Most people dream of visiting Thailand and who can blame them? Fascinating culture, exquisite cuisine, white-sand beaches, lush jungle, remote islands, cheap cost of living are some of the main reasons why people choose to plan a 10-day trip to Thailand.
While 10 days in Thailand isn’t enough to see the whole country, I’ve created this Thailand itinerary for those who are short on time and want to experience some of the most popular places as well as off-beat locations that lack the tourist hordes.
This travel guide also includes tips on how to get to each destination and top budget hotel recommendations.
Keep reading to discover how to spend the best 10 days in Thailand!
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PREVIEW OF THIS 10-DAY THAILAND ITINERARY
Koh Lipe – 2 Days
If you’ve read other Thailand itineraries, chances are you probably haven’t come across Koh Lipe. This small island is located in the southernmost region of Thailand, not too far from Langkawi in Malaysia.
The fact that it’s far from other popular destinations in Thailand doesn’t mean that it should be skipped. Koh Lipe is known for its crystal-clear water, perfect for diving and snorkeling!
Preview of the best places to visit and things to do in Koh Lipe:
- Go on a snorkeling tour
- Visit Sunrise Beach, Sunset Beach and Pattaya Beach
- Explore the Walking Street
- Hike to Koh Adang viewpoint
- Hike to Pirate Waterfall
- Practice yoga on the beach
- Beach clean-up with Trash Hero Project
Koh Lanta – 3 Days
Looking to experience an authentic Thai island that’s not overrun by tourists yet? Koh Lanta is the perfect addition to your Thailand itinerary! Empty beaches, scenic views and delicious Thai food are among the main reasons why you should visit Koh Lanta.
Preview of the best places to visit and things to do in Koh Lanta:
- Beach hopping
- Visit the lighthouse at Mu Koh Lanta National Park
- Kayaking tour with Talabeng Sea Kayaking
- Bamboo Beach viewpoint
- Four Island Tour and Emerald Cave
- Khlong Chak Waterfall
- Watch a Fire Show
- Volunteer at the Lanta Animal Welfare
- Visit Lanta Old Town
- Beach clean-up with Trash Hero Project
- Koh Rok snorkeling tour
- Saladan Pier
Ao Nang, Krabi – 5 Days
Ao Nang is a small town located in the Krabi Province. Although the beaches are not that great, it’s the perfect base for island-hopping to some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand!
Preview of the best places to visit and things to do in Ao Nang, Krabi:
- Railay Beach
- Tonsai Beach
- Phra Nang Cave and Beach
- Four Island Tour
- Hong Island
- Pai Plong Beach
- Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail
- Tiger Cave Temple
- Hot Spring
- Emerald Pool
- Krabi Night Market and Ao Nang Night Market
HOW TO SPEND 10 DAYS IN THAILAND
Since I was traveling from Langkawi in Malaysia, I took the high-speed Ferry which departs twice a day at 9.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. It takes about 1.5 hours and costs about 850 baht (US$ 28). You can get tickets anywhere along Cenang beach or book in advance on Klook. Just keep in mind that the Ferry operates only during mid-October to the end of May (check the Ferry schedule here).
Day 1 – Arrive In Koh Lipe and Island Hopping To Koh Adang
Since you have only 10 days in Thailand, there’s no time for slacking! For 100 baht (US$ 3.30), hop on a longtail boat to Koh Adang to explore the empty beaches and hike to the Chado Cliff viewpoint. The hike takes only 45 minutes and leads to a panoramic view of Koh Lipe.
After you’re done, jump into the refreshing ocean to cool off and if you have enough time, you can also hike to Pirate waterfall (unless it’s the dry season).
When you get back to Koh Lipe, explore the Walking Street to do some shopping and eat some delicious Thai food.
To end the first day of your Thailand itinerary, head out to Sunset Beach to relax and watch the sunset.
Day 2 – Morning Yoga and Snorkeling Tour of Koh Lipe
And now off to your next adventure: snorkeling tour of Koh Lipe! Most tour companies on the island will offer similar tours for the same price, inclusive of lunch and snorkeling equipment.
Spend the day swimming with the fish and if you’re lucky enough you may even spot some turtles!
You can choose from either Program A (600 baht or US$ 19.90) or Program B (700 baht or US$ 23.20), the latter lasting longer with visits to more islands. Half-day and sunset tours are also available.
Check out this complete guide to Koh Lipe for more information, including the best things to do and top places to stay.
Day 3 – Travel to Koh Lanta and relax on the beach
Start off your third day in Thailand by traveling to Koh Lanta. You can either take a speed boat (3-4 hours) or a Ferry and shared van for 900 baht (US$ 29.60) for a 9 hours journey if you don’t like speed boats.
I recommend that you stay near Khlong Khong beach if you want to visit the more secluded beaches which are found in the south.
Depending on the time you arrive in Koh Lanta, head out to the beach to relax and enjoy the sunset. If you’re not too tired, stay longer to watch the fire shows.
