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The Ultimate 2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary

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Thailand is a country of contrasting landscapes. The sprawling capital city is marked with soaring skyscrapers, the countryside is lush with rolling mountains and the long coastline is peppered with thousands of tropical islands. Creating an all-encompassing Thailand itinerary can be challenging, but not impossible. Visitors who have 2 weeks in Thailand will find that it is the perfect amount of time to see the country’s highlights.

 

2 Weeks in Thailand

We created a Thailand in 2 Weeks Itinerary based on our personal experiences visiting the country. We have visited several times and have traveled around Thailand over the course of multiple years. Focusing on our most memorable experiences, we created what we think is the best itinerary for Thailand.

Our detailed two-week Thailand itinerary is organized day-by-day and outlines specific sights and activities that fill each of those days. We include top attractions and activities, tips for what to eat, and our recommendations for where to stay.

That said, we know not everyone has the time to spend 14 days in Thailand. To help travelers with more – or less – time, we have produced additional Thailand itineraries at the end of the post. We offer suggestions on how to spend 5, 7 or 10 days in Thailand – and give tips for a Thailand 3-Week Itinerary…and longer.

 

Where To Go in Thailand

Top Thailand tourist attractions are sprinkled around the country. Although relatively close in distance, getting between the regions can be arduous. Ancient cities and iconic temples lie in the north, buzzing Bangkok sits on the Chao Phraya River delta and stunning stretches of sand line the southern Malay Peninsula that separates the Andaman Sea from the Gulf of Thailand.

In such a fascinating land, choosing where to visit in Thailand can be a difficult task – especially with only two weeks in Thailand. Some people may choose to focus on only one facet of the country. Visitors who are only interested in Thailand island hopping could almost completely bypass the mainland. Travelers most intrigued by ancient civilizations could skip the islands altogether.

Our Thailand travel itinerary, however, includes a diverse mix of scenic lands, flourishing cities and must-see sights.

 

Destinations for a 14-Day Thailand Itinerary

Visitors planning a 2 Weeks In Thailand Itinerary can cover a lot of ground. Our Thailand travel route includes overnight stays in the following destinations: Bangkok (4 nights), Railay Beach (3 nights), Koh Lanta (4 nights), Chiang Mai (3 nights). Each destination is unique and will offer travelers a true taste of Thailand. 

 

Bangkok

The capital city of Bangkok makes an appearance on most Thailand itineraries. For many people, Bangkok is a love-it-or-leave-it city. The massive, concrete-laden capital can be formidable; we, on the other hand, find it fascinating. Vibrant markets, lavish temples, intriguing neighborhoods, fabulous food and buzzing bars can entertain visitors for days. Top Tip: Find detailed information about the city in our Bangkok Itinerary.

 

Railay Beach

Located in the Krabi Province, Railay Beach sits on the tip of peninsula that is surrounded by towering cliffs. The scenic terrain features gigantic karst monoliths that appear other-worldly. Even though the secluded beach is on the mainland, it can only be reached by boat. Top Tip: Get more details about Thai island destinations in our Thailand Beaches blog post.

 

Koh Lanta

Sitting in the Andaman Sea, dripping from the southern tip of Krabi, is Koh Lanta. The elongated island is characterized by a rugged topography and a long stretch of west-facing beaches. Our favored beach, Klong Khong Beach, exudes a laid-back vibe with ramshackle beachfront bars and a handful of family-run restaurants. Top Tip: For more on what we love about Klong Khong Beach, read our Koh Lanta Beach blog post.

 

Chiang Mai

The ancient city of Chiang Mai has long held a firm position in Thailand route itineraries. Situated in the far reaches of Northern Thailand, we think it is well worth a visit on any trip to Thailand. Chiang Mai’s top sights are the numerous temples and tourist-geared night markets, but the incredible food and mountainous region are our favorite reasons to visit. Top Tip: Learn more in our Top Things To Do in Chiang Mai blog post.

