Two Weeks In Thailand | UPDATED 2017

Two Weeks In Thailand | UPDATED 2017

We have helped plan many trips to Thailand. We also get a lot of questions from people who are planning their two weeks in Thailand. In the spirit of saving a little time and sharing, we thought we would write our suggestions on how to best spend two weeks in Thailand. Thailand is a long flight from the western world and two weeks in Thailand is a great amount of time to experience some of what this great country has to offer.

Thailand is a beautiful and wonderful place that has options for everyone. There’s no single city you have to base yourself out of, and with so many fantastic options, you will need to do a multi-city trip.


The Perfect 2 Week Thailand Itinerary

3 Days In BangkokTwo weeks in Thailand Bangkok at night

A logical place to start your tour of Thailand is the main hub of the region, and the country’s capital, Bangkok. 3 days in Bangkok is the right amount of time for most people to explore, eat, and take in the sights. Make sure to find the ornately decorated Grand Palace and the beautiful Wat Pho. At night, explore the lively Sukhumvit area of town or head to Khao San Road for a taste of Bangkok’s international party scene.

Don’t miss:
– Ride in a Tuk Tuk, the colorful three-wheeled local taxi for a uniquely Bangkok experience
– Walk through Bangkok’s red light district at night

Off the beaten path:
– Check out the Pak Khlong Talat flower market outside of China-Town
– Head to a quiet and cheap rooftop to watch the sunset over the city, our favorite Red Sky

For a full list of activities and a detailed itinerary check out our 3 days in Bangkok guide.

Recommended Bangkok Hotels We’ve Personally Stayed In

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One Week On The Thai IslandsTwo Weeks In Thailand Koh Lipe Sunrise Beach

After the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, hop on a quick flight down south to relax on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Thailand has over 300 islands and you are sure to find a few to your liking. We recommend spending a week on the beaches to relax and explore this varied and beautiful aspect of Thailand. Most islands take about a day’s travel from the mainland so plan accordingly when outlining your two weeks in Thailand.

Related Article: Koh Lipe Thailand Guide

A few islands will have airports, making travel quicker and easier. But, generally speaking, the harder the island is to get to, the less crowded and more beautiful it will be. As tempting as it may be to try and see as many islands as possible during your two weeks in Thailand, try and stick to just one or two. Pushing to fulfill a schedule will end up eating into your time and enjoyment of your trip. Below is a list of our favorite islands and what to expect from each to help you narrow down where you want to spend your time.

Ko Phi PhiTwo Weeks In Thailand Koh Phi Phi

Made famous from the 1990’s movie ‘The Beach’, the island is next to the movie’s filming location. The island itself has white sand beaches surrounded by high limestone cliffs. The setting is idyllic, however, the current situation on the island is not. Over the years, Koh Phi Phi has turned into a crowded party island. There is only a thin strip of land where the majority of hotel, restaurants, and bars are located. The island’s large draw and limited space can be a let down if you are expecting the undiscovered beach from the movie. However, it’s still a beautiful place as long as you know what you are signing up for. To get to Koh Phi Phi take a flight from Thailand to Phuket or Krabi, and then a ferry from there.

Best for: Younger travelers interested in parties and drinking
What to expect: Crowds with average beaches, and water with some trash
Don’t Miss: Beachside green and red curries, sunsets on the beach, hike up to the lookout points of the island

Koh Lipe

Two Weeks In Thailand Koh Lipe

For a less visited, and possibly the most beautiful island in Thailand, head way down south for crystal clear waters of Koh Lipe. The island is one of our favorite places in the world to date. Koh Lipe is just the right combination for us with its tasty Thai food, great beaches, and fewer people. Head over to Koh Adang and hike up to the viewpoint for an amazing view of Koh Lipe. It is more difficult to get to, but it is still reachable in one day. Daily flights connect to Pak Bara in the south where ferries are available to the island. If you are looking for another island to tie into your Thai Island hopping, it’s best to head to Koh Lanta, the next closest island in the Andaman sea.

Related Article: Thailand Island Hopping Guide

Best for: Travelers 25 and up. There is not a huge party scene on the island, there are many bars, but it’s a quieter island and only a handful will be open past 11 pm.
What to expect: Koh Lipe is not a backpacker island. It’s gaining in popularity and is targeting the mid-range market with many small boutique hotels. There are conservation efforts in place to keep the beaches clean and they seem to be working.
Don’t Miss: Sunset/sunrise from the beach it’s free and stunning almost every day. Excellent southern Thai dishes and seafood. Stonehenge the best dive site in Koh Lipe.

Recommended Koh Lipe Hotels

In general, I would avoid beach towns on the mainland or large islands like Phuket. Some can be great, but overall, the smaller islands are prettier and less crowded.

For more on Koh Lipe make sure to check out our Koh Lipe Ultimate Guide and Koh Lipe on a Budget post.

