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Thailand 2-Week Itinerary: How To Spend 2 Weeks In Thailand

Need help planning your two-week Thailand trip? You’ve come to the right place!

Having visited Thailand three times now, each time for different periods of times, I’ve been able to travel the country extensively and see different parts of it every time.

It’s a country I love very much and can highly recommend to everyone. I love the cuisine, the friendly locals, the pristine beaches and stunning natural landscapes.

If it’s your first time planning a trip to Thailand, this ultimate Thailand two-week itinerary is perfect for you. It covers a little bit of everything – a good mix of cities, culture, history, nature and the beautiful Thai beaches.

If you want to spend 2 weeks in Thailand and be sure to have an all-rounded and great experience, this is the 2-week itinerary for you.

Island hopping with a typical wooden long tail boat in the Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Island hopping with a typical wooden long tail boat in the Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

How to spend 2 weeks in Thailand

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Even if your flight lands late, there are still tons of things you can do in Bangkok at night. You could start your 2 weeks in Thailand with a chill evening at the Chatuchak night market.

This is one of the most iconic markets in Thailand – featured in various food shows and even in Asia’s Next Top Model.

It’s a huge street market with loads of food and souvenirs stalls, and is characterised by the colourful stall tents that create a colourful patchwork when seen from above. 

It’s the perfect place to start your Thailand trip and start with tasting some amazing Thai street food. There is a mall right next to it which offers epic views over the market.

Chatuchak Night Market in Bangkok as seen from above

Chatuchak Night Market in Bangkok as seen from above

If you’re looking for something a bit fancier, you could also start your first evening in Thailand with one of the many rooftop bars in Bangkok.

The most famous is Sky Bar, which you might recognise from the famous movie The Hangover. Drinks are expensive (I paid 30 GBP for a cocktail!) but the sunset view is stunning.

There are also loads of cute cafes in Bangkok that you can visit at any time of day.

Enjoying the sunset view over Bangkok from Sky Bar

Enjoying the sunset view over Bangkok from Sky Bar

Where to stay in Bangkok

We spent our first few nights in Thailand at the SO Sofitel Bangkok, one of the best hotels in Bangkok with a rooftop pool.

It was the perfect hotel to stay at for the start of our trip. It’s very luxurious and with a rooftop pool, which is the perfect place to chill after a long flight, or to escape the Thai heat after a long day exploring Bangkok.

The rooms are spacious and have a beautiful interior decor.

Click here to see the latest prices and availability at the SO Sofitel Bangkok

The rooftop pool of the SO Sofitel in Bangkok, Thailand

The rooftop pool of the SO Sofitel in Bangkok, Thailand

If SO Sofitel isn’t quite your vibe, whether you’re looking for a more family friendly hotel in Bangkok, or for a party hostel, I have listed below other options in Bangkok for other budgets.

Budget: Bangkok is the starting point of many backpacker trips and as such, it’s also home to many hostels.

If you’re looking for a fun hostel, Mad Monkey has a big party reputation, if you want something quieter Kloem or The Yard are probably better options.

Click here to book your stay in a hostel in Bangkok! 

Mid-range: I stayed in two different hotels close to Khao San Road. The New Siam Palace Ville and Buddy Lodge Hotel were both nice, with spacious rooms and pools.

Nothing fancy but definitely a step up from a hostel dorm. It’s also nice to have a pool where you can relax at the end of a long day exploring temples in Ayutthaya!

Click here to book your stay at Buddy Lodge Hotel in Bangkok!

Enjoying the rooftop pool of SO Sofitel Bangkok

Enjoying the rooftop pool of SO Sofitel Bangkok

Day 2: Explore the temples in Bangkok

Buddhism is the most practiced religion in Thailand, as you will immediately see after a quick wander around Bangkok. Just in Bangkok there are over 400 temples!

For your first full day in Bangkok, prepare yourself for a full immersion of culture and history! Although let’s be realistic, visiting all 400 isn’t feasible, which is why I’ve outlined here the best ones.

