Backpacking Thailand: Bangkok and Krabi 7-Day Itinerary, Cost-Breakdown, and Highlights

Backpacking Thailand: Bangkok and Krabi 7-Day Itinerary, Cost-Breakdown, and Highlights

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The Itinerary

As much as possible, I don’t really want to create a fully detailed itinerary because I’m a type of traveler who loves to just go on with the flow. I just want to enjoy whatever Thailand has to offer with me and also based on my own experiences, sixty percent of the time, I’m not able to follow everything that I’ve listed down on my itinerary. However, I don’t want to experience again the nightmare of being offloaded and interrogated by the immigration officers. To avoid these hassles, I completed all the necessary documents and booked a hostel accommodation online in case the immigration officers ask where will I stay. The good thing was booking.com allows you to book online and pay it during your arrival so you can cancel it anytime without paying for the cancellation fee. 

To give you some ideas of what to include in your itinerary, you can follow this guide. However, taking into consideration that these are the actual things that happened to me at my own time, own pace and mood. You opt to add other things to do or places to visit if you still have more time and energy. At the bottom of each ‘Day’ activity, I mentioned some suggestions that you can add.

Day 1: Flight, Temples, Historical Sites and Khao San Road

  • 7 A.M. flight from Manila to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
  • 10 A.M. Arrived at Suvarhabhumi Airport, Bangkok
  • Lunch at the airport
  • 20-minute taxi ride from Airport to Khaosan Rainbow Hostel, Bangkok
  • 12 P.M. Checked-in at Khaosan Rainbow Hostel ($8 per night)
  • Rested for two hours in my hostel
  • Toured around Grand Royal Palace (admission fee 500 Baht/$15)
  • Visited a Buddhist Temple – Wat Pho (admission fee 100 Baht/$3)
  • Visited another Buddhist Temple – Wat Arun (admission fee 100 Baht/$3)
  • Tried Bangkok’s Best Pad Thai in Thip Samai
  • Rested in my hostel
  • 9 P.M. until midnight at Khao San Road
  • Tried Thai Roti pancake
  • Experienced Thai massage
  • Tried Thai sticky rice
  • Partied until midnight
  • Met new friends

Note: You can add going to Chinatown before spending time at Khao San Road. Best time to stay in Khao San Road is at night especially if you’re into parties. For more ideas of things to do in Khao San Road, you can visit this guide.

Day 2: Ayutthaya Tour

  • Breakfast at the street of Khao San Road
  • Bus ride from Khao San Road going to Hua Lamphong Train Station
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes train ride going to Ayutthaya
  • Lunch at Ayutthaya
  • 1 P.M. Start of Ayutthaya Day Tour
  • Wat Phra Ram
  • Wat Si Sanphet
  • Wat Ratchaburana
  • Wat Mahathat
  • Chao Sam Phraya Museum
  • Chan Kasem Museum
  • 7 P.M Train ride going back to Khao San Road
  • 9 P.M. Dinner along Khao San Road
  • 10 P.M Partied at Khao San Road

Note: Ayutthaya tour will take you an entire day. You can use this DIY day-tour in Ayutthaya. If you don’t want to go to Khao San Road after, you can go to Shopping malls instead.

Day 3: Modern Bangkok, Skybar, and Party

  • 10 A.M Woke up late, free breakfast at my Hostel
  • 1 A.M Lunch along Khao San Road
  • 5 P.M Taxi ride going to Banyan Tree Hotel
  • 6 P.M Dinner and Skybar party at Banyan Tree Hotel
  • 9 P.M Tuk-tuk ride going back to Khao San Road
  • Partied at Khao San Road
  • Partied at The Club until 2 A.M

Note: For this day, my mood was to just spend more time relaxing at my place during morning and partied harder at night. If you’re not a party type of person, you can add going to Lumphini Park and Jim Thompson House.

