A Detailed Guide to the Perfect 2-week Thailand Trip!
Matt and I have put a lot of thought and effort into planning our trip to Thailand and I am out-of-my-mind excited!! I want to share our travel itinerary to help those that are going/want to go to Thailand someday and for the people (my mom) that want to keep tabs on what fun things we are doing every day.
Day 1: Depart SLC (TRAVEL TIME: 26 hours 5 minutes)
-We found the cheapest flights through United Airlines. I like to use Expedia or Kayak when it comes to searching for flights. Total cost for both of us roundtrip (with trip protection) was $1,625. (Thanks to our Chase Sapphire Rewards Credit Card, we didn’t actually spend a dime on flights (or hotels for that matter). I will be doing a post soon about how you can take advantage of credit card travel points.
Day 2: We will arrive in Bangkok around midnight.
Because we are getting in so late I wanted to stay somewhere close to the airport. We chose the Sinsuvarn Airport Suite which I booked through Agoda!
Day 3- I really want to show Matt some ancient ruins and Sukhothai is just too far out of Bangkok, so we will be going to the ancient city of Ayutthaya. To get there, we will take a taxi from our hotel to the Victory Monument (travel hub of Bangkok) and then take a minivan to Ayutthaya. It is a little over an hour away from Bangkok. (The ride should cost about $15 each)
-Once we get there, we will rent bikes at Tour with Thai and spend the morning biking around the ancient ruins. (C0st- about $3 each)
-Then we will take a minivan back to Bangkok and take a tuk tuk (Thai taxi) to see the Grand Palace if there is still time. (Entrance costs $13 each)
I know it might seem crazy to only spend a day in Bangkok but I have been there before and was not very fond of the busy city. Ideally, we would have spent 2 days in Bangkok with one full day at Ayutthaya and the other day touring the city but it didn’t work out. Oh well! Maybe next time…
Day 4- We fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. We booked our in-country flights on Expedia and found Air Asia to be the cheapest.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
I love using AirBnB because it is cheap and the hosts are always so helpful! We are staying at the SongJum Homestay 4 nights and our total was only $112! If you want to go cheaper, there are some great hostels in Chiang Mai. Read my “Complete Traveler’s Guide to Chiang Mai” (including information about my favorite hostel) here.
Day 4- We fly into Chiang Mai around 3:00 PM and we’ll hopefully still have some time to walk around the city and see some of my favorite temples. I’m also looking forward to cheap foot massages and the awesome night bizarres!
Day 5- I have heard great things about Blue Elephant Thailand Tours so we booked a day tour that includes riding elephants, zip-lining and lunch at the famous Tiger Kingdom. The tour is cheaper if you have a bigger group, but for the two of us we ended up spending a $340. It will be our most expensive tour but we really think it will be worth it! I’d pretty much pay anything to interact with elephants that have been treated right!
Day 6- I am dying to snap a few photographs of the White Temple in Chiang Rai, so we booked this tour. I am really excited about it! The tour includes a stop at the Maekhajan Hot Springs, Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Golden Triangle (where Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet) and a boat ride in Laos on the Mekong River. (We opted out of seeing the Long Neck Village for ethical reasons. You can read more about why I would suggest not visiting the Long Neck Village here.) The whole tour only costs $80 (for both of us) which I was THRILLED about.
Day 7- We are planning on using this day to rent scooters and drive them through the jungle to see Wat Phra Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred and most revered temples in Northern Thailand. The temple is about a 30 minute scooter ride through mountainous jungle and once you get to there you will have an amazing view of the city. I did this last time I was in Chiang Mai and it was unbelievable!
Day 8- Fly from Chiang Mai to Krabi (Flying Air Asia again)
KRABI, THAILANDWe are using AirBnB again and staying here at the Pranang Flora House on Ao Nang beach. We thought this place looked pretty nice and it’s location was perfect! We spent $95 for 3 nights here. All of our future plans in Krabi are tentative and we will be booking the excursions on arrival. Here are some things I want to do while we’re down there. We’ll see how it actually turns out though 🙂
Day 8– Walk on the beach and explore.
Day 9 – Kayak and Railey beach
Day 10– Phi phi boat tour/ snorkel
Day 11– Island hop and end in Koh Lanta (Where we will be staying for the next 2 days)
I wanted to stay somewhere off the beaten path for our last few days and decided Koh Lanta was the place for us. We will be staying at the Lanta Resort We wanted to splurge a little bit and stay in a nicer resort but two nights here only cost us $99. When you book your flights through Expedia you also get a discount on your hotels which saved us about $50.
Day 11 and 12: Again, we don’t have much planned except for enjoying a little sea, sun and sand. I really want to go scuba diving and I hear Koh Lanta has some great dive spots!
Day 13 –Fly from Krabi to Bangkok (Air Asia)
We will get into Bangkok around 9:00 PM and then our plan is to sleep IN the airport until our flight leaves at 7 the next morning. It’ll probably be a long night but I’m actually really excited for it!
Day 14- We Fly HOME