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A common asked is how long should we spend in Thailand? 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 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 see in Thailand and what you want to do.
It is possible to squeeze things your Thailand itinerary into just 10 days, however, two weeks 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 two-week itinerary which is especially good for first-time visitors to Thailand begins in Bangkok with a minimum of two days to get around to the major attractions, then a day trip 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 Thailands highest peak.
What to see in Thailand in 2 weeks is only limited by your imagination.
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 a 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 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 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.
For your northern Thailand itinerary:From Bangkok fly into Chiang Mai, spend time exploring the temples of the old city, shopping in the night bazaars, doing a half-day Thai cooking class, visiting an Elephant sanctuary, day trip to Doi Inthanon National Park for hiking to the summit. (4 days)From Chaing 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 Maynmar 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 for tasty local food and handicrafts. (2 days)You can then travel directly to Chaing Rai or go back to Chiang Mai. Bus or drive to Chiang Rai (3.5 hrs from Chiang Mai ) to discover the bizarre and incredible, White Temple 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. 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.
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 trip to Thailand, but these are the most popular:Koh Samui as a base then island-hop to Koh Phangan, Ang Thong Marine Park, Koh Tao.Phuket to the Phi Phi islands, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai, Phang Nga Bay, Surin National Park Islands, Similan National Park islands and James Bond IslandOr 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.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, and see the major temples, the Grand Palace, shopping malls, floating markets, nightlife and then travel to some nearby world-heritage listed ancient cities and spend a day in each place: Ayutthaya (13th century) and Lopburi (11th century). 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 trip, with cascading waterfalls such as Sai Yok and Erawan National Parks 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.
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.
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.
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