The Ultimate 10 Day Thailand Itinerary –  4 awesome ways to experience 10 Days in Thailand

The Ultimate 10 Day Thailand Itinerary – 4 awesome ways to experience 10 Days in Thailand

So you’re spending 10 days in Thailand? Awesome. Thailand is one of my favourite countries in the world. And just why am I a little bit obsessed with Thailand? I could say it’s because of the stunning beaches, delicious food and tropical island lifestyle or maybe it’s because of the ancient ruins, adventure sport and scuba diving.

Honestly, there are so many things I could rave about it’s a tough call putting together a 10 day Thailand itinerary to do all this justice. You could see a big chunk of Thailand in 10 days but to enjoy it fully, it’s better not to cram too much in, this is supposed to be a vacation after all.

With 10 days in Thailand, you could opt to see a little bit of everything; a few cities, temples and islands for a more Classic Thailand 10 day itinerary.

However, if you have a particular travel style in mind, as well as the Classic 10 day Thailand itinerary, I’m giving you four different 10 days Thailand itinerary options. Whichever option you choose, this guide is sure to give you a perfect 10 days in Thailand.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a brew and let’s find out what your ultimate 10 day Thailand itinerary looks like.

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Because it’s going to be impossible to see everything in just 10 days in Thailand, I’m giving you 4 different 10 day Thailand itinerary ideas to choose from depending on your travel style.

If you prefer to go it alone without an itinerary or have longer than just 10 days in Thailand then below is a list of what to expect in each destination and some of the best things to see in Thailand.

Alternatively if you want the leg work done for you then check out joining the classic Thailand small group tour to see the best bits with no hassle.

SKIP TO YOUR PERFECT 10 DAY THAIlAND ITINERARY

How are you going to spend 10 days in Thailand?

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THAILAND HIGHLIGHTS - MAIN PLACES OF INTEREST

  • Bangkok – Thailands vibrant capital, a 24-hour city with plenty going on. You’ll find ornate temples like Wat Phra Kaew & The Grand Palace and Wat Pho and interesting markets. Chatuchak weekend market (the biggest open-air market in the world!), as well as the iconic floating markets like Damnoen Saduak and the truly bizarre Maeklong Railway Market, are all worth a visit. Bangkok is also home to the legendry Kohsan Road, love it or hate it, make your own mind up. Whichever 10 day Thailand itinerary you choose, you’re probably going be starting in Bangkok. No worries, regular and affordable flights go all over the country (check flight prices here).
  • Chiang Mai – A city with an eclectic mix of old vs new. Somehow the Old City walls and moats are balanced nicely with the hipster vibe going oh here. This is also Thailands adrenalin sports capital, check out the ziplining, ATV, kayaking, whitewater rafting and mountain biking in the region. If you’re after something calmer and perfecting your Pad Thai, you’ll find no shortage of cookery schools here. Chiang Mai is also the area where you will find the largest concentration of elephant-related attractions. Choose one of the ethical elephant sanctuaries which don’t involve riding the elephants.
  • Chiang Rai – This is Chiang Mai’s little sister, situated in the very north of the country, its surrounded by rugged and natural terrain and hill tribespeople. It’s close to the borders of Myanmar and Laos so check out the Golden Triangle where they all meet. This is also home to some of Thailands more unusual temples, Wat Rong Khun, ‘White Temple’, Wat Rong Sua Ten, ‘Blue Temple’ and quirky Baan Si Dum, ‘Black House’.  
  • Ayutthaya Archaeological Park – Just north of Bangkok you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. Founded at around 1350, this was part of the Second Kingdom of Siam. It was destroyed by an invasion from the Burmese in 1767. Have you seen the iconic image of the Buddha’s head stuck in the tree? well, you’ll find it here. 
  • Sukhothai Historical Park – One of my favourite places in Thailand, Sukhothai was the original capital of the ancient Kingdom of Siam. Like with Ayutthaya, this is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Because it’s a bit of a mission to get to in comparison, it’s less popular than Ayutthaya but certainly no less worthy.   
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Seatd Buddha at Sukhothai Ruins
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Giant Buddha at Sukhothai Ruins
  • Kho Tao – The hub of anything scuba dive related. Yes, you can book dive courses on pretty much any of the islands, but Kho Tao is one of the cheapest places to learn to dive…in the world! It’s also got some amazing dive spots for more experienced divers. I absolutely loved diving at a site called Chumpon Pinnacle. If you get a chance to dive there, do it! 
  • Phuket – A bit of a gateway into the islands, it’s one of the largest and best connected however parts are over commercialised. Skip the ugly side of Phuket, (Patong and Bangala Road) and stick with the charming Old Town Phuket and outer areas. From Phuket, you can reach any of the other islands by day trip, including the fabulous Similan Islands, a scuba divers (and snorkellers) dream.    
  • Railay, Koh Phi Phi & Krabi – For pure relaxation in some of the most beautiful tropical islands in Asia, you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere quite like Railay or Koh Phi Phi. Think soft white sand, the warm turquoise sea all backed against a palm tree jungle backdrop and you’ll be pretty close. This part of Thailand is picture-perfect.

Getting from the Airport to Bangkok

The main airport for Bangkok is Suvarnabhumi Airport. It’s located about 35km outside of the centre of Bangkok.

There are several options to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Bangkok. One of the most efficient is by taking the Airport Rail Link followed by a Sky Train to your nearest destination.

Alternatively, you can book your airport transfer directly to your hotel in advance with either a VIP Meet & Greet or a shared service. Booking in advance saves you both the hassle and avoids the hefty inflated fees from the taxi firms at the airport.

Prebook now: Suvarnabhumi Airport International Airport VIP Meet and Greet Transfer to Bangkok

Prebook now: Suvarnabhumi Airport International Airport Shared Transfer to Bangkok

Is Thailand safe?

