We finally published a route through Thailand in 15 cool days! One of the posts that you have asked us the most and that without knowing the reason we still did not have published.
Thailand is a country that we know especially well, together with the United States are the two countries in which we have been the longest and the ones we know best.
We have spent more than four months living in Chiang Mai, our favorite city in Thailand and to which we have a special affection, we have visited a lot, we have seen the country alone and with family, we have visited many islands and we have moved in all possible means of transportation.
That said, here we go with our Thailand route in 15 days! I also strongly recommend that you read the post of tips for traveling to Thailand for the first time, because it will surely solve many of the doubts you may have.
THAILAND IN 15 DAYS:
DAY 1: Arrival in Bangkok
DAY 2: Bangkok
DAY 3: Ayutthaya
DÍA 4: Bangkok -> Chiang Mai
DAY 5: Chiang Mai
DAY 6: Chiang Rai
DÍA 7: Chiang Mai -> Koh Phi Phi
DAYS 8 and 9: Koh Phi Phi
DÍA 10: Koh phi phi -> Koh Tao
DAYS 11 and 12: Koh Tao
DÍA 13: Koh Tao -> Bangkok
DAY 14: Bangkok – Floating market – Train market
DÍA 15: Bangkok -> Return
Route through Thailand in 15 days
Days 1 and 2: Bangkok
Route: Bangkok – make contact
You just landed in Thailand! After the culture shock, the first Thai smiles and clothes stuck to the body from the humidity, start your journey!
Bangkok has a lot of things to do and we recommend that you do not waste a minute of your trip staying too far, it is best to do it near the monorail or near the river, where they make route public boats that will take you by the river Chao Praya to the main temples of Bangkok.
You will see that the traffic of cars and motorcycles is chaotic, to move the best is the monorail and the boat. We have also taken some Grab (similar to Uber) but a lot of time can be lost in traffic jams depending on the route.
The first full day of route through Thailand we recommend you to visit the most famous temples of the city, Bangkok is great for a first contact with the country, a city very easy to travel.
What to see in Bangkok:
In the post of 30 things to see and do in Bangkok you have the complete list (if not this post would be infinite) but among the most essential we would highlight:
The Grand Palace
Wat Arun, for us the most beautiful in the city!
Visit some of its famous markets such as Chatuchak (only open on weekends).
Wat Arun Temple – Thailand in 15 days
Where to stay in Bangkok:
We recommend you to stay in the district of Shatorn, and as close as possible to a stop of the monorail.
It is not the cheapest area of Bangkok but it is not the most exclusive either, we like it because it is very well connected by the monorail that brings you in a moment to the biggest and most modern shopping centers of Bangkok and to the Saphan Taksin stop, from where the public boats depart towards the Great Palace and other important points of the city by the river thus avoiding the chaos of the traffic.
These boats cost about 15THB, be careful not to get on those of tourists who are rather more expensive! Go up where the local people’s tail is.
We advise you to choose a hotel with swimming pool, surely you will be grateful at the end of the day to be able to give you a relaxing and above all refreshing bath!
We have stayed in several hotels in this area on different occasions we have visited Bangkok, we recommend Eastin Grand Sathorn and Modern Sathorn, we also know The Star of Sathorn, is cheaper and very flirtatious but has no swimming pool.
Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel – Thailand in 15 days
Day 3: Ayutthaya
Route: Bangkok – Ayutthaya – Bangkok
Ayutthaya was for 400 years the capital of Siam (former name of the kingdom of Thailand), at the time was formed by more than 400 temples, and for many years has suffered wars, looting and damage caused by the passage of time.
But despite everything, it is an essential visit and one of the most popular excursions from Bangkok.
What to see in Ayutthaya:
Wat Mahathat, here is the famous Buddha’s head embraced by the roots of a tree.
Wat Phra Si Sanphet Temple
Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon
Wat Phanan Choeng
Wat Phra Mongkhon Bophit- Inside is a Buddha of more than 12 meters.
