How to plan Budget Thailand trip for 7–8 days during peak Season - Part 2?

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In this blog i am going to write about the places i visited while in Bangkok , Pattaya , Phuket and Phi Phi Island and what activities we opted for. 

Now that our budget is settled in part 1 of my blog(link is given below), time to explore the historical places, rich cultural heritage, breathtaking views, stunning landscapes, mouth licking food, party vibes which you won’t get anywhere in the world, happy faces, Hospitality, relaxing massages and what not.


Journey to Thailand would be incomplete without the bustling metropolis of Bangkok. Modernity collides with tradition in a symphony of sights and sounds. Skyscrapers tower above ornate temples, while tuk-tuks weave through chaotic streets. The best place to stay is Sukhumvit area or near chinatown ,but i believe any place near to metro would be the best to stay. 

We stayed in an apartment, booked via airbnb, hosted by Lalana which was in MR Garden palace in Khet Suan Luang, Thailand. A peaceful place where you can come straight from Suvarnabhumi Airport and easy access to the city centre. 

 It was only 7 mins walk to the sky train (Airport Link Ramkhamhaeng station) which you can connect to anywhere in Bangkok by BTS and MRT – 20-30 mins drive to Suvarnabhumi airport – Easy to get Bus, Taxi, Bike Taxi.  As i have mentioned earlier, to commute in Bangkok you have all means of travel by trains , buses , ferry’s/boats , tuk tuk and also cabs.

Main Attractions include 

1.Temples: Grand Palace, Wat Po, Wat Arun. Also there’re lots of nice restaurants by the river around there, would be memorable to have dinner watching Wat Arun during sunset.

2.Khaosan Road : Bars, party, street food. It’s not far from the temples, so you could do it the same day at night if you still have energy.

3 .China town : good food. Starts in the evening until late night.

4 .Chatuchak market : the biggest market for shopping in bangkok. Open only in the weekend.

5.Jodd Fair Night Market : street food and shopping. Open everyday 5pm-midnight. It’s around 15-20 mins by taxi, but try to avoid the traffic during rush hours around 6-7.30pm

6. Shopping malls : Siam Paragon is the most popular one in the city centre, MBK is for souvenirs and fake products. Siam Square area (opposite Siam Paragon) is where people go to shopping for something fashionable. Terminal21 is for food and local shops

7.Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre : the biggest contemporary museum in thailand. Not very good one compared with NY but nice to have a look because it’s just opposite MBK

8. Ayuttaya : old capital city. Lots of old temples, another kind of beauty of temples in Thailand.

9.Floating Market : if you stay for more than one week, I would recommend to go to Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa floating market. It’s not in Bangkok, about 2-3 hrs drive. So you could stay one night in that province and maybe you could see local life in the early morning (like giving food to monks along the river)

10. Thai Massage : a must to try but I have no specific place to recommend. Mostly they’re all pretty good.

11. Not many people would know about this amazing place in Bangkok called as Asiatique Riverfront and you can reach here by Ferry only which is quite cheap.

12.  There is a Bhrama temple Erawin Shrine where woman visit temple to pray, seek blessings and it is said whatever they wish, they wirte in paper and give it to the dance performers and they dance to it and the wishes are fullfilled. 

Best way is to click a picture of the trains map and travel accordingly because that is what we did. I did it in china and i repeated the same in Thailand too. Map works a great deal guys.

Here are some snippets of my travel. Of course not all things i experienced can be captured, somethings are just to feel and even lesser things to share and i want you to enjoy those moments with me.

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We stayed two nights at Bangkok.

Pattaya: After Bangkok , as i have mentioned in my blog part 1, we took bus to Pattaya and stayed in a hotel near to the walking street which was walking distance from our hotel. We freshened up after reaching Pattaya , took a quick shower and started to explore Pattaya all by walk. 

With its lively atmosphere, stunning beaches, and endless entertainment options, Pattaya offers an unforgettable experience for travelers from around the globe.

when you want to shift from the beauty of Thailand to Adventure thrills, you should come down to Pattaya to experience it. 