YES! Overall, Thailand is very safe. During my time in Thailand, I felt just as safe as I would feel at home. Just use your common sense and you should have no problems at all.

Every country has crime, even my home town! so just be aware of your surroundingswho you are with and how to get back to your accommodation.

Naturally, don’t attract unwanted attention by flashing expensive items about (think jewellery, designer wear, electronics etc) and keep your valuables, such as phone and money somewhere secure. It’s worthwhile hiding valuable stuff, like your cash, in a money belt. Although if you want to be a bit more stylish, then invest in a scarf with a hidden zip pocket instead.

Thai people, on the whole, are very friendly, helpful and welcoming. It’s not called the ‘land of smiles’ for no reason.

If you’re out and about for a whole day and need to carry stuff, use an anti-theft backpack to keep everything safe.

Finally, in terms of safety, you can not drink the tap water in Thailand, and the world does not need any more plastic waste. Imagine if you had to buy a new bottle every day on your 10 days in Thailand? Instead of buying a fresh bottle of water every time you need a drink, don’t forget to take your water purification filter bottle with you.

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THE ULTIMATE 10 DAY THAILAND ITINERARY -
ITINERARY 1 - 'A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING'
(SUMMARY)

      • Day 1 – 2  Bangkok – Immerse yourself in Thailands hectic capital. Visit the iconic temples in the city including Wat Phra Kaew & The Grand Palace. Shop at the famous floating markets. Experience the nightlife of Kohsan Road.
      • Day 3 – 4  Chiang Mai – Take in the hipster vibe of Thailands cultural capital. Learn to cook authentic Thai food. Visit an elephant sanctuary. Go whitewater rafting or zip-lining.
      • Day 5 – 6  Chiang Rai – Trek through the jungles. See the Golden Triangle, the iconic & stunning White Temple and the quirky Black House. Visit an Akha village.
      • Day 7 – 10 Island Hopping – Relax on beautiful beaches. Head towards the Indian Ocean side of Thailand and explore the tropical islands around Phuket.

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'A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING' -
10 DAY THAILAND ITINERARY #1
(THE DETAILS)

Day 1 - 2: Bangkok

Your 10 day Thailand itinerary starts in the vibrant capital of Bangkok. There’s loads going on in this city so you could easily spend more than 2 days here. Bangkoks two biggest attractions are Wat Phra Kaew & The Grand Palace. If you have time, visit some of the other amazing temples in Bangkok. It’s worth checking out Wat Pho (with a giant reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).

The most efficient way to see all the temples is to book onto a walking tour. Not only will you get to visit the temples I’ve just mentioned, but a load of other stuff too.

Prebook now: Bangkok temples walking tour

If you happen to be in Bangkok on a Saturday or Sunday, make sure you check out Chatuchak Weekend Market. It’s the worlds biggest open-air market, selling everything imaginable. Alternatively, the super cute Damnoen Saduak floating market and the quirky Maeklong Railway Market are also worth a visit.

While you’re in Bangkok, I 100% recommend checking out one of the numerous markets. These three are some of the better ones which are worth a visit.

Prebook now: Chatuchak weekend market and floating markets

Prebook now: Daily Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Prebook now: Maeklong Railway Market Tour

I couldn’t call this a ‘Classic Thailand in 10 days itinerary’ without a visit to Kohsan Road. Head here after sun-down when the street comes alive. Love it or hate it, it’s something that has to be experienced just once, and certainly one for your Bangkok bucket list.

Where to stay in Bangkok

    • On a budget: Bed Station Hostel, is a great value option offering both dorm and private rooms. There’s loads of communal space to socialise and chill as well as having an onsite bar. The strong wifi throughout the accommodation, free tea and coffee and 24hour front desk make this a great choice for budget travellers. It’s also in a great location, less than a 2-minute walk from the BTS Skytrain so getting about is a doddle.
    • Mid-Budget: Uncle Loys Boutique House is the perfect option if you want home comforts without breaking the bank. The rooms are bight and airy with air-con and wifi throughout. The communal outdoor terrace filled with flowers and plants makes you forget you’re in a city! It’s located close to Wat Arun, The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.
    • Blow the Budget: Chakrabongse Villas in a word is beautiful. Forget the high rise generic hotels, this place oozes character. It’s located right on the river with a perfect view of the stunning Wat Arun temple. Both the gardens, swimming pool and decor are visually stunning here. Go check out the photos.
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The Grand Palace in Bangkok

Day 3 - 4: Chiang Mai

 For days 3 and 4 of your 10 days in Thailand itinerary head to Chiang Mai in the north of the country. The quickest way to get here is by an internal flight direct from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You can check flight prices here

There’s plenty to see and do around Chiang Mai. With just 10 days in Thailand, your short time in Chiang Mai will feel like an absolute tease (psst, it’s a great reason to come back to Thailand another time). You could stay here for a month and still find plenty to do.

If temples and culture are your thing, spend some time wandering about the Old City, taking in the hipster vibe. The original walls and moats are still here along with loads of Buddhist temples. Two temples that I’d recommend checking out are Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang.

The best way to get the low down on the temples in Chiang Mai is to book onto a tour. Go with an experienced guide to visit Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and more.

Prebook now: Chiang Mai Temple Tour

Alternatively, if you want to get the adrenalin pumping, Chiang Mai is a bit of a hub for all things adventure sport. So check out the ziplining, ATV, kayaking, whitewater rafting and mountain biking in the region.

If you love your adrenalin sport you’ll be spoilt for choice in Chiang Mai. Here are some great options.