Wat Phanan Choeng
Wat Phra Ram
For 220THB you will have access to six of the most important temples of Ayutthaya, if not the entrance costs 50THB and some are free.
To visit the temples the best thing is to rent a bicycle or a tuk tuk, you decide.
Ayutthaya is one of the essential places in Thailand, you only have an excuse not to go if you plan to visit Sukhothai, in the north of the country.
That’s our excuse, because despite having visited Thailand so many times we still have to see Ayutthaya! Well, I’ll tell you the truth, it’s really an excuse to come back soon!
How to get to Ayutthaya temples from Bangkok:
PRIVATE EXCURSION: You are picked up at the Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel or The Tawana Hotel, both near the Monorail Lines.
They take you to Ayutthaya and you tour the temples with a Spanish-speaking guide who explains everything, then you return to Bangkok on a Chao Phraya River cruise. Here you have more info about the excursion to Ayutthaya.
ON YOUR OWN YOU HAVE SEVERAL OPTIONS:
– Train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the best option if you go free. The trains leave from Hua lampong train station and make the journey in about 90 minutes, prices vary depending on the train and the class in which we travel, you can see more information on the official website of trains in Thailand.
– By minivan from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. From Khao San Road there are quite a few minivans, and also from the Mo Chit bus station, the journey takes 60-90 minutes depending on the traffic, the price without reservation varies because you have to haggle, a good price would be about 50THB per person and journey.
If you want less trouble, you can book it from home at a fixed price. This may be a good option if you stay near Khao San Road. See more info and updated minivan prices here
– Bus from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. From the Mo Chit bus station, to the north of the city and a little far away (here you have the location), there are two or three buses every hour and it costs between an hour and a half and two hours, it is not the most practical option and we do not recommend it.
MINI ADVICE: If you want to try the experience of going by train to Chiang Mai you can take your suitcases, leave them in the slogan of the Ayutthaya train station and after seeing the old city take the night train to Chiang Mai, it takes about 12 hours approx.
We recommend that you take it as an experience and not just as a saving on a hotel night, because you probably won’t get a good night’s rest. And we recommend you to take a private cabin! More info on trains to Chiang Mai here.
Days 4 and 5: Chiang Mai
Route: Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is our favorite city in Thailand, we love to spend long periods here.
To enjoy the hospitality of the people, to walk its streets and to enjoy the cafeterias and the good vibrations that we feel when we are in this small oasis of the world.
If we get lost, look for us in Chiang Mai or Santa Monica 🙂
If you have more than 15 days in Thailand do not hesitate to dedicate any more to this beautiful city, surely you will not be disappointed.
To go from Bangkok to Chiang Mai we have always gone by plane except once we did it by night train for the sake of trying the experience.
The airplane is the most comfortable and fast option and is not very expensive, there are several low cost airlines that make the route as AirAsia with which we have flown many times.
What to see in Chiang Mai:
We have a post with all the things to see and do in Chiang Mai, but in a nutshell our Chiang Mai essentials are:
Climb the Doi Suthep
Visit Wat Phra Singh Temple
Take an excursion to Lake Hui Tung Tao
The Sunday Night Market
The Wat Sri Suphan temple also known as the Silver Temple
Chiang Mai – Route through Thailand in 15 days
Where to stay in Chiang Mai:
For a quick visit to Chiang Mai we advise you to stay within the old city, i.e. within the walls, because that is where most of the temples and things to see are located.
→ Do not miss our route through the temples of Chiang Mai
But our preferred area to stay in Chiang Mai is Nimman, and that is what we advise you if you are going to stay several days.
To get from Nimman to the old town you have to take transport, it takes about 15 minutes and costs 30THB.
These are some of the hotels we recommend in Chiang Mai:
99 The Gallery Hotel It is very well located in the old city, has very good opinions and is quite economical.
Arch39 The Wall – In the neighborhood of Nimman.
Chiangmun Boutique – Cheap accommodation located within the old town with very good opinions.
Another option is to book an Airbnb apartment, by the Nimman area there are many with swimming pool, new and very cool.
