Thailand is not a new place to go to for me. In fact, I have been living in Thailand for two months in a rural area called Srisaket where no one knows it exists. I always plan myself to come back at least once a year. Why? the food, of course! So this year me, Viona, Uswa, and Hana went to Thailand for seven days and I am going to share our Thailand itinerary and several tips that might help you!
Day 1 – Arriving in Thailand
We took a flight from Jakarta supposedly at 16.00 but the flight was delayed to 19.00. We were exhausted enough from our previous flight from Jogja so we decided to have some lunch at Bakmie GM and waited for boarding in Starbucks with, of course, promo deals. The flight was three hours and to save up some money, we did not order food nor drinks in flight.
We arrived pretty late and as soon as we passed immigration and custom, we went to the sim card shop right away. Buying 2 GB internet quota for 7 days costs us 480 Baht. A pretty good deal, I guess.
From Don Mueang Airport, we took A1 bus and stopped in Mo Chit. From there we took BTS to Saphan Taksin. We stayed in a hostel called GLUR Bangkok. It wasn’t so far to walk from the station nor the pier to the hostel. We checked in at midnight although the receptionist looked pretty tired, she serviced us well. We got everything unpacked and ready to sleep.
Thailand Itinerary for Day 1:
19.00 – 22.00: Flight Jakarta (CGK) – Don Mueang Bangkok (DME)
23.30: Check in at GLUR Hostel Bangkok
Day 2 – Wander around Bangkok, Thailand
I am not an itinerary person myself, but we made it clear of things we wanted to do each day so Viona- the Thailand virgin can explore as much as she can. I wouldn’t mind following the itinerary, in fact, I was excited! So after we woke up, the breakfast was provided by the hostel. It was rice and chicken. It tasted pretty good to start the day and to rate, I would say 4 out of 5. Then we went out and took a boat in Sathorn Thaksin pier (Central Pier) directly to Tha Chang Wang Luang Pier. From there, we walked for a few minutes to the Grand Palace. Along the way, we bought many Thai street foods I couldn’t get enough of.
Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun are close to each other. Although you probably need to cross the river to reach Wat Arun for not more than 10 Baht.
After finishing the temples tour, we went back to the hostel and prepared ourselves to go to Asiatique. We found delicious Sticky Mango Rice. We also took some pictures until midnight and ready to go back to our hostel.
Thailand itinerary for Day 2:
09.00: Breakfast from the hostel
11.00 – 15.00: Tour de Temple (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun) and have lunch in the restaurant around there
16.00 – 18.00: Going back to the hostel and rest
19.00 – 21.30: Have dinner and walking around Asiatique
Day 3 – Wander around Pattaya
The next day we were checking out from our hostel and packed our bag to go to Pattaya. We got lost as we just knew the vans which usually gathered in Victory Monument moved to Ekkamai. There are lots of options indeed. Buses are cheaper than vans, but we chose to go by van instead because they could drop us near the hotel. We got off from Bangkok around 11 am and arrived at 1 pm. We stayed in a hotel called Ploy Residence. It was technically an apartment or condominium but they rented some rooms daily. The architecture of the building was minimalists and modern with such a reasonable price.
We did not do much after we arrived. We split up into two groups. Me and Viona, Uswa and Hana. Uswa and Hana went to malls around Pattaya and went shopping while I and Viona went around Chinatown and booked a Cabaret Show for Viona (because I have seen it last year). While waiting for Viona watching the Tiffany’s Show Cabaret, I followed the other group in the mall. I didn’t buy much, instead, I was just hanging around and watch them shop. Later on, we stopped by the seven eleven and bought frozen foods. Thank god our room had a microwave.
You have not been in Pattaya without going to Pattaya walking street at night. So I, Hana, and Viona went there. Without any energy of doing anything, we were just walking around and observed haha. It was fun though. Just witnessing something you will never see in your country.
Thailand itinerary for Day 3:
09.00: Breakfast from the hostel and checking-out
11.00 – 13.00: Going to Pattaya from Ekkamai (Bangkok)
13.00 – 15.00: Check in at Ploy Residence Hotel and rest
15.00 – 17.00: Chinatown and walking around Pattaya Beach
18.00 – 20.00: Tiffany’s Cabaret Show
20.00 – 21.00: Dinner
21.00 – 23.00: Pattaya Walking Street
Day 4 – Leaving Pattaya heading to Bangsaen
You probably have not heard of Bangsaen yet. It is famous for all the kinds of seafood. The main attraction is Bangsaen Beach. On the fourth day, we decided to go to Bangsaen. Although we were still walked around Pattaya in the morning and walked until the edge of the Pattaya walking street.
We took song-teaw as the only public transport available around Pattaya. We were hoping off at the main road of Pattaya and stopping a van crossed by, asking the driver if they passed trough Bangsaen or not. We arrived in our hotel which looked more like a typical rented room for University students in Indonesia.
We ate seafood for dinner not by the beach though, which I regret the most now. But I had all you can eat restaurant with very affordable price and indeed having a good time there. There are lots of street foods in front of Burapha University and I can’t get enough of them. We stayed there one night and went back to Bangkok the next day to end our journey and went home.
Thailand itinerary for Day 4:
09.00: Breakfast in the hotel and checking-out
10.00 – 12.00: Walking to Pattaya City Sign
12.00 – 13.30: Leaving Pattaya to Bangsaen
14.00 – 16.00: Rest in the hotel
16.30 – 19.00: Bang Saen Beach for Sunset
20.00: Going back to the hotel and rest
So, have you been to Thailand? Where were you go to?