So you have an entire 2 weeks to check out Thailand? Lucky you! This detailed 2 weeks in Thailand Itinerary will give you your fix of beaches and action on a beautiful vacation on Thailand’s southern provinces.
Fly into Phuket International Airport
Most international flights that we found were the same price to fly into Bangkok or direct to Phuket. We flew in from Denpasar, Bali and only paid $50 each with Jetstar Asia via Singapore.
Arriving into Phuket Airport, the process is so streamlined thanks to it being one of Thailand’s busiest airports and the arrival point for hundreds of thousands of tourists per year.
Do you Need a Visa for Thailand?
Find out if you need to obtain a visa prior to visiting Thailand here. There is a list of 55 countries which are able to participate in the visa exemption program with Thailand. UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa. The visa exemption gives you a free 30-day stay in Thailand. You can extend the visa before it runs out at the Thai Consulate. Do not overstay your Thai visa, read the post for details.
Do you need vaccinations for your Thailand trip? Find out here.
There are ATMs and money changers inside the airport, and a convenience store just outside. We arrived late at night after major delays getting out of Denpasar and this little shop was a godsend for some late night snacks on arrival.
Getting an Airport Transfer
Once outside Phuket Airport, there is a throng of drivers with names on signs. Find your name and away you go. I always recommend arranging an airport transfer with your hotel. In this case, we arrived around 11 pm and our driver was waiting for us. It took around 1.5 hours to get to our hotel at Khao Lak and cost 1400THB. We arranged this with our hotel before leaving home.
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Day 1 to 5 of 2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary – Khao Lak
A 4-night stay in Khao Lak is your first point of call. Check out the best beaches of Khao Lak here. There are so many things to do in Khao Lak!
Where to Stay in Khao Lak
We stayed at Khao Lak Relax Resort. Mainly for the fact that they had a 6-bed villa for a great price, including breakfast. When travelling with a big family, we find it tricky sometimes to find rooms to accommodate all of us so this was a big bonus.
We visited in Low Season and got a cheaper rate of $80AUD per night, but it is usually $159 per night for the big family villa. It is a lovely low key older style resort run by a nice European family. There is a small pool, a hot breakfast included and they can arrange all your motorbike rentals, transfers and tours for you. This resort is only 1km from the gorgeous white sand of Khuk Khak Beach.
For beach front luxury hotels in Khao Lak try:
- The Sarojin
- Robinson Club Khao Lak
- JW Marriot
- The Haven
- Mai Khao Lak
- X10 Khao Lak Resort (a Family Favourite)
- Bangsak Village (adults only)
Mid-Range Beachfront Hotels in Khao Lak:
Budget Beachfront Accommodation Options in Khao Lak:
What to do in Khao Lak
The best thing to do in Khao Lak is to visit the Similan Islands on a snorkelling day trip. You can book this easily with GetYourGuide. This is an online booking agent that had the cheapest price compared to the local agents. Have a look here to compare prices and book. Your day snorkelling to the famous Similan Islands involves a few different beaches, and lunch on the beautiful white beaches. It is an amazing way to spend a day.
A visit to James Bond Island and Phang Na province is another fun day trip to do from Khao Lak. Cruise around in a long tail boat and check out spectacular scenery and limestone formations.
Day 6 to 10 of 2 weeks in Thailand Itinerary – Ao Nang, Krabi
Ao Nang is a quaint seaside town located just on the coast by Krabi.
Getting to Ao Nang
The best option for getting from Khao Lak to Ao Nang is via a private minivan. The van will pick you up from your hotel in Khao Lak, and take you all the way 2.5 hours to your hotel in Ao Nang. This is easy to arrange with your hotel and will cost around 2500THB.
Where to Stay in Ao Nang
Ao Nang has some wonderful beachfront accommodation options close to all the action.
- The L Resort
- Centara Resort and Spa – this is on its own private beach, access is via boat only
Top Pick for Families
- AliSea Pool Villas – Sleeps 6, private pool, including breakfast
- Baan Habeedee Resort – Villa with private pool, sleeps 8 including breakfast
- Poonsiri Resort Ao Nang – A luxury villa sleeps 6 with breakfast included
Things to do in Ao Nang
When in Ao Nang you have to visit Railay Bay, do a 4 Islands Boat Snorkelling Tour on a long tail boat, try a ziplining course, and enjoy great food and shopping. There are the awesome Landmark Night Markets in Noppharat Thana Beach which is just next to Ao Nang. You can even see a Muay Thai Boxing match here.
Hong Islands Tour is also highly recommended from Ao Nang. This day trip takes you out to the west side of the cape and visits some amazing islands for snorkelling and swimming. Enjoy postcard-perfect scenes of that typical Thai white sand and blue water lagoons amongst beautiful cliffs.
Day 10 to 14 of 2 weeks in Thailand Itinerary – Koh Lanta
Catch a ferry over to Koh Lanta and enjoy your last few days relaxing in an absolute beachfront bungalow watching the sunsets and soaking up the vibe.
We booked our ferry transfer from Ao Nang to Koh Lanta through GetYourGuide because they were cheapest. It takes about 2 hours on the big old air-conditioned boat and there are snacks and toilets on board. It is possible to get a private speedboat transfer to Koh Lanta which costs twice the price but only takes one hour.
Read this Now: The Best Beach on Koh Lanta
Whilst on Koh Lanta, if you pick the right beach to stay, you won’t want to move far. Arriving into Saladan Pier, arrange a transfer direct with your hotel.
Stay at Long Beach for the most family-friendly swimming, Khlong Nin for wonderful sunsets, Kantiang Bay for luxury resorts, or Bamboo for absolute seclusion.
Where to Stay on Koh Lanta
Khlong Dao Beach – The Crown Lanta Resort and Spa
Long Beach – Eco Lanta Hideaway Beach Resort
Khlong Nin Beach – Lanta Paradise Beach Resort
Kantiang Bay – Pimalai Resort and Spa
Bamboo Bay – LaLaanta Hideaway Resort
Make sure you include a day trip to Koh Lanta Old Town while you are here.
Getting around Koh Lanta is easy with your own motorbike and rental is around 200THB per day. Otherwise there are plenty of tuk-tuk taxis around and prices are negotiable.
On the last day, catch a ferry or speedboat directly back to Phuket Pier, and an airport transfer can be arranged from here. Ferries leave Koh Lanta at 8 am and 1 pm daily and take around 3.5 hours to get to Phuket, stopping at Koh Phi Phi on the way.
We booked our ferry ticket direct with our hotel for the cheapest price, after comparing with GetYourGuide and 12GoAsia. The ferry included hotel pick up and cost 750THB.
2 Weeks in Thailand Itinerary
This simple 2 weeks in Thailand itinerary will have you visiting incredible islands, snorkelling, relaxing on stunning beaches, doing action sports such as zip lining and rock climbing, and shopping and eating to your heart’s content. You will enjoy the balance of these 2 weeks in Thailand itinerary and it is suitable for couples, singles and families too.