Why You Should Visit Thailand
With an assortment of attractions that cater to a wide array of tastes, Thailand is truly a must-visit destination. The country’s deep-rooted history is magnificently reflected in its plethora of grandiose temples, ancient ruins, and intriguing war memorials.
Likewise, the cultural vibrancy is genuinely palpable, showcased through enchanting traditional dances, colorful festivals, and of course, the world-renowned culinary delights.
Nature enthusiasts wouldn’t be left wanting either. Thailand’s natural landscapes are pure visual poetry – from lush, undulating jungles to serene lakes.
From extinct volcanoes to awe-inspiring national parks; and not to mention, the stunningly beautiful beaches and islands that are nothing short of a tropical paradise.
In essence, Thailand is an exhilarating blend of old and new, traditional and modern, tranquility and adventure – a fascinating fusion that is unique to it, making it an absolutely unmissable travel destination!
Here is the Best 2 Weeks Thailand Itinerary.
Deciding Your Travel Time
There’s really no bad time to soak up the exotic charm of Thailand. But, understanding the timing of your travel will give you a taste of Thailand beyond its regular allure.
So, when should you mark your calendars to experience this Asian paradise?
Thailand’s weather is typically divided into three distinct phases: cool (November to February), hot (March to June), and the rainy season (July to October).
While deciding “when” to experience Thailand matters, it still boils down to your personal interests.
If you’re a sun seeker, March to June will be your tropical haven. But if you’re more keen on cooler weather to tour around, November to February would be your ideal choice.
The rainy season also has it’s unique charm. There are fewer tourists, the prices are cheaper, and everything is green and vibrant.
It’s worth noting major Thai festivals as well. Songkran, or Thai New Year, in April, is marked by a nationwide water fight – a unique way to experience the local culture!
Loi Krathong in November, where thousands of lanterns float in the sky and water, is an enchanting sight not to be missed.
Here is a helpful article that will help you decide when to travel: Best Thailand Travel Tips.
Chose Your Route
Thailand is huge and has too many places to try to cover everything in just two weeks. I’ve been living here for over five years, and still haven’t explored it all.
That being said, you can choose to explore two sides of Thailand:
- The South: Best if you like islands, parties, and a lot of sun. This route has many stops, and it involves a lot of travel.
- The North: Best if you like mountains, temples, and a more laid-back style of travel.
1. Southern Thailand and the Islands
Pack your sunscreen and get ready to bask in the golden rays of Southern Thailand and its picturesque islands! This route option guarantees a trip filled with white sandy beaches, azure waters, and breathtaking landscapes.
Here’s a sneak peek at the sunny adventure waiting for you!
- Kickstart your journey in the bustling city of Bangkok, where you can explore the vibrant street markets and majestic temples.
- From there, hop on a short flight or an overnight train to the stunning islands of the Gulf of Thailand – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao.
- Each island offers unique vibes with beautiful beaches and boat trips to the captivating Ang Thong Marine National Park.
- Next, cruise on over to Railay Beach, where you can marvel at its famous limestone cliffs.
- Then, make time for exciting water activities like snorkeling and diving in Krabi. The coral reefs around here are considered the best diving spots in the country!
- Cap off your journey in Phuket, where you can double-dip in the energetic vibe of Patong and the serene ambiance of Phi Phi islands.
- Don’t forget to check out the white marble Big Buddha statue and the awe-inspiring Wat Chalong temple.
For accommodations, there’s an abundance for each budget – pick from luxury resorts, cozy beachfront bungalows, or budget-friendly guesthouses.
Considering transportation, domestically, Thailand is well-connected with ferries, speed boats, and public transport making island hopping a breeze. Just remember to pack light for ease of travel!
This route promises an adventure-filled journey, providing you with a well-rounded experience in the Land of Smiles!
2. Northern Thailand and the Mountains
Do you prefer the mountains and a laid-back atmosphere? Get ready for an unforgettable journey as we unravel the trail through Northern Thailand.
The North presents a unique opportunity to delve deep into the culture, witness awe-inspiring natural beauty, and enjoy exhilarating outdoor activities.
- Your adventure starts in Bangkok. The city’s lively atmosphere, coupled with grand palaces and Buddhist temples, make for a brilliant way to kickstart your once-in-a-lifetime journey.
- From there, proceed to Chiang Mai, where the feel of foreign lands amalgamates with Thai traditions. With its cool climate, fast internet, and low cost of living, it’s a haven for travelers.
- Experience the stunning view from the hilltop temple or try some exotic street food at the famous night market.
- Further north, reach Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest peak right in the heart of a national park.
- From there, head to Chiang Rai, known for the breathtaking White and Black Temples, which are not just places of worship but mesmerizing art installations.
- Next is the sleepy mountain town of Phu Chi Fa, famous for its sunrise views. It feels like standing at the edge of the world!
