An Incredible 2 Weeks In Thailand

by Jan 18, 2020Itineraries, Thailand, Thailand Itinerary

An Incredible 2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary

 

2 weeks in Thailand is the perfect amount of time to explore all around the country. From the capital of Bangkok to the beautiful beaches of Koh Samui, Phangan and Tao to the northern jungles of Chiang Mai – this itinerary will go over it all.

 

The itinerary breakdown for the two weeks is:

Bangkok (2 days), Koh Phangan (3 days), Koh Tao (3 days), Koh Samui (1 day), Chiang Mai (4 days), Bangkok (1 day)

 

Please note – this itinerary plans its timeline around the full moon (or half moon) party on Koh Phangan on the night of day 4. You can easily move around the itinerary as you see fit if you are planning on heading to the party on a different night of the trip. If the full moon party is not something that you would like to add to the itinerary – no worries at all – you can still head to the Koh Phangan / Koh Samui area and enjoy all that it has to offer.

Before diving into the itinerary be sure to check out the Thailand Helpful Tips section to get you prepared for your trip.

2 Weeks in Thailand Map View

Take a look at the map below which shows you where each city that is part of this itinerary is located throughout the country. You will start the journey in the center of the country in Bangkok before heading to the islands down south, flying up north to Chiang Mai and finishing back in Bangkok.

 

2 Weeks in Thailand Detailed Itinerary

Now lets get on to the actual trip! The following is a detailed breakout of the daily attractions and activities on this 2 weeks in Thailand itinerary. Feel free to scroll through and click on any more in depth posts along the way.

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Day 1 – Bangkok

After a long day of traveling you will arrive in Bangkok – the capital city of Thailand. It will definitely be a different type of city experience then the remainder of the trip but it does have some amazing sites to see and enjoy. You can head on off to some of the top attractions in the city including:

» The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

» Wat Pho

» Wat Arun

On top of that you can take advantage of some of the great nightlife options that Bangkok has to offer such as Khao San Road and Sky Bar, among others.

» For an in depth guide to the city check out the Best Things To Do in Bangkok.

 

Check out some top rated Bangkok hotels for nights 1 & 2 (and 9) of your trip

There are so many different areas and hotels to choose from when deciding where to stay in the city. Here is a list of some top rated ones. To check out more feel free to browse through Booking.com for the best deals.

1) Dream Bangkok

2) Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

3) Millennium Hilton Bangkok

4) Banyan Tree Bangkok

5) Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers

 

Grand Palace Bangkok SculptureGrand Palace Bangkok BuildingGrand Palace Architecture BangkokWat Pho BangkokWat Arun Bangkok

 

Take a look at some Thailand guide books to better prepare you for your trip:


 

Day 2 – Ayutthaya

On your second day in Bangkok, it is time to head outside the city and to ancient capital city of Thailand – Ayutthaya. Here you will find some of the most incredible temples and architecture in Thailand. It makes for a perfect day trip and is a great way to explore another part of the country during your time there.

There are a few ways to go about your day there – train, bus, guided tour or taxi – and when you arrive, you will have the chance to enjoy all that the area has to offer. Once complete with the day, just head back to Bangkok and rest up before heading off to the airport the next morning.

» Feel free to check out the Ayutthaya Day Trip Guide that will walk you through the entire day for beginning to end.

 

Some of the top highlights will include:

1) Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

2) Wat Mahathat

3) Wat Ratchaburana

4) Wat Phra Si Sanphet

5) Wat Lokayasutharam

Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon TopWat MahathatWat Phra Sri SanphetWat LokkayasutharamWat Ratburana Steps

Day 3 – Travel to Koh Phangan

It is now time to make your way to the islands of Thailand, where you will get to relax, hit some beaches, do some hiking and enjoy the one and only Full Moon Party. To get to Koh Phangan, you first have to fly to the island of Koh Samui. There will be a few flights in the morning from Bangkok to Samui that should work out well here.

Once you get to Samui, you will then make your way to one of the ferry terminals for the 30-40 minute boat to Phangan. You can check out the ferry website which you can look at times and book your tickets. The tickets will either be through Lomprayah or Seatran.