Prebook now: Chiang Mai Action Full Day Tour (including Zipline, ATV & Kayaking)
Prebook now: Chiang Mai 10km White Water Rafting
Prebook now: Full Day Hike and Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

Other great ideas for Chiang Mai is to take a Thai cooking lesson. I love Thai food, so I jumped at the chance to learn to cook a decent veggie Pad Thai. Usually, this is tied in with a trip to the local produce markets to pick up some weird and wonderful veg you’ll be using too.

Love Thai food? So do I. Visit a traditional market to discover some of the weird and wonderful foods you’ll be cooking with. Then learn how to cook authentic Thai recipes. The best bit, you get to eat everything you cook – so go with an empty stomach!

Prebook now: Chiang Mai Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Market Tour

Everyone loves elephants right? Pay a visit to one of the ethical elephant sanctuaries to get up close to these amazing creatures. Please don’t use a company which advertises elephant rides. Also, before you book, make sure you do your research to check the company really is as ethical as it makes out.

There are loads of ethical elephant sanctuaries (or ones that claim to be ethical). Before you book make sure you do your own research, don’t always believe everything that’s written on the company’s website. The best way to check is from the reviews which other guests have said about the treatment of the elephants.

Prebook now: Elephant Nature Park
Prebook now: Lana Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

    • On a budget: Khunluang Hostel, considering this place is a hostel, it’s got the poshest decor I’ve seen. This certainly ticks all the boxed for ’boutique hostel’. Visually stunning, great location and all mod cons, no wonder it’s got near perfect reviews. All at a bargain price.
    • Mid-Budget: Buri Gallery House has tons of character, despite being superbly modern, it managed to keep a traditional Thai feel about it. If you’re after somewhere with amazing hospitality and a more homely feel then this is it. Take a look at that breakfast buffet!
    • Blow the Budget: Arun Dara Villa, I can’t get over how massive this room is. This villa also has a swimming pool and a jacuzzi as well as garden views from each of the rooms. The central location makes it great for exploring the Old Town. Oh, I nearly forgot, they serve a ‘floating breakfast’ in the swimming pool if you request it. How awesome does that sound?
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Day 5 - 6: Chiang Rai

The next stop on your Thailand 10 day itinerary is Chiang Rai. Compared to it’s bigger sister Chiang Mai, the feeling here is a little more relaxed. Situated in rugged and natural terrain, Chiang Rai the largest northernmost town in Thailand and close to the borders of Myanmar and Laos.

The Golden Triangle is the name given to where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Either hire a driver or book onto a tour and you can visit the Golden Triangle as well as the iconic Wat Rong Khun, ‘White Temple’, Wat Rong Sua Ten, ‘Blue Temple’ and quirky Baan Si Dum, ‘Black House’ – yeah they love their colour descriptions.

The easiest way to get around to all the attractions is by booking onto a tour like this. You’ll get to see the White and Blue Temple as well as the Black House and more.

Prebook now: Chiang Rai Full Day Tour

Trek through the nearby jungles or visit the villages of the Hmong, Karen, Lahu and Akha hill tribes. Be careful, lots of tours are offering very ‘staged’ versions of the hill tribes and exploit the tribe’s people. If you do visit, make sure you do your research first, these are actual people and not just a tourist attraction. If you want to photograph anyone, make sure you ask permission and they are happy for you to do so.

Where to stay in Chaing Rai

    • On a budget -Spinomad Hostel offers amazing value dorm and private rooms. It’s centrally located so it’s easy to get about to all the main areas of interest including the night market. The decor is clean and modern in capsule style beds for privacy. This is a great place to stay on a budget, the prices are from just $9!
    • Mid-BudgetDoowall Hotel proves the point that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have amazing accommodation. Even the lower-priced rooms at this hotel look amazing, check out the cute little cottages! Located near to the White Temple which is perfect for touring the area.

      Blow the BudgetMora Boutique Hotel is a stunning 5 star resort located just a stone’s throw from the main Saturday night market. It’s got everything you’d expect a boutique hotel to have as well as a gym, a swimming pool and free bicycle hire. Check out how immaculate it is.

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Day 7 - 10: Island Hopping

Finish your 10 day Thailand itinerary with a spot of island hopping. Catch a flight (you can check flights here) down to the south-west of Thailand to explore the islands on the Indian Ocean side of the country. For such a short time, base yourself in Phuket although it’s not necessarily the prettiest of the islands (saying that, it’s still beautiful!), it does have easiest and most frequent connections to the other islands in the area.  

Check out some of the iconic landmarks, like the giant Buddha and the Chalong temple as well as stunning panoramic views over the island. You can see the highlights in half a day.

Prebook now: Phuket Highlights and Viewpoints Small Group Tour

Depending on your travel style, Phuket does have a wild party side (a little bit like the vibe around Kohsan Road in Bangkok). The area is called Patong, with Bangala Road being the hub of it. Personally, I wouldn’t stay near here unless you want to party, buy overpriced tat in westernised style shops and eat at mediocre ‘authentic’ Thai restaurants…oh and be surrounded by drunken tourists. Take a taxi or public bus and visit instead.

Base yourself in the more authentic Old Town Phuket. It’s filled with cute boutique shops and hipster cafes and has a great night market (I can’t resist a night market and all that street food!). Phuket Old Town also has a pretty awesome street art scene which is definitely worth checking out.

Alternatively, rather than just doing day trips to the other islands, you could head Krabi Island for 4 days.

There are loads of Islands surrounding Phuket. To make the most of your short time book onto full-day island hopping tours to see as much as possible.

