this post is to show our reader scripts and tips from 4 bloggers, and also to present ideas for your next adventure in Thailand.
In the texts you can find many common places among the routes, but also some very peculiar places that only one of us visited and had the pleasure of visiting.
The interesting thing about this panorama is to reveal that there are tourist spots that are very accessed / sought after, as they are common to all, and possibly will serve as a basis for the construction of your itinerary. However, there are other particular properties that will serve as tips for building your adventure, giving a different look to your visit in this unique country.
After a brief explanation about the idea of this post of ours, let’s go to some important aspects that need to be highlighted in this region.
Officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand, Thailand has an area of approximately 513 thousand square kilometers. Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, this country divides borders: on the north with Myanmar and Laos, on the east with Laos and Cambodia, on the south with the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and on the west with the Andaman Sea and with the southern tip of Myanmar.
Thailand is a unique place in the world! Friendly and fun, cultured and historic, the country radiates a golden hue, from the sparkling temples and tropical beaches to the ever soothing Thai smile. A destination where historical emotions and a rich culture enrich the spirit and soul. To get to know Thailand better, hike in the mountains of the North, see the historic temples of the Central Region, explore the villages of the Northeast, or enjoy a tropical island in the South. Thailand has everything for everyone!
Thailand enjoys tropical climates with 3 specific seasons:
- Hot and humid: from March to May with an average temperature of 34ºC
- Very humid: from June to October with temperatures ranging between 24ºC and 34ºC
- Tropical: from November to February (temperate season) is the best time to visit this country, with an average temperature of 25ºC
Heat does not mean absence of rain! Thailand’s climate is governed by the monsoon system, and depending on the season, it can rain quite a bit. The secret is to choose the right place to escape the rain.
Check out the guide on the Best Destinations website for the best time to visit Thailand.
Bangkok is the capital and most populous city in Thailand, as well as the main financial, corporate, cultural and historical center of the country. The main airport is Suvarnabhumi International Airport which is capable of handling more than 45 million passengers a year. Domestic airports also play an important role.
To travel through Thailand, buses are also used to get from one destination to another, as they travel through all cities.
There are seven railway lines from North to South, Northeast, East and West with several options for passengers. There is a regular rail service that connects Bangkok to Singapore via Kuala Lumpu and Butterworth in Malaysia and then connects to the largest cities in Thailand. For luxury travel, there is a direct train, the Eastern and Western Express service. For more information visit the website .
Thailand has luxurious hotels and resorts. It also has a wide variety of hotels that vary according to your pocket. Accommodation in Thailand ranges from simpler country house stays to five-star resorts.
Currency and Visas
The currency in Thailand is Baht. The coins consist of 25 Satang, 50 Satang, 1 Baht, 2 Baht, 5 Baht and 10 Baht. The banknotes are 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Thai Baht.
Brazilians who wish to visit Thailand need only a passport valid for at least 6 months and an international yellow fever vaccination certificate. There is no need for a visa to travel to Thailand if the stay does not exceed 90 days. For more information, contact the Thai Embassy or the Thai Consulate ( source ).
To make your life easier and to help you choose what to do in this Asian paradise, we have put together 5 great itineraries and special tips that will serve as a guide for your trip. Check them all out, choose your favorite or gather the best tips and make a custom one for you to enjoy Thailand.
# 1 SCREENPLAY SOUL Viajero – The best of southern Thailand and the capital Bangkok
On a 32-day trip to Asia in 2014, SOUL Viajero visited Thailand for 11 days and toured the following locations: Phuket, Phi Phi Island and Bangkok.
The schedule for this trip across the country was as follows:
Phuket – 2 dias (sendo somente um 1 de passeios e aproveitando as praias da região e o segundo já para o translado até o porto de onde partem os ferries para as ilhas Phi Phi)
Phi Phi Islands – 6 dias (sendo 5 dias de passeios e o último para o translado entre Phi Phi e Phuket de ferry e a ida de avião para Bangkok)
Bangkok – 3 dias (sendo 2 dias de passeios pela cidade e o terceiro dia para o translado entre hotel até o aeroporto e nossa ida para Bali)
Essa foi nossa primeira experiência na Ásia, e para uma primeira visita até que ficamos bem satisfeitos com nossa divisão de dias e atividades. Porém, certamente numa revisão mais detalhada ou num eventual retorno ao país, incluiríamos alguns outros destinos que acreditamos ser igualmente interessantes, tais como: Krabi, Kho Lipe, Koh Tao, Koh Samui e Chang Mai.
