Thailand is a firm favourite of any traveller - its mix of culture, weather, variety and cost tick all the boxes for a solid backpacker destination.
But there’s so many stops to visit in the land of a thousand smiles and making the most of your time whilst backpacking in Thailand can be a tough call, so we thought we’d let you in on our favourite places to help you plan your own adventure.
The unofficial capital of the North, Chang Mai boasts golden temples, spectacular lookouts and is the gateway to many amazing jungle treks for those looking for an alternative Thailand experience. Flying in there is no worries either internationally or from elsewhere in Thailand and Asia but the most popular way to get there is via the overnight trains and buses from Bangkok
This awesome little hippy town is a few hours mini bus journey from Chang Mai and is a must if you have the time! At the end of the winding mountain roads you’ll be greeted with sprawling rice paddies, waterfalls and a laid back vibe. It’s the perfect place to slow life down!
Oh Bangkok, we love your glorious chaos! The capital of Thailand has heaps on offer and is the first taste of Asia for many travellers. Explore the Grand Palace, cruise around the floating markets or enjoy a bucket (or two!) on the infamous Khao San Road - the hustle and bustle of this city is always a great experience.
Koh Phi Phi
Phi Phi is arguable the most famous of the Western Thai Islands - a few hours ferry ride from Phuket in the South of the country. Booming in popularity since the release of “The Beach” (filmed at Maya Bay) this beautiful island has some epic look out points, snorkel spots and some incredible scuba diving too.
Just jump on the overnight bus/ferry combo from Bangkok or fly into Phuket and go straight to the ferry.
Made famous by the Full Moon Party on Haad Rin Beach thousands of backpackers and travellers head to Koh Phangan each month for the Full Moon and Black Moon parties where buckets, fire shows and partying until the sun rises is on the cards - if you’re backpacking in Thailand its a must!
Booking is essential as accommodation packs out pretty early so check out our Full Moon Party Packages and we can help you out.
Probably our favourite spot in Thailand! Koh Tao is most famous for one thing - scuba diving! It’s actually one of the cheapest places in the world to get your dive certification (either PADI or SSI) so the island is teaming with salt encrusted travellers taking the plunge into the big blue!
If diving isn't your thing though the twin islands, beach bars and kayaking spots will keep you more than entertained!
An overnight bus/ferry combo from Bangkok/Phuket/Phi Phi is the best way to reach here, or a ferry from neighbouring Koh Phangan or Koh Samui.
And of course if you’re heading to Thailand soon check out some of our awesome Thailand Packages and hit the ground running!
Have you travelled around Thailand? What spots would you add to the list?