 

Building the Best Thailand Itinerary

Every traveler has their own idea of the perfect trip to Thailand. There is no right or wrong way to see the country. Our Thailand trip planner includes Thailand attractions and off-the-beaten-path gems. Fellow travelers can use our Thailand two-week itinerary day-by-day guide verbatim – or as a reference point to build a Thailand itinerary that best suits the style of the traveler.

 

Planning A Trip To Thailand

There is a lot more to planning a trip than simply deciding your Thailand route. In addition to destinations, visitors need to consider time of year, budget and where to stay. Our advice on how to plan a trip to Thailand includes all of that – and more – at the end of the post.

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Thailand 2-Week Itinerary

Our Best of Thailand Itinerary covers two weeks of sightseeing and activities for four cities. We provide ideas for how to spend each day and include links to more information where we think it is helpful.

 

DAY ONE: ESSENTIAL BANGKOK SIGHTSEEING

Kick off your Two Weeks in Thailand Itinerary in Bangkok. After getting settled in your accommodations, head out to see the city’s top sights. Pay a visit to the royal Grand Palace and famed Emerald Buddha Temple, gaze at the famous Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and then hop across the river to The Temple of Dawn.

For dinner, feast on the country’s signature dish, Pad Thai, at the famous Thip Samai. Then, skip over to legendary Khao San Road and end your first evening with a few cold beers while you soak in the atmosphere.

 

DAY TWO: EXCITING BANGKOK CULTURE

On Day 2 of your two-week Thailand itinerary, get a full dose of Thai culture. Start your day at a local market (or the Chatuchak Market if it’s a Saturday or Sunday); peruse the vendor stalls selling exotic produce and unfamiliar products – and get your first taste of Bangkok street food.

In the afternoon, take a longtail ferry boat ride – either on the Chao Phraya River or on one of the narrow canals that meander through the city center. Beat the afternoon heat in one of the city’s museums (like the Jim Thompson House) or cool off in one of the Bangkok malls (which are fabulous for people watching as much as shopping!).

For an entertaining evening, follow Sukhumvit Road to the east side of the city. Immerse yourself in the (in)famous Bangkok nightlife at the sex clubs at Nana Plaza or the go-go bars on Soi Cowboy. Not into the Red Light District? It’s okay, we’re not either; instead, check out the craft beer bars in Mid-Sukhumvit or travel a bit further west to On Nut and the Weekend Train Night Market.

 

DAY THREE: LOCAL BANGKOK

On Day 3 of your Thailand trip itinerary, break free from the hoards of tourists and delve into local neighborhoods. Enjoy quiet tranquility at the inner city Lumphini Park and then wind your way to a truly local market, Khlong Toei. Test your strength at withstanding vile scents as you slog past tables piled high with raw meat and still-wriggling fish.

Switch gears in the afternoon and summon sublime relaxation with an inexpensive spa treatment. I personally like traditional Thai Massages – which cost about 200 baht for a 1-hour massage (but they can sometimes be more rigorous than relaxing). Soar to the top of a skyscraper for sunset on a rooftop bar and then navigate your way to the hidden-gem Suan Plu district for dinner and drinks.

 

DAY FOUR: UNIQUE BANGKOK

Start Day 4 of your Thailand 14 Day Itinerary in an often-over-looked oasis, Bang Kachao. The rural enclave sits inconspicuously in the city center. Crisscrossed with biking paths, exploring the Green Lung of Bangkok offers a vastly different perspective to the metropolis. Cool off in the afternoon with a swim in your hotel pool.

Early evening, set off on a mission to discover the city’s hip street art in the Talad Noi District. After dark, wander into the neon-glow of Chinatown. Create your own Street Food Walk (or join a tour!) and sample an array of delicious local eats.

 

Top Tip: Use our detailed Bangkok Itinerary for more information about visiting the capital city! 

