The Ultimate 10 Day Thailand Itinerary

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A long tail boat on a beach in Thailand

Thailand - a land of breathtaking beauty and magnificent temples - is probably one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia, especially for backpackers on a budget. The country has a lot to offer, including beach parties, wild adventures, grand buildings, and relaxing nature. It is a vibrant country that should be included in everyone’s travel bucket list.

Thailand’s local currency is baht (TBH) that can be easily obtained in almost every currency exchange bureau. As of today’s rate, 1 USD is equal to about 30 TBH. I recommend picking up some baht before arriving in Thailand, as many small transactions are still done using cash.

The best way to travel around the country is by motorbike. However, for this itinerary, you will need to combine various methods of transportation, including motorcycles or scooters, ferries and buses. I suggest hiring a private driver to cover longer or less accessible destinations.

During your 10 days in Thailand, if you follow this itinerary, you will visit the most popular islands, experience wild swimming in waterfalls, relax on the beach, explore fascinating cities and temples, and try authentic Thai cuisine.

So don’t waste your time and scroll down to see the best 10 days in Thailand itinerary.

  • 10 day itinerary
  • Average of 5 stops per day

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Using the map of Thailand, you can explore all the days and stops.

Explore the Beauty Pai

Rak Thai Village in Pai, Thailand

Pai is a town situated between Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai provinces in North Thailand.

Surrounded by lush mountains, waterfalls and natural hot springs, the town is a paradise for Thailand travellers. It’s one of the best places to start your 10-day adventure in Thailand.

On this first day, you will get a taste of local Pai cuisine, visit a magnificent canyon, a historic bridge and some natural Pai hot springs.

To fully enjoy your day, I recommend renting a motorbike or scooter. All the must-see attractions are located outside the town. Alternatively, you can hire a private taxi driver, or book a local tour.

The best way to reach the city is to get a domestic flight from Bangkok Airport. I highly suggest flying into Bangkok Airport and taking a flight to Pai. All international cities have connecting or direct flights into Bangkok, and a visa on arrival is available for many countries.

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Meal at Na’s Kitchen

There is nothing better than starting the day in a new country with some local cuisine.

Our first stop is a local family run Thai restaurant - Na’s Kitchen. It is conveniently located in the central Pai next to tour agents and motorbike rental shops.

The restaurant serves traditional Thai dishes. The drinks range, also, is quite impressive: from fresh coconut shakes to freshly brewed coffee.

Try Na’s Kitchen’s signature Thai curry (you can replace meat with tofu!) or tom yam soup with mushrooms and tofu. If you don’t feel like eating a big meal, order vegetable spring rolls or ask for a packed lunch deal.

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Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon is a majestic place, just 8 km away from Pai town. It is a breathtaking natural wonder filled with hiking trails. The main trail of the canyon leads to the viewpoint and observation tower.

If you are seeking a more thrilling adventure, continue further along until you reach another trail that leads to the canyon ridge. This trail is less crowded due to steep drops and slippery slopes. If you are brave enough to walk along this trail, I highly suggest getting a good pair of hiking shoes.

Pai Canyon has no entrance fee. There are several street vendors near the parking area selling snacks and water.

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Pai Historical Bridge

Pai Historical Bridge

Pai Historical Bridge or Pai Memorial Bridge (Saphan Prawatsart in Thai) is an important WWII historical artefact.

The bridge was built in 1942 and was used to transport Japanese armoury and supplies to Myanmar (Burma). Now, it is a pedestrian bridge that is a popular photo spot for tourists.

Despite being crowded with tourists, Pai Historical Bridge is a magnificent structure. Take a stroll across the bridge and spot some old Thai bicycles parked alongside the railing of the bridge. When you are done with the bridge, pop inside the nearby cafe where you can get one of the best coffees in Thailand.

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Tha Pai Hot Spring

Tha Pai Hot Spring is hidden in Huai Nam Dang National Park. It is an excellent place to stop over after a tiring day. Within the hot spring area, there are several natural pools and streams, street vendors, and resting areas. The average temperature of the hot springs is 80C.

