3 WEEKS IN THAILAND ITINERARY – THAILAND BACKPACKING ROUTE

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3 WEEKS IN THAILAND ITINERARY!

Thailand is one of the biggest travel hubs in all of Asia and the perfect destination for all sorts of travelers. In this 3 Weeks In Thailand Itinerary, you will find everything from tropical beaches to buzzing cities and everything in between!

 

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THAILAND ITINERARY OVERVIEW

My Thailand backpacking route started in Krabi and ended in Bangkok. Here is a quick overview of my 3 weeks in Thailand Itinerary of all the places I visited in this order:

  • Krabi (3 days)
  • Koh Tao (4 days)
  • Bangkok (3 days)
  • Chiang Mai (5 days)
  • Chiang Rai (1 day)
  • Pai (4 days)
  • Bangkok (1 day)

 

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3 WEEKS IN THAILAND ITINERARY – DAY 1,2 & 3

KRABI

I arrived in Krabi by plane and spent 3 days exploring Krabi town and its beaches. I have to say I was absolutely blown away at each location!

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White sand beaches surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and turquoise waters are just some of the things to expect in Krabi making it the perfect spot to kick-start your 3 weeks in Thailand!

I have put together a complete guide of the best beaches In Krabi, also including other useful information on where to stay in Krabi and the best Krabi tour packages.

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KRABI TO KOH TAO

From Krabi, you can take a bus and ferry combination to Koh Tao and the journey takes approximately 7 to 8 hours.

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3 WEEKS IN THAILAND ITINERARY DAY 4,5,6 & 7

KOH TAO ISLAND

Koh Tao is my favorite island in Thailand and one of the best tropical destinations in all of South East Asia! Koh Tao is the famed diving haven in Thailand and attracts scuba divers from all over the world.

Be sure to add Koh Tao to your 3 weeks in Thailand itinerary!

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However, there are many more fantastic things to do on Koh Tao other than diving, including beach hopping, island hopping, panoramic viewpoints and a buzzing nightlife scene. With all that being said, I highly recommend adding Koh Tao to your Thailand Itinerary!

I spent 4 days exploring the best of the best that Koh Tao has to offer and have put together the ultimate guide of Koh Tao Island which includes the best things to do and recommended places to stay!

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KOH TAO TO BANGKOK

The next stop on this Thailand 3 weeks Itinerary is Bangkok.

From Koh Tao, you can take a ferry and bus combination to Bangkok and the journey takes approximately 10 hours.

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THAILAND ITINERARY 3 WEEKS – DAY 8,9 & 10

BANGKOK

Bangkok really is one of the world’s most buzzing cities and a central hub for backpackers! There are many things to do in Bangkok in 3 days that include vibrant street life, sacred shrines, boat-filled canals and countless rooftop bars!

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I spent 3 days in Bangkok and it’s a must-see destination not to be missed on your 3 weeks in Thailand itinerary!

To help you craft together your own Bangkok itinerary, I have written a detailed travel guide of the best things to do in Bangkok which also includes recommended places to stay and the best way to get around Bangkok City!

View Full Blog Post ∼ 5 Best Things To Do In Bangkok

BANGKOK TO CHIANG MAI

After a buzzing time in Bangkok, you can take an overnight bus to Chiang Mai and the journey takes around 10 to 12 hours.

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THAILAND ITINERARY – DAY 11,12,13,14 & 15

CHIANG MAI

Chiang Mai is a culturally rich ancient city located in the mountains of Northern Thailand. There are so many things to see and do here which is why I recommend spending 5 days of your 3 weeks in Thailand itinerary in Chiang Mai.

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I guarantee once you get a taste of Chiang Mai you won’t want to leave!

I have put together an easy guide to Chiang Mai including panoramic viewpoints, buzzing night markets, historic temples, best places to eat and much more!

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CHIANG MAI TO CHIANG RAI

I highly recommend taking a day trip from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai during your 3 weeks in Thailand itinerary to visit the famous White Temple and more.

I organised my Chiang Rai day trip with a tour company called Take Me Tour which includes all transport, entrance fees, lunch and an experienced tour guide!