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A Bangkok Itinerary for Budget Minded Travelers

 

 

DAY FIVE: ARRIVE IN RAILAY BEACH

On Day 5 of your 2-Week Thailand Itinerary, catch a morning flight from Bangkok to Krabi (find cheap fares on SkyScanner!) – then get a ride to the Ao Nang or Ao Nam Mao Pier, where you can catch a longtail boat to Railay Beach. (It may sound complicated, but – trust us – it’s worth it!)

Check into your accommodations (recommended: Resort Avatar), then cool off with a refreshing swim in the pool. Don’t linger too long, however, because you will want to be on Railay Beach West in time for sunset. Top Tip: Avoid paying the severe up-charge for beers from Flame Tree and instead bring your own provisions! Pack a beach towel or blanket and grab inexpensive – and ice cold – beers from the convenience store on the way to the beach (map).

Eat dinner at one of the restaurants located on the East-West Pedestrian street and complete your first night in Railay with a few cold beers (or whatever suits you) and live music at Black Pearl. Note: Unlike most of Thailand, the food in Railay (and most beach destinations) tends to be underwhelming…and over-priced. Chalk it up to the secluded location, high concentration of tourists and limited resources…and relent to the fact that the food will be less exceptional than what you will find in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

 

DAY SIX: RAILAY BEACH SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES

On Day 6 of your Thailand travel plan, adventurously explore the striking landscape. Investigate the many caves that are carved into the rising karsts. Be sure not to miss the phallic shrine in the cave at hidden Phra Nang Beach and the impressive Diamond Cave north of town (where it is likely you will also encounter cheeky monkeys!).

Feeling intrepid? Put on your hiking shoes and make the strenuous uphill climb to the stunning Railay View Point. Or, if you really want to test your skills, join a Rock Wall Climbing expedition and scale the sheer cliffs that rise above the beach. Get the details here!

In the afternoon, rent an inexpensive kayak and spend a couple of hours paddling around the offshore monoliths. Top Tip: If you take a kayak out at low tide, you can paddle north across the bay to the peninsula that has a secret, uninhabited beach.

For sunset drinks, follow the coastline path north along Railay East to the chill Tew Lay Bar (map). Stay for dinner or pop into one of the mangrove-facing restaurants lining the boardwalk on your way back to your hotel.

 

DAY SEVEN: RELAX AT RAILAY BEACH WEST

Day 7 of our Thailand tour itinerary is all about the beach! Spend the day on Railay Beach West soaking in the rays and splashing in the sea. If you need a change of scenery mid-day, stroll down to Phra Nang Beach. Wade into the cool water directly below the colossal cliffs or swim out to Koh Rang Nok at low tide to explore. Top Tip: Bring your own snorkel gear to peer below the surface!

Not content to sit on the beach all day? Join a snorkeling tour that disembarks mid-day and continues past dark. Your first snorkeling stop will be in the daylight in the clear waters of Koh Sii. Then, after dark, participants have the unique opportunity to swim in the sea among the glowing bio-luminescent plankton. The boat tour includes lunch and a light sunset dinner, too. Find out more and book it!

 

Top Tip: Read more about relaxing Thai beaches in our Thailand Beaches post!

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Thailand Beaches 4 Relaxing and Beautiful Thai Beaches

 

DAY EIGHT: TRANSFER TO KLONG KHONG BEACH, KOH LANTA

On Day 8 of your Thailand tour plan, transfer from Railay to laid-back Klong Khong Beach on Koh Lanta via the Princess Ferry (and then continue by minivan to your accommodations). Once you get checked in at your hotel, head straight for the beach. Known as a ‘hippie beach,’ the shore is lined with Bob Marley-inspired bars that offer good happy hour deals and a front row seat for the dazzling sunsets.

Sip a few cocktails (but steer clear of the Bang Lassi!) with your feet in the sand, then pick one of the waterfront restaurants for a meal with a sea view.