If you have some time between landing and your boat, you should definitely stop by the giant gold Big Buddha (very close by to the Seatran terminal).

Thailand PlaneBig Buddha Samui

Once you arrive in Phangan there should be plenty of songthaews (pickup trucks with seating in the back) that can take you to your hotel. You can then spend the rest of your afternoon (probably somewhere in the 2-3PM range) relaxing by the pool and beach, enjoying the Thai island life.

If you are looking for some peace and quiet away from the crowds I would recommend checking out Haad Salad on the northeastern part of the island. It will be away from all the craziness of the Haad Rin area and it offers some beautiful beaches to explore.

» I wrote up a Haad Salad Guide that goes into more detail about what to expect there and why it can be a perfect getaway for travelers

 

Take a look at Koh Phangan hotel options for nights 3 & 4 of the itinerary

In Koh Phangan you can choose from a variety of accommodation options. Some are right near the party scene while others are farther out to get away from the craziness.

 

Close by Haad Rin:

1) Cocohut Beach Resort & Spa

2) The Coast Resort – Koh Phangan

3) Le Divine Comedie

 

Farther Away from Haad Rin:

2) Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa

2) Kupu Kupu Phangan Beach Villas and Spa by l’Occitane

3) Sunset Hill Resort

 

Day 4 – Koh Phangan & Full Moon Party

During your one full day in Koh Phangan you can choose from a variety of options.

⇔ If you are looking to explore all that the island has to offer, there are some great tour options out there. They will take you to various beaches and bays, where you relax a bit. You can also visit some snorkeling spots and waterfalls. And you can end the day with a great sunset. I would highly recommend this One Day Road Trip Around Koh Phangan if that is something you are interested in.

⇔ Another option here is to just relax, hit the beach, maybe snorkel a bit and take it easy before a long night out.

⇔ A third option if you are a bit more adventurous is to hike to the highest peak of the island – Khao Ra. If you decide to do the hike, it will be quite the experience hiking through the jungle and seeing the island from above. I would recommend reading up on the Khao Ra Hiking Guide to get a good sense of what to expect for the trail.

Khao Ra

After a morning/early afternoon of activities, grab a nice big lunch and get ready for what is sure to be one if the crazier parties of your life. Once the sun begins to set on the island, the full moon party festivities are just beginning.

» Check out the Ultimate Guide to the Full Party for everything you need to know about this epic night.

If your trip does not match up with full moon or if you are not interested in doing so, it does not change much on the itinerary. Simply just act if this was another night out in Thailand.

Full Moon Party Koh Phangan BucketFull Moon Party Koh Phangan MusicFull Moon Party Koh Phangan Jump RopeFull Moon Party

Day 5 – Koh Phangan Recovery & Travel to Koh Tao

Whether you took part of the full moon party or not, day 5 is going to be a full on rest and recovery day as you enjoy the beach life of Koh Phangan. After waking up in the afternoon, grab some lunch and relax by the beach for the next couple of hours.

You will then hop on an hour boat ride from Koh Phangan to Koh Tao (there is a 5:30PM boat through Lomprayah that will get you there but be sure to double check the schedule beforehand).

After getting to your hotel, feel free to walk around the streets of the Sairee Beach area and grab some dinner before resting up for a big day 6.

 

Take a look at Koh Tao hotel options for nights 5, 6 & 7 of the itinerary

Koh Tao is not that large of an island but there are a few different areas that you can stay in. The main area will be around Sairee Beach, where you will find many restaurants and nightlife options. You can also choose to stay further away from the main area in more secluded parts of the island. Feel free to check out a list of places to stay. Here are just a few recommended options around the island:

1) Sairee Cottage

2) Ban’s Diving Resort

3) Thalassa Hotel

4) View Point Resort

5) Jamahkiri Resort & Spa

 

Koh Phangan Beach

Day 6 – Scuba Diving

On day 6 enjoy a day of scuba diving around Koh Tao. Even if you are a beginner and have never spent some time scuba diving, no worries at all. You will still be able to explore the underwater world as part of a one day try drive. Essentially in the morning you will have an introduction to scuba diving with in pool sessions and equipment overview followed by an afternoon of diving out in the surrounding waters.

