The Ultimate 1 Month Backpacking Thailand Itinerary and Route

The Best 1 Month Backpacking Thailand Itinerary and Route

Thailand is one of the best countries to travel to because of its diversity, culture, food, friendly locals, affordability and ease of travel. There’s also a huge range of historical and cultural sights, natural beauty and adventure activities. In fact there’s so much to see and do that it can be difficult to figure out how to fit it all in – from the glittering temples, jungle, trekking and hill tribes of the North, to the buzzing metropolis of Bangkok to the paradise islands in the South. I’ve visited Thailand 5 times now so I thought I’d share my prefect 1 month backpacking Thailand itinerary and route to help you see the most of this incredible country.  

Thailand is one of the best places in the world to backpack – even if your going solo and it’s your first backpacking adventure. It’s also a great destination for families and those who just want an exotic but still relaxing holiday.  It’s especially easy to backpack and travel around Thailand, with its modern train and bus systems and numerous daily flights that take you all over the entire country and not forgetting the helpful and friendly locals.

Why you need to visit both the North and South of Thailand

The north and the south are completely different from one another, which is what makes this country so special, and both should be included in your Thailand itinerary or backpacking route. In the north, you’ll find Chiang Mai, a chic and trendy city with hip cafes and bars, as well as the hippie backpacker haven of Pai, with tons of health food restaurants and adventure activities, like waterfall trekking and soaking in hot springs.


The south is home to various party islands like Koh Phangan and Koh Phi Phi, as well as laid back islands like Koh Lipe, with its secluded white sand beaches. If you’re looking to rock climb, visit Krabi, famous for its towering limestone cliffs and turquoise waters, or if you’re looking for some jungle trekking, Khaosok National Park may be calling your name.

1 month is ideal for this backpacking Thailand itinerary and route to experience everything Thailand has to offer but if you have less time you could also cover the highlights in just 2 weeks by skipping some places or spending fewer days. If you’re really short on time then the places you really can’t miss out on are Bangkok, Chiang Mai and some island time.

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Quick Essential Info for Backpacking Thailand

Budget: $35/day (Read more here on my Thailand backpacking budget)

When to go: There are generally three seasons in Thailand: hot, cool, and wet. Cool season provides favourable weather conditions with sunny, clear skies and warm temperatures. The best time to visit Thailand is in the cool season during November- March but traveling in the rainy season is also possible and has advantages . (Read more here on the weather)

Visas:  Many nationals from countries such as U.K., U.S.A., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand get 30 days visa free when arriving to Thailand via air with an onward ticket (that they sometimes check although they have never checked mine), and 15 days visa free when arriving via land. You can extend your visa by another 30 days by going to an immigration office and paying about 2,000 baht or apply for a longer visa at any Thai Embassy. It’s better to get at least 30 days because there is so much to see in Thailand. More visa info here.

Getting around: Thailand’s transportation system is modern and efficient. Trains, buses, flights, boats, taxis and tuk-tuks operate all over Thailand. Trains are comfortable and can save on night’s accommodation, and buses are convenient and comfortable, especially when you book a luxury bus. I book my transport in Thailand online easily using 12goAsia


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Accommodation:  Thailand has all types of accommodation, whether you’re looking for luxury 5 star hotels with rooftop pools or cheap guesthouses and hostels. You’ll find fun and clean hostels in most of the places in Thailand.  I’ve recommended accommodation for each destination – you might also like these posts: The best places to stay in Bangkok,  The best backpacker hostels in Bangkok,  The best backpacker hostels in Thailand recommended by fellow travel bloggers. Thailand is also an amazing place to take a yoga retreat – see my top 6 Thailand yoga retreats here.

Volunteering: Thailand is an amazing country for budget travellers however there are still many poor communities who could really do with your help. Instead of paying 1000’s to volunteer sign up with Worldpackers and you can exchange your skills and time for free accommodation, food and many other benefits. By volunteering you can get immersed into the local culture, make friends with the locals, learn new skills all while helping those in need and saving yourself money so you can travel for longer. Click on this link and use my discount code GLOBALGALLIVANTING to save $20 on the membership fee. Read more about volunteering in Southeast Asia for free with Worldpackers here. 

