15 Best Weekend Getaways From Bangkok, Thailand - Updated 2024

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Pallavi Mandar Jadhav
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Pallavi Mandar Jadhav

Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, is one of the most popular destinations for all travellers in the world. It’s a tourist place, where people can find almost anything they are looking for. Visitors get to enjoy staying in spa hotels or hotels near nightlife. Located in the central region of Thailand, it has a growing population of eight million. The city is surrounded by nature but is a concrete jungle. As a hub of modernity, technology, skyscrapers, and multiculturalism, Bangkok has a unique way of preserving its culture and traditions. In Bangkok, it’s convenient to move around the city by train, which serves as a highly used mode of public transportation, as are taxis and tuk-tuks. There is also a huge number of expats living here, which has added to the multiculturalism of the city. Continue reading to find out more about the best weekend getaways from Bangkok, Thailand.

1. Samut Songkhram

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Samut Songkhram is around one-and-a-half hours southwest of Bangkok by car and offers an enticing weekend escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. This charming province is steeped in history, and it’s renowned for preserving its rich cultural heritage. One of the most famous attractions is Mae Klong Railway Market, where vendors deftly retract their stalls as trains pass through. Visitors can also explore ancient temples such as Wat Phet Samut Worawihan to delve into the region’s spiritual roots.

For a delightful culinary experience, indulge in fresh seafood at Amphawa Floating Market, where local delicacies are served alongside gorgeous views of the canal. Meanwhile, nature enthusiasts can explore mangrove forests and make friends with macaque monkeys.

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Another must-visit attraction in Samut Songkhram is Tha Kha Floating Market. At this floating market you will find elderly people rowing boats, bringing local fruits and vegetables they grow at home to sell. This helps them earn some money and also relieves loneliness. There I met a grandmother who paddles a boat to sell fried oysters (Thai people call Hoi-Tod) everyday. If you visit this place and find her boat, you should try the fried oysters. Not only are they cheap, but they‘re also delicious. Hoi-Tod or fried oysters are coated in a flavorful batter, deep-fried until golden, and served with a tangy dipping sauce.

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2. Nakhon Nayok (from USD 108.0)

Nakhon Nayok is located around 114 kilometres (70.84 miles) northeast of Bangkok, a relatively short trip, proving to be an excellent weekend retreat. Here, visitors can explore the stunning Khao Yai National Park and its gushing waterfalls.

The province is known for its natural beauty, offering exciting outdoor activities such as hiking in the lush jungle, embarking on thrilling white-water rafting adventures in Nakhon Nayok River or simply relaxing amid picturesque landscapes. Don’t miss the spectacular Namtok Nang Rong, a local gem where you can cool off in the refreshing cascades.

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3. Hua Hin (from USD 107.95)

While Bangkok has some of the best places to visit, it also abounds with scenic destinations nearby. One of the best things to do alone is to go off on a weekend getaway to any of these places.

Hua Hin is one of the major districts of Prachuap Khiri Khan province in Thailand and it’s about 198.7 km (123.4 miles) from Bangkok, or a 4-hour ride by train. It is a place of nature, with amazing beaches and a fresh atmosphere. Most tourists visit Hua Hin for its clean beach and air. It is considered a calmer place and is ideal for families.

You can visit the beaches, enjoy the water park, and be stunned by the new Venezia-themed shopping and attraction village. Hua Hin has a tropical savanna climate, with heavy rain from September to November. The highest temperature was recorded at 38.7°C (101.7°F) and lowest at 14.9°C (58.8°F).

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4. Chiang Mai (from USD 29.0)

Located in the northern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the largest city in the region, with more than one million people. It is one of the most popular cities in the country to visit and to work as an expat. Chiang Mai was awarded the UNESCO title of Creative City. People visit Chiang Mai to explore the Old City, which is surrounded by a city wall on all four sides with gates that include Tha Phae Gate at the east, Chang Phueak Gate at the north, Suan Dok Gate at the west and Suan Prung Gate at the south.

