The Best 2-Week Thailand Itinerary
Do you want to visit Thailand for 2 weeks?
To help you organize your stay, I have prepared a 14, 15 or 16 day itinerary for you in Southern Thailand. Thanks to this guide, you will visit the most beautiful islands and places of unmissable interest that have made the reputation of the country.
For each stage of your trip, I also give you my selection of the best hotels to sleep in and all my advice and ideas for excursions to spend a dream vacation.
So, what to do and see in Thailand in 2 weeks?
Day 1-4: Phuket
For this 2-week Thailand itinerary, I suggest you start by discovering Phuket.
It’s also super convenient because the island has an international airport, so you can get there directly. Feel free to compare flight prices to Phuket in the reserved section at the end of this article.
From the airport, you can take a taxi, bus or private transfer (click here for information) to reach your hotel. I advise you to choose a hotel near one of these 2 areas:
- Patong, which corresponds to the most touristic area of the island and is located by the sea, west of Phuket.
- Phuket Town, which is to the east, near the boat pier to reach the other islands of the Andaman Sea such as Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta.
For this first day in Phuket, I suggest you simply put your towel on Patong beach, a 2 km long fine sand beach.
You can sunbathe, swim or if you feel like a bit of action, opt for a towed buoy or parasailing ride.
At the end of the afternoon, take a walk on Bangla Road, still in Patong. The busiest street on the island includes many shops, bars and restaurants.
It is also in this street that you can attend the most famous show in Phuket, that of the Simon Cabaret featuring ladyboys (men who could easily be confused with women).
This attraction is very popular, so remember to book your tickets in advance, by clicking here.
If this show means nothing to you, I offer you another option: attend a muay thai boxing match, the national sport. Boosted atmosphere guaranteed! Here too, the fighting takes place in the Patong area.
But the Thais being fervent supporters, I recommend that you reserve your places in advance directly there.
Then get a good night’s rest to recover from the jet lag.
For your second day in Phuket, continue to explore the island at leisure.
You can for example focus on the East area, towards Phuket Town. If your hotel is in Patong, just take the bus or rent a scooter for the day.
If you prefer, there is also an organized excursion with minibus transport to see some of the must-sees that I recommend.
You will find the description and all the information to book this tour here.
In Phuket Town, I advise you to go to the old town and walk along Thalang Road and its surroundings.
You will be able to admire the colorful Sino-Portuguese style buildings and houses that make the place so charming. There are also quite a few local craft shops and cafes.
Also not to be missed in the neighborhood:
- The Thai Hua Museum on the history of Phuket
- La Phang Nga Road and its street art
- The Phuket Museum which is located in the Old Standard Chartered Bank
Then head to Monkey Hill, a hill home to entire colonies of not very shy monkeys. They won’t hesitate to approach you if you have something to feed them. You can get peanuts and bananas from many vendors in the area.
After feeding the monkeys, take the opportunity to climb to the top of the hill to admire the panorama.
And since I’m talking about the panorama, I recommend that you continue on your way by then joining another famous viewpoint of Phuket, that of Khao Rang Hill. Before getting there, stop at the temple of the same name to see the large golden Buddha statue.
And to end the day, head to one of Phuket’s beaches for a swim!
In the evening, I recommend that you go see the Siam Niramit show. More than a hundred actors and dancers stage several scenes representing the whole history of Thailand.
On the third day, I suggest you continue your 2-week Thailand itinerary with one of the most famous boat trips in the country, the one that takes you to discover Koh Phi Phi!
The island, and more particularly the beach of Maya Bay which is there, owes its popularity to the film which was shot there, “The beach” with Leonardo di Caprio. Since then, all tour operators offer this day trip from Phuket.
Unfortunately, the hundreds of boats dumping more than 5000 visitors per day, have damaged the marine ecosystem and the corals. Since 2018, it is therefore forbidden to land on the beach, you will just have to be content to admire it from the deck of the boat.
This day remains to be done absolutely during your 2 week Thailand itinerary because it also includes places as pretty as Maya Bay:
- Bamboo Island
- Maiton Island
- Khai Island
- Monkey Beach
- Mrs. Leh Cove
- Viking Cave
This type of excursion is really well organized: hotel pick-up, transport to the port, speedboat cruise , lunch included, mask and snorkel provided for snorkeling, and unlimited soft drinks. Everything is included in the price of about 112€ (about 4200 Bahts).
Just click here to book your boat trip to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket.
And for an even more special day, you can instead book a luxury Koh Phi Phi catamaran cruise. You have all the information by clicking here!