Water is cleaner and hotter higher up in the mountains. Locals say that you can boil an egg in one of the hot springs. The entrance fee for foreigners is 300 THB (around 10 USD).

After the hot springs, head back to Pai.

Our next day will be in Chiang Mai. I recommend travelling to Chiang Mai from Pai via a bus or by hiring a private driver.

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Inside the Old City of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Canal

Located about 700 km north of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a city that can't be missed during a visit to Thailand.

Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai used to serve as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Today, Chiang Mai is filled with temples, ancient walls, lively markets, and traditional restaurants.

On your second day, you will explore the famous temples of Chiang Mai's old city and a buzzing night bazaar.

There is no need to rent a motorbike for this day; you can easily walk from one site to another. If you don't want to walk, grab a tuk-tuk and explore the city via the local's method of transportation.

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Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai Thailand

Wat Suan Dok

Established in 1371, Wat Suan Dok (Flower Garden Temple) is the first stop of the day. The temple is situated just outside the Chiang Mai old city walls. You can easily spot the temple because of its white chedi towers.

In the ordination hall stands one of the temples main attractions, a 5-meter high bronze Buddha statue. The statue is the most famous relic of the temple.

Wat Suan Dok is an ideal place for learning mediation and monk chants. You can register for these activities free of charge, ask near the gates to Maha Chulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya university (located on the temple grounds).

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Fern Forest Cafe

Fern Forest Cafe is found inside the old city of Chiang Mai. It is the best place to eat breakfast and relax before a busy day. The cafe is tucked away from the busy streets and is usually not crowded.

Fern Forest Cafe serves a wide range of sandwiches, cakes, fruit juices and local coffee. I highly recommend trying a raspberry cake or banana and walnut bread to go along with your drink. As for the drink, order any fruity tea or cup of coffee made from locally grown coffee.

The cafe has free wifi and a beautiful jungle garden with plenty of seats.

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The stairs at Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai Thailand

Wat Phra Singh

Situated in the old city, Wat Phra Singh is often referred to as the most attractive of Chiang Mai’s temples. It is also known as the temple of the Lion Buddha. Founded in the 14th century, the temple is a masterpiece of Lanna Kingdom architectural style.

The highlight of the temple is the Lai Kam assembly hall decorated with murals depicting the folklore tales and the way of local living. Further down you will find a majestic main assembly hall and red coloured wooden library, housing Buddhist scripts.

I suggest spending at least an hour wandering around the temple grounds and admiring jaw-dropping architecture.

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Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang or Temple of the Great Stupa is the most iconic and historically significant temple in Chiang Mai. It consists of three temples that were merged into one. Most of the buildings were built in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Wat Chedi Luang was once home to the Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaew) - an important religious and political symbol, and the palladium of Thailand. Today, you can still find a replica of the Emerald Buddha resting in the main chendi (stupa).

You can enter the temple free of charge.

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Shopping at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

The last stop of the day takes you to a buzzing night shopping street - The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

The bazaar is situated between Chang Khlan and Loi Khro roads. It is a few minutes ride by tuk-tuk from the old city. The bazaar opens at 6PM and closes at 10.30PM.

Start your exploration at Tha Phae road and make your way towards Loi Khro, checking little alleys along your way. Don’t buy the first item you like, wait till you reach the end of the stalls. Stroll along and find a massive selection of CDs, Thai silk, clothes, homeware, furniture, jewellery, video games and more.

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Adventurous Trip to Doi Suthep

Wat Doi Suthep

On this third day, you will take a day trip from Chiang Mai to a mountainous area called Doi Suthep National Park - one of the most beautiful places in this Thailand trip.

At the Doi Suthep National Park, you will see a sacred temple and hike up a mountain to visit an authentic Thai village.

To get around today, you will need to rent a motorbike or hire a private driver.

Doi Suthep is 1,676 meters in elevation, and its highest peak is called Doi Pui that showcases magnificent views of Chiang Mai. Deep in the mountain, park visitors can find numerous waterfalls and a friendly hill tribe village.

