Thailand is one of the most desired destinations for tourists from all over the world. There are countless wonderful things to do in the country, from as simple as trying delicious street food and going on luxury tours to seeing the wonders of what Thailand has to offer.
In this article, you will get exclusive guidance on how to plan your trip for a two-week holiday in Thailand. We include all the popular destinations, tips, and things to do that will make your trip even more memorable!
Before you plan your trip, make sure that you have a valid passport and research Thailand’s travel restrictions to make sure there are no issues once you have arrived in the country. You may also need to present proof of Covid-19 vaccinations and travel insurance.
Moreover, be mindful that some countries are allowed to visit Thailand for a certain amount of time without having to apply for a visa beforehand and some will be required to get one. Make sure that you have the necessary documents ready to ensure your safe and smooth travel.
Thailand could be referred to as a country where it’s always Summer, as the weather is warm all year round with an average temperature of around 27°C – 35°C (80°F – 100°F). However, the monsoon season in Thailand is between July – October which may result in heavy rain storms and travel difficulties.
Whereas the hot season which starts from around March to June is the best time to travel to Thailand. The temperature, however, may be quite as high as around 40°C (104°F) on average. But the pristine and refreshing beaches of Thailand will make up for it. It is the best time to go snorkeling, diving, and do fun activities outdoors.
Getting your money exchanged in Thailand is extremely convenient. SuperRich is one of the most common providers. You can also go to an SCB currency exchange booth at Suvarnabhumi Airport and Thai banks that offer currency exchange services. Another option is to withdraw money from ATM machines using either debit or credit cards, note that there may be withdrawal fees as well. Make sure to check exchange rates and compare different providers to get the best rates.
Here’s a guide on how to plan your 2-week trip to Thailand. Our goal is to help you plan your holiday with helpful tips and introduce you to amazing places so that you can experience most of Thailand’s rich cultures and history, breathtaking nature, and vibrant cities.
Fulfill your Thai journey on the pristine beaches and crystal clear waters of Phuket, one of the most insanely beautiful places in Thailand.
Phuket is located in Southern Thailand in the Andaman Sea and is also the largest island in Thailand. It is truly the definition of a ‘tropical paradise’ as it is filled with breathtaking beaches, landscapes perfect for hiking with magnificently photogenic views, and vibrant nightlife.
It is the perfect place for individual travelers, couples, and families to have the best time on their holiday as it offers both mixture of luxury and local charm. From high-end resorts and hotels to international cuisine and outdoor activities that will cater to all of your holiday must-haves!
Getting to Phuket is easy. There are many options to choose from.
You can fly directly from both Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport in Bangkok to Phuket International Airport (HKT) and get a private taxi upon arrival. The journey takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Grab is also available on all platforms and vehicle options for getting around Phuket.
Start your day by relaxing at one of the most pristine beaches in Phuket, Paradise Beach. The beach lives up to its name. It is less crowded and has a well-nurtured nature. The landscape of the beaches is crescent and the space is limited, making them inclusive for your chill day at a Thai beach.
Patong, Kata, Karon, and Nai Harn Beaches are also great beaches for sea activities like surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and more!
In the evening after a day out on the beach, enjoy a high-end dining experience at the very many top-tier restaurants in Phuket such as Mom Tri’s Kitchen at Villa Royale or PRU at Trisara.
Book your private tour to visit the stunning islands in Phuket. The most common one is a one-day-trip to the 4 Phuket Wonders which are snorkeling at Phi Phi islands, discovering Viking Cave, visiting the magical Maya Bay (the location where the Beach movie was filmed), and bathing in the Sun with cute local cats on Khai island. The tour agency would usually pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and the trip usually takes about 6 – 8 hours.
In the evening you can also explore the nightlife of Phuket by visiting Bangla Road next to Patong Beach. The road never sleeps and it is filled with countless restaurants and entertainment features.
For your last day on the island, visit Phuket Old Town where you can discover the historical and cultural side of Phuket. Try some street food and take iconic and authentic photos that will capture the scent of an old yet vibrant town.
Or, you can also get a relaxing Thai massage by the beach with fresh coconut water.
You can also go on a private cruise on a yacht around Phuket and watch the sunset with exceptional cuisine, making it the perfect way to end your Phuket adventure.
Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui offers visitors a true sense of relaxation in a tropical paradise. The island is known for its coconut trees and is a haven for beach lovers.
There are countless activities and attractions in Koh Samui awaiting visitors. Koh Samui contributes inclusive travel experiences to visitors from all around the world. From simply sunbathing on the beach to diving and snorkeling in the Ang Thong National Marine Park that will leave you wonderstruck by how magical it is.
Getting to Koh Samui from Phuket in this day and age is extremely convenient. You can travel to Koh Samui from Phuket by flying and hire a private van or taxi, as Phuket is on the west side of Southern Thailand and Koh Samui is an island on the east coast.
You can fly directly from Phuket International Airport (HKT) to Samui International Airport (USM) via Bangkok Airways. The journey takes around 50 minutes to 1 hour.
A journey by car or van takes around 4 hours to Surat Thani and you will need to load the vehicle on a boat in order to cross to the island.
After finally getting to Koh Samui, you may want to just chill and relax by the beach. Pack your necessary belongings and head to Chaweng Beach or any beach nearby and enjoy the cool of the turquoise water and warm summer breeze.
There are massage parlors where you experience authentic Thai massage and also a variety of restaurants and night markets that you can discover. From local street food to fine-dining restaurants. Make this day a day full of relaxation and peace.
Koh Samui is full of things to do. In the morning, you can visit the Big Buddha Temple where the 12-meter-high golden Buddha statue resides.
Then after lunch, you can explore the Secret Buddha Garden, also known as the Magic Garden. This garden has a majestic scene and a collection of ancient statues nestling in the Samui jungle.
Or, you can also just enjoy traveling around the island and taking holiday photos at the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks. Then, wrap up your day with a unique fine-dining experience at Tree Tops Signature Dining where you can indulge yourself in the stunning view of Koh Samui while enjoying the restaurant’s food delights.
Book a day trip to Ang Thong National Marine Park where you can sightsee 42 islands featuring soaring views of limestone cliffs, mangroves, and caves.
You can enjoy outdoor activities like snorkeling, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and diving safely with professionals. Then, come back to relax on your last day on the island with Thai food while watching the sunset by the beach.
Chiang Mai is located in Northern Thailand. It is an excellent place to embrace the nature of the Northern Hemisphere and the Lanna culture. Chiang Mai has a unique and distinctive culture that attracts tourists from all over the world. The mountains, waterfall, temples, and Lanna traditions make Chiang Mai another amazing place to add to your travel list.
There are 2 ways to get to Chiang Mai from Koh Samui.
If you are flying from Bangkok, there are two airports in Bangkok and you can fly to Chiang Mai from both airports in the duration of around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
From Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), you can choose to fly to Chiang Mai with Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai Smile, and Thai Vietjet Air.
From Don Mueang Airport (DMK), you can choose to fly to Chiang Mai with Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, and Thai Lion Air.
Once you have arrived in Chiang Mai, you can hire a private taxi or tour to guide you around the city. Grab is a transportation app and is also available in Chiang Mai for both cars and vans as well.
Start your journey in Chiang Mai by hiring a private tour that will guide you through the old wonders of the city like Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phan Tao.
After that, you can visit Art in Paradise which is a 3D art museum where you and your family can have fun interacting with the artwork and holiday take photos. Or visit the Lanna Folklife Museum where you can learn about Chiang Mai’s history and culture.
In the evening you can end your day with a fine dining experience of Thai Northern food, such as the Aquila or The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar.
Not only is Chiang Mai rich in culture but also in nature and wildlife.
Visit Elephant Nature Park, it is a sanctuary where you can experience and learn about rescued elephants in a cruelty-free environment.
Or go on a Chiang Mai’s Night Safari Tour where you can see animals in their natural habitat in a safe way. You can also visit the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden where you can admire stunning and photogenic Thai plants and flowers.
For the last day in Chiang Mai, you can do some light activities like taking a Thai cooking class and learning to cook some classic Thai dishes. You may also get to visit local markets to buy ingredients with locals Thai-style.
End your Chiang Mai journey with a traditional Thai massage and spa. For example, you can visit Makkha Health & Spa, located at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Enjoying yourself in one of the most relaxing spas in Chiang Mai is the perfect way to have a fulfilling experience in the city before starting your next journey.
