10 Days in Thailand – Where to Go

10 Days in Thailand – Where to Go

Spending 10 days in Thailand is a top way to get to know this amazing country. In this timeframe, you’ll get to sample a huge range of things to see and do, from bustling Bangkok to cool Koh Samui.

From stunning temples and architecture, to Buddhist monk rituals, glorious beaches and fabulous food, you’ll be dazzled by everything this country has to offer. The best part is – it will encourage you to return to see the things you missed and would certainly love on your next trip!

Have You Worked Out Your 10 Days in Thailand and Where To Go?

Planning is of the essence when spending 10 days here. Of course, you can amend your plans as and when you decide to, but as there are so many places to visit, you’ll want to make the most of your time here.

Unless you just want to laze on a fabulous sandy beach for the entire time, most people will start their journey in Bangkok, the capital, and save the ‘rest and recuperation’ part for later in your 10 days in Thailand. Believe us, you will need it!

Thailand is over 500,000 sq. kilometres in size and the 50th largest country in the world, so travelling times between regions can be quite lengthy and time-consuming. Take into consideration any jet lag as well, so a lot of your first day might be taken up by simply arriving here and sorting out your accommodation.

Here are some ideas of where to go and what to see for your 10 days in Thailand. We’ve provided a Thailand sample itinerary for first-timers and, as an alternative, an island-hopping itinerary too.

Thailand Itinerary for 10 Days for Your First Trip

If you are a first timer to Thailand, you probably want to do the more famous things, and it’s advisable to do so in a leisurely way. Take your time to soak up this fascinating country at a reasonable pace!

Day 1 – Welcome to Bangkok

2 days in Bangkok, which can be very exciting with its incredible amount of movement and people, will give you a good introduction to this fascinating land.

If you want to avoid too much ‘foot-slogging’, think about taking a bike tour. These are organised with a guide, with helmets provided! A typical bike tour will take you around the quieter streets to get you to the places of interest.

1. See the Buddhist Temple of Kalayanamit

One of the first ports of call is usually the Chao Phraya River. From here, it’s a short boat trip across to the Buddhist temple of Kalayanamit, home to the largest Buddha statue in Thailand! At least 1 temple visit here is a must to learn the customs of this country.

If you arrive early in the morning, you may get to see the Buddhist monks outside offering food and tea to those who visit.

Alternatively, you might be shown a jar with rods in, which you must shake and make a wish – this is much more authentic than a gypsy with a crystal ball! It is a very calming experience, while the sight of Kalayanamit’s enormous Buddha will make your jaw drop.

Back through pretty streets, a guide will normally stop for you to have a snack. This could be savoury or sweet – there are some beautiful pastries and cakes in Thailand.

2. Explore a Thai Flower Market

On your bike again, a trip to a flower market will almost certainly be on the cards. The floral aspect of Thailand is amazing – there are so many plants and flowers you will never have seen before!

The sellers make intricate bouquets and shapes from brightly coloured blooms. It is a great experience and a sight to behold. The vibrant purple orchids will leave you spellbound.

3. Enjoy an Authentic Lunch with a Thai Family

Next, a highlight of a tour like this is eating with a Thai family, who lovingly prepare lunch (or dinner) for you in a truly authentic way.

Quite often, the family will live by the river and you can gaze out watching the array of boats going past. Some boats are brightly coloured while others are used for transporting food. It is rather like a tranquil water version of a busy road!

4. Head to Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Mid-afternoon will bring you back via quirky streets and shops. You’ll potentially make another stop to admire Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) at sunset.

In the evening, once your bikes are dropped off, you may need some sustenance to recharge your batteries. In this case, free time for yourself at one of the luxury skyline bars and have drinks and some great snacks. Chances are you may be too tired to do much else on your first day!

Day 2 – Explore Bangkok by Tuk-Tuk

On day 2, hire a tuk-tuk to stop off where you want to, when you want to. It is not expensive and your driver will negotiate around the busy streets to see or do what suits your interests.

1. Visit the Khao-San Road for Souvenirs

It is worth visiting any street market for food sampling and to buy souvenirs. The Khao-San Road is a much-visited place, particularly for the night markets, although it’s still very interesting during the day.

2. Get a Massage or Watch Some Muay Thai Boxing!

Undoubtedly, your driver will want to take you via more temples, as they are spectacular at night. But if your bones are aching, we would suggest a famous Thai massage after two full-on days!

