You are living in Asia and need to get away for some city fun and beach time to get away from it all, but only have one week and a limited budget? No problem, Thailand offers both! Bangkok is not only one of the most fun cities in Asia, but also close to the beaches, so you can enjoy the city and relax on the beach a few hours later! And Thailand is still very affordable, with lots of low-cost airlines and inexpensive hotels.
Traveler: 2 adult, 2 children
Starting from: Kuala Lumpur, HongKong, Singapore, Manila
Experience: City Fun & Beach Getaway
Trip Duration: 1 week
Comfort Level: Budget
Budget for Air fare and Hotels: $450-$480
There are lots of low-cost carriers, like AirAsia or Cebu Pacific, flying to Bangkok, making it easy and cheap to reach, from many Asian capitals for under $200 round-trip. You can take the train into the city and check into your comfortable, but inexpensive hotel like the ibis Sathorn and still enjoy all Bangkok, the City of Angels has to offer – you can shop till you drop at markets like Asiatique or hip malls like Terminal 21, have great food on the street or markets, see fantastic sights like the Grand Palace and shop till you drop! You can party the night away like nowhere else in Asia. And, when you are tired from all the sightseeing, shopping and partying, you can treat yourself to an hour of Traditional Thai massage starting at less than $10/hour!
And when you had enough of the busy city, you can head to the beach for some quiet relaxation. Hua Hin is just 3 hours South of Bangkok and is famous for being the favorite beach destination of the royal family: If you see Thai Navy ships stationed along the coast, they might be in town! Hua Hin is a well developed beach destinations with a lot of hotels, restaurants and shopping – but a little quieter than it’s competitor Pattaya on the other side of the Gulf. It also has a much nicer beach for long walks along the miles of sandy beach and to relax in the sun. Your budget will go far at the ibis Hua Hin – it’s not far from the beach, has its own pool and is close to restaurants and a weekend market!
After 3 nights on the beach, you head back to the city and check into the Park Plaza Sukhumvit Soi 18 for a trendy stay at the end of your trip. You’ll have time for some last-minute gift shopping for your loved ones at home (or some well deserved self-gifting), have one more evening at a rooftop bar looking over the lights of Bangkok, and one more great Thai meal before heading home!
If this sounds like the right trip for you, check out my tips Bangkok – How to get there and around, where to stay and what to see & do to help you plan your trip! Check out my Escape to Hua Hin for more information. If you are looking for a party beach, check out Pattaya. For a more peaceful & less developed beach getaway from Bangkok, I recommend Ko Samed!