Start your day early by visiting the Royal Palace. It opens at 7AM, but you want to be there earlier in order to beat the crowds. Make sure to purchase your entrance online beforehand, so you won’t have to queue on the day.

The Royal Palace, also known as the Grand Palace, is a complex of buildings that has been the official residence of the King of Siam since the 1700s.

It offers the best of Thai architecture, with prominent colors of cream, blue and gold. It’s quite a marvel to explore.

Click here to book your Bangkok Grand Palace entrance and self-guided tour!

One of the golden statues at the Grand Palace in Bangkok - Photo by Angela Saran on Scopio

One of the golden statues at the Grand Palace in Bangkok – Photo by Angela Saran on Scopio

After the Royal Palace you can go on to visit Wat Pho, which is only a short walk away.

Wat Pho is famous for being one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand and home to one of the biggest reclining golden Buddha statues in the world.

This huge golden Buddha is extremely iconic, and no Thailand itinerary would be complete without it. Walking around it really has a way to make you feel small.

Wat Pho is a beautiful temple though so don’t stop at the big buddha statue, wander around the complex and discover some of the less touristy corners.

Exploring the outside grounds of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring the outside grounds of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring the outside grounds of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring the outside grounds of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand

Just across the river from Wat Pho is Wat Arun, another famous buddhist temple. It is actually the first temple in the list of six Buddhist temples in Thailand classified as the first class royal temples.

It is also recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. The temple also houses a school of Thai medicine and is the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

Personally, I think you could visit these three temples in Bangkok independently. But if you prefer to have a local guide taking care of the transfers, and telling you about the history and culture of what you’re seeing, I have listed below some highly reviewed tours that you can join.

Bangkok Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun Private Tour – This private tour will take you to the three temples I have listed in this itinerary, with the added bonus of a private guide just for you.

Bangkok City Highlights Temple & Market Tour – This isn’t a private tour, but besides the temples it includes an additional additional stop at a local market.

Both tours are very popular online, with very high reviews. If you don’t want to deal with the faff of transport within the busy streets of Bangkok, they’re the best way to get around.

On top of that, you’ll also have a local guide sharing with you everything about the history of the temples. What better way to immerse yourself in Thai culture than learn about it from a local?

Click here to purchase your Bangkok city temples tour!

Wat Arun in Bangkok - Photo by William Summers on Scopio

Wat Arun in Bangkok – Photo by William Summers on Scopio

Day 3: Visit the floating and railway markets

On day three you will spend half of the day exploring the famous floating and railway markets. These are located outside Bangkok, so you have to visit them on an organised tour, as it’s the easiest way to get there.

We did a tour that set off around 8AM, and returned just in time for a late lunch. The markets are about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive outside of Bangkok.

Which market you visit first will largely depend on what time you set off, as they will time it so that you can see the train passing through at the railway market. The railway market is cool, but odd.

One moment you’re walking along the tracks looking at the various stalls, then all of a sudden you see people cover their products with blankets or taking them inside, and a moment later the train comes!

You’ll find yourself standing quite tight on the edge of it, as the space between the train and houses that surround the tracks is really minimal.

Check out prices and availability for a floating market & railway market tour from Bangkok!

The train driving through the famous railway market in Bangkok

The famous railway market just outside Bangkok, Thailand

The floating market is pretty close to it and is very different. It’s much more chaotic, with proper boat traffic jams along the river at peak times.

There are a number of locals selling products from their boats or stall along the river, but there is quite a big market also surrounding it that you can explore on foot.

We found the experience of bargaining in the river quite interesting, since everyone is on the move, negotiations are much shorter and you’re more likely to get a good deal!

Our tour didn’t include a cruise on the typical wooden boats but you can arrange this for 50 THB per person once you arrive there.

If you don’t want to pay for the extra just walking along the canals and in the market inland is very interesting too.

Click here to book your Bangkok floating & railway market tour!

The floating market close to Bangkok, Thailand

The floating market close to Bangkok, Thailand

Once you return to Bangkok you have you have a variety of options for your afternoon.

