Bangkok only needs one day and one full night to explore. Once you land, it is worth seeing the city before venturing off to your next destination. If you are a backpacker- or even just a tourist looking for some fun, Koh San Road is not to be missed! This street is literally the hangover scene where they get drugged and everything is a chaotic blur. Drink a few too many Changs and this may become your reality too. (Hopefully without the face tattoo). If adult entertainment is your thing, head over to Nana Plaza for the best (and extremely fun) strip clubs! I highly recommend Spanky’s – Girls… Fair warning: if you are wearing a dress they will lift it up and spank you for all to see. You may hear sounds throughout the street of a popping mouth sound. This is the lucrative sound to lure you to an infamous (but illegal) Ping Pong Show. While these shows are entertaining, be smart and know that if you do not agree to a price BEFORE entering you could be SOL when they force you to an ATM to pull out hundreds of dollars you never agreed to pay. Luckily, this never happened to me because I tipped the bouncer the whole night and went with a large group. Don’t worry, if strippers and drunk tourists aren’t your thing- head over to SKY BAR for an overly priced cocktail with a view unlike any other. The Grand Palace is your #1 stop during the day time. Dress appropriately!
Krabi + The Phi Phi Islands:
Despite the overwhelming amount of tourist in this southern Thailand town, the beauty of the clear turquoise water and emerald green aquatic rock formations make this a priority stop in Thailand. From Krabi town you can haggle for a good price on a day tour to the Phi Phi islands. During this excursion, be sure it includes a stop at PhraNang Cave Beach or see where they filmed Leonardo Dicaprio’s feature film; The Beach. The hot springs and Emerald Pool are worth the scenic drive. Warning: Do not swim in Emerald Pool. It will kill you. (I almost did… #dumbtourist).
If you’re an avid scuba diver or maybe want to learn for the first time, Koh Tao is YOUR island. This is a small island filled with a scuba diver’s basic needs: bars and more bars. Stay at Big Blue Diving Co for discounted rates if you sign up for their scuba diving courses or participate in their many beautiful dives. Party on the beach at night and wake up in the morning to do it all over again. Dive, Eat, Drink- repeat.
This Thai capital nestled in the mountains is a great place to discover the country’s Northern culture. Discover their famous Night Bazaar or take a motorcycle ride through the city center. Hike through the Chiang Mai rainforest for a chance to see elephants or take a cooking class and learn some of Thailand’s most delicious delicacies.