7 Days In Thailand Itinerary

The Best Place To Spend A Week In Thailand


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7 Days In Thailand Itinerary

{The Best Place To Spend A Week In Thailand}

Is one week in Thailand enough? Is it even worth going to Thailand for just one week?

For those of you seriously contemplating whether a one-week trip to Thailand will be enough to get the most out of your well-deserved holiday time,

Then the short answer is YES!

That being said it’s not totally unreasonable to be having doubts.

Thailand is such an enormous country with a nearly endless array of destinations and activities that it’s entirely possible to spend several months there and still want more time. 

Trust me, I speak from experience…


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Therefore, it’s not hard to understand why planning the perfect one week in Thailand itinerary would present quite the challenge for many first-time backpackers visiting this mesmerizing country.

With adventures spread far and wide, how could you possibly organize all of that into one worth-while 7-day itinerary?

However, with the proper planning and coordination, it is extremely possible to plan the perfect 7 days in Thailand to leave travelers completely satisfied with their holiday.

Continue reading to discover our top recommended 7-day itineraries covering all the best places to spend a week in Thailand for every type of traveler.


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The Best Place To Spend A Week In Thailand For Nightlife

If experiencing Thailand’s hedonistic nightlife is your primary objective, then you are in for a treat.

There are two different 7-day Thailand itinerary options for all of our party hungry travelers, guaranteeing you some certifiably wild adventures.

Option 1:

Bangkok, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan


Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Depending on what time your flight arrives, you may have the entire day to explore the city, or you may just come in time to hit up the bars.

Either way, you will depart from Bangkok at the end of this 7 day Thailand itinerary, so whatever you miss the first time around, you will get another chance to visit later on.

The two most significant party zones in Bangkok are Khao San Road and Sukhumvit so be sure to head straight to these areas when looking to go out.

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Day 2: Fly into Koh Samui

There are no direct flights to Koh Phangan. Therefore you must fly into the neighboring island of Koh Samui first.

However, don’t worry because Koh Samui also has a vibrant nightlife scene so don’t plan on an early night on this island.

Chaweng is the best place to party on Koh Samui.

Once you are there head straight for the popular Ark Bar Beach Resort which is famous for their day parties and weekly beach raves.

Additionally, just 5 minutes up the road from Ark Bar is the downtown Chaweng which has an assortment of different bars and nightclubs that run til about 3 am.

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Days 3 – 5: Koh Phangan [The Full Moon Party}

Catch the early morning ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan where you will be spending three entire days as you prepare to take on the pinnacle of your one week in Thailand, hence The Full Moon Party.

We recommend making sure The Full Moon Party falls on day 4 of your trip, that way you won’t have to worry about potentially blacking out and missing your ferry out of Koh Phangan.

And yes, that should be a legitimate concern.

Additionally, the day after the Full Moon Party is beyond hectic with a majority of travelers all simultaneously trying to depart Koh Phangan at the same time.

Chances are you’ll already have a bad enough a headache from the Full Moon hangover, so there’s no need for an extra one.


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Day 6-7: Bangkok

On day 6 you will begin your 13-hour ferry/bus ride back to Bangkok.  Depending on your departure time, this may allow you another full day in Bangkok or just the night.

Book your trips through the local travel agencies scattered around the island.

 Pro Tip

*This 7 days in Thailand itinerary is particularly based around the dates of the Full Moon so be sure to click here to find out the Full Moon Party dates to coordinate your travel days.


Option 2:  

Phuket and Koh Phi Phi

Day 1: Arrive In Phuket

Find the best of the Phuket nightlife in the town of Patong on Bangla road.

Bangla road is a mile of mayhem chock-full with an assortment of bars and nightclubs whose bass pumping music literally vibrates your organs as you stroll down the street.

For some, Bangla road is the hedonistic party haven that they have been dreaming of.

For others, it’s a testament to the depraved and vulgar reputation of Phuket that strays a little too far out of their comfort zone.

Either way, we will let you be the judge.



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Day 2-5: Koh Phi Phi

 On day two, catch an early morning ferry out of Phuket and travel to the beloved backpacker refuge of Koh Phi Phi.

Prepare to lose touch with reality amongst the carefree tropical vibes of the island.   

On Koh Phi Phi island it’s like every day is Friday so for all the wild ones out there, get ready to party!

