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A 5-day road trip itinerary in Thailand

Thailand road trip

Thailand is one of the pioneering countries to open up to international tourism in the new normal.

After more than two years of being closed due to the epidemic, countries are finally ready to open their doors to tourists, of which Thailand holds the main pioneer position. This country of thousands of people always has an irresistible attraction for crazy feet. During the time of separation due to the epidemic, many people missed the vibrant Bangkok, Pattaya with white sand and blue sea, or Chiang Mai with green hills and mountains.

The best time to visit Thailand

Although there is no winter, Thailand’s climate is also divided into 4 distinct periods, in which the dry season lasts from January to February, the hot season from March to May, and the rainy season from June to October. and cool season from November to December.

Thailand road trip

MoMo suggests you should travel to Thailand from November to April next year. This is a relatively cool time and there are also many special festivals such as the Songkran Water Festival in mid-April, and the Yi Peng Lantern Festival around the end of November.

Transportation

When visiting the capital or major cities of Thailand such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, you can also use one of the forms below for convenience in moving and cost savings. mention:

By Planes

With a limited number of flights when the Covid-19 epidemic has not completely ended, if you want to visit other provinces besides Bangkok, you will stop in the capital, then use a domestic plane or a bus to move around. moved to other provinces.

With an airport system in 20 cities, moving between provinces is very convenient. However, some routes will be more expensive when you travel by other means, especially during the epidemic season; Some cities with high epidemic levels will be restricted from flying. You need to carefully check the information before you fly to have a safe and smooth trip.

Bus

Buses are a fairly common form of travel in Thailand, suitable if you need to travel on long routes. With a system of bus trips to most provinces, you can move anywhere at a very “cheap” price. You can go to the city bus stations to buy bus tickets when you want to move to provinces outside of Bangkok. The car runs on time, is clean and professional, and is favored by many tourists.

Train

Train is also one of the cheapest means of transportation in Thailand. Most trains arrive late and move quite slowly, so they are generally unpopular with tourists.

Boats and ferries

If you want to visit the islands in Thailand such as Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, then in addition to traveling by plane, you can also try traveling by boat and ferry to experience a new feeling.

Songthaews & tuk-tuk

Thailand road trip

Songthaews and tuk-tuks are also popular means of transportation in the city. Most tourists visiting Thailand often try to travel by this means at least once.

If tuk-tuk is popular in the capital and Pattaya, songthaews appear a lot when traveling to Chiang Mai. Fares for these vehicles are quite cheap, but you also need to know how to bargain and always ask for the price before getting on the bus.

Where to stay in Thailand

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand is a tourist paradise for everyone, so hotels in Thailand are also very diverse, meeting all needs. Accommodation services range from 5-star hotels, to budget hotels or personalized homestays. All of them have their own unique identities that only when traveling to Thailand can you experience.

A . Bangkok Hotels

Pullman Bangkok Hotel

  • Address: 188 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok.
  • Room rate reference: from 3,800 Baht/night/room.

The Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

  • Address: 991/9 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Siam, Bangkok.
  • Room rate reference: from 11,000 Baht/night/room.

The Yard Hostel Bangkok

  • Address: 51 Soi Phaholyothin 5, Samsennai, Phaya Thai, Chatuchak, Bangkok.
  • Room rate reference: from 1,850 Baht/night/room.

Movylodge Hostel

  • Address: 505 Petchaburi Rd., Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok.
  • Room rate reference: from 780 Baht/night/room.

Bed Station Hostel

  • Address: 486/149-150 Siam Square District, Soi Petchburi16, Ratchthewi, Siam, Bangkok.
  • Room rate reference: from 700 Baht/night/room.

B. Hotels in Chiang Mai

The Imperial MaePing Hotel

  • Address: 153 Sridonchai Road Chang Klan District, Amphur Muang, Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai.
  • Room rate reference: from 1,300 Baht / night / room.

Pornping Tower Hotel

  • Address: 46-48 Charoenprathet Road, Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai.
  • Room rate reference: from 700 Baht / night / room.

Lai-Thai Guest House

  • Address: 111/4-5 Kotchasarn Rd., Old Town, Chiang Mai.
  • Room price reference: from 550,000 Baht / night / room.

C. Hotels in Phuket & Pattaya

Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya

  • Address: 55 Moo 2 Sukhumvit Road Km. 156.5, Na Jomtien, Pattaya.
  • Room rate reference: from 4,400  Baht/ night / room.