Tours: Thailand is easy to backpack or travel independently but if you don’t want to go it alone or just want to take the hassle out of planning and arranging everything for yourself then there are some great tours of Thailand that will get you to all the highlights as well as off the beaten track to some less touristy experiences. My favourite Thailand tour is the 15 days Thailand on a shoestring tour by G Adventures which hits up all the highlights – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, a hilltribe trek, Khao Sok National Park and the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. For more of my Thailand tour recommendations check out this post

Read More: The Lonely Planet Thailand Guidebook has tons of key information for pretty much every tourist destination in Thailand. No traveller should leave home without it and its cheaper if you buy it on Amazon.

The Best Thailand Itinerary and Backpacking Route 

Bangkok – 3 or 4 days

The capital of Thailand is one of the liveliest cities in the world and the ideal place to start your Thailand itinerary. Bangkok boasts a vibrant and fun nightlife, colourful temples, and mouth watering street food stands that seem to be around every corner of the city.

You could spend hours simply walking the streets of Bangkok and trying a new Thai dish every single day, or shopping at one of the bustling markets like Chatuchak Market, picking up unique and fun trinkets. Some of the best things to do in Bangkok is to visit Wat Phra Kaew, the reclining Buddha, spend the evening drinking buckets on Khao San Road, or visit the spectacular Grand Palace, a gorgeous building that is the former royal residence.

Where to stay: Nap Park is one of the most popular hostels around Khao San Road and is a great place for solo backpackers to meet other travellers. For a clean and comfortable boutique guesthouse located in proximity to Khao San Road with amazing staff, check out Adamaz House.  For luxurious accommodation but on a more affordable budget, Taraplace Hotel Bangkok offers you a relaxing stay and free tea, coffee, and snacks all day long in the lobby. The Sukosol Hotel Bangkok is gorgeous accommodation in a wonderful location that has an outdoor pool, gym, spa, and colonial architecture.

How to get there: Bangkok has two airports, Suvarnabhhumi – which handles mostly long haul flights, and Don Mueang, which handles low cost flights around the rest of Thailand the Southeast Asia. It’s one of the easiest cities in Asia to get to in terms of flying. There are also many buses and trains that leave to and from Bangkok to other parts of Thailand, as well as Malaysia and Singapore.

Read More: The Ultimate Backpacker’s Guide to your first time in Bangkok, The Best Places to Stay in Bangkok, The Best Backpacker Hostels in Bangkok, Tips for visiting Bangkok’s Grand Palace

Kanchanaburi – 1 or 2 Days

Known for the WWII Death Railway, Kanchanaburi will help you gain some interesting history knowledge and insight of Thailand’s role during the war. You could also spend a couple days exploring the town. The town has beautiful river views and a rich history to explore with its numerous museums and cemeteries. 

If you want to stay longer to explore the natural side of Thailand, it’s a great starting point for many national parks such as Sai Yok. You can also visit Erawan National Park, home to the beautiful Erawan Falls and the Phartat Cave, the Burma Railway, or the JEATH War Museum, where you can learn about WWII and Thailand’s military history.

Where to stay: One of the best budget accommodation in Kanchanaburi is P.Y. Guesthouse, which is run by a friendly couple and has quiet, clean rooms in a lush garden. Siam Guesthouse has comfortable rooms in the centre of the city near many restaurants and shops.  For luxury accommodation for an affordable price, Raya Buri Resort Kanchanaburi offers incredible rooms along the lake and amongst nature. Some rooms are even floating on the lake. Felix River Kwai Resort is beautiful accommodation with two large pools, a spa, and 7 different dining options.

How to get there:  There are daily minibuses, buses and trains departing from Bangkok. The journey takes about 2 and a half hours.


Ayutthya – 1 or 2 days

Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand with crumbling ruins of palaces, temples, statues, and monasteries. You can rent a motorbike or bicycle and spend the entire day exploring the ancient ruins and learning about this ancient Siamese Kingdom. Some of the popular temples that you will definitely want to check out include Wat Mahathat, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, or Wat Phanan Choeng, which has a golden Buddha.