- Continue with the ancient cave systems of Chiang Dao before winding down at the quiet, serene town of Pai, where many find their nirvana.
Remember, there’s no wrong way to explore Thailand. These itineraries are just a suggestion; your personal experience will be as unique as Thailand itself.
Itinerary #1: 2 Weeks in Southern Thailand and the Islands
Day 1: Arriving in Bangkok
Bright lights, bustling streets, and a rush of adrenaline – welcome to the first day of your Thai adventure in the city of contrasts, Bangkok!
You have arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport; let the journey begin.
For cost-effective transportation, take a train from Suvarnabhumi to the city center, or one of the local cabs.
You should stay in the Sukhumvit area, close to everything. A great hotel recommendation is the Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit.
On day 1, you will be tired and jet-lagged, so take some time for rest and relaxation. Get some good food and a quick power nap.
As night falls, nothing rings in Thailand like street food. Spoil your taste buds at a local market or at Khaosan Road.
Relish your first pad thai or fried rice, along with a signature Thai beer, to mark day one.
To navigate this dynamic city, ride the BTS Skytrain or pick a colorful tuk-tuk ride for shorter distances.
Arm yourself with Google Maps, a handy translation app, and step into the colorful pavilions of Bangkok with an explorer’s zeal.
Diving into Bangkok’s energetic atmosphere might be a sensory overload, but approaching it with an open mind and going at your own pace is the key to enjoying the city.
Day 2: Explore Bangkok
If you didn’t party too hard last night, I recommended starting day 2 early in the morning. Bangkok is home to a delightful mix of traditional culture and urban sophistication that you cannot miss.
Start your day in the captivating world of the floating markets. Navigate through the serene waters of the Chao Phraya River and enjoy a refreshing morning, meeting locals, and hoarding unique souvenirs.
Don’t forget to try a steaming bowl of Thai Boat Noodle Soup, as it’s a must when you venture to the renowned Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Next, arm yourself with a sense of exploration and head to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. With over 8,000 stalls, it’s a treasure trove for bargain hunters and a haven for foodies to indulge in authentic Thai street food.
From spicy Tom Yum soup to sweet Mango Sticky rice, your taste buds will embark on a culinary journey second to none.
But Bangkok isn’t just about modernity. It cradles a rich cultural past in its stunning memorials.
In the evening, I love taking a Dinner Cruise on the Choa Praya River. Enjoy amazing food, drinks, and live entertainment while exploring the city lights from the water.
With its spellbinding mix of ancient cultures and modern lifestyles, Bangkok ensures you have an unforgettable second day of your two-week Thailand itinerary.
Enjoy the treasures it unfolds and soak in the charming Thai hospitality that will stay with you long past your vacation.
Learn more about the Amazin Things to Do in Bangkok Here.
Day 3: Fly to Koh Samui
Our next stop is Koh Samui, a captivating island that promises an unforgettable tropical adventure, and one of my favorite places in Thailand.
Koh Samui is easy to get to with direct flights from Bangkok on Bangkok Airways (it’s the only airline that flies to the island).
Once you’ve stepped foot on the island, you can take a cab or ask your hotel to organize the airport transfer for you.
In Koh Samui, you’ll find accommodations that cater to every budget:
- Try the W Samui, and the Four Seasons for luxury travel.
- Lanna Samui offers amazing mid-range prices in a great area.
- For low-cost accommodations, try HostelWorld.
Since we are going to spend two days in Koh Samui, you can relax for the rest of the day, get a drink by the pool, or lounge on the beach.
A great spot for sunset is the Air Bar Samui at the Intercontinental. Grab a drink and watch the sun fade away.
Day 4: Exploring Koh Samui
Get ready for a tropical treat! On Day 4 of your Thailand itinerary, we’ll be exploring the stunning island paradise of Koh Samui.
Start your day diving into the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island – there’s a whole world under the waves waiting to be explored.
Koh Samui offers some of the best snorkeling and diving facilities in Thailand, with vibrant coral reefs and a dazzling array of marine life.
Next, let’s explore the grandeur of the Big Buddha Temple or gasp in awe of the intriguing Hin Ta and Hin Yai rock formations.
For those wanting to venture off the beaten path, consider exploring the Secret Buddha Garden, an enchanting park filled with mystic sculptures, hidden amidst the dense jungle.
And what about a dash of Thai culinary adventure? Take a local Thai cooking class and learn how to recreate those exotic flavors back home.
On the gastronomical front, Koh Samui does not disappoint. Beach-side restaurants like Your Place offer scrumptious local seafood, while street food stalls serve up a variety of delicious Thai dishes.
Getting around the island is a breeze! Rent a scooter for complete freedom to roam, or opt for a local taxi for a comfortable ride.
See all the things that the island has to offer by also reading The Best Things to Do in Koh Samui.
