Day 1 Pattaya
- Arrived in BKK Airport
- Bus transfer to Pattaya is available in the airport. It is located in the arrival hall Level 1 Gate 8. Fare is only 120Baht to Pattaya
- Travel time from Bangkok to Pattaya is about 2.5hours.
- When you reach Pattaya, bus stop is along Sukhumvit Road, then you can take baht bus to your hotel. The Bus Driver will help you in what bus stop is the nearest to your hotel.
- You can still visit the Pattaya Floating Market by late afternoon or just settle and take rest in your room.
- Eat dinner in Theprassat Night Market (weekend only).
- Our accommodation in Pattaya is in Gazebo Resort Pattaya. We were upgraded to a 4-bedroom suite. Just got lucky 🙂 For best deals on your accommodation, use the search box below
- Buy your 4G Tourist Sim Cards in Klook. We got our sim cards for only 214Php with 3GB data allowance and have 100Baht balance that you can use to top up your data up to 6GB.
- Exchange you Peso in SuperRich Thailand for best rates. They have stall in Suvarnabhumi Airport located in basement floor (B Floor). Do not exchange your money in the arrival hall money changers.
Day 2 Beach Escape
In Pattaya, make sure to visit one of the nearest island beach – Koh Larn also known as the Coral Island. Koh Larn has six main beaches and a few smaller beaches for visitors to enjoy. There are also water sport activities at each of the beaches. Let’s allot this one whole day relaxing in the beach.
- Take blue baht bus going to Bali Hai Pier.
- There are two transfer options to Koh Larn
- -slow ferry 30Baht, 45mins travel time, hourly departure
- -fast ferry 300Baht, 15mins to reach Koh Larn
- There are two pier in Kho Larn, Naban Port in the island village and in Tawaen Beach. If your ferry dock in the village pier, you can take a motorcycle to your chosen beach (40-50Baht per person in motorcycle)
- Baht Bus is also available from Tawaen beach if you decide to transfer to other beach
- You can also just chill in the beach and do people watching – Tawaen may be full packed with tourist by lunch time. However, if you want to skip the crowd, you can choose from 5 other beaches.
- Restaurants are available for you to grab lunch
- Last ferry back to Pattaya Bali Hai Pier is 5pm.
- Visit Pattaya Walking Street by dinner time. (red light district street)
- You can also bring packed lunch if you want to save some money.
- I recommend to rent some beach bed/chairs to have you a little space and shade to relax. Only 150baht per bed for one day
Day 3 Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
Several activities are available in Pattaya to choose from to spend your half day. We choose to visit and interact with the gentle giants.
- Avail your discounted Half Day visit to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Klook.
- This is a legit sanctuary without elephant show and riding.
- Interact with the elephant in their natural environment – feed them, bathe them, play with them.
- Other places of interest in Pattaya that you can choose instead of Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
- Nong Nooch Garden – beautiful and award-winning garden showcasing an impressive range of plants and landscaping with cultural and elephant show. Entrance fee is 350Baht
- Sanctuary of Truth – currently ongoing construction of this all -wood design temples. Entrance fee is 500Baht.
- Buddha Mountain – one of the most noticeable landmark in Pattaya, its a 130m high mountain rock with a huge golden Buddha depicted on it. Approx 500Baht if you rent a baht bus
- For family with Kids, there is also a marine park like Oceanpark in Pattaya or even zoo. Tickets are also available online.
- Afternoon, transfer back to Bangkok by bus. From Sukhumvit Rd, take white baht bus to the bus station (10baht fare)
- Pattaya to Bangkok bus fare is 108Baht (Ekkamai station). From Ekkamai bus station, you can take Grabtaxi or take MRT to reach your Bangkok accommodation.