 

DAY NINE: KOH LANTA 4-ISLAND TOUR

Spend Day 9 of your 2-week trip to Thailand out to sea on an incredible 4-Island Snorkeling Tour. Traditional Thai longtail boats are used to take participants on a seafaring adventure in the Andaman Sea. The full-day trip includes four snorkeling spots and the famed Emerald Cave, which you can swim through to a hidden tropical oasis. Of all the Thailand tourist attractions, the 4-Island Boat Tour ranks as one of our favorites. Book it now – or read more about the trip in our blog post: Koh Lanta 4-Island Tour

 

DAY TEN: KICK BACK IN KOH LANTA

On Day 10 of your 2-Week Thailand Tour, spend the day at the beach. Walk the complete 2-mile stretch of crescent sand from end-to-end, dipping into the sea when it gets too warm. For a different beach vibe, hail a tuk tuk and ride north to Phra Ae Long Beach. The powder-white sand beach is fronted by chic resorts and feels slightly more refined than Klong Khong.

 

DAY ELEVEN: KOH LANTA DISCOVERY

Use Day 11 of your Thailand vacation itinerary to discover more of Lanta Island. Rent a scooter (or, if you are like us and would rather not operate a motorized vehicle, hire a driver for the day) to explore the sights on the south end of the island. The top things to see are the lesser-visited beaches, the Khlong Chak Waterfall and the Mu Ko Lanta National Park.

Alternatively, visitors who are keen to spend more time on the water can book a second boat tour. Popular trips take guests to well-known Koh Phi Phi via speedboat (find out more!) and to Koh Rok Island for more snorkeling (read reviews!).

 

Top Tip: Find our more about why we think Klong Khong Beach is the Best Koh Lanta Beach to visit!

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Best Koh Lanta Beaches: Klong Khong Beach

 

DAY TWELVE: GET TO CHIANG MAI

On Day 12 of your two-week trip to Thailand, it’s time to travel north to the city of Chiang Mai. Unfortunately, you will need most of the day to make the trip between the two places. From Klong Khong Beach, take the minivan and ferry service to the Krabi Airport (or book an expensive, but convenient, private transfer), then fly from Krabi to Chiang Mai.

Once in Chiang Mai, take a flat-rate taxi or pre-arranged transfer to your Chiang Mai hotel (recommended: Chada Mantra Boutique Hotel). Drop off your luggage and set off to visit one of the Chiang Mai Night Markets (Saturday Market, Sunday Market or daily Night Bazaar).

After perusing the goods (and maybe picking up a few handmade souvenirs), head to the Chang Phueak Food Night Market near the north gate of the Old Town. Find the famous Cowboy Hat Lady stall and indulge in a rich meal of stewed Pork Leg Rice with egg (map).

 

DAY THIRTEEN: QUINTESSENTIAL CHIANG MAI

Start Day 13 of your Thailand 2-Week Itinerary touring the ancient and opulent temples of Chiang Mai (but get moving early, before it gets too hot!). Use our Chiang Mai Temples Guide and follow our walking route – or hire a local Chiang Mai, Thailand tour guide to lead the way. For lunch, feast on a signature Northern Thailand dish – Khao Soi – from our favorite local vendor, Khao Soi Khun Yai (map).

In the afternoon, treat yourself to a Thai massage (use our top tips for the Best Chiang Mai massages!) or join a session of Monk Chat at Wat Chedi Luang, then take a refreshing dip in the hotel pool. For dinner, eat classic Thai food – like Pad Thai, Papaya Salad or Phanaeng Curry – from one of the local open-air restaurants (Lucky Too, Aroy Dee and Kanjana are all good choices; find our specific tips for what to eat in Chiang Mai in our blog post: Things To Do in Chiang Mai).

