A month in Thailand: what to do and see?
Are you going to visit Thailand in a month?
To help you prepare for your stay, I have concocted a one-month itinerary for you in Thailand so that you don’t miss any of the most beautiful places. And yes, you will discover the majority of the country’s unmissable places of interest!
And as usual, for each stage, I give you my selection of the best accommodations.
So, what to do and see in Thailand in 1 month?
Day 1-3: Bangkok
For this 1-month Thailand itinerary, I suggest you start with Bangkok, the country’s capital.
Arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport, you have 2 solutions to reach your hotel:
- The Airport Rail Link which connects the airport to the city center for only 45 Bahts and which allows you to avoid all traffic jams. Departure every 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and midnight. Super convenient, it is also connected to the underground metro (MRT) and the aerial metro (BTS), to be able to easily reach the majority of hotels (you may have to end up with a taxi ride if you are staying in the historic center) . This is the fastest and cheapest solution.
- The taxi: price between 250 and 450 Bahts depending on your destination and especially the state of traffic. Ask the driver to switch on the meter and never accept a fixed price. I also advise you to show him the address of your hotel in Thai to avoid mistakes.
- Book a private transfer by clicking directly here! From 1070 baht (30€ for 2).
Spend a quiet end of the day and a first night in Bangkok to recover from jet lag.
Here are the visits to do for the first full day in Bangkok:
- The Grand Palace: former residence of monarchs – 500 Bahts
- Wat Pho and its famous reclining Buddha – 200 Bahts
- Wat Arun entirely covered with mosaics – 50 Bahts
- The Siam Museum (300 Bahts) or the National Museum of Bangkok (200 Bahts), both on the history of Thailand but in a more playful and less classic version for the 1st.
- Khao San Road for its shops, atmosphere and bars.
And nothing better than to conclude this day with a cruise and a dinner on the river to contemplate the most famous monuments of Bangkok illuminated.
Tips for your Thailand itinerary:
As there aren’t really any explanatory signs to visit Bangkok’s 3 main tourist attractions (Grand Palace + Wat Pho + Wat Arun), it is possible to discover them during a guided tour. You can book it directly by clicking here.
On the program for the second day in Bangkok:
- Wat Saket for its panoramic terrace – 50 Bahts
- Chinatown and Wat Traimit for its 5.5 ton golden Buddha statue
- Lumphini Park for a quiet moment without the crowds
- The Siam district and its huge, ultra-modern shopping centers
- The Bayoke tower to do at the end of the day to admire Bangkok by night. Access tickets to the viewing platform can be booked here.
- Or the King Power Mahanakhon which is currently the highest observation platform in Thailand. Tickets are on sale here!
- Sports enthusiasts may prefer to watch a muay thai boxing match, the national sport. Tickets on sale right there.
For the last day in Bangkok, if it falls on the weekend, I recommend that you take a trip to the Chatuchak market. The largest market in Thailand is home to no less than 15,000 diverse and varied stalls: clothing, jewelry, souvenirs. And of course, there are also plenty of food stalls!
If you rather want to visit the surroundings of Bangkok, you can choose a day trip. There are 2 very popular ones:
- The floating market of Damnoen Saduak to take a boat trip on the klongs in the middle of the stalls. You can book it here.
- A day in Kanchanaburi where the infamous kwai river bridge is located. To book by clicking here.
You will find all the details for visiting Bangkok and its surroundings in our detailed article: What to do in Bangkok for 3 days?
Tips for your Thailand itinerary:
When you visit the temples, whether in Bangkok or elsewhere during your month-long tour of Thailand, ladies, you must have your shoulders and legs covered (also valid for you gentlemen in some cases).
If you haven’t brought any shawls, you can borrow clothes at the entrance to the sites or buy some for a hundred baht.