There is a saying, ‘If you haven’t seen the view from Doi Suthep, you haven’t been to Chiang Mai’.

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Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Nestled deep in the mountains, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the most sacred temples in Thailand. It dates back to 1386 when most of Buddha relics were moved to the temple.

The most famous attractions are the golden spire and a stairwell with 306 steps decorated with serpents that lead into the temple.

Arrive early in the morning, to avoid crowds. Wear comfortable shoes (hiking shoes are the best) and modest clothes that cover your shoulders and knees. Make sure to carry cash for the entrance fee of 30 TBH (about 1 USD) and any Buddhist souvenirs you might like to buy.

I suggest spending at least an hour and a half to explore the temple grounds fully.

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Huai Rap Sadet Waterfall

After visiting the temple, I suggest stopping by one of the cafes and stalls selling light food and drink. Grab anything you like.

After exiting the temple and between the stalls, you will notice a narrow trail leading down to the waterfall. The trail’s length is about 1 kilometre. It is easy to follow, however, mind the slippery rocks.

Huai Rap Sadet is the closest waterfall to the temple and usually overlooked by tourists. It is surrounded by trees and rocks that make the waterfall an ideal place for a peaceful lunch. Climb towards the top and fill your bottle with fresh mountain water.

The entrance is free of charge.

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Bhubing Palace - Chiang Mai’s Winter Palace

Bhubing Palace - Chiang Mai’s Winter Palace

Constructed in 1961, Bhubing Palace or Royal Winter Palace is a summer getaway for the royal family. It was built on top of Doi Buak Ha mountain, not too far from Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple. The palace is not open to the public, so you can only visit the royal gardens.

The well-maintained gardens are worth a visit. You will be able to see exotic blooming flowers, giant bamboo trees and magnificent palace orchids.

Bhubing Palace has a stringent dress code: long trousers or skirt, no bare shoulders (scarves aren't allowed). If you've forgotten to wear appropriate clothes, you can rent cover-ups for a small fee.

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Doi Pu Hill Tribe - Hmong Village

Located about 4 kilometres from Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Hmong is a traditional hill tribe village resting at the top of the mountain.

Inside the village, you can find various traditional handicraft shops, Thai cafes serving delicious khao soi (curried noodles) and a museum displaying tribe clothes and tools.

The village is a popular destination among the tourists, so be prepared for the crowds and numerous souvenir shops. Even though it is a crowded place, you can still learn more about the tribe’s history and daily life.

I recommend visiting the traditional market (next to the museum) for unique handicrafts and exceptional food.

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Day Trip to Chiang Mai’s Wildlife Parks

Elephant Nature Park Chiang Mai

The last day in Chiang Mai requires you to book two tours to the wildlife parks outside of Chiang Mai. The booking office can be found inside the Old City. The price depends on the length of the tour and your chosen additional activities.

The first tour is a half-day trip to the famous Elephant Nature Park, where you can bathe and feed elephants.

For the second half-day trip, you will have to go back to Chiang Mai and take a bus to Chiang Mai’s Night Safari.

Both tours encourage ethical wildlife tourism with opportunities to bond with animals. If you require more information, tour providers are happy to answer all your questions.

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Breakfast at Blue Diamond

Before your tour, I suggest grabbing breakfast at a cafe near the booking offices.

The Blue Diamond (also known as Breakfast Club) cafe is a perfect choice. It is close to the main offices and serves a wide range of food. You can have a traditional Vietnamese, Thai or Western food for a really good price.

Blue Diamond is a loved cafe by locals and tourists due to its good-sized portions and price. The service is quite fast. Be prepared to share a table with a stranger as the cafe can get very busy.

I recommend ordering a salad bowl or slices of fresh fruit if you want a light breakfast.

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Eating elephants at Elephant Nature Park

Bathing Elephants at Elephant Nature Park

Situated about 60 kilometres from Chiang Mai city, Elephant Nature Park is the largest elephant sanctuary in the province.