I would recommend relaxing at your hotel and chilling by the poolside, and then adventuring out to Khao San Road night market when the sun falls.

Khao San Road is one of the busiest streets in Bangkok, where you can find anything you’re looking for.

The market has the same charm as any Thai market – chaotically beautiful. There are also tons of restaurants and bars where you can drink and party until the early hours of the morning.

I didn’t include it in this Thailand 2-week itinerary, but another popular day trip from Bangkok is Ayutthaya.

I visited it on my second Thailand trip, and while it’s a cultural significant historical area, I found the temples in Bangkok and Chiang Rai to be more impressive.

Since you only have two weeks in Thailand, I figured it’s best to focus on the truly stunning temples, and not waste time on long day trips.

Khao San Road night market in Bangkok

Khao San Road night market in Bangkok

Day 4: Fly to Chiang Mai

On the fourth day you’ll be travelling to Chiang Mai. There are multiple ways to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, including buses, trains, taxis and flying.

While it’s not the cheapest, flying is obviously the quickest and if you only have 2 weeks in Thailand, I would highly recommend it.

Make sure to get an early morning flight so that you have time in the afternoon to start exploring Chiang Mai. One of the most popular activities to do in Chiang Mai is to attend a Thai cooking class.

Most packages include pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation, and they will directly bring you to the cooking school or farm, where they will show you how to cook traditional Thai dishes like the Pad Thai, Tom Yum soup, Penang curry and mango sticky rice.

Pad Thai; one of the most traditional, and popular amongst tourists, dishes in Thailand

Pad Thai; one of the most traditional, and popular amongst tourists, dishes in Thailand (I made this one!)

There are full-day or half-day cooking classes. The full-day experiences include also a visit to the local market where you are shown how to choose the right ingredients, or a tour of the farm where you pick them yourself.

We landed in Chiang Mai around lunch so decided to do the half-day cooking class, and it was the perfect way to spend our first afternoon and evening in Chiang Mai.

During the cooking class you will be cooking alongside a local Thai chef, who will explain every step of the way what you need to do. At the end of the class, you get to eat the delicious dishes you made! 

Thai cuisine is very delicious and unique, as it has been influenced by both Indian and Chinese flavours. Some dishes are quite spicy, but there are a lot that have been adapted for Western palates and still super yummy.

What better way to get acquainted with Thai cuisine but to cook it? We did our cooking class with Grandma’s Home Cooking School and can highly recommend it.

The staff were friendly and professional, and the food was amazing!

Click here to book your Thai cooking class at Grandma’s Home Cooking School

Mango sticky rice, one of the most traditional Thai desserts

Mango sticky rice, one of the most traditional Thai desserts

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

In Chiang Mai we stayed at Le Meridien, a great hotel to stay if you want to be pampered during your travels.

The rooms are spacious and have beautiful views over Chiang Mai, with the mountains in the distance, and it has a great rooftop pool where you can relax and enjoy the sunset.

Click here to see the latest prices and availability at Le Meridien Chiang Mai

If you’re looking for something cheaper, I have listed other accommodation options in Chiang Mai below.

Budget: Leaf Hostel – While it might not have a party reputation, this hostel offers clean and spacious dorms. if you’re looking for a very sociable hostel I’ve heard fun things about Bodega Chiang Mai Party Hostel.

Click here to book your stay at Leaf Hostel!

Mid-range: POR Thapae Gate – If you don’t fancy a hostel dorm, a lovely mid-range option is POR Thapae Gate. Located in the heart of the Old City, this hotel has spacious rooms and a pool where you can chill after a long day exploring Chiang Mai.

Click here to book your stay at POR Thapae Gate!

Enjoying the sunset from the rooftop pool of Le Meridien in Chiang Mai

Enjoying the sunset from the rooftop pool of Le Meridien in Chiang Mai

Day 5: Spend a day with elephants at Elephant Nature Park

Chiang Mai is becoming one of the most popular spots in Thailand for ethical elephant encounters.

Most travellers visiting Thailand will spend at least half a day at Elephant Nature Park, an ethical elephant sanctuary that serves as a rescue and rehabilitation centre for elephants, and even other animals such as dogs and cats.