Day 4 – Beach Hopping and Koh Lanta National Park
Koh Lanta is perfect for a road trip adventure! My favorite thing to do in Koh Lanta is hopping on a motorbike to explore the beaches along the southwest coast.
All of the beaches are free to visit except for the one at the Koh Lanta National Park. This is where the iconic lighthouse is found. The entrance costs 200 baht (US$ 6.60) and well worth a visit.
Some of the best beaches in Koh Lanta include Bamboo Bay, Nui Bay and Ba Kantiang Beach.
Day 5 – Kayaking on Koh Talabeng
To end your last day in Koh Lanta, you can choose from three options. The first one is a kayaking tour with Talabeng Sea Kayaking. The tour includes rock climbing on Koh Phee (Ghost Island), swimming at a secluded beach and finally kayaking for about one hour to explore Koh Talabeng.
The tour with Talabeng Sea Kayaking costs 1,300 baht (US$ 42.20), including transfer to and from your hotel on Koh Lanta Yai. If you’re staying at CAT Bungalow, you can book directly with them to obtain a discount, so you’ll end up paying only 1,000 baht (US$ 32.45)!
Other options include going on a snorkeling trip to Koh Rok or a four island tour with a visit to the Emerald Cave.
If you want to know more, check out my guide on 18 epic things to do in Koh Lanta!
Day 6 – Travel To Ao Nang and Relax on Pai Plong Beach
For about 400 baht (US$ 13.25), take a shared minivan to Ao Nang in Krabi. This can be arranged directly with your hotel or by clicking here.
After you’ve checked into your hotel, explore around and maybe do some souvenir shopping.
Since today was a travel day, you can just relax on Pai Plong Beach. The beach is accessible through a small jungle path above the cliffs, only 30 minutes from Ao Nang walking street.
Pai Plong beach is much better and cleaner compared to Ao Nang Beach. The beach doesn’t require any entry fee and you just need to sign in with the security guard before entering.
The beach isn’t too crowded, even during high season and has some stunning views of the limestone cliffs.
Day 7 – Day Trip To Railay Beach
Powdery white sand beaches and limestone cliffs jutting out of the ocean should be enough to convince you to visit Railay Beach!
Railay Beach offers a wide range of activities from hiking to rock climbing and kayaking. Oh, and without forgetting beach bumming! There’s so much to do here that you’ll need a full day or an overnight stay to experience it all.
If you want to escape the crowds, head to Tonsai Beach, which can be accessed by foot during low tide or by taking a short boat ride.
If you’re the adventurous type, there are a few rock climbing spots on Tonsai beach, Railay East and near Phra Nang Cave. Other popular activities on Railay beach include hiking to Railay East viewpoint and the hidden lagoon.
Finally, if you just want to do relax on one of the most scenic beaches in Thailand, Phra Nang Beach is the perfect spot for that!
To get to Railay Beach, you can buy tickets along Ao Nang beach for 100 baht (US$ 3.30) each way. The boat service is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and if you decide to stay after 6 p.m, the boat ride back will cost 150 baht (US$ 4.95).
Related post: How to plan a day trip to Railay Beach?
Day 8 – Krabi Four Island Tour
One of the most popular attractions in Krabi is the Four Island Tour! You will visit Koh Poda, Chicken Island (Ko Kai), Tub Island and Phra Nang Beach (this is technically not an island but is usually included in the tour) in either speedboats or longtail boats.
Chicken Island is awesome for snorkeling and is connected to Tub Island by a sandbank which you can cross over during low tide.
You can book the four island tours anywhere in Ao Nang for very cheap but remember, you will get what you pay for! The tours are usually crowded and feel rushed so the next best option is renting a private longtail boat for about 2,200 baht (US$ 72.90) and split the cost with a few other travelers.
Don’t forget that some of these islands require a national park fee of 400 baht (US$ 13.25).
Day 9 – Tiger Cave, Hot Spring and Emerald Pool.
On day 9, explore deeper into Krabi to the three most famous attractions: Tiger Cave Temple, Hot Spring and Emerald Pool. There are many group tours available but you can also rent your own taxi for about 2,000 baht (US$ 66.30).
Tiger Cave Temple, also known as Wat Tham Suea sits above 1,237 steps on top of the mountain. You won’t have to worry about paying an entrance fee since the temple is free to visit but you’re welcome to give a donation.
The hike can be quite challenging due to the steep and uneven stairs and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on your level of fitness.
To ease your sore muscle, soak into the Krabi Hot Springs which are natural “hot tubs” heated by the underground volcanic chambers. The mineral salts in the water are claimed to have therapeutic and soothing properties. The entrance fee is 160 baht (US$ 5.30).
Only 15 minutes away is the Emerald Pool. With its turquoise and crystal-clear water, it’s the perfect spot for swimming and relaxing in the Krabi jungle. For 200 baht (US$ 6.60), you can either choose to hike either the 800 meters or 1,400 meters trail that runs through the forest and many waterfall streams.