 

DAY FOURTEEN: CHIANG MAI DAY TOUR

Wrap up your 2 weeks in Thailand on a tour that goes beyond the Chiang Mai Old Town. Travel into the mountains for a trekking tour, go north to Chiang Rai to see the famous White Temple and Golden Triangle (get the details!) or spend the day providing care for elephants (find out more!).

 

  

Top Tip: Choosing a good (and ethical!) tour company isn’t always easy. We recommend booking trips through websites, like Viator or Get Your Guide, where you can clearly see what is included and read invaluable client reviews. We booked a tour through an agency that – in hindsight – we wished we hadn’t. Read more about our day trip from Chiang Mai (and which tour we would have booked instead!) in our Chiang Mai Trekking Trip blog post.

 

Alternatively, if your Thailand trip is part of a longer Southeast Asia trip and you are continuing on from Thailand to Laos, we recommend altering your trip slightly. On Day 14 of your Thailand Itinerary, use a private sightseeing transfer from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. For what to do in Chiang Rai, read our blog post: Things To Do in Chiang Rai. From Chiang Rai, you can embark on a 2-day trip on a classic Mekong Slow Boat to Luang Prabang

 

Top Tip: For specific details about visiting Chiang Mai, check out our Chiang Mai Itinerary!

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Chiang Mai Itinerary: The Best Way To Spend 3 Days in Chiang Mai, Thailand


 

Thailand Trip Planner Suggestions

We know not everyone has time allotted for a Thailand 2 Weeks Itinerary, so we have created helpful outlines for travelers with less or more time in the country.

 

Thailand Itinerary 5 Days

With only 5 days in Thailand, visitors will be limited in the places they can see. However, we would still include at least two Thailand destinations in order to get a better overall experience. That said, how to plan a 5-Day Thailand Itinerary depends on where you are coming from.

Thailand 5-Day Itinerary: Bangkok and Railay Beach

International visitors arriving via Bangkok can spend 2 days exploring the capital city and then 3 days on the coast at Railay Beach. Using our detailed Thailand 2-Week Itinerary, we recommend following Days 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7.

Thailand 5-Days Itinerary: Chiang Mai and Railay Beach

Visitors already in Southeast Asia can fly directly to Chiang Mai where they can spend 2 days in the city before flying to Krabi to spend 3 days on Railay Beach. Create a 5 Days In Thailand Itinerary by using our outlined things to do for Days 13, 14, 5, 6 and 7 from our 2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary.

 

Thailand Itinerary 7 Days

A 7-Day Thailand Itinerary is still incredibly limited, but is ample time to visit two places in Thailand at a relaxed pace. We would, again, choose one city and one beach to create an overview Thailand Itinerary for 1 Week.

Thailand 7-Day Itinerary: Bangkok and Railay Beach

For a Bangkok and Railay, Thailand 1-Week Itinerary, we recommend spending 4 days in Bangkok (as specifically outlined in our Bangkok Itinerary) and 3 days in Railay (using Days 5, 6 and 7 in our Two Weeks Thailand Itinerary outlined above).

Thailand 7-Days Itinerary: Chiang Mai and Railay Beach

To plan a 1 Week In Thailand Itinerary that includes Chiang Mai and Railay Beach, we recommend spending 4 days in Chiang Mai (using our Chiang Mai Itinerary) and 3 days in Railay (using Days 5, 6 and 7 above).

A Week In Thailand Island Hopping Itinerary

Visitors who want to bypass the mainland and spend all their time in Thailand on the Thai beaches can easily create a travel plan that does just that! We recommend flying into Krabi (which may require a connection through Bangkok) and flying out of the Phuket International Airport.

A fun Thailand Island Itinerary could include Railay, Koh Lanta and Phuket. Spend 2 days in Railay (even though it’s mainland, it is truly amazing!), 3 days on Klong Khong Beach on Koh Lanta and 2 days at either touristy Patong Beach or quieter Kamala Beach on Phuket.