Where to stay: A clean and comfortable budget option with a wonderful owner is 1301Hostels Ayutthaya, located right next to the river. Baan Penny guesthouse owners will make you feel right at home, and they even serve up some delicious breakfasts. iuDia Hotel has light and airy rooms with an outdoor pool and a café with delicious food. The ruins are in proximity to Krungsri River Hotel, a luxurious accommodation with comfortable rooms and a fantastic breakfast.

How to get there: Ayutthaya is about 2 and a half hours taxi from Kanchanaburi which will cost around 2,000 baht. You could also take a local bus 1.5 hours to Suphanburi and then change and take another local bus to Kanchanaburi (2 hours) Daily trains leave from Bangkok train station to Ayutthaya and takes 2-3 hours to reach. If you’re short on time you can see the best of Ayutthya as a day trip from Bangkok. 

Sukhothai – 1 or 2 days

Known for its ancient ruins, Sukhothai will take you back in time. Sukhothai was Thailand’s capital during the 13th Century C.E., and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical park is now a ruined city with temples and Buddha figures. There are bicycle tours you can take part in, in order to see all of the ruins and learn a little bit about the history surrounding them.

Where to stay: The nicely decorated If you want Hostel Sukhothai has a delicious café, rooftop movies, lockers, and a social vibe. One of the best guesthouses in Sukhothai is Blue House Sukhothai, which serves you a delicious breakfast and has very comfortable beds, a rare find in Thailand! If you’re looking for more of a midrange accommodation, Thai Thai Sukhothai boasts spacious bungalows and lush gardens on site. If you want some luxury in Sukhothai, Sriwilai Sukhothai has an infinity pool, western and local dishes at their restaurant, and rooms decorated with handmade trinkets.

How to get there: You can get a bus or train from Ayutthaya to Sukhothai and the journey takes about 6 hours. 

Chiang Mai – 3 or 4 days

Chiang Mai is a beautiful city amongst the mountains of northern Thailand. It was founded in 1296, and the walls and moats from the Old City still stand today, making it a fascinating place to learn about Thailand’s history. Better yet, if you’re a café and coffee lover, then Chiang Mai is the place to be. The modern and fun city boasts tons of hip and chic cafes, bars, and eateries- it even has a cat café. If you’re a nature and animal lover, then Doi Suthep and the Elephant Nature Park are two popular places in Chiang Mai that may peak your interest. Chiang Mai also offers tons of gorgeous temples to explore, such as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra Singh.

Where to stay: For a modern, fun hostel, with social, good vibes, HOSTEL by BED has it all, and even offers you free coffee, tea, and water, as well as table tennis and games. Lost in Chiang Mai Experience is a guesthouse with a funky, fun vibe, a pool, and a bar, in a great location in the city. The helpful staff at iWualai Hotel will make you feel right at home in the modern rooms with beautiful décor and comfortable beds. ISTY Hotel is luxurious and trendy accommodation in Chiang Mai with a pool, bar, and a delicious free breakfast.

How to get there: Buses and trains take about 8 hours from Sukothai to Chiang Mai. There’s also an airport at Chiang Mai which operates international and domestic flights. There’s also an overnight train to Bangkok which takes about 11 hours.   

Pai, Mae Hong Son – 3 or 4 days

Pai is a hippie backpacker town nestled in the mountains of northern Thailand several hours from Chiang Mai. It’s here you’ll find cosy cafes decorated with tapestries and colourful pillows that serve delicious vegan and vegetarian food, as well as bars that have live music nights, and tons of opportunities for you to explore the surrounding forest, hot springs, and mountains. Make sure to spend an evening shopping and eating on Walking Street; you won’t be able to resist all of the delicious aromas of street food!

You can easily spend the day renting a motorbike and driving to the Tha Pai hot spring and then to Mae Paeng Waterfall, and to various treks around Pai. Many backpackers watch the sunset from the Big Buddha or Pai Canyon, a gorgeous orange canyon just outside of the town that you can hike along.