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Day 5: Speedboat to Koh Phangan
On the fifth day of your Thai adventure, you’ll wake up bright and early, ready to conquer Koh Phangan via a thrilling speedboat ride.
With multiple ferry services from Koh Samui, such as my personal favorite, Lomprayah, ensure to grab tickets beforehand to avoid delays at the pier. I use 12GoAsia for booking.
What awaits you at Koh Phangan will leave your senses delighted.
- Firstly, if you time it right, the epitome of party life – The Full Moon Party at Haad Rin. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
- If you prefer tranquillity over parties, lose yourself in the titillating serenity offered by waterfalls like Phaeng Waterfall, or just lounge on enthralling beaches like Bottle Beach or Thong Nai Pan, your pick.
As for accommodation, you’re spoilt for choice! From pocket-friendly guesthouses to luxurious beach resorts, Koh Phangan has you covered.
Don’t miss the chance to indulge your tastebuds – the local markets and restaurants serve a potpourri of mouthwatering Thai cuisine.
Standouts include the exotic seafood at Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar.
Breathtaking beauty, electrifying nightlife, mouthwatering cuisine – Day 5 leaves no stone unturned in delivering the quintessential Thai experience!
Related Article: The Best Things to Do in Koh Phangan.
Day 6: Go to Koh Tao
If you’ve been yearning for an Instagram-perfect slice of paradise, you’ll find it here on day six of your Thailand adventure.
Welcome to Koh Tao, a dazzling island gem known for its glorious beaches and abundant marine life.
Catch the early morning ferry or speedboat from Koh Phangan Pier, and should arrive in no time. Sleeping options range from budget-friendly BP Hostel to the upscale The Dearly Koh Tao Hostel.
We will spend two days here, so you have plenty of time to experience everything the island has to offer.
Pro Tip: Renting a scooter is a fantastic way to experience the island at your own pace. However, remember to be cautious – always wear a helmet and ensure you’re comfortable with the terrain.
On our first day on the island, I recommend chilling on the beach and exploring the local viewpoints for sunset. One of my favorites is John-Suwan Viewpoint.
Treat your taste buds to the island’s seafood – fresh, succulent, and cooked to perfection! You’ll find an array of local Thai eateries scattered across the island.
After the sun sets, head out to Sairee Beach, for one of Thailand’s best beach parties. Cheap cocktails, big buckets filled with questionable alcohol and an amazing fire show is all waiting for you every night on Koh Tao.
In essence, Day 6 of your journey promises to be a visual treat and an adventurer’s delight.
Day 7: Explore Koh Tao
For your second day on Koh Tao, I Highly recommend the one-day Discover SCUBA Diver Course (no PADI required).
Koh Tao is a picturesque Thai Island, and also a dream come true for both avid divers and snorkeling enthusiasts.
A Discover-Scuba dive adventure immerses you into Koh Tao’s delightful underwater world without requiring certification.
If you don’t feel comfortable trying out scuba diving, snorkeling is the next best thing, the neighboring island, Koh Nang Yuan has some amazing spots.
Back on land, consider exploring enclave beaches, and stunning rock formations, or give rock climbing a shot.
For immersion in authentic Thai culture, check out food markets teeming with mouthwatering local delicacies.
In the evening, grab a cocktail and relax! Remember, Koh Tao is all about being laid-back; it’s an integral part of the Thai beach life!
The tiny turtle-shaped island of Koh Tao truly ensures your Thailand itinerary remains cherished and unforgettable!
Also read: The Best Beaches in Thailand.
Day 8: Travel to Khao Sok National Park
It’s Day 8, and the marvelous journey takes a thrilling turn towards the Khao Sok National Park.
From the serene island of Koh Tao, you can catch a speedboat or ferry to Surat Thani and continue on by minibus to Khao Sok National Park.
Even the drive itself is epic, taking you through the breathtaking limestone mountain landscapes of Southern Thailand.
Ask your driver to take you to Rajjaprabha Dam, created by the Thai people for hydro-energy and collecting water for agriculture.
The “side effect” of the dam, is the majestic Cheow Lan Lake. Here you will board a long-tail boat, letting you take in the awe-inspiring karst mountain ranges around the gorgeous lake.
For accommodations, you can stay on the lake that night, at the amazing 500Rai Floating Resort, one of the most unique hotels in the world.
For a more budget-friendly option, you can take a van to Khao Sok Village, where you can find a plethora of Hotels and Guest Houses.
This day will be quite long but don’t skip Khao Sok National Park, it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
Related Article: Best Things to Do in Phang Nga.
Day 9: Minivan to Krabi
After an amazing day on the lake, pack your bags; we’re heading to the beautiful coastal town of Krabi on day 9!
The journey from Khao Sok National Park to Krabi is a breeze, with options like comfy minivans that cover the distance in about four hours or buses that take a bit longer.
Once you’ve made it, Krabi unveils a plethora of delightful activities; it’s like a buffet!