» Check out the One Day Try Dive Experience for a detailed guide to the day

Your day will end later in the afternoon, when you can hang out by the beach, pool or bar to end your 6th day in Thailand.

Koh Tao DivingScuba Diving Koh Tao 7Scuba Diving Koh Tao 2Scuba Diving Koh Tao 5

If you want to enjoy the nightlife of Koh Tao there is plenty to take part of. The beach bars that line Sairee Beach are great for sunset drinks and fire shows later on. There is also a well known pub crawl that takes place 4 nights a week. Whatever you decide you really cannot go wrong here.

 

Day 7 – Hike Koh Tao

Koh Tao is full of viewpoints and isolated beaches. To get to these you will have to work for it though as you hike your way there. A great hike that combines all that Koh Tao has to offer is the hike from Mae Haad to Chalok Baan Kao Bay.

» You can head on over to the Hiking in Koh Tao overview page to read all about this awesome experience.

Hiking Koh Tao JansomHiking Koh Tao RocksHiking Koh Tao BlueHiking Koh Tao Bar

Day 8 – Koh Nang Yuan & Travel to Koh Samui

This morning you will head over to one of the most pictured viewpoints in all of Thailand – on top of Koh Nang Yuan. The area is actually three separate island that are attached by sandbars going from one island to the next.

A quick 20-30 minute longtail boat ride from Sairee beach gets you to the dock of Nang Yuan. Be sure to let your boat driver know how long you would like to stay there as they can come pick you up when you are finished up. Since it is a privately owned island, you must pay a small entrance fee before heading in and you cannot bring plastic bottles or your own towels. Everything is there to purchase for a bit higher of a price.

Also note that this is the most touristy part of Koh Tao as plenty of tourists come from Samui just to hang out here for the day. It is recommended to go as early as possible – around 9AM before the hoards of tourists start arriving.

Once you arrive you should first head up straight to the viewpoint. It is a pretty easy hike up the mountain around 10-15 minutes in length. As you get to the top there are a couple larger boulders to get yourself up on in order to get to the viewpoint. Spend some time there taking some pics of the view with the islands and sandbars in the background.

After enough time up top head back down to the beach itself. You can spend anywhere from 1-2 hours laying by the beach and taking a swim (try and get further away from all the tourists who will soon be boating in). You can also rent some snorkel equipment at the island shop and take some time to see some of the underwater life nearby.

Koh Tao BoatKoh Nang Yuang WelcomeKoh Nang Yuan

After enough time enjoying Koh Nang Yuan head back to the dock and find your longtail boat to take you back to Sairee beach. The last boat from Koh Tao to Koh Samui will be right around 3PM (through Lomprayah) so make sure you have enough time to get back to your hotel and get some lunch before heading to the port area.

Hop on the ferry all the way back to Koh Samui which should take around 1.5-2 hours, and then head on off to your hotel. At night you can check out the Bophut Fisherman’s Market, head out to a Muay Thai fight and/or hit some of the bars around Chaweng Beach.

 

Take a look at Koh Samui hotel options for nights 8 & 9 of the itinerary

1) Amari Koh Samui

2) OZO Chaweng Samui

3) Hansar Samui Resort

4) Peace Resort

5) Buri Rasa Village Samui

 

Day 9 – Day Trip to Ang Thong Marine Park

Today you will take a day trip out to the picturesque Ang Thong Marine Park. Every hotel should be able to help you book a tour through a local company or you can plan ahead of time and book a highly rated Ang Thing Marine Park tour before you go. Here is how a typical tour would play out:

The day starts early on getting picked up to your hotel before being transferred to your speedboat for the day (note that not all tours use speedboats). Your first stop about an hour away is Koh Wao, where you can swim and snorkel the crystal clear blue waters around you. There will be plenty of colorful fish to see as you make your way through the area.

After some swimming and snorkeling you will make your way to a short hiking trail that takes you above the Talay Nai emerald lagoon. From here you will also be able to see most of the 42 islands that make up the marine park.