Where to stay: PaiZen River Jam Hostel & Campground offers you the chance to stay in tiny bamboo huts or go camping amongst a friendly, hippy, and backpacker atmosphere. There’s also a bar and views of the river and hills. Situated close to walking street but also amongst beautiful scenery, Guesthouse Canary boasts a garden and beautiful dorms and rooms with comfortable beds. Family House @ Pai is midrange accommodation with a swimming pool, large breakfast, and a beautiful location near the Pai River. The family run complex at Family House Zen Boutique Resort has a lovely, homey atmosphere, and swimming pool and bar.

How to get there: You’ll first have to arrive in Chiang Mai, and then take a minibus to Pai. The journey to Pai takes several hours and is quite windy, and there are multiple minibuses leaving from the morning to evening to Pai. You can also choose to rent a motorbike and drive to Pai, the company will deliver your bags for you!  

Chiang Rai –  2 or 3 days

Chiang Rai is famous for the spectacular and unique white temple, Wat Rong Khun, which is more like an art exhibit than a temple and is one of the most amazing temples and sights I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen alot of temples!). Gaze at the intricate and interesting designs, and make sure to really explore the temple! You can also visit the Blue Temple, Rong Suea Ten, or Thailand’s biggest Guan Yin statue.

Where to stay: Baan Tawan Hostel & Spa is close to the night bazaar with modern and clean rooms and a delicious breakfast, run by a warm and friendly host. Baarn Jaru is a beautiful guesthouse in proximity to the night bazaar, clock tower, and many delicious restaurants. Nak Nakara Hotel is gorgeous midrange hotel with an incredible free breakfast and extremely accommodating staff that will make you feel right at home. Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai is located near the night market and offers you a delicious breakfast with tons of choices and vibrant, cosy, comfortable rooms.

How to get there: The bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes 3-4 hours.

If you’re doing a trip around Southeast Asia catch the slow boat to Laos and then continue the rest of the itinerary from Bangkok once you get back around.

Heading down to the Thai Islands…

If you’re just backpacking Thailand then head South for some beach bliss and island time!

Head back down to Bangkok by overnight train or bus. You’ll probably need to spend a night in Bangkok again before catching your connecting bus, train or flight to the South to Phuket or Surat Thani. 

To save even more time, you could fly down from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and then catch a connecting flight to Krabi/ Phuket/ Nakon si Thammrat/ Surat Thani 

Khao Sok National Park – 1 or 2 days

Before you head off to Thailand’s amazing beaches and islands if you’re a nature lover visiting Khao Sok National Park is definitely worth including in your Thailand itinerary.  The park consists of towering limestone formations and a lush jungle that you can trek through. Relish in the species of flora, fauna, birds, and animals, and learn about Thailand’s natural environment first hand. You can choose to explore the national park however you choose, whether that be hiking, kayaking, or rafting on the massive man-made lake, Cheow Lan Lake.

Where to stay: For comfortable budget accommodation right next to the national park,  Khaosok Secret Hostel offers you just this and as a plus, is owned by a very friendly woman who will make you feel right at home. Tree Tops River Huts is close to many restaurants and has comfortable huts with incredible views and even a swimming pool. Khaosok Bed and Breakfast is midrange accommodation that offers you a filling and fresh breakfast every morning and spacious rooms, some of them even have beautiful terraces. The luxury choice Khaosok Riverfront Resort offers you modern rooms or bungalows in the rainforest near the river.

How to get there: The fastest way to get to Khao Sok is to fly to Surat Thani or Phuket. There are mini buses from both locations to Khao Sok. 

