In the past few years, Thailand has emerged as a hot tourist magnet, and for all the right reasons. There are rare destinations that have so much to offer in terms of climate, nature, geographical diversity, culture, food, shopping, nightlife, activities, and attractions while being economical at the same time. That is perhaps what makes Thailand a favorite for people of all ages and preferences. However, for people who are traveling to Thailand for the first time, it often gets tricky to plan the perfect itinerary that would enable them to enjoy a bit of everything that this beautiful land has to offer.
Since an average tourist plans his holiday for two weeks, here is a perfect itinerary that will help you explore the best of Thailand in that time. You may skip a place or two according to your preferences if you are short on time or add more places if you are planning a longer trip.
It is best to kick off you Thai vacation from Phuket. The largest and the well-developed island of the country, Phuket will give you the true flavor of everything Thailand as soon as you land there. You can either take a direct flight to Phuket if your airline offers one or can catch a connecting domestic flight to Phuket once you land in the capital Bangkok. Since Phuket has quite a lot to do, you should allocate more time here. A minimum of four nights is highly recommended. Things you can do in Phuket include jungle trekking, water sports, clubbing, white water rafting, and Phuket Fantasea show. Besides that, allocate a day or two to explore the nearby islands especially Koh Phi Phi.
Koh Samui is another island in the country but it is the nothing like the touristy and highly commercial Phuket. Koh Samui is a much more exotic and luxurious island that sports beautiful; sandy beaches, emerald sea waters, and rich rainforests. Book yourself into luxurious beach resorts and pamper yourself in an authentic Thai spa. Try to spend a minimum of three nights in Phuket.
Do you know that Thailand is not all about beaches? After a week at the islands, the tropical heat and humidity might start to get to you and you might want a retreat to a cool breezy place. Head straight to Chiang Mai, a lush green valley in the mountainous north of the country. Chiang Mai has nothing to do with the beach, sand or nightclubs. The valley is surrounded by iconic rice paddies planted in terraces, dense forests, and gorgeous waterfalls. Book a Chiang Mai tour to explore the gorgeous ancient temples and the villages that are located around the valley.
In the last leg of the trip, head back to the capital, Bangkok, as this is going to be your port of exit. Contrary to popular opinion, Bangkok has a lot to offer in terms of activities and attractions. Moreover, you will not be able to resist the tempting shopping options that Bangkok has so it would be best if you do that just before you embark on your return journey.