Day 4: Shopping, City Tour and Travel to Krabi, Thailand

  • 10 A.M Breakfast in Khao San Road
  • Haircut at 88 Salon, Bangkok
  • Shopping at MBK Center Bangkok
  • Taxi Ride going back to Khao San Road
  • Bonding with Korean friends over a beer at Lucky Beer Bar
  • 9 P.M 12-hour bus ride going to Krabi, Thailand

Day 5: Krabi City Tour and Night Market

  • 11 A.M Checked-in at Good Dream Hostel, Krabi
  • 12 P.M Lunch at Up 2 You Restaurant
  • 1 P.M Start of Krabi Town Tour
  • Sea Crab Monument
  • Lanta Old Town
  • Port Takola Marina Krabi
  • Fossil Museum of Krabi Power Plant
  • Kaeo Krowaram Temple
  • 7 P.M Dinner at Amphoe Mueang Krabi Night Market

Day 6: Krabi Beaches

Before going to Krabi, I booked a tour online from Krabitrek Travel for just 500 Baht ($15)

  • 8 A.M The tour guide picked me up at my hostel
  • 10 A.M Start of 4 Beaches Tour
  • Railay Beach (1 hour stay)
  • Si Island (1 hour stay)
  • Tup Island (1 hour stay)
  • Poda Island (1 hour stay)
  • 5 P.M Went back to Hostel
  • 7 P.M Dinner at Amphoe Mueang Krabi Night Market

Day 7: Night Market, Ao Nang and Thai Food

  • Breakfast at Sandwich Me Restaurant
  • Lunch at Ton Ma Yom Thai Food
  • Relaxed at Jenna’s Bistro & Wine
  • Night Flight going back to Manila

Highlights:

  • Thailand is incredibly backpacker-friendly.
  • Thailand is one of the most affordable countries to travel.
  • Locals are very helpful and always smiling.
  • Pad-thai, Roti and Sticky rice were my favorite food in Thailand.
  • Cheap accommodations.
  • I really enjoyed the night of parties at Khao San Road.
  • I made a lot of new friends.
  • Ayutthaya is a must-visit in Thailand.
  • Great underwater adventure
  • Stunning Beaches

Total Expenses:

expenses to thailand

These are my actual expenses for the entire trip. It can go up or down depends on your itinerary.

Tip: Book your plane ticket 6 months or more before your tour to get cheaper flights.

Accommodation:

I got an $8 per night accommodation in Bangkok using Booking.com and in Krabi using Agoda.com

Here are my recommended accommodations:

  • Bangkok, Thailand

Lamurr Sukhumvit 41 bangkok

 

Lamurr Sukhumvit 41

Address: 2/46 Sukhumvit 41, Soi Pirom, North Klongton, Wattana, Bangkok, Wattana, 10110 Bangkok, Thailand 

 

 

 

 

 

clemency condo bangkok

 

Clemency Condo
Address: Country tower B , 10260 Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

 

sukanya hostel

 

Sukanya Hostel
Address: 228/2 Samsen Rd Soi 1 Samsen Rd. Sam Phraya District, Phra Nakhon District Bangkok 10200, 10200 Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

House of Happiness bangkok

 

House of Happiness
Address: 558/1 Mung Me Tawee Suk, Soi 16, Tha Din Daeng Road, Khlong Sarn, 10600 Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

 

  • Krabi, Thailand

Ban Punmanus

 

Ban Punmanus
Address: 122 Baan Punmanus Soi Nathvithi, Krabi rd, Paknam, Krabi, 81000 Krabi, Thailand

 

 

 

NOMAD Hostel Krabi

 

NOMAD Hostel Krabi
Address: 46/18 Krabi Road, Pak Nam, Muang, Krabi, 81000 Krabi, Thailand

 

 

 

ABN Krabi

 

ABN Krabi
Address: 17-19 soi 2 maharaj,Tambon Pak nam, Mueang, 81000 Krabi, Thailand

 

 

 

 

Krabi P.N. Boutique House

 

Krabi P.N. Boutique House
Address: 140/7 Soi Maharat 24-26, Pak Nam, Krabi, 81000 Krabi, Thailand

 

 

 

 

Compare prices here: 



Booking.com


 

Conclusion:

Thailand is definitely on top of the best countries that I will visit over and over again. This country is a backpacker and budget-friendly place. The beaches are stunning, jaw-dropping underwater scenery, interesting history, and very accommodating locals. I’m planning to visit again next year to see other places that I haven’t visited yet.

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Author: Robin Salvador

Robin Vinz Salvador is a part-time travel blogger, part-time digital marketing consultant, and full-time dreamer. He loves the photographic medium for expressing what he loves about life. He always finds himself lost during travel. But he loves unfamiliar territories and finding his way around. Aside from his taste for adventure, he loves two things while traveling - meeting new friends and food.

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