21 Mar

Thailand Itinerary

map_of_thailandWe come into Thailand after India. As I’m unsure of how I will feel about India, I’ve designed the Thailand itinerary to allow for some decompression which is, I’m told, what Thailand is all about.

We plan for 5-6 weeks here so there is plenty of time to settle in and to move around. We’ll fly into Bangkok and spend just the minimum amount of time to get our bearings and make travel plans for heading south…to the beaches.

Reading the guidebooks, and talking to friends who have been there, shows that there are countless beaches to visit. It is nearly impossible to choose while reading a guidebook sitting thousands of miles, and a number of months, away. We’ll need some local and traveler expertise while on the road to help us make the final decisions. Although it seems that one can’t go wrong by choosing any of them.

There are a few ‘must sees’ it seems. The island of Phuket, the Phi Phi Islands and Krabi draw many people to their shores – there must be a good reason for it. Beaches, parties (although we are a little long in the tooth), snorkeling, rock climbing and general ‘chilling’, all have appeal.

Once we’ve had our fill of the beaches we’ll head back to Bangkok to enjoy the thriving metropolis that it is. Many travelers would avoid the city like the plague, but we enjoy cities and so will spend longer here than perhaps the average traveler might – maybe up to a week. Bangkok has all that any city has to offer with the addition of some wicked markets – the floating market, and the night market. I’m also interested in seeing Wat Po – the reclining Buddha. There is, obviously, much more to see – we have plenty of time to discover all of it.

Once we’re done with the city we’ll head north, probably by train. We’ll be heading to Chang Mai stopping along the way wherever we feel like it.

Chang Mai, Chang Rai and the surrounding areas offer plenty to see and do.  We can explore the ancient walled city in Chang Mai, take cooking classes to learn how to make the amazing food, relax with a Thai massage, visit countless temples and head into the hills to do some trekking.

I’m looking forward to Thailand for the relaxation, easy traveling, the famously friendly people, the great food and the beaches. From what I hear it is a very difficult place to leave.


8 thoughts on “Thailand Itinerary

  1. I spent a measly 4 days in Thailand and I loved it. I can’t wait to go back. I’m jealous that you will get to spend so much time there. While in Bangkok, I highly recommend Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). It’s not as big of a tourist draw as the Reclining Buddha or the Grand Palace, but in my short time there this was my favorite site. Also, the floating market is pretty awesome.

  2. 5 to 6 weeks! Man talk about jealous….! :)

    Yes the $5 massages rocks. But you just got to be careful and not go to the “wrong” kind of massages. I was there with a bunch of guys so we get tons of offers on that side. I imagine they would back off of you guys tho since you are a couple.

    Phuket has a few islands worth heading towards, either on a day-tour or some even deserving longer stays. I know Koh Samui is amazing amazing for a simple relaxation. The Phi Phi Island and the James Bond Island as well.

    Props to you guys!

  3. All the blogs I’m reading today are about thailand and people not asking me about it.

    Phi Phi is totally over rated. no one who knows thailand goes there. Go to Ko Lanta instead. You will not miss anything but white people and overpriced rooms.

    if you are going to laos, trek there. Thailand trekking is not regulated so its super touristy and exploits the hill tribes really bad. In laos, there are rules, I’d go there. less people too.

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! Will definitely be careful about the ‘massages’ – good hint! Don’t worry Matt, as we get closer you’ll definitely be hearing from us – you’ve spent more time there than anyone I know!

  5. Hey Gillian, awesome site and great plans that you’re making! The tix from Vientiane to Hanoi cost us $135, each. We’ve heard from lots of people (from firstclass to dirtbaggers) that the overland route from Laos to Vietnam can be pretty hellish. 24 hours (or more) on a bus vs. 47 minutes on the plane. Well worth it to put your pennies towards that rather than flying within Thailand.

    Thanks for the comment!

  6. Gillian, I just found your blog!!! 2 fellow Canadians who are embarking on a year-round trip!!! You are already my hero!!!! I am a 35-year-old Torontonian, with a 40-year-old husband and a 2-year-old child. I’m just aching to do something like this, and I feel that I am ready. But my husband just can’t take that giant leap just yet (he works in the OR as a materials coordinator. Perhaps, like most people, he is worried about the job security issue). I do wish you have the best time of your life…but wait, I just KNOW you will!!!! Congratulations! I will be living my dreams by proxy — through you guys!

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