Accommodation options range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses. I’d recommend staying anywhere near Ao Nang Beach area for its lively scene.
To navigate the city, renting a scooter is great fun, or you can go local and hail a tuk-tuk.
With local markets and restaurants aplenty, you’re never too far from a mouth-watering plate of seafood or authentic Thai cuisine.
Spend the day on the beach, grab a cocktail, and enjoy the sunset in the evening.
After the sun goes down, there are quite a few bars with live music and great outdoor restaurants. But don’t party too hard; tomorrow is a day full of activities.
Explore all the Epic Things to Do in Krabi.
Day 10: Explore Railay Beach
Day 10 of our Thai adventure takes us exploring the magnificent Railay Beach in Krabi, a postcard-perfect beach offering beauty, tranquility, and thrilling activities.
Picture this – turquoise blue waters, bright white sandy beaches, and monstrous limestone cliffs – it’s a paradise you won’t want to leave!
You definitely can’t miss Railay Beach – arguably the best beach in Thailand, only accessible by boat, adding a sprinkle of adventure to your day.
Starting from Krabi Pier, hop onto a 20-minute longtail boat ride offering splendid views.
Once there, sail into a tropical dreamland with activities like snorkeling to meet the vibrant underwater life, kayaking through the serene waters, or challenging yourself with rock climbing the impressive cliffs.
For those looking to rejuvenate, simply basking on the pristine sands while enjoying a cool drink can be equally charming.
Indulge in a delightful meal at one of the local beachside bars or restaurants, savoring the exotic Thai cuisine coupled with stunning beach views.
Don’t miss a detour to the unusual and interesting Penis Cave, dedicated to the ‘Phra Nang Princess.’
Venturing around Railay is best done on foot; there is no transportation on the island, but you will not need it; it’s very small. Be armed with sunblock, a good hat, and a handy water bottle!
Every moment on Railay Beach makes for an unforgettable memory!
Here is a full list of My Top Places to See in Thailand.
Day 11: Speedboat to Koh Phi Phi
Welcome aboard for Day 11 of our brilliant Thai adventure! Today, we’re taking a speedboat to the captivating island of Koh Phi Phi.
From Railay Beach, organizing a speedboat service is a breeze, and in no time, you’re en route to another island paradise. As you approach Koh Phi Phi, brace yourself for some serious ‘wow’ moments – trust me, they’re plenty!
Once you arrive at Ton Sai Pier, your hotels will be waiting for you to help with your bags and get you checked in. Drop your bags off and book a boat tour around the island. You can do it from your hotel, or one of the many agencies around.
The island tour will include a visit to Maya Bay, the famous backdrop of the movie “The Beach”, feeding monkeys on the beach, and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters.
Fancy some hiking? Lace-up and head to the Phi Phi Viewpoint just before sunset for incredible vistas that will leave you breathless.
If tranquillity is more your vibe, indulge in heavenly beachside massages or simply lounge on the golden sand.
The local food scene is a gastronomic delight, with a Savory blend of Thai cuisine and international dishes in local restaurants and food stalls.
Buckle up, day 11 promises to be an unforgettable ride in this two-week Thailand itinerary!
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Day 12: Travel to Phuket
Welcome to Day 12 of your tour, where we’ll hop aboard a thrilling speedboat, heading to the famous paradise of Phuket.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, and we will spend two days here.
Phuket offers a variety of accommodations to suit all budgets.
- For luxury, consider the Sri Panwa or Samsara Villa Estate.
- For mid-range accommodation, Lub D Patong is a popular choice.
- And on a budget, check out the Lupta Hostel Patong or Aspery Hotel.
Once you arrive, check in to your hotel and drop off your bags. Then, get your cultural fix by visiting the iconic Big Buddha. It’s a great place to reflect and take some stunning pics.
Next, explore the lively Patong Beach for a cocktail on the sand and water sports such as surfing and parasailing! Grab a lounge chair and watch the sunset.
In the evening, stay in Paton Beach and visit the world-famous Bangla Road, with its thriving nightlife, world-class clubs, and live music.
Day 13: Explore Phuket
Oh, baby! You’ve hit Day 13 of your two-week journey, and we’ll continue exploring the legendary island of Phuket, Thailand’s glittering pearl in the Andaman Sea.
If more island hopping is on your list, book a boat trip to James Bond Island, the scene for the movie “The Man with the Golden Gun.”
You can also roam around the quaint Old Town of Phuket, admiring the colorful Sino-Portuguese architecture and savoring the day’s catch at one of the local seafood restaurants.
If you want to explore more beaches, rent a scooter or hail a local taxi, and head straight to Promthep Cape or Karon Viewpoint. These stunning vistas will give you an unrivaled view of Phuket’s lush landscape and sparkling azure waters.
For beach bums, Phuket is an absolute paradise. Luxuriate on the powdery sands of Kata Beach or Kamala Beach, go for a swim in the warm tropical waters, or just lay back and soak up the sun.
