Thailand Itinerary: 14, 15 or 16 Days – Best Things to Do + Tips
You’re going to Thailand for your next trip and you’re looking for the best itinerary?
You’re at the right place!
In order to help you plan your trip, I have prepared for you this 14, 15 or 16 days road trip itinerary in Thailand.
In this guide, in addition to the must-see attractions, I will also give you all my best tips as well as a list of the best accommodations depending on your budget.
So, what are the best things to do during your 14-15 days in Thailand?
- Thailand Itinerary: 14, 15 or 16 Days – Best Things to Do + Tips
1) Phuket (4 days)
For this 14 or 15-day trip to Thailand, you should start by exploring Phuket.
As there is an international airport in Phuket, it’s the most convenient place to start a trip in Southern Thailand. Don’t forget to compare the flight prices to Phuket in the dedicated section at the end of this guide.
From the airport, you can take the taxi, bus or a private transfer (click here for info) to reach your hotel. You should choose a hotel near one of these 2 areas:
- Patong, located west of Phuket, on the seafront. it’s the most lively (and touristy) area of the island!
- Phuket Town, on the Eastern shore. It’s a convenient area to stay because it’s located near the boat terminal. You can thus easily reach the other Andaman Sea islands like Koh Phi Phi or Koh Lanta.
For your first day in Phuket, you can simply lay down your towel and relax on Patong Beach, a 2-km long sandy beach. You can sunbathe, swim or, if you want more action, rent a jetski or go parasailing!
In the late afternoon, stay in Patong and take a walk on Bangla Road. The island’s busiest street is home to many shops, bars and restaurants.
On Bangla Road, you can also go to Simon Cabaret and attend the best known ladyboys (men that could easily be mistaken for women) show in Phuket.
This attraction is very popular, so remember to book your tickets in advance by clicking here.
If you aren’t interested in this show, here’s another option: you can attend a muay thai boxing fight, the national sport. Crazy atmosphere guaranteed!
You need to book your tickets in advance here.
Then have a good night’s sleep at your hotel to recover from the jet lag.
For your second day in Phuket, continue to explore the island.
For example, you can focus on the Eastern coast, towards Phuket Town. If your hotel is in Patong, just take the bus or rent a scooter for the day.
If you prefer, you can opt for an organized day trip with pickup at your hotel. It’s the easiest way to see some of the best places to visit in Phuket!
You will find all the information you need to book this tour by clicking on the button below:
In Phuket Town, you should visit the old town and walk along Thalang Road and its surroundings. You will be able to admire the colourful Sino Portuguese style houses and buildings that give the place its charm.
There, you will also find several local craft shops and cafés.
In the district, you can also visit:
- Thai Hua Museum, on the history of Phuket
- Phang Nga Road and its street art
- The Phuket Museum, located in the Old Standard Chartered Bank building
Then head to Monkey Hill, for sure the best place to meet monkeys in Southern Thailand. They won’t hesitate to approach you if you have something to feed them. You can buy peanuts and bananas from many local vendors.
After feeding the monkeys, take the opportunity to climb to the top of the hill to admire the view.
While talking about nice views, you should continue on your path to reach Khao Rang Hill, another famous viewpoint in Phuket. Before you get there, stop by the temple of the same name to see the large golden Buddha statue.
To end the day, you should then head to one of Phuket beaches to take a dip!
In the evening, you can attend the Siam Niramit show. More than a hundred actors and dancers participate in this show tracing the history of Thailand.
Click on the button below to book your tickets:
On the third day, you can continue your 15-day tour in Thailand by going to Koh Phi Phi island. It’s one of the most famous boat trips in the country!
The island, and more particularly Maya Bay beach, owes its popularity to the film, “The Beach” starring Leonardo di Caprio. Since then, all tour operators have been offering this day trip from Phuket.
Unfortunately, the hundreds of boats dumping more than 5,000 visitors a day have damaged the marine ecosystem and corals. Since 2018, it’s therefore forbidden to land on the beach, so you will just have to admire it from the deck of the boat.