Accommodation in Bangkok
The best hotels near the Grand Palace and Wat Pho:
- D Hostel Bangkok: Hostel located near the temples and 5 min from Khao San Road. Bed in dormitory from 20€. Most: the location to visit the temples on foot, cleanliness, modern decor. Ideal for small budgets!
- Rambuttri Village Plaza: Located 1.5 km from the Grand Palace and 300 m from Khao San Road. Pleasant and bright double room from €30 per night, breakfast included. Most: the location, the swimming pools on the roof.
- Baan Wanglang Riverside, Bangkok: Hotel located on the opposite bank of the Grand Palace, 5 minutes by shuttle bus. Spacious double room with a view of the river from €50. The pluses: the splendid view of the river, the rooftop, the proximity to the 3 main temples.
- Siri Heritage Bangkok Hotel: Brand new hotel, 10 minutes walk from the Grand Palace and 1 km from the National Museum. Warm and comfortable room with balcony from €70, breakfast included. Most: the setting, the comfort of the beds, the very helpful staff, the swimming pool. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio in the vicinity of the Grand Palais!
- Inn a day: Located 600 meters from the Grand Palace. Room with original and atypical decoration, in the industrial style, from 100€, breakfast included. Most: the magnificent view of the river and Wat Arun, the excellent breakfast, the design.
- Chakrabongse Villas: Located on the banks of the river, only 15 min walk from Wat Pho. Room and suite with oriental but modern decoration, from €170, breakfast included. Most: the breathtaking view of Wat Arun, the excellent geographical location, the swimming pool. This is our recommendation for a romantic stay in Bangkok!
The best hotels in Bangkok that are quiet and close to the metro for easy travel:
- Bangkok Patio: It is located 10 minutes walk from the BTS Skytrain. Super spacious, modern studios and apartments with equipped kitchen and balcony from €40 per night. Most: the swimming pool, the calm, the geographical location. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio! Also ideal for a family stay.
- Noursabah Boutique Bed Bangkok: Located 500 meters from the BTS and the Airport Rail Link (direct line to the airport). Well decorated room with a super comfortable bed from €50 per night, breakfast included. The pluses: calm, comfort, provision of food (noodle, yogurt, cereals), water, fruit juice 24 hours a day, super convenient for going to the airport.
- Anajak Bangkok Hotel: Located 5 minutes from the metro and the Airport Rail Link. Cozy and very comfortable double room from €75 per night, breakfast included. Most: the quiet location, the swimming pool, the style of the rooms. An excellent choice for visiting Bangkok or reaching the airport at the end of your stay in just 30 minutes.
- Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn: Located a few steps from the metro. Spacious room with large bay window overlooking the buildings from €115, breakfast included. Most: the standard of the hotel, the infinity pool, the breakfast at the top, the direct access to the metro. This is our recommendation for an upscale stay in Bangkok!
- Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok: Luxury hotel with direct access to Siam Paragon Mall and BTS. Elegant and contemporary room from €230, breakfast included. Most: the large swimming pools and the garden, the jacuzzi, the Spa, the excellent breakfast. The best hotel to stay in Bangkok for a luxury stay!
Day 4: Ayutthaya
To continue your month-long stay in Thailand, now head to Ayutthaya, just 75 km from Bangkok.
To get there, you have the choice between several means of transport:
- Rent a car (which you will keep until the Chiang Rai stage). It’s clearly the fastest way to get around on this month-long Thailand road trip. I advise you to rent it from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport (different from the one you arrived at) because it is directly on the way to Ayutthaya. It will only take you a 45 minute drive from there.
- The train: with a train ticket at only 15 Bahts for a 2 hour journey, this is the cheapest solution.
- The bus: 1h30 at 50 Bahts
- The minivan: 1 hour at 70 Bahts.
Arrived in Ayutthaya, you can spend the rest of the day visiting the historical park and its many temples listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The price, schedules, temples to see, I explain everything in detail in my dedicated article: How to visit Ayutthaya?
Spend a night in Ayutthaya.
