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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 7 – Thai School and Bang Pa-In Royal Palace
Our last full day was a trip to a Thai elementary school and a 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.
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.
Check my video of some highlights. 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.
Is Thailand on your bucket list?