Today, for your fourth day in Phuket, I offer you different options:
1) Leave for a day trip by boat but this time in the archipelago of the Similan Islands.
I highly recommend it if you like snorkeling or diving, these islands are often ranked among the most beautiful diving spots in the world.
Here too, everything is organized from the departure in front of your hotel until your return in the evening to Phuket.
You will have the chance to enjoy 3 swimming/snorkeling stops, a picnic in an idyllic setting, climbing to the Sail Rock viewpoint and spending time on the splendid beach of Donald Duck Bay.
2) Spend a day at an elephant sanctuary to feed and wash them.
The living conditions of elephants in Thailand have always been quite deplorable, abused since they were small so that tourists could ride on their backs when they were older.
These sanctuaries and refuges were created with the aim of collecting injured, mistreated or too old animals in order to recreate the most natural environment possible. So you won’t be able to climb on them but help the healers to take care of them.
The number of visitors being limited each day, it is imperative to book this activity in Phuket in advance.
3) Rent a scooter and discover the southern part of the island.
Places to see:
- And Wat Chalong
- The Big Buddha
- Le Karon View Point
- La plage de Nai Harn Beach
- Windmill Viewpoint and Yanui Beach
- Watch the sunset at Promthep Cape
And if you want even more ideas of things to do in Phuket, I advise you to read my article: Visit Phuket: the ultimate guide.
Tips for your Thailand itinerary:
There are regular accidents in Thailand (during quad rides, parasailing, boat trips, etc.) because some agencies do not respect the necessary safety conditions and their equipment is not up to standard or too old.
To be sure to go through a serious agency, it is best to find out before or to book through the links that I offer you in this article. It’s not more expensive and you’ll be safe.
Accommodation in Phuket
If you want to be in the heart of the action, I have prepared a selection of accommodation for you near Patong:
- Lub d Phuket Patong: Hostel 5 min from Patong Beach and 10 min from Bangla Road. Bed in modern and very clean dormitory from 12€. Most: the huge swimming pool, the common areas with even a boxing ring, the design, the cleanliness. This is the best hostel to stay in Phuket!
- Mazi Design Hotel by Kalima: Located 5 min from the night market and 10 min from Bangla Road. Design and spacious double room from €35 per night, breakfast at €7. Most: the swimming pool, the location, the comfort of the rooms. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio in Patong.
- Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central: Located opposite the beach. Modern and warm double room with balcony from €72, breakfast included. Most: the outdoor facilities, the swimming pool, the welcome and the friendliness of the staff.
- Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach: 5-star hotel complex located 3 km from Patong, right on the beach of Tri-Trang. Warm and comfortable double room with balcony or private terrace from €110, breakfast at €19. Most: location at the edge of the water, the private beach, the calm, the playground for the children, the setting. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Phuket!
If you prefer to stay in Phuket Town, here is my selection of hotels:
- Baan Baan hostel: Hostel located in the old town of Phuket. Bed in dormitory from 8€, breakfast included. Most: very helpful staff, cleanliness, location, calm. The best hostel to stay in Phuket Town!
- Ritsurin Boutique Hotel: Located 600 meters from Thalang Street. Clean and well-equipped double room from €28. Most: location, cleanliness, friendly staff.
- The Malika Hotel: Located 1.8 km from the old town. Double room with very comfortable bedding and balcony from €38, breakfast €6. Most: the swimming pool, the calm, the pleasant staff, the ideal location to take the boat to Koh Phi Phi. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio in Phuket Town!
- Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel: Located in the old town. Tastefully decorated double room from €50 per night, breakfast €7. Most: excellent location, the friendliness of the staff, the setting, next to the night market.
- Novotel Phuket Phokeethra: Located 1 km from the old town. Super spacious double room, design and modern from 85€, breakfast at 15€. Most: the setting, the comfort, ideal for visiting the old town, close to the boat for the islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. This is our recommendation for an upscale stay in Phuket Town!
Day 5-7: Koh Lanta
Today, here you are at the next stage of this 2 weeks Thailand itinerary. I suggest you leave Phuket to join another island in the Andaman Sea: Koh Lanta.
To take the boat, go to the port of Rassada, a few kilometers east of Phuket Town. I advise you to ask your hotel to book the tickets for you 1-2 days before. They usually manage to negotiate better rates than if you book yourself online. The proof, we paid only 700 Bahts (port transfer included) instead of 1000 Bahts!
To go from Phuket to Koh Lanta, you will have to take 2 boats : the first takes you to Koh Phi Phi (2h30 crossing) and after a change, the second finishes the journey to Koh Lanta in 1h15.
