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Thailand - 1 Month Itinerary

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Are you planning a trip to Thailand? If so, you're in for a treat! This vibrant and bustling country is known for its vibrant nightlife, delicious food, and rich culture and history. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the beautiful beaches of the south to the peaceful beauty of Pai, Thailand has something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the best places to start your trip is in the bustling capital city of Bangkok. Known for its vibrant nightlife, delicious food, and rich culture and history, Bangkok is a must-see destination.

If you're planning a trip to the north of Thailand, there are many amazing places to visit and things to do. Here are a few suggestions for an itinerary:

You are most likely to be landing in Bangkok.

Day 1-3:



Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand, known for its bustling streets, vibrant nightlife, and rich culture and history.


  • The yard hostel

Things to do

  • Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, which are among the most famous and important temples in Bangkok. The Grand Palace is a stunning complex of buildings that was once the official residence of the Thai kings, while Wat Phra Kaew is home to the Emerald Buddha, one of the most sacred Buddhist artifacts in Thailand.

  • Explore the bustling streets and vibrant markets of Bangkok, including the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market and the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak.

  • Take a boat tour on the Chao Phraya River and see the city from a different perspective. You can also visit the floating markets and temples that are located along the river.

  • Visit the Jim Thompson House, which is a beautiful museum and art gallery that showcases the life and work of the American businessman and art collector Jim Thompson.

  • Go to the top of the Baiyoke Sky Tower and enjoy the stunning views over the city from the observation deck.

  • Visit the Wat Arun temple, also known as the Temple of Dawn, which is one of the most beautiful and iconic temples in Bangkok.

  • Experience the vibrant nightlife of Bangkok, with its many bars, clubs, and live music venues.

Overall, there are many fun and interesting things to do in Bangkok, from its famous temples and markets to its vibrant nightlife and rich culture and history. No matter what your interests are, you'll find something to enjoy in this vibrant and exciting city.

At this point, you can either choose to go and explore the North or South of Thailand

If you do decide to go and explore the north then go to Chaing Mai.

Day 3-6:

Chaing Mai

Transport: Bangkok to Chaing Mai

Take the sleeping train from Bangkok to Chaing Mai. The journey is for 12 hours. If you get the 4hance to choose the seat, then choose the lower bunk as the upper bunk does not have windows. Also, take an eye mask with you as the lights are not turned off.


Chiang Mai is known for its beautiful temples, vibrant night markets, and delicious food. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the famous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, which offers breathtaking views over the city.


  • Family Home Chiang Mai

  • Stamps backpacker


  • Stories Cafe & Bristo

  • Coconut Shell Thai food

  • Hummus Chaing Mai

Things to do

  • Visit some of the city's beautiful temples, including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra Singh.

  • Explore the city's vibrant night markets, where you can find a wide variety of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and delicious street food.

  • Take a cooking class and learn how to make traditional Thai dishes, such as tom yum soup, green curry, and pad Thai.

  • Go on an elephant trek and see these majestic animals up close. Many elephant camps in Chiang Mai offer ethical elephant experiences that allow you to learn about these animals and their habitat. I would recommend But please make sure you do your research and that the sanctuary you are going to is ethical.

  • Take a trip to the Mae Sa Waterfall, which is located just outside the city and offers beautiful views and a refreshing dip in the water.

  • Visit the Chiang Mai Night Safari, where you can see a variety of exotic animals, including lions, tigers, and elephants, in their natural habitat.

  • Go on a trek through the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai and experience the beautiful natural scenery of northern Thailand.

  • Do a cooking class in Chaing Mai. I recommend doing it with Sammy's Organic Thai Cooking School. There are two classes per day so make sure to book it in advance.

After spending a few days in Chaing Mai, make your way to Pai.

Day 6-9:


Transport from Chiang Mai to Pai

From Chiang Mai, head to the town of Pai, which is located in a picturesque valley surrounded by mountains. You can book a shared van with the Hostel you are staying at.


Pai is a picturesque town in northern Thailand with many things to see and do.


