3 weeks Thailand backpacking adventure - Route & Recommendations

It has been quiet a while since I published my last blogpost. Starting uni, moving out and still keeping up with my photography work didn’t really leave lots of time for writing, but now that my first exams are over, I‘ve finally got time again for all the things I had to put aside during the past few months. I‘m finally off to new adventures and can’t wait to tell you all about it. 

At the moment, I’m on the plane from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok and more than excited for the upcoming weeks. That’s why I thought it would be the perfect time to give you an overview about our travel plans and present to you our preplanned travel itinerary for 3 weeks in Thailand. Of course this is still subject to change, but as we already booked two inland flights we‘ll probably follow most of the plan. This blogpost should give you a good overview and maybe some inspiration if you are currently thinking about the route for you next Thailand trip. More detailed blogposts about each of the destinations are about to follow.

First of all, I‘d like to make clear that we’re not traveling Thailand as the standard backpackers: we’ve still got a limited budget, but prefer staying in relatively cheap hotels or bungalows instead of hostels. Nevertheless, you can of course follow our itinerary and stay in dorms instead.

Backpacking Thailand 3 weeks Route
Backpacking Thailand 3 weeks Route


We were lucky enough to find rather cheap flights from Düsseldorf to Abu Dhabi to Dubai, 4 days later from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok and back from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi to Düsseldorf. If you book early enough you can find very affordable fares with Etihad or Emirates and for inland flights I highly recommend AirAsia.


Day 1-4 Bangkok

Accommodation: AirBnB in OldTown

To-Do: Night markets, Temples, Shopping and Street Food 

Day 3-8 Krabi

Accommodation: Krabi Pitta House in Krabi Town

To Do: Railay Beach, Explore the region by scooter, Boat trips, Tiger Cave Temple, Night markets

Day 8-11 Khao Sok National Park

Accommodation: Khao Sok Riverside Cottages

To Do: Canoeing, Overnight Lake Tour, Jungle Hikes

Day 11-16 Koh Phangan

Accommodation: Cookies Salad Hotel

To Do: Beach Hopping, Haad Salad Beach, Explore the island by scooter, Waterfall Exploring

Day 16-20 Koh Tao

Accommodation: New Heaven Dive Resort

To Do: Explore the island by scooter, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Freedom Beach, Shark Bay, Viewpoints

Day 20-21 Bangkok

Accommodation: VELA Hotel

To-Do: Thai Massage, Shopping Tour, Relax at the Hotel Pool

Backpacking Thailand 3 weeks Route
Backpacking Thailand 3 weeks Route

For us one of the most important things while planning the trip was to have enough time at each of the destinations, especially on the islands. Of course you can try to see the north and south of Thailand in 3 weeks, but for us a few days in Bangkok and then lots of time in the south were the best option. I know that everybody’s got really different opinions on Bangkok, but I personally think that it totally worth spending a few days exploring the city. 3 nights are normally enough to acclimatize, overcome your Jetlag and visit some markets and temples. I’m definitely going to write a blogpost about how to explore Bangkok in three days. 

To save time we decided to fly to Krabi instead of going by train or bus. Nevertheless, you should definitely compare prices and see what’s the best option for you. As everyone knows, Krabi is quit touristy, but as I‘ve only been to the islands on the other side of the gulf of Thailand before, I didn’t want to miss out on everything worth seeing around Krabi. Four nights and three full days should be enough to do some day trips into the jungle and to the famous islands. 

Next up will be adventuring around Khao Sok National Park. I’m more than excited to work together with Khao Sok Riverside Cottages along the way and share all my experiences soon.

Last but not least, we really want to get the island feeling and spend the last 9 days by the beach. After lots of research and talking with friends, we decided to check out Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Both islands are not too big (like Koh Samui or Phuket), great for snorkeling and there’s still a lot to explore if you’re getting sick of all the beach days.

Backpacking Thailand 3 weeks Route

I hope I could give you a good idea about our plans for the upcoming weeks and maybe inspire you to plan an awesome Thailand trip yourself.

Have a great day and let me know if you’ve got any questions!