Thailand on a Whirl Wind

Please consider this blog post “How to see the most of Thailand in 7 days” because we sufficiently accomplished that with our aggressive itinerary. In addition, we saw a vast majority of Beijing highlights in 8 hours, but that’s for another time.

When you go on vacation it is never enough time, but our goal was to see and do as absolutely much as humanly possible.

Thailand White Temple


Day 1 and 2 – Bangkok – Kho San Road and Silom Road

Day 3 and 4 – Chiang Mai – Old Town, Patara Elephant Farm, Doi Inthanon National Park, White Temple – Chiang Rai

Day 5 and 6 – Phuket – Phi Phi Islands and Patong Beach

Day 6 – Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Day 7 – Koh Samui – Ang Thong Marine Park

To give props where they are due, I couldn’t have asked for a better travel partner. The conversations typically went like this “Should we wake up at 4am, to get to a National park an hour and a half away, to do a 2-4 hour hike in 1.5 hours? Then speed see the temples before we have to make the 3 hour drive to get to the White Temple before we fly out of Chiang Rai?” “Sure, sounds good to me.”

And this was every day. Every day we completed an activity and were completely stunned.  It was one of the best things we had ever done, the highlight of the trip! Then we remembered yesterday.

Prior to our trip we were given an overwhelming amount of amazing advice, FULL itinerary of everything we HAD to do. Not once did we really have an opportunity to collect our bearings in any given area. However, we took in every second.  We constantly were trying to balance must see tourist attractions and avoiding tourists. Trying to taste as much food as possible, the language barrier and bargaining for the right price.

I wouldn’t take anything back as each of our logistical challenges were part of the experience but if I were to coordinate a 7 day trip to Thailand again this is what I would do differently.


Day 1 and 2 – Chiang Mai

Day 2 and 3 – Bangkok (Sunday and Monday)

Day 4 and 5 – Phuket – Patong Beach and Phi Phi Islands

Day 6 – Koh Samui to Koh Tao

Day 7 – Koh Samui

And even though we took 10 flights in 10 days, my first trip to Thailand was a success. We spent less than 48 hours in each location and now I know where I need to go back to stay longer.

I wish I could put into words how to describe Thailand. It is the land of smiles and there were so many smiles. 7 days was not enough but at the same time it was perfect, because now I need to go back.

For more details on each area of Thailand, what to do, when to do it, and what we would do differently… stay tuned!

Koh Tao, Thailand

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