Southern Thai Islands

Thailand is home to some of the very best beaches and most paradiscal islands in the world so no Thailand itinerary could miss out some beach time! Depending on the season, you’ll want to visit either the East Coast or West Coast islands to avoid the rain. Between May – Oct its best to island hop on the East Coast and between Nov – April hit the beaches on the West Coast islands. Read on to see my top tips for both sides… 

East Coast Islands (May – Oct)

Koh Samui, by HansFree/Shutterstock

Ko Samui – 2 or 3 days

Start off your Thai island hopping adventure relaxing on the beach with a coconut on Thailand’s second largest island – Koh Samui. The island consists of white sand beaches, clear turquoise oceans, dense jungle, and plenty of opportunities to pamper yourself and take full advantage of the meaning of a holiday. It’s a great place to be whether you’re a backpacker, couple, or family, since you’ll find both a party atmosphere and a laid back, chilled out atmosphere on the island.

You’ll want to check out the popular Chaweng Beach, as well as make your way to two of the Na Muang Waterfalls. Also don’t miss exploring the temples and visiting the Big Buddha statue and the Secret Buddha Garden in the jungle, an interesting collection of Buddha statues.

Where to stay:  Casa Luna Hostelis a beautifully designed hostel with large rooms and a social atmosphere on Bangrak Beach. A wonderful budget choice on lovely Lamai Beach is Weekender Bungalow, where you will find adorable and clean bungalows in a great location near the beach. Prana Resorts Samui, also on Bangrak beach,offers a gym; a restaurant with a wide selection of food, a swimming pool and warm and welcoming staff that goes out of their way to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. The luxurious accommodation Buri Rasa Village boasts a swimming pool, hot tub, spa, and large, modern rooms with a private terrace on the popular Chaweng beach.

How to get there: Koh Samui has an airport but flights are usually quite expensive. You can also fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani and take a ferry to Koh Samui. I always buy the combined flight, bus, boat tickets to make the journey hassle free. You can also buy combined overnight train from Bangkok, bus and ferry tickets to Koh Samui. An easy place to buy tickets online is 12goAsia. If you’re coming from Khao Sok take a bus to Surat Thani where you can easily connect to the bus and ferry. 

Koh Phangan – 2 or 3 days

Koh Phangan is famous for its monthly Full Moon Party, a massive party on the beach that attracts tens of thousands of people every single month. Deck yourself out in UV glow paint and sip on buckets as you watch the sun come up over the horizon with various techno, house, and EDM beats blasting from the beach clubs and bars. If it’s not full moon time when you visit don’t worry as there are lots of amazing parties on all month.

Koh Phangan still has a lot to offer even if you don’t want to party. There’s many yoga retreats as well as a massive national park called Than Sadet Ko Phagnan National Park, with numerous waterfalls, secluded beaches, and gorgeous hiking opportunities that you shouldn’t miss out on if you’re visiting the island. Phaeng Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall with a nice lookout point in the jungle.  Haad Yuan Beach and Ao Thong Nai Pan are two stunning beaches with huts and bungalows that you should definitely visit.  

Where to stay: If you’re visiting for the Full Moon Party then you’ll probably want to stay in Haad Rin where the party is held – check out Culture Club Backpackers. At other times of the month if you want to party and meet other travellers look no further than Phanganist Hostel.For a lovely chilled beach bungalow resort near to the yoga places stay at See Thanu Bungalows. A good allrounder, mid range stay in Haad Rin is Phangan Pearl Villa a modern hotel with a swimming pool, spacious rooms, and a great location near bars, restaurants, and the beach. In the far North of the island is the blissfully quiet beach of Thong Nai Pan Yai home to the Great Escape Chalets – modern and luxurious bungalows amongst gardens with a private pool in a great location near the beach.

See more: 6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Koh Phangan/ Where to stay in Koh Phangan (for all areas and all budgets)

How to get there: The ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan only takes about 20 mins. 

Read More of my posts on Koh Phangan

Ko Tao – 2 or 3 days

Known for its colourful and vibrant coral reefs, Ko Tao is one of the best places in Thailand for SCUBA diving. It’s here you’ll have the chance to see rays and whale sharks, as well as other numerous species of fish and wild life. The island is also home to many beautiful bays, groves, and secluded beaches. You can even take a course and receive your diving certification if you don’t have it already.