Prebook now: Phuket Multi Island Full Day Tour  (includes Phi Phi, Maya, Bamboo, Maiton Island)

Prebook now: Similan Islands Snorkelling and Turtle Spotting

Prebook now: Phuket full day island hopping and sea kayak (including James Bond Island, Naka and Lawa Island & Cave Kayaking at Hong Island)

Where to stay in Phuket

    • On a budget – White Wall Poshtel Phuket is in a perfect location to explore Old Town Phuket. With an industrial feel to it twinned with homely touches. The chilled vibe at this hostel makes it a great place to relax, there is also an onsite bar with plenty of places to chill including the terrace outback.
    • Mid-Budget – The Memory at On On Hotel is located in the heart of Phuket Old Town. The sino-colonial archways, facade and decor at this place are stunning. Seriously, go take a look. This hotel also boasts a little bit of Hollywood fame, as it’s the hotel that was featured in the film ‘The Beach’! 
    • Blow the Budget – Pearl Hotel is located just a couple of minutes from the Old Town of Phuket. The rooms all have a ‘pearl’ theme to them with tasteful modern decor. Some of the rooms offer amazing views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel also boasts 2 swimming pools and shaded outdoor seating area.
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THE ULTIMATE 10 DAY THAILAND ITINERARY -
ITINERARY 2 - 'TEMPLES & CULTURE'
(SUMMARY)

      • Day 1 – 2: Bangkok – Visit the iconic temples in the city including Wat Phra Kaew & The Grand Palace. Take a day trip to Kanchanaburi to discover the history of Death Railway, ride the scenic train which travels over the Bridge over the River Kwai
      • Day 3 – 4: Ayutthaya Archaeological Park – Visit the UNESCO Heritage ancient ruins & the iconic Buddha head entwined in a Bodhi tree.
      • Day 5: Lop Buri – Affectionately known as ‘Monkey Temple’, Phra Prang Sam Yot Temple was historically part of the Ayutthaya empire. The town and ruins are now inhabited by cheeky Macaques.
      • Day 6 – 7: Sukhothai – My personal favourite of the three ruin sites. The ruins are spread out and lots are in the forest. Hire a bike and cycle between the sites.
      • Day 8 – 10 : Chiang Rai – Visit the more modern yet stunning White Temple and the quirky Black House. Go on a jungle trek in the surrounding national forest to visit the hill-tribe villages of Akha, Lahu or Karen.

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'TEMPLES & CULTURE' -
10 DAY THAILAND ITINERARY #2
(THE DETAILS)

Day 1 - 2: Bangkok

Your Temples & Culture 10 day Thailand Itinerary starts in Bangkok. If temples are your thing, make sure you visit at least a few of Bangkok’s best temples. The main ones you’ll want to see are Wat Phra Kaew & The Grand Palace as well as Wat Pho (with a giant reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).

Book onto a walking tour of the temples for the most efficient way to see them. Not only will you get to visit the temples I’ve just mentioned, but a load of other stuff too.

Prebook now: Bangkok temples walking tour

The Thais love their markets, so if you want to absorb some classic Thai culture along with plenty of authentic food head to one of the iconic markets. The very cute Damnoen Saduak floating market or the quirky Maeklong Railway Market are great choices for your Bangkok bucket list.

Submerse yourself in a bit of Thai culture with one of the iconic open-air markets.

Prebook now: Daily Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Prebook now: Maeklong Railway Market Tour

To understand some of the darker histories of Thailand, take a trip out to Kanchanaburi province. This region played a major role in WW2 with the Japanese army using prisoners of war to build the Burma-Siam railway. The names ‘Death Valley’ and ‘Hell Fire Pass’ gained had a notorious reputation.

Today, several memorial sites and museums are documenting this history. You can ride the train along the scenic route of Death Valley which also goes across the famous Bridge over the River Kwai

To experience Kanchanaburi, take a full-day private tour which includes Death Railway, the bridge over the River Kwai, a ride in the famous train. Check out the full itinerary below.

Prebook now: Full-Day Kanchanaburi Private Tour

Where to stay in Bangkok

    • On a budget: Bed Station Hostel, is a great value option offering both dorm and private rooms. There’s loads of communal space to socialise and chill as well as having an onsite bar. The strong wifi throughout the accommodation, free tea and coffee and 24hour front desk make this a great choice for budget travellers. It’s also in a great location, less than a 2-minute walk from the BTS Skytrain so getting about is a doddle.
    • Mid-Budget: Uncle Loys Boutique House is the perfect option if you want home comforts without breaking the bank. The rooms are bight and airy with air-con and wifi throughout. The communal outdoor terrace filled with flowers and plants makes you forget you’re in a city! It’s located close to Wat Arun, The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.
    • Blow the Budget: Chakrabongse Villas in a word is beautiful. Forget the high rise generic hotels, this place oozes character. It’s located right on the river with a perfect view of the stunning Wat Arun temple. Both the gardens, swimming pool and decor are visually stunning here. Go check out the photos.
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Picturesque railway along Death Valley

Day 3 - 4: Ayutthaya Archaeological Park

Start heading north for the next stage of your Temples and Culture 10 day Thailand itinerary. One way to get there is to take the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya to explore the ruins of the Kingdom of Siam for a couple of days.

Ayutthaya was founded in about 1350 and was one of the most important trading ports in the Kingdom (this is officially the second Kingdom of Siam, Sukhothai is the first one) as the city is located at the junction of three rivers. The majority of the city was destroyed in 1767 during an invasion of the Burmese.

This ruins at UNESCO World Heritage site has enough to keep any temple junkie busy for at least a couple of days. This photo album on Ayutthaya gives you a bit of a tease of what to expect. 

The most iconic thing to see her is the head entwined in the Bhodi tree at Wat Mahathat. 

Some other worthwhile places to see are Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Wat Lokkaya SutharamWat Phra Si Sanphet and Wat Phutthaisawan. Check out this article about visiting Ayutthaya to find out more. 

Some of the sites at Ayutthaya are quite spread out, so make the most of your time there by booking a private driver.

