“Do you have any recommendations for what to do in Thailand?”: A (super unofficial) Travel Guide for Thailand

This is a very unofficial travel guide written for a target audience of US based, roughly college / youngish professional people planning a trip to the beautiful country of Thailand. Please keep in mind that I have absolutely no Thai history, culture or tourism experience other than having lived in Thailand for 6 years growing up, so take everything I recommend with many grains of salt.

Wat Klong Toey — Jan 2018

I’ll start with some general good things to keep in mind:

this is what sleep deprivation looks like, note that we are in a moving open-air vehicle with no back door

Here is another video series highlighting a more recent, post-pandemic trip, that spanned several weeks and was far more relaxing.

Recommended Travel Itinerary (Cities):

Koh Chang — Jan 2018

Things to do in Bangkok:

Touristy Stuff:

Quasi-Local Stuff:

Word of caution, the less touristy something is the less likely people are to speak english and the more likely you are to get lost.

This is a SongThaew
Graffiti Park, Bangkok

NightLife:

A bucket — Khao San Rd

Unique Food Experiences:

In general you can’t go wrong with food in Thailand, so I don’t really believe in a “best restaurants” list, you’d have to try really hard to NOT find good food wherever you go. Instead here are some unique culinary experiences (for when you need a break from street food):

Bug Burger!

Things to do in Chiang Mai:

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary — Jan 2018

Thank you for reading and enjoy Thailand! If you have any questions, are actually knowledgable and have strong disagreements with anything I’ve expressed, or followed my recommendations and were disappointed by anything, feel free to reach out to me— i’d love to be corrected and for this guide to get more crowdsourced :)

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I’m a University of California, Berkeley PhD student who writes code, makes biodegradable plastics, and blogs about other things entirely.

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Ivan Jayapurna

I’m a University of California, Berkeley PhD student who writes code, makes biodegradable plastics, and blogs about other things entirely.