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2 Weeks in Thailand: The Perfect Itinerary

2 WEEKS IN THAILAND

Travel Guide with Daily Itinerary

Last updated March 2017

Here’s how to spend the best 2 weeks in Thailand. Read on for my daily itinerary covering Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Ko Samui and Ko Tao! I had the best time exploring both the mainland and the Gulf islands. I’ve been searching (in vain) for the same delectable frozen pineapple smoothies, thai iced coffee and chicken & cashews ever since!

Thailand has such a different vibe from the States and we spent quite a while travelling around so I thought it’d be fun to do a Instagram recap of each city we visited. The best Thailand itinerary needs to include a visit to both the main cities (Bangkok, Chiang Mai), the islands (Ko Samui, Ko Tao, etc) and some historical ruins (Ayutthaya, Sukhothai). If you’re stumped on the best places to go in Thailand, read on for my 14 day trip itinerary!

For more photos, check out the hashtag #shershegoes_thailand on instagram (@shershegoes)

Cities Covered


Bangkok

Ayutthaya

Sukhothai

Chiang Mai

Ko Samui

Ko Tao

Thailand in 2 Weeks: Trip Itinerary


2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary

Here are my recommended priorities to experience both Thailand’s cities and islands for a unique blend of culture, temples, sun and sand. If you have time, I highly recommend getting certified on Koh Tao for PADI scuba diving!

If you don’t want to get dive certified, I would cut the time in Koh Tao to just 2 days and spend more time in Chiang Mai – it’s such a fun, vibrant city (with a reputation as one of the top “digital nomad” destinations in the world so be prepared for lots of expats and young millennials). I regret only have 1.5 days there!

DaysCitiesOvernight
Days 1 – 2BangkokCourtyard Marriott Bangkok
Day 3AyutthayaHotel Pailyn Phitsanulok
Day 4SukhothaiHotel Pailyn Phitsanulok
Day 5Chiang MaiSibsan Resort & Spa Maeteang
Day 6 – 9Koh SamuiBaan Chaweng Beach Resort and Conrad Ko Samui
Day 10 – 13Ko TaoSimple Life Resort
Day 14BangkokConrad Bangkok

We spent two weeks in order to see both the cities and beaches but you could easily spend one week in Thailand choosing the first or second part of the trip by adjusting to your liking.

If you’d like to plan your own trip to Thailand, I highly recommend the Lonely Planet Thailand guidebook (under $20 on Amazon), which contains detailed ferry advice, sight suggestions and maps of the ruins which I found very helpful when trip planning.

Click the toggles below for a day by day itinerary of must-see sights, things to do and what to eat! For any other questions, please feel free to ask it in the comments below!

DAYS 1-2: Bangkok

We spent two days in Bangkok, mainly exploring it’s beautiful Buddhist temples and the historic Royal Palace. Thailand’s capital is a fast paced Asian metropolis and in a way, almost like every other large city. You’ll find great rooftop bars, delicious thai cuisine and beautiful historic temples showcasing the country’s past alongside businessmen in air conditioned malls and buddhist monks.

Bangkok is home to some of the most impressive wats (temples) and palaces in the country. Most are conveniently located in Ko Ratanakosin, Thonburi and Dusit, all of which border the Banglamphu hotel district. Make sure to pack a scarf and long pants for covering up. Despite the humid, sticky 90 degree plus summers, you won’t be allowed to enter the temples or palace without covering your shoulders and knees.

Some highlights of my 48 hours in Bangkok:

a) Hopping on and off the Chao Phraya Express to glide along the city’s main river and sightsee

b) Exploring the streets of old Bangkok, including Ko Ratanakosin, on foot

c) Toasting the stars and twinkling skyscraper lights on rooftop bars like Moon Bar at Vertigo and Sirocco Sky Bar

d) Burning baht at one of the world’s largest markets, the Chatuchak Weekend Market

e) Pretending to be a houseguest at the city’s most beautiful former residence, Jim Thompson’s house

Overnight: Courtyard Marriott Bangkok and the Conrad Bangkok

The Courtyard Marriott is located in Siam Square and quite comfortable. For our last night in Bangkok, we decided to splurge and stayed at the Conrad Bangkok near the business district, which was a real treat! For more pictures and reviews, check out my post here.

