Our recommendations for the perfect 2 weeks in Thailand
Bangkok - 2 days
Koh Tao - 2 days
Kanchanaburi - 2 days
Khao Sok National Park - 3 days
Ayutthaya - 2 days
Railay Beach - 2 days
An island of your choice - 1 day
Many thoughts might have run through many travellers mind many a time that Thailand is a very tourist crowded place. And yes it is..!! Being a beautiful and chilled place many people do tend to travel to Thailand. But no !! not all the places in Thailand are jam packed.. While making a 2 week travel plans to Thailand let me help you with some of the best hacks to choose few places which aren’t crowded.
Bangkok being a vibrant, chaotic, and a feast for the senses, there is a lot to do in Bangkok.
-- Wat Phra Kaew and The Grand Palace tops the list where Wat Phra Kaew houses
the Emerald Buddha and is generally regarded as the most important Buddhist
Temple across the country.
-- Particularly beautiful with the sunsets, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) is a temple
consisting of huge prang.
It is covered in porcelain and seashells, and is quite beautiful to behold.
-- Bangkok has lot of temples but some of the main highlighted ones even include Wat
Pho (the temple of the reclining Buddha) and Wat Saket.
-- Of course there is much more to do in Bangkok apart from Temples. The nightlife is fascinating in Bangkok and by any chance if you happen to hop on to Bangkok in Weekends, there is a weekend market called Chatuchak Market, one of the biggest open air markets in the world that sells everything.
-- Or alternatively you can go to Lumphini Park or grab a boat taxi on the Chao Phraya River and head to Bangkok’s so called “Green Lung” or “Bang Krachao”.
-- Along with you can go take a walk on Khao San Road, wander on Chinatown roads for street food in Bangkok, try Thai dishes and get relaxing Thai Spa.
-- If you have some spare time you can go have a look on Maeklong Railway - the unique market on rail tracks.
2. Koh Tao meaning ‘Turtle Island’ is a stunning island in Thailand prominent for its tropical coral reefs with species of whale sharks and rays and Green turtles.
-- You can go for Scuba Diving here if you are a certified one or else undergo training sessions and get certified here, since it is very well-known for underwater life.
-- And it’s not just water here, you can even participate in the yoga sessions here. Since Koh Tao situated in the Surat province; Surat Province is best known for Yoga and Meditation.
-- For those who aren’t dive certified, Koh Tao has plenty of snorkelling cruises to enjoy underwater life. And post that you can have underwater on your table for food… hahaha seafood I meant. There are lots of seafood restaurants here.
-- Rent a two wheel and go take a drive of Koh Tao.. You can even rent a Kayak and Snorkel and head out on your own…
-- There are also a few bars up the hill that offer a panoramic view of the sunset and post that every night of the week, you can find beach bars with fire shows going on. Grab a drink, pull up a beanbag, and sit down to enjoy a scorching hot performance.
Best Beaches :- Sai Nuan Beach, Tanote Bay, Laem Thian, Sai Daeng, Banana Rock.
3. Kanchanaburi is one of Thailand’s gems, it is nearby to Bangkok, low-cost to urge to, simple to travel around and has a lot of pretty wonderful stuff to make you stay for a few days more. It’s a place to sit back, relish the attractive scenery, wander across the countryside on a scooter and visit some wonderful sites.
-- Known for The Bridge over the River Kwai & Kanchanaburi War Cemetary and famed for night markets, Kanchanaburi is also prominent for two amazing Temples; renting a scooter would be a wise decision to make a visit to Wat Ban Tham and Wat Tham Khao Noi since these temples are outside the town.
-- Referred to as Thailand’s most beautiful waterfall is Erawan Falls. Again hiring a scooter is preferable but you can also go for tuk tuk or take a tourist day trip there. (Note:- Try visiting this waterfall pretty early as it gets busy around midday)
-- These are a bit far from Kanchanaburi but make sure you do visit these places Sai Yok Noi Falls, Hell Fire Pass & Krasae cave if you are travelling to Thailand for the first time. Very limited people keep an eye on these places since these places have a history...
-- There is a huge gorgeous giant tree here in Kanchanaburi. The tree might be the biggest you’ve ever seen. It is a bit tricky to make a visit to this tree if you haven’t hired a scooter.
4. With an abundance of hiking trails, tons of wildlife, and floating bungalows, Khao Sok National Park is a fantastic travel destination. It is also considered as one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
--With a few days in Khao Sok National Park, you can enjoy hiking, canoeing, bamboo rafting, wildlife spotting, rock climbing, tubing, swimming in waterfalls, exploring caves, and much more.
-- You are technically only allowed to venture 3 kms into the national park without a guide. So better ask a local guide to come along with you from the start itself...
-- You can spend one night in Floating bungalows, one night in Jungle Camp and one night in Cheow Lan Lake.
5. Ayutthaya is famous for its “Enigmatic Temple ruins,” destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century; though it carries a lot of history along with. The three main Temples of Ayutthaya;
-- Wat Phra Mahthat; Being one of Thailand’s iconic symbols, the worldwide famous Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Banyan tree is been every tourist destination..
-- Wat Yai Chai Mongkol; recognized by large Chedi and quite visible from distance has lots of Buddha statues including one reclining statue of Buddha and each giving a positive vibe..
-- Wat Phra Si Sanphet / Ayutthaya Historical Park; the three Chedis are one amongst the landmarks of Ayutthaya Historical Park and are believed to keep the ashes of three Kings in it as well as Buddha relics.
-- You can go visit Bang Pa In Palace, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Old Royal Palace, take a look at a huge Buddha statue in Wat Lokayasutharam, Learn about the history of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Wander around Wat Ratchaburana, go on a boat trip to Ayutthaya..
-- In foods you can try for boat noodles, Fresh giant river prawn, Roti Sai Mai, Tom kha kai (Tom kha gai), Tom Yum Noodles, Pad Thai.
6. Railay Beach is a small peninsula which counts 4 beaches and is considered one of the most beautiful strips of sand in the world and scenic destinations in the entire Krabi region.
-- Koh Poda is famous for its turquoise water and white beaches.
-- “Axe Island” or Koh Hua Gwan is also recognized as Chicken Island.
-- Rock climbing is one of the most famous sports on Railay Beach that you can’t afford to miss it.
-- Take a long tail boat for a tour to four stunning islands.
-- Visit to Phra Nang Beach & Pranang Cave (Princess Cave)
-- Hike Up to Railay Beach Viewpoint and the Lagoon
-- Go Kayaking in Railay Beach
And now since you have went through so many of the places I am damn sure you might want to do absolutely nothing and just relax on a beautiful beach with a drink in hand and food by your side watching stunning sunsets thinking nothing….
So the last day you can select any of the beautiful beach of your choice and just chill...