Enjoy the ride, folks! Phuket awaits with open arms.
Here is a complete list of Things to do in Phuket.
Day 14: Back to Bangkok
Ah, Day 14 – the final day of this wonderful 2-week Thailand journey! Today, you’ll be making your way back to the always-exciting city of Bangkok. It’s just an hour’s flight from Phuket airport to Bangkok.
If you arrive in Bangkok early enough, don’t just curl up in your hotel room. There’s still time to squeeze in some last-minute sightseeing, or enjoying some Thai food.
And hey, to cap off your splendid journey, indulge in a relaxing Thai massage to soothe any travel-aches.
Now, breathe deep, the great adventure of your 2-weeks in Thailand is about to culminate.
Your heart might be heavy, leaving behind such beauty and diversity, but your suitcase and memory will surely be overloaded with exquisite Thai experiences.
Itinerary #2: 2 Weeks in Northern Thailand and the Mountains
Day 1 & 2: Bangkok
The beginning of your Nothern Thailand trip will be the same as the Southern one (see above).
Land in Bangkok, check-in, explore the city, and try to get over the jet lag.
Day 3: Fly to Chiang Mai
Now, it’s time to say goodbye to bustling Bangkok, as Day 3 of our thrilling itinerary gears up for the cultural city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.
With several transportation options available, I recommend an early morning flight out of Bangkok. The journey is barely an hour and a half, meaning you touch down in Chiang Mai just in time to seize the day!
Grab (the Uber of Asia) is very affordable, so I suggest using it to get to your hotel and drop off your bags.
Chiang Mai’s accommodations range from boutique hotels to budget-friendly guesthouses. A great recommendation is the U Nimman Chiang Mai, which delivers a perfect blend of style and comfort.
Getting around Chiang Mai is easy:
- You can rent a scooter for 200-300 baht per day ($5-8)
- Use the local red trucks (song-tews) for about 30 baht ($0.80) per person
- Negotiate a ride on a local Tuk-Tuk
- Use ride-sharing apps like Grab, Bolt or InDrive.
After a day of exploration, tuck into delicious northern Thai cuisine at local restaurants or street food stalls.
I highly recommend Woo Cafe for its exemplary fusion of traditional Thai and Western dishes.
This action-packed day in Chiang Mai sets the pace for what’s to come in this beast of a two-week Thailand itinerary.
Day 4: Explore Chiang Mai
On the fourth day of your epic Thai adventure, you’ll dive headfirst into the rich culture and stunning beauty of Chiang Mai.
Since we have a full day ahead of us, I highly recommend visiting an Elephant sanctuary.
I recommend the Elephant Nature Park; it offers an unforgettable experience for every traveler. The park’s mission centers around rescuing and rehabilitating elephants, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to interact with these majestic creatures.
Forget about elephant riding or watching these animals perform tricks; Elephant Nature Park focuses on ethical treatment, allowing them to roam freely within their natural habitat.
Activities during your visit include feeding the elephants, watching them play, or taking a mud bath with them.
It’s not just a day out, but an educational insight into the lives of elephants and the challenges they face due to unethical practices in the tourism industry.
In the evening, take your taste buds on a tantalizing Thai journey along the lively lanes of Nimmanhaemin or Tha Pae Walking Street, brimming with inviting food stalls offering local delicacies.
Indulging in northern Thai cuisine is an absolute must-do. Grab a bite of ‘Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiaw,’ a spicy noodle soup with a unique flavor that sets your palate ablaze!
The North is all about relaxation, so pamper yourself with a therapeutic traditional Thai massage.
Day 5: Visit Doi Inthanon
Day five of our perfect two-week Thailand itinerary is all about embracing the adventurous spirit and setting out for the journey to Doi Inthanon, the “Roof of Thailand”.
Taking a private car hire or joining a guided tour from Chiang Mai is your ticket to this remarkable destination, just an hour and a half away!
Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak, is a haven for nature and adventure lovers alike.
Its cool climate and unsurpassed biodiversity are best explored through treks along the lush trails leading to the Twin Pagodas, a symbol of Thai architecture nestled amidst the clouds.
En route, there are stunning waterfalls like Wachirathan and Mae Klang, simply perfect for those Instagram-worthy snaps.
Remember to pack appropriate footwear and insect repellant to make your Hiking experience comfortable. If visiting in the winter months, you should also pack a sweater, it gets quite cold at the top.
Hungry after all that exploration? Tuck into hearty local meals at the small food stalls and restaurants that offer delightful refreshments outside the park.
Prepare to immerse in the raw beauty of nature.
Here is a complete list of Amazing Things to do in Chiang Mai.
Day 6: Minivan to Chiang Rai
Get ready for an early start on Day 6! You’ll embark on a mountainous journey from Chiang Mai to the serene city of Chiang Rai.
