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A common question asked is how long should we spend in Thailand, Southeast Asia? When planning a trip to Thailand, two weeks is an ideal timeframe because it will allow you to spend a few days in different locations and really take in the sights in the various regions of the country without feeling too rushed. There are a lot of places to visit andn all sorts of activities to do in Thailand and some are specific to the location so it’s important to decide what you want to visit in Thailand and what you want to do.
It is possible to squeeze things into your Thailand itinerary into just 10 days, however, 2 weeks in Thailand allows for that extra breathing space, more relaxed transfers, and the option to extend your time in particular places where you would like to stay longer.
A typical Thailand itinerary-2 weeks which is especially good for first-time of a Thailand trip begins in an early morning flight from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport with a minimum of two days to get around to the major places to visit, check out one of the many rooftop bars, then a day trip to Ayutthaya in central Thailand, then heading to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north followed by some the southern islands in the Andaman Sea of Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Or going to the Gulf of Thailand and exploring the islands in that region.
It’s possible to focus two -weeks in Thailand on one or two regions and explore these more closely rather than trying to cover the whole country from south to north. If your interests lie in water sports, diving, or snorkelling, then island-hopping in the south and the national marine parks will be best for you.
If you are into nature parks, wildlife, hiking or rock climbing, then there are some key must-sees in the north and central parts of Thailand. However, one of the best rock climbing destinations exists in the southern peninsula of Railay beach off the coast of Krabi. So you could start down south in Railay and then work your way up through the central national parks to the northern highlands and Thailand’s highest peak.
What to see in Thailand in 2 weeks is only limited by your imagination. You can be assured that the 2-week visit to Thailand cost will not dent your purse. THG can arrange accommodations for you at your preferred hotels or resorts, from mid-range to luxury hotels, including airport transfers and car/van rentals, if you wish. We can assure you of a memorable Thailand trip!
From Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport fly into (Northern Thailand) Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai was the last capital of the Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Then, spend time exploring the Chiang Mai temples of the old city like the Wat Chedi Luang, the Chiang Mai National Museum, shopping in the local market or night market, doing one of the half-day Thai cooking classes, visiting an Elephant Nature Park and seeing the rescued Chiang Mai elephants up-close (the Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary for rescued working elephants), a day trip to Doi Inthanon National Park for hiking to the summit. (4 days) From Chiang Mai, take a minivan to Pai where you can walk the Bamboo Bridge that stretches through the tranquil rice paddies, stop on the way at Pam Bok Waterfalls, hike the Pai canyon for a spectacular panoramic sunset and soothe weary muscles in the nearby Pai hot springs. Pai is famous for organic food cafes and yoga retreats so eat well and add in a yoga class. Stay overnight and head to Mae Hong Son the next day (2 hrs drive). (2-3 days) Arrive in the picturesque town of Mae Hong Son set on a large lake near the Myanmar border. Here you can go river rafting and explore the Tham Lod cave system, visit ethnic hill-tribe villages, and see amazing waterfalls such as Mo Paeng and Pombok, the most revered Shan-style temple known as Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu and spend time strolling the town’s walking street night market for tasty local food and handicrafts. (2 days) You can then travel directly to Chaing Rai or go back to Chiang Mai. Chiang Rai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom before Chiang Mai. It is near the borders of Laos and Myanmar (formerly Burma). Chiang Rai has retained a strong Lanna identity and is known for its temples, art, cuisine and music. Take a bus or drive to Chiang Rai(3.5 hrs from Chiang Mai ) to discover the bizarre and incredible White Temple (the White Temple is aka Wat Rong Khun, a privately-owned art exhibit in a Buddhist temple style) and the Wat Phra Kaew, the original “house” of the Emerald Buddha. and other impressive Lanna-style temples, art galleries and cuisine. Then onwards to the Golden Triangle where two rivers intersect creating a three-way border between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar and learn about the region’s notorious history. Less than 10 km from the Golden Triangle is Thailand’s oldest town –Chiang Saen which was a former Lanna kingdom city capital before Chiang Rai. In the town, you can stroll near the lake, peruse the Chiang Saen National Museum and the various Lanna-style Wats or temples(5 days) ….Fly back to Bangkok.
THG can prepare this Thailand itinerary for your 2-week Thailand trip, including, if you wish, travel requirements, accommodations (options from mid-range to luxury) according to your specifications, travel arrangements, day trips and other arrangements.