The primary mission of the sanctuary is to rescue elephants from elephant riding shows and tours. Elephant Nature Park is a fantastic place where park visitors learn and bond with these magnificent animals.

The sanctuary offers various types of activities including feeding and bathing elephants, water rafting and a jungle walk. Employers and volunteers are helpful and ready to tell you more about the park's elephants and their stories.

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Experience Night Safari

Your last stop of the day and in Chiang Mai province is a night safari. Not just any night safari, but the world’s largest night safari.

The night safari is part of Chiang Mai’s zoo, where a large selection of different species, including tigers, bears, and more live.

The night safari tram leaves every 30 minutes and stops at two zones.

The first zone is the Savanna Safari, where you will have a chance to get close to zebras, giraffes, red kangaroos, etc.

The second zone is a Predator Prowl zone, which has various predators such as white tigers, lions, hyenas, and others.

The Night Safari tour takes about 60 minutes.

If you'd like to explore more of northern Thailand before going to Bangkok, then head to Chiang Rai to check out the White Temple - one of the top things to see in the town.

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Always Buzzing Bangkok

Bangkok temples at night

On your fifth day, you will finally arrive back in Bangkok - a place that has to be included in every ten-day Thailand itinerary.

Bangkok, without any doubt, is the most popular city in Thailand. It has a rich culture, fascinating historical buildings, lively markets and vibrant nightlife.

There are tons of fun things to do in Bangkok; however, for today, I am going to focus on the main historical sites. You will visit several temples such as Wat Arun and Wat Pho, take a riverboat cruise and wander around the Grand Palace.

If you wish to do more things in Bangkok, you can get some ideas from this 3 days in Bangkok itinerary.

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Close up view of Chinese porcelain on Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Situated near the river, Wat Arun Temple, known as the Temple of the Dawn, impreses tourists with its 70-meter high spire (prang).

Architects decorated the spire with pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain. Due to this unique decoration, Wat Arun is considered as one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand.

I recommend you climb Wat Arun's steep spire steps and enjoy magnificent views of the river and the Grand Palace.

Afterwards, don't forget to visit the ordination hall and admire the golden Buddha image and murals on the walls.

Visit the temple early in the morning to avoid crowds. Spend at least an hour to explore the temple fully.

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Breakfast at Ma Chim Cafe

Before taking a ferry to the other side of the river, I suggest having a light breakfast at Ma Chim cafe.

Ma Chim cafe has only several main dishes on the menu. However, the drink selection is quite wide: from freshly brewed coffee to iced teas. I really recommend Ma Chim cafe if you are a coffee lover.

As for dessert, try one of their tarts that are rated as the most delicious in the area.

The cafe is usually quiet and is perfect for relaxing after a long walk around the temple. If you want to eat by the riverfront, ask a member of staff to pack your meal for a takeaway.

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Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

Situated in central Bangkok, the Grand Palace is a perfect example of traditional Thai architecture. Its buildings are decorated in bright colours and gold. Back in the day, the Grand Palace used to be a royal residence of the King of Siam. Today, the palace is used for various events.

Inside the palace grounds, you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew. Interestingly, every season, the King changes the Buddha's attire. The Buddha's seasonal 'dresses' are kept securely behind the glass and are only viewable to the public.

I recommend spending about 2 hours exploring the Grand Palace in Bangkok and learning about Thailand's history.

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Wat Pho in Bangkok Thailand

Wat Pho

Just 10 minutes walk from the Grand Palace, you can find the magnificent temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon).

The main attraction is a 46 meters long Buddha statue that receives the most attention from tourists. Not many people take time to wander around the temple complex, so if you do, you will be able to enjoy a peaceful afternoon.

You won’t believe it, but Wat Pho is the best place in Bangkok to get a traditional Thai massage that incorporates yoga postures. As it is a popular experience, book an appointment in advance to avoid long queues.

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Chao Phraya River Boat Cruise

Chao Phraya River Boat Cruise

Bangkok is known as the Venice of Southeast Asia.