Tips for your Thailand itinerary:
To rent a car or scooter in Thailand, you will need an international permit. Remember to have it done before you leave.
You won’t necessarily be asked for it at the time of rental, but if you don’t have it in the event of an accident, you can say goodbye to your insurance!
Accommodation in Ayutthaya
- Early Bird Hostel Ayutthaya: Hostel located 700 meters from Wat Mahathat. Dormitory bed from €7, breakfast included. Most: lovely staff, cleanliness, privacy thanks to the curtain. Ideal for backpackers!
- Baan Baimai Boutique Room: Located 1.7 km from Wat Mahathat or 5 minutes by car. Spacious and well-decorated double room from €27. Most: calm, decor, private parking. An excellent choice where to stay cheap in Ayutthaya!
- PU Inn Resort: Located 5 minutes from the bus station and 10 minutes from Mahathat temple. Comfortable and colorful double room from 45€. Most: the swimming pool, the central location, the warm welcome.
- Baan Thai House: Located 1.4 km from Wat Yai Chai Mongkon. Spacious villa with balcony and garden or lake view from €60, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool, the exteriors, the good meals, the setting, the calm.
- Classic Kameo Hotel & Serviced Apartments, Ayutthaya: Located 5 minutes drive from Yai Chai Mongkon Temple. Double room with kitchenette and lounge area, modern and spacious, from €75, breakfast included. The pluses: the equipment, the comfort, the swimming pool, the Spa.
- Sala Ayutthaya: Located 1.6 km from the historical park and Wat Chai Watthanaram. Modern double room with exposed red bricks from €140, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool, the view of the river and the temples, the quality of the catering, the design of the hotel. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Ayutthaya!
Day 5-6: Sukhothai
For the new stage of this 1-month Thailand itinerary, I suggest you go a little north : towards Sukhothai, 350 km from Ayutthaya.
In view of the distance, the best is to count a day just for the route:
- By car, allow about 5 hours on roads in excellent condition, lined with many brand new gas stations
- By Bus: Meet at Ayutthaya Bus Station and off you go for a 6-hour journey. There are several departures during the day. Price: 300 Baht.
- By train: Sukhothai does not have a train station, you will need to take the train to Phitsalunok (4h / 700 Baht) + 1 bus from Phitsalunok to Sukhothai (1h / 50 Baht).
The next day, you will have the opportunity to have a full day to discover the historical park of Sukhothai. With Ayutthaya, these are the 2 must-see parks. Sukhothai is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spend another night in Sukhothai.
Accommodation in Sukhothai
- Vieng Tawan Sukhothai Guesthouse by Thai Thai: Located 1.5 km from the historical park. Warm and comfortable double room from €20, breakfast at €4. Most: the swimming pool, the calm, the reception. An excellent choice for cheap accommodation in Sukhothai!
- Thai Thai Sukhothai Guesthouse: Located 1.5 km from the park. Traditionally decorated double room with wooden furniture and view of the garden from €30, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool, the very warm welcome, the charm of the establishment.
- Sawasdee Sukhothai Resort: Located 1.5 km from the historical site of Sukhothai. Spacious bungalow, with Thai decor, wooden floors and furniture, from €40, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool and the really super nice exteriors, the calm, the bike rental and the location for visiting the park. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio!
- Sriwilai Sukhothai: Located 1.8 km from the park. Spacious and bright double room with balcony overlooking the rice fields from €80, breakfast included. Most: the superb setting, the large infinity pool, the Spa, the calm, the attentive staff. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Sukhothai!
Day 7-10: Chiang Mai
For the fourth leg of this month-long trip to Thailand, we continue even further north and go back 300 km to Chiang Mai.
Here are the travel times according to your means of transport:
- 4h30 of road by car, once again the roads are excellent and the journey all in a straight line. No stress!