Below are some instagram snapshots of my time in Bangkok. Read more about my favorites sights Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and Wat Arun here.

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DAY 3: Ayutthaya

Next, we took a train headed north to check out the ruins of Siam’s ancient capital. Ayutthaya contains a collection of time and war worn temples and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Essentially more Buddhas but in a open air context. It’s surreal how close Thailand lets you get to it’s ancient artifacts – literally, on top of them!

Ayutthaya historical park is a must see stop on the cultural trail and makes for an easy day trip from Bangkok. Many of the great monuments have been destroyed or stolen, but the city remains historically important and the key ruins can be visited in a day. We bought a one way 3rd class seat train ticket from Hualamphong station. There’s no air conditioning but the train windows are open, seating is comfortable and passes are incredibly affordable at 15 baht per person. When you get to Ayutthaya’s train station you can stash your luggage in the left luggage office on the platform if you’re also making a one way trip like we did. Then take a short ferry to the island, boats run every few minutes. At the platform where you get off, there’s a great ice cold fruit smoothie shop to cool you down!

I wouldn’t recommend seeing the park on foot, as it’s quite a large set of grounds. On a bike, you can see the entirety in about 2-3 hours and explore the rest of the new town as well. Rent a bike from the 2nd restaurant on the right when leaving the train station – it’s cheaper than the first and the lady will provide you with a map.

*Long pants/skirts and shirts with sleeves are required to visit the temples.

Highlights of Ayutthaya

a) tour the park on bike

b) take a sunset boat tour to view the temples from the water

c) in the southeast corner of the old city, wat suwan dararam is a beautiful and peaceful temple, particularly interesting for its brilliant and historical murals.

d) try Ayutthaya’s muslim dessert roti, roh-dee sai mai

For more pictures and must see individual temples, read my post on Ayutthaya here.

Overnight: Hotel Pailyn Phitsanulok

We wanted to visit both of Thailand’s historical ruins, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. To do so, we left Bangkok early, did a day trip to Ayutthaya and then hopped on a train to overnight in Phitsanulok, the nearest city to Sukhothai Historical Park.

DAY 4: Sukhothai

When planning the trip, I couldn’t decide whether to visit Ayutthaya or Sukhothai. Both are essentially outdoor ruins of ancient Thai cities. Since we decided to take the northern train route all the way from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Sukhothai was (kind of) on the way and we did a day trip there as well. Take your pick! Personally, I liked Sukhothai better but just be aware it’s slightly inconvenient to get there on your own. Still, the ruins are straight out of Tomb Raider so if you find the photos below captivating, make your way stat!!

We were incredibly dirty, hot and tired after Ayutthaya and then spent a very uncomfortable 5 hours on the train headed towards Phitsanulok. Thailand trains are really interesting and can be quite comfy in the sleeper cars. Throughout the basic seat cars, locals will hop on and off selling food snacks. For some inane reason, I wore long white pants to Ayutthaya and proceeded to get extremely dusty and dirty and was then disgustingly uncomfortable for the entire train ride. I would definitely recommend wearing a skirt or a long scarf to wrap around instead (for girls) and long shorts that cover the knee for guys. Luckily people started to get off during the ride so I had an extra seat to stretch out with my luggage.

Phitsanulok is an industrial, local town with virtually no tourist presence… but it’s the closest town with a train station to Sukhothai so unavoidable if you’d like to visit the ruins. We could not for the life of us find our hotel in the dark and enlisted the help of friendly locals who drove us in their pickup truck at midnight through the rain. Not recommended, btw. I shared a couple panicked looks with my friend but it turns out the locals were just incredibly nice and helpful.