Ang Thong Marine Park LagoonAng Thong Marine Park Kayak

Once the lagoon is complete it is time to hit the kayaks. Your boat will take you nearby, where you will hop into a kayak for around an hour and get to explore the marine park on your own. As you kayak around you are sure to pass small caves and numerous islands surrounding you.

It will now be time for some lunch and your speedboat will take you to one of the main island in Ang Thong – Koh Wua Ta Lap. Here you will also be given some time to explore the island by foot or relax by the beach for a bit. There is a great hiking trail that takes you up to the top of the island, hitting viewpoints along the way. It can get quite technical closer to the top but the views are worth it!

Ang Thong Marine ParkAng Thong Marine Park View

You will then head back by speedboat to Koh Samui, where you can enjoy one more night on the island before heading out the next morning.

 

Day 10 – Travel to Chiang Mai

After plenty of time seeing what the islands of Thailand have to offer it is time to head to the northern part of the country to Chiang Mai. As of this writing there is only one direct flight from Koh Samui to Chiang Mai each day through Bangkok Airways at 10AM. If you get on this flight you should arrive at your hotel early afternoon and grab some food before exploring the city and some temples.

In and around the city there are more than 300 temples! To make things simple though I put together a Chiang Mai Temples Tour Guide that will take you to some of the more well known ones to visit this afternoon.

The guide goes over 7 temples to visit (although Doi Suthep which is a further journey can be visited on day 13):

1. Wat Chiang Man

2. Three King’s Monument

3. Wat Chedi Luang

4. Wat Phra Singh

5. Wat Sri Suphan

6. Wat Suan Dok

7. Doi Suthep

Wat Chiang ManWat Chedi Luang BuddhaWat Phra Singh HallWat Suan Dok TempleWat Sri Suphan Buddha

You can now walk or tuk tuk back to your hotel after a day of traveling and exploring the temples of Chiang Mai. If you would like at night you can make your way to the Night Market – an indoor/outdoor market that is filled with plenty of food and souvenirs.

 

Take a look at Chiang Mai hotel options for nights 10, 11 & 12 of the itinerary

Feel free to browse through some accommodation options in Chiang Mai or choose from some highly rated ones below:

1) BED Phrasingh

2) Le Meridien Chiang Mai

3) Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

4) Rachamankha

5) Golden Bell Hotel

 

Day 11 – Elephant Sanctuary

On your second day in Chiang Mai it is time to head off to an Elephant Sanctuary to feed, bathe, and interact with these amazing animals.

Two of the top main elephant sanctuaries that are known for rescuing elephants from poor conditions and treating them well are Patara Elephant Farm and Elephant Nature Park. Both of these places book up well in advance so be sure to check for availability

The main difference between the two programs is that Patara is a 1 on 1 experience with an elephant for the day (~$180) while ENP is more of a group experience (~$70).

» Read the In Depth Guide to Patara Elephant Farm to get a better understanding of the experience.

Patara Elephant Farm GirlsPatara Elephant Farm BathPatara Elephant Farm FeedingPatara Elephant Farm RidingPatara Elephant Farm Baby

Day 12 – Exploring Chiang Mai & Cooking Class

Today you can sleep in for a bit after a couple early mornings for the past couple days. Throughout the trip you will see plenty of markets and purchase all types of souvenirs and food. However, not too from the night market area are more local, authentic markets called Warorot and Ton Lam Yai (across the street from each other).

Instead of seeing hundreds of tourists you will see more of a local audience roaming around, buying their food and any other goods. Warorot is a multi story open market selling everything from clothing to fruits to wooden crafts. Spend some time just exploring these two markets and getting a feel for what shopping life is for the people who live in Chiang Mai.

Ton Lam Yai

After checking out the markets for a bit, you can grab some lunch and then just walk around the city for the next hour or two. It is always interesting exploring the streets and stores of a foreign city. Massages are also an option as they are in any city in Thailand. Make sure though that you get back to your hotel around 3PM to get ready for a cooking class.

