Yay! We did Thailand for our honeymoon and it was soo amazing. Add me to the love Thailand/hate Bangkok team lol. We spent 3 nights there and it was too much imo. The islands you’ll want to visit should depend on the time of year. We did feb/March so did the adaman side. We skipped the touristy areas (ie railay, phi phi, Phuket) with zero regrets. If I could redo it I’d probably remove one stop on our list, but this was our itinerary:
flew into chiang Mai, spent 3 nights here. We did a street food tour on our first night (best decision ever). Did an elephant sanctuary the next day. Make sure to research which place you goto, any places that allow riding of the elephants should be avoided. We attended the Saturday and Sunday night markets and had amazing and cheap massages. We did one day of temples and should have spread it out. We got ‘templed out’. Wear flip flops or easy remove shoes as you need to remove them for the temples. You also need your shoulders and knees covered, so wear something to accommodate that. I wore a T-shirt and athletic pants (like yoga ones). Sweat wicking is important because it gets HOT!
We then flew to krabi and took a ferry to Koh lanta. 4 or 5 nights here. It’s a large island, lots of Swedes here. Range of accommodations at every price. Our favourite meal was a bit expensive, but a place called ‘the table’. It’s one table, one seating per night. The chef goes to the market each day and cooks whatever she feels like. If you have any dietary restrictions or are picky maybe avoid, because she won’t change or cater to you lol. It was delicious. You can rent a scooter/motorbike for pretty cheap or hire tuktuks. They meet at the 711s, and you can bargain with them. We walked down the beach at night and there are a ton of fire shows, some are really good!
We then took a ferry to Koh mook. 3 nights. It’s a very small island; like you can walk across the entire island on foot. Tuk Tuks were easy to find, 50 thb no matter where you want to go. Everyone was sooo friendly. Even on Koh lanta. One of my favourite things was just how laid back the islands were. We had the best meal of our entire trip on this island, at a place called the hilltop. We ordered way too much and probably made it too spicy but we couldn’t stop eating lol. This island also has the ‘famous’ emerald cave. You can kayak there on your own or go in a tour with a guide. I’d recommend a guide because you have to swim to the cave and it gets pitch black inside. Go early or late to avoid the crazy tourists. On this tour we also went to Koh kradan (pictures in your previous thread), and was one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen.
After that we took the ferry to trang and flew to Bangkok. 3 nights. We meant to goto the old capital (ayutthaya) but we were pretty tired at this point lol. We stayed near nana station and it was quite the interesting area. Prostitutes lined up along the side of the road, scooters ready to go. Lots of xxx clubs in the area. We went to two of the malls, one was terminal 21, where every floor is a different city theme (London, San Fran, Tokyo, etc). They have pretty mainstream stores, pretty Americanized. We also went to the platinum mall, which is almost like a giant flea market. Each vendor has a small store, like 10’x10’ and it’s mainly clothing and there are thousands!! If you’re a smaller size you’ll find TONS here, it’s cheap and you can bargain. If you’re larger per Asian standards (like American 8-10) they consider you plus size and women’s options are limited. I’m not fat by Canadian standards at a size 8, but I couldn’t really find much and eventually got tired of being called fat lol. Lots of street food in Bangkok and it’s quite delicious and cheap. I used the app ‘eatigo’ for one fancy meal at 50% off. We went to the muse hotel and they have a secret rooftop bar. We went early and watched sunset over some delicious cocktails and then had dinner there. Also in Bangkok a lot of the bars have dress codes, and we were used to the laid back islands so didn’t enjoy the ‘stuffy’ atmosphere as much lol. Taxis here a fucking rip off. If they use the meter it’s cheap cheap cheap, but most taxis turn off the meter and want a flat rate that is 10x inflated. Our taxi from the airport to the hotel was like 400thb, but the taxis wanted 500+thb to go a few blocks!
Well this is probably long enough now haha. Let me know if you have other questions lol.
eta- you can bring cash but the best exchange is to use your debit card and atms! Super convenient and better rate. We learned a few thai words (greetings, thank you, etc), but most people spoke English or could still communicate. We were lost on one of the islands, opened the google map and someone who couldn’t speak English was able to see where we were trying to go and directed us. At least on the islands, everyone was so kind. Another thing I hated about Bangkok was that it felt like everyone was trying to scam us. The taxis, tuk tuks, people selling stuff. Especially having been in the country for 2 weeks at that time we knew how much things should cost lol.
We spent 14 nights in total, and the flights added an extra 3. We left on a Wednesday night and landed 10am Friday. Flying back we gained the time, left at 5pm and landed around midnight the same day. Including layovers the flights were around 18h-20h. Flights within Thailand were super cheap, like $25 usd. We used air Asia and had no issues.