Alternatively, if you want to see other people expending energy, take in a Muay Thai Fight (Thai boxing). These guys really know how to use their bodies!

Day 3 – See Ayutthaya Historical Park

If you prefer something a little more sedate and relaxing for your third day, visit Ayutthaya Historical Park, located some 80 km from central Bangkok.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a wealth of temples, historical ruins and flower gardens. The place also provides a certain calm that only Thailand can give.

Days 4 & 5 – Move on to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is quieter than Bangkok, so it’s time to recharge and enjoy its charms. This is certainly a city to wander around in your own time, with plenty of shops and, according to many, the best places to eat Thai food. There are also lots of beautiful temples to visit.

If you love animals, visit the Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. This is an eco-tourism project praised for their care of these mighty beasts. You can bathe them, feed them and enjoy bonding with them. You can easily spend half a day or more here.

After returning to your hotel base, a visit to the night markets provides a lot of fun and yes, more food sampling! The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a good place to go; it has well-priced clothing and souvenirs, and the traders love bargaining!

Days 6, 7 & 8 – Head to the 1,430 Islands

Today you move on to one or more of this country’s 1,430 islands! Koh Samui is the most famous one, and it’s a very popular, party-focused destination, while water sports abound here.

Koh Samui’s beaches are beautiful, and most recommended are Chaweng Beach if you like to party, the quieter Bophut Beach with the fisherman’s village, or Mae Nam for a bit more solitude.

Other popular places to visit in Koh Samui include the Secret Buddha Garden set up high in the mountains with its lush jungle, waterfalls and streams. Meanwhile, down below, the Ang Thong Marine National Park is equally picturesque.

To finally chill out, consider a day’s sailing around the beautiful islands offshore. You can have lunch on board, swim to your heart’s content and come back just as the sun goes down.

Days 9 & 10 – Return to Bangkok and See More

Going back to Bangkok is the best idea for long-distance travellers to catch your homeward-bound flights.

While here, you can inhale the exotic aromas of food and floating markets. Also, wandering round on foot may bring surprises that you missed the first time in a jet lag haze!

10 Day Thailand Island Hopping Itinerary

We have now given you an option for a 10-day itinerary. If you want to do something different or see more places, here is an alternative route around Thailand!

  • Bangkok – 4 days
  • Phuket – 2 days
  • Krabi – 2 days
  • Koh Samui – 1 day
  • Chiang Mai – 1 day

We have already said so but will do so again – 10 days in Thailand is just a start! These itineraries will give you an unforgettable taste of the many and varied elements of this country. You will learn which parts appeal to you most, and where you would like to focus on your next holiday. Rest assured – you will be back!

How Many Days to Spend in Bangkok?

Known as the ‘City of Angels’ to locals, any traveller could easily spend a week in Bangkok and still only scratch the surface. Of course, if you are keen to see other parts of the country, you will need to cut your time in the capital city a little shorter.

If you want to pack a lot in, you can spend a busy 3 or 4 days in Bangkok and still have time to explore other parts of the country. Better yet, there will still be more to explore when you inevitably decide to return in the future.

If you are only staying in Bangkok for a short while, station yourself in the city centre. This is a big and sprawling city, so you will not want to spend valuable holiday time trekking to a variety of suburbs. Sukmovhmit and Silom are possibly the best areas to look for accommodation, especially if it’s your first time here.

It may take you a little time to get used to this vibrant city, so arrange a guided tour on a tuk-tuk. This a decidedly Bangkok experience and will help you get the lay of the land. After this, you can get on with the business at hand – enjoying everything that Bangkok has to offer!

What to See in 4 Days in Bangkok?

Bangkok has plenty of must-see tourist attractions that you will be keen to visit. After all, why travel to such an amazing city if you cannot make your friends green with envy by posting fab photos to your Instagram feed?

