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