Thailand Itinerary 1 Week with 3 Destinations

Building a 7 days in Thailand Itinerary with 3 stops would be fast-paced, but not impossible. A 3-stop One-Week in Thailand trip could include 2 Days in Bangkok, 2 Days in Railay and 3 Days in Chiang Mai.

 

Thailand Itinerary 10 Days

A 10-Day Thailand tour is a more reasonable amount of time to explore the country. Visitors who like to slow down and really feel the vibe of a place could choose just two destinations. However, we think there is plenty of time to make at least three stops at distinctively different destinations on a 10-day trip to Thailand. Ambitious travelers, who like to see it all, can attempt to squeeze in all four of our recommended Thai destinations.

Slow Travel Thailand 10-Day Itinerary

Gain a deeper appreciation and better understanding of the people and culture by just visiting two places in Thailand over 10 days. Spend five full days in Bangkok (and add a day trip to ancient Ayutthaya) and then five relaxing days on a beach, either Railay or Khlong Khong in Koh Lanta.

Best of Thailand in 10 Days Planner

For us, an ideal 10 Days in Thailand Itinerary would include a little bit of everything. We think the best way to visit Thailand in 10 days would be to spend 4 Days in Bangkok, 3 Days in Railay Beach (or Koh Lanta) and 3 Days in Chiang Mai.

Fast-Paced 10-Day Thailand Itinerary

Visitors can create an expeditious 10 Days in Thailand Itinerary by squeezing everything from our Thailand Itinerary for 14 Days into 10 days. The swift trip through the country could include 3 Days in Bangkok, 2 Days in Railay, 2 Days in Koh Lanta and 3 Days in Chiang Mai.

 

Thailand Itinerary 3 Weeks

Spending 3 weeks in Thailand allows for much more flexibility and discovery. Rather than rushing through the country, visitors can get better acquainted with the places they visit. To create the best 3-Week Thailand Itinerary, we would recommend visiting the same destinations – and adding two more cities to your trip plan: Phuket and Chiang Rai.

Thailand 3-Weeks Itinerary

  • 6 Days in Bangkok (add a trip to Ayutthaya and a day exploring the On Nut area)
  • 3 Days in Railay Beach
  • 4 Days on Koh Lanta
  • 3 Days on Phuket Island
  • 3 Days in Chiang Mai
  • 2 Days in Chiang Rai (use our guide on the top Things To Do in Chiang Rai)

 

Thailand Itinerary 1 Month

Visitors who have a month in Thailand have ample choices when creating an itinerary. Expanding on our plan for 3 weeks in the country, we would add more time in each place and more day trips to create an ideal 1-Month Thailand Itinerary.

Thailand Itinerary 4 Weeks

  • 7 Days in Bangkok
  • 3 Days in Railay
  • 7 Days on Koh Lanta
  • 3 Days on Phuket
  • 7 Days in Chiang Mai
  • 3 Days in Chiang Rai

 

Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam Itinerary

Visiting more than just Thailand on your Southeast Asia trip? Create a multi-country tour to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam using the information from our guides.

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Thailand Holiday Packages

We’ve outlined numerous options for how to plan your Thailand trip. Yet, more details need to be considered – like how to get around, where to stay, which specific tours to take and what to eat. If the details are bogging you down, consider joining a Thailand group tour.

Thailand vacation packages can be an excellent way to experience the country. Leave all the nitty-gritty details to a professional so that you can simply sit back and enjoy the trip!

While there are hundreds of tour agencies offering Thailand tours, we recommend choosing a reputable company, like Intrepid Travel, for your trip. They offer several trips in Thailand, including a highly-rated guided 10-Day Tour of the mainland (read reviews!).

Search routes and read reviews for all Intrepid Travel Thailand Tours to find the perfect trip!


 

Thailand Travel Tips

Planning your Thailand route is only part of the planning process. We have more tips to help you plan your trip.

