Glistening like a gem in Southeast Asia, Thailand is a paradise like land ranking high on every traveler’s bucket list. When picturing about Thailand holidays, one’s heart will be flooded with images of pristine soft sandy beaches bathed in sunlight. However, the country is not just about beaches… there are many more places to visit in Thailand! spending a week in the country will introduce you to tons of activities, wonderful sights and scenic landscape that rekindle your soul. Just 7 days to experience most of the country is certainly not enough, but here are some important places you should not miss.
Day 1- 2: Bangkok
Arrive at Bangkok International Airport and get ready to explore Bangkok, as this capital city is a great introduction to the country. Start with a visit to some important structures exemplifying historical as well as spiritual significance and craftsmanship of the country.
Bangkok has some of the top Thailand attractions that includes…
Grand palace – This palace is divided into two: Temple of Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaeo) and the royal residence. This palace’s ground consists of inner, middle and outer court. Even though not occupied by royal family, this place still hosts royal as well as religious ceremonies. The grand splendor of 100 building within one structure makes it a must visit place.
Temples of Bangkok – Wat Triamit temple, constructed during 13th – 14th century i.e during Sukhothai dynasty, is famous for huge golden statue of Buddha. Wat Benchamabophit temple houses Marble Buddha, which bears a combination of Thai and European architecture.
Experience a whole new shopping experience at Floating Market of Bangkok. Stretching through an area of 100000 sqm, this market has 4 sections such as northeast, north, central and south of Thailand, boasting stalls, souvenir shops and eateries. Cultural performances of these four regions are conducted which are completely out of charge. Take a boat ride along the markets, Thai styled structures to get acquainted with the riverside life of local people.
End your Bangkok dairy with a delicious Thai culinary experience from a fine restaurant.
Day 3: Safari World & Marine Park
What is a trip to Thailand without visiting its animal treasures? On day 3, make a trip to safari world and Marine Park. This Zoological Park is divided into two main parts – safari world and Marine Park. At safari world, see many wild animals including antelopes, camels, gazelles, rhinos wandering freely in their natural habitat. It also houses pelicans, ostriches, cranes and many other bird species. Another key attraction that you will feel more thrilling is African Lions and Bengal Tigers, which are protected in a specially made space. Your second session of Thailand group tours is at the Marine Park housing plenty of marine animals such as Tapir, Walrus and some tropical birds. For making the ambience more vibrant, Orang Utan Boxing show, Dolphin Show, Sea Lion Show and Bird show are arranged.
Day 4-5: Chiang Mai
You will be at Chiang Mai on day 4 and 5 of your vacation. See many aspects of city as you stroll around its old and modern attractions. Wonder at the culture and history of old temples such as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chet Yot and Wat Suan DoK. Drive around the old city to see the ruins of ancient city walls. Visit the bustling Worarot Market, the largest central market in the city. There, browse for fresh fruit varieties, tinned food items, clothing, colorful flowers, spices and other household goods.
Day 6-7: Pattaya
In the penultimate day of your tour, travel to Pattaya to experience the star attraction of Thailand, the beaches. After 45 minutes ride from city, reach Koh Larn also known as Coral Island. Spend the day enjoying imposing coral reef, crystal clear water and serene ambience. You can also try your hand at plenty of watersports such as jet skiing, speed boat riding, parasailing, snorkeling and more. Enjoy a toothsome dining from any of the seaside restaurants. Also, take a glass bottom ride to view see the incredible coral formation.
On the last day, board a flight back to your home destination.
Day 1-2: Bangkok
Spend the first 2 days of your Thailand holidays from Dubai / any international destination in Bangkok. Start exploring the city with a visit to Grand Palace. This palace consists of around 100 buildings constructed in Italian and authentic Thai architecture. Visit the key features of temple including Wat Phra Kaew Temple of Emerald Buddha, Royal reception hall, Royal Funeral Hall and Royal Pantheon. Next up it is the time for spiritual rejuvenation…go to Wat Pho, also known as the temple of reclining Buddha, Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn.
While in Bangkok, make sure to visit its Shopping malls such as:
Central World: Enjoy ultimate shopping experience in Bangkok. This massive complex has plenty of luxury shops, supermarkets, best class Theatres, restaurants and more.
Siam Paragon: if you are after trendy items, then Siam Paragon is place for you. It has a lot of luxury brands as well as dining amenities and bars.
Continue exploring China Town, a haven for food lovers. Wander around alleys and streets, which are teeming with street vendors, markets, stalls and restaurants. Soak up the scents and flavors of the city as you savor variety of dishes.
