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Highlights of Thailand in 1 Week
If you have one week in Thailand, be sure to hit Bangkok (in the south), Sukhothai (central), and Chiang Mai (in the north).
Day 1-3, Chiang Mai: See Mae sa waterfall, shop at a night market, stroll or bike through rice paddies, and explore the Temples of Wiang Kum Kum.
Day 4-5, Sukhothai: Visit the ruins of Old Sukhothai (ancient capital of Siam), tour Sukhothai Historical Park, home to 21 different historical sites.
Day 6-7, Bangkok: Join a night tour of the glitzy and glamourous city, visit the Emerald Buddha and the temples of Wat Arun and Wat Pho.
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Highlights of Thailand: Bangkok & Beaches
If the idea of quiet palm fringed beaches and natural surroundings sounds inviting to you, then consider the following:
Day 1-2, Bangkok: Start off in the bustling city, travel by Tuk Tuk, see the Grand Palace, and the temples of Wat Arun or Wat Pho.
For Days 3-10 you have a few options depending on what you’d like to see and do:
Koh Sok National Park: This is the oldest and most bio-diverse national park in Southeast Asia. Canoe down one of the tributaries, and keep an eye out for monkeys, kingfishers, colourful hornbills, and a plethora of exotic plants.
An Thong National Marine Park: Explore an archipelago once renowned for being a haven for pirates, and today is famous for its pristine beaches and rainforest.
Kwai Noi River: Travel by car to Kanchanaburi Province in Western Thailand to float on a long tail boat down Kwai Noi River, surrounded by tropical forests and scenic mountain ranges.
Koh Samui/ Koh Phi Phi/ Koh Hai/ Koh Pha Ngan: These are all beautiful islands where you can relax on the beach, hike and explore the local surroundings, or snorkel.
Day 11-12: Return to Bangkok
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Thailand Exploration in 2 Weeks
For the full Thailand experience, make your way through the famous Koh Samui in the Gulf, bustling Bangkok in the central region, and serene Chiang Mai in the north.
Day 1-3, Bangkok: Visit the Grand Palace, temples of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Po, and Phra Pathom Chedi, the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
Day 4-7, Chiang Mai: From Bangkok, fly over to Chiang Mai. See Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred temples in Thailand. Visit Meo Pu, one of the oldest surviving tribes in Northern Thailand, and take a stroll through the many food markets.
Day 8-9, Khao Sok (optional): Visit one of the oldest evergreen rainforests on earth surrounded by limestone Karst cliffs.
Daly 10-12, Koh Samui: Enjoy the white sand, palm-fringed beaches of Koh Samui. Relax on the beach, snorkel, or seek out the Namuang Waterfall on a hike.
Day 13-14: Return to Bangkok and have a free day to wander and explore at your leisure. Ride in a Tuk Tuk and experience the nightlife and cultural shows that come to life at sunset.
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