My recommendation for transport? A comfy minivan! This is the best option due to its convenience, affording you time to relax – or even catch some extra zzz’s since you’ve been exploring all day yesterday.
Plus, it’s much faster than your traditional bus, taking only around 4 hours depending on traffic.
Upon reaching Chiang Rai, check-in, drop off your bags, and take some time to unwind before diving into the vibrant local culture.
Chiang Rai offers a range of accommodations to suit every budget, from boutique hotels to economical guesthouses.
We will spend two days in Chiang Rai, so start by visiting the iconic Blue Temple, Wat Rong Suea Ten. Painted in lively shades of blue, it houses an expansive Buddha, making it an absolute must-see.
But don’t stop there; take a short 20-minute Grab ride to the ever-popular White Temple, Wat Rong Khun, one of the most stunning temples in Thailand.
As the golden hour approaches, take in the stunning view of the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy – Wat Huay Pla Kang.
In the evening, have dinner at the Night Bazaar for a mouthwatering taste of local cuisine.
Enjoy the simplicity, charm, and vibrant temple-filled skyline of Chiang Rai on Day 6 of your trip to Thailand!
Day 7: Experience Chiang Rai
Day 7 marks the zenith of your Thailand journey as you traverse the serene landscapes of Chiang Rai. Filled with novel experiences and mesmerizing sights, this day unfolds an exceptional array of attractions.
Today we will be venturing out to the Golden Triangle region, where our beloved Thailand converges with Laos and Myanmar. This intersection is a splendid sight, revealing the nuanced differences across borders.
Next, we will make our way to the small town of Doi Tung. The charm and serene beauty of northern Thailand make Doi Tung a must-visit.
If you opt to pay for a full pass at 220 Baht ($6.50), you’ll gain access to all enchanting attractions within the vicinity, like Doi Tung Royal Villa and the Hall of Inspiration.
Here is what to expect:
- Luxurious landscaped garden, bursting with a riot of colors and aromatic scents
- A charming Swiss chalet-like Royal Villa that once housed a princess
- Awe-inspiring insights into local history at The Hall of Inspiration
- Jolly ziplining for some adrenaline rush at the Tree Top Walk
- Heaps of local food stalls and souvenir shops for a quick bite and shopping.
For a bite on the go, indulge in some local Northern Thai cuisine from street vendors or cozy up in a corner of a local restaurant. Options abound – from spicy Kai curry to sumptuous Khaeng hang-le.
So, let Day 7 of your journey be steeped in the exploration and enjoyment of Chiang Rai’s picturesque landscapes and rich cultural heritage.
Here are The Best Things to Do in Chiang Rai.
Day 8: Visit Phu Chi Fa
If the mountains call you, then day eight of your Thailand itinerary will surely speak to you. Your destination? The magnificent Phu Chi Fa, about 90 km from Chiang Rai. Try to leave early in the morning for the best views.
Imagine the awe-inspiring view of the sun breathing life into a brand new day while the foggy mist dances around the mountains – best seen from the viewpoint, a 20-30-minute trek away from the starting point. Talk about an Insta-worthy moment!
Don’t forget to explore the surrounding hill tribe villages and their unique lifestyles. As you move, ensure that your footwear matches the trail’s demands and pack clothing layers, as the weather can vary.
Feeling peckish after all the adventure? Various local food stalls around offer a taste of delicious, authentic Thai cuisine. So, make it a point to treat your tastebuds!
Phu Chi Fa is an early-day expedition, leaving you enough time to hike and explore if you are feeling up for it.
You can also call it an early night and rest up for the adventure tomorrow.
Day 9: Travel to Chiang Dao
Picture this: you’re waking up on day nine of your once-in-a-lifetime Thailand adventure, and you’ve got an extraordinary journey ahead. You’re heading to Chiang Dao, a jewel nestled within the lush Northern Thai mountains.
Here’s the lowdown on how to get there and what to do when you arrive.
- Revamp your travel story by opting for either a comfy minivan service or a private taxi from Phu Chi Fa to Chiang Dao. The road trip will be as picturesque as the destination itself.
- Once you’ve arrived in Chiang Dao, you’re in for a treat. Don the boots for a trekking expedition to see hill tribes, or unroll the adventure map to find your way to the mystical Chiang Dao Cave or the Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Choose your abode from eco-resorts that blend in smoothly with nature or wallet-friendly guesthouses that offer great hospitality.
- Be sure to tick off the local markets from your list, where you can fill your basket with goodies and lip-smacking northern Thai cuisine or organic food options.
Getting around Chiang Dao doesn’t require you to give your feet a workout. Renting a bicycle or hiring a local guide for your trekking adventures will lighten your journey.
Pro tip: Biking allows you to explore the town’s hidden nooks and crannies at your own pace while basing your trekking routes on local guides’ expertise, which can offer a wholly unique perspective on the landmarks.
