Ultimate Guide to Thailand

Thailand. Oh, Thailand. I love, love, love Thailand. You can say I may be a little bias, because I lived there for a year… but it really is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to. With some of the nicest and friendliest people and some of the most amazing food! From beautiful lush, green mountains, to amazing skyscrapers to gorgeous clear blue waters… you can see everything in Thailand.

Thailand isn’t meant to be seen in a few days… there’s just way too much to see and do. If you have the time… I would suggest at least 2 weeks in Thailand alone. Here, I have come up with the ultimate guide to spend the most incredible 2 weeks in ‘The Land of Smiles’.😊

First stop: CHIANG MAI

Fly into Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is in Northern Thailand. It is situated right next to many beautiful green mountains. Here, you can find many hiking trails and amazing waterfalls. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand but it doesn’t feel that way. The people here are the nicest and extremely laid back. The street food is amazing. On Saturday and Sunday, they have the largest open markets that line all of the streets with some of the most delicious foods and cutest souvenirs. Everything is extremely cheap! And, of course you can haggle and get great bargains. Must try dish in Chiang Mai… Khao Soi. Usually only found in Northern Thailand, khao soi is a delicious yellow curry noodle soup with chicken. It’s so good! YUMMM. Go on a river boat cruise at night along the Ping River. Dinner and a cruise was about $20-30! Super cheap if you ask me.

(check out my blog post on what other things to do in Chiang Mai here:)

https://jjennietravels.com/2018/02/20/7-free-or-fairly-cheap-things-to-do-in-chiang-mai/

Doi Inthanon National Park located in Northern Thailand

Next stop: BANGKOK

Bangkok is a must. It’s the largest city in Thailand. A completely different vibe from Chiang Mai. The skies are filled with beautiful tall skyscrapers and no laid back vibe here… It’s a busy city with people always on the go. Definitely check out the Lebua Skybar (seen in The Hangover 2). Completely overpriced drinks but the views are to die for. Just get one cocktail! The Grand Palace is also on the list BUT be warned… it gets CROWDED. I have to admit that I actually left early because the overcrowding got to me. But if you can tough it out… it’s worth seeing. Chatuchak is the biggest outdoor market I have ever seen in all of my travels! Supposedly it has over 15,000 stalls. I can’t even imagine how that can be possible… but I guess it is! They sell everthing here… you name it, they’ve got it. WARNING though, there is a section, where they sell animals… ALL different kinds of animals as well. They’re locked in small little cages, living in not so good conditions. Seeing all of these animals broke my heart… I suggest not going to this area of the market.

The Grand Palace, temple in Bangkok
Lebua Skybar in Bangkok

LAST STOP: PHUKET and THE ISLANDS

Of course you have to see the beautiful blue waters of the Thailand islands. The water IS really that clear and blue from the pictures that you see on the internet! Maya Bay is where they shot the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s only an hour or so boat ride from Phuket. The water is clear, warm and absolutely beautiful. Along the way to Maya Bay and Phi Phi Islands… you can also see Monkey Island, where a bunch of monkeys live. They’re really cute but they also really scare me.

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Islands

Thailand is for sure a must. It should be on everyone’s bucket list. This country holds a very special place in my heart and I want to share it with others. I hope this sparks a little interest in the country for anyone reading this. You will fall in love with it too. I guarantee it.☺️✌🏽♥️

Happy travels!

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