Talk about a tropical island holiday and you get a Thailand itinerary to Southern Thailand, with its many islands and island groups. Each island offers its own unique personality, with lush rainforests, rocky formations, white sandy beaches, top snorkelling and diving spots, swimming and water sports, beach bars, and coral reefs. Whether you’re looking to stay active with water sports, swimming and snorkelling, or simply wanting to chill with a fresh coconut or beer in hand or dance the night away at a beach party – you’ll find a Thai island to suit your needs for your next holiday to Thailand. You can take a few different routes for your southern Thailand trip, but these are the most popular: Koh Samui as a base. Koh Samui is Thailand’s 2nd-largest island, known for its mountainous rainforest, white sand beach dotted with palm trees, luxury resorts and spas. Visiting Thailand isn’t complete without the traditional Thai massage, you can have it by the beach! The landmark for Koh Samui is the 12 meter-tall Big Buddha statue at the Wat Phra Yai Temple. Then the boat trips on a long tail boat. Island-hop to Koh Phangan. Koh Phangan is the island that has put South East Asia, specifically Thailand on the world map for its Full Moon Party. This boisterous, colourful and so-vibrant nighttime event connected to the moon’s cycles, brings revellers to Haad Rin, on Sunrise Beach in the southeastern peninsula of Koh Phangan. From here, a long tail boat trip to Ang Thong Marine Park, then Koh Tao. Literally meaning “Turtle Island,” Koh Tao is one of the most popular islands of Thailand, Southeast Asia, especially among divers and snorkelers worldwide. The most settled area of Koh Tao is Ban Mae Haad Beach. The tropical coral reefs of Koh Tao, harbouring various species of whale sharks and rays have made it famous for diving and snorkelling, creating more than 25 dive sites. A growing trend adding to the attractions of Koh Tao is rock climbing and bouldering because of the granite boulders in the forests and on the beaches. There are now mid-range resorts and restaurants on the beaches of Koh Tao. Then, onwards to Phuket. Phuket is the largest island of Thailand and the first to become internationally famous for its beaches and waters. Besides its marine attractions, it is home to the Khao Sok National Park covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world and huge limestone mountains. From here, another longtail boat trip to the Koh Phi Phi islands – one of which became famous as the shooting location for a Hollywood movie, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai, Phang Nga Bay, Surin National Park Islands, Similan Islands National Park and James Bond Island. Or from the Krabi mainland, explore the Railay peninsula – Railay Beach, globally famous among rock climbers for its high limestone cliffs, can be accessed by long-tail boat from mainland Krabi. The stunning beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere also add to the attractions of Railay beach, increasing tourist arrivals with its constant inclusion in a Thailand itinerary. From here, then on to Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Koh Lanta is an island district of Krabi province on the Andaman coast, known for its coral-fringed beaches and mangroves, limestone formations and rainforests. Koh Lanta is one of the islands making up the Mu Koh Lanta National Park. The largest island Koh Lanta Yai is home to the Chao Leh, a tribe of sea gypsies. Formerly a backpackers’ haven, Koh Lanta Yai presently boasts exclusive resorts. Its unspoiled nature of the lush jungle, clean white sand beaches, attractive coral reefs and crystal-clear turquoise waters make Koh Lanta a relaxing retreat, in contrast to the more popular Phuket and the Koh Phi Phi Islands. Near the Malaysian border, discover Koh Lipe. Or near Cambodia, visit Koh Chang and Koh Kood. Koh Chang, meaning “Elephant Island” is the third-largest island in Thailand, after Phuket and Koh Samui, named so for its elephant-shaped headland. The island started its road to popularity in the mid-1970s for backpackers. In 1982, more than half of Koh Chang and nearby coral reefs became included in the protected Mu Koh Chang National Park. Since 2019, tourism has become Koh Chang’s biggest earner. Only approximately 100 kilometres north of Phuket within Phang Nga province is the coastal area of Khao Lak on the Andaman Sea. It is world-renowned for its pristine natural beauty, translucent waters and powder white sand beaches, flourishing marine life and outstanding diving and snorkelling. As well as lush rainforests, waterfalls, lakes and national parks. Khao Lak is considered one of the top dive destinations in the world and has much to be explored. You can stay in Phuket first then head to Khao Lak or vice versa.
