The Greatest 10 day Thailand Itinerary for boozy first timers
Looking for a 10 day Thailand itinerary? We vacationed in Thailand in 10 days and we crafted the best 10 day Thailand itinerary for boozy travelers. Whether you’re looking to find the tourist attractions or where to find some local drinks (or both), this guide is for you!
Often known as the “Land of Smiles”, Thailand is loved for its lavish natural beauty and historical sites, but also because the Thai people are truly some of the nicest people we’ve encountered on our travels.
One of the most dynamic places you can visit, Thailand has big city adventures as well as calming beaches and tropical jungles that offer visitors a large variety of vacation activities.
No matter where you go, you will enjoy incredible Thai food, not to mention wildlife adventures with elephants that help keep Thailand the number 1 destination in Southeast Asia.
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Thailand is an incredible country and jamming it’s magnificence into a 10 day Thailand itinerary is going to be tough, but we think we hit all the major points.
When you are planning your 10 days in Thailand, it’s first important to pick out what you want to experience. Is it beaches? Elephant reserves? Temples?
Once you decide what you want to see, you need to figure out the best time to go and your budget.
Thailand has some intense weather, including a monsoon season and a dry season. Most people plan a 10 day trip to Thailand in the dry season which is from November to late March. The weather is warmer with little rain and a LOT of sun, so a beach destination is perfect for this time of year.
The monsoon season starts in July and continues through most of October. While it rains a lot, it’s less crowded and tours are typically easier to book since it’s not the busy season. For what it’s worth, we did our 10 day Thailand itinerary in late September and it only rained 1 day.
For our 10 day trip to Thailand, we wanted to experience a little bit of each part of the country, so for us, we picked Bangkok, Chiang Mai (north Thailand) and Koh Phi Phi (beaches).
Given our budget and the limited amount of time, we didn’t want to spend any additional time traveling in the country on a train or bus. Therefore, we wanted to pick 3 locations that were easy to get to by air but still offered a lot to see and do. And our 10 day trip to Thailand accomplished just that!
We wanted to experience the local culture, including temples and elephant sanctuaries and we wanted to cut loose and relax on a beach.
As the largest city in Thailand, Bangkok is known for its incredible temples, unique shrines, and lively street life. For this 10 day Thailand itinerary, we suggest spending at least 2 full days in Bangkok.
We flew in and out of Bangkok for this trip so we were able to use those travel days to really take in this fantastic city. To read more on how to start planning what to do in Thailand, check out The Best 2 days Bangkok Itinerary.
Located in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a must-visit on your 10 days in Thailand Itinerary. From temples and some unexpectedly INSANE nightlife to elephants and yummy food, Chiang Mai is a magical little city.
We suggest at least 3 full days in Chiang Mai when visiting Thailand in 10 days. If you opt to do an elephant sanctuary, this will more than likely take an entire day so you’ll need the extra days to explore and eat your way around the city.
Ready to add Chiang Mai to your 10 day Thailand Itinerary? Check out this post for What to do in Chiang Mai Thailand to get started.
If you’ve looked at any beaches in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket have undoubtedly come up on your search. Both are stunning beach locations with cheap booze and b-e-a-utiful beaches.
We opted to stay on Koh Phi Phi island and flew into Phuket so we could then catch a ferry boat to Koh Phi Phi (which was an adventure in and of itself).
We wanted to enjoy and relax for a couple of days here so we suggest at least 4 days to visit Phuket and Koh Phi Phi.
Looking for fun in the sun on your 10 days in Thailand itinerary? Check out our post on How to get from Phuket to Phi Phi and things to do in Koh Phi Phi Thailand.
Overall – 10 day Thailand itinerary
While there are hundreds of itineraries for visiting Thailand, we think that this 10 day Thailand itinerary gives you a great snapshot of all the sensational places to visit in the country. Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Phi Phi are relatively easy to get to and give you an idea of where you’d want to go on another (potentially longer) itinerary to Thailand.
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