Main Attractions Include : 

  1. Pattaya Beach:The heart of Pattaya’s tourism, this long stretch of golden sand offers various water sports, sunbathing, and beachside dining options.
  2. Walking Street : This is the main attraction of pattaya and you can explore this street by walking. we can experience the vibrant nightlife here packed with bars, clubs, restobars and entertainment venues. It is a lively hub for partygoers.
  3. Pattaya Elephant Village :A sanctuary for rescued elephants where visitors can learn about these majestic animals, feed them, and even enjoy elephant rides. It’s an educational and ethical experience for animal lovers.
  4. Sanctuary of truth:A breathtaking temple made entirely of wood, featuring intricate carvings inspired by traditional Thai and Khmer architecture.

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Phuket:  After Pattaya, the next destination in our list was Phuket and the place where we stayed was Patong which is very near to Patong beach. Patong has this unique charming Sino-Portuguese architecture dating back to the 19th century. Strolling through the narrow streets of Old Town, visitors are transported back in time, with colorful shop-houses, ornate temples, and quaint cafes lining the bustling lanes.

I have already mentioned the best way to commute in the city is bus and you will find bus station near the patong beach which will take you to all the spots at just 100 Bhats per each stopw hich is quite affordable if you compare it with Cabs. 

We stayed here for 3 days , relaxed at the Patong beach sipping Yummy coucnut water , had great food , went to see the Great Buddha and bus ride to the places will be amazing experience. 

Main attractions include

  1. Patong beach/Karon beach : After we arrived at Patong , Phuket , explored the local area a bit ,relax on Patong beach or Karon beach . If it will too much hot, then chill at some nearby malls and evening around 3 pm start for the Great Buddha 
  2. Big Buddha: We visited the Big Buddha by taking a bus to Karon beach and then cab directly to The great Buddha. There is a provision and hike and go to the Big Buddha but if it is hot it will be very difficult on that steep road. This Cab will be bit costly but it will be worth it.
  3. Bangla market: During night we can visit the Bangla street for variety of food options, drinks, Icecreams and lot of fine restaurants.
  4. Walking street: Phuket has also it’s own walking street and i found out Phuket’s walking street was more happening than the Pattaya’s famous walking street. 

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Phi Phi Islands:  After taking loads of memories, we started for our next destination and most awaited destination i.e. Phi Phi Islands. 

We booked a Ferry operated by Sea Angel cruise from Phuket sea Angel Pier and it took approximately 3-4 hours to reach from Phuket to Phi Phi.

Pro tip: Start as early as possible. The ferry timing starts from 8:30 am. Do not forget to carry the printouts of the booking and your Id proofs.

Embarking on the ferry journey from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands is a mesmerising adventure that promises stunning views, refreshing sea breezes, and panoramic vistas of Andaman seas. Just relax and soak yourself in the natural paradise of picturesque islands, lush vegetation, hidden coves and one cannot take their eyes from the view. 

As soon we reached Ton sai pier , we checked into our hotel which was walkable distance from pier , freshened up a bit and started for our next adventure which is Phi Phi Island: Maya Bay Sunset & Plankton Speedboat Tour via Get your Guide website and guys i must say it was worth every penny. This started at 2:30 pm and the entire activity got over by 7 pm with the most amazing experience in my life – watching the phytoplanktons in the dark. 

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In the late evening, we just took a shower, had our welcome drinks and started exploring the streets of Phi Phi. Plan was to party all night as my birthday was the next day.  We did party till 1:00 am like crazy, celebrated my birthday with swag and went back to hotel to have a good night sleep after a tiring but fulfilling day.

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Oh did i mention how delicious the food in Thailand is. We can get varieties of delicacies which can really tickle your tastebuds. Most famous dish in Thailand includes 

  • Pad Thai: Stir-fried noodles. …
  • Tom Yum Goong: Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup. …
  • Gaeng Daeng. Red Curry. …
  • Gaeng Keow Wan Gai. Green Curry. …
  • Khao Soi. Thai Coconut Curry Noodle Soup. …
  • Khao Pad. Thai Fried Rice. …
  • Pad Kra Pao Moo. …
  • Laab.
  • Mango with Sticky Rice(My personal Fav)

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we also found out very unique Guava which was Red coloured Guava and Large Green coloured Guavas which were so Tasty. Just try the Fruit Salad from any Local Vendor.

Carrying all these outstanding experiences and memories we headed back to India after spending 8 days of most beautiful time in Thailand.

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