White sand beaches, turquoise water, snorkelling, sunshine, parties, friendly locals, delicious food, cheap beer – shall we go on?
If you’re reading this post then chances are you already know how awesome Thailand is and don’t need anymore convincing to go.
In fact, you’re probably dying a little inside knowing you’re not there right now and that you only have a mere 2 weeks to explore this wonderful place (we did).
We spent 2 weeks in this amazing country and had an amazing time. If you’re looking to go there for a similar amount of time (or even longer), check out our itinerary for suggestions on where you should go and how long you should spend there.
Day 1-5: Chill out in Koh Tao / Hang out in Krabi Town
The Thai islands truly are everything you imagined they would be and more – if you go to the right ones. Avoid tourist traps like Phuket (we would know, that’s where we went the last time we were in Thailand and regretted every minute of it) and head to smaller/sleepier islands or beach towns like Koh Tao or Krabi.
Since these are on opposite sides of the country you’ll sadly have to pick only one and leave the other for next time (because there will be a next time). If you’re into snorkelling or diving, Koh Tao will be your paradise and if you’re into island hopping and rock climbing then head to Krabi Town.
How to get there:
Krabi – Since you’ll likely be arriving in Bangkok (DMK/BKK), the best and fastest way to get to Krabi Town (KBV) is to fly. Air Asia, as well as other budget airlines, offer plenty of inexpensive flights throughout the year (as low as $35 CAD!). From the airport, take a bus to Krabi Town and head to your hotel from there. The bus should cost around ฿100 THB/person. For more information about transportation to/from the airport, click here.
Koh Tao – Unfortunately, getting to Koh Tao is a bit more complex. From Bangkok you can fly from Bangkok Don Mueng (DMK) to Nakhon Si Thammarat (NST). From there you’ll need to bus to Donsak pier and then take a ferry to Koh Tao. The journey lasts about 8 hours. If you choose to go this route, the best option is to purchase an island package through Air Asia. Everything is taken care of and they are reasonably priced at around $70 CAD.
Another, but longer, option is to take a bus from Bangkok to Donsak pier and then a ferry. As mentioned, this option takes much longer – around 12 hours – but is less expensive at around $45 CAD. We recommend purchasing an island transfer package with Lomprayah. We’ve used their services in the past and were really impressed by them (mostly because they actually left on time!!).
Once you arrive at the Koh Tao pier, walk or take a shared songthaew (pickup truck) to your hotel – and remember always negotiate the price with the driver before you get in the truck!
What to do:
Krabi Town – Krabi Town is a great jumping off point to go island hopping on Thailand’s smaller West coast islands. Book a speedboat tour, pack some sunscreen and island hop for a day or two!
Krabi Town is also quite close to Railay – Thailand’s famous rock climbing area. Interested in climbing? Head over to Railay for a day you’ll never forget.
Koh Tao – Snorkelling and scuba diving are king and queen on Koh Tao! Spend your days exploring the world from a different point of view – under water. You can easily rent a private boat, join a tour or DIY by renting a scooter to visit the islands many beautiful snorkelling areas.
Interested in getting PADI certified? This is THE place to do it! Not only are diving schools much cheaper here than anywhere else in the world, Koh Tao is also one of the most beautiful places to dive. Read more about choosing a diving school here.
Day 6-10: Explore Chiang Mai
This is probably our favourite place in all of Thailand. Seriously. We could probably move there. Not only is it surrounded by gorgeous mountains, it’s home to some of the best restaurants and markets in the country. Plus it just has a really chill vibe which we love.
How to get there:
From Krabi Town – Once again, the best way to get from Krabi Town to Chiang Mai is to fly. Thanks Air Asia for having such cheap flights! xox From the airport, take a taxi to your hotel. It should cost you about ฿150 THB if you are staying within the Old City.
From Koh Tao – Why is this little island paradise so far away from everything else?! Unfortunately there is no quick and easy way to get from Koh Tao to Chiang Mai. You will need to choose between the fly/bus/ferry or bus/ferry combos back to Bangkok and from there either fly or train (for 12 hours) to Chiang Mai. For more information on taking the train, click here.
What to do: There are endless things to do in this amazing city. Here are our faves, just to name a few.
- Learning to cook Thai food like pros with Thai Secret Cooking School
- Getting massaged by inmates at the Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution
- Hanging out with elephants all day long at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
- Shopping until we dropped at the Saturday and Sunday night markets
- Renting motorbikes and driving to Wat Phra That Suthep
Day 11-14: Discover Bangkok
Endless things to do. Getting lost in the many stalls in Chinatown. Taking water taxis to beautiful temples. Eating as much street food as we could find. Almost getting a tattoo. Spending the day at an infinite pool overlooking the city. That’s what our time in Bangkok was like. Needless to say, this place is amazing and shouldn’t be overlooked as ‘just another city’ when planning your trip to Thailand.
How to get there: Pretty easy to get to from Chiang Mai, you can either bus, fly or take the train. The bus and train are inexpensive but take quite a long time (about 12 hours) and don’t always run on time. Flying is much faster and also budget friendly (and the most worth it in our opinion). From BKK take the Airport Rail Link into the city for ฿60 THB.
What to do: Honestly there isn’t much you can’t do in this city. Here are the highlights.
- Explore the winding streets of Chinatown for some unique souvenirs
- Take a water taxi to the Grand Palace/Wat Pho
- Hang out in Lumphini Park
- Watch the sunset while sipping cocktails at Sky Bar
- Spend the day by the pool at So Sofitel Bangkok (day passes are available even if you aren’t a guest!)
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