First Stop: Bangkok
Duration: 2 days
Start your trip through Thailand in the traveling hub of SE Asia: Bangkok. Here, you’ll make some of the craziest and most interesting memories (if you have any memories by the time you’re done).
During the day, check out the temples, and take a boat ride on the famous Chao Praya River. If you’re lucky, a local will pull their boat up to yours and sell you 25 cent cold beers for the trip. On Sundays, head over to Chatuchak Market. There, you’ll find miles and miles of rare finds, cheap goods and wild animals.
Next stop: The Islands
Duration: 5-6 days
There are two main coasts of Thailand, both of which have beautiful islands on each side. No matter which one you start on, be sure to check out both sides. To the west, don’t miss Koh Phi Phi.
Phuket is a nice spot to visit if you don’t mind touristy areas- but be prepared to spend more money and see less-traditional Thai culture. After crossing over the mainland (flying is easiest mode of travel), head to Koh Samui or Koh Tao.
Koh Phangan is in between the two islands, but only needs to be visited if you’re going to a Full or Half Moon Party. If you are looking to have a fun and cultural experience, definitely go to a Full or Half Moon Party!
Final Stop: The North (Chiang Mai and Pai)
Duration: 4 Days
Arguably the most beautiful and humble place in Thailand is the North. This may be your favorite stop in the country.
Ride motorbikes through the developing city of Chiang Mai, while stopping at Tiger Kingdom, Doi Suthep, and nature preserves. Just a 3 hour bus ride up a mountain is the quaint town of Pai - a virtually untouched paradise of waterfalls, mountains, and rivers.