Expert Tips for 2 weeks guide in Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Stockholm office was delighted to engage in an insightful discussion with Towe Ahlin from Come Fly with Me, an experienced travel blogger, to uncover the secrets to Thai adventure. With her numerous travels across Thailand, Towe’s knowledge and recommendations are invaluable for anyone seeking a meaningful experience in Thailand. We aim to ensure that every traveler embarks on a journey that surpasses their expectations whether you’re a first-time visitor or a regular Thailand explorer.

When is a good time to travel to Thailand?

Thailand is a paradise for travelers seeking an all-year-round destination brimming with natural beauty and spectacular beaches. The Andaman Sea coast offers mesmerizing beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it perfect for winter holidays. The Gulf of Thailand, on the other hand, is blessed with a more tropical climate and is ideal for summer vacations. While the peak season from December to January attracts visitors seeking to escape the cold winters, exploring Thailand during the shoulder seasons of November and February offers a wealth of benefits include less tourists, and price-friendly hotels and flights. 

How many days do we need in Thailand to explore everything?

Thailand is a vast country with so much to offer, so it’s impossible to see everything in just a few days. However, with at least 10-14 days, you can get a taste of Thailand’s diverse landscapes and cultural offerings. This would allow you to explore the sun-kissed beaches of the south or the east, the lush rainforests, the bustling cities of Bangkok, and the rich cultural heritage of Chiang Mai. If time permits, return to uncover the hidden gems that lie beyond the beaten path.

Here is our guide for 2 weeks in Thailand.

For autumn and winter traveling

(Jodd Fair market)

Day 1-2: Bangkok

Bangkok is an ideal starting point for any Thai adventure. Step into this bustling metropolis and immerse yourself in the country’s unique atmosphere. Explore Bangkok’s street food and Michelin-starred restaurants, where culinary artistry reaches new heights. Refresh and get ready for your wardrobe in Bangkok’s bustling markets. If you haven’t visited the Grand Palace, this is the time!

  • Stay in a hotel in Sukhumvit /Asok area close to BTS and MRT
  • Visit Lumpini or Benjakitti Park in the morning when it’s not too warm to watch qi gong/yoga and see the big lizards.
  • Go shopping in the Pratunam area, Central World, Em Quartier, and Chatuchak weekend market 
  • Visit King Power Mahanakhon, the tallest building in Bangkok.
  • River cruise in Chaow Praya river passing Wat Arun (Temple of Down) and get off at Grand Palace/Wat Po to see golden Buddha then take the ferry back to Icon Siam, shopping mall. Admire the view and visit Bangkok’s best Starbucks on level 8.
  • Visit Jodd Fairs market for street food and souvenir shopping.
  • Towe’s favorite restaurant in Bagkok: Baan Khanitha, authentic Thai cuisine, and Drinks at rooftop Vertigo (highest one) or Sirocco.

(Chiang Mai old town)

Day 3-5: Chiang Mai

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural of Chiang Mai, a city bine in ancient traditions and artistic expression. Explore the heritage temples, admire the intricate handicrafts, and get lost in the modern atmosphere in Nimmanhaemin road.

  • Take the train to Chiang Mai with their first-class cabin or night train.
  • In the morning take songthaew (local transportation) to Doi Suthep and climb all 360 steps to the temple or visit Warorot Market, morning market.
  • Stroll in the old town of Chiang Mai
  • Visit Mae Wang National Park for trekking and bamboo river rafting.
  • Visit Elephant nature park, elephant sanctuary and rehabilitation centre
  • Eat Khao soi, tradition northern food at Huen Phen Restaurant
  • Relax for for a Thai massage Makkah Spa
  • Every Sunday there is Tha Phae walking street where you can find everything.
  • Towe’s favorite restaurant in Chiang Mai:  The good view or Monsoon Tea restaurant and drink at Mai, The sky bar

(Ton Chong Fah waterfall)

Day 6-9: Khao Lak

Nestled in the lush greenery of Phang Nga Province, lies the idyllic escape of Khao Lak, a haven for those seeking tranquility. Khao Lak offers a more tranquil and nature-focused compared to vibrant city of Phuket. Though it renowned for its laid-back ambiance and family-friendly atmosphere, Khao Lak offers many activities that suits everyone.