- 6 hours by bus (departure from Sukhothai bus station) – 300 Bahts
- By train: from Sukhothai, you will first need to go to Phitsalunok by bus (1h / 50 Bahts) then take the train: 6 to 8 hours between 100 to 600 Bahts (different classes).
Here too, you can count on a good day’s journey, but if you feel like it, you can take a short walk at the end of the day for a first glimpse of the city.
The second day, we begin the real discovery of Chiang Mai, renowned for its many temples. And that’s good, the majority are concentrated in the old town, the ideal opportunity for a walk not to be missed:
- Wat Phra Singh. Free.
- Wat Chedi Luang – 40 baht.
- Wat Inthakhin Sadue Muang. Free.
- The Monument to the 3 Kings
- One of the 3 museums on the history of the city : the cultural center, the history center and the Lanna folk art museum.
- And Wat Chiang Man
- Warorot market
- Wat Saen Fang, Wat Buppharam and Wat Mahawan. Only the Buppharam temple is paying: 20 Bahts.
From 6/7 p.m. head either to the Night Bazaar (weekdays) or to the Saturday or Sunday market. Typical of many Thai towns, you’ll find lots of souvenirs and lots of food stalls where you can sample the excellent traditional cuisine.
Return to spend a second night at your hotel in Chiang Mai.
On the third day in Chiang Mai, head to Doi Suthep National Park, a great classic to do around the northern capital.
The best is to take your car or rent a scooter to go there and be independent in your day. Otherwise, you can also take one of the collective taxis (song taew) leaving from the old town. However, you will have to wait for it to be filled before you can leave.
Last choice: go on an organized excursion with a guide. Convenient because you have nothing to manage and we pick you up in front of your hotel.
Here is the list of must-see places in the park:
- Huay Kaew Waterfall: Entrance Level – Free
- Mon Tha Than waterfall – 100 Bahts + 30 Bahts for the car
- The temple of Doi Suthep and its panorama over the whole province – 30 Bahts
- The gardens of Bhubing Palace for a walk around the place of residence of the royal family during the winter – 50 Bahts
- The Hmong village located at the end of the park road. With lots of souvenir stalls and a landscaped garden with a waterfall – 10 Bahts
The last day in Chiang Mai, I leave you the choice between 2 typical activities of a stay of about thirty days in Thailand:
- Spend a day in contact with elephants in a refuge to feed and wash them. Better to book in advance, there are only a small number of visitors allowed per day so as not to disturb them.
- Take a Thai cooking class with the program of buying ingredients at the market, making delicious recipes and of course a tasting!
If you have a car, I recommend spending the late afternoon at Huay Tung Tao Lake, about 15 minutes from downtown. It is very popular with locals who love to come and eat there on stilt huts at the edge of the water.
There is also a large area set up with giant straw animals for the souvenir photo.
Access to the lake costs 50 Bahts per person.
Spend one last night in Chiang Mai.
Need more info about Chiang Mai? I recommend you read my article: Visiting Chiang Mai: The Ultimate Guide!
Accommodation in Chiang Mai
The best hotels in Chiang Mai leave very quickly so remember to book as far in advance as possible!
- HOSTEL by BED: Hostel located 500 meters from Wat Phra Sing and the Sunday market. Bed in modern and clean dormitory from 10€ per night, breakfast included. The pluses: the cleanliness of both the rooms and the common areas, the full and good breakfast, unlimited bottles of water. This is the best cheap accommodation to stay in Chiang Mai. Ideal for backpackers.
- Wing Bed: Located in the Old City, 800 meters from Wat Chedi Luang. Comfortable and warm double room from €35 per night, breakfast included. Most: brand new establishment, the ideal location, the excellent welcome. It is our favorite for its price / performance ratio in Chiang Mai!
- Pingviman Hotel: Located 10 minutes from the weekend market and 700 meters from Wat Phra Sing. Thai-style double room with carved wooden furniture, spa bath and balcony, from €80, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool, the traditional decoration, the perfect geographical location, the comfort.