Em Phuket acreditamos que talvez mais 1 ou 2 dias seria legal para conhecer melhor a cidade, apesar de não ter muitas atrações diferenciadas por lá. Porém, dois dias acreditamos que seria o suficiente.
In Phi Phi the days were more than well spent and the quantity was satisfactory.
In Bangkok we also enjoyed the best of the city in 2 full days and the time we stayed was great.
Based on these mentioned cities / regions and which we visit, the attractions we consider unmissable are:
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand! At 540 km² in length, this piece of land is almost the same size as Singapore. The must-see places on this island are: Karon beach and Kata beach .
Karon is the third largest beach in Phuket. With excellent snorkeling and diving spots, the beach also has a good variety of resorts.
Kata is a good option for family travelers. There, the tourist finds a good structure of restaurants and accommodations close to the beach. Between May and October, surfers fill the beach in search of the perfect wave.
How to get there: To access this island the best option is by plane. Phuket Airport offers direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and other destinations in Asia, without having to go through the bustling capital Bangkok. Leaving Bangkok there is still the option to use the road system (however it is a long time to travel – it is past 10 am on the road). Phuket buses, with air conditioning and without air conditioning, leave from Bangkok Bus Terminal (Southern Line) every day. For more information visit the website .
Phi Phi Islands
Phi Phi (pronounced Pi Pi) is one of the most famous and popular destinations in Thailand. It has turquoise waters, abundant marine life, white sands, and lots of green around. The paradisiacal and famous island of southern Thailand served as the setting for the film “The Beach”, with actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
Phi Phi Islands consists of six islands. To get to know them, visitors must depart by boat from Phi Phi Don – the largest of the islands and the only inhabited in this archipelago – from Phuket or Krabi.
The must-see places / tours / activities are: Maya Bay , Pi-Leh Lagoon, Monkey Beach and Bamboo Island (and all islands on the Full Day Island Tour ), the Reagge Bar , make a beautiful Thai Massage overlooking the sea and the Phi Phi Point View lookout .
The Full Day Island Tour is the most famous and a must see in Phi Phi. Look for information from the various agencies around the island and bargain! There are many companies that operate this service.
The Reagge Bar is not just a bar, there the visitor finds a ring to see Muay Thai fights. This is a place to enjoy the night and have a few local beers. The fights start with professionals and then go to random people (audience) who decide to get in the ring and challenge someone to fight too. Whoever wins wins a free drink bucket!
Thai massage is known worldwide and can be found in different parts of the island and in all cities / regions of Thailand. Be sure to do it!
Phi Phi Point View is the best place for a panoramic view of the island and to enjoy the sunset. There are three possible trails, all marked and with the same level of difficulty. Nothing impossible, but it takes about 30 minutes to take a breath on the steep path and stairs.
How to get there: To access these islands, the only option is ferries.
Leaving Phuket: Ferries and speed boats depart daily from Phuket Town (Porto Rassada) to Phi Phi Don (Porto Tonsai). The trip lasts approximately two hours, and the ticket can be purchased through a tourist agency in Phuket – with transportation from the hotel door to the port.
Leaving Krabi: Departures from Krabi (Klong Jilad pier) happen regularly. The trip takes approximately one and a half hours, and the ticket can be purchased through tourist agencies or at the port itself.
Leaving Ko Lanta: There are also departures from this island, but with less schedules. The trip lasts approximately 1h10min, and the ticket can be purchased through tourist agencies.