Beyond the most famous destinations, there are also a handful of hidden gems buried amidst the thrilling chaos of life in Bangkok:

  1. Be sure to take a trip along the Chao Phraya River. You will have 2 choices here – taking the standard ferry that the natives use to travel, or a specialist tourist ferry. The former provides a more authentically Bangkok experience. It is cheaper too, and you will still be able to take in some astonishing views.
  2. You will also want to visit the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, aka the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace is no longer the primary residence of the King of Thailand, but it is still an amazing piece of architecture that summarises just why Thailand is so beautiful.
  3. Wat Phra Kaew, meanwhile, is a temple best described as a key holy site for Buddhists. Followers of this faith from all over the world travel to Bangkok to visit this place of worship. Another legendary temple is Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) which dominates the Bangkok skyline.
  4. If you are done with sightseeing, there are plenty of opportunities for shopping in Bangkok. Chinatown and Siam Square are fantastic for a little retail therapy. If you are visiting Bangkok over the weekend, you must check out Chatuchak Market, or the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market if you fancy something a little more unique.
  5. If you need a break but still want to learn more about the Thai way of life, visit Jim Thompson House. This is a museum dedicated to the American man of the same name – allegedly it is his former home. Jim Thompson was responsible for exporting Thai silk all around the world before disappearing in mysterious circumstances, and a wander around his former abode is hugely enlightening.
  6. If you need to wind down a little before moving on, or you just need a rest, Lumphini Park is the biggest green space in Bangkok.
  7. Of course, there are also hundreds of excellent places to eat and drink in Bangkok.

Your 4 days will be filled with action, and these suggestions will get you off to a fab start!

How Many Days to Spend in Phuket?

Like Bangkok, you could easily fill a week-long holiday schedule with Phuket by itself. If you’re spending 10 to 12 days in this country, this means you’ll need to prioritise what you plan to see, although you can still enjoy 3 amazing days in this part of the country.

You will be in good company – over 5 million people are believed to flock to Phuket in search of amazing beaches, sightseeing and the party culture every year.

As ever, what to do in Phuket really depends on how you would like to spend your 3 days. We make some suggestions below, so you are sure to find something that appeals. Your time in Phuket can be as relaxing or as action-packed as you want:

  • Phuket is home to some glorious beaches, which are among the biggest attractions of the area:
    • Patong is by far the busiest beach, especially at night when it turns into Phuket’s premier party spot.
    • Try Karon or Kata if you want somewhere a little quieter and, dare we say it, cleaner.
    • Laem Ka is even more private, but it is also quite secluded, and you’ll need to spend a bit of travel time getting there.
  • The affectionately named, “Big Buddha” is the premier sightseeing experience of Phuket. This marble statue is a whopping 45 metres tall and can be found in Chalong Bay.
  • If you want a spiritual experience, visit the popular Wat Chalong or Wat Khao Rang temples. By the way, ‘wat’ means ‘temple’ in case you were wondering why so many things here seem to be called ‘Wat’!
  • You can also indulge in some adventurous sports in Phuket. Bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving are all readily available for a fee.
  • For safer, more family-friendly adventures, investigate the Phuket Fantasea or Siam Niramit cultural shows. These performances celebrate everything there is to love about Thailand.

Travel Itinerary for Phuket

You can take a bus and train from Bangkok to Phuket. This is called the Express, but it takes around 16 hours in total. Thankfully, it is also cheap. If you prefer to pay for a faster flight, you will be in Phuket in a little over an hour.

Like Bangkok, there are many sides to Phuket, so investigate where you might want to stay. Logically, the city centre is where the action really is. If you prefer somewhere a little quieter, head to Old Town.

Phuket’s area of Mai Khao is closest to the airport if you decide to spend less time in this part of the country.

Finally, if you are on a family package holiday, head to the northern- or southernmost parts of Phuket to ensure that all your needs are catered for.

How Many Days to Spend in Krabi?

So, you have enjoyed some time in the major cities of Thailand. Next, experience the other, calmer side of the country with a couple of days in Krabi. This timeframe will ensure that you enjoy everything this delightful location has to offer.

By spending 2 days in Krabi, you will have 2 comparatively diverse experiences:

  1. Spend your first day taking the 4-island tour. This will be a more sedate experience as you will likely spend the entire day on a boat, although you may welcome a more relaxed pace after the action-packed week that you have experienced so far!
  2. There is more to Krabi than just sight-seeing, though. On the second day, you can pick up the pace again by enjoying the shopping and nightlife of various locales, including Ao Nang, Khlong Muang and Tubkaek.

As discussed, your first day in Krabi should be spent island-hopping. You will be able to get a cheap ferry to accommodate this, as it is a hugely popular activity for tourists. Fortunately, Krabi will be less busy than Phuket too.

There are plenty of options for how to spend your second day in Krabi. You could always return to one of the many, many beaches found in the area. Railay, in particular, is nirvana for rock climbing enthusiasts. Alternatively, check out Ao Nang for thriving nightlife and plenty of shopping opportunities.