- 99 The Heritage Hotel: Located in the pedestrian street of the Sunday evening market. Double room with neat decoration and very comfortable bedding from €135, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool, the caring staff, the location, the free mini bar and the fruit and cakes available all day. This is our recommendation for an upscale stay in Chiang Mai!
- Chala Number6: 5* hotel located 200 meters from Wat Chedi Luang, in the historic center. This luxury hotel offers spacious and very comfortable rooms from €190, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool and the garden, the lovely staff, the charm of the hotel, the snack offered every day. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay!
Day 11-13: Chiang Rai
Continuation of this Thailand itinerary of 1 month by a last stage in the North which will lead you to Chiang Rai.
What are the options for getting from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?
- The car: 3h30 to cover the 200 km between the 2 cities
- The bus: 3h30
- no train
Arrived in the afternoon, I suggest you start with a walk in the city.
- Wat Phra Kaew – Free
- Golden clock tower – Gratuit
- Wat Ming Meuang – Gratuit
- Wat Phra Sing – Free
- Wat Klang Wiang – Free
- Wat Jet Yot – Free
- The HillTribe Museum on the history of mountain ethnic groups in northern Thailand – 50 Bahts.
- The Oub Kham museum and its superb collection of objects from the Lanna kingdom. Compulsory guided tour (300 Bahts).
In the evening, end up in the traditional Night Bazaar to have a bite to eat and take a tour of the small souvenir shops and the sale of local crafts.
The next day, we attack hard by the visit to do absolutely during this stay in Chiang Rai: the white temple. Undoubtedly the most visited monument in the region and one of the best known in all of Thailand!
Its particularity is to have entirely white walls covered with lime and shards of mirror which make it sparkle in the sun. All embellished with many sculptures and statues with impressive details.
The price of the entrance ticket is 50 Bahts.
Tips for your Thailand itinerary:
Try to get there early in the morning to avoid all the tourist buses. There are really a lot of people.
For the rest of the day, here are the visits to do:
- The Khun Korn waterfall accessible by a short hike – Free
- The Singha Park to see the tea plantations without failing to take a picture of the park’s emblem: a large golden lion statue. Free
- Wat Huay Pla Klang and its 3 impressive temples – Free
- The blue temple, which is quite pretty and it’s free!
After a good night’s sleep, today I suggest you continue to discover Chiang Rai and its surroundings:
- Visit of the Baan Dam Museum made up of several black houses decorated in a very particular and somewhat surprising style: animal skins, bone thrones, animal skulls… – 80 Bahts
- Go to Doi Tung to discover the Mae Fah Luang Garden, a splendid well-appointed garden, and the Doi Tung Royal Villa, residence of the Princess Mother of Thailand – Pass at 220 Bahts to visit everything. It is also possible to opt for a zipline descent in the park, but at an additional cost.
- Road trip in the middle of the superb landscapes between Doi Tung and Mae Salong
- Stroll to the Mae Salong market.
Last night in Chiang Rai.
All the things to do in Chiang Rai can be found in our article: What to do and see in Chiang Rai?
Tips for your Thailand itinerary:
To visit Chaing Rai and the surrounding area, it is better to have a car. The sites are scattered and quite remote, and in addition most are not served by public transport.
If you really don’t want to drive, the best solution is to hire a driver for the day.
Accommodation in Chiang Rai
- Connect Hostel: Hostel located 10 minutes from the night market and the bus station. Bed in modern dormitory and with bunk with curtain from 10€. Most: cleanliness, modern and really nice common areas, comfortable beds, very nice staff. This is the best hostel to stay in Chiang Rai. Ideal for backpackers and if you are looking for a cheap hotel.