The city has the main Chao Phraya river that has numerous ports for boat cruises, ferries, and water taxis. When you have minimal time to explore the city, a riverboat cruise is an ideal solution.

The luxury river cruise is a great way to see amazing Thai architecture from a different perspective. There is nothing more romantic and relaxing than seeing the night lights of Bangkok. I suggest selecting a package with a full course traditional Thai dinner with drinks.

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Relaxing Koh Samui and Koh Tao

Views from Koh Samui

If you are trying to make the most of your 10 days in Thailand, you can't skip Koh Samui (Samui Island).

To get to the island from Bangkok, take a bus and ferry or fly into the island's airport. A coach and ferry trip from Bangkok can take from 5 to 10 hours, compared to a car and ferry trip that can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours.

Koh Samui, the second biggest island of Thailand, lies in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is a paradise for everyone. There are plenty of white sandy beaches, markets, interesting temples and ferries taking visitors to the nearby smaller islands.

On your sixth day, you are going to explore the oldest part of Koh Samui and visit the well-known Big Buddha beach. In the afternoon you will take a ferry to Koh Tao. To move freely, hire a private taxi or motorbike when on the island.

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Bophut beach Koh Samui Thailand

Meal at Fisherman’s Village, Bophut

Bophut is the oldest part of the island. It stretches over several kilometres of beach and is usually referred to as Bophut Beach.

The area has tons of hotels, resorts, beach restaurants, jewellery shops and busy markets.

The best place to eat is in Fisherman’s Village. It has excellent street food stalls, fresh seafood restaurants, lovely beach cafes and lots of French restaurants.

I recommend wandering along the seafront and picking up snacks from various stalls. Take note that most restaurants open only around 11 AM.

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Big Buddha in Koh Samui Thailand

Big Buddha

The island's most popular attraction, a golden 12 meter seated Buddha was built in 1972 on a rocky island in the northeast of Koh Samui. The statue, Big Buddha, belongs to the temple and can be seen from afar. A causeway from the main island allows you to reach the temple and statue.

Take your time to explore the temple's courtyard and buildings, as well as a beach that is known as Big Buddha Beach.

Near the temple, you will find several restaurants, gift shops and guesthouses.

As the Big Buddha is the main attraction, be prepared for the crowds and don't forget to cover your shoulders and knees.

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Wat Plai Laem

Wat Plai Laem

Several minutes walk from the Big Buddha lies another fascinating temple - Wat Plai Laem. This temple represents a mixture of Chinese and Thai Buddhism.

The main attractions in Wat Plai Laem are an 18 arm statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, and a big laughing Buddha statue.

Wat Plai Laem is a colourful temple and has a unique Chinese-Thai architecture. Step into the temple's buildings to find impressive murals and guardian statues.

An hour wandering around the temple should be enough. The entrance is free of charge and donations are welcomed.

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Aerial view of the beach at Koh Tao

Snorkelling in Koh Tao

Koh Tao is one of the smallest islands in the Gulf of Thailand.

The name "Koh Tao" in Thai means "Turtle Island". The island is known for its magnificent beauty, excellent diving spots, and luxurious nightlife.

Plenty of beaches on Koh Tao are suitable for diving and snorkelling; you won't be bored here.

The best place to try snorkelling is Shark Bay where you can spot small black-tip reef sharks.

Snorkelling equipment can be rented from nearby shops, or you can book a tour.

As you will only have a couple of hours left till sunset, say no to tour providers who would try to make you book a tour including other snorkelling beaches. Focus only exploring Shark Bay underwater.

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Sunset Dinner at Barracuda Roof Top Restaurant & Bar

About 15 minutes drive from Shark Bay, you will encounter Sairee Beach, the central tourist hub in Koh Tao.

Most of the restaurants along the beach offer fantastic views of the ocean and excellent Thai cuisine. My favourite one is the Barracuda Rooftop restaurant.

The restaurant has a great rooftop overlooking the turquoise ocean and the white sandy beach. It has a wide selection of seafood and Thai dishes. Barracuda Rooftop restaurant specialises in fresh fish and other seafood caught by local fishermen. Don’t forget to order a cocktail, too!

