Thailand Self Drive – 8 Days Itinerary Summary from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Thailand is a perfect destination for anyone. It is located in South East Asia and it is well-known for its food, weather, people and culture. The low cost also attract many visitor yearly to this facinating country.

My itinerary include :

  • Unesco History : Ayutthaya & Sukhothai & Si Satchanalai Park
  • Museum – Chicken Bowl Museum
  • Temple – Wat Prathat Lampang Luang temple & White Temple & Doi Suthep
  • Park – Singha Beer Park
  • University – Mae Fah Luang University
  • Culture – Long Neck Karen Village
  • Mountain – Mae Salong
  • Attraction – Golden Triangle
  • Camp – Elephant Camp
  • Botanical Garden – Tweechol Botanic Garden
  • City Tour – Chiang Mai

Before my departure, there are some preparation work to be done.  These are the few action item:

Action item/Checklist before departure:

  1. Plan your travel route and daily Itinerary
  2. Book air ticket in advance, preferably 3 to 6 months in order to secure a cheaper ticket through skyscanner.com.
  3. Book hotel through agoda.com.
  4. Car rental booking through rentalcars.com.
  5. Make sure you have your driving license and international driving permit for overseas driving.

Below map show our 8 days self driving in Thailand, from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.  We rented car from Bangkok and return our car rental in Chiang Mai and flew back from Chiang Mai Airport.  Rough estimation – 1120km, but I am sure we did way more than that.  It was an easy, pretty safe and fun self driving experience one should not miss!

Day 1 – Bangkok to Ayutthaya

  • Bangkok Airport to Ayutthaya city (94.5km)
  • Highlight – Historic City of Ayutthaya -second Siamese capital (Unesco)
  • Hotel – 42C The Chic Hotel at Nakhon Sawan (166km from Ayutthaya)

Day 2 – Sukhothai

  • Nakhon Sawan – Sukhothai (185km)
  • Highlight – Historica City of Sukhothai – First Siamese capital (Unesco)
  • Hotel – Legendha Sukhothai Hotel at Sukhothai

Day 3 – Lampang

  • Sukhothai – Si Satchanalai Historical Park (55.7km)
  • Si Satchanalai Historical Park – Lampang (154km)
  • Chicken bowl museum Lampang
  • Wat Prathat Lampang Luang temple
  • Lampang River Lodge Hotel

Day 4 – Chiang Rai

Day 5 – Golden Triangle & Chiang Rai

  • Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle (70km)
  • Golden Triangle – Mae Salong (1 hour drive)
  • Mae Salong – Long neck Karen Village ( 1 hour )
  • Long Neck Karen Village – Singha Beer Park ( 30 min)
  • Laluna Hotel and Resort in Chiang Rai city

Day 6 – Chiang Mai

  • Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai (200km)
  • Stopover at Hot spring/Khmer Style temple on the highway
  • Doi Suthep temple – most famous in Chiang Mai
  • Horizon Village & Resort at Tweechol Botanic Garden, outskirt of Chiang Mai

Day 7 – Chiang Mai

Day 8 – Chiang Mai City Tour

  • Tha Phae Gate
  • Wat Phan Tao -temple
  • Three Kings Monument
  • Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan -temple
  • Wat Thung Yu -temple
  • Phra Singh temple
  • Chiang Mai Airport (less than 30 mins from Chiang Mai town)

Food Guide :

  • Tom Yum Gung – Hot & Spicy & Sour Soup
  • Pad Thai – Fried Rice Noodles
  • Kao Na Phet – Served with plate of rice with duck meat
  • Moo Dad Diew – Deep fried pork marinated in dark sweet soy sauce then deep fried.
  • Larb Moo– minced pork and liver dressed with lime juice, fish sauce, mint leaves, onions, chilies and the essential toasted rice crunch.
  • Nam Tok Moo -Grilled tender juicy pork is mingled with generous portions of lemon juice, green onions, chili, mint sprigs, fish sauce and toasted rice.
  • Pad Ga Pow Moo Kai Dow – Chicken, pork or minced meat is stir fried in oil with garlic, chilies, small green vegetables like green beans and the vibrant basil
  • Thai Dessert – Durian Coconut Milk Soup with Sticky Rice & Mangoes Sticky Rice, Khao Mao Tod (Fried Banana with Roasted Rice)

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30 Replies to “Thailand Self Drive – 8 Days Itinerary Summary from Bangkok to Chiang Mai”

    1. Dear Emily,

      South East Asia is waiting for you and Thailand is a great place full of sunshine all year round and plenty of ruins and interesting culture.

  1. Thailand is definitely on my bucket list, it looks so full of history and exploration. It looked like you had so much fun exploring!

  2. Yours is the second thailand travel post i’ve seen today. what’s cool is that you have shown what its like to walk around and enjoy the culture. The other post i saw showed what the coastline life is like. two very interesting perspectives.

    1. Dear Amy,

      Thailand has so much offer, I guess the one you see are beaches coastline part. My is from Bangkok to Chiangmai inland drive, more of mountain roadtrip and checking out few hundred old ruins!

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. You are right about plenty of organizing and planning before hand but it was worth it. I hope my guide can help other in their future trip in Thailand.

  3. Sounds like such an amazing trip, I would love to visit Thailand and your itinerary sounds perfect. I like all the pictures and your outfits are just gorgeous.

    1. Dear Flora,

      Yes, that is the Hungarian Parliament House in Budapest – so beautiful and stunning when you see it at night time through the river cruise along Danube River!

  4. What a great itinerary, a bit longer than I usually like but you can break it up over a couple of days. I also love all of your outfits!

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