4 Days Of Culture

Two Weeks In Thailand Chiang Rai White Temple

Step away from the beach and head north for a look into Thai culture. Visit the ancient 800-year-old city of Chiang Mai. Known as the Culture Capital of the North, Chiang Mai holds within its crumbling brick walls temples that date back to 1200’s. The city of Chiang Mai is markedly different than the rest of Thailand. Chaing Mai has a good mix of new and old while having a very trendy, university city, vibe. It’s a must for any trip and a great stop for two weeks in Thailand.

We’ve lived in Chiang Mai on and off for over 3 years. It is our home away from home. For the best of Chiang Mai click here. We’ve spent Christmas in Thailand three times and two of those were in Chiang Mai. This past Christmas we got Christmas gifts that will last a lifetime, we both got Sak Yant tattoos to protect us while traveling. Yes, we got tattooed by a monk in Thailand!My buddy Stephen also got a Sak Yant tattoo in Chiang Mai and he let the monk tattoo anything he had no clue what he was getting.

For the craziest and wettest festival plan your visit so you’ll be in Chiang Mai to ring in the Thai New Year where the Songkran Chiang Mai festival is in full effect. Every April 13-15th the city turns into the world’s largest squirt gun fight!

Food in the north is different than the southern dishes found on the beaches. Make sure to sample widely!

Recommended Chiang Mai Hotels:

Don’t Miss:  The weekend night markets on Saturday and Sunday nights. Try the Northern Thai favorites like Essan sausages spiced with lemongrass and chilies, Khao Soi a spicy soup with crispy fried noodles, and much more. Be sure to take a trip up to the famous Doi Su Thep Temple on the hill overlooking the Chiang Mai. If you visit in November, try and line your dates up with the Yee Ping festival aka Chiang Mai lantern festival.

Related Article: Chiang Mai Lantern Festival 

An alternative to Chiang Mai would be to head over to one of Thailand’s former capitals, Sukothai to see the amazing temples and statues of Sukhothai.


Have you been to Thailand? Did you spend more than or less than two weeks in Thailand?

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26 Comments
  • Megan | Traveling Nine to Fiver
    Posted at 16:27h, 01 June Reply

    It is always great to find simple itineraries like this. They are exactly how I like to start my travel plans. Thailand isn’t my next stop but it is somewhere I know I will get to one of these days and will be saving this. Will finally be making it to Southeast Asia later this year in Bali. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 14:35h, 09 June Reply

      Glad we could help you out and jump start your planning. Hope Thailand is high up on your list, it is one of our favorites. Safe travels!

  • Laura @ Bottled-Air
    Posted at 00:12h, 02 June Reply

    Great itinerary!I think this would be a good mix of beaches and relaxation AND culture. Thailand is such a diverse country and has so much to offer!

  • Ryan Biddulph
    Posted at 00:12h, 02 June Reply

    Hi Hannah,

    Nice plan! I love Koh Lanta myself. The Southern half of the island seems similar to Koh Lipe. Paradise! So quiet, pristine waters, amazing food and it’s off the beaten path so very few folks visit. Me and my wife had private beaches almost every day when we took the 35 minute motorbike ride from Old Town. Definitely worth a visit.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

    • Hannah
      Posted at 14:36h, 09 June Reply

      Haven’t been to Koh Lanta ourselves yet, there are so many Koh’s to explore! We have heard great things about Koh Lanta, so some day we will venture there. Will make sure to rent a bike and explore.

  • Eugene
    Posted at 03:17h, 02 May Reply

    Bangkok a modern metropolis. I am surprised.

  • Crystal
    Posted at 07:18h, 09 May Reply

    Great blog! Thankyou for sharing!!! How do you get to Koh Lipe?

  • Amelia Ellims
    Posted at 21:51h, 05 November Reply

    Is there any Thai dishes that aren’t very spicy. I’m not a big fan of spicy foods but I am planning a trip to Thailand once I graduate to relax and refresh.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:02h, 06 November Reply

      Most places if you tell them no spice they will make it. Lots of street food vendors have the chilis at the table and you add them yourself. There are tons of Western places to eat if needed (Subway, Mc Donalds, KFC, etc.). What part of Thailand are you visiting?

  • Keeley Watts
    Posted at 10:37h, 04 February Reply

    I love this thanks for sharing. What would you add for a 3 week trip?

    Keeley x

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:44h, 07 February Reply

      3 weeks I would just spend more time exploring the islands!

  • Jill Gully
    Posted at 16:07h, 21 February Reply

    Is there a nice zen/boutique hotel you recommend in Chiang Mai?! Our budget is a step above a backpackers budget. Also, any other “to dos” in Chiang Mai are welcome 🙂

    Ko Lipe sounds AMAZING.

