Great Thailand Itinerary Ideas: 4 Plans for the Land of Smiles 😀

Whether you have a month or a week, planning a Thailand itinerary is no easy feat.

Age-old temples, pristine nature, and bustling night markets provide just a few of the many sights and sounds to experience.

So, where do you begin?

Right here.

We’ll show you four itineraries made with Inspirock’s free Thailand vacation planner, which eliminates planning stress and ensures you don’t miss any of the country’s amazing experiences.

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The Grand Thailand Itinerary

The Land of Smiles’ Greatest Hits

Ayutthaya by: Rev Stan (CC)
Ayutthaya by: Rev Stan (CC)

You’ve got a whole month to visit Thailand.

Lucky you.

That’s oodles of time to see atmospheric temple ruins, laze on powdery beaches, and tramp through deep jungles.

And you won’t face the ultimate dilemma confronting everyone planning a Thailand itinerary–north or south? You have the luxury to visit both.

The gods created Thailand as a place to be experienced at a leisurely pace, so take the time to get to know urban Bangkok, wildlife-rich Koh Tao, and history-steeped Ayutthaya.

A few highlights include:

  1. Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River–the River of Kings
  2. Elephant meeting and greeting in Chiang Mai
  3. The white-sand beach and viridian water of Laem Tong Bay on Ko Phi Phi

All of the above and many other attractions await to be discovered on this 30-day Thailand itinerary:

Northern Thailand Itinerary

Discover Colorful Temples and Hilltribes

Wat Chiang Man in Chiang Mai by: Paul Arps (CC)
Wat Chiang Man in Chiang Mai by: Paul Arps (CC)

Don’t have a month to traipse around a foreign country half the world away? No problem!

Take two weeks to explore northern Thailand, where nearly a million people from various ethnic minorities live scattered across 3,500 hillside villages. The scenery is spectacular here, the history rich and rewarding, and the cuisine outstanding.

Start your trip in Chiang Mai, the country’s charming second city peppered with modern galleries, farm-to-table eateries, and well-stocked shops. Wrap up in Chiang Rai, an ideal base for discovering Northern Thailand’s colorful hill tribes.

Here are some of the best attractions and activities from this plan:

  1. Temple of the Golden Mountain, which features a 17 m (56 ft) tall Buddha, golden reliquaries, and superb views of Chiang Mai
  2. Eco-friendly, quirky Elephant PooPooPaper Park in Mae Rim, which makes paper products and funny souvenirs from the fibers in elephant dung
  3. Hiking 2,565 m (8,415 ft) Doi Inthanon for wildlife spotting and commanding views over the region

Look for more northern sites on this 2-week Thailand itinerary:

Southern Thailand Itinerary

A Tour Through Paradise

Khao Sok National Park by: Patty HO (CC)
Khao Sok National Park by: Patty HO (CC)

Here’s another way to spend two weeks in Thailand: head south to discover lush forests, idyllic islands, and beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.

This is where you’ll find some the country’s best vacation resorts, and many other intriguing places.

Thanks to its full-moon (and half-moon, quarter-moon, and no-moon) raves, Ko Phangan owns a reputation as a party island. However, numerous secluded beaches await those who prefer a quieter vacation soundtrack.

Outstanding scuba and snorkeling, the beach from The Beach, and a laid-back vibe are just a few of Ko Phi Phi‘s draws. And Khao Lak provides an ideal base for world-class scuba diving and the rainforests of Khao Sok National Park.

Here are a few plan highlights:

  1. Blissed-out Haad Yao Beach on Ko Phangan
  2. The sight of white beaches, emerald karsts, and turquoise sea converging from Railay Beach Viewpoint
  3. Scuba diving Mu Ko Similan National Park–a granite-and-coral seascape full of big and colorful marine life–from Khao Lak

Want to know what else you can see there? Check out this 2-week Thailand itinerary:

The Kid-Friendly Thailand Itinerary

What See and Do With Young Travelers in Tow

Bangkok skyline by: Swaminathan (CC)
Bangkok skyline by: Swaminathan (CC)

Okay, Thailand isn’t the first place that springs to mind when you’re looking for kid-friendly destinations. But writing it off would be a big mistake.

Here’s why…

First of all, the country’s got a huge array of wildlife attractions. It’s one of the world’s great elephant-worshipping lands, and as we all know… kids LOVE elephants. Bring ’em to Kanchanaburi and Chiang Mai to fulfill their dreams of touching Babar.

Kids also love beaches, and Phuket and Ko Lanta have them in spades.

Finally, there’s the booming metropolis of Bangkok. It serves up all sorts of entertainment for kids, from wildlife parks to colorful floating markets.

Some of the best activities from this family-friendly plan include:

  1. Southeast Asia’s largest aquarium, SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World
  2. ElephantsWorld, a non-profit sanctuary for infirm and rescued elephants
  3. Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, a conservation organization that rescues gibbons and reintroduces them to the wild

See this two-week Thailand itinerary for more ideas on what to do with kids:

Amazing Thailand

Yes, it’s true–Thailand is amazing.

See for yourself what makes the “Land of Smiles” such a rewarding destination. Simply use our suggested itineraries as the starting point of your next amazing adventure.

To create a new itinerary of your own, use our free Thailand trip planner, designed to help you see and do more.

Tamara

Tamara

Educated in Chicago and based in Serbia, Tamara travels with passion and believes that one written word can be worth at least a thousand pictures. When she's not conquering the world one blog post at a time, she likes to eat pizza and take long naps--preferably at the same time.
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