- Spend your night in the bustling night markets of Bangkok -check Kaosan Road or Silom Night Market
- You can also check my 2015 Bangkok experience here
- Our Accommodation in Bangkok is in Atrium Boutique Resort in Hwai Kuang area. They have a very good buffet breakfast that is already included in your booking. A pool is abonus to relax after a day of tour. You can check their best rates HERE
- When using the Baht Bus in Pattaya, just hail one along the road. They have bells that you can press anytime you want to get off and go to the car front and pay the driver.
Day 4 Ayutthaya Day Trip
The former center of Siamese trade and political capital of Thailand is in Ayutthaya. It is one of the famous day trip tour to escape the city of Bangkok. At the centre of Ayutthaya City is Ayutthaya Historical Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the most visited site in the area. Here, the four spectacular temples of the early Ayutthaya period (1350 – 1529) stand amongst a dense canopy of ancient trees.
- Transfer Options: 🚌🚞🚗
- Private Car or Taxi – the fastest and most convenient way but may be the most costly of you are alone
- Take the Train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya – cheapest option, it is also the most scenic, however it’s not the quickest way. Trains depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station.
- Minivan – Mo Chit Bus Station in Bangkok and is another affordable alternative to get you to Ayutthaya
- Public Bus – public buses make many stops along the way resulting in a longer journey time
- If you rent a private car, you can have a stop over in Bang Pa In Palace (100baht Entrance fee). This is the summer palace of the Thai Royal family before.
- Explore Ayutthaya complex
- You can avail a Ayutthaya Guided Tour in Klookfor you convenience
- Tuktuk are available to rent going around Ayutthaya, if you come from train station, most probably drivers are available offering their Tuktuk. 200Baht per hour per tuktuk that can fit 3-4 persons.
- You can also rent a bicycle if you feel more adventurous for only 40-50Baht a day. You can find rental shops along Soi 2 Naresuan Road
- When visiting ruins or archeological sites, try to make some research or read some facts about the site so you will understand its history and not only for your Instagram feed.
- Entrance fee in some temple ruins is 50Baht.
- You can return to Bangkok before sunset and eat dinner in Rod Fai Ratchada Night Market. It is open daily, access thru Thailand Cultural Center Subway station.
- If you are a group of 7 or more, we suggest to get a private van for the whole day. We highly recommend Wirote Sriyakoon he has a very reasonable van rental rates for 15hrs. Smaller cars for 3 or 4 persons is also available.
- Just Choose only 3 or 4 temples to visit so you will not be rush in each temple.
Day 5 City Temple Tour
Visiting Bangkok will not be complete without visiting their beautiful Buddhist temples especially of this is your first time.
- Visit the 4 Major Temple in Bangkok, start yor temple run by 9am
- Grand Palace, be there early to avoid crowd, 500baht entrance fee.
- Wat Pho, 200 Baht entrance fee
- Wat Arun, 100Baht entrance fee
- Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit) 40Baht entrance fee
- 1st stop Grand Palace
– use Chao Phraya River Commuter Boat (Orange Flag) from Sathorn Pier, 15baht. Pier is just right down the Saphan Taksin BTS station. Walking to the Pier, Chao Phraya ticket booth is on your left side. Get off at N9 pier.
- 2nd Stop Wat Pho
-after visiting Grand Palace, about 10min walk is Wat Pho, the home of the Reclining Buddha
- 3rd Stop Wat Arun
-cross the river for only 4baht. Pier is just about 200m from Wat Pho.
- Lastly, your 4th Stop Wat Traimit
-Wat Traimit home of the Golden Buddha, from Wat Arun, take a ferry ride (orange flag) to Pier N5 or N4 Chinatown
– the buddha is 5.5tons of Gold
-the temple is about 1.3Km from pier, you can take a tuktuk or taxi from the pier or just have a walk along Chinatown for 15mins
After visiting the city temples, back to hotel and freshen up. Head to Asiatique The Riverfront or have dinner on board while cruising Chao Phraya River
Day 6 Departure. End of vacation 🙂