  • Visit Ton Chong Fah waterfall or Sairung waterfall and bamboo rafting at Kiang-Koo Waterfall  
  • Visit Thai Muang Turtle Sanctuary or Royal Navy Third Fleet Sea Turtle Nursery
  • On Monday , Wednesday , Thursday and Saturday there is Bang Niang market where you can find fresh and local street food, souvenirs, clothes, Thai handicrafts
  • Explore Similan or Surin islands for snorkelling and trekking in national park
  • Towe recommends to try Thai Cooking class at Pakinnaka Thai Cooking School

(Khao Sok)

Day 10 – 14: Khao Sok national park and Koh Kho Khao

Khao Sok National Park is an ideal for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. It is home to a breathtaking karst landscape, diverse wildlife, and a serene lake. Travelers can enjoy kayaking, rafting, hiking, and cave exploration. While Koh Kho Khao is another quiet island in Phang Nga province that is perfect for a family and couple. This island is also a home to huge numbers of wildlife, including sea turtles.

  • Discover Cheow Lan Lake, navigating hidden caves and exploring secluded lagoons with kayak.
  • Jungle trekking at Ton Kloi Waterfall in Khao Sok
  • Take a longtail boat from Baan Nam Kem in Khao Lak to Koh Kho Khao
  • Kayaking in the mangroves and wildlife watching in Koh Kho Khao

For spring and summer traveling

Day 1-2: Bangkok (see above)

(Koh Chang – Photo credit: Iver Paulsberg)

Day 3-5: Koh Chang

On the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Chang Island offers a harmonious blend of relaxation and adventure. Its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, vibrant marine life, and delectable cuisine cater to every traveler’s desire. Unwind on powdery white sand beaches, wander into rainforests, explore the underwater world’s, embrace the spirit of adventure, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

  • Stay in resort in White sand beach or Klong Prao beach.
  • Take a small hike to visit Klong plu waterfall
  • Street food at Koh Chang white sand beach night market
  • Towe’s favorit lunch and sunset dining at Porns restaurant

(Koh Mak – Photo credit: Benny Lagerhult)

Day 6-8: Koh Mak and Koh Wai

Koh Mak is a tropical paradise island. It remains undeveloped with local charm, perfect for a relaxing holiday from our buzzling busy life. It is nowadays known as Thailand’s eco-friendly island with a low carbon footprint.

  • Recommend staying at Koh Mak resort
  • Go snorkeling and swimming.
  • Explore the island by cycling or motorbike
  • Take a day trip to Koh Wai Island for snorkeling.

(Koh Kood – Photo credit: Iver Paulsberg)

Day 9 -12: Koh Kood

Koh Kood is a well-kept secret island on the east coast of Thailand. Koh Kood is renowned for its stunning beaches, lined with soft white sand and lapped by the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. The island boasts a variety of beach options to suit every preference, from secluded coves perfect for quiet relaxation to vibrant beachfront towns offering a lively atmosphere. Discovering lush rainforest and hidden waterfalls and mesmerizing under the water world with vibrant coral reefs teem with colorful fish.

  • Recommend staying at Koh Kood paradise beach
  • Go kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Explore the famous Klong Chao Waterfall
  • Island hopping and snorkeling in Koh Rang National Park
  • Visiting the fisherman’s villages at at Ao Salad or Ao Yai.

   Day 12-14: Rayong and Koh Samet

On your way back to Bangkok, take a detour to the charming coastal city of Rayong. Embrace the local ambiance before continuing your journey to the unspoiled island of Koh Samet. This hidden gem, known to locals but not yet frequented by many tourists, offers a variety of accommodations, from cozy bungalows to luxurious resorts. Explore its beaches, including the popular Hat Sai Kaew, Hat Khlong Dao, and Hat Sai Noi, and lose yourself in the beauty of its soft white sand, clear turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees.

  • Visit Rayong Botanic Garden. Explore the diverse plant species with kayak or SUP
  • Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet is a Thai marine national park in a coastline of Rayong
  • Evening stroll at Yomjinda Road, 100 years old neighborhood in Rayong city