Take the strenuous trek up to John-Suwan Viewpoint and relish in the gorgeous island views, a reward for your hard work. Sai Nuan Beach is a hidden beach with skinny palm trees and the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Sairee Beach is another wonderful option. If you’re looking for a party, the Koh Tao Pub Crawl is a great way to meet other backpackers.

Where to stay: Savage Hostel, on the popular Sairee beach is a super friendly and clean hostel with a restaurant, bar, huge common areas for socialising and even a rooftop swimming pool. In Touch Resort is a great budget option right next to Sairee Beach with comfy rooms a restaurant and bar. Check out the cute wooden bungalows and tropical swimming pool at Sensi Paradise Beach Resort overlooking Mae Had beach or for real luxury stay at the Jamahkiri Resort & Spa in beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking a private beach on Thian Og Bay. 

How to get there: The ferry from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao takes about 1 hour.


West Coast Islands ( Nov – April) 

Railway Bay, Krabi

Krabi –  2 or 3 days

Krabi is home to spectacular limestone cliffs that tower over the ocean, forests, a 150-kilometer coastline, and tons of tiny islands just outside of its shores. If you’re a rock climber, Railay Beach in Krabi is a popular hot spot for this adventure activity. If that’s not your thing, you can choose to go kayaking, snorkelling, diving, trekking, and kayaking. Koh Lanta Yai and Ko Poda are two gorgeous islands in Krabi’s providence and great spots for beach getaways. Krabi is more laid back than Phuket, making it more offbeat destination than some of the popular spots in southern Thailand.

Where to stay: Funky Crab has comfortable air conditioned rooms and is located right near the night market, and is a great choice if you’re a solo traveller looking for a social atmosphere. The guesthouse J.P. Mansion is close to tons of street food and boasts spacious, clean, and comfortable rooms. The relaxed atmosphere at Sasi House may draw you in, as well as the friendly and accommodating staff and location right near the night market. Just Fine Krabi offers you breakfast and big, airy rooms with air conditioning and fast Wi-Fi.

How to get there: Krabi has an international and domestic airport services flights to and from all over Thailand, as well as Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China. You can also take an overnight bus from Bangkok, or a ferry from Phuket.

Koh Phi Phi –  2 or 3 days

Koh Phi Phi is one of the islands outside of Krabi, and one of the more populated islands that tourists tend to frequent.  It’s more of a party island than any of the other islands in Thailand, with its many beach bars, clubs, and restaurants that are open until early in the morning. It’s home to beautiful cliffs, jungle, and pristine beaches, and is a great place to come if you’re on a holiday.

Make sure to check out Maya Bay, where the movie The Beach was shot. Phi Phi Viewpoint is an excellent place to hike up to for some awesome photos, and if you’re a partygoer, than you have to take part in Captain Bob’s Sailing Booze Cruise where you will also get a chance to see other various islands around Phi Phi.

Where to stay: Located 5 minutes walking distance from town, Freedom Hostel offers big lockers; air conditioned rooms, and fast Wi-Fi. The owner of R.C. Guesthouse is lovely and will make you feel right at home, the guesthouse has clean rooms and is in a great location near many restaurants. Phi Phi Andaman Legacy Resort boasts an outdoor pool and a beachside restaurant and bar, air-conditioned rooms with a private balcony, and tropical, lush gardens. HIP Seaview Resort @ Phi Phi is located amongst a beautiful, natural setting and offers you free breakfast, and modern, air-conditioned rooms.

How to get there: The ferry to Koh Phi Phi from Krabi takes about 1.5 hours. You could also take a 2-hour ferry from Phuket

Koh Lanta – 2 or 3 days

Located in the Andaman Islands, Koh Lanta offers you the chance to explore many waterfalls, beaches, and dense jungles. It’s the largest island that’s part of the Mu Ko Lanta National Park with rich marine wildlife. You can go snorkelling at Koh Rok. Koh Muk has an emerald cave with a hidden lagoon. There are many beach bars and restaurants as well in Koh Lanta, so grab a coconut and put your feet up!

