There was just something about Thailand that we can’t quite put our fingers on. We spent a whole month in Thailand, and there is so much more we still want to see and places we want to visit. Our month in Thailand followed a pretty common route, so next time we want to visit some of the places off the beaten track.
Bangkok – 2 Nights
We flew into Bangkok after 20+ hours of traveling from LAX, and opted to take the skytrain from the airport and walk to our hotel. As luck would have it, it started pouring down rain on us, and by the time we arrived at our hotel we were completely soaked.
We visited Wat Pho, which is a lot cheaper, less busy, and just as awe-inspiring to see as the Grand Palace. We were also able to take a boat cruise down the river canals and get lost meandering the narrow alleys of Chinatown.
We found one of the best spots to eat in Bangkok, Terminal 21! It’s a food court in a 7 story mall, full of dishes ranging between 35 – 50 baht.
Ayutthaya – 1 Night
On our 3rd day, we decided to take the third class train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya for only 30 baht, the equivalent of less than $1. It was hot and cramped, but it was a bargain and we arrived in no time.
Ayutthaya is a sight to see, and it’s amazing to see the vast amount of ruins still here from centuries ago. We rode bicycles around the old city, and were adopted by a dog who literally followed us around the whole day.
Chiang Mai – 8 Nights
We took the night train up north to Chiang Mai, a 13 hour ride, where we slept on bunks in a cabin with 2 other people. It’s definitely the most economical way to travel, and we met a lot of really nice people along the way.
In Chiang Mai we went zip lining, took a cooking class, and had a relaxing Thai Massage. We also rented bikes one day, which happened to be the nation wide biking event for the king. We were even invited by a group of bikers to join their biking group around the city.
Koh Lanta – 8 Nights
We could have easily spent a couple more weeks here, and our stay at Pinky Bungalows could not have been more relaxing. We either walked to the beach or hung out by the pool almost everyday, and enjoyed drinking cocktails at sunset by the water.
We rented a motorbike for 3 days and drove around the whole island. We hiked to a waterfall, stopped at beaches all along the west coast, and hung out in Old Lanta town.
Koh Phangan – 2 Nights
Although we originally planned on staying for 5 nights and spending Christmas here, things didn’t go quite right. It was pouring down rain, and our hotel was pretty awful. More on this to come.
Bangkok – 5 Night
It felt great being back in Bangkok! We love the hustle and bustle of the city, and by the end, we had pretty much mastered public transportation. We walked around the Chatuchak weekend market, had a wonderful Christmas, and visited Lumphini Park. We also stumbled upon the Patpong Night Bazzar (on accident!), where it seemed every other person was trying to sell us a “ping pong show”.
We couldn’t believe how fast our time in Thailand went, and can’t wait to go back! Check out our video recap of our month in Thailand.