One Week Itinerary- Intro to Thailand
One week is not nearly enough. However, if you only have one week, follow this itinerary to see what Bangkok has to offer, then head on down to one of Thailand’s amazing beach destinations.
- Day 1- Arrive in Bangkok
- Day 2- Bangkok
- Day 3- Bangkok
- Day 4- Fly to Krabi ( Ko Samui or Phuket)
- Day 5- Krabi (Ko Samui or Phuket)
- Day 6- Krabi (Ko Samui or Phuket)
- Day 7- Fly home from Krabi ( Ko Samui or Phuket)
Two Week Itinerary- Best of Thailand
Two weeks in Thailand will give you a nice tour of the North, South, and Central region. You will start in the vibrant city of Bangkok, travel to the mountains to enjoy the laid back city of Chiang Mai, and end with a visit to one of Thailands beautiful beaches destinations.
- Day 1- Arrive in Bangkok
- Day 2- Bangkok
- Day 3- Bangkok
- Day 4- Bangkok
- Day 5- Fly to Chiang Mai
- Day 6- Chiang Mai
- Day 7- Chiang Mai
- Day 8- Fly to Phuket
- Day 9 -Phuket
- Day 10- Phuket
- Day 11-Ko Samui or Krabi
- Day 12-Ko Samui or Krabi
- Day 13- Ko Samui or Krabi
- Day 13- Fly home from Ko Samui or Krabi
Note: You can substitute Ko Samui for Phuket or Krabi. It all depends on your travel style. All three are well connected by air from Bangkok.
- Krabi– Krabi makes a good base to explore several other beaches. You can stroll down to the beach where there are several long-tail boats and taxi stands. There you can purchase roundtrip tickets to and from other islands and beaches. Be sure to catch the most beautiful sunset you will ever see at Railay Beach.
- Phuket– Phuket is the largest, and most popular island for visitors in Thailand. Unless you enjoy a bit of grittiness and a heavy party scene, I would avoid Patong Beach. I would recommend Karon Beach or Kata Beach for your stay in Phuket.
These are great beaches that are out of the gritty, busy area, yet close enough to get to if you want to hang out for the night. You can find some great boat tours to places like Phi Phi island and Phang Nga Bay (sometimes referred to as James Bond Island.) Also, be sure to check out the old town of Phuket city!
- Ko Samui- Ko Samui is also a beautiful island to base yourself from. You can easily catch a ferry or speed boat to one of its sister islands, Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao. Between these three islands, you will find beautiful beaches, towns, diving adventures, and accommodations to fit any style of travel.
Things To Do
Take advantage of the Chao Phraya Tourist boat. You can purchase a single ride or an unlimited day pass.
Boats run every 30 minutes from 9am-8:30. Each pier leads you to one of Bangkok’s major tourist attractions
The Grand Palace, one of Bangkok’s top tourist sites, was once home to the kings. This palace is on the Chao Phraya River and can be reached by the hop on hop off tourist boat.
Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s most important Buddhist temples, dates back to the 1600s. This golden temple is also reachable by the Chao Phraya tourist boat.
Visit Bangkok’s China Town
You can find a China Town in almost every country in the world. However, the China Town in Bangkok is a unique experience.
Get ready for an adventure as you wander through the narrow alleyways, where food stalls, shops, and motorbikes compete for space.
Day trip to Bangkok’s Floating Markets
Take a day trip to one of Bangkok’s traditional floating markets. Watch as vendors float by on long-tail boats selling and trading their goods.
If you find yourself in Thailand during the weekend, find time to visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
This is the largest open market in Bangkok where you can find Thai street food, clothes, antiques, and souvenirs.
Take a Walk Down Khaosan Road
No trip to Bangkok is complete without taking a stroll down the backpacker’s paradise, Khaosan Road.
This street is filled with bars, restaurants, and street vendors, selling exotic street foods like chocolate covered scorpions.
Take a day trip to the Historic City of Ayutthaya
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and visit the ancient city of Ayutthaya. This world heritage site is only a 1 1/2 hr train ride from Bangkok.
Ancient Walled City of Chiang Mai
Take a stroll through the charming old walled City of Chiang Mai.
There are 24 buddhist temples within the walled city. This charming city is also full of restaurants, bars, shops, and plenty of spots to relax with a Thai Massage.
Visit the Buddhist Temple To Doi Suthep
This is Chiang Mai’s top tourist attraction. This buddhist temple is just outside of the city. It sits hi on a mountain giving you breathtaking panoramic views of the city below.
This huge market is a great place go and find local northern Thai food stalls, produce, spices, souvenirs, and clothes.
Don’t miss the Sunday Night Market
The Sunday Night Market takes place in the old walled city of Chiang Mai every Sunday evening. Enjoy street food while shopping for hand crafted souvenirs, clothes and other items.
Take a day trip to Doi Inthanon National Park
This park sits on the highest mountain in Thailand. Take a day trip to this national park and enjoy water falls, remote villages, trails, and beautiful views.
Old Phuket Town
Take a break from the beach and spend the day in Old Phuket Town. This is a charming town with colonial architecture, a walking street, boutiques, and restaurants.
Phuket Big Buddha
Visit the Big Buddha, a marble sitting Buddha that sits 48 meters hi. Climb to the top and check out the amazing views.
Day trip to Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island)
Take a day trip to the beautiful island of Phang Nga Bay. This iconic island appears in the 1974 James Bond movie and is sometimes referred to as “James Bond Island.”
Day trip to Ko Phi Phi Island
Make room for a day trip to Ko phi phi island and you will not regret it. On the way to this beautiful beach you will encounter clear blue water and hills of rocky limestone projecting out of the water.
Big Buddha Temple
Visit this Buddhist temple and popular tourist attraction.
The Chaweng Night Market.
Spend some time at the Chaweng Night market where you can enjoy some delicious Thai food and cocktails.
Day Trip to Ang Thong Marine Park
You can take a boat from Ko Samui to this national marine park. Ang Thong is a 42 island Archipelago where you can find, caves, forest, nice views, and beautiful beaches.
You can easily catch a ferry or speed boat to explore one of Ko Samui’s sister islands, Ko Pha-Ngan and Ko Tao.
Railay Beach is a must see when you come to Krabi. This beach is easily accessible by long-tail boat from Krabi beach.
Railay beach has a laidback vibe. Come here and enjoy a cocktail at one of the many reggae bars and enjoy the most beautiful sunset you will ever see.
Krabi beach is a great island hop destination. You can walk down to Krabi beach and purchase tickets for a roundtrip long-tail boat ride to one of the many surrounding islands.
Take a break from the beach and head over to Krabi Town. Here you will find buddhist temples, shopping, restaurants, bars, and the Krabi Town Night Market.