Bangkok is the perfect place to start your Thai adventure. It is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and the capital of Thailand. The city is filled with cultures dating back hundreds of years ago but also beautifully harmonized with modern cultures, making Bangkok the best place to start your holiday in Thailand.
Bangkok is a cosmopolitan city that offers high-end shopping malls, chill markets, historical attractions, varieties of amazing food, convenient transportation, and, lively nightlife.
Start the first day of your journey by visiting some of Bangkok’s most magical delights. Immerse yourself in the blissful cultural experience at Grand Palace, then take a walk to Wat Pho to the sight of the infamous Sleeping Buddha. There are many local restaurants surrounding the places where you can get delicious food and beverages in between.
You could then cross the Chao Phraya River to Wat Arun, one of the most ancient temples in Bangkok, then end your night with a fine dining experience at restaurants by the river.
Or visit China Town, one of Bangkok’s most popular food destinations as it offers diverse varieties of food and 5-star Michelin restaurants where you can get to taste food that is pure bliss, making it the perfect way to end the day.
On the next day, you could get lost in the shopping centers of Bangkok. Siam Paragon and the mall in the Pathumwan areas offer high-end shopping experiences with countless stores and restaurants. There are also numerous museums and art galleries that you can visit, for example, the Bangkok Cultural Center and the Jim Thompson House Museum. Then, spend your evening at a rooftop bar to take in the city view or go on a dining cruise along the Chao Phraya River.
On your third day in Bangkok, if you feel up to something local, you could visit Chatuchak Weekend Market that’s open from Friday to Sunday. The market has huge space with hundreds of stores that offer miscellaneous goods, gadgets including affordable clothes, and of course, various kinds of street food.
Another market we recommend is Jodd Fair, it is a night market located next to the Central Rama 9 shopping mall that has live music and open space for you and your family to enjoy the evening. The market offers food stalls with international cuisine with many affordable clothing stores. The atmosphere at Jodd Fair will help you relax after a long day of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
Immerse yourself in the truly authentic city of Ayutthaya and experience exquisite Thai cuisine there for a day. Ayutthaya is Thailand’s old capital with an extremely rich history and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ayutthaya’s highlights include ancient temples and ruins that will give you a captivating view of Thailand’s past dating back to the 13th century.
Getting to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is rather convenient as it is only around 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Bangkok by car. You could hire a private taxi or van to Ayutthaya for a day. Transportation in Ayutthaya include trains, Grab Car, and taxi.
Going on a one-day trip to Ayutthaya is a great addition to your Thai journey. Start off your day early and take a private tour to visit Wat Maha That, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wat Phra Ram, and other ancient temples around the old town to learn about the history of Thailand’s old capital.
Toward the end of the day, try traditional Thai cuisine overlooking Chao Phraya River before heading back to Bangkok. You can visit, for example, Grand Chao Phraya Ayutthaya where you will get to taste the sense of authentic Thai food, especially seafood, with a calming view of the river. There are also many cute cafes around the temples where you can relax with refreshing beverages and get away from the heat for a little while.
To make the last day of your magical two-week holiday in Thailand memorable, here are some suggestions on things to do to complete your journey.
Getting things to remember Thailand for, such as Thai silk, local handcrafts, and authentic souvenirs at gift shops or shopping malls.
Then, take a walk around Lumpini Park or Benjakitti Park where you can see Bangkok’s nature and locals enjoying their exercises and relaxing in the park.
And of course, a farewell dinner to end your 2-week trip with. Visit Bangkok’s top-rated restaurants to enjoy Bangkok’s delight at a rooftop restaurant like Sirocco or Vertigo, where you can experience exquisite Thai and international cuisine while taking in panoramic views of this sleepless city.
Airport Transfer: You can hire a taxi or use public transportation like the Airport Rail Link to the airport. Many luxury hotels also provide an airport transfer service, making it convenient and stress-free for you.
What to Pack: Make sure to bring sunscreen, travel documents, personal medication, light shoes, and clothes that can handle the humidity of Thai weather well.
Note that when visiting a Thai temple, it is necessary for all visitors local or foreign to dress modestly as a form of respect, meaning that you should remember to wear appropriate clothing such as a long skirt or pants and shirts that cover your shoulders.