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2 Week Thailand Itinerary

Exploring Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Koh Lanta

savannah jane
by savannah janeAbout Me:Hi everyone! My name is Savannah Jane and I'm all about the outdoors, adventure, and travel. I grew up in a family that was always travelling and it quickly became a big part of my life. In 2017/2018 I did a 9 month solo backpacking trip a... read more

AsiaThailand12 days / November 2019

Highs & Lows

There are so many affordable hotel options, and virtually every hotel has a pool.

It gets very hot!

Itinerary Overview

This was mine and my boyfriend’s first big trip together and it did not disappoint! We left Toronto on a cold November evening and embarked on what would be almost 24 hours of travel, with a short layover in Shanghai before landing in Bangkok.

After spending a couple of nights in Bangkok, our itinerary was 5 nights in the North of Thailand, specifically Chiang Mai, and 5 nights in the South of Thailand, specifically Ao Nang (Krabi) and Koh Lanta. We decided to pick a couple of bases and do day trips from each location. The North and the South of Thailand are quite a bit different and both very much worth seeing, so I would recommend it if time allows.

  • 2 Nights: Bangkok
  • 5 Nights: Chiang Mai
  • Day trip: Karen Hilltribe Elephant Sanctuary
  • Day trip: Doi Inthanon
  • 2 Nights: Krabi
  • Day trip: Railay Beach
  • 3 Nights: Ko Lanta

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I definitely would have spent more time in the North of Thailand to explore places like Chiang Rai which I didn't have time to see. I found the North to be more culturally rich and not as touristy as the South.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Make sure you do your research into how much things should cost. Sometimes places will take advantage of tourists by giving you an inflated price.

  • Packing tips?

    You will need long pants and shirts that cover your shoulders to visit the temples. Make sure you bring clothes that are light and breathable as it gets very hot.

  • Transportation Tips?

    We flew with AirAsia from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai to Ao Nang (Krabi). We did experience a couple of delays with AirAsia, but it can be expected as it is a budget airline. Once you're in the South, you can get everywhere by boat which is nice. We took a long-tail boat from Ao Nang to Railay and a ferry from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta.

  • Booking details?

    Hotels often provide deals if you book directly with them, for example free breakfast. Always check their website before booking on sites like Expedia or booking.com.


  • We arrived in Bangkok late at night, and after almost 24 hours of travel, we were so happy to arrive in our beautiful hotel room at Lebua at State Tower. We decided to splurge a bit for our first couple nights of the trip because, well, we deserved it! Lebua at State Tower is the third tallest building in Thailand and the views from our room were unlike any other. There was also a great outdoor pool which we enjoyed using.

  • We stayed at the Lanna Oriental Hotel. We loved the architecture and design of this hotel. There was a big pool which we used every day, and the best part was that the hotel was practically empty so we had it all to ourselves for most of the time. A perk of this hotel was that it offered free breakfast - every budget traveler’s dream! The location was great, as we were one street away from the main walking street in the city, Rachadamnoen Road. We were also close to many temples so we hardly ever needed to take a tuk tuk anywhere (although we did a few times just for fun!)

  • We stayed at the Andaman Breeze resort in Ao Nang, Krabi. The location of this hotel was great, as we were one street away from the main shopping area and only about 10 minutes walk from Ao Nang Beach.

  • We stayed in a hotel called Asura. It was very modern and had such a unique design with a pool right down the middle of it. It was located near the North tip of the island by Klong Dao Beach. This is closest to the main town of Koh Lanta, Baan SaladanIt. There are more hostels and backpackers accommodations further South by Pra-Ae Beach (Long Beach).