2 Weeks in Thailand: Sample Itineraries

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2 Weeks in Thailand

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “So I’ve got 2 weeks in ‘insert country here’ what should I see and do?”

We’ve decided that it just makes sense based on how often we are asked to create this new ongoing series of posts titled “Itineraries” where we’ll present sample itineraries based on what we believe are some of the best things to see and do during your upcoming travels.

Of course, these suggested itineraries are just a guide and depending on what type of traveller you are, you can modify these to suit your own style.

We really did not expect to love Thailand as much as we did. We thought that based on all the hype that it would fall way short however, it exceeded our expectations and we ended up staying two full months! The food, the culture, the history, the cities, the beaches, the natural beauty; this country definitely has it all and then some.

Up first will be our 2 week itinerary focusing on Bangkok and then Northern Thailand which offers amazing culinary delights, rich cultural experiences and a glimpse into the country’s past. After this, we offer two different 2 week itineraries for those looking to head south and island hop where world-class diving, pristine beaches and epic times await!

If you are lucky enough to have more than 2 weeks in Thailand, you can always combine these two itineraries into one if you’d like to tackle the entire country in a month.

Let’s begin!

2 Weeks in Thailand

Itinerary One – Bangkok & The North

Days 1-3: Bangkok

  • Find your accommodations, acclimatize yourself to the new time zone and the fact you are now in Southeast Asia!
  • Explore Khao San Road and Rambuttri areas which are jam-packed with backpackers, hawkers, food stalls, street side massage, tattoo shops and so much more. If you’re a backpacker, this area will most likely be where you’ll stay as there are heaps of budget guesthouses in the area.
  • Spend a day exploring Grand Palace and some of the temples around the city like Wat Arun and Prakeaw.
  • Go and experience the energy and craziness of some of the markets in Bangkok like the Flower Market, the Wang Lang Food Market, and of course the largest covered market in the world, the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
  • The Siriraj Medical Museum is a strange but worthwhile site to visit if you are into the obscure.
  • Check to see if there are any festivals going on in Bangkok while your there and if there is one, make sure to check it out!
  • While in Bangkok practice your haggling skills with the street vendors and tuk tuk drivers as Thailand works on the bartering system. Use Bangkok as a warm up for the rest of your travels in Thailand and Asia. Make sure to check out our post on Haggling Like a Proso that you can haggle with the best of them during your trip.

Where we stayed: Four Sons Village – $13 USD per night (private room, with A/C & cold shower)

Rambuttri Street in Bangkok

Days 4-5: Ayutthaya & Sukhothai

  • Spend a morning or afternoon losing yourself in the historic ruins of Ayutthaya which was Thailand’s second capital city after Sukhothai.
  • Spend a full afternoon bicycling around the ruins of Sukhothai, Thailand’s first capital city. There is a lot of history and culture in this small city and it is definitely worth spending at least a night here. You can check out our photo tour to help inspire you.

Where we stayed: TR Guesthouse (Sukhothai) – $12 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)

Wat Si Sawai in Sukhothai

Days 6-7: Chiang Rai

  • Home to the most spectacular modern temple in the world, Wat Rong Khun or more commonly referred to as The White Temple. See our photo tour here.
  • In the afternoon, head on over to the Black House which is a very strange, dark, animist style complex that is sometimes referred to as the antithesis of the White Temple.

Where we stayed: Orchids Guesthouse – $10 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)

The White Temple of Chiang Rai

Days 8-10: Chiang Mai

  • One of the best places to temple hop in all of Southeast Asia, make sure to spend at least a full day exploring some of the more well-known and lesser known temples around the city.
  • Spend a whole evening getting lost in the Sunday Market, the largest market in all of Southeast Asia
  • Gorge yourself on the street food in Chiang Mai which many people argue is the best in the world.
  • Take in a Muay Thai fight
  • If you love animals as much as we do, head to Elephant Nature Park where you can visit or volunteer with dozens of elephants in rehabilitation from rough lives in construction and tourism.
  • If you’re in need of a few Western comforts, head on over to one of the massive cinemas where you can get VIP treatment like massages, massaging chairs, upscale food and drinks all for around $12 USD.

Where we stayed: SK II House – $10 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)

Sunday Market in Chiang Mai

Days 11-13: Pai

  • Take the long and famously windy road up into the mountains from Chiang Mai to the hippie town of Pai.
  • During the day explore the many funky independent cafes, restaurants and shops around town. We highly recommend Om Garden Cafe for lunch as it was our absolute favourite vegetarian restaurant in all of Southeast Asia. Make sure to also stop off at Art in Chai and have maybe the best chai tea of your life!
  • Spend your evenings at the outdoor market where you can buy some amazing handicrafts, delicious teas and food from around the world.
  • Rent a motorbike for the day and explore the stunning countryside outside of Pai. Stop at the Pai Landsplit and enjoy ‘pay as you wish’ snacks from the garden lunch prepared for you by the incredibly generous and gracious owners. Then head to the hot springs where you can boil eggs in the steamy hot springs and rejuvenate your mind and body and then head to the Pai Valley to take in a gorgeous sunset.
  • Read our post on Pai here if you want to learn of more things to see and do in this funky little town.