- Na-Rak-O Resort: Located 600 meters from the Clock Tower and the temples to see in Chiang Rai. Double room with colorful decor and a very comfortable bed from €21. Most: the availability of staff, provision of a kitchen for breakfast, peace and quiet. An excellent choice where to sleep cheap in Chiang Rai!
- Nak Nakara Hotel: Located 2 minutes walk from the HillTribe Museum and Park. Double room tastefully decorated in the traditional Lanna style from €60, breakfast included. Most: the large swimming pool, the free shuttle to the Night Bazaar, the comfort of the rooms, the geographical location. It is our favorite for its performance / price ratio!
- The Riverie by Katathani: 5-star hotel located 800 meters from Wat Phra Sing and 1 km from the night market, on the banks of the river. Modern, luxurious and spacious double room from €100, breakfast included. Most: the huge swimming pool, playground for children, the view of the river, the jacuzzi, the tennis court. If you are looking for a high end hotel in Chiang Rai, this is the best choice!
- Meridien Chiang Rai Resort, Thailand: 5-star resort located 3 km from the night market. Elegant, design and spacious double room from €105, breakfast at €14. Most: the really beautiful outdoor spaces, the swimming pool, the Spa, the location by the river, the calm, free shuttle to the city center. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Chiang Rai!
Day 14-17: Phuket
You have arrived at the second part of this 1 month road trip in Thailand. Today I suggest you reach Chiang Rai airport and fly to southern Thailand.
And yes, visiting Thailand in 1 month also means having time to enjoy the beaches. And what better than to start with one of the most famous islands in the country: Phuket!
Here is an idea of a program to tour the tourist attractions of the island and the surrounding area in 4 days:
- Day 1 (after landing): Head to Patong Beach to relax or enjoy water activities like parasailing. At the end of the evening, you can reach Bangla Road where there are many bars. You will also have the opportunity to attend a ladyboy show (tickets on sale here) or a boxing fight ( seats to reserve there ).
- Second day: boat trip to Koh Phi Phi. To book by clicking here!
- Third day: excursion to the Similan Islands to dive in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Book your excursion right here!
- Fourth day: road trip to visit Phuket: Phuket Town, Monkey Hill, Khao Rang Hill, Wat Chalong, the beaches…
I explained everything in detail in this article: 3 Days in Phuket: Itinerary with Top Things to Do.
Accommodation in Phuket
If you want to be in the heart of the action, I have prepared a selection of accommodation for you near Patong:
- Lub d Phuket Patong: Hostel 5 min from Patong Beach and 10 min from Bangla Road. Bed in modern and very clean dormitory from 12€. Most: the huge swimming pool, the common areas with even a boxing ring, the design, the cleanliness. This is the best hostel to stay in Phuket!
- Mazi Design Hotel by Kalima: Located 5 min from the night market and 10 min from Bangla Road. Design and spacious double room from €35 per night, breakfast at €7. Most: the swimming pool, the location, the comfort of the rooms. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio in Patong.
- Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central: Located opposite the beach. Modern and warm double room with balcony from €72, breakfast included. Most: the outdoor facilities, the swimming pool, the welcome and the friendliness of the staff.
- Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach: 5-star hotel complex located 3 km from Patong, right on the beach of Tri-Trang. Warm and comfortable double room with balcony or private terrace from €110, breakfast at €19. Most: location at the edge of the water, the private beach, the calm, the playground for the children, the setting. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Phuket!
Day 18-21: Koh Lanta
Continuation of this recommended route of about thirty days in Thailand by an island just as famous but a little less touristy than Phuket: Koh Lanta.
To get there, you have to take a first boat from the port of Rassada in Phuket to Koh Phi Phi (2h30) and from there change to another boat to Koh Lanta (1h15). The rates displayed on the internet are around 1000 Bahts but by going through our hotel which called the company directly, we were able to get our tickets for 700 Bahts for 2 with transfer included at the port.
If you prefer to take a single boat, it is also possible to make the trip by speedboat but there are not a lot of places. For this transfer, it is therefore better to book well in advance.