Travel Itinerary for Krabi

Krabi is a little under 2 hours 30 minutes from Phuket by bus. It is faster to travel by speedboat, though; this roughly halves the travel time, as well as offering a memorable Thai experience!

Ao Nong is the best place to stay in Krabi. It will ensure that you have easy access to everything you need.

If you prefer somewhere a little secluded, get some beachfront accommodation. Railay is very remote and only accessible by boat, so you are sure to enjoy tranquillity here. Alternatively, try Nopparat Thara for a peaceful family-friendly venue.

How Many Days to Spend in Koh Samui?

Now it is time to spend more time in the sun on the island of Koh Samui! As with everywhere in Thailand, you could easily relax in this location for around a week, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere and enjoying delicious food.

However, time is tight if you only have 10 days to see the entirety of this country. With this in mind, consider cramming your visit into a single day. That is still enough to see the most famous sites – however, staying longer is so tempting! Here’s our guide to what to get up to:

  • 1 day in Koh Samui could easily be spent at sea. Hire a boat or take a ferry tour around the island.
  • The sparkling blue of the Koh Samui ocean is only matched in majesty by the white sands. The beautiful beaches of this area need to be experienced to be believed.
  • The east coast of Koh Samui hosts the most popular beaches. In particular, Lamai Beach is arguably the finest beach in Thailand, though Chaweng Beach is also hugely impressive.
  • If you are keen to dodge the crowds, head west. Here you will find beaches like Lipa Noi and Taling Ngam. These are more rugged, and thus less popular with tourists.
  • Whichever beach you choose, there will be no shortage of activities on offer. Koh Samui is the home of all manner of water sports and aquatic adventures.
  • If you prefer to stay dry and want to get out of the sun, shop until you drop at destinations like Fisherman’s Village Walking Street, Elephant Walk or Chaweng Walking Street.
  • Lastly, if you’re feeling like you want to party after dark, head back to Chaweng Beach at night. Here you will find a wide choice of indoor and outdoor cool bars, bands and discos.

Travel Itinerary for Koh Samui

Several buses travel from Krabi to Koh Samui every day, and the travel time is around 4 hours. You could take a ferry, but this is closer to 7 hours at sea. Bangkok Airways also flies between these destinations, if you’re happy to pay for the flights.

How Many Days to Spend in Chiang Mai?

This is another territory that could easily fill several days. Fortunately, you can fit plenty into a single day if you are judicious in your sightseeing and activities, though.

One thing is certain – just a single day here can be an experience that you will never forget. Stay for 2 or 3 days if you can, adjusting your schedule elsewhere. Based on the itinerary that we are laying out though, you will have to cram your visit into a single, action-packed day.

You have 2 quite different options for how to spend your day in Chiang Mai. It depends on how energetic you are feeling, and what memories you want to take home along with your luggage:

  • If you fancy something low-key and traditional, take a stroll into Old Town. This is arguably the ultimate embodiment of the ‘real’ Thailand, largely separate from the tourist industry.

Dating back to the 13th century, Old Town Chiang Mai offers a great walking tour. You will not need to pay for a professional guide; just wander and let your jaw drop. You can choose between 120 temples (no, that is not a typo, Chiang Mai has 120 different temples!) and a wide array of markets.

  • Alternatively, you could spend the day at a Chiang Mai elephant camp. This will be an unforgettable experience for any animal lover. Just be a little mindful of what camp you choose to make sure it’s ethical.

Travel Itinerary for Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is some distance from Koh Samui, so to make the most of your time in this location, look for a cheap flight.

There are at least 2 airlines that operate regular routes between Koh Samui and Chiang Mai airports, especially if you start your journey from the Koh Samui mainland. You may pay more if you want to travel island-to-island.

If you are returning home from Bangkok, you will need to get back to the capital city from Chiang Mai. You can catch a flight which takes around an hour or use a bus or train. These latter services take anywhere from 10 to 15 hours, depending on the service you take and the number of stops.

How Long to Spend in Thailand?

Of course, how long to spend in Thailand is really your decision. There is so much to see and do, so the longer you can allocate, the more you will experience.

If you want to savour this wonderful country, then 10-12 days would be ideal for a first trip. By comparison, a month or more would let you really get to know Thailand – you discover new things here every day!

In the following sections, we provide some additional ideas to inspire you.

Thailand – Where to Go?