Handy time-saving tip: To save the hassle of getting a train up to Ayutthaya with your luggage, book a private driver & guide direct from Bangkok, visit the sites and get dropped off at your hotel in Ayutthaya at the end of the day.

Prebook now: Ayutthaya Private Tour

Where to stay in Ayutthaya

    • On a budget: Nakara Hostel Ayutthaya is a great value choice with dorm and private rooms. The hostel is located centrally, so it’s easy to access all the sites, they even hire bikes if you’re feeling energetic! The hostel has a chilled vibe, clean rooms and helpful staff. From $7 a night, it’s an absolute steal! 
    • Mid-Budget: iuDia Hotel can’t be beaten when it comes to price and location. The swimming pool and garden looks over the UNESCO archaeological park. This boutique hotel has spacious modern rooms beautifully decorated with antiques. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the photos and read the reviews. This place is stunning.
    • Blow the Budget: Nutta River Home is the perfect choice if you want to splurge on a bit of home-from-home luxury. Each of the room has a balcony with a river view and a fully equipped kitchen and a load of other facilities. Go check out the spec! There is also an onsite fitness centre and bar lounge. It’s centrally located, so it’s a perfect base to explore Ayutthaya for a couple of days.  
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Iconic uddha head in the Bodhi tree at Ayutthaya

Visit the official UNESCO site for more information about Ayutthaya.

Day 5: Lop Buri

Continue heading north on day 5 of your Thailand 10 day itinerary. Catch an early morning bus or train from Ayutthaya to Lopburi. 

There are quite a few areas of interest around Lop Buri, but the main one is Phra Prang Sam Yot Temple, which is affectionately known as ‘Monkey Temple’. The reason; the town and ruins are inhabited by some cheeky (and overconfident) Macaques. 

There are loads of sites in the town. Check out Phra Narai Ratchanivet, Wat Phrasi Rattana Mahathat, Wat Inthra and of course Prang Sam Yot (this is where you’ll find the monkeys)

Where to stay in Lop Buri

    • Mid-Budget – Lop Buri is quite a small town, so compared to other places, your choices are limited – the low budget is errrr…questionable, and there’s no luxury accommodation insight. However, the O2 Hotel Lopburi is one of the better places to stay in the area. The rooms are huge, light and airy with a balcony, the property has a garden and it’s in a great location, so for just $20 for a double private room, you can’t go wrong here. 

Day 6 - 7: Sukhothai

The next two days of your 10 days in Thailand itinerary are in Sukhothai. Out of the three ruin sites, this is my personal favourite. 

If you don’t have your own transport to get to Sukhothai from Lopburi then the train is the best option. It takes approximately 4 hours whether you choose to drive or catch the train.  

Alternatively, this is what I did and I know this sounds crazy, you could get the train back to Bangkok and then catch a flight straight up to Sukhothai (check flight prices here). The flight takes just over an hour from Bangkok and you’ll arrive at the cutest little airport I’ve ever been to. From the airport, catch a taxi (or share with other people). I suggest you stay near the archealogical site and not in actual Sukhothai town.

Because it is a bit of a hassle to get to Sukhothai, it’s a lot quieter than the other ruin sites. And this all adds to the charm. I had a lot of the archaeological site pretty much to myself, especially for the ruins right in the forest. The ruins are spread out quite a bit, so hire a bicycle and enjoy the traffic-and-tourist-free experience.

To get a feel for the archaeological site, take a guided cycling tour around Sukhothai.

Prebook now: Sukhothai Guided Cycling Tour

Sukhothai was the first Kingdom of Siam (1238 – 1438) and is a UNESCO World Heritage City. The word ‘Sukhothai’ means ‘the dawn of happiness’ and was the centre for the arts.

To explore the ruins in more depth and to enjoy the tranquillity, take two days here. Some of the must-see sights are Wat Srasri, Wat Maha That, Wat Mai which are all inside the old city walls.

Outside of the city walls make sure you visit Wat Chetuphon, Wat Maechon, Wat Si Chum, Wat Saphan Hin and Wat Sangkhawat.

Where to stay in Sukhothai

    • On a budget: Baan Maneekan really does make your money go a long way. For the price of a dorm room in Bangkok, you can have a whole room to yourself here. The guest house is set in stunning gardens with plenty of shady seats to relax in. There is also an onsite restaurant, offering great value $3 brekafast!  
    • Mid-Budget: Baan Georges Hotel offers you so much for your money. The rooms are modern and absolutely huge, it’s centrally located and it has an amazing outdoor pool and you get a huge delcious breakfast. 
    • Blow the Budget: Sriwilai Sukhothai will tick all the boxes for superior accommodation in Sukhothai. They also offer free bicycle hire for guests, so you can explore the archaeological park at your leisure. The rooms are massive too, I won’t even mention how amazing it looks here, just take a look at that infinity pool and the spa! wow!
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Sunset over the ruins at Sukhothai

Visit the official UNESCO site for more information about Sukhothai.

Day 8 - 10 : Chiang Rai

For the final part of your Temple and Culture 10 day Thailand itinerary, head north to Chiang Rai.

Chiang Rai along with Chiang Mai are the two most visited norhtern cities in Thailand. IF you had a longer trip, then I’d highly reccomend you do both! However, in this Temple and Culture Thailand itinerary, Chiang Rai pipped Chiang Mai to the post because of the temples and hill tribes near by.

On one of the days either hire a scooter, or a driver to visit the Golden Triangle (the name given to where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. Then head to Wat Rong Khun, ‘White Temple’, Wat Rong Sua Ten, ‘Blue Temple’ and quirky Baan Si Dum, ‘Black House’ to get the last of your temple fix.

The easiest way to get around to all the attractions is by booking onto a tour like this. You’ll get to see the White and Blue Temple as well as the Black House and more.