Day 3: Ayuttaya
In this day, take day tour to famous temples of Ayuttaya such as Wat Phra Si Sanphet (the most important temple in the city and is a part of ancient Royal palace ruins), Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Yai Chai Mangkol and Wat Phanan Choeng (best known for its massive statue of sitting Buddha).
See the incredible image of Buddha head resting in roots of Banyan tree at Wat Phra mahthat. Also visit the wonderful summer palace of King Rama IV where you can see a fusion of Thai, Chinese and Gothic architectures.
Day 4: Khao Yai National Park
Your 4th day is in Khao Yai National Park so that you can enjoy the flora and fauna of country. In Thai culture, elephants astounding strength, longevity and power are celebrated throughout. And there are many sanctuaries across the country to protect these giant animals of which most famous is Khao Yai National Park. You will get the chance to encounter exciting wildlife including Asian elephants, black beers, gibbons and deer. Wonderful landscapes like mountains, grassy fields, forests, lakes and rivers give you ample photo opportunities. If you are adrenaline junkies, there are options like jungle hiking, safari drives, game viewing and many more.
Day 5: Phi Phi island
On this day, you will be heading to Phi phi islands, a group of six small islands. With tropical beaches, amazing rock formations, blue waters and colorful marine life, Phi Phi ranked high among country’s holiday destinations. This place is famous for being the location of the film “The Beach”. This island welcomes you to vibrant nightlife, breathtaking diving and exciting rock climbing. Enjoy a delicious lunch at an Island hotel and refuel yourself by relaxing on the beach.
Day 6-7: Pattaya
Your last days of your trip will be more thrilling as you are in Pattaya – a city offers its visitors something out of blue and unique. Hop on a speedboat to reach the enthralling Coral Island, also known as Koh Lann Island. Take a dip in serene blue waters or simply relax on the white sandy beach. If you want to try some more adventurous activities, then go for parasailing, deep sea diving, water scootering, water skiing and jet skiing. After enjoying a tasty seafood lunch, board a glass bottom boat to get the amazing view of coral reefs.
Ride up to the top of Pratamnak Hill or Big Buddha Hill offers, where the Wat Phra Yai Temple and big Buddha statue situated. From there, observe the panoramic views of city. Stop at ‘Gems Gallery’ to see the rich collection of high-quality gems at reasonable price.
At last, head back to your home with beautiful memories.
Day 1-2: Bangkok
Bangkok trip will be much like as in the option 1 and 2: you will be visiting important temples, palace and markets of the city.
Additionally, visit the most colourful and vibrant part of Bangkok – Khao San Road. Home to street markets, party avenues, guesthouses and bars, this is an entertainment place to spend your evening.
Or if you want to breathe some fresh air and relish in a tranquil atmosphere, go to Lumpini Park. Simply relax there by listening music or enjoy some leisure activities like exercising, playing games, reading books and so on.
Day 3: Chiang Rai
In the third and fourth day, treat yourself to the eye-feasting atmosphere of Chiang Rai. Visit the impressive white temple aka Wat Rong Khun. Soak up in the unique ambience and stunning art works of this contemporary temple. At golden triangle (spot where borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet), you have the opportunity for cruising along the Mekong River to the Laos Island. Continue to border market, where you will see many souvenirs and handicraft items.
Day 4-5: Kanchanaburi
On day 5, travel to Kanchanaburi to acquaint its legendary past and breathtaking culture. See the bridge running over River Kwai, jeath War Museum and the War Cemetery, where you will learn about the incredible story of World War II. After this, take a ride on the Thailand – Burma Railway or best known as ‘Death Railway’. Pray for a while for thousands of forced labourers who lost their life during its construction.
Next day, Drive to one of the famous national park in the country, Erawan. There is a cool fresh water stream running through the lush jungle forest. Marvel at the beauty of 7 different levels of waterfalls. You can enjoy time there hiking along the cascade or jumping. Visit the Erawan Museum famous for its statue of giant triple headed elephant. See the representation of universe in Hindu mythology from its 3 sessions: the Underworld, The Earth and The Heaven.
Day 6-7: Pattaya
In the 6th day, go for a city tour and enjoy a trip to Coral Island on the concluding day (as mentioned in the option 1 and 2). Return home with some cherishable Thailand activities and experiences from the country.
Knowing precisely what to expect before your trip will surely help you experiencing each and everything in this wonderful country in a perfect manner.