→ Here’s a 25€ discount for your first booking on Airbnb.
Route through Thailand in 15 days – Chiang Mai
Post by Chiang Mai that you can read:
What to see and do in Chiang Mai Route through the temples of Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Beautiful cafes Chiang Mai Restaurants in Chiang Mai Live the Loy Krathong and Yee Peng in Chiang Mai
Day 6: Chiang Rai
Route: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai we believe that can not miss a route through Thailand in 15 days, you can also make other excursions from Chiang Mai as Pai, the Golden Triangle or the park Doi Inthanon. We visited Chiang Rai and we liked it very much.
To get to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai, you can do it by bus, you will see that there are normal buses that are over 6€ and VIP buses that are worth over 11€, but the seats are very comfortable and the bus is new.
We recommend you spend a little more and take the VIP, the journey is three hours and peak and you’ll appreciate going in a more comfortable bus.
To book the bus you can go directly to the Chiang Mai bus station (he left the location here) and book, or you can book it online and make sure of availability here.
MINI ADVICE: Once in the bus, you can tell the driver that you are going to the White Temple and if he is nice (like the one that took us) he will make a very close stop to leave you, thus saving you the displacement from Chiang Rai to the temple, since it is about 15 minutes south of the city. Ah! And don’t forget to wear a jacket, it’s cold polar on the bus.
What to see in Chiang Rai:
The Wat Rong Khun temple known as White Temple or White Temple is a must of Chiang Rai, we were impacted and we liked it equally. We advise you to dedicate a few hours to it and see it calmly, so you can observe all the details of this relatively new construction in comparison to other temples (1997).
Going to Baandam, also known as the Black House, is a work by a Thai artist, in our opinion it is a bit sinister but also curious place, it is worth going to see it. The ticket costs 80THB and to get there you can do it with a Songthaew (the red furgos of Thailand), in Tuk Tuk or Grab, although surely the first option is the cheapest.
The Wat Rong Suea Ten temple known as Blue Temple, is one of the newest in Chiang Rai, although it is not finished at all you can already see a little, entry is free.
Wat Rong Khun or White Temple in Chiang Rai – Route through Thailand in 15 days
The ideal route to see the three most important points of Chiang Rai is:
First the White Temple, then the Black House and finally the Blue Temple, we recommend this route because the Blue Temple is quite close to the bus stop, the best thing is to leave it for the end and see how we are of time, this way we do not run the risk of missing the bus.
One day is enough to see the most essential, no need to spend the night in Chiang Rai. But take the bus early to make the most of the day.
Days 7, 8 and 9: Koh Phi Phi
Route: Chiang Mai – Koh Phi Phi
And without realizing it, we reached half of this route through Thailand in 15 days! After seeing Bangkok and hallucinating with the northern temples, it’s time to enjoy the beaches. The first stop: the Andaman Sea Islands!
Phuket is the biggest island, when we were renting a motorcycle to tour the island and see some temples and beaches, but we thought not to add it as a must on this trip to Thailand in 15 days, because we think the smaller islands are prettier and there is no time for everything!
To get to Koh Phi Phi from Chiang Mai the two fastest options are:
Take a flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket, and from there take the ferry.
Take a flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi, and from there take the ferry.
You can book the ferries from here.
And finally we reach the islands! It’s time to relax, isn’t it? As soon as you arrive at Koh Phi Phi Phi about 100 or 200 taxi drivers will offer to take you to your hotel and although they are not particularly expensive it can be overwhelming to be negotiating as soon as you get off the boat.
Unless your hotel is very close to the port and you can walk, we advise you to take the transfer contracted with your hotel, in some is free.
Koh Phi Phi – Thailand in 15 days
A route through the uninhabited islands of the surrounding area is a must! We hire a “long tail” (Thailand’s famous boat) for ourselves, although it’s not the cheapest option, it’s the best to see everything at your own pace.
We advise you to leave early before the tourist boats do and you will have paradise for yourselves.
Maya Bay, famous for being in the movie La Playa, will be closed until 2021 but there are others just as beautiful but not so famous.