Thanks to ENP locals involved in the elephant tourism industry are starting to realise that it is more profitable to run an ethical sanctuary than a riding camp, meaning there has been a big shift in recent years with an increase of ethical elephant sanctuaries.

Two girls feeding three elephants at Elephant Green Hill, part of the Elephant Nature Park "saddle-off" project, in Chiang Mai, Thailand - a must see in any Thailand 2 week itinerary

Feeding the elephants at Elephant Green Hill, part of the Elephant Nature Park “saddle-off” project

Walking in the forest with one of the rescued elephants at Elephant Green Hill, Chiang Mai

Walking in the forest with one of the rescued elephants

While ENP is the more famous sanctuary with more elephants, if you want a more unique experience, I would recommend choosing one of the smaller sanctuaries affiliated with Elephant Nature Park.

We chose to visit Elephant Green Hill, a sanctuary that is part of the “saddle off” project of ENP, where the animals are rescued from riding camps.

They had only three elephants, but me and my friends were the only three tourists there so we had a really incredible close encounter with the elephants. 

The experience costs 2,500 THB per person, which includes also your lunch and hotel pick up and drop off. You will spend the day taking care of the animals; you will feed them, bathe them and walk them in the forest.

Happy elephants bathing at Elephant Green Hill in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Happy elephants bathing at Elephant Green Hill in Chiang Mai, Thailand

If you want to meet elephants in Thailand, or anywhere in Asia, I highly recommend visiting a sanctuary like Elephant Nature Park and not a riding camp.

Elephants are incredibly intelligent animals and they are not treated well in riding camps.

During an ethical encounter like this you will be able to spend longer with them, and somewhat connect with them, not just ride them and contribute to their abuse.

You should also make sure you do your research before visiting one, as not all camps are as ethical as they claim to be.

Spending time with the elephants at Elephant Nature Park, in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Spending time with the elephants at Elephant Green Hill

Feeding the elephants at Elephant Green Hill, part of the Elephant Nature Park "saddle-off" project

Feeding the elephants at Elephant Green Hill, part of the Elephant Nature Park “saddle-off” project

Day 6: Travel to Chiang Rai & go temple hunting

Day 6 is going to start with a long journey so make sure you rest well on the previous evening to be able to get up early in the morning and catch the morning bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai.

Or party all night and sleep on the bus, totally up to you! The bus ride takes around 4 hours depending on if you get a faster or slower one.

You will arrive in Chiang Rai in time to settle down, relax a bit and then take a Grab to the Blue Temple. The Blue Temple, also known as Wat Rong Suea Ten, is a Buddhist temple painted in a very vibrant blue.

The temple houses a large blue Buddha and various artifacts of the Buddhist religion.

While it is an active temple and place of worship, it is more popular as a temple for tourists due to its unusual blue colour, which gives traditional Thai architecture a unique spin.

The front of Wat Rong Suea Ten (the Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The front of Wat Rong Suea Ten (the Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The inside of the Blue Temple in Chiang Rai

The inside of the Blue Temple in Chiang Rai

From the Blue Temple you can get a Grab to the White Temple, it will take around 20 minutes and cost 100 THB. Just be aware that it closes at 5PM!

We didn’t realise that was the case and we timed it wrong, arriving there just as it was closing. This actually proved to be a blessing in disguise as we got to enjoy a beautiful sunset all by ourselves at the White Temple.

Yes we couldn’t go in, but the sun was setting behind it and there was a stunning golden light everywhere. The White Temple is another Buddhist temple, which as you can guess by the name, is fully white in colour. 

Motifs of dragons, half-dragon and half-human hybrids alluding to the gods are also largely used in the architecture of the White Temple.

The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, at sunset

The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, at sunset

If you want to avoid the hassle of arranging Grabs and taxis between temples, you can also join an organised tour

Besides not having to worry about transport, you’ll always have a local guide with you, telling you about the history and cultural importance of the temples you’re visiting.

Click here to book your Chiang Rai temples tour!

