With less than a week until we head to Thailand, I figured it was about time that I shared out itinerary with you. We’re visiting Thailand for 12 days and have planned our trip especially so that we have some time in Bangkok, the capital and busiest city, but also experiencing some of the incredible culture in the north, before heading down to one of the islands for some serious beach time!
- Bangkok – COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
After landing first thing in the morning Thai time, we’re being whisked away from the airport and straight to COMO Metropolitan Bangkok. This COMO hotel is a beautiful, modern luxury hotel that I’m so excited to see. They pride themselves on providing carefully curated experiences of the city – which I thought would be a great help to the start of our trip. The location too looks perfect as it is situated in the heart of the central business district, near the shops and attractions.
Oh, and have I mentioned that COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is home to Nahm? I’m really excited by Nahm as it’s been voted as one of the World’s Best Restaurants every year since 2012!
2. Chiang Mai – Shangri-La Chiang Mai
When we booked our trip we both agreed that we wanted to experience as much of the Thai culture as we could – and for that a trip to Chiang Mai was an absolute must, especially after reading all about Catherine’s experience in the city.
There seem to be some amazing hotels in Chiang Mai and choosing where to stay wasn’t the easiest decision, but we finally settled on the Shangri-La Chiang Mai. Described as an enchanting sanctuary right in the heart of Chiang Mai, with rooms and suites decorated in traditional Northern Thai style. After a day of exploring the beautiful cultural sites, I think you’ll find the two of us at the pool bar before heading out for dinner.
The food in Chiang Mai is meant to be something else, so we won’t just be trying luxurious restaurants but also sampling the local delights at the street markets. Angie has recommended Four Seasons Chiang Mai as some of the best food around with views over the rice fields so let’s see if we can make it there, too!
Finally, in what seems like it’s going to be a fairly busy few days, I really want to visit the Elephant Nature Park, an ethical elephant interaction centre where we’ll walk with the nellys through the Thai jungle!
3. Koh Samui – The Scent
After seeing some of Northern Thailand, we’re venturing south next to see Koh Samui. Deciding where we wanted to go for our Southern part of the trip wasn’t a simple choice. With the possibilities of Krabi, Koh Samui or Phuket it was difficult to choose just one. Not wanting to do too much and spend too many days traveling we finally chose Koh Samui for its beaches, some beautiful hotels and a little bit of a day party at Nikki Beach, too. It’ll be Chinese New Year when we’re in Koh Samui and we’re both very excited about celebrating with a few glasses of champagne to welcome in the new year.
When I’m back next time though, I’m heading straight for Krabi and Phuket!
Having chosen a modern hotel for Bangkok, a traditional Northern Thai hotel in Chiang Mai, we wanted somewhere with its own personality. The Scent entirely fits that bill; with its old colonial touches, vintage bikes, it looks like an ideal place to kick back after a day of sunbathing or exploring Koh Samui. And with it being a Mr & Mrs Smith hotel, I’m fairly sure we’re in for a treat.
For our luxury restaurant of choice, well, it isn’t entirely decided yet but we’re heading to a hotel that I’m really excited to see, and to stay in another day, the Six Senses Samui to their famous Dining on The ROocks for awhat I’m sure will be a incredible meal, with an even more magical setting.
4. Bangkok – Banyan Tree Bangkok
Finally on our luxury Thailand itinerary, after lazing on the beach, drinking cocktails and hopefully, relaxing a lot, we’re heading back to Bangkok for a couple of days before we head home. One last chance to explore the rooftop bars, amazing restaurants and night markets. For our final hotel of the trip we’re staying at the Banyan Tree Bangkok, an all suite hotel in the heart of the city. Also, with it being one of the tallest buildings around, that means, to me, that its rooftop bar is going to be something else!
This time I think we’ll have more time to enjoy the city and maybe even arrange a day trip out to see what else is around this part of Thailand.
To top off what I think is going to be an amazing, and very foodie friendly, trip we’ve arranged one last treat: afternoon tea at The Peninsula Bangkok. The Peninsula, one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, has an incredible view of the river and will be the perfect place to toast what will have been an amazing girls’ trip!
And after all that? It might just be time for another holiday… We’ve planned a lot, but we’re also left a lot of time to just see where the wind takes us, get some local recommendations and just explore – and I cannot wait! This time in 7 days we’ll be at the airport!
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All photos are courtesy of the hotels mentioned.