railay beach
Thailand, also known as the Land Of Smiles, is known world-over for its beautiful beaches, amazing water sports, mesmerizing temples, mind-blowing spa resorts, and amazing food. Although it is impossible to cover entire Thailand in a matter of days, we have carefully curated a

Thailand itinerary

of must-see destinations that you can cover in just a 5-day trip.

Day 1: The Cultural Emeralds of Thailand

Your Thailand itinerary must comprise of the three best cultural jewels, and you must visit them right at the start of the tour.

1.Khon Theatre Performances

khon theatre performances

Based on Thailand’s rendition of Ramayana, most of these performances by masked dancers take you back in time to the 15th century Siam. Khon theatre performances feature ornate costumes and stylized gestures. These masked dances called the Khon at the Sala Charlermkrung Royal Theatre in Bangkok will enthrall you.

2. The Grand Palace

grand palace bangkok

This beautifully decorated palace with huge walls was built in 1782 and is home to the king of Thailand and also Thailand’s government. Looking at the grandeur of this palace you will be mesmerized. This 150-year-old spiritual heart of a complex has the awe-inspiring architecture with intricate details carved in it.

3. The Temple of Emerald Buddha

temple of emerald buddha

After visiting the Grand Palace don’t miss the Temple of Emerald Buddha which is right next to it. Also, known as Wat Phra Kaeo, you can offer prayers and reveal in the Buddhist culture at the temple.

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Day 2:  Relaxation while admiring the beauty

Make your second day all about relaxation while some great sight-seeing with these beautiful places.

1. Wat Pho

wat pho

A name definitely to be checked in the list of what to see in your 5 days in Thailand is Wat Pho, the National Museum in Bangkok. It houses beautiful paintings and documents centuries of Thai civilization. When there do visit the nearby City pillar and National Gallery.

2. Canal Cruising

canal cruising

Soak in the beautiful sight of local birdlife and the beautiful scenery while enjoying Bangkok’s backwater canals in a houseboat or a canoe. Do visit Khlong Om in Nonthaburi to check out sandstone sculptures by the local Mon Artisans.

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3. Pak Khlong Talat and Yaowarat

pak khlong talat and yaowarat

After a tire full day ends your day with a visit to the heaven of flowers. Ever dreamt of being among flowers like in the movies? Then the Pak Khlong Talat is a place just for you. It has the grandest display of native flowers you’ve ever seen. Just bathe in the floral fragrance and beautiful colors and rejuvenate your senses. Feel free to take home some flowers with you.

Day 3: Time for some fun and Shopping

Shopping tops the list of what to do in Thailand, and fairly so, fun and shopping are synonymous to Thailand, so why not indulge in it.

1. Pai

pai thailand

Start your day 3 with a visit to Pai, a little pastoral northern mountain town. It is full waterfalls, elephant camps, mountain trails, and waterfalls. Go trekking, white water rafting, biking, and study the hill tribes while here.

2. Elephant Trekking

elephant trekking

Go for Elephant trekking in the Mahawangchang Elephant Camp just off Bangkok to watch elephants play in the river. You can also have some close encounters with elephants in their natural habitat. Riding back this majestic beast under the watchful eye of the mahouts will ensure you will form a connection with nature.

3. Chatuchak Weekend Market

chatuchak weekend market

Shop till you drop dead in the Chatuchak weekend market. Some of the best clothing & jewelry options, amazing handicrafts & home decorations, and bags & souvenirs await you in this market in Bangkok. Ensure you carry a map so that you don’t get lost here.

Day 4: The Gems of Thailand beckons you

Floating markets, ruins of Ayuthaya, one of the world’s best national park and so much more await you in the fourth day of Thailand must-see.

1. Khao Sok National Park

khao sok national park

Know wild animals such as barking deer, wild boar, Asian elephants, bears, Malayan tapirs, gibbons, langurs, and pig-tailed macaques up close in this National Park. Visit this park also to explore cave-riddled limestone karsts, rivers, and lakes, natural pools, jungle forests, waterfalls and appreciate the stunning hilltop.

2. The Ruins of Ayuthaya


Once a capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and a prosperous international trading port from 1350 until it was razed by the Burmese in 1767 it is a beautiful archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, and monasteries. The island is located at the confluence of three rivers.

3. Floating Markets

floating market

End your day with a visit to the floating markets on rivers and lakes. Here, houseboats, rafts, and canoes sell fresh raw seafood, vegetables, and flowers. Also, you can pick up some fresh noodles and pies. Experience this amazing shopping experience which is the traditional way how Thailand shopped.

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Day 5: Enjoy the last day in Thailand with some serenity

Visitors come to Thailand from different parts of the world, many of them come from Dubai as the Thailand visa from Dubai is extremely easy to get. Most of these tourists love the open culture here. It’s time for you to soak in it on the last day of the trip.

1. Phanom Rung

phanom rung

The most of significant of the Khmer temples of Thailand, the place is more of an architectural marvel than just a tourist destination. It is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva and witnesses many tourists of different ethnicity visit it. The temple has already made it to the tentative list of UNESCO Heritage site. The famous Phanom Rung festival is organized here on every April 13th, when the rays of the sunshine throughout the fifteen temple portals, thus creating a memorable environment.

2. Railay Beach

railay beach

It’s not just any beach, but a bouquet of four exquisite beaches, making it a small peninsula. It is simply gorgeous. White sands, sky-pointing cliffs of limestone, caves with hidden stories, and astounding lagoons; altogether make Railay a must-visit in every traveler’s list.  You won’t find roads here, it has footpaths for you to explore the beauty of this tropical paradise.

Thailand Takeaway

What makes Thailand so special? Is it just the phenomenally gorgeous places, astounding natural landscapes, the shopping paradise? More than anything, it is the warmth of the people of Thailand that will blow your mind away. They are fully aware that tourism is their main earning and they make sure the tourists are happy and leave with fond memories. So, when are you planning your 5-day trip to Thailand?

Aanchal is a writer by profession and an avid foodie. She loves travelling, exploring and adding cherished experiences to the book of life.

  • One thought on “Thailand Itinerary: How to Spend 5-Days in Thailand?
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      Kenny Jonathan Gato Manzano Gato Reply

      can you send me a detailed itinerary for 5days with the cost?

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