7 road trip ideas near Bangkok for the coming long weekend


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There is always an awkward feeling of FOMO whenever a long weekend goes by and you don’t have anything planned. Those smart enough to book in advance always end up in Phuket or Samui, and those who found themselves in work never realized that Monday or Friday was a day off. But it doesn’t have to be that way. These 7 road trip ideas near Bangkok will give you that much-needed getaway without much hassle or up-front planning.

Lasting between 30 minutes and 4 hours of driving, these road trips are fun and easy to do from Bangkok, and are ideal for the 3-day weekend that awaits us in October. We have associated each destination with a charming hotel that is worth the detour, for a weekend full of character. Read on and get inspired for your next big outing out of town.

[Hero and Featured Image Credit: MASON Pattaya]

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Granted, this one is hardly a road trip in its classic sense, but if you’re not the long-haul type, it can still give you that feeling of the outdoors. A ‘hidden sanctuary’ by the Charoenkrung ATT19 art space, The Cocoon opened earlier this year as a cool, contemporary boutique hotel in Samut Prakarn. Combining nature, art and design, come here to relax (that is, take plenty of naps), read books, and simply switch off for a few days.

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30 minutes: Samut Prakarn

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1h30 drive: Ayutthaya

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Whether you want to head to Ayutthaya for merit or just eat river shrimp, the ancient and historic city is always worth a visit. Baan Pomphet is a relatively new addition to the boutique hotel scene here, serving as the backdrop for many grams of Ayutthaya. Well known for its restaurant and rustic, family-style cuisine, you can enjoy the river views and the beauty of the hotel’s namesake, the nearby Pomphet Fortress.

1h30 drive: Ayutthaya

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At 2 am: Pattaya

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Are you more of the beach type? Pattaya is pretty much the closest big beach to Bangkok, so why not take a road trip to MASON? The villa-only boutique hotel is admired for its unique design by award-winning architect Vasu Virajslip and is located on Na Jomtien Beach. You can admire the Pattaya skyline to your right and a local fishing village to your left, as well as Angsila, the unique community of local rock carvers and artisans nearby. Contemporary and cool, with a touch of culture.

At 2 am: Pattaya

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2h30 drive: Hua Hin

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Was there a more trending destination than Hua Hin during partial containment? It feels like Bangkokians have once again fallen in love with the pretty sleepy seaside town (formerly) and have flocked there ever since. We have our eye on Putahracsa for a boutique stay this time around, a 67 bedroom property and villa with a natural design philosophy. You can dine on the beach or sit in the bakery reading books all day. It is a popular meeting place for weekends and locals.

2h30 drive: Hua Hin

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At 3 a.m .: Pranburi

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Hua Hin too mainstream for you? Head a little further south and discover the more private Pranburi. More and more travelers are discovering this even quieter seaside town, with several hotel chains starting to settle. Aleenta is one of the originals here, with 25 private villas and suites to enjoy – each with stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand. Romantic for couples and fun for families too.

At 3 a.m .: Pranburi

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At 3 a.m .: Kanchanaburi

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Maybe you want to immerse yourself in nature, but don’t want to say goodbye to luxury amenities just yet. Head to Kanchanaburi and stay at Tara Villa if that sounds like your jam. Located by the Kwai Yai River, the resort is ideal for large groups who wish to stay together in private villas. Between private pools and in-room afternoon teas, this soothing and minimalist resort is the amalgam of nature and comfort.

At 3 a.m .: Kanchanaburi

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3 hours drive: Khao Yai

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If you are not a fan of the beach, you may be a fan of the mountains (or rather the valley). Head to Khao Yai to explore Khao Yai National Park by day and farm-to-table cuisine at Roukh Kiri by night. The villa-only resort opened last year and features a barn-inspired design. Take a dip in the saltwater pool, explore the vegetable garden, and enjoy farm life in all its glory here.

3 hours drive: Khao Yai

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At 4 am: Koh Samed

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If you are up for the trip, Koh Samed is definitely worth a visit for a road trip out of Bangkok. Paradee is a well-known villa complex here, located on a tropical hill overlooking the beach. Offering over 100m² of living space, this is an ideal place for those who love their space. You can hide on the beach or in the lush gardens, although the huge tubs are definitely our favorite spot.

4h drive: Koh Samed

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