We were still able to enjoy Maya Bay (before it was closed) with hardly any people, we snorkeled and stopped at all the small islands that the long tail guy was recommending to us, it was one of the best experiences of our life and we recommend it to you 100%!
Maya Bay – Route through Thailand
If you want to book the boat for yourself (if possible at dawn) you have to negotiate the price and leave it agreed the day before, at dusk you will see many owners of long tail who will make you interesting offers, of course you will have to haggle.
It cost us 1500THB 4 hours, we gave you 200THB to make the reservation and the rest we paid you the next day. Don’t forget to bring some food, drinks and of course sun protection.
What to see in Koh Phi Phi Don:
Take a free trip with long tail, the typical Thai boats.
Snorkel on its beaches and surrounding islands. At Koh Phi Phi Don we recommend Shark Point, Long Beach and Moo Dee Bay to the south of the island and Monkey Beach to the north.
Go up to the viewpoint of Koh Phi Phi, you have to do a small trekking on a slope but it is one of the best views of the island.
Where to stay at Koh Phi Phi Don:
This paradise island also has party areas, if not what you’re looking for your trip to paradise may not be as relaxing as you expected. That is why it is important to know which areas of the island are best to accommodate you depending on what you are looking for.
In short, we could say that the east of the island is the quietest area and the harbour area is the most festive. We advise you to take rooms with air conditioning and swimming pool, sometimes the heat and humidity are quite overwhelming.
OUT! The rainy season on the Andaman Sea Islands runs from June to August and from November to February is high season.
Days 10, 11 and 12: Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao
Route: Koh Phi Phi – Gulf of Thailand Islands
In the Gulf of Thailand there are three islands, Koh Samui the largest, Koh Phangan famous for the feast of the Full Moon, and Koh Tao the smallest of them all.
We recommend you to choose one of them to enjoy the three days and not waste time on trips and in the end not see any well.
We’ve been to Koh Tao twice and Koh Samui twice. Koh Phangan is still not known because you know that we are not very party, although we know that it also has beautiful beaches.
Of the ones we know the one we like the most is Koh Tao, it’s small but with beautiful beaches and still quite virgin, but watch out! There’s little left of a virgin for all of them.
We leave to your election the island that more you want to visit, and if you have more days you can even visit two.
Wat Plai Laem Temple in Koh Samui – Route through Thailand
How to get from the islands of the Andaman Sea to the islands of the Gulf of Thailand:
Ferry – airplane: The only island in the Gulf of Thailand that has an airport is Koh Samui, if we want to stay on this island we only have to take the ferry from Koh Phi Phi to Phuket or Krabi and from there there is a direct plane to Koh Samui. Once in Koh Samui we can take another ferry to Koh Tao or Koh Phangan.
It’s the quickest but least economical way. At Koh Samui airport only Bangkok Airways operates with the cost of having a monopoly.
By ferry + minivan + ferry: This was the one we chose, ferry to Krabi, then minivan (air-conditioned van) to Surat Thani and ferry to Koh Tao.
It takes about 10 hours to do the whole tour, you can see prices and book from here. Although it seems a bit messy, all the transfer was reserved at once and we did not have to worry about anything, we put a sticker, according to the color and know where you’re going, and take you from one place to another without complications.
It’s the cheapest option. But if you don’t have much time, it’s worth paying a little more and saving so many hours.
What to see in Koh Samui:
Coral Cove Beach
Wat Plai Laem, this 18-armed goddess in the middle of a lake full of colorful fish, is one of the most beautiful figures in Thailand. Next door there’s also a 30-meter Buddha.
Wat Phra Yai, a 12 metre high Buddha figure built in 1972.
Wat Plai Laem, Koh Samui – Thailand in 15 days
What to see in Koh Phangan:
The beaches, Mae Haad Beach and Secret Beach
If you like scuba diving Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacle, they say they are the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand.
Enjoy the feast of the full moon (if you do not coincide do not worry, there is party every day).