The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, at sunset

The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, at sunset

While we’re talking about tours, you can also consider visiting the temples in Chiang Rai on a day trip from Chiang Mai. It’s a very popular choice, since it saves you having to change hotels just for one night.

That said, I personally find it quite intense as it would be a 14-hour day, with loads of hours of driving and not much time in Chiang Rai. Instead, why not spend a night in Chiang Rai?

After all, if you have 14 days in Thailand you can easily fit it in, and it gives you the opportunity to visit the the night market in Chiang Rai.

If you do choose to visiting Chiang Rai on a day trip, this tour is the most popular and highly reviewed online.

Click here to book your Chiang Rai temples day trip from Chiang Mai!

The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, at sunset

The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, at sunset

Where to stay in Chiang Rai

Here are some cool places to stay in Chiang Rai for every budget.

Budget: Mercy HostelIf you don’t mind sleeping in a hostel dorm, Mercy Hostelis a great choice. Great value for money and excellent location.

Click here to book your stay at Mercy Hostel!

Mid-range: Nak Nakara Hotel – If you’re looking for something a bit fancier, but without breaking the bank, Nak Nakara Hotel is a great option.

Located right in the heart of Chiang Rai they also have a pool where you can cool off after a long day chasing temples in Chiang Rai.

Click here to see the latest prices and availability at Nak Nakara Hotel!

Luxury: The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa – Even if you only have one night in Chiang Rai, no reason why you shouldn’t spoil yourself!

Treat yourself to a fancy stay at the Legend Chiang Rai, where you can relax after the long bus journey.

Click here to book your stay at The Legend Chiang Rai Resort & Spa!

The back of Wat Rong Suea Ten (the Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The back of Wat Rong Suea Ten (the Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Day 7: More temples & return to Chiang Mai

I hope you haven’t had enough of temples just yet, because there are a couple more you should check out before leaving Chiang Rai!

First stop on the agenda is Wat Huay Pla Kung, if you can get up early enough to visit at sunrise even better.

It is closed at this time, so you won’t be able to go inside the temples but the outside of these temples is absolutely stunning at sunrise.

The Wat Huay Pla Kung is a group of three buildings, two temples and a huge, white statue also known as Chiang Rai’s big Buddha.

It’s a statue offered to the Goddess of Mercy, and when paired with its huge white dragons built along the staircase it’s an absolutely magnificent sight to behold, especially at sunrise.

The big buddha of Wat Huay Pla Kung in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The big buddha of Wat Huay Pla Kung in Chiang Rai, Thailand

You should ask your Grab driver to wait for you, as you won’t find many available Grabs in the area early in the morning. We didn’t think of doing that and ended up having to hitchhike a ride back to Chiang Rai!

We then decided to go back to the White Temple as soon as it opened so that we could actually see the inside of the temple too.

As good as the sunset was on the previous day, we still wanted to see this beautiful temple up close! There is a 50 THB fee to enter the temple.

We then took the bus back to Chiang Mai in the afternoon, where we then spent the last evening in Chiang Mai wandering around the night market. 

We only spent a few days in Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas, but there is so much cool stuff to do that you could easily spend one week in Chiang Mai, and still not see it all!

Exploring the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai

Exploring the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai

Day 8: Fly to Phuket & relax in Patong

If you’re anything like me, by this stage you’re probably a little templed out and kind of fed up of street markets. Worry not, because for the last part of your two-week trip, it is finally time for some beach chilling! 

You can fly to Phuket directly from Chiang Mai, and from there drive one hour to Patong. Patong is the main tourist area in Phuket.

Relax by the beach after your flight and then try to visit the Big Buddha at sunset. I know I said no more temples, but this is a bit of an exception, as it’s more of a viewpoint than temple.

The Big Buddha of Phuket is high at the top of a hill and has stunning 360 views over the coastline of Phuket. 

Just make sure to set off with plenty of time to spare as the tuk-tuks can be quite slow and the traffic can be crazy. You don’t want to miss the sunset!