  • Jill
    Posted at 15:51h, 27 February Reply

    I think we’ll be there 4 nights. We’re also considering going from Ko Lipe to Ko Phangan (I attended a yoga workshop there two years ago, and loved it, but the travel will eat up a full day/night). Thanks so much for the reply, and let me know if you have any other suggestions. Jill

  • Jill
    Posted at 16:16h, 27 February Reply

    Ohhhhhhh! Just checked our dates, and 22 Heritage is booked. Any other suggestions are appreciated. I love the boutique vibe. Thanks a million.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 16:33h, 27 February Reply

      Curious what booking website did you book it with? In that area eat at: The Cat House and Lemongrass!

  • Jill
    Posted at 16:56h, 27 February Reply

    I looked at several: Hotels.com, Agonda, TripAdvisor. The hotel does not appear to have their own website. Is that the case?! It’s so amazing that I don’t want to miss the opportunity of booking there if I’m missing something. I check out your other suggestion. Thanks, Hannah 🙂

  • Raymond Carroll
    Posted at 11:29h, 05 March Reply

    Nice informative post.I toured Thailand last July for a month and visited many of the places you mention. I particularly liked Koh Phi Phi because my Thai wife’s cousin lives there and so we got to see what it was like to live with the locals. Bangkok is my favourite city in the world – atmosphere is electric!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 15:27h, 07 March Reply

      Bangkok is our favorite city in the world too! I am sure you had an epic time if you have family in Phi Phi. Safe travels.

  • Katie Thompson
    Posted at 20:22h, 06 September Reply

    Hi! Great post! For the itenary you recommend….would mid to end of March be a good time for all of the locations?

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 21:23h, 06 September Reply

      Katie,

      March is a good time but the later into March the hotter it is. In Chiang Mai you may notice it is burning season where they burn the fields and there is a haze on some days. Other than that March is great, especially for the islands. Let us know if you have any other Thailand itinerary questions.

  • Bunty
    Posted at 12:47h, 19 October Reply

    Hi,

    I’ve been to bangkok before (no other part of thailand) but i’m planning to go to Thailand for 2 weeks in November. I actually fly in and out of Phuket. So I’m wondering what 2 week plan do you suggest?
    I’d love to go to Chiang Mai but looking at google maps it doesn’t seem close. What should I do? Koh Lipe looks nice, but I assume that would be only 3-4 days. Koh Phi Phi which some people talk about is in the opposite direction it looks like.
    So I’m quite confused.
    Hope to hear from you.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 12:18h, 24 October Reply

      We wrote this 2 weeks in Thailand article as a 2-week plan for those traveling to Thailand for 2 weeks. We have been to island 5+ times and we love it, every time we go we find something new that we love about the city. Maybe consider checking out our Thailand island hopping article and add in another island. Also check out our honeymoon in Thailand article for additional destinations. I would skip Phuket all together I am not a fan of that island at all…

  • Nina Cabral
    Posted at 05:36h, 02 November Reply

    Hi Hannah !

    Your blog is great & very informative ! We have only traveled through tour company’s and this will be our first trip that we are planning on our own. We are trying to do 2 weeks but besides Bangkok , we are really focusing on island hopping. I love all of your blogs but I am really concerned about transportation from place to place especially with our belongings. I don’t really know where to start so any help would be appreciated !

    Thank you so much !!

    • Adam
      Posted at 08:56h, 07 November Reply

      Hi Nina, Don’t worry Thailand is one the easiest countries to travel, it’s a great place to try a trip without a tour company. If you want to go island to island the Andaman side of the country is probably where you want to be. The gulf of Thailand side has some amazing islands, but fewer of them, but honestly enough for a two week or longer trip. So it comes down to what you want to see or do. We have a post that talks about most of the popular islands to give you an idea of which ones you may want to visit https://www.gettingstamped.com/thailand-island-hopping-guide/ in this post it also has links to book your transport online too. This is great if you want to have everything arranged before you travel, or arranging transport while you are there is super easy and cheap too. Personally if I had two weeks in Thailand I would start with a few nights in Bangkok and then fly to Phuket on the early flight and head straight to the pier and take the ferry to Koh Phi Phi for 3 nights, then ferry to either Koh Lanta or Karbi next for another 3+/- nights, then take the ferry down to Koh Lipe for the rest of the time. Instead of taking the long boat ride back up the islands I would either take the ferry to Langkawi and fly back to Bangkok from there or take the ferry back to Pak Bara pier and fly back to Bangkok from Hat Yai airport. One heads up on your return flight to Bangkok from the islands is if you plan on not staying a night in Bangkok at the end and just catching your flight home is make sure you know which airport you are landing in Bangkok from the islands because there are two BKK (the big international one) and DMK (the smaller domestic one). It’s easy to arrange transport between the airports, but can take 1-2 hours depending on Bangkok traffic so build that into your schedule if needed. Let us know if you have questions as you finalize your Thailand itinerary. Enjoy Thailand!

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