The list of where to go is endless and, of course, depends on how long you spend in Thailand. We have suggested a good start with our sample itineraries. Furthermore, here are some suggestions for must-go places:

  1. Bangkok – you cannot visit this country without experiencing the vibrant capital.
  2. Likewise Chiang Mai – beach fans will love the islands.
  3. Do try to visit 1 or 2 temples – these should not be missed, as the foundation of Thailand is very much cultural and historic.
  4. Nature and animal lovers should spend time in the north, whilst sun worshippers and beach addicts can also enjoy the south.

Equally, try to ingratiate yourself with the locals. The country is known as ‘The Land of Smiles’, which is all thanks to the friendly people. Get to know the markets and food stalls – the Thais love to chat!

Thailand – What to Do?

There is so much and it really depends on your own preferences! Following your heart while planning with your head is sound advice. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • You must experience both day- and nightlife in Thailand. Do see the ancient temples, particularly Bangkok’s Grand Palace, once home to the King and now the spiritual heart of the Kingdom.
  • Market life and shopping should not be missed. Whether you visit the floating markets (something you rarely see in other destinations) or the day or night markets, you will be hypnotised at the goods on offer.
  • Buy Thai silk, jewellery, carvings, art, furniture, handicrafts and more, including cheaper brands. One store to try is AIIZ, similar to Gap but at a fraction of the price. Coconut products are also popular to buy, as is soap!
  • Explore the eco-friendly animal sanctuaries – but only those that protect the animals, not exploit them, such as those that offer elephant rides.
  • Visit one or more of the glorious beaches, and take to the clear, warm waters.
  • Want to see and do some unusual things if time allows? How about visiting Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, a temple made up entirely of beer bottles! This was crafted by the monks from beer bottles consumed by the local village. You can now actually add some of the bottles to the temple, but under strict guidance from the monks.
  • How about a Sak Yant Tattoo? This is placed on you by a Thai monk with a bamboo stick, and is purported to be one of the most deeply cultural experiences around.

Top 10 Thailand

This should be more like top 1,000! Of course, this is even more reason to visit time and time again. Here are our top suggestions of what to see or do:

  1. Do a temple tour and see the Grand Palace, Wat Tuthat and a choice of other temples in Bangkok.
  2. Shop ‘til you drop in the markets and shopping plazas for bargains. For clothes, go to the Platinum Shopping Mall or PanTip Plaza in Bangkok. For market trading, Sampeng Market or Yaowarat in Chinatown have most of everything.
  3. Visit Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, the regal mountain overlooking the city. It is meant to be the most historic and spiritual experience in the country.
  4. Go on the Chiang Mai Night Safari, featuring 3 animal zones, night feeding and the joys of well-cared-for animals. It’s followed by a laser light show and cabaret!
  5. Visit the Karen Long Necked Tribe and the Chiang Dao Caves. The tribe originated in Myanmar, but now live in the mountains behind Chiang Mai. Watch them making their handicrafts before venturing into the caves.
  6. Are you a hedonist? If so, try the Phi-Phi Islands, only 45 minutes by speedboat from Phuket. The beaches are spectacular, as is the scenery.
  7. View the Red Lotus Sea in Udon Thani. If you are a romantic and happen to be in Thailand on Valentine’s Day, take your loved one here. It’s a sea of red and pink flowers, best enjoyed on a boat trip. It is glorious.
  8. A visit to Phuket should include a visit to the interactive Trickeye Museum, where you become part of the 3D art. Also in Phuket is the FantSea Show, with a huge range of entertainment, a carnival village and a shopping complex. The myths and traditions of Thailand are re-enacted by dancers and other performers.
  9. Take a tour of the Chalong Bay Rum Distillery in Phuket! See the process and learn how to make cocktails in the workshop.
  10. For a relaxing last day or 2 in this country, take a yoga body and mind experience at IngNatee Resort close to Bangkok, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

In brief, having a great time in this perfect country is easy-peasy.

How to Plan a Trip to Thailand

1. Consider How Many Days You Can Stay – The More the Better!

There’s so much more to see and do here, a Thailand trip itinerary for 10 days can take many forms, as we’ve shown you!

You may like to consider a Thailand itinerary for 12 days or longer to give you that bit more time in each place, or even to go off the beaten track. Of course, this is only recommended for more experienced travellers, or with the help of a guide.

2. Think About What Sort of Experience You Want

Perhaps you would like to spend more time on the lesser tourist-populated islands, such as Koh Mook. Alternatively, maybe you want to rent a scooter to travel around, or rent a kayak to zip through the mountains to Koh Mook’s spectacular Emerald Cave.