The distance between Chiang Mai and Bangkok is 688.2 km (428 miles) and it will take an hour and 30 minutes to get to Chiang Mai by plane. Apart from the city and nightlife, people spend their time here visiting the temples and elephant sanctuaries, as well as river rafting, hiking and splashing at Chiang Mai’s Grand Canyon. Most things here, from food to accommodation, are less expensive than other Thai cities. Chiang Mai has tropical savanna climate with the highest temperature at 42.4°C (108.3°F) and the lowest at 3.8°C (38.8°F). It is mostly cooler from November to February.

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5. Ko Samet (from USD 27.49)

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Located in the southern part of Thailand, Ko Samet is an island off the coast of Rayong Province in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a small island, yet there’s so much to do here. It is one of the best weekend getaways for people in Bangkok. From Rayong, you can take a ferry to the island at its various piers. The island has unique and absurd structural figures of an ogress and mermaids which attracts tourists, not to mention the clean beaches, restaurants and bars.

The nightlife is the best time at the beach and is where no one sleeps. You can also swim and fish at this beach or simply relax. The distance between Ko Samet and Bangkok is about 168 km (104.3 miles) or a 5-hour drive and you can get a ferry to reach the island within 30 minutes.

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6. Koh Larn (from USD 75.0)

Located off the coast of Pattaya and one of the nearest beaches to Bangkok, Koh Larn is a beautiful destination to get a tan. It has numerous beaches and Tawaen Beach is the most popular among them. You can watch the sunset, hike the hills, indulge in the exotic fresh seafood and make all your wishes come true while snorkelling, sailing or underwater sea walking on the gorgeous coral reefs. Koh Larn is about 98 km (61 miles) from Bangkok, so once you get to Pattaya, you can take a 15-minute ride on a speedboat to the island.

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7. Kanchanaburi (from USD 147.0)

Kanchanaburi is a town located in the western part of Thailand. It is filled with nature and historical events from the 18th century. You can visit the elephant sanctuaries, where the elephants are well-kept and loved. You can also visit the famous Erawan National Park and Srinakarin National Park, which is surrounded by nature and gentle waterfalls. The distance between Kanchanaburi and Bangkok is 144 km (89.5 miles), or about a 2 hour and 45 minutes’ drive.

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Death Railway
In Kanchanaburi, the rice farming season typically peaks during the rainy season, from June to October. During this time, you can witness lush green rice paddies, traditional farming practices, and vibrant cultural celebrations. The transplanting of rice seedlings, known as “Ngan Chak,” is a fascinating event where locals come together for a communal farming experience. It offers a unique opportunity for tourists to engage with the local agricultural lifestyle and capture stunning landscapes during this period.

When in Kanchanaburi, also make sure to visit Elephants World. It is a sanctuary dedicated to the well-being of elephants. Tourists can experience ethical elephant interactions, learning about their care and conservation. Witnessing these majestic creatures in a natural environment offers a unique experience and responsible tourism opportunity, fostering a deeper understanding of elephant welfare and the importance of protecting these endangered animals.

Another highlight of this town is the Death Railway (pictured here). Riding it is a unique and historically significant experience. The railway, built during World War II, has a poignant story. You can learn about its historical importance and admire the picturesque surroundings. Look for any guided tours available for a more immersive experience.

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8. Khao Yai (from USD 142.89)

Khao Yai is one of the largest national parks in Thailand and, due to its unique design and rich nature, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s filled with lush green mountains and valleys and it has European-style town where you can shop for a variety of things and relish the delicious food. The distance to reach Khao Yai from Bangkok is 122 km (76 miles), which is about 2 hours and 30 minutes’ drive.

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9. Krabi (from USD 27.49)

Krabi is located in the southern part of Thailand and it is one of the top destinations in Thailand. The distance between Krabi and Bangkok is 783 km (486.5 miles) and you can reach it in a 1 hour and 10 minute flight from Bangkok. There are a lot of things to do and see in Krabi, from the white sandy beach to adventurous outdoor activities. Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Talabeng are the most visited islands in Krabi Province, where you can enjoy snorkelling, hiking on the cliffs, fishing, scuba diving and taking a speedboat adventure to the next level of fun.

