Experience The Beautiful But Lesser Explored Thailand
Thailand is a country with a rich cultural tapestry, diverse landscapes, and unique experiences beyond the well-known tourist destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, and Chiang Mai. There are many lesser-known gems waiting to be explored. Here is one of the several possible itineraries you can think of when deciding to visit Thailand.
No. of Days: 9nights/10days
Places Covered: Sukhothai (2nights) – Chiang Rai (4nights) – Ko Chang (3nights)
Day 1: Arrival in Sukhothai
Welcome to Sukhothai! Start your journey by exploring the Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rent a bicycle to wander through the ancient ruins, marveling at the impressive temples and Buddha statues.
In the evening, visit the Sukhothai Night Market for a taste of local street food.
Day 2: Si Satchanalai Historical Park
Take a day trip to Si Satchanalai Historical Park, another historical treasure near Sukhothai. Discover the well-preserved ruins and enjoy the serene atmosphere. Return to Sukhothai in the evening to relax and savor a traditional Thai dinner.
Day 3: Chiang Rai – White Temple
Head to Chiang Rai, a city known for its unique temples. Visit the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), an architectural masterpiece that will leave you in awe. Spend the evening exploring the Night Bazaar for local crafts and delicious northern Thai cuisine.
Day 4: Golden Triangle
Embark on a day trip to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet.
Cruise along the Mekong River and visit the Opium Museum to learn about the region’s history.
Return to Chiang Rai in the evening and unwind at one of the city’s cozy cafes.
Day 5: Doi Tung and Mae Sai
Explore Doi Tung, a mountain with stunning gardens and the Royal Villa.
Continue to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand, where you can cross the border into Myanmar for a brief visit. Return to Chiang Rai for the night.
Day 6: Chiang Rai – Black House and Blue Temple
Visit the Black House (Baan Dam) in the morning, an eccentric collection of dark-themed artwork and architecture. In the afternoon, explore the stunning Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten). Spend the evening in Chiang Rai’s vibrant night scene.
Day 7: Ko Chang – Arrival
Fly from Chiang Rai to Trat and transfer to Ko Chang, a tropical paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. Relax on the beach and enjoy the sunset. Choose from the island’s diverse dining options for dinner.
Day 8: Beach Day and Water Activities
Spend the day sunbathing on the white sandy beaches or engage in water activities like snorkeling or kayaking.
Ko Chang offers a variety of water sports. Explore the island’s lush interior with a trek to Klong Plu Waterfall.
Day 9: Island Exploration
Rent a scooter or hire a taxi to explore the island further. Visit Lonely Beach for its laid-back atmosphere, or head to Bang Bao Fishing Village for a taste of local life.
In the evening, enjoy a seafood feast at one of the seaside restaurants.
Day 10: Departure
Relax on the beach for your last morning in Ko Chang. Take a final dip in the clear waters before packing up and heading to Trat for your departure flight.
Reflect on the diverse experiences from Sukhothai, Chiang Rai, and Ko Chang as you bid farewell to the Land of Smiles.
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