Itinerary Part 1 – Thailand

Here is the first post about my Southeast Asian itinerary. To keep it at a readable length, I decided to break my itinerary down by country, instead of trying to tackle it all in one exhausting post. Since I will be arriving in Bangkok the evening of March 13, its only natural to begin my journey in Thailand.

1) Bangkok

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I’m planning on spending about a week in Bangkok soaking in the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of the city. While I’m there I want to see Wat Phra Kaew, the Grand Palace (pictured above), a floating market at either Damneon Saduak or Amphawa, Chinatown, and Khao San road of course. I’m also looking forward to catching up with a friend from college who is currently living in Bangkok. Hopefully he’ll show me the Bangkok he knows, and I’ll get a chance to experience the city outside the confounds of tourism.

2) Ayutthaya

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From Bangkok I’m also planning on making a trip to Ayutthaya for at least a day. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this Unesco World Heritage sight, and might even rent a bike for the day and view the many temple ruins on two wheels.

3) Khun Han

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Next I’m hoping to head over to Khun Han to see Wat Pa Maha Jedi Kaew. It’s a temple made out of an estimated 1.5 million recycled beer bottles. Since I possess a love of odd attractions I can’t miss the chance to see this beautiful temple for myself.

4) Chumphon to Ko Tao & Ko Pha-nga

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From Khun Han I will head back through Bangkok to make my way down to Chumphon. I don’t plan on spending much time here, and will most likely be using it as a jumping off point for getting to nearby Ko Tao & Ko Pha-Nga. While on the islands I plan on enjoying the beach, relaxing, catching the Full Moon Party (sorry mom and dad), and scuba diving for the very first time.

5) Phuket, & Ko Phi Phi Don

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Next I am hoping to find myself in Phuket and possibly event Ko Phi Phi. This section of my trip looks a lot like Ko Tao & Pha-Nga since I plan on enjoying the tropical climate by relaxing on the beach and maybe even visiting Big Buddha to get a bird’s eye view of Phuket. *Note: this could be the section of my trip to be cut out if I feel I’m running low on time for my jaunt through Northern Thailand.

6)Phitsanulok

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After my jaunt to Southern Thailand is over, I will make my way back up to Phitsanulok, visit Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat, and use it as a base to see 7 & 8 below.

7) Kamphaeng Phet

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From Phitsanulok I will be making a trip over to Kamphaeng Phet to see the Historical park by the same name. Unless I feel I need more time, I’m not planning on visiting for more than a day.

8) Sukhothai

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Also from Phitsanulok I will visit Sukhothai and spend at least a day wandering through the ruins.

9) Chiang Mai

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From Phitsanulok I will head to Chiang Mai. While there I plan on visiting Wat Phra Singh along with a few other temples like Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Suan Dok . I may also take time to visit the nearby Elephant Nature Park as well.

10) Chiang Rai

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From Chiang Mai, my last stop in Thailand will be Chiang Rai. While I’m here I can’t wait to visit Wat Rong Khun, a contemporary temple that I’m sure is more breathtaking in person than in photos like the one above. It’s the main reason I decided to add the city to my list, and I probably won’t spend too long here due to the assumption that I will be low on time.

My next post will be Itinerary Part 2 – Laos

7 thoughts on “Itinerary Part 1 – Thailand

  1. In today’s (3 March) Washington Post Travel section, someone asked about the kind of clothing recommended for a trip to Southeast Asia. The travel writer responded, “I typically wear light cotton dresses or skirts with tanks or T-shirts. I never bring anything linen or heavy; for cool nights, I will pack a cotton sweater and a light jacket and a large scarf that covers half my torso. I never worry about wrinkling because, honestly, Southeast Asia is not a buttoned-up kind of place.

    Wick-away clothes are good because they let your skin breathe and don’t hold onto sweaty scents. Check REI for options.

    I usually wear a baseball cap but if you want a dressier topper, a canvas hat (bucket or brimmed) that you can ball up. Mountain Headgear and Tilley have some cute options. If you’re worried about your neck burning in the sun, throw a bandanna into your bag.

    Finally, leave room for new clothes. I bought ballet flats in China that lasted through the whole trip and silk wraps in Vietnam that are still in great shape.” Andrea Sachs

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    • Really?! That makes my decision about sacrificing Phuket if needed even harder than it already was! This will be my first time in Thailand so I want to see everything, but I’m worried about time so something needed to give.

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      • Yeah, Stayed in Patong, but went to Phuket a lot. Must sees are the Buddhist Temple, Big Buddha, Phi Phi Island (just make sure you dont go over to Phi Phi Island on one of the small boats as there have been issues with them in the past) and take a Tuk Tuk everywhere… so much fun!

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      • Thanks for the tips! It sounds like you had a great time there. If I end up in Phuket or Phi Phi I’ll be sure to remember to avoid the small boats. I’ve heard that Tuk Tuk’s are one of the best modes of transportation in Thailand and I’ll admit that I’m overly excited to ride in one.

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