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10. Pattaya (from USD 126.51)


Pattaya is an exciting coastal city located near Rayong in the southern part of Thailand. Pattaya is known for its large beach resorts, conveniently located to the city. If you plan to visit Pattaya, you must see the tallest Buddha statue at Wat Khao Phra Bat, witness the serene nature of the Sanctuary of Truth, marvel over the beautiful flowers at the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden and get blown away by its nightlife. Pattaya is 150 km (93.2 miles) away from Bangkok, or 2 hours of driving.

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11. Phuket (from USD 46.0)

Phuket is a province in Thailand, located in the southern region of the country and in the Andaman Sea. It is one of the smallest provinces, yet it is densely populated by locals and tourists from all over the world. It is also one of the top destinations in Thailand, as it is the largest island in the country with 70 percent mountain coverage. Phuket is famous for Patong Beach, as well as for its nightlife and shopping.

You can get to Phuket by air, bus, ferry and local modes of transportation, such as taxis and minivans. There are a lot things to do and see in Phuket, from sightseeing to partying on the beach. Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate with an average high temperature of 37.8°C (100°F) and the lowest of 18.4°C (65.1°F). The wet season is from March to December and the beginning of the year is quite dry. The distance from Bangkok to Phuket is about 844 km (525 miles) by road, or an hour and 15 minutes by air.

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12. Ayutthaya (from USD 60.0)

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Ayutthaya, once the capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom from the 13th to the 17th century, is a must-visit place in Thailand and rich in history, architecture and culture. Ayutthaya is about 86 km (54 miles) from Bangkok and you can reach it in less than 3 hours by train from Bangkok.

Most of the architectural structures here were built from the 13th to the 16th century, while some existed before Ayutthaya was founded. The famous architectural sites to visit here are the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya Historical Park, the ruins of the old city of Ayuthaya and the Golden Buddha at Wat Phanan Choeng. If you are interested in history and incredible architecture, you have to visit Ayutthaya.

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13. Koh Si Chang (from USD 266.0)

Located in Chonburi Province, Koh Si Chang is a coastal town near the Gulf of Thailand and it is 75.1 km (46.7 miles) from Bangkok. It was built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) of Thailand as a place to relax. Therefore, most people visit Koh Si Chang for pleasure, visiting the beach and sightseeing. If you plan to go to Koh Si Chang, you have to visit the Summer Palace, Bell Stone and the temples. However, if you are interested in outdoor activities, you can definitely go kayaking, fishing and snorkelling here.

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14. Korat

Wooden House Korat Thailand
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This is a major city in the northern Isan region of Thailand and is popular for its historical and cultural attractions. Phimai Historical Park, Prasat Hin Phanom Wan, and Ban Rai Temple are some of the top attractions in Korat. The cheapest way to get to Korat is by taking an intercity bus from Bangkok, which will take around three hours to reach. My sister-in-law is from Korat and plans at least a couple of weekend getaways in the city.

Although it is one of the largest cities in Thailand, it does not have the same rush as Bangkok, allowing tourists to enjoy a more laidback and relaxing holiday.

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15. Koh Samui

Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
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I have been to many beaches in Thailand, but for some reason have never made it to the ones in gorgeous Samui. Surrounded by the warm water of the Gulf of Thailand, the island of Samui is a popular destination for honeymooners and couples looking for a relaxing getaway. Visitors can spend hours on a private beach, book a dive adventure, or explore the nearby islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan. The Angthong National Marine Park and Wat Plai Laem are also popular attractions on the island.

Tourists can choose to stay on the popular Lamai Beach or book a luxury resort or a private rental away from the crowds. I think Koh Samui is the best spot to wrap up a culture, shopping, and action-packed trip to Thailand.

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Bangkok offers plenty of theme parks and other attractions. Living in a crowded city, however, get quite exhausting and exasperating, so you need to take some time out and give yourself a break from all the hustle and bustle. It’s a great idea to plan a weekend trip from Bangkok, where you can enjoy your quality time and relax.

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