Despite the nightmare logistics, Sukhothai was a gorgeous historical park full of many more temples and ruins than Ayutthaya. Old Sukhothai is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and has 21 historical sites within four old walls, with an additional 70 sights in a 5km radius. A bicycle is totally necessary here – there’s no way you can cover the whole park on foot in a day, and not even all of it on bike and some of the most impressive ruins are outside the city walls.

* The best time to see the ruins is in the early morning, when its cooler, and also before the group tour buses arrive.

Getting to Old Sukhothai

a) Phitsanulok’s bus station is 2km east of town on Highway 12. Frequent buses operate every hour from the main bus terminal to Sukhothai and take approximately 1 hour

b) Take the large blue songthaew to the historical park, it ends 750m from the park entrance

c) after exploring the park, head from Old Sukhothai back to New Sukhothai. Then from New Sukhothai take bus back to Phitsanulok (I told you it was complicated!)

d) the best spicy basil chicken I had in thailand was on the street leading to Old Sukhothai’s bus station. so so spicy!

For more pictures of the must-see individual temples, read my post on Sukhothai here.

Overnight: Hotel Pailyn Phitsanulok

This hotel was highly rated and very inexpensive. I’d recommend just taking a cab to and from the bus or train station since the city is a bit hard to navigate on your own. We thought we could walk it (it is within walking distance, we just got lost) and ended up getting chased with our luggage by a pack of wild dogs. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

DAY 5: Chiang Mai

Finally, we arrived at our northernmost destination in Chiang Mai. Nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a city of artisans and craftspeople, of university professors and students creating a beautiful quirky sanctuary.

This is also definitely Euro-backpacker central. On our overnight train ride, I woke up early to loud chants of “Chiang Mai Chiang High” haha. This was my favorite city in Thailand and I loved the abundance of quirky coffee shops here. Anyone who knows me knows that I NEED coffee to survive and if you’re in Thailand, Thai iced coffee is a MUST try. I still haven’t puzzled out exactly what makes them so good. At first I thought it was the substitution of condensed milk instead of regular milk but I don’t think that’s all there is to it.. We also took a Thai cooking class and had a lot of fun recreating classic southeast asian dishes!

Highlights of Chiang Mai

a) Chiang Mai adds lots of spice for the aspiring chef! Take a cooking class and learn about regional cooking ingredients (you can read about my experience and which school I chose in more depth here)

b) Or, if you just prefer to eat your way through Northern Thai delicacies, head over to Grandmother’s Khao Soi pronto for the best crunchy curry noodles you’ll ever have

c) Chiang Mai is Thailand’s base for outdoor activities in the cool, lush northern mountains. Consider a trek to a minority tribal village, a visit to an elephant sanctuary or zipline courses through the forest

d) This is also the home of the Tiger Santctuary but any place that drugs animals isn’t much of a sanctuary. I would really encourage people not to patronize this place…

e) Check out the Night Bazaar for some of Thailand’s gorgeous handicrafts

f) Chiang Mai’s temples showcase Lanna art and preserve folkways and ethnic culture

g) Th Nimmanhaemin road and its offshoots are an incredible hive of energy bursting with bistros, trendy bars and boutiques

Overnight: Sibsan Resort & Spa Maeteang – this hotel is a gorgeous stay slightly outside the city near the Elephant sanctuary. It’s a village set in the rice paddies and hills and given that it’s thailand, still very affordable!

We only had time for 24 hours in Chiang Mai but I would love to come back and stay longer to do the city justice. If you’re not planning to head south to the islands, check out Chiang Rai which is even further up north.

DAYS 6-9: Koh Samui

This beautiful island is the paradise to unwind. We spent two days in Chaweng, the largest of Samui’s beaches with a vibrant nightlife scene. Then we changed hotels to the ultra luxurious Conrad Koh Samui on the more private southwest tip of the island and settled it for an utterly relaxing couple of days.

The Conrad is a perfect choice if you’d like to be completely closeted away – we spent two nights of bliss in our private hilltop villa with our own infinity pool and magnificent sunset views without seeing any other visitors. Sometimes there’s nothing more that you want than a complete “do nothing” vacation and Samui is the perfect place to relax and recuperate. For more photos, you can read my Conrad Ko Samui hotel review.