Many of the cooking classes have an afternoon/evening session which start around 4PM with pickup being just shortly before then. Head on over to TripAdvisor to get a look at the top rated cooking classes. After you get picked up along with your fellow guests you will make your way to a local food market.

Once there your cooking instructor for the evening will teach you all about the local ingredients and what is used for different dishes. You will then get to pick 4-5 different course options for what you will be making and eating during the rest of the evening. Your instructor will then purchase all the necessities before hopping back in the van to take you to the kitchen.

Chiang Mai Cooking Class StationsChiang Mai Cooking ClassChiang Mai Cooking Class PrepChiang Mai Cooking Class Rolls

Many places have open air kitchens and dining rooms which is also a very unique experience instead of being indoors. A sample menu will include spring rolls, soup, pad thai, curry, and mango sticky rice. Your instructor will then take you through making and eating each dish (usually you cook two dishes, eat them and then go on to the next two). Overall a great experience cooking, eating, drinking some beers and meeting new people. The evening should end around 9PM when you continue with your group out to the bars if you choose to.

 

Day 13 – Doi Suthep & Travel to Bangkok

On your last day in Chiang Mai it is time to see the city from above before heading back to Bangkok. During the course of your stay you have probably seen the large mountain that overlooks the city. Towards the top of the mountain is a temple called Doi Suthep that has amazing views of the city below. You can grab a taxi for a fixed rate that will take you there, wait for you and then take you back down.

The road to Doi Suthep is filled with twists and turns as you make your way up climbing the hill. Eventually though you will reach the base of Doi Suthep, where a long staircase awaits to the temple. Once inside you can walk around the main area and the large golden chedi.

You can then make your way to the viewpoint that overlooks the city. Due to Chiang Mai weather being hit or miss, it could be a perfectly clear day out or you could literally be in a cloud with no visibility at all. But don’t worry, if there really isn’t any visibility be sure to ask your cab driver to stop at one of the viewpoints on the way down the twisting roads, where you are sure to get a good view at some point.

Doi Suthep StepsDoi Suthep TopChiang Mai View

Once back down back in Chiang Mai, grab some lunch and pack up before taking a mid-late afternoon flight to Bangkok. Once back in the capital city check into your hotel, grab some dinner and head out to Khao San Road for your last night out in Thailand.

A couple other Chiang Mai options if they are of interest to you:

Sunday Night Market – a walking street night market only open on Sundays from 4PM-12AM

Full Day Hiking and/or Bamboo Rafting – there are plenty of one day hiking options in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai. You will get to hike these jungles, pass by local tribes and even to some bamboo rafting. If you are interested in this type of activity check out Viator for some of the highly rated Chiang Mai trekking companies.

 

Day 14 – Depart Bangkok

Your 2 weeks in Thailand are now coming to an end. Depending on what time your flight is you might have some time to enjoy some more attractions around the city:

 

» Chatuchak Weekend Market – definitely the largest market you will come across in Thailand however it is only open on weekends

» Chinatown – great place to walk around and have plenty of street food options

» Lumpini Park – a huge park sitting in the middle of the bustling city where you can just relax and walk around the area

You will then hop into a cab and head to the airport to begin the long journey back home. Hope you enjoy Thailand and all that it offers!

Head over to the other Thailand itineraries and guides page to check out some more helpful posts, and feel free to comment below with any questions!

 

Two Weeks in Thailand

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3 Comments

  1. Cindy

    Hi! Is there any big boat to do island hopping there? Thanks..

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  2. Cindy

    After this corona storm, Thailand is on my top destination list. If I have plenty time, how long time needed to explore all islands and is there any big boat to do island hopping? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Charles

      Hi Cindy – there are many Thai island out there so exploring all of them can take some time. They are really broken down into the western islands and eastern islands, and you cant just take a boat in between the two sets of islands.

      I have heard of catamarans that go between Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, Krabi, however I do think it is pretty easy to visit them on your own too. There are ferries all throughout the day that can take you from one to the next, and you can pick and choose which ones you are most interested in.

      Same goes for the eastern islands (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao). I don’t think a boat is necessarily needed here since travel between the island is pretty straightforward.

      Hope that helps a bit and we can all travel soon!

      Reply

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