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Day 10: Trip to Pai
After spending a splendid time at Chiang Dao, brace yourself for a captivating journey to the picturesque town of Pai on day ten.
Whether you prefer shared minivans, private taxis, or renting a scooter and riding yourself, there are ample transportation options to whisk you through the staggering mountainous terrain.
The soundtrack? The soothing sound of your breath mingled with the whispering breezy winds!
Rest assured, you’ll be spoilt for choice with accommodation options: from budget-friendly bamboo huts to luxe boutique resorts like the Reverie Siam.
In Pai, every nook and cranny spells out ‘adventure’. For nature enthusiasts, the breathtaking Pai Canyon and its natural hot springs are unbeatable treats.
In the evening, don’t miss exploring the vibrant Pai Walking Street – a paradise for shopaholics and foodies with its local shops and cafes bursting with luscious flavors.
Want to taste the best local delicacies? Venture into the roadside stalls and cafes: Pai’s street food scene impeccably marries culinary creativity with Thai authenticity.
To navigate Pai like a pro, consider renting a scooter or hiring a local guide, especially for those unpredictable yet enjoyable outdoor adventures.
Pai is a sleepy mountain town, so take your time and relax.
Day 11: Relax in Pai
Let’s take it easy on Day 11 in the serene town of Pai, a darling of Northern Thailand that is incredibly distinctive and has a calming effect on the soul.
Nestled amidst mountains, it’s a place where you can relax, let loose, and easily get in sync with nature.
Start the second day with an invigorating visit to Pai Hot Springs. There’s honestly nothing quite like a refreshing soak in the morning!
Afterward, explore the historic Pai Memorial Bridge, a relic that has seen times and changes. You’ll be swept away by the simplicity and tranquility of its charm that allows you to reflect on your journey.
Next, switch gears and give your body some love in one of Pai’s numerous reputable massage and spa parlors.
Hungry? Sample local cuisine at places like Earth Tone, a lovely vegan restaurant, or Mama Falafel for Middle Eastern delights. Dig the swings at Om Garden Cafe or savor a coffee at the Jazz House.
Pai is also dotted with secret gems if you’re up for exploring – the Art in Chai and Ryoshi House of Jazz come highly recommended.
Up for a little adventure, visit Big Buddha Pai. There are quite a few steps to climb, but the view from the top is breathtaking.
Embrace the chill vibes of Pai in every way you find suitable – after all, vacations are all about unwinding at your sound pace, especially in a place as magical as Pai!
Here is my complete list of the Best Things to do in Pai.
Day 12: Return to Chiang Mai
It’s day twelve of our epic journey through Thailand, and we’re heading back to the cultural hub of Chiang Mai from the tranquil town of Pai.
With a travel time of about two hours, options for transportation range from a comfortable minivan service, private taxi, or riding your scooter back down.
End your Northern Thailand adventure by immersing yourself in the local culture by seeing a Muay Thai fight.
Then don’t miss out on a traditional Thai cooking class, an absolutely fun-filled way to wrap up your sojourn in Chiang Mai!
If you are looking for some adrenaline, an ATV trip around the northern mountains will surely put a smile on your face.
For your next step, you can fly back to Bangkok the next day, or catch a night train or bus – which is roughly an 8-hour journey. You can save the cost of a hotel night and experience the local way to travel.
Safe travels, and soak in all the wonderful memories you’ve gathered on this Thailand adventure.
Day 13: Back to Bangkok
Once you are back in Bangkok, make the most of your remaining time by diving into the alluring local culture, chaos, and color.
Discover the rich history, fascinating architecture, and iconic buildings of Ayutthaya, an ancient royal capital.
I booked a full-day tour of the UNESCO-listed former capital of Ayutthaya that included food and transport:
- Visit the former royal residence at Bang Pa-In Palace,
- Marvel at the Wat Mahathat and Wat Phra Sri Sanphet temples,
- and cruise the waters of Chao Phraya River while enjoying a delicious lunch.
You can also opt to visit one of Bangkok’s rooftop bars, such as Vertigo – Banyan Tree Bangkok, or the Sky Bar – lebua at State Tower.
Another fun and adrenaline-pumping activity is walking on the glass SkyWalk at the King Power Mahanakhon building, the tallest in Bangkok.
Day 14: Return Home
And finally, it’s day 14 of your Amazing journey around the North of Thailand. And what a journey it has been!
If your flight is later in the afternoon, spend your last remaining house exploring Bangkok, or just relaxing by the hotel pool.
I hope you enjoyed your journey around the north and will come back for more.
FAQs about Traveling 2 Weeks in Thailand
How much Does 2 weeks in Thailand Cost?
Got a Thailand trip on your bucket list but aren’t sure about the budget? No worries, I got you covered.
The cost of a 2-week journey through the enchanting land of Thailand can vary quite a bit, depending on several factors.