Overnight: Baan Chaweng Beach Resort and Conrad Ko Samui

Samui is incredibly expensive. That being said, if you’re comfortable splurging it is an utter treat to relax in a completely secluded property! Most of the high end hotels are all private villas set into the hills on the southwest side of the island (about 1.5 hours away from the airport). For the Conrad, we did not see anyone else at the hotel unless we went to get breakfast or have dinner – each villa has everything you could want including your own infinity pool overlooking the ocean and getting around the villa is via chauffeured golf carts. It was total bliss after the hot sticky sun at Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.

If you’re looking for more of a nightlife scene, stay in Chaweng (near the airport) which has a more vibrant scene and regular hotel properties. We did two nights on Chaweng and two nights at the Conrad. Both were great and if you have the time, an excellent option to get different experiences. The next time I go back, I’m dying to try the W Retreat!

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DAYS 10-13: Koh Tao

From Koh Samui, we boarded the catamaran to Ko Tao. Ko Tao is the smallest island in the Samui – Ngan – Tao trio but it makes up for it with a vibrant expat population, a laid back atmosphere and world class diving.

This is THE spot to learn how to scuba dive. We spent four days on the island to get our open water certification and every minute was worth it. Don’t expect the luxury of Samui – I always had sand somewhere and never really felt clean after a shower but man, the diving is incredible. It’s amazing to learn in crystal blue water and see exotic fish on your very first dive. The island itself has great, low key bars – we spent many nights playing pool and watching the world cup. I’d say Ko Tao has a bit of bohemian meets paradise kind of vibe – it’s a twisted maze of cute boutiques, clothing shops, coffee shops and restaurants serving simple delicious inexpensive Thai food. If I could go back to any island immediately, I would come back to Ko Tao. I really, really loved it here.

Overnight: Simple Life Resort

We stayed in a basic beach hut as part of the accommodation provided with the PADI scuba certification. It’s bare bones but really, the focus on Ko Tao is not on lodging but all about diving. It’s like a backpacker’s campground meets the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re staying for longer than 4 days or not interested in diving, I’d recommend something a bit more luxurious. Don’t expect Ko Samui glam though!

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DAY 14: Bangkok

On our last day in Bangkok, we took the opportunity to rest, do some last minute shopping and explore Jim Thompson’s House. At this point, we were all wat-ted out and had a lot of fun pretending to be a houseguest at the city’s most beautiful former residence. Jim Thompson is a former CIA operative who helped develop Thailand’s silk trade and mysteriously went missing in the jungles of Myanmar. Conspiracy theories abound but his house is crazy beautiful with Balinese antiques, it’s own moat entrance and tons of koi ponds.

Overnight: Conrad Bangkok

For our last two nights in Bangkok, we treated ourselves to a stay at the Conrad. You can read my full review here or check out the reviews on Trip Advisor – it’s definitely a luxurious stay!

Thailand Wrap Up


How Much to Budget for Thailand

I also got many questions on how much this exact 2 weeks in Thailand cost. I don’t remember the exact amount unfortunately, but the flights were by far the most expensive (coming from New York).. something like $1,700? I’m sure you could find a better deal by booking in advance. Scuba diving on Ko Tao was part of our trip itinerary and may or may not be something you’re interested in. We chose to get PADI certified on Ko Tao as it’s one of the least expensive places to get your dive certification and has top notch dive school instruction. In 2012 I remember it was ~$350 USD per person for the PADI open water certification.

Otherwise, meals could be very inexpensive if you ate at roadside, authentic Thai places or more expensive if you ate at established restaurants or inside hotels. We did a mixture of all and thought the street vendors had the best food to be honest!