In the afternoon, enjoy one of the many beaches on the island of Koh Lanta which are located on the west coast. The further south you go, the fewer people there will be.
Spend a first night in Koh Lanta.
For the program of the next 3 days, I advise you:
- To make the excursion of the 4 islands to go to Koh Chuek, Koh Waen, Koh Muk and Koh Ngai. Fully relaxing schedule with swimming and snorkeling.
- Take advantage of the activities planned on the island: kayaking in the mangroves, diving, cooking classes, visiting caves…
- To go to Koh Rok for a day trip to this pretty island with fine sand and turquoise water.
My detailed explanation of things to do in Koh Lanta can be found here: What to do in Koh Lanta?
Tips for your Thailand itinerary:
During your stay in Koh Lanta, I advise you to eat at least once at the Sai Nat restaurant, at road level, towards Klong Toab Beach. All the dishes, both Indian and Thai, are delicious and very generous.
Accommodation in Koh Lanta
- Hub of Joys Hostel: Hostel located 350 meters from Long Beach. Bed in clean and pleasant dormitory from 6€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the smiling staff, the location 5 minutes from the beach, the good breakfast. This is the cheapest accommodation on Koh Lanta! Ideal for backpackers.
- Long Beach Chalet: Located directly on Long Beach Beach. Bright and comfortable bungalow from €25 per night, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool, the direct access to the beach.
- SriLanta Resort: Located on Klong Nin Beach. Thai-style villa with terrace overlooking the garden from €35, breakfast €10. The pluses: the 3 swimming pools, the setting, the ideal location for going to the beach, the comfort. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio!
- Kaw Kwang Beach Resort: Located at Klong Dao Beach. Pleasant and spacious double room from €50, breakfast included. Most: the view of the sea, the very calm and accessible beach, the swimming pool, the landscaped garden, the free return transfer to the port.
- Rawi Warin Resort And Spa: 5 star hotel located 400 meters from Klong Nin Beach. Modern Thai style double room with wooden furniture and balcony from 85€, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pools, the playground for children, the view, the competent staff, the hearty and varied breakfast. Ideal for a top-of-the-range romantic getaway!
- Pimalai Resort & Spa: 5 star hotel located 200 meters from the Kantiang Beach. Very spacious and tastefully decorated double room from €210, breakfast included. Most: the splendid infinity pool, the attentive staff, the location, the view, the excellent breakfast. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Koh Lanta!
Day 22-25: Krabi
Another stop on this 4-week Thailand itinerary: Krabi.
Same thing as for the previous stages, you will have to take the boat to go to Krabi from Koh Lanta: about 350 Bahts per person for 2h30 crossing.
In Krabi I advise you to stay near Ao Nang, the main seaside resort of the province. This will allow you to spend the afternoon of this first day on the beach of Ao Nang or that of Nopparat Thara, not far from there.
For the other 2 days in Krabi, I recommend:
- To spend a day on the Railay peninsula accessible only by boat from Ao Nang beach: 10 minutes for 200 Bahts. On Railay you can enjoy the 2 beautiful beaches of Railay West beach and Phra Nang Beach. Those who want to do a little sport will have the choice between kayaking, paddle and climbing. Railay being a world famous destination for practicing this sport. Beginners can even book a lesson directly here!
- To make an excursion on the islands of Koh Poda, Koh Kai and Koh Tup during a day by boat with a snorkeling stop.
On the last day to Krabi and Ao Nang, you will have the choice:
- Climb to the Tiger Temple to admire the view and visit Krabi Town in the afternoon.
- Take a day on an organized circuit to the emerald pool and hot springs. To book here.
- Hike in Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
- Between different sports activities: kayaking, zip line, quad, rafting, horseback riding on the beach, Thai boxing lessons…
Want to know more about Krabi, read our article: The complete guide to Krabi.