If you want to spend a lavish evening in Phuket, you can visit Bangla Road in Patong. It’s a pretty crazy street with tons of bars, restaurants and clubs and is the perfect spot to enjoy the nightlife in Thailand.

Enjoying the sunset from the Big Buddha of Phuket, Thailand

Enjoying the sunset from the Big Buddha of Phuket, Thailand

Where to stay in Phuket

In Phuket we stayed at The Crib Patong, a really cute boutique hotel that was close to the nightlife of Bangla Road, but just far enough that the noise wasn’t annoying when you wanted to sleep.

Check the latest prices and availability at The Crib Patong here!

I listed below some other accommodation options for other budgets.

Budget – Phuket is one of the biggest backpacker destinations in Thailand. You will find lots of hostels for all moods. I’ve heard good things about Bodega Phuket Party Hostel if you’re in a party mood, and BearPacker Patong Hostel, if you’re looking for something more relaxed.

Click here to book your stay in a hostel in Phuket!

Luxury: Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, Karon Beach – On my first stay in Phuket I stayed at the Hilton in Karon Beach. Located right on the beach and away from the chaos of Patong, it’s the perfect place if you’re looking for a fancy stay.

Click here to book your stay at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia in Karon Beach!

Sunset over the ocean as seen from our room at the Hilton

Sunset over the ocean as seen from our room at the Hilton

Day 9: Island hopping in Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island

The beach in Patong isn’t incredible, which is why Phuket is used by a lot of travellers as base for day trips to the surrounding islands. The tours to Phang Nga Bay are amongst the most popular.

Prices for a day trips from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay vary depending on tour size, what stops you do and what type of boat you choose, but generally speaking, they all tend to include pick up, drop off and lunch.

Pick up will usually be around 7AM while the return is at 6PM approximately, depending where in Phuket you’re staying. From Patong, it takes around 1 hour to drive to the harbour from which your boat will set off.

During the tour you will go kayaking into secret lagoons, snorkelling with fishes, relaxing at beautiful beaches, and even visit the famous James Bond Island, which became a popular tourist attraction after featuring in the Hollywood movie Agent 007.

On James Bond island you will find tourist shops and stalls where you can buy souvenirs and food if you get hungry.

Click here to book your day trip to James Bond Island & Phang Nga Bay from Phuket!

The iconic limestone formation of James Bond Island, Thailand

The iconic limestone formation of James Bond Island, Thailand

Cruising in Phang Nga Bay. Thailand

Cruising in Phang Nga Bay. Thailand

Day 10: Do a boat tour to Koh Yao Noi

James Bond Island and Phang Nga Bay are very cool, but can also get quite touristy. After a day trip there, I can imagine you now want to see something a little more unique.

The islands of Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai are not as famous as Phang Nga Bay yet. They are slowly becoming a popular island hopping destination, but are still off the main tourist radar.

Tours to these islands tend to be a bit more expensive than the James Bong Island trip, but they’re well worth it. Tours always including pick up, drop off, lunch and snacks throughout the day.

Day 10 will be quite similar to day 9 in terms of schedule, with an early morning pick up, around 1 hour drive to the harbour and then a full day of island hopping.

You won’t find tours that visit only the Koh Yao Islands. For example this one has great reviews online, and it visit also Phang Nga Bay and Hong Island.

On our tour we did multiple stops throughout the day for snorkelling and beach chilling, alternating between pristine sand bars and dramatic cliffs.

The spots weren’t as famous, but the beaches were considerably less busy and we were very happy about it. Alternatively, you could also explore the Similan Islands, another very popular day trip from Phuket.

Click here to book your day trip to Koh Yao Noi and other off the beaten track islands!

Exploring the beaches of Koh Phangan in Thailand

Exploring the beaches of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand

Typical Thai longboats on the beach in Koh Phangan, one of the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots in Thailand

Typical Thai longboats on the beach in Hong Island, Thailand

Day 11: Travel to the Surin Islands

The journey to the Surin Islands is long, but it is well worth it. It is a four hour car ride to Khura Buri Port and one hour by fast boat.