Don’t stay for too long and catch the last ferry back to Koh Samui.

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Chasing Waterfalls in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan Island

Mostly known for a Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan is an island just 12 kilometres away from Koh Samui. It doesn’t have an airport, so the only way to get to the island is to take a high-speed boat or ferry from Koh Samui or the mainland.

Koh Phangan is often described as having the best nightlife in the Gulf of Thailand. Most tourists come to the island to enjoy beach parties. However, the island has more to offer than just parties. You can find white sand beaches, diving and snorkelling spots, authentic places to eat, incredible natural beauty and hidden waterfalls.

To get around, I recommend renting a motorbike. It will allow you to easily visit all three waterfalls where you will be able to to swim.

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Wang Sai Thong Waterfall

Wang Sai Thong Waterfall

Situated near Mae Haad beach, Wang Sai waterfall can be easily reached by trekking from the beach. It is located about 200 meters from the adventure park. If you don’t have a local guide with you, the signposts leading to the waterfall can be spotted everywhere. Don’t worry about getting lost.

Wang Sai waterfall is a small waterfall surrounded by thick jungle and rock pools. Some pools are deep enough to go for a swim. You can go for a dip or take a ‘shower’ under the falling water.

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Paradise Waterfall

After visiting Wang Sai waterfall, jump back onto your motorbike and head towards Chaloklum Road where you will find your second waterfall - Paradise Waterfall.

Paradise Waterfall is situated just next to the car park, so you won’t need to hike. Pay the entrance fee of 20 TBH (less than 1 USD).

Paradise Waterfall has a deep rock pool and several swing ropes for jumping into the pool. If you have never done it, don’t worry, there will be many tourists and locals around to learn from.

Near the waterfall, there are several cafes that serve traditional Thai food, fruit juices, iced teas and local coffee. Pop into any of them and relax while eating and watching tourists and locals jump from the ropes.

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Phaeng Waterfall

Phaeng Waterfall

Located just 5 minutes drive from Paradise Waterfall, Phaeng Waterfall is the most well-known waterfall on the island. It is the highest waterfall in Koh Phangan. You will have to pay a parking fee. However, entrance to the waterfall is free of charge.

Phaeng Waterfall is situated in the Thansadej National Park and consists of two waterfalls: Phaeng Noi (small) and Phaeng Yai (big).

As you arrive, you will see Phaeng Noi that can't be climbed but has a lovely deep rock pool at the bottom that is suitable for swimming.

To reach Phaeng Yai, you will need to walk for about 250 meters. The trail is quite steep and can be strenuous, but it is worth the effort.

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Exciting Day at Railay Beach and Koh Lanta

Long boats on Railay Beach Thailand

On your eighth day in Thailand, you will travel to one of Thailands star attractions - Railay Beach. Railay Beach is situated between Krabi and Ao Nang.

The easiest way to reach Railay Beach in Krabi from Koh Samui is by boat and car (or bus).

As you are going to be visiting the Railay Beach peninsula and Koh Lanta island, I suggest booking a private transportation tour. An organized tour might be more convenient as it will take the hassle out of coordinating boat and bus times.

If you decide to find your way by yourself, make sure to check ferry times between Railay Beach and Koh Lanta. The ferry journey usually lasts for about 1 hour.

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Hat Railay West (Railay West Beach)

Hat Railay West

Hat Railay West or Railay West Beach has the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the Railay peninsula.

Railay West Beach is a perfect place for swimming and enjoying the morning sun. There is nothing more to do apart from relaxing and admiring the stunning views.

Along the beach, you can find small convenience stores, several restaurants and cafes serving light meals, handicraft and beachwear shops.

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Railay Viewpoint on Railay East Beach

Hike to Railay Viewpoint

The second stop of the day is Railay Viewpoint on Railay East Beach. The viewpoint is known for its incredible views of the ocean and little islands.

The trail is usually not crowded, so you will be able to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.