The departure from Phuket is around 9am, which means that you will arrive in Koh Lanta around 1pm.
If you prefer to go faster and directly to Koh Lanta, it is also possible to make the trip by speedboat but there are not a lot of places. For this transfer it is better to book well in advance. You have the information by clicking here!
To reach your hotel in Koh Lanta, transfers are offered during the boat trip. You can take it, the prices are the same as arriving on Koh Lanta. They just vary depending on the location of the hotel.
In the afternoon, you can choose to relax on one of the beaches near your accommodation or rent a scooter to discover the west coast of the island where the most beautiful beaches are located . Going down to the south, you will see that there are fewer and fewer people.
For the details of the beaches to see in Koh Lanta, do not hesitate to consult my article: Visit Koh Lanta.
Spend a first night on Koh Lanta.
For the second day in Koh Lanta, I recommend you to do the excursion of the 4 islands (“four islands” in English). It is for me a must of a stay in Koh Lanta and it was one of my favorite days of all my holidays in Thailand.
The islands to see are really super pretty and the places chosen for snorkeling are full of fish.
You will have the chance to discover:
- Koh Chuek during a first snorkeling stop
- Koh Waen, for another snorkeling stop. Really great because the fish and corals are quite different from the first place.
- Koh Muk (the Emerald Grotto): after a short swim in an 80-meter-long cave, you will arrive in a sumptuous hidden lagoon bordered by the forest.
- Koh Ngai and its long sandy beach with turquoise water with the evocative name of Paradise Beach, where you will have lunch and then have time to swim.
The price of about 1000 Bahts includes: transfer to the port from your hotel, the day by boat with snorkeling equipment and lunch. You will also have at your disposal water and fruit.
I advise you to book this excursion here.
The outing that I recommend is offered on a traditional Thai boat, but you also have the option of booking this excursion by speedboat.
The third day on Koh Lanta, I leave you the choice according to your desires:
1) Go on an excursion to the island of Koh Rok.
It is the second most popular boat tour after the 4 Islands. You can also swim and snorkel in one of the most famous corners of the country for its reefs and fish.
The only difference is that you will spend your day on a single island (1 hour by boat from Koh Lanta).
Everything is included in the price of about 1700 Bahts per person.
2) Stay on Koh Lanta and choose between several activities:
- Kayaking in the mangroves from the port of Tungyeepeng. To book by clicking here!
- A boat trip in the mangroves
- A first dive
- A day at an elephant sanctuary to feed and wash them
- Take a cooking class at Cooking with Mon
- A walk in the old town of Koh Lanta
- Visiting the caves of Khao Kaew Caves or Tiger Cave
- A walk in Mu Koh Lanta National Park
All the details of these activities can be found in our article: What to do in Koh Lanta?
Spend one last night in Koh Lanta.
Tips for your Thailand itinerary:
If you find yourself near Klong Toab Beach at dinner time, I recommend eating at Sai Nat. This very small roadside restaurant with only a few tables offers delicious homemade and à la minute cuisine.
You will have the choice between several Thai and Indian dishes. The cheese naan are just killer!
Accommodation in Koh Lanta
- Hub of Joys Hostel: Hostel located 350 meters from Long Beach. Bed in clean and pleasant dormitory from 6€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the smiling staff, the location 5 minutes from the beach, the good breakfast. This is the cheapest accommodation on Koh Lanta! Ideal for backpackers.
- Long Beach Chalet: Located directly on Long Beach Beach. Bright and comfortable bungalow from €25 per night, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pool, the direct access to the beach.
- SriLanta Resort: Located on Klong Nin Beach. Thai-style villa with terrace overlooking the garden from €35, breakfast €10. The pluses: the 3 swimming pools, the setting, the ideal location for going to the beach, the comfort. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio!
- Kaw Kwang Beach Resort: Located at Klong Dao Beach. Pleasant and spacious double room from €50, breakfast included. Most: the view of the sea, the very calm and accessible beach, the swimming pool, the landscaped garden, the free return transfer to the port.
- Rawi Warin Resort And Spa: 5 star hotel located 400 meters from Klong Nin Beach. Modern Thai style double room with wooden furniture and balcony from 85€, breakfast included. Most: the swimming pools, the playground for children, the view, the competent staff, the hearty and varied breakfast. Ideal for a top-of-the-range romantic getaway!