  • UP2U Guesthouse


  • Rainny Cafe

  • The Pedlar

Things to do

  • Visit the Pai Canyon, which offers stunning views and a great hiking experience.

  • Take a walk through the rice fields that surround the town and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.

  • Explore the local markets and shops, where you can find a wide variety of handicrafts, souvenirs, and local products.

  • Visit the Tha Pai Hot Springs, which are located just outside of town and offer a relaxing and therapeutic experience.

  • Take a trip to the Wat Phra That Mae Yen temple, which offers beautiful views over the town and the surrounding countryside.

  • Go on a rafting or kayaking trip on the Pai River and experience the natural beauty of the area.

  • Visit the Pai War Museum, which showcases the history of the area and the local Hill Tribes that live in the region.

Afterwards make your way back to Chiang Mai, as you can't get to Chiang Rai without getting back to Chiang Mai.

Day 10:

Chiang Rai

Transport from Pai to Chiang Rai:

You will need to get back to Chiang Mai. Once you are back you can either do a day trip from Chaing Mai to Chiang Rai with the hostel you are staying at in Chaing Mai. Honestly, you do not have to stay in Chaing Rai. However, if you are planning on going to Laos afterwards then there are buses that go to Chaing Rai.

Things to do:

Chiang Rai is a beautiful city in northern Thailand with many things to see and do. Here are a few suggestions for activities and attractions in Chiang Rai:

  • Visit Wat Rong Khun (also known as the White Temple), which is a stunning example of contemporary Thai architecture.

  • Explore Wat Phra Kaew, which is home to the Emerald Buddha, one of the most important and sacred Buddhist artefacts in Thailand.

  • Take a trip to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. This area is known for its beautiful scenery and rich history.

  • Visit the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park, which showcases the cultural heritage of northern Thailand and the Hill Tribes that live in the region.

  • Relax and unwind at the hot springs in the nearby town of Mae Khachan, which are said to have therapeutic properties.

  • Take a boat tour on the Mekong River and see the beautiful natural scenery of northern Thailand.

  • Visit Singha Park, which is a large agricultural and tourist complex with a variety of activities and attractions, including a zoo, a water park, and a farm.

Overall, Chiang Rai has a lot to offer, from its beautiful temples and cultural attractions to its natural beauty and rich history.

After finishing from Chaing Rai you would have explored the North of Thailand. Make your way back to Chaing Mai. In order to get to the south you can either fly from Chiang Rai to Krabi or take a sleeping train.

Day 11-13:

Khao Sok National Park

Transport from Chiang Rai to Khao Sok National Park

The national park is located in the south of Thailand, in order to get here you either need to catch a sleeping bus/train or fly from the north to the south if you are limited with a time


Khao Sok National Park is a beautiful and popular national park in southern Thailand, known for its stunning natural scenery and rich biodiversity with a lot to offer.


  • Coco Khao Sok Hostel

  • Khaosok Secret Hostel

Things to do

  • Book with the hostel/hotel you are staying at a 2-day 1-night tour to Khao Sok national park. The park does not have internet or reception so be ready for that. You will be staying in bungalows and is a nice way to relax and layback

After you are done make your way to the island of Ko Tao.

Day 13-16

Ko Pha Ngan

Transport from Khao Sok National Park to Ko Pha Ngan

You can take a fast boat between the two islands. However, make sure you book this a day in advance as the seats are limited


Ko Pha Ngan is a tropical island located in the Gulf of Thailand, known for its beautiful beaches


  • Hideout Hostel

  • Puk's Palace Thailand

  • Shiralea Backpackers Resort

  • The Chill House

  • The Islander Hostel

  • Beachfront bungalows


  • Fisherman's Restaurant

  • The Last Fisherman

  • The Green Papaya

  • Saffron on the Sea

  • The Islander

  • Mama's Schnitzel

Things to do

  • Snorkelling and Diving: The island's crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and diving, with many beautiful coral reefs and a wide variety of marine life. Popular diving spots include Shark Island and Sail Rock.