The car transfer depends on how well you negotiate (we paid 700 THB per person) and speedboat ticket costs around 1,700 THB per person.

The Surin Islands are a true beach paradise! With crystal clear turquoise blue waters, soft white sand beaches, and a rich marine life with lots of corals and fishes.

They are still off the main tourist radar, and the lack of hotels or proper accommodation on the islands are proof of that. The only option to stay on the islands overnight is to either do a diving live aboard trip or to camp on the beach.

Enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Surin Islands in Thailand

Enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Surin Islands in Thailand

Day 12: Relax in the Surin Islands

I recommend spending a good two nights here in the Surin Islands to really get an opportunity to disconnect, enjoy the beach and make it truly worth the long journey from Phuket.

For these two days, you can go on snorkelling (it’s one of the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots in Thailand after all!) go on boat trips, hike around the island, visit the local Moken Village, scuba dive and just chill and relax by the beach.

If you don’t feel comfortable camping on the beach for two nights, you can also stay in Khao Lake (the town from which the speed boat departs) and visit the Surin Islands on a day tour from there.

This tour has great reviews online. It includes pick up, drop off, lunch, snorkelling equipment and national park entrance fees. It’s a great option if you don’t fancy sleeping in the Surin Islands.

Click here to book your snorkelling day trip to the Surin Islands!

Snorkelling in the Surin Islands, Thailand

Snorkelling in the Surin Islands, Thailand

Fish and corals that you can see while snorkelling in the Surin Islands, Thailand

Fish and corals that you can see while snorkelling in the Surin Islands, Thailand

Enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Surin Islands in Thailand

Enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Surin Islands in Thailand

Day 13: Back to Phuket

After 2 nights in paradise, it’s time to head back to Phuket. The exact return time from the Surin Islands to mainland Thailand will depend on the tides.

You will usually set off around 1PM with the long tail boat from the camping area to the speedboat drop off point.

The actual speedboat usually comes around 3PM but check with your local guides to be sure, so that you can get some time to relax on the beach beforehand. 

It’s going to be a long car journey back to Phuket and I recommend sleeping at Sirinat National Park. It’s closer to the airport and offers a nice beach with beautiful sunset views.

Sunset at Mai Ngam Beach in Koh Surin Neua, Thailand

Sunset at Mai Ngam Beach in Koh Surin Neua, Thailand

Day 14: Back to Bangkok & fly home

Chill at the beaches of Phuket in the morning, and then fly from Phuket to Bangkok later on in the day.

Depending on how much layover time you have before your international flight, you can go out and explore more street food markets in Bangkok, visit the famous mall Paragon (also the seventh largest in Asia) or just chill by the riverbanks in Bangkok.

And that brings your Thailand 2-week itinerary to an end!

It’s not the exact itinerary I followed on any of my Thailand trips, but after visiting Thailand three times, it’s how I would recommend spending 2 weeks in Thailand.

This 2-week Thailand itinerary includes a bit of everything, including temples, beaches, nature and cities, and is well paced so that you don’t find yourself rushing from one place to the next.

Wat Benchamabophit temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Benchamabophit temple in Bangkok, Thailand

Preparing for 2 weeks in Thailand

Having covered my suggested Thailand 2-week itinerary, I want to share with you some useful information before you start planning this epic trip!

Below I tried to answer some of the most common questions travellers have about visiting Thailand that I hope you will find useful.

Currency

The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht (THB).

Last time I visited, 1 USD was equal to around 30 THB. Food is extremely cheap, and tuk-tuk rides are usually 150 THB for a short distance.

When travelling longer distances, make sure to first negotiate properly with the drivers before committing to the ride, or ask them to drive by the meter.

Enjoying the view over Koh Phi Phi Don from the famous Phi Phi Viewpoint in Thailand

Enjoying the view over Koh Phi Phi Don from the famous Phi Phi Viewpoint in Thailand

Cuisine

I love Thai cuisine. I find it’s the perfect cuisine to introduce Western travellers to food in South East Asia, as it’s super tasty but has quite a lot of dishes where the flavours aren’t too strong or spicy.