- Pimalai Resort & Spa: 5 star hotel located 200 meters from the Kantiang Beach. Very spacious and tastefully decorated double room from €210, breakfast included. Most: the splendid infinity pool, the attentive staff, the location, the view, the excellent breakfast. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Koh Lanta!
Day 8-10: Krabi
For the third leg of this 2-week Thailand itinerary, direction Krabi, still in the Andaman Sea.
From Koh Lanta, you will need to take the ferry to reach Krabi. Count about 2h30 journey for 350 Bahts per person (with transfer from your hotel to the port included).
During the crossing, people pass by to offer you taxis and shuttles to reach Krabi Town, Railay or Ao Nang. The prices offered are high but you should be able to negotiate a little. Anyway, it’s as expensive as once arrived at the port of Krabi.
For the choice of your accommodation in Krabi, I advise you to stay in Ao Nang, the main seaside resort of the province.
You can thus spend your first afternoon in Krabi on Ao Nang beach or the slightly wilder one located not far from there: Noppharat Thara Beach.
Spend the night in Ao Nang.
Today, for your second day in Krabi, I recommend heading to the Railay Peninsula, which is only accessible by boat.
To get there, it’s very simple, you just have to go to Ao Nang beach and take a boat. Tickets can be bought in a hut on the beach. You don’t need to book in advance.
You will reach Railay in just 10 minutes for 200 Bahts per person round trip (don’t lose your return ticket during the day).
On Railay, the program is simple: enjoy the beach! The fine sand, the turquoise water, the heavenly setting, everything is there to spend a good relaxing day.
The 2 most beautiful beaches are those of Railay West Beach (where you arrive by boat) and Phra Nang Beach (15 min walk from West Beach). Between the 2, there are plenty of restaurants and bars.
If you feel like doing something other than sunbathing and swimming, you can also:
- Rent a kayak or a paddle
- Climb to the Railay viewpoint to admire the panorama of the entire peninsula. The climb, very steep, is done using ropes for 20 minutes so bring sneakers.
- Climbing, Railay being renowned worldwide for this sport. To book a safe climbing lesson, click here!
The next day, still as part of your 2 week Thailand itinerary, I suggest you go on a boat trip for the day.
Here too, the departure is from Ao Nang beach.
I recommend that you choose the excursion called “4 islands” (it has the same name as that of Koh Lanta but the islands to see are different). With that of Koh Phi Phi (but if you followed my advice you have already done it in Phuket), it is the most famous outing.
Here are the small islands on the program of the day:
- Koh Poda
- Koh Kai, also called Chicken Island
- Koh Tup
- Phra Nang Cave (in Railay)
And of course, swimming and snorkeling are planned to refresh you!
On the fourth and final day in Krabi, you still have plenty to do!
Here are my different suggestions:
1) Visit Krabi town and its surroundings.
From Ao Nang, rent a scooter or take the song taew (shared taxi) to Krabi.
First go to the Tiger Temple (Wat Pham Suea), about 10 km from the city center. Built at the top of a hill, the temple allows (after having climbed 1237 steps all the same!) to admire the 360° view of Krabi.
On the site, a second staircase (much less steps!) also allows you to take a walk of about 30 minutes in the forest in the part called “Wonderland”.
Access to the temple is free but ladies, you will need to cover your legs and shoulders.
Then join the town of Krabi (Krabi Town) for a short walk to discover the main places of interest:
- The Wat Kaew Ko Wararam: a beautiful white temple
- The Andaman Art Museum and its paintings and sculptures by Thai or international artists
- Krabi market
- The Khao Kanab Nam, the 2 karstic rocks symbol of the city.
If you haven’t rented a scooter, the best way to get there is to take an organized tour:
3) Hike to Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, 20 km north of Krabi.
4) Do the Tab Kak Hang Nak trail, 40 km from Krabi.
All my detailed explanations for these activities can be found in my article: What to do in Krabi?
Spend one last night in Ao Nang.
Accommodation in Krabi / Ao Nang
- The Moment Hostel: Hostel located 10 min walk from Ao Nang beach. Bed in dormitory from 10€. Most: the lovely staff, the situation.
- Cocco House: Located 1.5 km from Nopparat Beach. Very clean and quiet bungalow from 30€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the excellent breakfast, the loan of bicycles, the good bedding. It is our favorite for its performance / price ratio in Ao Nang.
- Wake Up Aonang Hotel: Located just steps from the beach. Double room with large bay windows and sea view from €50. Most: the location 2 minutes from the beach and all the restaurants, the swimming pool, the comfort.