Bangkok is home to approximately ten million people and is the country’s commercial, cultural and spiritual center. There, tradition and modernity go hand in hand. The city has around 400 Buddhist temples, magnificent palaces, places to see classical dances and countless shopping centers. Bangkok is considered a cheap city for tourism, where public transport, entrance fees and restaurant options are very affordable for any budget.
Must-see places / tours are: the Grand Palace , Kao San Road , Wat Pho (Laying Buddha) and the Floating Market .
The Grand Palace is one of Bangkok’s main attractions. The Grand Royal Palace is related not only to the royal family, but to the country history. To enter the Grand Royal Palace you need to be properly dressed, which means not having your legs or shoulders bare.
Kao San Road is the place for all tourists for nights and many accommodations are in the vicinity of this busy street. Do you know that image created of Bangkok as a very crazy city, where anything is possible and anything can happen? Kao San Road sums it up well. The tourist finds there: restaurants, shops, bars, nightclubs, several stalls with lots of trinkets, massage parlors and even places of erotic shows and prostitution.
Wat Pho Temple is one of the most important temples in Thailand. It is popularly known as the “Temple of the Laying Buddha” and is close to the Grand Palace. The main attraction is the statue of the Buddha lying 46 meters long by 15 meters high, all covered with gold leaves.
The Floating Market (Damnoen Saduak Floating Market) is an attraction further away from the city (approximately 100Km Bangkok) and is the oldest and most traditional in Thailand. The tour is purchased from tourist agencies (look for directions at the reception of your hotel or hostel) and other attractions can be combined. Even though it is a controversial experience (many don’t like it), the Floating Market is still a very interesting tour.
How to get there: Airplane is the most practical and quick way to get to Bangkok. There are no direct flights from the main Brazilian capitals. An option for those who are in other parts of the country – Chiang Mai, to the north – and need to reach Bangkok is via the rail system. Bus is another option for those who want to spend less and also have time available (and are already on Thai soil).
Bangkok serves as a major international air travel HUB, with Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) hosting more than 40 million visitors and passengers in transit each year. Dozens of national and international airlines take passengers to Bangkok from major cities in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.
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# 2 SCREENPLAY Vamos Fugir Blog – Exploring the south, the pearl of the north (Chang Mai) and the capital
We were in Thailand in 2016 during a backpacking trip that also included Cambodia and Vietnam. In total there were 30 days of travel, 17 of which in Thailand alone. In short, our script looks like this:
Bangkok – 6 days (3 on the way and 3 on the way back) Chiang Mai – 3 days
Krabi – 4 days (we stayed at Railay beach) Koh Phi Phi – 4 days
But as in every trip we end up learning from mistakes, if one day we have the opportunity to return, we would distribute the days a little differently and leave more time for the beaches and less for Bangkok.
Not that the capital is not interesting, but for our style of travel, paradise islands (like Koh Tao, Koh Lipe or Koh Samui, for example) are more attractive and would make more sense than a big city, but it’s all about profile yourself .
But based on these cities that we list above, the attractions that we consider must-see in each location are:
Don’t miss Kao San Road and Rambuttri Road , which are full of interesting bars, restaurants and fairs. The Grand Palace , the Wat Pho Temple which is where the Reclining Buddha is located, the Floating Market and a round trip to visit the Temples of Ayutthaya .
How to get there: Bangkok is not only the capital of Thailand, but also the hub for all of Southeast Asia, which means that your plane will most likely pass by at some point during the trip.
The Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is the most famous (and beautiful!) Of the city. Also take the opportunity to visit an elephant sanctuary (but do your research well and make sure the place does real conservation work, not animal exploitation). Take some time to stroll around Old City and discover interesting spots and, if you’re lucky enough to take a weekend in the city, stop by Saturday or Sunday Market .
How to get there : it is possible to travel by train to Chiang Mai from Ayutthaya or even by plane directly from Bangkok.
Krabi – Railay Beach
Take the day to relax in the clear waters of Phra Nang Beach or Ton Sai Beach and come back in time to see the sunset on the West side ! Other must-see attractions there are tours to 4 Islands , Hong Island and the night tour with planktons .
If you have more time and want more adventure, be sure to take the trail to Point View and Lagoon , which are beautiful!