Let’s take a quick look at an estimated breakdown:
- Accommodation: Thailand offers a wide range of accommodations, from budget-friendly backpacker hostels (averaging $10-20 per night) to luxurious 5-star hotels (about $150-400 per night).
- Meals: Divine street food stalls offer meals for just $1-3, while fine dining costs $15 and up.
- Transportation: Local transport costs around $20-30 per trip. You may spend between $200-300 if you’re exploring extensively.
- Activities: Plan for another $100-200, depending on your preference for tours, temple visits, beach activities, etc.
The cost per person for 2 weeks in Thailand can range from about $1,000 to $3,500 depending on if you swing more budget or luxury.
Your extra expenses may include Visa fees and a travel insurance plan.
This article will help with a Thailand Budget Friendly Exploration.
What are the Best Times to Visit Thailand?
Thailand has a year-round tropical climate but experiences three prominent seasons – cool, hot, and rainy. Let’s break down each season’s vibe, shall we?
The cool season (November to February) is ideal. It typically provides pleasant, warm weather and clear skies, making it prime time for exploring and beach bumming.
A cultural bonus – you can experience the beautiful Loi Krathong festival in Northern Thailand in November.
However, it’s also the peak tourist season, so be prepared for crowds and slightly steeper prices.
Pro tip: Book ahead, especially during the festive December and January period!
The hot season (March to May) comes next. While sightseeing can be a scorcher, it’s perfect for those wanting to lounge on the beaches.
Don’t forget to join the fun of Songkran, the Thai New Year in April – ensure you book everything well in advance!
Avoid the north of Thailand During March and April due to the burning season when the air quality is very bad.
The rainy season (June to October) offers its own charm. Short afternoon showers bring refreshing breaks from the heat.
However, coasts like Phuket and Andaman get the bulk of the rain in September and October, while Koh Samui and the Gulf of Thailand see heavy showers from November to December.
So, when you should visit really depends on what you seek from your Thai experience.
Regardless of your choice, remember to pack accordingly. Carry sunscreen and stay hydrated during the hot season, and don’t forget your raincoat during the rainy season.
Is it Safe to Rent a Scooter in Thailand?
You’ve thought about doing it – that dream of hopping on a scooter and zooming off to explore Thailand on your own terms. But hold up! Is it safe to rent a scooter in Thailand? Let me demystify it for you.
- Renting a scooter in Thailand can be as safe as in any other part of the world, as long as you ride responsibly.
- Having a valid international driver’s license and a motorcycle license from your home country is a must.
- This not only keeps you lawful but also ensures a basic level of riding skills.
- Familiarizing yourself with local traffic rules and conditions is essential. Thai traffic can look chaotic, but there’s an order to the madness.
- Like any place, wear a helmet at all times, it saves lives. Mind you, defensive driving is the mantra, anticipate other drivers’ actions and err on the side of caution.
- Try avoiding riding at night or in unfavorable weather conditions, as they significantly increase risk.
Scooter rentals are widely available, costing typically around $7-10/day. Before you set wheels on the road, introspect if you’re confident riding, especially under varying conditions.
If you’re a novice or shaky about riding, consider safer transportation options like hiring a driver or using local public transportation.
Just remember, your safety is paramount. Happy riding!
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Conclusion: The Best 2 Weeks Thailand Itinerary
And there you have it, folks! The ultimate 2 weeks Thailand itinerary, effortlessly weaving the captivating allure of both Southern and Northern Thailand into an unforgettable tapestry of travel experiences.
Whether it’s the island hopping adventure in Southern Thailand, where you explore vibrant cities and bask in the serenity of stunning islands, or the journey to Northern Thailand, where you immerse yourself in the mountains’ rich culture and history – this travel plan promises a taste of the diversity that is distinctly Thailand.
The beauty of this itinerary is in its flexibility, accommodating the heart’s whims and fancy of every kind of traveler.
Adrenaline seeker? Dive into water sports in the crystal-clear waters of Phuket.
Zen chaser? Rest your mind and spirit in the tranquil havens of Buddhist temples.
Culture admirer? Engage in the colorful realm of Thai cuisine and traditional practices.
This itinerary escorts you through a diverse range of activities, guaranteeing a fully loaded, fulfilling travel experience.
This itinerary isn’t just a checklist of Thailand’s top tourist spots. It’s a carefully curated journey, knit together with mesmerizing Thai landscapes, exhilarating cityscapes, and the hospitable warmth of the Thai people.
From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the pristine beaches of the islands, and into the rich culture of the mountains, every step is a story; every moment is a memory.
So, pack your bags and dust off your passports. Thailand beckons you for an intoxicating blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion.
Allow yourself to brush shoulders with the past and hold hands with the present, to lose yourself in the luring rhythms of nature and the vibrant pulse of urban life.
And if I missed anything, let me know in the comments below!