10 DAYS IN THAILAND
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE
Anyone planning a trip to Thailand? If you are I’m here to give you the scoop. This friendly and cultured country will provide a life changing experience to anyone who savors its beauty. Thailand is a top travel destination for a lot of people and this includes solo travelers. I’ll give you the rundown of what my personal experience was like, in addition, at the end of this blog post I’ll provide tips that may help with planning your own trip.
Thailand was definitely a life changing experience and looking back on it I’m glad this was something I did on my own. It’s a place of reflection, a place surrounded by beauty and I’m here to give you all the places I visited that made my trip magic.
First you have to decide when? Being that my trip was super last minute I ended up going in November which was great because it’s the cheapest month you can travel to Thailand (FUN FACT: THE LANTERN FESTIVAL IS DURING THIS MONTH ALSO). For anyone who isn’t aware Thailand’s rainy season can vary depending in what area you’re in but for the most part it begins in May and lasts until October. These are the things you want to be looking out for when traveling and the cheaper the flight the better, am I right?
Second you want to decide where and why? Thailand is huge so deciding on places to visit can get a bit tricky. I knew that my intention for this trip was to relax and get to know an entirely new culture. Decide why you want to go and I can guarantee that it’ll make deciding where to visit much easier. Are you going to beach bum it? Is your purpose to enjoy the nightlife with friends? Is relaxation on your mind? Why do you intend to travel 20 hours across the world to this specific country? Decide and you’ll know what you’re looking for. Now I’m excited to tell you what my Thailand experience was all about, let’s begin:
So what you see in the picture above is the beautiful view of Bangkok from a rooftop restaurant called Above Eleven. I would recommend this place a million different times to a million different people. Why? The view, the live band, the atmosphere, the food and more importantly the drinks! I was only in Bangkok for the night and got an Airbnb nearby, which I’ll provide the link for at the end of this post so you can take a look.
Oh man, Ko Pha-ngan, Ko Pha-ngan, what a life changing journey this island was for me. My entire intention for traveling to Thailand was to relax and gain perspective and as a Yogi and a person who meditates daily Ko Pha-ngan was perfect for me. Remember, we all have different reasons for traveling so figure yours out and research. Maybe you want to party up in the Phuket islands or stay in luxury at Ko Samui. All islands have their own thing so research! I can’t emphasize this enough.
This island was YOGA HEAVEN! If you are in need of relaxation come to this beautiful island. I stayed at an amazing Bungalow that I got through Airbnb and if you plan to come to this island I STRONGLY recommend that you book this place. The hosts were perfection and it wasn’t expensive at all. I was able to rent a scooter from them for 150 baht/day ($3/day). Here’s a rundown of things you should do in Ko Pha-ngan:
Beach bum it at different beaches
Get $6 full body massages daily
Grab a coconut and hydrate
Rent a scooter and take time to explore the entire island with it
Take a yoga class
Go to Amstardam Rooftop (see below)
Try Pad Thai at Mama Thai Food Restaurant (WOW)
Try Happy Beach Restaurant & Bar
These are just some of the things that I was able to enjoy in my 4-day stay and(honestly it wasn’t enough time and the pictures do it no justice. I’m happy to report that this part of the trip was a success and what I came looking for exceeded all my expectations. Traveling to an island in Thailand is a must my friends so research and discover the beauty that it has to offer.
Okay, so Chiang Mai, what can I say? Breathtaking. Although I was running away from the city feels Chiang Mai was different. This huge city definitely provided something special. It has so much life and so much to explore! So as the rookie traveler that I am, I for whatever reason, decided to stay in the outskirts of Old City in a location called Nimmanhaemin and it actually ended up being a total win for me. I discovered really dope places that I definitely would have missed had I stayed in Old City. You can always order Thailand's version of Uber called Grab (download this app it will save you so much time and money) to get into Old City. Here’s what I did during my stay in Chiang Mai:
Visited the famous Night Bazaar
Enjoyed the Lantern Festival while getting a foot massage outdoors!
Went to a cooking class where they take you to a fresh market before the cooking begins (Basil Cooking School)
Went to an Elephant Sanctuary and met my best friends aka the elephants – for this one please do your own research and DO NOT RIDE ELEPHANTS! It’s cruel!
Went to an open mic night at a very hip coffee shop (Thapae East)
Had a romantic dinner for one with a live band (Rise Rooftop Bar)
Explored the beautiful Temples
Got a ride on a Tuk Tuk (THIS IS A MUST!)
Brunch at Rustic & Blue The Farm Shop
There are endless things to do in Chiang Mai and these are some of the ones I unfortunately missed:
Doi Inthanon National Park
Boat Trip on the Mae Ping River
Chiang Mai’s Grand Canyon
Wat Phra Singh
Catching a ride on a Songthaew
San Kamphaeng Hot Springs
There isn’t enough time to explore this huge city in just the 4-days I was there so depending on how long you plan to stay pick and choose what things would make your stay memorable. What things can you look back on and say, “Wow, I’m so glad I lived that”. Planning a trip to Thailand? If you’re not what are you waiting for?
THIS IS A VERY LONG FLIGHT DEPENDING WHERE IN THE WORLD YOU’RE TRAVELING FROM TAKE ABOUT A DAY OR TWO TO TRAVEL AND RECOVER
TRY A HOSTEL AT LEAST ONE OF THE DAYS YOU’RE OUT THERE.
YOU WILL NEED TO FLY WITHIN THE COUNTRY TO GET TO THE ISLANDS/CHIANG MAI, DEPENDING ON WHAT YOUR ITINERARY LOOKS LIKE
ALWAYS CHEAPER TO FLY INTO BANGKOK THAN CHIANG MAI
IF YOU RENT A SCOOTER MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PASSPORT! THAT IS DANGEROUS AND THEY CAN EASILY LOSE IT! MANY PLACES WILL DO IT WITH JUST A COPY
DOWNLOAD GRAB TAXI – THIS IS THAILAND’S VERSION OF UBER AMAZING RATES· TAKE VERY COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES!
AIRBNB IS YOUR BIFF (ALTHOUGH HOSTELS ARE CHEAPER, IF THAT’S NOT YOUR THING THAN AIRBNB IT IS)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/23674728?guests=1&adults=1 (BANGKOK STAY)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/24043791?guests=1&adults=1 (KO PHA-NGAN STAY - BEAUTIFUL!)
QATAR (I FLEW WITH THEM – AMAZING)