  • Yoga and Meditation: Ko Pha Ngan is known for its yoga and meditation retreats, where visitors can practice yoga and meditation in beautiful natural settings.

  • Hiking and Trekking: the island offers several hiking and trekking trails, visit the Tharn Sadet National Park and the Phaeng Waterfall.

  • Wat Khao Tham: a Buddhist temple located in the north of the island, it offers a beautiful view of the sea and a peaceful atmosphere to meditate and relax.

  • Visit the Food and Night Markets

  • There is a Full Moon Party that takes place once every month.

Day 13-16:

Ko Tao

Transport from Ko Pha Ngan to Ko Tao

You can take a fast boat between the two islands. However, make sure you book this a day in advance as the seats are limited


  • The Cozy House

  • Ko Tao Hostel

  • Goodtime Adventures Hostel


  • Fisherman's Restaurant

  • The Beach Club Koh Tao

  • Zest Coffee & Kitchen

  • Fish Bowl

  • 955 Duck

  • Cantina

Things to do

  • This is considered to be one of the cheapest places to obtain your Padi (scuba diving certificate). So sign up for one of the diving schools around the island and get the certificate. You can also snorkel around Shark Island, Chumphon Pinnacle, Tanote Bay or Southwest Pinnacle.

  • Go to Tanote Bay to jump off from a large rock onto the sea.

  • Visit Mae Haad Pier and walk around the market area to browse local souvenirs and try some street food.

  • Take a yoga class at one of the many studios on the island.

  • Go on a boat tour to explore the nearby islands and visit the famous Koh Nang Yuan.

  • Visit the Ko Tao War Memorial Museum to learn about the island's history.

  • Visit John Snwan viewpoints and the 360 viewpoint



Transport from to Ko Tao to Krabi

You will need to get the ferry back to the mainland and then catch a bus to Krabi


Krabi is a province located in southern Thailand, known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor activities. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, as well as limestone cliffs, lush jungles, and crystal-clear waters.


  • The Station Krabi

  • On's Tree House

  • Good Time Adventure Hostel.


  • Krua Thara

  • Aroy Mak Mak

  • Suan Son.

Things to do

  • Visit the Tiger Cave Temple, a Buddhist temple located on a hilltop just outside of Krabi town. The temple is known for its steep staircase and the resident macaques that live on the grounds.

  • Take a boat tour to explore the nearby islands, including Koh Poda, Koh Gai (Chicken Island), and Koh Tub.

  • Visit the Emerald Pool, a natural pool located in the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve.

  • You can also choose to visit Railay beach. This secluded beach can only be accessed by boat and is known for its limestone cliffs and crystal-clear waters.

  • At night visit one of the famous Thai boxing matches.

Afterwards, head to Ko Phi Phi

Day 19-21

Ko Phi Phi

Transport from to Ko Tao to Krabi

You will need to get the ferry from Krabi beach to Ko Phi Phi island


  • Voyagers Hostel

  • @The Pier 519


  • Tom Yam

  • Goong Pum's Kitchen

  • Ciao Bella Phi Phi.

Things to do

  • Visit Maya Bay, made famous by the movie "The Beach," and go snorkelling or diving in the crystal-clear waters.

  • Hike up to the viewpoint at Phi Phi Ley Island for a panoramic view of the island. Aim to do this at either sunset or sunrise for the best scenery.

  • Take a boat tour to visit the nearby islands and visit the famous Bamboo Island.

  • Go rock climbing at Tonsai Tower.

  • Take a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Thai dishes.

  • Relax on the beach and enjoy a massage at one of the many beachfront spas.

Overall, Thailand is a destination that offers something for every traveller, from the vibrant city life of Bangkok to the serene temples of Chiang Mai, the beautiful beaches of the southern islands to the rich culture and history of the north. With its delicious food, friendly people, and affordable prices, it's easy to see why Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, culture, or just a good time, Thailand has something to offer. With a rich culture and history, this country has a lot to offer and it is a must-visit destination in Southeast Asia


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