What’s more, if you are a hiker, there is plenty of jungle terrain and mountainous regions, but do use a guide for this.

For a more wildlife-orientated experience, you could go to Mu Ko Chumphon National Park on the Gulf of Thailand. This encompasses 317 sq.km and 40 small islands. It can be reached from Koh Samui.

Many of the islands off the coast can be reached by speedboat, so you may consider visiting the busier island of Phuket too as a base point.

3. Hire a Guide, and Check the Travel Distances and Times

Hiring a good travel guide to help plan your trip and give you more details on the places you would like to go is an excellent idea. Google Maps will also be useful to ascertain the distances and times to get from place to place.

If you plan to use domestic airlines or to travel by train, a timetable for these would be imperative. Although transport schedules are subject to change, you will get a good idea of what is plausible and accessible for the length of your Thailand trip itinerary.

Always overestimate the time that travelling will take, particularly in the big cities. This will ensure that you arrive at each destination on schedule!

4. Work Out the Best Time of Year to Visit

Check out this country’s seasons and think about whether to travel during the monsoon months of July to December. The country can be very rainy in this period, with an average of 90% humidity while rivers can overrun their banks.

5. Read Up on Thailand’s Cultural Norms

Make sure you are aware of the cultural differences and what is not acceptable in Thailand in terms of behaviour. Respect the locals and you will have a fulfilling experience.

6. Obtain Your Thai eVisa

Check out your visa requirements. Depending on your nationality, you may be visa-exempt, in which case you can travel in Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. To learn more, visit our dedicated Thailand travel visas page.

7. Exchange Currencies into Thai Baht

Knowing where and how to exchange money and use local currency (the Thai baht – THB) is another asset. Credit cards are widely accepted but do keep cash for the fun of bargaining at local markets!

ATM’s are abundant but beware of potential hidden charges both in Thailand and potentially your home bank. It can make a difference to your spending money if you are on a budget.

8. Acquire Travel Insurance

Make sure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover any eventualities. You can find out more in our Thailand travel insurance article.

If you are taking any regular medications, do take them with you. Bring a good stock, especially for if you go off the beaten track or even to some of the islands. Remember, pack plenty of mosquito repellents and creams for insect bites!

9. Get Your Travel Vaccinations

Lastly, check out any vaccinations required. You’ll need jabs to protect against illnesses including hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. You may already be inoculated against these diseases, so consult with your doctor.

How Much Does 10 Days in Thailand Cost?

One of the greatest things about Thailand as a travel destination is the flexibility of its cost.

If you want to live large, there is no doubt that Thailand can cater to you. Thailand offers some truly breath-taking places to stay, many of which have private pools, island views and much more. If you are looking for a truly 5-star experience, with hotels, spas and food to match, it’s all here at a price.

Equally though, it is possible to have a great time in Thailand on a budget:

  • If you are keen to keep costs down, then skip the fancy restaurants, or eat at just 1 or 2 places to see what they’re like. Thailand is packed with amazing-tasting street food that is just as mouth-watering.
  • The same applies to activities. You could pay for private tours of the islands, and engage in organised sessions of scuba diving and so on. Alternatively, just take the backpacker’s approach – buy a map from a local vendor and discover everything this amazing country has to offer you!
  • Also, you can find cheaper accommodation without resorting to sharing a hostel dorm. Thailand has lots of clean and safe private guest houses run by friendly local families.

The biggest expenses during your 10 days in Thailand will be accommodation and travel around the country. When it comes to travel, the slower your journey, the cheaper it will be. You could pay a bit more to fly from place to place, or make use of trains, buses or even tuk-tuks.

If you are keeping things cheap, expect to spend around 25,000 THB (around 825 USD) during your trip, excluding flights to and from Thailand. This is working to a backpacker’s budget, though.

For a more luxurious experience, including stellar hotels and faster travel, you will spend more like 35,000 THB (1,150 USD) excluding outbound and return flights. If you want to indulge in paid activities, such as scuba diving, add more to your budget.

All in all, it’s all up to you, and it’s worth spending a good few hours or more pouring over guidebooks and maps to work out how to maximise your time in Thailand!

Fortunately, this will definitely get you excited as you plan your trip around this great country that has so much to offer. Planning your trip to Thailand in advance really is advisable, so that you get to see everything that you want to. Enjoy!