What to see in Koh Tao:
Our favorite little island, we recommend you to include it in your 15 days itinerary in Thailand.
Snorkeling at Tanote Bay and Shark Bay
Take out the diving course, they say it is the best place to do it, for its seabed and of course for the price.
The viewpoint of Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint, it is necessary to make a small trekking but the views are very worthwhile.
The John-Suwan Viewpoint
Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint in Koh Tao – Route through Thailand
Where to stay in Koh Samui:
Where to stay at Koh Tao:
Montalay Beach Resort just in front has one of the best beaches, Tanote Bay ideal for snorkeling, is a little away from downtown but we really liked this beach.
The Place Perfect for honeymoons! We tell you about our experience in this post.
DD Hut Koh Tao is a good, nice and cheap option to stay at Koh Tao, in front of the Sairee Beach, watch out! It is close to the port and the party.
Partying and budget accommodation usually go hand in hand and are usually close to the port, the quietest areas and best beaches are always a little far away.
EYE! The monsoon season in the Gulf of Thailand Islands runs from October to December and from June to August is high season.
Days 13, 14 and 15: Bangkok
Route: From the Gulf Islands of Thailand to Bangkok
To get to Bangkok from the islands of the Gulf of Thailand we can do it by plane from Koh Samui, the airline Bangkok Airways has the exclusivity of that airport and although it is not the cheapest option if it is the fastest. You can see the flights here.
The cheapest option and the one we have chosen most of the time is to take the ferry from any of the islands to Surat Thani, and from there a plane to Bangkok.
There are some low cost companies that make this tour, we have always flown with AirAsia.
You can book both the ferry and the bus transfer from the port to Surat Thani airport so you don’t have to worry. We have always done it with the company Lomprayah and without problems. You can see prices and book from here.
Things to do in Bangkok:
The last days of this route by Thailand in 15 days you can take advantage of them to go to buy some souvenirs, to give you some Thai massage and to see some of the things that you were left to see the first days.
→ 30 Things to see and do in Bangkok
Don’t miss the excursion to the market on the railroad track and to the floating market, it can be done the same day without problems.
Doing it on your own is a bit of a mess, and see that we do practically everything on our own, but in this case we advise you to hire an excursion that manages at least the transfers.
Floating market in Bangkok, Thailand
More places in Thailand you can visit:
This is the route through Thailand in 15 days that we recommend to everyone, but if you have more days and want to see more things, you can also visit:
The ruins of Sukhothai, a simply spectacular place, you can take one day to the islands if you want to visit it, we loved it! If you can, don’t forget to include it in your 15 days in Thailand.
Kanchanaburi and see the famous bridge over the Kwai River.
The islands of Koh Lipe and Koh Lanta are not as well known as the ones mentioned above but they are a real paradise.
The Railay Beach area.
James Bond Island, Ko Tapu.
Sukhothai – Route through Thailand
Some advices for your route through Thailand in 15 days:
If you go in August we do not recommend the islands of the Andaman Sea (Koh Phi Phi, Phuket …), because it is the rainy season in that area, and the same if you go from October to December to the islands of the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Tao, Koh Samui …). Although it’s always hot and it doesn’t rain all day.
Don’t be very optimistic with the times in Thailand and make reservations with time margin, sometimes the traffic, the state of the sea… make that the transports don’t comply with the schedule and it could be that you lose some transport.
In Thailand it is more likely that a tourist will steal from you than a Thai, do not be overconfident even though it is a very safe country.
Book accommodation with air conditioning and swimming pool, you’ll appreciate it.
Make a responsible tourism with animals, do not climb on any elephant, do not take pictures with monkeys or snakes, in short, do not encourage animal abuse.
We have a super guide with many tips to travel to Thailand for the first time, that we would have liked to know before going and that we have been learning in the various trips through this wonderful country.
Travel insurance for 15 days in Thailand:
Don’t forget the 15 days insurance in Thailand, it’s very affordable and you’ll be more relaxed! We always recommend it for any trip, but in the case of Southeast Asia even more.
