Itinerary help needed. Thailand for 22 days.

I’m heading to Thailand on April 3 – 24. I cannot go up north due to the bad air quality unfortunately, so will be spending my time in Bangkok and the south. There are a couple places that I feel like I must see, and I need help planning how to get to all these places in the most efficient way (in terms of travel time and costs).


I want a mix of sightseeing, a little bit of relaxing and a few parties here and there. I don’t really like diving (I can’t swim), so I was thinking..


Day 1 – Arrive in BKK airport, stay for the night

Day 2 – Sleeper train to Surat Thani

Day 3-8 – Koh Phangan for the half moon party, and a day trip to Koh Tao (should I stay a 1-2 nights there instead)

Day 9-16 – So this is where I am very unsure. But I want to see Similan Islands, Khao Sak National Park and stay in Krabi for several days. Do a few day trips from Krabi. How do I go about this? I also need to travel back to Bangkok so a sleeper train again probably

Day 16 onwards – Bangkok


I’m also open to changing some places especially Koh Phangan and Koh Tao since I don’t do diving but half moon party seems interesting and not as crazy as FMP so I might like it. I was also thinking of booking only the first 2 accommodations and decide on the way, but I would still like to have a concrete plan so that it’s easier to decide when I’m there.

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  • Misterpot

    Don’t know where you are planning to stay in Krabi but I woulnd’t recomment Krabi Town, stay in Ao Nang instead. Krabi Town is dead in the evening and doesn’t have a decent beach, while it has a nice food market Ao Nang has allot more to offer and you can always go back to Krabi Town for 50 bath one way. The island connections are about the same pricewise.

  • ThaiDivingGuru

    As you’re going to Koh Phangan it makes perfect sense to spend some time on Koh Tao too, but even without diving you’ll need at least 2-3 days to explore the island and its beaches.

    I’m curious, as a non-diver why did you choose the Similan islands? It’s nice to see, but to go all that way just for the snorkeling and seeing islands isn’t worth it, in my opinion. You can see nicer islands doing a tour of the Phi Phi/Krabi/Phuket area, which can be booked from any travel agent and most hostels too (normally called a ‘4 island tour’ or similar).

  • mer_grey

    My new plan:


    Bangkok -> Phuket (flight)

    Phuket -> Khao Lak (bus)

    ~stay in Khao Lak for a few days~


    Khao Lak -> Phuket (bus)

    Phuket -> Koh Phi Phi (ferry)

    ~stay in Koh Phi Phi for a few days~


    Koh Phi Phi -> Koh Lanta (ferry)

    ~stay in Koh Lanta for a few days~


    Koh Lanta -> Krabi (ferry)

    ~stay in Krabi for a few days~


    Krabi -> Bangkok (flight)


    What do you think? I might skip one of the islands if it’s too hectic to do everything.

  • ropeadopeandsmoke

    Hey I’ll be there from the 8th to the 18th. Thanks to your post I will most definitely not be going to Krabi or Ao Nang anymore. Phuket seems like the place to be, at least for a Songkran on the beach.

  • monetiseduser

    Not really sure what you mean about the air quality, Pai is going to have a lot cleaner air than Bangkok. Their leniency to drug use was nice if that’s your bag.

    Chang mai is a cool city with some neat things to do. Would be good to will a few days.

    Khao san road is a spectacle. Always wild. A deaf man threatened to stab me at 2 am there. Don’t eat the street vendor meat, it sent me to the hospital.

    Koh tao and the islands are 100% tourist trap. It will be fun to party there but it just isn’t….. authentic if you know what I mean. But that’s not a problem for a lot of people.

    If you’re looking for a party stay in a hostel and make a few friends, easier to find a party that rolling solo.

    If you’re into combat sports catching a Muay Thai match is gonna be a must do.

    Please don’t ride any elephants it supports an industry based on animal cruelty.

    If you have some time to kill at the end cambodia is beautiful and angor wat is staggering.

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