Prebook now: Chiang Rai Full Day Tour

On the final day go trekking in the nearby jungles or arrnage a visit to one of the hill tribe villages (Hmong, Karen, Lahu and Akha hill tribes).

If you do visit a hill tribe, make sure you do your research first. These are actual people and their homes, not just a tourist attraction. If you want to photograph anyone, make sure you ask permission and they are happy for you to do so.

This concludes your Temples and Culture 10 day Thailand itinerary, from here catch a flight back down to Bangkok or onwards (check flight prices here).

Where to stay in Chaing Rai

    • On a budget -Spinomad Hostel offers amazing value dorm and private rooms. It’s centrally located so it’s easy to get about to all the main areas of interest including the night market. The decor is clean and modern in capsule style beds for privacy. This is a great place to stay on a budget, the prices are from just $9!
    • Mid-BudgetDoowall Hotel proves the point that you don’t need to spend a fortune to have amazing accommodation. Even the lower-priced rooms at this hotel look amazing, check out the cute little cottages! Located near to the White Temple which is perfect for touring the area.
    • Blow the BudgetMora Boutique Hotel is a stunning 5 star resort located just a stone’s throw from the main Saturday night market. It’s got everything you’d expect a boutique hotel to have as well as a gym, a swimming pool and free bicycle hire. Check out how immaculate it is.
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THE ULTIMATE 10 DAY THAILAND ITINERARY -
ITINERARY 3 - 'ADVENTURE LOVERS'
(SUMMARY)

      • Day 1 -4- Chiang Mai – The adventure capital of Thailand, go white water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, chasing waterfalls (and jumping off them), zip-lining, bungee jumping, ATV quad biking – the region is an adrenalin junkies playground!
      • Day 5 – 8 – Koh Tao – Scuba diving and snorkelling.
      • Day 9 – 10 – Railay & Krabi – Rock climbing or caving, hiking the Tab Kak Hang Nak nature trail and kayaking in Railay. At nighttime, go paddleboarding in Krabi to see the bioluminescence.
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'ADVENTURE LOVERS' -
10 DAY THAILAND ITINERARY #3
(THE DETAILS)

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Day 1 -4: Chiang Mai

You’ll be starting this Adventure Lovers 10 day Thailand itinerary in Chiang Mai, the nations adventure sports capital. If you’ve arrived in Bangkok, catch one of the regular flights straight up to the north (check flight prices here). 

Base yourself in this town to make the most of the outdoor sports in the area. Some of the more popular activities are white water rafting or kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, chasing waterfalls (and jumping off them), zip-lining, bungee jumping, ATV quad biking – the region is an adrenalin junkies playground!

There are so many great options to get your adrenalin sport fix in Chiang Mai. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Prebook now: Chiang Mai Action Full Day Tour (including Zipline, ATV & Kayaking)
Prebook now: Chiang Mai 10km White Water Rafting
Prebook now: Full Day Hike and Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

    • On a budget: Khunluang Hostel, considering this place is a hostel, it’s got the poshest decor I’ve seen. This certainly ticks all the boxed for ’boutique hostel’. Visually stunning, great location and all mod cons, no wonder it’s got near perfect reviews. All at a bargain price.
    • Mid-Budget: Buri Gallery House has tons of character, despite being superbly modern, it managed to keep a traditional Thai feel about it. If you’re after somewhere with amazing hospitality and a more homely feel then this is it. Take a look at that breakfast buffet!
    • Blow the Budget: Arun Dara Villa, I can’t get over how massive this room is. This villa also has a swimming pool and a jacuzzi as well as garden views from each of the rooms. The central location makes it great for exploring the Old Town. Oh, I nearly forgot, they serve a ‘floating breakfast’ in the swimming pool if you request it. How awesome does that sound?
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Day 5 - 8: Koh Tao

For the next stage of your 10 day Thailand itinerary you’ll need to get to Koh Tao which is located in the Gulf of Thailand. There is no airport on Koh Tao, so to get there from Chiang Mai, catch a flight (check flight prices here) to Koh Samui and then get a ferry boat to Koh Tao island.

The reason why you’re on Koh Tao is for the number one activity on the island; Scuba diving. Koh Tao is THE CHEAPEST place to learn to scuba dive and the island is geared up for it. Pretty much every shop you pass will somehow be linked to diving. 

If you arent qualified, then you can easily book onto an Open Water Diver (this is pretty much the entry-level course you will do). If you are qualified, then check out some of the top dive spots. The Chumphon Pinnacle was a particular highlight, thousands of schooling fish and super clear visibility at the time of my dive. 

Caution: When you scuba dive, it’s advised not to take a flight within the next 12 hours! (I always try to err on the safe side and leave longer than that). 

Naturally, I’m going to recommend that everyone learns to dive. It’s an amazing experience. Check out these two courses for diving. If you’re not sure and don’t want to invest the time or money into the full Open Water Scuba Diving course, then go for the ‘Try Dive’ option.

Prebook now: Open Water Dive Course in Koh Tao
Prebook now: One Day Try Dive in Koh Tao

Where to stay in Koh Tao

    • On a budget: Private Garden Bungalow offers you your own bungalow in a cute garden all for under $20! If you’re on a budget and fed up with sharing dorm rooms, this place is ideal. It’s still got some of the social hostel vibes with the shared social area and communal kitchen, but with the added benefit of your own space. Win-win if you ask me!
    • Mid-Budget: Ecotao Lodge has to be one of the cutest places to stay on the island. Surrounded by jungle and looking out to the sea these cute little wooden cabins look like a grown-ups treehouse. And that view from the balconies, just wow!  
    • Blow the Budget: Jamahkiri Resort & Spa offers the height of luxury on Koh Tao. Built into the rock face looking out to the sea this 5-star resort offers everything. Not only do they have masses of terraces to relax and enjoy the view but they even have an onsite dive centre! Check out the cute little private pools with some of the rooms. 
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Day 9 - 10: Railay & Krabi

The final stage of you 10 day in Thailand Adventure Loves route finished in the south, on the islands. Because of the limestone cliffs, you can only get to Railay Beach by boat, in a cool way, it’s kinda cut off from the rest of the world. So although the cliffs mean that no roads go to the beach, the cliffs in the area do mean that there are some amazing rock sports opportunities.