 

Thailand Weather

While Thailand is not a huge country, the weather is significantly influenced by the diverse topography – and the weather in Thailand can have a direct impact on your trip. High heat and heavy rain can put a damper on outdoor activities – or cause cancellations altogether. If traveling to multiple destinations across the country, it is likely that you will encounter various atmospheric conditions. For example, the weather in the north differs drastically from the weather on the coast.

That said, Thailand has a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round; it is almost always hot and humid, and the average temperature is in the mid-80s. However, there are two clearly definable seasons: Dry Season and Wet Season. Within the Dry Season, there are cooler months and hotter months.

The Wet Season – or Monsoon Season – lasts from May until October. And, when it rains…it pours! But, while rainstorms are heavy, they are often short lived.

The Dry Season lasts from November through April. Cooler temps can be expected from November until February (the High Season), with it getting increasingly hotter toward April (which is the hottest month).

Rainy Season Visits

Our visits to Thailand have typically coincided with the Rainy Season (it is just the way it has worked out in our travel plans!). It has been our first-hand experience that the weather is usually nice – even on the days it rains. In fact, some days it doesn’t rain at all. And, only on rare occurrences did we endure consecutive days of non-stop rain. Typically, we experienced warm mornings, hot afternoons, late-day storms and pleasant evenings.

 

Best Time To Travel To Thailand

Many people claim the best time to visit Thailand is during the Dry Season. However, when determining the best time to go to Thailand, we think visitors should consider more than just the weather.

Tourism in Thailand – especially on the coast and islands – is very seasonal. Flight routes and ferry schedules are highly impacted by the season (some routes stop running altogether in the Wet Season), which can make getting around more difficult. On the flip side, crowds are thin and hotel rates are often reduced to half of what they charge in the High Season (a.k.a. Dry Season).

Before deciding when to go to Thailand, consider all the variables and research routes to ensure you will be able to get to the places you want to see.

 

Getting To Thailand

Most visitors will arrive to Thailand via plane. Bangkok has two international airports and the airports in Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket also service international flights.

Start your search for the best airfare to Thailand on SkyScanner!

Thailand can also be reached by bus – but because of the length of time required to get from places like Cambodia and Vietnam, we wouldn’t recommend traveling this way.

Additionally, travelers coming from Luang Prabang, Laos can take the Slow Boat on the Mekong – which is an absolutely fabulous way to see the countryside.

 

Getting Around Thailand

Thailand transport is as diverse as the country itself! There are planes, trains, buses, cars, tuk tuks and motorbikes. To get between the destinations outlined in our Thailand 2-Week Itinerary, we recommend flying. Flights are fairly inexpensive, especially when booked far in advance. Compare prices on SkyScanner.

 

Where To Stay in Thailand

We spent hours – days – researching the best places to stay in Thailand. We pored over maps, viewed hundreds of photos and read numerous online reviews. As budget-conscious travelers, we were not interested in posh resorts, but required a few creature comforts.

Our top requirements for choosing where to stay included: central location, a clean, private room with ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and good value for money. We also looked for places that had swimming pools and an included a hot breakfast.

 

Bangkok: On Nut District Apartment or Hotel

In addition to our basic requirements for choosing a hotel, in Bangkok we were determined to find a place near a BTS or MRT station. Within our budget, we found an Airbnb apartment in the On Nut District. Although our apartment differed from the photos (as is common in Bangkok) and we were taking a small risk by staying in a short-term rental (something technically ‘illegal’ in Thailand), it suited our needs. Most importantly, it had ice cold air conditioning, a swimming pool and was just steps from the BTS Station. If we would have stayed in a hotel instead of an Airbnb apartment, we would have opted for the X2 Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel (read reviews!). 

 

Railay Beach: Resort Avatar

Accommodations in Railay Beach range from budget dorms to high-end hotels. We found Avatar Hotel, which fell squarely in the middle; it was both affordable and included a few touches of luxury. Located on East Railay, the boutique Avatar Railay Beach Resort features manicured grounds, an on-site restaurant (that serves an included generous, hot buffet breakfast) and a fabulous pool. We would stay at Avatar again in a heartbeat and highly recommend it to other travelers! Check availability and rates!

