Thailand 8-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 10 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Thailand.

Please peruse our collection of 8-day itineraries to see which one sounds like an ideal Thai adventure. If you'd like to hit the highlights, from the bustling Bangkok floating markets to the quiet trails of Chiang Mai, check out a trip like this highlights of Thailand itinerary. For beach enthusiasts, consider something similar to this classic Phuket Beach adventure, where you'll get a healthy dose of sunshine while island hopping and exploring historical sites. If elephant tracking and cycling through ancient ruins sounds fun, you might opt for an adventure like this Northern Thailand cultural itinerary

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 8-day trips in Thailand.

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Spend an afternoon kayaking in Phang Nga Bay
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Best of Thailand - 8 Days

If you've ever dreamed of Thailand, this 8-day adventure covers the highlights with a perfect mix of guided tours and free time. Start off in vibrant Bangkok for iconic Buddhist sites and a gourmet dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Then fly north to Chiang Mai to explore the Old Town on foot and spend a day with elephants. Finish off in Phuket, where you'll kayak, island-hop, and relax on gorgeous white sand beaches.

Phi Phi Islands
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Highlights of Bangkok & Phuket - 8 Days

This eight-day city-and-beach adventure showcases the best bits of two of Thailand's most-loved locations—with the perfect mix of diverse sightseeing and total relaxation. Travel by Skytrain, speedboat, tuk-tuk, and long-tail boat; hit the shops and the beach; see movie-star settings and local family-run workshops; visit glittering temples and neon-lit bars. Then venture into the forest to spend time with majestic Asian elephants, joining them for a mud bath and a swim in the river.

Buddha statue in Sukhothai Historical Park
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A Taste of Culture in Northern Thailand - 8 Days

Get ready to spend a lot of time on your bike as you travel to villages in the rolling green hills of the countryside, taste incredible local flavors and home-cooked meals, and immerse yourself in the history of northern Thailand. You'll explore the impressive temple ruins in the ancient city of Sukhothai, stay with the Karen tribe in their village, and hang out with a herd of wild elephants.

Start your adventure with a pinch-me-now trip to the Phi Phi Islands
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Classic Phuket Beach Adventure - 8 Days

Phuket is Thailand's most famous beach destination, but there's more to this itinerary than chilling on the sand. Over the course of eight days, you'll take a boat to the Phi Phi Islands, snorkel around the protected Similan Islands, and kayak in Phang Nga Bay. There will also be some land activities like ziplining, ATV riding, and exploring Old Phuket Town on your own and with a local guide.

Enjoy cool temperatures and breathtaking views on your hike to Phu Chi Fa
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Climb the Peaks of Northern Thailand - 8 Days

The active eight-day tour is perfect for moderate hikers who are interested in northern Thailand's epic landscapes. Starting with a summit above Chiang Mai, you and your guide will accomplish a number of trails in national parks, forests, and rice fields while staying in unique towns near the Burmese and Laotian borders. Of course, there will be plenty of time to absorb Thai culture along the way, from visiting monks and hill tribes to dining on fresh red curry at the night markets.

Ko Lipe is part of a group of remote islands in in the Andaman Sea
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Thailand's Ultimate Ko Lipe Beach Vacation - 8 Days

Get ready for eight blissful days on a group of islands in the Andaman Sea, which are often compared to the Maldives. This exclusive itinerary focuses on beautiful Ko Lipe, renowned for its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Spend your days sunbathing, exploring coral reefs, participating in yoga and meditation sessions, and sipping sunset cocktails. You'll also take boat trips to nearby secluded islands—and volunteer with locals—for the ultimate wellness vacation.

Phuket's pristine beaches are some of the best in the world
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Thailand City, Mountain & Beach Escape - 8 Days

Check off cities, mountains, and beaches on this epic eight-day adventure showcasing some of the best of Thailand. After touching down in vibrant Bangkok, you'll explore the city's narrow canals, waterfront temples, and delicious cuisine. Then it's on to verdant Chiang Mai for hot springs, ancient temples, and shopping for artisanal wares. Spend a day with elephants in a sanctuary before hopping over to the beaches of Phuket and sailing and snorkeling around the Phi Phi Islands.

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Bangkok & Northern Thailand Adventure - 8 Days

Get ready to discover the diversity of Thailand's best-loved cities and surroundings. Zip around the buzzing neon-lit streets of Bangkok on a tuk-tuk, watch local life go by as you glide through canal-side communities, and hop between UNESCO-listed temples. Then board the sleeper train and chug north to forested valleys and misty mountains where you'll take dips in hot springs, meet rescued elephants, and stand on the edge of three countries.

Refresh with a dip in the Pa Dok Siew Waterfall, Chiang Mai
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Highlights of Thailand - 8 Days

Experience the best of Bangkok and Chiang Mai on this eight-day getaway. Visit floating markets and temples in Bangkok, cycle through Thailand's old capital, Thonburi, and float down the river on a long-tail boat. Learn traditional cooking methods as the house guest of a Thai family in Chiang Mai, and witness the sacred mountainous temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The adventure culminates with a day out in the spectacular Doi Inthanon National park.

See the highest point in Thailand at Doi Inthanon
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Discover Northern Thailand by Tuk-Tuk: Chiang Mai, Mae Wang & Mae Klang Luang - 8 Days

Go off the beaten path, literally, as you travel through northern Thailand by tuk-tuk. Start in Chiang Mai to make your way along dirt roads through small villages, rice paddy fields, and tea plantations. Visit an elephant camp before floating on a bamboo raft down the waterways of Mae Wang. Hike through lush forests, waterfalls, villages, and rice paddy fields in Mae Klang Luang. Finish your trip by spending the evening chowing down on delicious street food in Chiang Mai's lively neighborhoods.

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