While everyone else is chillaxing on the beach below, make the most of the steep limestone cliffs and go caving, abseiling or climbing.

Book onto one of the climbing tours along the limestone cliffs surrounding Railay beach.

Prebook now: Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

If you don’t have a head for heights, then head for the Tab Kak Hang Nak nature trail nearby. For something adventurous after dark, check out the bioluminescence. For the brave, book onto a snorkelling tour (yes that means getting into the water when it’s dark!), I know that’ some people idea of hell. Alternatively, if you prefer to stay above the waves book onto a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) tour. I’ve done both before and equally, enjoyed them. It’s a little unnerving being in the water in the pitch black, but you get over the weird feeling pretty quick. Either way, it was amazing to see the bioluminescence glow when it was agitated.

There are a few ways to see the bioluminescence, if you’re happy to get in the water after dark, then certainly opt to snorkel. If you don’t want to get into the sea after dark, then opt for the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).

Prebook now: Island Hopping and Bioluminescence Snorkelling
Prebook now: Krabi Stand Up Paddleboard Bioluminescence Tour

Where to stay in Railay and Krabi

    • On a budget: TAN Hostel located in Krabi located just stone’s throw from Ao Nang Beach and Pai Plong Beach as well as local amenities. There’s an onsite cafe and plenty of space for socialising out on the terrace. The decor here is clean and modern.
    • Mid-Budget:  Ban Sainai Resort is just like a little oasis (check out their aerial photo). The super cute little wooden cabins surrounded a pool. It’s located away from the main strip, but within walking distance to the beaches so it’s a perfect place to relax.
    • Blow the Budget: Rayavadee resort is at the pinnacle of luxury accommodation. Located on Railay Beach, it’s surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and beaches. Because of the nearby jungle, it’s also home to exotic wildlife like monkeys and colourful birds. The decor is jaw-droppingly outstanding. I don’t want to spoil too much, just take a look. You won’t be disappointed. 
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THE ULTIMATE 10 DAY THAILAND ITINERARY -
ITINERARY 4 - 'BEACHES & ISLAND HOPPING'
(SUMMARY)

      • Day 1 – 4: Phuket – Base yourself in Phuket, visit the charming old town. Go snorkelling (or scuba) around the Similan Islands. Take a catamaran to James Bond Island and Kayak at Phang Nga.
      • Day 5 – 7: Koh Pi Pi – Take in the chilled vibes and relax. Go on a longtail boat ride around the island. Snorkelling in the clear water.
      • Day 8-10 – Railay and Krabi – Experience some of the best beaches in Thailand, where the beach leads into the jungle at Railay. If you’re feeling energetic go climbing, hiking, caving and kayaking. Nighttime paddleboarding in Krabi to see the bioluminescence.

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'BEACHES & ISLAND HOPPING' -
10 DAY THAILAND ITINERARY #4
(THE DETAILS)

Day 1 - 4: Phuket 

Your Beaches and Island hopping 10 day Thailand itinerary starts in Phuket. You’re going to spend the next 10 days in Thailand hopping about some of the world’s most idyllic tropical islands on the east of the country.

Although Phuket isn’t the prettiest of the islands (scrap that, Phuket IS still stunningly beautiful, it’s just some of the other islands on this 10 days in Thailand itinerary are even more stunningly beautiful). Basing yourself in Phuket will give you the advantage of having the most flexibility in terms of getting about to the other islands in the region.  

Unless you’re into places with westernised shops, or market stalls selling overpriced tat (giant wooden penis keyring anyone?) and lots of sunburnt drunken tourists, then avoid Patong and the area around Bangala Road like the plague. 

Instead, stay in Phuket Old Town which is a polar oppostie, filled with boutique shops and hipster cafes and also a top notch night market to get that street food fix. Phuket Old Town also has a pretty awesome street art scene which is definitely worth checking out if you have a couple of hours to kill.

IF you did want a break from sitting on the beach, then check out some of the non-beachy iconic landmarks on Phuket island, like the giant Buddha and the Chalong temple as well as stunning panoramic views over the island. You can see the highlights in half a day.

Prebook now: Phuket Highlights and Viewpoints Small Group Tour

To the north of Phuket are the Similan Islands. If you’re a qualified scuba diver, this is a little gem of a place. If not, learn to dive! lol, seriously the Similan islands also have some  awesome snorkelling spots too. Basically, if you want to see lots of colourful fish and corals and if you’re lucky, the odd turtle, then you definitely need to head here.

Head to the beautiul Similan islands to see colourful fish and coral and hopefully a turtle or two.

Prebook now: Similan Islands Snorkelling and Turtle Spotting

You’ll be spoilt for choice on where exactly to go island hopping from Phuket. If you were hoping to get to Maya Bay, the famous one where ‘The Beach’ was filmed, you’re out of luck. The iconic beach is closed indefinitely due to over-tourism and basically people trashing the place. There are loads of other equally spectacular beaches available though.