Where to stay: The family run hostel Best Stay Hostel at Lanta has a welcoming atmosphere, a delicious breakfast, and large, comfortable beds with curtains. Sweet Life Community Guesthouse is beautifully designed, with a homey interior and in a wonderful location near the old town. The midrange accommodation at Lanta New Coconut Bungalow offers you a swimming pool and private beach area, and bungalows with private balconies. Located right on the beach, Long Beach Chalet offers you Thai-style bungalows, a salt-water swimming pool, on site restaurant, and fast Wi-Fi.

How to get there: From Krabi, it is a 15-30 minute speedboat ferry ride or a several hour slow ferry to Koh Lanta.

Koh Lipe – 2 or 3 days

A gorgeous island in the Andaman Sea, Koh Lipe has colourful coral reefs, shipwreck dive sites, and crystal clear blue waters.  It’s sometimes referred to as the Maldives of Thailand, with its spectacular beaches and chance to escape reality and absorb a completely relaxed beach life. Koh Lipe is part of Tarutao National Marine Park, and is home to sandy beaches such as Pattaya and Hat Chao Le.

Where to stay: Only 5 minutes from the beach, A Plus Hotel offers you beds in your own private tube, big lockers, and clean bathrooms. Bayview Sunset boasts bungalows with amazing views, a private beach area, a garden, private terrace, and a bar. The Noi Guesthouse & Restaurant is located near the beach, and boasts a delicious breakfast and incredibly friendly staff that will make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible. If you’re looking to stay directly on the beach, then check out Mali Resort Pattaya Beach Koh Lipe, which boasts Balinese style villas, lush gardens, and air-conditioned rooms.

How to get there: The ferry from Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe takes about 3 hours or you can take a quicker, but often bumpy, speedboat ride.

Once you’ve seen the best of the Thai islands then, if your backpacking Southeast Asia you can easily continue down through Malaysia to KL or Singapore. Take the boat from Koh Lipe to Langkawi islands in Malaysia and check out my Malaysia Itinerary.  Or if it’s the end of your trip then take an overnight train, bus or catch a flight back to Bangkok.

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What do you think of my Thailand Itinerary? Any must sees or hidden gems that I’ve missed out? 

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  • Kesari says:

    Nice post. This was really helpful post, thanks!

  • Dan says:

    Been to a lot of places in Thailand, but you have been to more!!! So jelly!

  • Mojomatt says:

    Damn, you’ve seen more in 1 month than me in 3 years living in Bangkok. Can’t wait to visit the north though, it looks amazing.

    • Anna says:

      Thanks! You must be busy with work and life in Bangkok though so its understandable. Hope you get to see more of amazing Thailand soon! 🙂

  • Jacqui says:

    cn you recommend any car companies with drivers in Thailand we are following your itinerary from Bangkok up to Chiang man and would like a recommended driver and company please

    • Anna says:

      Hi Jacqui. Great to hear you liked the post and are following the itinerary! 🙂 I took public transport so I can’t really recommend a driver sorry. Hope you have a great time in Thailand!

  • Jodie says:

    Hey lovely!

    This is a super fantastic itinerary. I’m currently planning my 9 months around SE Asia from Nov and I’m feeling overwhelmed with planning, it’s not my greatest strength so this is very helpful.

    Why do you recommend doing the East Islands from May through to October? I’m thinking of seeing both but if there was a cruicial reason I’d reconsider.

    • Anna says:

      Hey Jodie

      Glad you found the post helpful – don’t get overwhelmed by planning! SEA is easy to travel around and you don’t need to book every single thing in advance – you can take it as you go along although its a good idea to have a general route planned.

      Thailand has 2 monsoon periods – so thats why I recommend East coast islands in May – October and West Coast – Nov – April to avoid the rains – islands aren’t much fun in the rain but luckily because there are 2 monsoons you should be able to find a sunny island paradise whatever time of year you visit.

      Hope you have a fab trip! 🙂

  • Suman Hazarika says:

    Dear Anna,

    I am so much in love with all your blogs & itineraries and places that you had been travelled. Hope some day if i get a chance to meet you.
    My wish & dream is same to travel and be bagpacker, but i couldn’t manage my savings.

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