The hike itself is not easy. The trail is almost vertical and covered in mud. To reach the viewpoint, you will need to grab onto a vine rope and pull yourself up. If you are hiking without a local guide, be extra careful and make sure to wear suitable shoes.

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Koh Lanta Mangrove Tour

To reach Koh Lanta island, take a ferry that departs from Railay East Beach Port.

The never-ending mangroves, beaches, and rainforest make Koh Lanta a popular destination among tourists as there is a surplus of things to do here.

The island district consists of two islands: Koh Lanta Noi and Koh Lanta Yai that are connected by a bridge.

Apart from beaches, the island's Tung Yee Peng mangroves are the main attraction. The best way to explore the mangroves is by kayak or longtail boat tour. Vendors offer kayak and longtail boat tours at the Tung Yee Peng Pier.

You will need at least 2 hours to enjoy the real beauty of the Koh Lanta mangroves.

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Sunset at Pra Ae Beach

Also known as "Long Beach", Pra Ae Beach is a 4-kilometre long beach on Koh Lanta Yai island.

Long Beach's deepwater makes the beach a perfect location for adults to swim.

Pine and palm trees give enough shade on a hot day, which is great because it means you won't see many sun umbrellas.

There are plenty of lovely beach restaurants serving good food and cocktails. I recommend visiting one of them and sitting in their beachside outdoor area.

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Experience Island Life in Phi Phi islands

Boat on the beach at the Phi Phi islands in Thailand

The Phi Phi Islands or Koh Phi Phi are located about 40 kilometres from Phuket and Krabi. To get here, there are convenient ferry links between Krabi, Koh Lanta, and Phuket.

The islands became famous in 2000 when the film ‘The Beach’ was filmed there.

The Phi Phi Islands consist of several islands. Phi Phi Don, the main island, and Phi Phi Leh, the smaller island are the two most famous. All these islands also mean there are many places to stay in Phi Phi.

Phi Phi Lei is currently inaccessible due to the large number of boats that visit each year, damaging the reefs around the island.

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Koh Phi Phi Don Viewpoints

Koh Phi Phi Don Viewpoints

Morning is an ideal time to begin exploring Koh Phi Phi.

Start with a hike to the island’s viewpoints. Grab mosquito repellent and start climbing steep steps.

After a long flight of stairs, you will reach the first viewpoint. Buy an entrance ticket at the counter and continue your hike.

I don’t recommend staying too long at the first viewpoint platform. Just rest for a couple of minutes and continue going up.

The second viewpoint has impressive views of the Phi Phi islands. Due to its popularity, it can be overcrowded, so prepare to wait before being able to take a panorama.

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Brunch at Latte de Phi Phi

Make your way down and head towards Loh Dalum Bay. At the bay, you will notice numerous restaurants and cafes where you can get a lovely brunch. I highly recommend a small beachfront cafe called Latte de Phi Phi.

The cafe serves high-quality coffee, teas, fruit juices, salads, sandwiches and homemade cakes. The service is very quick so you won’t need to wait for the food. It is less crowded than other cafes further down the beach.

Latte de Phi Phi has affordable prices for the location, so you won’t need to think about your budget.

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Loh Dalum Beach in Phi Phi Don Thailand

Loh Dalum Beach

Loh Dalum Beach is located opposite of the busy Tonsai Beach.

Loh Dalum Beach is a great spot for relaxing and sunbathing. If you aren't interested in sunbathing, Dalum Beach has various fun activities including sea kayaking, water sports and more. I recommend renting a sea kayak and exploring further along the beach.

Around sunset, Dalum Beach stops being a tranquil place, and the party begins. Most bars offer cheap spirits and cocktails. Grab a couple of drinks and move on to the last stop of the day.

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Phi Phi Raggae Bar

Phi Phi Reggae Bar is becoming more and more popular. The pub is well-known for its Muay Thai matches. Some fights are led by professionals, while for other fights, members of the public are invited to participate in the match to win prizes.

Surprisingly, watching public matches is quite entertaining and it is a good way to socialise with locals and fellow travellers.