 

Transportation in Thailand

Save money by booking Thai trains online before you go. Taxis within Bangkok and Chiang Mai are very affordable but just make sure you negotiate and set the price before getting in. If they hear your destination is a fancier hotel, be prepared to pay more or haggle harder. Koh Samui is the one place with very expensive taxis as it’s a large island and run collectively. Try hiring Mr. Samui’s private cars – we did that and found it to be more comfortable and cheaper than hailing a taxi off the street. Songthaews and tuk tuks for each destination vary, but we referenced our Lonely Planet book for estimated fares. The LP guide was quite handy and I definitely recommend picking up a copy (under $20 on Amazon). There was detailed ferry advice, sight suggestions and maps of the ruins which was all invaluable for planning.

 

Thailand Vacation Checklist

  • Compare Thailand flight prices and timings on Skyscanner
  • Check accommodation availability and pricing on Booking.com
  • Get travel insurance for your Thailand trip – book online with World Nomads

 

Planning a trip to Thailand? Save this post by pinning it for later or read the full series: 


2 week thailand itinerary covering bangkok, ayutthaya, sukhothai, chiang mai, koh tao and ko samui

General Thailand


Choosing the Best Thai Islands Andaman or Gulf Coast

2 Weeks in Thailand: A Daily Itinerary Covering Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Ko Tao & Koh Samui

 

Bangkok


An Easy Bangkok Day Trip: Exploring Ancient Ruins at Ayutthaya

Conspiracy Theories & Thai Mansions at Jim Thompson’s House

Classic Bangkok Sights: Wat Pho & the Reclining Buddha

Exploring Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn, Wat Arun

 

Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai Things to Do: Learning to Cook Authentic Thai Food

Here’s Where to Find The Best Curry Noodles in Chiang Mai

 

Other Regions


Deciding Between 2 Ancient Ruins Sukhothai or Ayutthaya

Checking In: Our Luxurious Private Villa Conrad Koh Samui

 

 

And that’s a wrap! Our 2 week trip to Thailand in a nutshell. Have you been? Let me know your recommendations if so!

 

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JoyceAugust 6, 2014 - 10:44 pm

I’m loving this instagram wrap-up! Your trip looked amazing! Is that your boyfriend peeping out of the pics?

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SherAugust 8, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Thank you! It was hands down one of the best trips I’ve done in a while.

danielleMarch 14, 2016 - 11:15 am

that sounds so incredible! i’d love to go one day so thanks for sharing :)

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Dana IvyMarch 14, 2016 - 11:45 am

I seriously can’t get over your posts! Each one is better than the next!! Can I travel with you!?!?

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SherMarch 14, 2016 - 4:42 pm

Thanks so much Dana!! I recently started to redo all my travel guides in an effort to make them more useful, so it means a lot that someone enjoys them haha!

SherMarch 14, 2016 - 4:46 pm

Hi Danielle! I hope you get to go someday, Thailand is just amazing. The food, the sights and the islands = heaven!!

JennyMarch 15, 2016 - 12:09 am

Ahh Thailand is lovely and the food, oh, the food is so so good! It sounds like you managed to pack a lot into your two weeks, along with some good relaxation towards the end. Glad you had fun!

VickiMarch 15, 2016 - 12:53 am

This looks like an amazing adventure! Glad you managed to get some Island time in at the end – and what a lovely contrast across 2 weeks – mountains, cities & beaches, who could ask for anything more?!

SherMarch 15, 2016 - 1:27 pm

Yes! the islands were my favorite part :)

SherMarch 15, 2016 - 1:28 pm

I know right? the food is SOOO good. I literally order thai takeout at least once a week haha

CristinaMarch 16, 2016 - 3:29 pm

What a dreamy vacation! I’ve never been to Thailand but I’d love to visit some day.

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Hung ThaiMarch 17, 2016 - 2:21 am

Oh man what an epic trip! I visited basically the same attractions as you minus the beaches – now I have to come back and do that in a year or two.

