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How to Plan a 1 to 2 Week Trip to Thailand

Popular Destinations in Thailand

The following places are popular destinations among travelers. Take a look to get some inspiration.

  • Bangkok: Bangkok is Thailand’s economic, politic, cultural, and transportation center. It is also known as “The Capital of Buddhism”.
  • Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai is the second-largest city in Thailand. Its climate is cooler than Bangkok.
  • Chiang Rai: Chiang Rai contains the famous Golden Triangle and a lot of natural scenery.
  • Ayutthaya: It was the capital of Thailand's Ayutthaya Kingdom and holds its historical ruins.
  • Kanchanaburi: Kanchanaburi is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. The Death Railway over the River Kwai is the biggest attraction.
  • Sukhothai: It was the capital of the Sukhothai Kingdom during Siam's golden age. Exploring the historical ruins in the area is the main highlight.
  • Phuket: Phuket is the largest island in Thailand with various beaches and water activities.
  • Koh Samui: The romantic vibe in Koh Samui makes it great for a honeymoon.
  • Krabi: Compared to Phuket and Koh Samui, Krabi is quieter and good for relaxation. It also offers some adventurous activities.

How to Arrange Your Itinerary in Thailand

Usually, Bangkok is your best choice for entry and exit. Ideally, your Thailand trip should include two or three cities and one island.

We will list the time required to fully experience these popular destinations below.

  • Bangkok: 3 days
  • Chiang Mai: 3 days
  • Chiang Rai: 1 day
  • Ayutthaya:  1 day
  • Kanchanaburi: 1 day
  • Sukhothai: 1 day
  • Phuket: 3 days
  • Koh Samui: 3 days
  • Krabi: 3 days


The classic itinerary for a first-time trip to Thailand usually combines Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.

If you are interested in island hopping, you can add more beautiful islands and beaches to your itinerary.

If you are fond of Thailand’s historical sites and temples, you will enjoy exploring North Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai).

1-Week Itinerary in Thailand

1-Week North Thailand Itinerary

This itinerary will help you understand the different charms of cities in North Thailand.

  • Day 1-Day 2: Arrival + Bangkok
  • Day 3: Bangkok to Chiang Rai
  • Day 4-Day 6: Chiang Mai
  • Day 7: Departure


In Bangkok

Walk around Chinatown: Chinatown is one of the busiest districts in Bangkok with a history of 200 years. Discover its sophisticated flavors, rich ethnic traditions, and scrumptious cuisine.

Cruise along the Chao Phraya River: In the evening, it is a great experience to have dinner on a boat while floating on the Chao Phraya River to appreciate Bangkok’s wonderful nighttime views.

In Chiang Rai

Nature is the biggest feature of Chiang Rai. Here you will find the famous Golden Triangle where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet.

Here you will learn about the history of the area and visit a museum that  will give you an insight into the historical opium trade in the region.

In Chiang Mai

Join a Thai cooking class: You will visit a local family and learn cooking some of the best home-cooked Thai dishes from the host.

1-Week Beach Holiday Itinerary

  • Day 1-3: Bangkok
  • Day 4-6: Phuket
  • Day 7: Departure


1-Week Central Thailand Itinerary

  • Day 1-2: Bangkok
  • Day 3: Kanchanaburi
  • Day 4: Ayutthaya
  • Day 5-6: Khao Yai
  • Day 7: Departure

Khao Yai is the third-largest national park in Thailand. Here, you will hike in the jungle in search of elephants and other wild animals and take in the stunning Haew Suwat Waterfall.

10-Day Itinerary in Thailand

Overall, we think a 10-day itinerary is much better for travelers than a week-itinerary. With 10 days, you will have more flexible with time and will be able to visit more places.  

A Classic 10-Day Itinerary

  • Day 1-2: Bangkok
  • Day 3: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Bangkok
  • Day 4-6: Chiang Mai
  • Day 7-9: Phuket
  • Day 10: Departure

In the Phuket, you will enjoy your time relaxing on the beach. During your three days here, you can explore the island by yourself by biking, kayaking, or walking. There are also many quiet islands near Phuket waiting for you to discover.

12-Day Itinerary in Thailand

This 12-day itinerary is the best option for a family trip. It allows your family to fully enjoy the holiday without hurrying the activities and experience.

  • Day 1-2: Bangkok
  • Day 3: Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Bangkok
  • Day 4: Erawan National Park
  • Day 5: Ayutthaya
  • Day 6-8: Chiang Mai
  • Day 9-11: Koh Samui
  • Day 12: Departure


This itinerary is a good combination of culture, local people, exciting activities, great food, and stunning scenery.

Visit the Grand Palace, a floating market, a railway market, and ancient canals in Bangkok.

Then make a floating lantern together with your family and release it when finished. This activity will create wonderful family time and help you learn about a Thai tradition festival - Loy Krathong.

Discover the charming Koh Samui where you can introduce your kids to island paradise and enjoy a great vacation at the same time during this family-friendly trip.

2-Week Itinerary in Thailand

This 2-week itinerary covers vibrant Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khao Sok National Park, and the tropical island of Koh Samui. This tour is highly recommended for newlyweds and couples.

  • Day 1-3: Bangkok
  • Day 4-6: Chiang Mai
  • Day 7: Fly to Phuket
  • Day 8-10: Khao Sok
  • Day 11-13: Koh Samui
  • Day 14: Departure

Start your trip by admiring the magnificent palaces of Bangkok and learning about Buddhist culture. In the evening, enjoy a meal on a boat while you cruise along the canal to take in the night view of the city.

For the last three days, you can lay in the warm sunshine and enjoy your time in romantic Koh Samui.


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