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3 WEEKS IN THAILAND ITINERARY – DAY 16

CHIANG RAI

The Chiang Rai Tour was surprisingly one of the best days I had while backpacking Thailand. I booked the Chiang Rai Tour with Take Me Tour one of Thailand’s best tour companies offering unique and local experiences throughout the country.

I chose the Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai tour package which includes Mae Kajan Hot Spring, The White Temple, lunch at Salungkham restaurant, Doi Tung Botanic Gardens, The Royal Villa and a visit to the Akha Hill village tribe.

The Chiang Rai tour starts at 7 am with a hotel pick up in Chiang Mai and returns back to Chiang Mai between 8 pm – 9 pm.

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CHIANG MAI TO PAI

The next destination on this 3 weeks in Thailand itinerary is Pai. You can take a shared minivan from Chiang Mai to Pai and the journey takes approximately 3 hours.

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THAILAND ITINERARY 3 WEEKS – DAY 17,18,19 & 20

PAI

Pai is a small countryside town in the Mae Hong Son province of Northern Thailand and far away from the crowds of Bangkok City. There is a mecca of fun things to do in Pai including viewpoints, waterfalls, hot springs and more!

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I spent 4 days exploring the Mae Hong Son province and have put together a complete guide of the best things to do in Pai and other handy information on where to stay and getting around!

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PAI TO BANGKOK

From Pai, you can take an afternoon minivan to Chiang Mai and then transfer to another bus and continue on to Bangkok for the last leg of your 3 weeks in Thailand itinerary.

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3 WEEK THAILAND ITINERARY – DAY 21

BANGKOK

Back to Bangkok to enjoy the last day of your 3 weeks in Thailand itinerary! You can choose to go shopping at one of the malls or hit up Koh San road for some street food and cheap beers. Either way, it’s worth celebrating having just completed your Thailand backpacking route!

If you don’t want to travel all the way back to Bangkok from the north of Thailand, there’s the option to depart the country from Chiang Mai International Airport.

Although in my experience, I found it cheaper to fly out of Bangkok to continue on to my next destination, Bali.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT THAILAND

Thailand typically can be visited all year round as the climate can vary. However, the best time to visit is in the cool dry season between November through to early April.

Broadly speaking, Thailand’s wet season is April – October, with the wettest months being August – October.

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THAILAND VISA

Thailand currently offers visa-free entry to nationals of 57 countries. The free visa on arrival is valid for 30 days in Thailand. For more visa information visit www.thaiembassy.com.

 

THAILAND TRANSPORTATION

There are a few ways of getting around Thailand and that is with either bus, boat, taxi, train, plane, or motorbike.

In my experience, the cheapest and most convenient way of getting around Thailand is by bus. The most reputable bus/boat company is Lompraya transport.

I always use 12Go Asia to search and book all of my transportation within Thailand and you can too by using the search box below.

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The currency in Thailand is Baht and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 30 Baht.

Getting a tourist sim card for your 3 weeks in Thailand itinerary is very simple. You can obtain a sim card upon arrival at the airport or from a 7 Eleven store. The cost of a tourist sim card for 8GB of data is around $15.

 

LONELY PLANET – THAILAND

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MORE THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDES

Thailand Guide: 3 Week Thailand Itinerary

Bangkok Guide: 5 Things To Do In Bangkok

Koh Tao Guide: 15 Things To Do In Koh Tao

Chiang Mai Guide: 10 Things To Do In Chiang Mai

Pai  Guide: 10 Things To Do In Pai

Krabi Guide: 5 Best Beaches in Krabi 

 

AIRBNB THAILAND

Another option for accommodation in Thailand is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR 3 WEEKS IN THAILAND

 

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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MY SHOP

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3 WEEKS IN THAILAND ITINERARY – FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about this Thailand Itinerary 3 Weeks, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Happy Travels!

 

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2 Comments

  1. May 6, 2019 / 3:57 am

    Waoo, Thailand is really awesome. I wish to visit there.
    Thanks for sharing such amazing images and information about Thailand.
    I appreciate your blog post.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      May 6, 2019 / 1:28 pm

      Yes it is such a great country! You’re welcome!

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