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SherMarch 20, 2016 - 12:09 pm

hey hung! wohoo! thailand is awesome right? i never get tired of hearing about people’s travels there and of course there’s always places I missed as well. hope you see the islands soon :)

AnnikaMarch 21, 2016 - 1:31 pm

I really love the layout of the post, but I very much wish you wouldn’t promote riding on an elephant – i is such a horrid practice :(

SherMarch 21, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Hi Annika – there are a number of conservation efforts dedicated to rehabilitating elephants in Chiang Mai and across Thailand. While I’m definitely against the tiger kingdom, i do believe elephant conservation programs are ok to support.

AnnikaMarch 21, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Hey Sher, definitely, elephant conservation programs are great. However, real conservation programs will never let you ride an elephant. Elephants’ spines are really sensitive and the practice that makes an elephant baby docile enough to allow it is absolutely horrifying. Google ‘elephant breaking camps’ and speak to places like the elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai. There is a huge difference between those places and others which allow elephant riding. I just think if you don’t support tiger temple you really shouldn’t endorse something like that. Cheers, Annika

SherMarch 21, 2016 - 5:21 pm

ah ok appreciate the insight. just to be clear – i haven’t ever ridden on an elephant! and the photo above is of a painting. i felt kind of weird doing all that in chiang mai so i didn’t, but i have friends that have spent a day at the elephant conservation program and i *think* they just played with and bathed the elephants and didn’t ride them. i’ll look into replacing the top photo, i really liked the image but hm yeah maybe not the best experience to “promote”

AnnikaMarch 21, 2016 - 5:41 pm

I must admit I like the image too, though it portrays a horrid practice too romantically. But I was actually commenting on your advice for Ayutthaya where you say to ride on an elephant, not on the picture.
Look, I actually wish people could/should ride on elephants, I do love them and I love the idea and certainly I don’t just blame anybody who has done it. It is just really terrible for the elephants and after learning it, I just want to spread the word and make people aware of it (as I guess, most are not) – no offense to you or your friends!

SherMarch 21, 2016 - 5:47 pm

ah i see. i changed to “on a bike” :) appreciate the insight! i knew instinctively that the tigers at tiger kingdom had to be drugged – there’s no way they are that passive and let you hug them normally. but didn’t realize elephant riding was a bad thing! i guess i figured they were like horses..

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JillJune 14, 2016 - 4:33 pm

Hey Sher! I stumbled upon your website and post about Thailand as I am doing my own research to spend two weeks there :). Your trip looked absolutely amazing. If you wouldn’t mind, would you be able to share an estimate budget for your trip? Including, travel, and lodging? Thanks so much!!!
Jill

SherJune 14, 2016 - 5:24 pm

Hey Jill! Hm honestly what I spent probably won’t be very helpful for you as it really depends on what kind of lodging, activities and logistics options you choose. I listed all the hotels I stayed at so you can take a look to get a sense of current pricing. We did a mix of hostels and high end – i think splurging on the islands is well worth it!

Overall I’d say thailand is extremely affordable – we had some amazing street food / road side restaurant meals that were something like $2 USD. We also ate at the hotel and had very similar meals (pad thai etc) for $30 USD.

Ko Samui was very expensive – any of the islands with a luxury bent tend to be pricey. Ko tao is a great budget friendly option, a lot of expats and backpackers go there. Scuba diving is incredibly affordable in thailand, we paid about $350 USD for the open water PADI certification and that included basic accommodation.

flights from the US are kind of pricey – we saved by choosing a flight with 2 stopovers. it was definitely brutal but since we stayed in thailand for 2 weeks it was fine. overall i’d say thailand is probably the cheapest destination i’ve been to but also one of the most fun!

ChristineJune 24, 2016 - 2:33 pm

Hello,

This trip sounds amazing. What kind of travel did you use/suggest to get from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui?

SherJune 24, 2016 - 2:52 pm

Hey Christine! The best way to go from northern thailand down south to the islands is to fly. Ko samui is a main island and has its own small airport. Then from there you can ferry to the smaller islands like ko tao, ko phang an etc. flights are very inexpensive too! I think i paid about $79 one way on thai airways

RebeccaJuly 12, 2016 - 12:50 am

Hi! I’m trying to plan a trip to Thailand next year and this itinerary looks perfect! I love the photos and recommendations of places to sleep. I was wondering if you could give me an idea of your budget for this trip?