For a 2 week central Thailand trip, you can explore the capital Bangkok in 3 days. Among the numerous sights in Bangkok, we mention the musts on a trip to Thailand. See the Wat Pho (Wat Pho is a must in a Thailand itinerary, and home to the largest Reclining Buddha statue. Located right behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, a visit to Wat Pho equals two temples), Wat Arun (Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn is a stunning Buddhist temple dating back to the Ayutthaya period) and other major temples, the Grand Palace, the floating market (you can choose either Amphawa Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, two of Bangkok’s popular floating markets – which are a must-see when you visit in Thailand) or take a Thai cooking class, experience nightlife on the many rooftop bars. Don’t forget that Bangkok is the “shopping capital of Asia” and you can find many of these on Khao San Road along with dancing/party places. Khao San Road has been described by a Thai writer as “a short road that has the longest dream in the world.” Then travel to some nearby world-heritage listed ancient cities and spend a day in each place: Ayutthaya (13th century) and Lopburi (11th century), among the most historically interesting places to visit in any Thailand travel. You could also add a day trip to Khao Yai National Park 3 hours from Bangkok, and it is certainly worth the trip with all kinds of trekking trials available. This is Thailand’s first official national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In just 2.5 hours by bus or car from Bangkok, you can be in Kanchanaburi province, where you can visit WWII relics, the notable River Kwai Bridge and WWII museums and cemeteries like the Death Railway Museum or Hellfire Pass Museum which you can cover in a couple of days. You can visit the unique Wat Tham Sua or “Tiger’s Cave Temple,” with tigers everywhere and an impressive golden Buddha right in the heart of the temple complex, situated upon a mountain with beautiful views of the River Kwai. There are several national parks you can add to your Central Thailand travel, with cascading waterfalls such as Sai Yok and Erawan National Park along with Khao Laem Lake. Both have excellent trekking routes so you will need at least a day in both parks to appreciate the natural habitat.
Two weeks is an ideal timeframe to spend a few days in different locations and really take in the sights in the various regions of the country without feeling too rushed.
In Bangkok, you can see the major temples, the Grand Palace, shopping malls, floating markets, try all types of street food, stroll night markets and party in the many clubs and bars that attract visitors to the urban nightlife- all this in just 2 or 3 days! Then from there, you can travel to some nearby world-heritage listed ancient cities of Ayutthaya (13th century) or Lopburi (11th century) where you will need a day at each location to absorb their history and scale. In just 2.5 hours by bus or car from Bangkok, you can be in Kanchanaburi province, where you can visit World War II relics, the notable River Kwai Bridge, WWII museums and cemeteries like the Death railway museum which you can cover in a couple of days. There are several national parks you can add to your trip, with cascading waterfalls such as Sai Yok and Erawan National Parks along with Khao Laem Lake. Both have excellent trekking routes and amazing flora and fauna. Then you fly up to Chiang Mai, spend time exploring the temples of the old city, shopping in the night bazaars, visiting an elephant sanctuary, and taking day trips to Doi Inthanon National Park to hike to the summit and Chaing Rai to explore its unusual temples like the famous White Temple and art galleries. From the north, you can take a flight to the south to enjoy some beach time. Stay on the coastal area of Khao Lak on the Andaman Sea, for pristine natural beauty, translucent waters and powder white sand beaches, flourishing marine life and outstanding diving and snorkelling. As well as lush rainforests, waterfalls, lakes and national parks. In less than a two hours drive, you can be on the island of Phuket and explore this popular tourist hot spot and then go island-hopping from there.
Think about what to do in Thailand, your interests and tastes, what you wish to see then let that shape your travel plans. Keep in mind transportation time frames when designing your Thailand 2 week itinerary as you will need to factor this in. Domestic flights are available to and from most of the popular tourist hubs and will save you travel time.
These are the most popular islands to explore during a two-week itinerary for Thailand. Start in Koh Samui then island-hop to Koh Phangan, Ang Thong Marine Park, and Koh Tao from there. Basing yourself in Phuket you can then take day trips or stay a few days in some of the following isles: Phi Phi islands, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai, Phang Nga Bay, Surin National Park Islands, Similan National Park islands and James Bond Island. Or from the Krabi mainland, explore the Railay peninsula, Phi Phi islands, and Koh Lanta. Nearby the Malaysian border, discover Koh Lipe. Or nearby Cambodia, visit Koh Chang and Koh Kood. You can visit Khao Lak on the Andaman Sea. It is world-renowned for its pristine natural beauty, translucent waters and powder white sand beaches, flourishing marine life and outstanding diving and snorkelling. As well as lush rainforests, waterfalls, lakes and national parks. One option is staying a few days in Phuket first then heading to Khao Lak or vice versa. Then from Phuket, you can island-hop to other Andaman Sea isles.
It depends on what you wish to see and do. To visit Thailand you need at least one week. Two weeks is ideal. Tourists visit Thailand for various reasons – shopping, swimming, diving, climbing, or just vacationing. Your interests would guide you on what you want to do and where you want to go when you visit Thailand, then you can plan the days it will take for a satisfying Thailand travel vacation!
If you want to see as much as possible in only 2 weeks in Thailand, then flights will be the quickest and easiest way to get around- especially from north to south. If you want to take Thailand at your leisure and get off the beaten track, then a self-drive holiday is a great adventure to be had. If you like to take your time and take the most scenic route, then cross country trains may be the best option for you. In the southern coastal areas, the best way to go island-hopping is with speed boats, ferries or hiring traditional long-boats to tour the region.
