Natural Thai Takeover: How We Spent 8 Days in Thailand

Natural Thai Takeover How We Spent 8 Days in Thailand

It’s been a little less than 10 days since returning and I’m still excited about my girl’s trip to Thailand. In the little time that we spent in the country, we tried our best to do something every day. If you haven’t had a chance to check highlights from my Instagram, here’s how we spent eight days in Thailand for the Natural Thai Takeover.

8 days in Thailand

Day 1 & 2- Exploring Bangkok

After traveling for 24 hours, we checked into the AETAS Lumpini hotel in Bangkok to shower and get lunch at Chandrphen Restaurant. We also checked out Khlong Toei for dinner, nightlife and fun-filled Karaoke. Our second full day in Bangkok was more formal as we drove through Chinatown, Little India, the fruit market and Wat Pho. We also took the train to Bangkok Chatuchak weekend market for some souvenirs and last minute necessities for our trip to Phuket. I had the BEST coconut ice cream from CocoJJ

reclining buddha at wat pho

Related: 5 Tips for Visiting Temples in Thailand 

Day 3 – Island Hopping in Phuket

We left dinner at the hotel early to catch our flight to Phuket for a day. The tour chosen made stops at Maya Beach, Phi Phi Don, and Khai Nok Island. It included round trip transfers, some snacks, unlimited soft drinks, water, lunch, and fruit. We used the Sunday to take fun vacation poses and relax.

phuket

natural thai takeover - phuket island hopping

Day 4 – Floating Market, Bridge over River Kwai & War Museum

After checking out, we drove towards Kanchanaburi to visit the floating market, the War Museum and the Bridge over River Kwai, part of the Thai-Burma Railway (Death Railway) where the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war and Asian prisoners to build. Its purpose was to supply the Japanese forces in Burma, bypassing the sea routes.

floating market

Related: Top Things to Do in Kanchanaburi

Day 5 – Day at Elephants World

One of the most memorable experiences for the Natural Thai Takeover was our trip to Elephants World. After learning from various groups and research, we picked an elephant sanctuary near the River Kwai Resotel and spent a full day feeding and bathing elephants in a natural setting.

elephants world

Day 6 – Ayutthaya City Tour

Another educational day, we left our hotel to go to Ayutthaya Historical Park and Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Here we saw ruins from the Burmese invasion including headless (and some body-less) Buddha statues.

Wat Maha That

Day 7 – Thai School and Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

Our last full day was a trip to a Thai elementary school and the Royal Summer Palace. In the school, we shared school supplies and snacks with the teachers and children. They also did a musical performance for us.

Originally built by King Prasat Tong in 1632, Bang Pa-In Royal Palace served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. There are a lot of Chinese and European-styled statues and buildings as well as beautiful gardens.

 Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

Day 8 – Zip Lining in the Rain Forest

Before flying back home, we ended our trip zip lining with Flight of the Gibbon. Only 4 out of the 6 of us went, but it was the best way to end our vacation. After lunch, we enjoyed a complimentary ride through Khao Kheow Open Safari Park which is also an open zoo.

Flight of the Gibbon

Related: Zip Lining with Flight of the Gibbon

Check my video of some highlights below

I’ll also be sharing reviews of the hotels we stayed in and some excursions. For a two-week Thailand itinerary, you can read some tips and suggestions from Sher She Goes. 

Natural Thai Takeover How We Spent 8 Days in Thailand

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18 thoughts on “Natural Thai Takeover: How We Spent 8 Days in Thailand

  1. T. Espinoza

    This looks like an AMAZING trip! Phuket is just gorgeous. I’d love to visit Thailand someday.

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    1. Joanna E

      It was beautiful! Even better I was able to go with friends.

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  2. Carissa

    This trip looks like it was AMAZING!!! I love the pics of you all in the bathing suits…#BlackGirlMagicInThailand!!!! What an awesome experience!

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  3. KenyaRae

    Wow! Looks like so much fun. You got some awesome photos too! I love zip lining I’ve been itching to go again soon.

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  4. Terri

    These pictures are amazing. I’ve never thought about island hopping in Thailand but your description has me thinking it’s something I should do.

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  5. Mimi Green

    Thailand looks beautiful, the elephants ward looks like fun, I’m glad you had a great time.

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  6. Zuqueta

    This looks like an amazing trip!!!! I need to add it to my bucket list!!

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  7. Tanya Barnett

    The pictures of Thailand are amazing. I’m so glad you and your girlfriends had a ball. Amazing!

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  8. Latoya

    Wow! I need a girls trip so bad. Looks like you all had a blast!

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  9. Nay

    I’m loving this post. Do you suggest going through an airline or through a travel group? I won’t to go to the Philippians with some of my friends but wanted to know the best/safest way to do it.

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    1. Joanna E

      We purchased our flight separately, but Gate1 has packages with flight included. You would need to put down on the flight + deposit first. I also liked Gate 1 because we didn’t have to worry about our luggage when we changed hotels.

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  10. Lucas Cool

    Your pictures are amazing. It seems you had a great trip. Great to see you and your girls going international.

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  11. Kemkem

    Looks like you had an amazing time! One thing l definitely want to go back for is the Grand Palace, and the ancient city. Thailand is therefore back on my list 🙂 . Yum..coconut ice cream 😉

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    1. Joanna E

      Thanks! I definitely want to spend more time in Phuket and visit Chiang Mai next visit.

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  12. Talisa

    I wanna go to Thailand SOOO bad!!Lucky girl! All the planning & stuff seems so overwhelming though…It’s still on my travel bucket-list!!

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    1. Joanna E

      We planned it for over a year and the travel agency had most of our itinerary completed. We just did our own thing on the free days. I just wish we spent a little more time in Phuket and did Chiang Mai. It was a great experience. I hope you do get to visit.

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  13. Bianca

    Hi! Im planning a trip for Thailand too! Im going for 9 days and was afraid i wasnt going to have enough time to do everything i wanted but you proved me wrong because you did it! Originally, i was only going to Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya and Bangkok because i thought i wouldnt have enough time to hit Chain Mai or the islands. How did you get from Kanchanaburi to Ayutthaya? And where did you do the zipline?

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    1. Joanna E

      It was through the tour company. They had a bus that took us to each city. The only time we flew to a different city was to Phuket because it was an 8 hr drive away. We went zip lining with Flight of the Gibbon. They arranged transportation to and from Bangkok.

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