The island hosts several different boat parties throughout the week during the high season that even include the famous attractions of Maya Bay and Monkey Beach.

Shout out to Blanco’s Boat Party, which happens to be my personal favorite.

Phi Phi island also hosts the famous Ibiza pool party, nightly beach raves, fire shows and who can forget infamous Stockholm Syndrome dance club that serves as a beacon for the reckless youth on the island.

Long story short, if your primary goal is to party during your one week in Thailand, then this little tropical island of hedonism will not disappoint.


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Days 6-7: Phuket

Sadly, all good things come to an end, but hopefully by this point during your 7 days in Thailand you’ve successfully managed to satisfy all of your party urges.

However, if not, then don’t worry because there is still one night left to party in Phuket so be sure not to hold anything back!


The Best Place To Spend A Week In Thailand For Beaches

It goes without saying that Thailand has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.

Famous for their powdery white sands and turquoise blue waters, Thailand is any beach lovers’ ultimate fantasy.

The three destinations of Phuket, Railay Beach, and Koh Phi Phi are all located within the illustrious Krabi province, which is home to a plethora of Thailands’ most beloved beaches.

Thus making it quite easy to navigate and explore these different destinations during your 7 days in Thailand.

Thailand Beach Holiday:

Phuket, Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi

Day 1: Arrive In Phuket

Depending on what time your flight arrives, you may have the entire day to explore the island or you may arrive just in time to catch the sunset.

Either way, you will depart from Phuket at the end of this 7 day Thailand itinerary, so whatever you miss the first time around, you will get another chance later on.


Days 2-3: Railay Beach

Catch a short 2-hour ferry from Phuket to the world-famous Railay Beach.

Railay Beach is one of the most sought-after beach destinations in all of Thailand and quite easy to understand why.

For those unfamiliar with Thailand, Railay Beach is actually a small peninsula that features four different spectacular beaches!

Yes, you did indeed read that correctly, and no I don’t blame you if you are packing your bags already.


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Days 4-5: Koh Phi Phi

Catch a quick 30-minute ferry to backpacker’s haven of Koh Phi Phi island.

Aside from its infamous reputation for nightlife, Koh Phi Phi does, in fact, feature three of the most tantalizing beaches in all of Thailand including Maya Bay, Monkey Beach, and Phi Phi Beach.

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Day 6 -7 Phuket

On the sixth day, arrive back in Phuket via another short ferry where depending on your arrival time, will allow you to explore popular beach tours of Hong Island or James Bond Island.

Pro Tip

This 7 days in Thailand itinerary is particularly based around the beach so it is recommended to book this trip sometime during the Thailand high season when the chance of rain is at its lowest.

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The Best Place To Spend A Week In Thailand For Culture

No two destinations showcase Thai culture better than Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

On one hand, Bangkok will introduce travelers to the contemporary hustle and bustle of the Thailand metropolitan lifestyle, whilst on the other hand, Chiang Mai will showcase the more historical and traditional Thai customs and ways of life.

Exploring both of these diverse cities will allow backpackers a brief but extensive look into Thai culture.


Cultural Escapade:

Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Days 1-2: Arrive In Bangkok

Depending on what time your flight arrives, you may have the entire day to explore the city or you may just arrive in time to explore the after dark side of Bangkok.

Either way, Bangkok is a bustling city that never sleeps so there is always something to do no matter the time of day.

Take the day to explore the beautiful city of Bangkok.

Including famous attractions like Wat Arun, Grand Palace, Muay Thai fighting shows, Ghost Tower and so much more, your Bangkok Itinerary will be quite full.

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Day 3-6: Explore Chiang Mai

Take a quick 45-minute flight to Chiang Mai and get ready to explore the stunning mountainous region of northern Thailand.

With 45+ flights per day, you should be able to snag an early morning flight allowing you to get an extra jump on exploring all there is to see.

Chiang Mai is a land rich in culture and beauty, comprised of misty mountain ranges and an assortment of sacred temples and monuments.

This little gem of a city offers an elegant, relaxed and above all welcoming environment that is perfect for travelers looking to experience the peaceful serenity of Thailand.


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a week in thailand | Chiang Mai ThailandDay 7: Depart Bangkok

Depending on the time of your departing flight, you may need to be back in Bangkok very early in the morning or sometime later in the day.

Either way traveling between the two cities is quite simple so there is no real need to stress over finding the appropriate flight.



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