It depends on the distance. Prices start from 35 baht. Make sure to only choose taxis with meters as it is illegal for drivers to operate without one. If the driver refuses to use it, find another who will. It will be cheaper to use a metered taxi.
In Southeast Asia, a Thailand vacation has been one of the most popular choices for spending quality time with family and enjoying a new and exotic region rich with culture. Whether it’s because of the street food, the pristine and beautiful beaches found within Thai islands, or even the want to experience the ever-so-famous moon party, a trip to Thailand is most definitely a popular choice for a reason! With that being said, let’s go into detail on why you should spend a Thailand vacation for yourself and your loved ones.The Food.A trip to Thailand wouldn’t be complete without tourists getting a chance to taste what Thai cooking has to offer! Pad Thai, Thailand’s national dish and a “rising star,” Tom Yom Kung, have put Thai cuisine on the international gastronomic map. Aside from savouring regional and local dishes, taking a cooking class would satisfy the foodie part of your Thailand travel.The Beaches.A visit in Thailand should almost always include some beach hopping here and there! The country has a number of paradisaical Thailand destinations that offer completely deserted beaches (so you can take pictures without having the need to edit out crowds in the background) and amazing nature views! Picturesque summer towns such as Phuket, Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Koh Samui, and Koh Pha Ngan are definitely worth going to considering they are pretty famous for being known as world-class beach towns!The Temples.Thailand is a country that is adorned with statues of Buddha, which come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials. Some were made with stone or emeralds. Some are standing or sleeping, while other statues may depict Buddha peacefully meditating. Thailand contains more than 40, 000 Buddhist temples, each depicting their deity in various poses. Temples are important in everyday Thai life. The people go to pray for good health, fortune, wealth, or seek advice from the monks living in temples.The Wildlife.Thailand has more than 10% of the world’s animals with more than 285 mammal species. Among these are elephants, tigers, leopards, Malaysian sun bears, sambars, deer and otters. There are also primate species of gibbons, monkeys, and macaques. Wild cattle and wild hogs also abound.Thailand has more than 100 national parks, most of which include adventures and trekking activities to guests. You can watch a bat exodus in Khao Yai, snorkel with reef sharks in Ang Thong or hike to a cave temple in Khao Sam Roi Yot. Some parks in the northern region specialize in the rescue and rehabilitation of work elephants.The Culture and People.Thailand’s culture is colourful, historically significant and rich. Many of its tourist attractions are pieces of evidence of their history – their temples, monuments, shrines, remains of ancient forts and walled cities. Their deep spirituality is conspicuously manifested in the thousands of Buddha shrines, statues, images in assorted poses and made of various materials, from precious gems and metals to simple stone.
Chiang Mai, sometimes Chiengmai or Chiangmai, is the largest city in the mountainous region of Northern Thailand and the capital of Chiang Mai Province, 700 km north of Bangkok. Chiang Mai means “new city” in Thai and it was established as the new capital of the Lanna kingdom, taking the place of Chiang Rai, largely due to its significant location on the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River, and its proximity to major trading routes.A must-see in this region is the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the most famous night market. It is known for its handicrafts and portrait paintings. Jewellery, toys, clothing and techie items are also available.Chiang Mai is famed for its breathtaking mountainous landscape and its spectacular ancient temples. The Karen Long-Neck and Hmong are among the hill tribal villages that call Chiang Mai home. A visit to these picturesque hill tribes in their eye-catching clothing, accessories and decor is another must-do in Chiang Mai.A night-time activity in Chiang Mai would be the Chiang Mai Night Safari, which has been modelled after the Singapore Night Safari. There are three zones in the Chiang Mai Night Safari with specific activities, Jaguar Trail, Savanna Safari and Predator Prowl, an exciting trip for the adventurous!For family travellers, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, nearing 50 years old, is one of Thailand’s colourful events that draw in thousands of visitors yearly, not just flower enthusiasts. You should include this in your Thailand itinerary if your Thailand trip is around the first week of February.This year’s event was just postponed due to the covid pandemic.
The best Thailand itinerary mainly would depend on you. First, “best” is subjective. Secondly, and most of all, where you want to go will define the framework upon which THG will prepare your Thailand vacation itinerary if you want to bask on the beach under the sun on a tropical island and indulge in water activities or if you want to have the feel of Thailand’s spirituality and culture or if you want to journey through Thailand’s history in buildings and sculptures. THG travel specialists will give you Thailand tips, get you into mid-range or luxury accommodation, arrange the places to visit for a Thailand 2-week itinerary.
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