Putting together a Thailand two week itinerary is an exercise in itself, and while two weeks in Thailand can go by in a blink of an eye because there is so much to do, making sure that you’re not cramming too much in, and burning yourself is also really important. Thailand is a wonderful country filled with dreamy beaches, and awe-inspiring temples, and while you can’t see everything in a two week Thailand itinerary, you can get get a taste of it for your next trip!
TWO WEEK THAILAND ITINERARY
Days 1 – 2: Bangkok
Buddhist temples towered by skyscrapers, affluent shopping malls, and dubious food markets stacked next to winding canals are all of what makes up this city of contrasts. Whether you’ll love or hate Bangkok is a question you’ll answer at the end of your visit, but experiencing the maze of complexities that this concrete jungle boasts is of the essence when in Thailand.
Start at one of Bangkok’s most famed attractions: Wat Pho, home to a gigantic reclining Buddha statue, but be sure to get there early if you’re looking to get pics. Next, head to Wat Arun, from where you can get stunning views of the city. We’ll be honest, this is one of our favorite Instagrammable places in Bangkok, but that’s not the only reason why we included it in this 2 week itinerary for Thailand.
TIP: use the boat ride through Chao Phraya river as to get around most of the city if you can! For just a few baht, you can hop on this public water taxi that cruises along the river and provides stellar views of some of Bangkok’s most notable buildings. Honestly, this is one of our favorite modes for transportation in Bangkok because it bypasses the mess that is Bangkok traffic.
A visit to one of the city’s floating markets makes for an interesting adventure. Hundreds of vendors selling treats and interesting items will paddle over canals past curious visitors and is a must in your Thailand two week itinerary.
A visit to this huge metropolis is never complete without enjoying an evening drink at one of its many rooftop bars. Sky on 20 and Sirocco & Sky Bars are some of the most renowned in the city. This is going to be one of the best views on this 2 week itinerary for Thailand.
If you’re looking for a place to stay with stunning views of the river, we recommend the Shangri-La Bangkok.
Day 3: Ayutthaya
Just a one-and a half hour train ride sits Ayutthaya, one of the best day trips from Bangkok. Known for being the second capital of Siam back in the day, it boasts magnificent ruins that you can explore by foot or on a bike.
After exploring the ruins, head to the town’s floating market, where you can savor local food and purchase traditional costumes and souvenirs. We loved the coconut icecream, and suggest picking up a few small things here.
From Ayutthaya, you can either catch an overnight bus to Chiang Mai or return to Bangkok and fly. We recommend flying.
Days 4 – 6: Chiang Mai and surroundings
Located amid lush mountains, this small city sits on the banks of the Pin River and was the former capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Chiang Mai has an incredibly laid-back atmosphere that enchants visitors with the incredible nature that surrounds it.
Boasting over 300 temples scattered in and outside the city walls, there is plenty to see during a stroll around the city! Wat Phra Singh, one of Chiang Mai’s most famous temples where the image of Phra Singh is housed is a must. Wat Chiang Man, the oldest royal temple in the city is also worth a visit. In the center of the city, you’ll find Wat Chedi Luang, which houses the ruins of a gigantic chedi that was destroyed by an earthquake centuries ago.
Next, head to Elephant Nature Park, where you’ll get to bathe and feed rescued elephants. Regardless of which animal sanctuary you visit, please make sure you do your research as you’ll have the opportunity to visit a few different places when creating your 2 week itinerary for Thailand.
Another great day trip is Flight of the Gibbon – you’ll get to soar through the jungles around Chiang Mai on a ziplining adventure and see wild gibbons along the way. Another incredible activity Chiang Mai is famous for is renting a bike and following some of the many mountain trails that lead to the vast nature that surrounds the city.
Day 7: Pai
Set in a valley north of Chiang Mai, Pai is a chilled little town that has become popular for backpackers and nature-lovers.
The main attraction is Pai Canyon, an impressive landscape formed by decades of erosion. From its rock cliffs, visitors can enjoy stunning vistas of the valley.
Mo Paeng is a waterfall located a few miles out of the city set amid a lush valley where you can swim in. On the way to the waterfall, visit Santichon, a village founded by Yunnanese hill tribes who immigrated to Thailand to escape Communist rule in China.
Day 8: Return to Chiang Mai and Fly to Krabi
Don’t worry about domestic flights too much ahead of time: Thailand hosts tons of budget airlines flying to all corners of the country. Even a last minute booking often gives ample options for just a few bucks. Bangkok Airways (read a review here) or Air Asia are always safe options.
Days 9 – 10: Krabi
No Thailand two week itinerary would be complete with a few days of relaxation. After days of moving and adventuring, it’s time to head south for some much-needed beach time.
With so many islands composing this region in Thailand, it’s hard to pinpoint where exactly to go next. Along the east coast, you’ll find popular destinations like the beautiful beaches of Koh Phangan (famous for its full moon parties) or the more family oriented island Koh Samui. However, our favorites are set out of the west coast, so we’ve narrowed it down to the Ao Nang area.
Nopparat Thara beach is located at the westernmost tip of Ao Nang and overlooks the limestone islands that make Krabi so picturesque. Rai Leh is also a stunning beach that was cut off from the mainland by limestone hills. It’s accessible via kayak or long-tail boat and totally worth the journey.
For nature enthusiasts, a hike to the summit of Khao Ngon Nak is a must! Zip-lining and rock climbing are also top-notch experiences in Krabi.
Days 11 – 12: Koh Phi Phi
Composed of six islands, the Ko Phi Phi archipelago is said to be one of the most beautiful island groups on Earth. The waters that surround Ko Phi Phi home some of the most vivid coral reefs in the world and a varied marine that make it a paradise for divers and snorkelers alike.
While here, you’ll want to hike up to the viewpoint to soak in the beauty of the area. A visit to Monkey Beach is also an exciting place where macaques hang out to enjoy the seaside.
Ko Phi Phi is home to Maya Bay, a place that was made famous by the movie The Beach. Loh Samah Bay is another great place to visit that is a bit less touristy than the former and boasts a small beach to chill at as well as a set of tiny caves at the end of a gorge.
ALTERNATIVE: If diving is your passion, the Andaman Sea also offers some of the best liveaboard trips in Thailand.
Day 13: Return to Bangkok
Bangkok is an interesting place and has so much to discover.
Depending on when your flight there are so many other things to do in Bangkok, we recommend taking an evening trip to the infamous Khoa San Road to grab a massage, and pad thai from one of the street side vendors. A great way to end a great 2 weeks in Thailand.
All in all, Thailand is a remarkably diverse country. While you could easily add anothdr two weeks to your trip simply hopping islands in Thailand (pun intented) – at least now you know how to go through all highlights on your first visit to this lovely part of the globe.