2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary: Complete Guide for First-Timers

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2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary: Complete Guide for First-Timers
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Introduce

If you are somebody who is looking to enjoy a 2 weeks’ vacation in Thailand but don’t know where to begin this article is the perfect one for you!

Thai culture
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Thailand may seem like a very small country, but you will not believe all the interesting places you can visit during your stay here, at the end of the trip you might not want to leave. Aside from enjoying your stay in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, this itinerary will give you enough time to explore the beauty of not only the north, but also the south of Thailand.

Bangkok
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And, you don’t have to worry about the planning! Because we’ve got you covered. We will provide you with information about every place that you need to go along with what transportation you can use so you won’t have to waste your time!

Bangkok

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Since most international flights land in Bangkok, it’s best if you start your journey there! Bangkok is a very busy city, filled with honking and sirens all day long.

But it has some of the most beautiful architectural places known to Thailand. For your daytime travels, Temples like Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and Wat Phra Kaew will have to be on your list if you ever find yourself in Bangkok, visiting them can give you that peaceful vibe you’re looking for in the city.

Wat Pho

Wat Pho
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When nighttime rolls around you can choose to explore ‘Khaosan Road’, the most popular destination for night clubs and bars in Bangkok. You can find vendors selling traditional Thai food, or fried bugs for you to try. Eating fried bugs (including scorpions) will surely be something you cannot miss!  You can end up loving Bangkok or hating it, or both! It all depends on your preference.

Khaosan Road Day Time

Khaosan Road day time
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As for means of transportation, you can choose to travel by MRT(Metro), BTS(Skytrain), boats, taxis, or Tuk Tuks.

Skytrain

Skytrain
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Please keep in mind though that although Tuk Tuks maybe seem fun, it can cost a lot more than regular Taxis. The recommended stay in Bangkok is 1-2 days after you land and at least 1 day before you leave for your country at the end of the trip.

Chiang Mai

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If you are an adventure seeker and is looking to explore all the mountains and rivers of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for you. When you arrive at Chiang Mai (it is probably best if you book your domestic flight beforehand as it can get expensive)

Domestic flight

Domestic flight
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The first thing you’ll see is fellow foreigners! There are a lot of foreigners who choose to make this place their home because of how much they like all the nature in Chiang Mai.

During your stay there you cannot miss Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, you can get someone to drive you up the mountains at dawn to see the spectacular sunrise in the morning! Along with that,

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon
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you can get a chance to stand at the very top of the mountain and take pictures standing on the ‘Highest Point of Thailand’. Although, you might want to take a light jacket with you as it can get cold the higher you go up the mountain.

Animal lovers can visit the ‘Chiang Mai Night Safari’, home to exotic animals in Thailand. What’s special about this place is you can experience it at night! It will make you feel like you are in an actual wilderness along with all the wild animals.

Chiang Mai Night Safari ,Day time

Chiang Mai Night Safari ,Day time
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Another mountain that is just as interesting as Doi Inthanon is Doi Suthep, you can visit its National Park,

Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep
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or you can choose to walk around Doi Pui Mhong Village and explore the lifestyle of old Thailand tribes. It is in these villages that you can buy traditional Mhong clothes and small souvenirs for your friends and family.

Thailand tribes

Chiang Mai
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While in Doi Suthep, you can stop at ‘Huai Kaeo Waterfalls’ and enjoy the view of one of the most beautiful waterfalls there is to see in Thailand. 

Aside from all these places, you can seek out the famous weekly ‘Saturday and Sunday Night Market’ in the center of Chiangmai where you can find handmade scarfs and traditional dyed shirts.

Chiang Mai Night Market

Night Market
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Night Market
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These are just some of the highlights of Chiang Mai that you absolutely must visit, it is recommended that you spend at least a week of your stay here.

Other places you can go to include traditional temples like Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Chiang Man, and Wat Phra Singh. You can also take a walk around Chiang Mai’s Old City.

Wat Chedi Luang

 Wat Chedi Luang
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Part of the reason for requiring a long stay in Chiang Mai is because it is very time-consuming to travel around all those hills and mountains, so you might need to find yourself a driver or register for a tour for your visit.

Krabi

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You can spend your last week in Thailand enjoying the sea breeze and getting a tan at Krabi, an island located towards the south of Thailand.

There are a lot of tours you can register with that will take you around all the beautiful beaches and small islands that surround Krabi, including the Coast of Andaman.

Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Island
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You’ll like this place more than Pattaya, where the sea is dirty and black. Over here in Krabi, the color of the sea varies from very light blue to dark blue or green, it can be especially beautiful to see just before sunrise or sunset.

Sutset at Krabi

Krabi
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Along with the seaside experience, you can enjoy traditional massages and cheap seafood along the streets of Krabi.

As mentioned earlier, you can end your trip to Thailand in Bangkok, where you can do all the shopping in popular shopping malls like Siam Paragon or MBK.

Most foreigners find it easy to buy all the souvenirs from Bangkok because the vendors can speak a little bit of English and that makes it easier to bargain prices.

Bangkok

Bangkok
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Nevertheless, if you end up enjoying Thailand a lot more than you thought, you can always find yourself back here again for your second trip. Because in the end if it is Thailand you’re visiting, one trip is never enough.