Thai cuisine features a lot of fruits native to the area, such as papayas and mangos. Some iconic and must try dishes are the green papaya salad, pad thai, pancit, tom yum soup and mussaman curry.

I have a soft spot for mango sticky rice, a delicious dessert made of, as you can imagine from the name, mango and sweet rice!

Penang chicken curry - a traditional Thai curry I made at the cooking class in Chiang Mai

Penang chicken curry – a traditional Thai curry I made at the cooking class in Chiang Mai

Best times to visit Thailand

Thailand is a tropical country, and is quite hot and humid all throughout the year, but especially so in the summer.

You can visit Thailand all year round but the best time to do so is during the cool and dry season, from November to April, when there are less rains but there is a colder weather (for Thai standards, meaning it’s still the perfect winter escape for Europeans)!

Also, one thing to note is that different parts of the island are affected by different monsoons, so there are some islands that are best to visit in summer and others in winter.

This itinerary is best suited for a Thailand winter trip, as the islands around Phuket are affected by the summer monsoons.

If you’re visiting Thailand in summer, you can still do the first part of this trip, but for the beach part of it you’d want to visit the islands around Koh Samui instead.

Enjoying the empty beaches of Koh Lanta, Thailand

Enjoying the empty beaches of Koh Lanta, Thailand

How to get around Thailand

Getting around Thailand is pretty easy. Thailand has a very developed tourism industry, meaning it’s usually fairly easy to get anywhere and to arrange transports on site.

Your preferred mode of transport will usually change depending on how far you have to travel.

Buses in Thailand can be very efficient. There are also ferries and minivans, depending on the place that you are travelling to. For short distances tuk-tuks are the most popular mode of transport.

An over / under shot with fish below and a long tail boat above taken in Phi Phi Lei, one of the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots in Thailand

Snorkelling in the Phi Phi Islands

Essentials to pack for 2 weeks in Thailand

For a full breakdown of what you should pack for Thailand, check out my Thailand packing list. Here I just wanted to include a couple essentials that I definitely don’t want you to forget!

Fast drying towel – whether it’s to use at the beach, in a hostel that doesn’t provide them, after bathing with the elephants, these always come in handy! Quick to dry and they don’t take up much space.

Waterproof jacket – if you visit in rainy season!

Dry bag – To keep your valuables safe and dry during the rainy season or on boat trips

Water bottle – lots of hotels and restaurants have water refills, save yourself some cash and save the environment some plastic by having your own reusable water bottle

Adapter – depending on where you come from you might need one of these to charge your electronics. I like to always carry an international one with me to be sure I can get my stuff charged

Power bank – if you’re out and about all day you don’t want your phone to die on you just as you’re about to snap a great photo!

Getting close to the elephants at Elephant Green Hill in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Getting close to the elephants at Elephant Green Hill in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Final thoughts on my 2 weeks in Thailand itinerary

There you have it, the ultimate Thailand 2-week itinerary! Have you been to Thailand before? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below!

Thailand is a wonderful destination that is the perfect mix of beach life, city, nature, history and temples that showcase the beautiful Buddhist heritage of the country.

This is the ultimate way to make the most of your 14-day trip to Thailand. Don’t have 2 weeks to travel around Thailand? Check out my Thailand 10-day itinerary instead!

I hope you find this Thailand 2-week itinerary useful in planning your trip there!

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Marli

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

How much would something like this cost?

Lake Toba

Tuesday 24th of May 2022

Love this itinerary so much, love all the photos. I enjoyed alot reading your blog

Lake Toba

Hershey Avu

Monday 21st of March 2022

Hello Greta, Thank you for your post! Do you know if this information is up to date in 2022, given the changes the pandemic has brought? Thank you! -Hershey

Luisa

Wednesday 16th of February 2022

Hey! Do the boat tours leave from Phuket or Patong? Trying to figure out where it is best to get our hotel on the island to make island hopping and then move to the Surin Islands easiest..

Lexie

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Do you have a total cost for this trip? I just came across this and would love to follow it!