A-One Star Hotel

  • Address: 115/11 Moo 9 Pattaya Beach Road soi 3 North Pattaya Beach Road, Chonburi, Pattaya Beach Road.
  • Room rate reference: from 785 Baht/night/room.

IndoChine Resort & Villas

  • Address: 328 Prabaramee Road, Kalim Bay Beach, Patong, Phuket.
  • Room rate reference: from 3,150 Baht/night/room.

Tropical Bungalow Hotel

  • Address: 132 Thaweewong Rd., Patong, Phuket.
  • Room price reference: from 1,570 Baht/night/room.

Review a 5-day road trip itinerary in Thailand

Day 1: Hanoi – Bangkok – Phuket
I went by plane to Bangkok around noon. Flying to Phuket around 8pm. The airport has buses but it takes a long time to have one so we take a mini bus for 180Baht(B) per person.
When we arrived in Phuket, we ate at a restaurant near the hotel. This shop has everything, I’m not a foodie, so I try some basic dishes like tomyum, pad Thai… Food in Phuket is about 60-80B a dish.

Thailand road trip

Day 2: Phi Phi island
Phi Phi tour we booked at Klook
Tour includes car to pick up at the hotel, light breakfast, lunch and drinks, fruit during the trip.
The tour schedule you can see more in the link. Boat tour through most of the most beautiful islands in the Phiphi population. Through Maya Bay is one of the 10 most beautiful bays in the world. Swim and snorkel to see the coral (using a regular mask) in the afternoon.
This is probably the most valuable thing in my trip. Because Phi Phi is beautiful and the tour is extremely worth the money. The flight attendants on the train are also extremely professional, in terms of tourism, we really have to learn a lot from the Thai people. In the evening, I went for a walk to drink beer at Patong beach, and went to Bangla Walking Street.

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Day 3: Old town – Freedom beach – Bangkok
In the morning we rented a tuktuk to the Old town. Price 600B both ways and waiting. Old town is the old town, super beautiful to take pictures. Under the old town there are many beautiful coffee shops you can stop by.
In the afternoon we went to Freedom beach, many people said this is the most beautiful beach in Phuket. But the way up and down has to walk uphill a bit. One more note is that we were scammed here :))) the tuktuk driver took us to the gate with a few people collecting money. When I returned, I knew there was another gate to enter for free.

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip
After that, we went back to pick up our luggage and fly back to Bangkok. In Thailand, you can also use Grab food, when you are in a hurry, you can order food.

Day 4: Palace – Wat Arun – China town
In the morning we had breakfast right at the foot of the dorm. I realized that just eating around the house is delicious, not having to go far and cheap.
We go to the palace, the entrance fee is 500B per person. The palace is beautiful but really the price of 500B is expensive compared to the value received, so you can consider it. Near the palace there is a small market selling many Buddha statues you can visit if you like.
In the afternoon we go to Wat Arun, the entrance fee is 100Baht per person.
Around that area, there is also Wat Pho and the national museum, if you like, you can take advantage of it.
In the evening we go to China town. There are many dishes here, so each dish you should order a little to share to try many different dishes.

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Thailand road trip

Day 5: MBK center-Bangkok Art & Culture Center-MahaNakhon tower
Today we decided to try all public transport in Bangkok so we went by bus and train
MBK and the building next door is one of the biggest shopping malls in Bangkok, we didn’t buy anything but we just went to see it =))
Bangkok Art & Culture Center right next to MBK, admission is free, similar to our VCCA style, but the area is larger, there is an exhibition area for paintings, photos, music, sculptures, films…most of them are of young people. Thai.
MahaNakhon tower is the tallest building in Thailand. The architecture is also unique. We studied architecture so we came to see it, but this building is not allowed to enter the hotel =))
In the evening, we tried the rest of China town’s dishes.

Thailand road trip

Day 6: Buy gifts- Bangkok – Hanoi
In the morning, we spend time buying gifts and then packing to return to Hanoi. Remember to take the train to the airport because this route goes through the center of Thailand to see the beautiful city.

Hopefully with this article you will have more necessary reference information to have a complete and safe trip with your friends and relatives.

Photos by Phạm Mai Linh. You can follow her at : https://www.facebook.com/mailinh.pham.505

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