While it’s hard to stick to an itinerary it doesn’t hurt to have one. When I was planning my Thailand itinerary I wanted to have a vague idea of what I want to do the most, that way I wouldn’t miss out on anything. I had the most trouble trying to plan where to go because I wanted to do everything but only had 2 weeks! Plus we had to make it coordinate with our flights around Asia from Tokyo and Hong Kong.
But now that I have travelled Thailand I realize how I should have planned my itinerary differently. You don’t know unless you go right? I started out in Phuket and ended in Bangkok, that way I could make it to the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. We were flying in from Tokyo and only had 3 days to make it to the Island before the party so the itinerary already felt a bit rushed. But I really wanted to go haha.
So this is how I would have planned my trip knowing what I know now:
2 Weeks In Thailand Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive in Bangkok
– Take this as a rest day and get to feel the place out. I wouldn’t recommend seeing any major attractions since travel days are exhausting; save that for when you’re well rested and had some food that didn’t come out of a package.
Day 2 – Bangkok
– Head to Grand Palace and the Reclining Buddha
– Head to the Marriott’s Octave for a rooftop drink and take in beautiful Bangkok by night
– Free time
Day 3 – Bangkok
– Take a trip to the floating markets. There are a few around so make sure you check their hours and what days they are open. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the most popular one.
– Head to Koh San Road and enjoy the cheap shopping and food. Do not get in the Tuk Tuk’s ever here
– Go down Susies walking street for some cool hole in the wall shops and a club
– Have a late night dinner at the Sirocco Bar. Make reservations the day before so you’re not squished in the bar area where it is shoulder to shoulder and you cannot take any good pictures. Be prepared for a pricy meal. I didn’t like my beet salad but our sides of mushrooms and mashed potatoes were amazing.
Day 4 – Leave Bangkok and Arrive in Chiang Mai
– After checking into hotel find some food and then explore Chiang Mai on foot or on Tuk Tuk. Girasole is a good place but there is another restaurant around the corner on the left that is all red that is really good as well. You can’t miss it!
– Make sure you make any activity reservations today. I recommend Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and a day trip to Chiang Rai’s White Temple
– Go to the Night Bazaar
Day 5 – Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
– Pack sandals/bathing suit/food and water/sunglasses/sunscreen/lotion/lip chap/bandaides/wrap or towel/camera (they’ll take photos for you while your with the elephants)
– there is also the elephant nature park but it is more expensive
Day 6 – Day trip to Chiang Rai or Explore Chiang Mai day
– I wouldn’t book the tour I went with again so I won’t recommend it. It was the Chiang Rai, Laos and Golden Triangle tour. While it was a cool experience they crammed14 of us in a 9 seater van and we really didn’t have much time to explore the temple area. Taking the boat to The Golden Triangle was underwhelming but there was a speed boat with a couple on it who were probably having a better time.
– Also at the end of this there we stopped at the long neck tribe which I will be writing about in the future. It wasn’t a good experience.
– For more about the experience click here
Day 7 – Explore Chiang Mai
– Check out any temples you want to see after all Chiang Mai is one of the most religious cities in Thailand
Day 8 – Early flight to Phuket
– Arrive to hotel in Paatong area. Be warned it is about an hour and half drive from the airport here so plan accordingly
– Make any trip reservations today. Places book up so you want to use all your time!
– Book Maya Bay and Phi Phi tour on speed boat. I cannot stress enough to look into your tours prier to arriving. I hated our boat tour because we had a lot of time on the boat rather than exploring Maya Bay and the Phi Phi Islands. Spend extra money if you’re able and go with a smaller tour or private tour. If you’re with friends just rent a boat. There was a party boat at the beach and I wish we would have went with them
– Find some night markets
Day 9 – You’re going to Maya Bay and the Phi Phi Islands!
– bring snacks (it’s a full day), alcohol, food, sunscreen, towels, sunglasses, Band-Aids, water, you should be wearing your bathing suit already, camera
– best day of your life about to happen
– head to a night market and do some shopping and eat some crepes. The banana ones not the strawberry. You’ll get sick like I did.
-More about my experience here
Day 10 – Spend the day at Paatong Beach and shop around.
– We went to the Hard Rock Cafe one day but that’s only because its somehow become a thing between Aaron and I. We always get nachos at every Hard Rock Cafe in the countries we’re in. Don’t ask my why
Day 11 – Early flight to Koh Samui then ferry over to Koh Phangan
– Check into hotel after a quick twenty minute speed boat to the island. I felt like James Bond when we arrived at night on the way to the Full Moon Party. Speed boating through the night with only the moon to light our way.. it was cool. And scary.
– This last bit is for you to enjoy the beauty of Thailand’s Islands and do with what you please
Day 12 – You’re in Paradise.
– We stayed at Salad Beach and it was bliss. We didn’t leave our villa so hopefully you book a place that has a small private beach too. Preferably near the north side or south east of the island from the main pier. From there you should be able to book cabs into the main areas, but Aaron and I just enjoyed our time on our private beach.
-Book a day trip to Koh Tao or go snorkelling
-There is also the Stone Buddha forests or plan around a Full Moon Party. You won’t regret it
Day 13 – Free day
– Chill on the beaches or go on an adventure
– Make sure you go for a Thai massage by this point and try Pad Thai
– Come home exhausted but before bed pack your things neatly and lay out your clothes for the next day
– Make sure your last dinner is amazing and special. Get some drinks and talk about how crazy your trip has been
Day 14 – Check out and take an early evening flight
– Go for a nice breakfast and tie any loose ends. Get last minute gifts and trinkets and stuff them in your carry on
-Arrive to airport two hours early
-Say goodbye to paradise till next time!
This 2 weeks in Thailand Itinerary is only a guideline. This is what I wish I would have done instead of our original trip so this way you tier yourself out from jungle trekking, and speed boating and end your trip relaxing on the beaches getting rid of your tan lines. I say fly everywhere if you only have two weeks or else take night trains. Flying is just the quickest and most time efficient option 🙂
I hope you like this itinerary! Are you going to Thailand? Share in the comments!