 

Koh Lanta Klong Khong Beach: Phutara Lanta Resort

There are several hotels on Klong Khong Beach – and we chose to stay at the Phutara Lanta Resort, which we enjoyed. However, a lot seems to have changed since our stay. The resort has been expanded and possibly has changed ownership. Based on the most recent traveler reviews, we find it difficult to recommend it and would likely not stay there again ourselves. Instead, we would choose a resort like Lanta Lapaya Resort – where they offer affordable rooms and an included breakfast – just a short walk to the beach. Check availability and read reviews!

 

Chiang Mai: Chada Mantra Boutique Hotel

Ideally located in the northwestern quadrant of the Old City, Chada Mantra Hotel is a true gem! The air-conditioned rooms are spacious, bright and clean. The staff is superb and the all-you-can-eat included breakfast is made-to-order. Best of all, they have a swimming pool (a rarity in the Old Town), which was perfect for the humid afternoons. Check rates and availability!

 

Thailand Trip Cost

Baht, Bangkok currency

Thailand is a well-known budget destination, but costs can add up quickly if you don’t keep an eye on your Thailand trip budget. The biggest cost to travel to Thailand is likely your flight (assuming you are coming from somewhere other than Southeast Asia). Travelers on a budget should set alerts through SkyScanner to find the best deals. Expensive day tours, eating Western food and hiring private drivers for transport can also increase your trip expenditures exponentially.

2 Weeks in Thailand Cost

We keep our budget in check by securing affordable accommodations, eating local food (which happens to be the best food in Thailand!) and limiting our day tours to those we could not take on our own using public transportation (like the 4-Islands Tour). We often – as a couple – spend less than $100 USD per day, including hotel, food, drinks, local transport and activities and entrance fees.

 

Backpacking Thailand

Because it is so economical to visit, Thailand is a haven for backpackers. The Thailand backpacking route, which is part of the larger, affectionately named “Banana Pancake Trail,” includes the country’s top destinations. Bangkok (specifically Khao San Road), Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket are all typical destinations for backpackers. Places like Ko Pha Ngan (where the Full Moon Party takes place) and Ko Lipe are two places that are popular with backpackers – but we have yet to visit.


 

What You Will Need For Your Trip to Thailand

When packing for your trip, don’t forget these must-have items!

 

Thailand Map and Guidebook

Even in the age of the internet, we think it can be helpful to travel with a paper map and guidebook. Both can be invaluable if your plans get derailed or when wifi is not working. 

 

Proper Attire

Pack clothing that is lightweight and breathable. Keep in mind that Thai people tend to dress modestly – and clothing that covers shoulders and knees is required for visiting temples. I often carry a wrap with me while sightseeing so that I can cover myself if I want to enter any temples we stumble upon along the way. Get my top packing tips and complete list in my Packing List for World Travel blog post. 

 

Bug Spray and Sun Protection

Don’t let pesky mosquitoes or a dreadful sunburn hinder your trip! Remember to pack good insect repellent and protective sunscreen! Tip: A wide-brimmed travel hat or travel umbrella are also useful for combating the intense sun rays of Southeast Asia!

 

Camera

Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the images of your trip, we recommend upgrading to a real camera that will take higher quality photos. We use a Canon Rebel with an everyday 18-135mm lens (which I love!), but also carry a lighter weight Canon Powershot to use when hiking or at the beach.

 

Travel Insurance

We think travel insurance is essential! It can be used to cover expenses incurred for a wide range of things – such as injuries, illnesses and even flight delays or cancellations. Find rates and a full list of coverages at World Nomads.

 

Find more of our top tips for your Thailand Itinerary on our Thailand Travel Guides Page!

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Start planning your trip to Thailand! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!

 

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