Check out some of the amazing island hopping tours from Phuket

Prebook now: Phuket full day island hopping and sea kayak (including James Bond Island, Naka and Lawa Island & Cave Kayaking at Hong Island)

Where to stay in Phuket

    • On a budgetWhite Wall Poshtel Phuket is in a perfect location to explore Old Town Phuket. With an industrial feel to it twinned with homely touches. The chilled vibe at this hostel makes it a great place to relax, there is also an onsite bar with plenty of places to chill including the terrace outback.
    • Mid-Budget – The Memory at On On Hotel is located in the heart of Phuket Old Town. The sino-colonial archways, facade and decor at this place are stunning. Seriously, go take a look. This hotel also boasts a little bit of Hollywood fame, as it’s the hotel that was featured in the film ‘The Beach’!
    • Blow the Budget – Pearl Hotel is located just a couple of minutes from the Old Town of Phuket. The rooms all have a ‘pearl’ theme to them with tasteful modern decor. Some of the rooms offer amazing views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel also boasts 2 swimming pools and shaded outdoor seating area.
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Day 5 - 7: Koh Phi Phi

The next part of you 10 day in Thailand Beach hopping route is to catch a boat over to Koh Phi Phi. The main thing you’ll be doing on Koh Phi Phi is relaxing and enjoying the idyllic beach vibe. This is a little paradise. However, if you’re feeling energetic, it’s a great place to go snorkelling or try out scuba diving.

Never tried Scuba Diving before? seriously, there’s a whole world under the waves waiting to be discovered. It’s easy to get hooked to this amazing sport.

Prebook now: Scuba Diving Introductory Lesson on Koh Phi Phi

While you’re on the idyllic islands, make sure you go for a ride on one of the traditional longtail boats. Not sure what they are? These are the old-style looking wooden boats that you’ll see in every Thailand ‘boat & island’ picture, like the ones in this article.

Spend a whole day sailing around the islands on one of the pretty longtail boats. Stop off to explore coves and beaches, as well as to swim and snorkel.

Prebook now: Longtail Boat Full Day Island Hopping

Where to stay in Koh Phi Phi

    • On a budget: The Pier 519 Hostel, like the name states located right on the beachfront has loads of social space and a terrace. There is an onsite tour desk which can book any activities in the area (snorkelling, boats etc). It’s clean and super friendly.
    • Mid-Budget:  Mama Beach Residence, like the name suggests, is right on the beach, it’s own private beach to be precise. Not that, you’ll want to, but if you do manage to peel yourself away from one of those comfy looking loungers, the on-site tour desk can arrange diving, snorkelling and island hopping. 
    • Blow the Budget: Zeavola Resort is located right on the north of Phi Phi island and is surrounded by over 10 acres of tropical forest. The hotel is right on the beachfront, so this is the most idyllic place to relax and enjoy island life. Despite being in the middle of nowhere, the luxury huts are fitted with all mod cons. This place really is a little piece of paradise, take a look at the colour of that sea!
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Day 8-10 - Railay and Krabi

The final stage of this 10 day Thailand itinerary ends on the peninsula of Railay and Krabi, although not strictly an island (they are attached to mainland Thailand, they are filled with spectacular beaches).  Railay Beach is only accessible by boat due to the limestone cliffs and jungle cutting it off to the rest of the ‘world’. There are a few places to stay along here, however, they all come at a premium price. Which is why a lot of people opt to stay in more accessible Krabi.

So I know Railay beach will just want to make you relax, the white sand, clear blue sea and tranquillity but it seems a shame to overlook the rocks. Because of the rock formations, the area around Railay is perfect for caving and climbing.

Experience Railey beach from above by going climbing on the steep limestone cliffs.

Prebook now: Rock Climbing at Railay Beach

If you’ve never seen bioluminescence in the sea before, I highly recommend you add it to your list. Little tiny flickers of neon blue show up after dark and you can see these around the seas surrounding Krabi and Railay Beach. I’ve seen bioluminescence a few times, I still get excited when I see tiny flecks of neon glow when the water surrounding me gets agitated.

There are a few ways to see the bioluminescence, if you’re happy to get in the water after dark, then certainly opt to snorkel. If you don’t want to get into the sea after dark, then opt for the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).

Prebook now: Island Hopping and Bioluminescence Snorkelling
Prebook now: Krabi Stand Up Paddleboard Bioluminescence Tour

Where to stay in Railay and Krabi

On a budget: TAN Hostel located in Krabi located just stone’s throw from Ao Nang Beach and Pai Plong Beach as well as local amenities. There’s an onsite cafe and plenty of space for socialising out on the terrace. The decor here is clean and modern.  

Mid-Budget:  Ban Sainai Resort is just like a little oasis (check out their aerial photo). The super cute little wooden cabins surrounded a pool. It’s located away from the main strip, but within walking distance to the beaches so it’s a perfect place to relax. 

Blow the Budget: Rayavadee resort is at the pinnacle of luxury accommodation. Located on Railay Beach, it’s surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and beaches. Because of the nearby jungle, it’s also home to exotic wildlife like monkeys and colourful birds. The decor is jaw-droppingly outstanding. I don’t want to spoil too much, just take a look. You won’t be disappointed. 

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So which 10 day Thailand itineray do you love the most?

Well done you! You made it to the end of this crazy-ass long 10 day Thailand itinerary. I’ve just given you 4 totally doable options on how to get the most out of you 10 days in Thailand.

Whichever of the Thailand 10 days itineraries you choose, you’re going to love the country as much as I do.

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Here are some other great articles to help plan your trip.

Alternatively, if you want to see LOADS of amazing stuff in Thailand but with NONE of the leg work then check out this fully immersive Classic Thailand small group tour for some inspiration.

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Adventure travel blogger with a big addiction to the World. An ex-rat-racer who was fed up with sleep-work-eat-repeat materialistic mentality that plagues modern living. I love anything to do with off-beat travel, abandoned places, temples & ruins, street art, wildlife in its natural habitat, adventure sport.....basically anything but the 9-5!

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