How to get there : The quickest way is to fly to Krabi and take a boat from there, but there are also boats leaving from other islands that take you there.
Koh Phi Phi
Be sure to take a walk around the island and see the beaches of Ton Sai and Loh Dalum Bay , where you can rent a kayak and go to Monkey Beach . For sunset, walk to the amazing View Point , from where you can see several island beaches. At night, the tip is to catch a ballad or watch the firework shows that take place in Long Beach .
As for boat trips, the must-sees are Maya Bay , Bamboo and Mosquito Island .
How to get there : The island has no airport, so the options are to take a Ferry boat on one of the neighboring islands or fly to Pukhet or Krabi and take a boat to Koh Phi Phi.
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# 3 SCREENPLAY Roda Mundo – Islands and Full Moon Party, the classic Krabi and Phuket and the capital
We were in Thailand for New Year’s Eve between 2016/2017. We spent ten days in the country, enough to fall in love and dream of the return.
We organized the script as follows:
Bangkok -2 days
Krabi – 2 days
Koh Phi Phi – 3 days
Koh Phagan – 2 days
Phuket – 2 days
After a brief illustration of the places and time we spent, we describe below the must-see places in each city / island.
Places to visit: Bangkok’s Royal Palace (Grand Palace with Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn, Temple of Dawn), we would also include a full day in Ayutthaya (90 km north of Bangkok).
Places to visit: Railay Beach and Seven Island Tour . We really enjoyed meeting Krabi and the famous Railay, we just wish we had spent more time. We believe that 3 days would have been ideal.
Koh Phi Phi
Places to visit: Bamboo Island , Pileh Bay , Monkey Beach , Island Viewpoint ( Phi Phi View Point ) and Long Beach (nice beach to enjoy the day).
Maya Bay is also wonderful, but at the moment it is banned.
In our opinion Phi Phi is the must see of Thailand, beautiful beaches, many nice restaurants and shops, nightlife, a complete package!
Places to visit: Koh Tao. The strength of this city are the parties, where the famous Full Mooj Party takes place, which attracts thousands of tourists annually.
We don’t particularly enjoy the party vibe (lots of drugs and disorganization). If you are a quiet person, who does not enjoy these party destinations so much, we believe that it might be worth removing Koh Phagan from your tour, since she is on the other side of Phi Phi (it is approximately six hours in the van from one side to other).
Places to visit: James Bond Island , Hong Island and Similan Island . Phuket did not surprise us very much. I believe we should have consulted some scripts and tips before going and left Phi Phi last. After a visit to Phi Phi the heart is compromised! In our view, we would trade Phuket for Koh Lipe or Chiang Mai (we both don’t know).
How to get to places / cities / islands: Phuket (plane, Phi Phi (ferry) and Bangkok (plane).
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# 4 SCREENPLAY – Exploring the best of beaches
We visited Thailand in 2015 and spent approximately 15 days in Thailand. Our itinerary was basically to enjoy the beaches and the natural beauty! We also visited the capital and explored the local culture during that period.
Below we briefly exemplify a little of what we know:
Bangkok – 3 days
Krabi – 1 day
Kho Phi Phi – 3 days
Kho Samui – 4 days
After a brief illustration of the places and time we spent, we describe below the must-see places in each city / island.
We spent 3 days there, during that time we got to know the various temples that the city has, such as Wat Phra Kaew , Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
We walked and met several restaurants on the famous Khao San Road and I took the opportunity to get a bamboo tattoo with a monk.
After the capital we headed towards the beaches and the first was Krabi. Our intention there was only to go to Railay Beach and that is what we did. We took advantage of a 1 day round trip to get to know this beautiful beach and the next day we left for Koh Phi Phi.
Koh Phi Phi
This is one of Thailand’s paradises, beautiful place, with clear and calm water and an indescribable vibe!
We spent 3 days there and our main objective was to take the tour that slept on the boat – “ Sleeping Aboard ” in Maya Bay , which was undoubtedly one of the coolest experiences we’ve ever had.
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