Accommodation in Krabi / Ao Nang
- K-Bunk Hostel: Hostel located 15 min walk from Ao Nang beach. Bed in dormitory from 13€. Most: the staff, the atmosphere, the comfort of the beds.
- Cocco House: Located 1.5 km from Nopparat Beach. Very clean and quiet bungalow from 30€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the excellent breakfast, the loan of bicycles, the good bedding. It is our favorite for its performance / price ratio in Ao Nang.
- Wake Up Aonang Hotel: Located just steps from the beach. Double room with large bay windows and sea view from €50. Most: the location 2 minutes from the beach and all the restaurants, the swimming pool, the comfort.
- Phu Pha Aonang Resort & Spa: Located 800 m from Ao Nang Beach. Room all in wood and parquet floors with patio from 75€, breakfast included. The pluses: the lush garden, the view of the cliff, the swimming pool, the free shuttle to town. This is our recommendation for an upscale stay in Ao Nang.
- The Nine Thipthara Klongson Resort: Located 5 km from the sea. Very spacious and tastefully decorated villa, with Spa bath, from 220€, breakfast included. Most: the environment, the swimming pool, the superb rooms. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Ao Nang. The best place to spend a romantic vacation!
Day 26-28: Koh Yao Noi
Last stage of this 1-month Thailand itinerary, I suggest you end your vacation on a small island that does not yet know mass tourism: Koh Yao Noi.
Super convenient, it is only 30 minutes by boat from Krabi (300 Baht trip).
On the program for these 3 days on Koh Yao Noi:
- Enjoy the beaches and walk around. You can rent a scooter to go around the island.
- The 4 islands boat tour which is the best I have done during my whole month road trip itinerary in Thailand! The price is 2500 Bahts for the boat (to be divided between the number of passengers).
- The excursion in Phang Nga Bay with discovery of James Bond Island and Koh Panyee for 4500 Bahts per boat (here also to be divided between passengers).
All the things to do in Koh Yao Noi are in our article: Visit Koh Yao Noi.
And now your one-month vacation in Thailand is coming to an end! From Koh Yao Noi, you can either fly back to Krabi or Phuket to get to the airport and catch your return flight.
Accommodation in Koh Yao Noi
- Tha Khao Bay View: Located on the east of the island. Simple bungalow with fan from 25€ per night. Most: the incredible view of the sea, the location in the middle of nature, the kindness of the owners. An excellent choice for cheap accommodation in Koh Yao Noi!
- Koh Yao Seaview Bungalow: Located by the sea, 15 min by song taew from the port. Very spacious bungalow with double bed and private terrace overlooking the swimming pool or the sea, from 45€ per night. Most: the beach next door, the calm, the swimming pool, the restaurant really cheap, hearty and delicious. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio!
- Paradise KohYao: Located in the North of the island. Tastefully decorated room with bathroom open to the outside and private terrace from €95, breakfast included. Most: the idyllic setting, the infinity pool, the private beach, the location in the bay.
- Cape Kudu Hotel, Koh Yao Noi: Located in the southeast of the island. Spacious and bright double room with very neat decoration, from €150 per night, breakfast included. Most: the design, the calm, the dream setting, the welcoming staff. A very nice hotel in Koh Yao Noi, ideal for a romantic getaway!
- Laguna Villas Yao Noi: Located in the southeast of the island, right by the beach. Pretty fully equipped villas, perfect mix between modern and traditional Thai style from 200€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the location facing the sea, the large swimming pool, close to excellent restaurants.
- Six Senses Yao Noi: This is the most luxurious hotel on the whole island. It offers splendid villas with private pools and even a butler who will be assigned to you for the entire duration of your stay. From €570, breakfast included. The pluses: the Spa, the gym, the private beach, the comfort, the excellent meals, the exceptional service. This is clearly the finest luxury hotel on Koh Yao Noi. A dream place to spend your honeymoon or a romantic getaway!
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