- Phu Pha Aonang Resort & Spa: Located 800 m from Ao Nang Beach. Room all in wood and parquet floors with patio from 75€, breakfast included. The pluses: the lush garden, the view of the cliff, the swimming pool, the free shuttle to town. This is our recommendation for an upscale stay in Ao Nang.
- The Nine Thipthara Klongson Resort: Located 5 km from the sea. Very spacious and tastefully decorated villa, with Spa bath, from 220€, breakfast included. Most: the environment, the swimming pool, the superb rooms. This is our recommendation for a luxury stay in Ao Nang. The best place to spend a romantic vacation!
Day 11-13: Koh Yao Noi
I now suggest that you end this 2-week Thailand itinerary, with a very small island that is much less touristy and known than its neighbors: Koh Yao Noi.
I don’t teach you anything if I tell you that once again, you will have to reach Koh Yao Noi by boat from Krabi. The journey takes only 30 minutes for 300 Bahts per person. Arrived at Koh Yao, taxis are waiting to take you to your hotel (100 Bahts per person).
For the planning of this first day, rent a scooter (300 Bahts) and go around the most beautiful beaches of the island, stopping to swim.
Spend the night in Koh Yao Noi.
The next day, I strongly recommend that you do the 4 islands excursion (yes it’s still the same name as Koh Lanta and Krabi, but the islands are different). This is one of the best outings we did during this 2 week Thailand itinerary!
You can discover and swim on the islands of:
- Koh Ka Mit (Monkey Island)
- Koh Pak Bia
- Koh Lao Lading
- Koh Hong
To book this excursion, just ask your hotel. The price is 2500 Bahts for the boat, to be divided between the number of participants.
For the last day in Koh Yao, I recommend a last boat trip. This time you can visit Phang Nga Bay and the most famous island in the area: James Bond Island.
Unlike other boat trips, this one does not offer a snorkeling stop but rather a tour of the islands and photographing splendid landscapes. You can also go kayaking in the caves.
In addition to the stop on James Bond Island, you will also discover the island of Koh Panyee and its large floating market with its lot of souvenir shops and restaurants.
The price is 4500 Bahts for the boat, always to be shared between the number of passengers.
If you are tired of boating, you can also stay on Koh Yao Noi and take the opportunity to walk, swim or kayak.
Spend one last night on Koh Yao Noi.
Information and details on Koh Yao Noi beaches, excursions and activities await you in my article: The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Koh Yao Noi.
Accommodation in Koh Yao Noi
- Tha Khao Bay View: Located on the east of the island. Simple bungalow with fan from 25€ per night. Most: the incredible view of the sea, the location in the middle of nature, the kindness of the owners. An excellent choice for cheap accommodation in Koh Yao Noi!
- Koh Yao Seaview Bungalow: Located by the sea, 15 min by song taew from the port. Very spacious bungalow with double bed and private terrace overlooking the swimming pool or the sea, from 45€ per night. Most: the beach next door, the calm, the swimming pool, the restaurant really cheap, hearty and delicious. It is our favorite for its price/performance ratio!
- Paradise KohYao: Located in the North of the island. Tastefully decorated room with bathroom open to the outside and private terrace from €95, breakfast included. Most: the idyllic setting, the infinity pool, the private beach, the location in the bay.
- Cape Kudu Hotel, Koh Yao Noi: Located in the southeast of the island. Spacious and bright double room with very neat decoration, from €150 per night, breakfast included. Most: the design, the calm, the dream setting, the welcoming staff. A very nice hotel in Koh Yao Noi, ideal for a romantic getaway!
- Laguna Villas Yao Noi: Located in the southeast of the island, right by the beach. Pretty fully equipped villas, perfect mix between modern and traditional Thai style from 200€ per night, breakfast included. Most: the location facing the sea, the large swimming pool, close to excellent restaurants.
- Six Senses Yao Noi: This is the most luxurious hotel on the whole island. It offers splendid villas with private pools and even a butler who will be assigned to you for the entire duration of your stay. From €570, breakfast included. The pluses: the Spa, the gym, the private beach, the comfort, the excellent meals, the exceptional service. This is clearly the finest luxury hotel on Koh Yao Noi. A dream place to spend your honeymoon or a romantic getaway!
Day 14: Return to Phuket
You have reached the end of your 2-week Southern Thailand itinerary!
From Koh Yao Noi, reach the port and board the speed boat for Phuket. Count 30 minutes of journey for 300 Bahts per person.
You will arrive in the northeast of Phuket, at the port of Rang Bang Pier. From there, you can take a taxi (700 Bahts) to Phuket airport for your return flight.
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