In Thailand there are very good hospitals and doctors but the health is quite expensive, it is not worth the risk! We also assure you from experience that when you get sick so many kilometres from home you want to be treated in the best hospital and the best doctors.
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We’ve had to use it three times, twice in Thailand, and they always respond to the first time and without problems.
We will also have covered any setback that may happen during these 15 days in Thailand.
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Travel route to Thailand in 15 days
How to get around Thailand:
In this route by Thailand in 15 days you have seen that we have used all the types of transport, below we explain you better in which cases it is better to use one or the other.
AirAsia, Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways connect almost all the important points of the country.
In the case of Air Asia it’s even more interesting because it’s a lowcost with very cheap prices, we’ve caught it a lot of times and great! But you do have to adapt to their weight standards and luggage measurements (like Ryanair).
The trains is another way to move through Thailand and cheaper than the airplane, you can check the official website of the Thai trains and see the routes that link the main cities.
Ferries to visit the islands are a very good option! And sometimes the only one to reach some islands, here you can check info, price and routes.
Buses and minivans are great for getting from the Andaman Sea Islands to the Gulf Islands and vice versa, and also for some excursions. In the web of 12go.asia you can see the schedules, duration and make the reservations, this way you have everything tied from home and is more comfortable.
Inside the cities, we can use the most typical transports that are the tuk-tuks or songthaew (the red furgos of Thailand), the difference between one and the other is that the songthaew tell them where you are going and if your destination is on their route you get on, they are very economical, instead the tuk-tuk you have to negotiate / haggle the price before going up.
Another more modern, comfortable and inexpensive option is to use the Grab App, it’s like Uber, it works great for travel within cities and we’ve used it a lot.
In Bangkok are also interesting public boats that go along the river Chao Praya and link the main tourist sites. On its website you have the fares ranging from 9THB to 32 THB, and the map with the routes.
Tuk tuk in Thailand
Internet for 15 days in Thailand:
To have internet on your trip to Thailand (and believe me, it will come in handy) you can buy a SIM card when you arrive at the airport or at a telephone store.
And if you don’t want to waste time, you can buy a SIM card before leaving home in Holafly and land in Thailand with internet on your mobile.
Unless you’re planning to spend some time in the country and have plenty of time, it’s best to do it this way and not lose a minute of your trip.
You can also buy Holafly’s Asia Multi-Country SIM card and it is also suitable for Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia… and some more.
You also have a 5% discount from these links:
Commission-free cards for travelling to Thailand:
We always carry three cards on the trips to avoid paying commissions for currency exchange, all three are free and each one is good for one thing.
The N26 card works great when it comes to paying, it never fails us and we always take it to pay in shops, restaurants, tickets …
And the cards Bnext and Revolut, these two we use to withdraw cash from the cashier in a currency other than euro.
The bad part is that ATMs in Thailand charge 200THB for each cash withdrawal, in some banks you can enter and ask the office to withdraw money with the card, this way you save the 220THB.
In any case, cards do not charge any fees, unlike traditional banks that charge a fairly high percentage fee.
You will also find many places to change currency, surely with better conditions than here.
More info on the post of the best cards to travel without commissions.
How to get from Bangkok Airport (Suvarnabhumi) to your hotel:
Asking for a car with the App of GRAB at your arrival (works like Uber), if you do not have internet at the airport there is wifi, costs about 10€ to the city, we have taken it once.
Taking the Airport Rail Link which connects the airport with the city (depending on the stop but maximum you will pay 45THB) is one of the cheapest ways to get to Bangkok from the airport. You can also take it to the nearest stop to your accommodation and once there call a car from the App de Grab.
Taking a taxi, another one of the fastest ways but not too cheap.
Map of all the places to see in Thailand in 15 days:
And here’s our route through Thailand in 15 days!
And so we end this 15-day guide in Thailand we believe it is a muuy complete route to know the country and along with post tips for traveling to Thailand for the first time and articles from each of the cities, you have everything you need to enjoy this wonderful country.
If you have any questions, just leave us a comment below and we will be happy to give you a hand.
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