In just a few days we’ll be jetting off to Thailand for three weeks of epic adventure and exploration. Though we lived in Taiwan for two years (during which time everyone thought we were living in Thailand), this will be our first visit to the famed country. We’re crazy excited for mouthwatering cuisine, inexpensive massages, and learning more about the rich and colourful Thai culture.
While we now have a very basic itinerary mapped out, planning where to go on a limited time frame was most definitely a challenge. Between its beautiful beaches, lush countryside and riveting cities, three weeks in Thailand is barely enough time to scratch the surface of this diverse country. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the various options, we recommend with having a look at these three classic options for a trip to Thailand you’ll always remember.
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Of course, no visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to bustling and chaotic Bangkok. Yes, the traffic can be a nightmare, but the spellbinding markets and world-renowned shopping make up for it. Add to that historical temples, verdant parks and must-taste street food, and you might even find you’re wishing you could extend your stay in the capital city.
For the ultimate guide to planning your vacation in Bangkok, try this guide.
While you’re there, don’t miss a ferry ride on Chao Phraya River. You’ll have an excellent vantage point to take in many of the city’s top attractions, including shimmering Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. To wind down in the evening, try Octave, Marriot Hotel’s signature 360-degree bar.
Closer to Malaysia than the mainland of Thailand, Koh Lipe is one of the few quieter and off-the-beaten-track islands that still exist.
Part of a larger group of about 10 uninhabited islands in the Adang Archipelago, one of the most popular attraction in Koh Lipe is taking boats to nearby islands and marine parks for snorkelling and swimming in crystal-clear water.
If you prefer to stay on dry land, there are three main beaches in Koh Lipe, each beautiful for their own characteristics. Snorkelling straight off the picture-perfect white sand is often possible.
Long one of Thailand’s most popular islands, Koh Samui has managed to maintain its undeniable charm. You’ll find no shortage of luxury retreats, world-class restaurants, decadent spas and glamorous clubs. But look beyond the manicured resorts and you’ll also find authentic Thai restaurants, tourist-free stretches and quiet stretches of sand.
Basically Koh Samui offers a little something for everyone, whether you’re a laid back family, party-seeking backpacker or ritzy resort hopper.
All of our research on Thailand is based on first-hand reports from fellow travel bloggers who have traipsed around the country before us. For live, first-hand stories about our adventures in Thailand, be sure to follow along with our blog and social media networks in the upcoming weeks!