Female traveler with backdrop of Maya Bay or The Beach in Thailand

My 2 Weeks in Thailand

So you have two (2) weeks to spend in Thailand and you’re looking for ideas for your itinerary. Before anything else, ask yourself: What type of traveler are you? Backpacker or luxury? Chill or adventurous? Touristy or off-the-beaten path? Or like me, are you a mix of everything?

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You’ll find plenty of itineraries from different types of travel bloggers, and at the end of the day, it’s all depends on your travel style and budget. I looked through several blogs for inspiration, asked advice from my fellow flashpackers, considered my budget, and tweaked everything into a 16-day plan.

Travel writer Kate Alvarez on red moborbike in Pai, Thailand
Kate was here in Thailand. If you’re looking for ideas for 2 weeks in Thailand, here is my itinerary. I spent 16 days there, to be exact.

But as the old adage goes, nothing ever goes according to plan. A lot of items on my original list were either skipped or replaced. I ended up with some spur-of-the-moment adventures—like taking a side trip to Pai while I was in Chiang Mai instead of seeing the Chiang Rai temples. For me, that’s the best part of traveling solo—the little surprises and unplanned adventures.

If you’re spending a little over two weeks in Thailand and are looking for a sample itinerary to help you organize yours, here’s my 16-day itinerary, which I completed in December last year.

Day 1: Manila to Bangkok
• Checked into Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel
• Shopping and food tripping at the famous malls:

• The Emporium
• Siam Square
• MBK Center

Day 2: Bangkok
Hop-on, hop-off bus tour around Bangkok, with stopovers at:

• Grand Palace
• Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha)
• Tha Tian Market
• IconSiam Mall

Dinner Cruise at Chao Phraya River

Day 3: Bangkok
• Chatuchak Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market: Shopping Tips

Day 4: Bangkok
Bangkok Classic Day Tour, which consisted of:

• Maeklong Railway Market
• Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
• Lao Tukluck Floating Market
• Chang Puang Camp, Damnoen Saduak (Unethical elephant sanctuary). I walked out and skipped this part when I saw the cruel treatment of the chained elephants. But I did take videos to help educated other travelers about elephant welfare.)

• IconSiam Mall

Day 5: Bangkok to Chiang Mai
• Checked into The Common Hostel
• Coffee at Fern Forest Café
• Relaxed day of exploring the neighborhood on foot
• Thai massage at the Women’s Massage Center, run by former prisoners

Day 6: Chiang Mai
• Explored Chiang Mai on foot and via Grab motorbike:

• Think Park
• Maya Mall
• Nimman Road
• Nap 2022 Art and Design Event
• Ploen Ruedee Night Market
• Kalare Night Market
• Anusarn Market

Day 7: Chiang Mai to Pai
• Early-morning bus to Pai
• Checked into Sabaydee Guest House, which I don’t recommend. I was just desperate at that time.
• Lunch and explored Pai Walking Street
• Rented my own motorbike to explore Pai’s top sights, including:

• I Am Pai
I Love You Pai Café
• Love Strawberry Pai
• Pai Canyon
• Dinner and market window shopping at Pai Walking Street
• Pai Full Moon Party at Flow Bar

The Road To I Love U Pai Café, Thailand




Day 8: Pai Chiang Mai
• Bus back to Pai
• Lunch near the Pai Bus Station
• Back to The Common Hostel
The Sticky Waterfalls
• Jazz Night at Jazz Co-Op

The Sticky Waterfalls Will Make You Feel Like Spiderman



Day 9: Chiang Mai to Phuket
• Checked into: Book-A-Bed Poshtel
• Limelight Avenue Mall
• Phuket Indy Market

Book-A-Bed Poshtel: Trendy Stay in Old Phuket Town

Day 10: Phuket
• Phuket Post Office for my postcard project (vlog coming soon!)
• Phuket Weekend Market Naka

Day 11: Phuket
Freedom Beach
• Phuket Sunday Street Market
• Thalang Market

Freedom: Phuket’s Secluded Beach

Day 12: Phuket
• Breakfast at Bookhemian Café
• Thalang Road
• Dibuk Road
• Late lunch at Dibuk Resto
• Soi Rommannee St.
• Central Phuket Festival Mall

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Bookhemian: Phuket’s Hidden Artsy Café

Day 13: Phuket and Beyond
Island Day Trip, which consisted of:

Maya Bay
• Bamboo Island
• Pileh Lagoon
• Baby Shark Bay
• Phi Phi Don
• Viking Cove

• Late dinner at Limelight Avenue Mall

Maya Bay of “The Beach:” Life After The Closure

Day 14: Phuket to Bangkok
• Checked into Samsen Street Hotel
• Pratunam Night Market
• Platinum Mall
• Central World Mall

Bangkok’s Infamous Motel Transforms Into A Hip Street Hotel

Day 15: Bangkok
Sampheng Market
• Chinatown
• Jodd Fairs
• G Tower x Hinghoi Market
• Poolside Movie Night at Samsen Street Hotel

Day 16: Bangkok to Manila
• Flight back to Manila

Looking back, what would I have done differently?

I definitely would have spent less time in Phuket. I took one look at the nightlife of Patong Beach and realized immediately that it’s not for me. I would have extended my stay in Thailand to at least three weeks (My Filipino passport allows me a maximum of 30 days in Thailand) and explored lesser-known islands like Ko Lipe.

I would have stayed longer in Chiang Mai. I would have polished my motorbiking skills so that I could do the Mae Hong Son Loop, the famed 1,860 curves and 373-mile-long (600km) circular route in far-flung northern Thailand.

As for the original Full Moon Party (the Pai party I went to was a fetus version) in Koh Phangan, that’s a no for me. I’m sure my 20-something-year-old self would have said yes to fist-pumping to house music with thousands of travelers from around the world in Thailand’s wildly famous party island, but this geriatric millennial is done with that era of her life.

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And lastly, I would have volunteered in an ethical elephant sanctuary for at least a week. I would have interviewed animal welfare activists to help me write educational articles about elephant welfare.

How are your travel plans coming along? What places are on your two-week Thailand itinerary so far?