Optional Activity: Tab Kak Hang Nak Walking Trail
Located about a 30 minutes’ drive from Ao Nang, Tab Kak Hang Nak is a 4-km nature trail that leads all the way to incredible views of the various peaks and islands of Krabi. The National Park is free to explore from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The hike does require a moderate level of fitness since the path is quite rocky and slippery in some parts. The trail is easy to follow and takes about 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down.
Day 10 – Day Trip To Hong Island
End your 10-day Thailand itinerary by exploring the beautiful Hong Island. Located about an hour boat ride from Ao Nang, Hong Island is slowly becoming one of the most popular islands in Krabi.
Before getting to Hong Island, the boat will enter through a small opening in between the cliffs to an emerald lagoon which is only accessible during high tide.
Once you get to the main island, you can either choose to relax on the beach, do some snorkeling or trek along the walking trails.
The boat ride costs 500 baht (US$ 16.60) per person or you can rent a private longtail boat for 2,500 baht (US$ 82.90) and the national park fee costs 300 baht (US$ 9.95).
There are also day tours available which cost around 900 baht (US$ 29.80) for longtail boats and 1,500-2,000 baht (US$ 47.70-66.30) for speedboats (excluding the national park fee).
HOW TO MODIFY THIS THAILAND ITINERARY?
Since not everyone may be coming from Malaysia, instead of starting this 10-day Thailand itinerary in Koh Lipe, you can fly into Krabi Airport. To get from Krabi airport to Ao Nang, take a private taxi for 500 baht (US$ 16.60) or the airport bus for 150 baht (US$ 5).
From Ao Nang, it’s very easy to arrange a minivan to Koh Lanta online or through the many travel agents on Ao Nang walking street. Take a shared minivan for about 400 baht (US$13.30), which is perfect if you’re on a backpacking budget. The journey lasts for about three hours with a stop in Krabi Town. Speed boats are also available from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta.
To get from Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe, take a speedboat for about 1,700 baht (US$ 56.35). The journey lasts for about 3-4 hours. Keep in mind that the route is closed during the low season (from May to October). So, instead you can transfer to Pak Bara Pier and from there take a Ferry to Koh Lipe.
WHERE TO STAY IN THAILAND?
There are many options when booking hotels in Thailand. I mostly use booking.com since I’ve noticed that prices are slightly cheaper. Some hotels will allow you to book without a credit card and even offer free cancelation. If you booked at least two times, you’ll be able to benefit from a 10% genius discount!
I’ve also used Agoda and Airbnb quite a few times when hotels were not available on booking.com
Sangchan Hostel, Koh Lipe
Hotel prices on Koh Lipe tend to be very high, so you need to book in advance for the best deal. I stayed in Sangchan Hostel and got a room with a private bathroom for about US$ 31. Dorm rooms are also available starting from US$ 12. The hostel is clean and provides free water and coffee and has a small common room where you can meet other travelers.
CAT Bungalow, Koh Lanta
CAT Bungalow is definitely the best place to stay in Koh Lanta! The rooms are clean and spacious and each comes with a king-size bed, private bathroom, mini-fridge and Wi-Fi. Prices start from US$ 12 during the low season and US$ 25 during high season. Breakfast and snacks throughout the day are also included in the price!
The hotel is found only 10 minutes from Klong Khong beach. There are lots of restaurants nearby as well as a 7-eleven. You can also rent a motorbike from the owners for only 180 baht (US$ 6).
Lanta Baan Nok Resort, Koh Lanta
Another place to stay in Koh Lanta is Lanta Baan Nok Resort. Located about a 15 minutes’ walk from Long Beach, the hotel is clean and spacious. BONUS – each bungalow even comes with a hammock! Prices start from US$ 23.
Buri Tara Resort, Ao Nang
Buri Tara Resort is the perfect option if you want to stay a bit away from the main area in Ao Nang. Located less than five minutes from Nopparat Thara beach, the hotel offers clean and modern rooms, each with a private bathroom, mini-fridge, TV, air conditioning! Prices start from US$ 30 for a superior room but keep in mind that they can increase considerably during the peak season.
Amorn Mansion, Ao Nang
Amorn Mansion, on the other hand, is much cheaper with rooms starting from US$ 20. The hotel is found on a little side road just across the main street. The room comes with a TV, mini-fridge, air conditioning and a private bathroom. The only downside is that there’s no lift to the upper floors but it’s still worth the price for its central location.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THAILAND
The best time to visit Thailand is between November and April. December to February is usually very crowded and hotel prices will be 2-3 times more expensive. May to October is considered the low season, so you can end up with better hotel deals, but do expect some rainfalls.
There you go, this is how you can spend 10 days in Thailand! Thailand is one of my favorite destinations and I would definitely go back to explore even more. I hope you found this travel guide helpful and got some ideas on how to plan your trip to Thailand!