The bar serves a wide selection of drinks, including famous spirit buckets. The food is alright, too. However, I wouldn’t recommend expecting a good quality Thai meal as this place is more for drinking and entertainment.

Don’t stay for too long as you will have to wake up early tomorrow to take a ferry to Krabi.

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Island Hopping in Phang Nga Bay

Island Hopping in Phang Nga Bay

The last day of your 10 day Thailand itinerary will be the most adventurous and wild.

For your last day, I recommend booking a private 1-day island hopping tour from Krabi exploring Phang Nga Bay.

Phang Nga Bay, sometimes called Ao Phang Nga National Park, lies between southern Thailand mainland and Phuket. It is well-known for its vertical limestone karsts, emerald green clear water and caves.

The bay consists of tiny islands that are only accessible by a longtail boat tour, making it a perfect location for island hopping.

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Cliffs of Koh Hong (Room Island)

Kayaking in Koh Hong

Koh Hong (Room Island) is the closest island to Krabi in the bay.

It has only one beach and is hardly visited by tourist groups.

The main attractions are hidden caves in the middle of the island and narrow passages leading from the sea to a secluded lake. These natural wonders can only be accessed by a kayak.

Make sure to follow your local guide while kayaking as some passages are quite dangerous. As you will have a limited time, start kayaking just an hour or two after sunrise. Try to fit kayaking into 2 hours.

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Visiting Caves in Koh Pan Ak

Usually included in kayaking tours, Koh Pan Ak island is very similar to Koh Hong. However, it is more dangerous and filled with various types of caves that can only be accessed by a small tour boat or canoe.

The most impressive cave is the Ice Cream cave that can only be accessed by boat during high tide. It has many rock formations that look like ice cream.

If on the day you travel, Ice Cream cave can't be reached, Bat Cave is another popular alternative. Bat Cave is filled with hanging bats and you will need to lay down on the boat floor to pass some areas.

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Koh Ta Pu - James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay Thailand

Koh Ta Pu - James Bond Island

The most well-known island of all Phang Nga Bay islands is "James Bond Island". The island's real name is Koh Ta Pu meaning Nail Island. However, most visitors know it as James Bond Island. Its rocky pinnacle was featured in "The Man with the Golden Gun" movie.

As it is a protected marine area, you can't get too close to the island. The best way to view the signature pinnacle is from the boat.

Be aware that almost every tour goes there, so you might not be able to get a perfectly clear view of James Bond Island. If you tip your guide, they will try to get a good spot for you.

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Floating Village in Koh Pan Yee

Floating Village in Koh Pan Yee

Koh Pan Yee (known as Koh Pan Yi or The Island of the Flag) has a small island community consisting of 1600 people. The first people on this island were Muslims from Indonesia. The island community is still Muslim, unlike communities on other Thai islands.

Koh Pan Yee is an island that has formed on a steep vertical rock. The steep cliffs have made most of the island uninhabitable. Most of the local community has been built as a floating village. The village has a mosque, health centre, school, large restaurants, and souvenir shops.

The most interesting site on the floating village is a floating football pitch that was built by children using recycled scraps.

As Pan Yee is a Muslim island, women aren’t supposed to wear short skirts or show too much skin, so be careful about your clothes.

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In Summary

Thailand is a big country that offers a lot of magnificent places. It is impossible to see everything within a short period. This 10 day Thailand itinerary covers well-known and hidden gems of the country.

The itinerary is perfect for fast-paced people who would like to visit as much as they can within a limited time. Feel free to skip or add more stops depending on how much time you have.

Hope you enjoy it and have a fun time on your holiday!

This article was edited by Loredana Elena and was first published on Feb 15, 2020 20:13 UTC.

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Written by Agne Civilyte

031226hug WRITER I am a Lithuanian living in the UK and trying to travel all around the world. I love visiting places that are still not well-known to tourists. My favourite part of the world is Southeast Asia as I can find beautiful mountains and temples there. My absolute favourite country is South Korea as I feel at home there.


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