SherJuly 12, 2016 - 1:11 am

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks! Glad you found the itinerary useful. I honestly can’t remember how much specifically I spent, but I do recall that the flights were the most expensive part of the trip. Everything in thailand is very cheap and doable – amazing food from street stalls was 10-30 baht a dish. i got fruit smoothies everyday for maybe $1-2 USD. local trains sitting in 2nd class were maybe $30 from bangkok to ayutthaya. entrance fees to sights are also minimal, maybe 15-30 baht per sight. cabs were super cheap in bangkok and we took tuk tuks in the other cities. you can insist on the meter with the former, negotiate on the latter.

we also kept costs low by staying in mid-range hostels in Bangkok and Chiang Mai – maybe $10-30 a night for double occupancy, private rooms with bathrooms? hostels in asia are for the most part, very clean and very cheap. But then we also splurged on a Conrad villa in Ko Samui and got PADI certified on Ko Tao – the islands are much tough on the wallet. if you’re on a budget, i’d skip ko samui – the flight + cabs are crazy expensive. i think it was $60-80 USD for a cab ride to get from the airport to the conrad one way.

Ko Tao is pretty affordable and a lot of british/aussie expats live there to dive. you can stay for very cheap in dive accommodation (but this will be very bare bones, i always felt like i still had sand stuck on me)

if i remember correctly, the entire trip at just over 2 weeks including the splurges was about $2500 a person not incl. our international flights. we aren’t backpackers so you can definitely do it for cheaper. you can also go high end and well the sky is the limit on that! i want to say you can do thailand on $50 USD a day including accommodation if you are careful with your spending – and still eat amazing food, see the sights, have a beer etc..

i hope that helps – i dont know your budget or what activities you are looking to do. i can try to give more input if you let me know!

-Sher

kaylaAugust 24, 2016 - 12:19 pm

I loved your itinerary, looking to do a trip next summer! This was really helpful. Just wondering how you packed for the trip & what did you do with your luggage well you were the ruins since they were day trips?

SherAugust 24, 2016 - 3:48 pm

Hi kayla! I am NOT a light packer haha so I packed a big standard size suitcase and day backpack for the two weeks.

For the day trips i stored my luggage in the train luggage rooms and brought valuables in my day pack. The luggage rooms are in almost all the train stations, definitely ayutthaya (sukhothai train station is tech in a town called phitsanulok and I stayed overnght in town so had a hotel).

Just keep in mind its a small room near the ticket office not really a secure locker so try to bring a separate lock. Also i dont remember there being large luggage space on the train itself – we just tried to get an empty seat if possible i think. There may have been a small shelf area above the seats. Hope that helps!

If you want a specific packing post on what I brought (thailand has some rules w the temples), weather, etc happy to do that. Just let me know

NatazshyaSeptember 7, 2016 - 12:10 pm

Yes, please! The packing post would be greatly appreciated!

SherSeptember 7, 2016 - 2:45 pm

Hey Natazshya – ok sure. I’m headed back to southeast asia soon so I’ll whip something up!

AhmedSeptember 21, 2016 - 2:33 pm

Thanks for sharing! Great tips and precious advice for travelers.
Anything about Indonesia? Please and thank you.

SherSeptember 21, 2016 - 4:25 pm

Hey Ahmed, awesome glad you enjoyed it. Funny you ask – I’m off to Indonesia soon going all around the country and I will have some posts up in about a month! Feel free to check back or subscribe so you’ll be be first to know :)

MarieveNovember 18, 2016 - 6:15 am

I love your photos! Do you use a specific instagram filter? Thanks for the great info as well :)

SherNovember 19, 2016 - 11:22 am

Hi Marieve – thanks so much! Hm these photos were taken a couple years ago and at the time I think used a mix of VSCO and the native Instagram filters, depending on each photo’s lighting conditions. hope that helps!

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