Where we stayed: Mountain View Guesthouse – $6 USD per night (private cabin with cold shower)

Night Market in Pai, Thailand

Day 14: Back to Chiang Mai

  • Head back to Chiang Mai to either continue your adventure or fly back home and start saving for the next one!

Itinerary Two – Bangkok & The South

Days 1-3: Bangkok

  • Find your accommodations, acclimatize yourself to the new time zone and the fact you are now in Southeast Asia!
  • Explore Khao San Road and Rambuttri areas which are jam-packed with backpackers, hawkers, food stalls, street side massage stalls, tattoo shops and so much more. If you’re a backpacker, you’ll likely call this area home  as there are heaps of budget guesthouses in the area.
  • Spend a day exploring Grand Palace and some of the temples around the city like Wat Arun and Prakeaw.
  • Go and experience the energy and craziness of some of the markets in Bangkok like the Flower Market, the Wang Lang Food Market, and of course the largest covered market in the world, the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
  • The Siriraj Medical Museum is a strange but worthwhile site to visit if you are into the obscure.
  • Check to see if there are any festivals going on in Bangkok while your there and if there is one, make sure to get your butt there!
  • While in Bangkok practice your haggling skills with the street vendors and tuk tuk drivers as Thailand works on the bartering system. Use Bangkok as a warm up for the rest of your travels in Thailand and Asia. Make sure to check out our post on Haggling Like a Pro” so that you can haggle with the best of them during your trip.

Where we stayed: Four Sons Village – $13 USD per night (private room, included A/C and cold shower)

Street festival in Bangkok

Island Hopping Option A

Days 4-8: Ko Samui

  • You can either fly into Ko Samui or take a ferry there from the mainland after busing south from Bangkok.
  • Ko Samui is a big island with every kind of western comfort you can imagine. Lots of restaurants, hotels and spas and of course plenty of beaches to be explored.

Where to Stay: DD Guesthouse & Backpacker – $5 USD per night (dorm)

Beautiful beach in Thailand

Days 9-13: Ko Tao & Ko Pha Ngan

  • If you’ve ever wanted to learn to scuba dive, there is no better place than Ko Tao. The diving may not be the best in the world but this tiny island is the #1 spot in Southeast Asia for dive shops and courses. The prices are also quite low here (the only place lower is Nha Trang, Vietnam) so go for it! There’s a whole other world underwater, explore it!
  • If you are around this area during a full moon, Ko Pha Ngan has the biggest and craziest full moon party in Thailand and is worth it if you’re looking for a blowout night.

Where to Stay: Echo Beach Backpackers – $3 USD per night (dorm bed)

OR

Island Hopping Option B

Days 4-7: Ko Phi Phi

  • You can either fly into Phuket or Krabi and take a ferry across to Ko Phi Phi.
  • Your breath will be taken away as karst mountains jut out of the ocean providing a stunning panoramic, particularly during sunset.
  • This island is very developed, so upscale and budget accommodations and entertainment options abound.
  • From here you can take one of the popular tours to the site where The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed.
  • You can also access the Similian Islands from here which offer world-class diving. You’ll have to do a live aboard as they are quite far so budget your time accordingly.

Where to Stay: Coco’s Guesthouse – $25 USD per night (private twin room)

Thai fishing boats

Days 8-13: Koh Lanta

  • If you are looking for a really chill place that has lots of budget options as well as a few upscale ones as well, this will be your island.
  • Rent a motorbike for as cheap as $5 per day and explore this great island from tip to tip. You can see monitor lizards on the sides of the road, monkeys up in the hills to the North and transitional fishing villages in the West.
  • Spend an afternoon volunteering at Lanta Animal Welfare where you can walk rescue dogs and play with cats.
  • Have a life changing experience diving with manta rays at Hin Daeng. We recommend Blue Planet Divers.

Where we stayed: Coconut Home – $8.50 USD per night (private room with hot shower) or the super fun and social Chill Out House ($12 USD per night with private bathroom and cold shower) 

Manta Ray in Thailand

Photo credit: Our friend over at Stig’s World 

Day 14: Back to the airport

  • Fly home or set off to your next destination!

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Thailand is a place that lives up to all the hype! We didn’t expect to fall in love with the country and people but two months later we didn’t want to leave! It doesn’t matter if you travel more for the food, the beach, the diving, the culture or the parties, Thailand has got you covered.

I hope these sample itineraries for 2 weeks in Thailand have helped you plan out your Thai adventure!

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 Ross & Alyse


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