This boat trip is a must-do during your 14-15-day itinerary in Thailand, as you will also discover other places just as beautiful as Maya Bay:
- Bamboo Island
- Maiton Island
- Khai Island
- Monkey Beach
- Pi Leh Cove
- Viking Cave
The great thing is that everything is included:
- Hotel pick-up and transport to the harbor
- Speedboat cruise
- Mask and snorkel are provided free of charge for snorkeling
- Unlimited free soft drinks
Yes, everything is included in the price of around 120 USD (around 4200 Bahts).
Simply click on the button below to book your boat trip to Koh Phi Phi from Phuket:
And for an even more special day, you can instead book a luxury cruise to Koh Phi Phi on a catamaran. You can have all the information by clicking here!
For your fourth day in Phuket, you have several options:
1) Do another boat trip, this time to the Similan Islands archipelago.
I highly recommend it if you enjoy snorkeling or diving, as these islands are often ranked among the most beautiful diving spots in the world!
Here too, everything is included and organized for you, from the start in front of your hotel until your return to Phuket in the evening.
You can enjoy 3 swimming/snorkeling stops, a picnic in an idyllic setting, climb to the Sail Rock viewpoint and spend time on the beautiful beach of Donald Duck Bay.
To book your trip to the Similan Islands from Phuket, simply click on the button below:
2) Spend a day in an elephant sanctuary, where you can feed and wash them.
The living conditions of elephants in Thailand have always been quite deplorable. Many are abused from a very young age so that tourists can take rides on their backs when they become adults.
Hopefully, sanctuaries and shelters were created with the goal of helping injured, abused or old animals and allow them to live in the most natural environment possible.
Of course, you won’t be able to ride on their back, but you can help caretakers feed and wash them.
As the number of visitors is very limited each day, you really need to book your visit to Phuket elephant sanctuary in advance by clicking on the button below:
3) Rent a scooter to discover the southern part of the island.
Here are the best places to visit in the south of Phuket:
- Wat Chalong
- Big Buddha
- Karon View Point
- Nai Harn Beach
- Windmill Viewpoint and Yanui Beach
- Watch the sunset at Promthep Cape
And if you want more ideas of things to do in Phuket, you should read my dedicated article: Phuket: The definitive guide.
Accommodation in Phuket
If you want to be on the lively side of Phuket, you should stay around Patong. Here is my selection of accommodation in the area:
- Lub D Phuket Patong: Youth Hostel 5 minutes from Patong Beach and 10 minutes from Bangla Road. Modern and very clean dormitory bed from €12. Strong points: huge swimming pool, common areas with even a boxing ring, design, cleanliness. This is the best hostel in Phuket!
- Mazi Design Hotel by Kalima: Located 5 minutes from the night market and 10 minutes from Bangla Road. Spacious designer double room from €35 per night, breakfast at €7. Strong points: swimming pool, location, comfort of the rooms. It’s my favorite for its excellent value for money in Patong.
- Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central: Located opposite the beach. Modern and warm double room with balcony from €72, breakfast included. Strong points: outdoor facilities, swimming pool, welcoming atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff.
- Phuket Marriott Resort Spa, Merlin Beach: 5-star hotel complex located 2 miles from Patong, right on Tri-Trang beach. Warm and comfortable double room with private balcony or terrace from €110, breakfast at €19. Strong points: sea-side location, private beach, quiet, playground for children, setting. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Phuket!
If you prefer to stay in Phuket Town, here is my selection of hotels:
- Baan Baan hostel: Hostel located in Phuket Old Town. Dormitory bed from €8, breakfast included. Strong points: helpful staff, cleanliness, location, calm atmosphere. The best youth hostel to stay in Phuket Town!
- Ritsurin Boutique Hotel: Located 600 metres from Thalang Street. Clean and well-equipped double room from €28. Strong points: location, cleanliness, friendly staff.
- The Malika Hotel: Located 1.8 km from the old town. Double room with very comfortable bedding and balcony from €38, breakfast at €6. Strong points: swimming pool, quiet atmosphere, friendly staff, ideal location to take the boat to Koh Phi Phi. It’s my favorite for its excellent value for money in Phuket Town!
- Casa Blanca Boutique Hotel: Located in the old town. Double room decorated with great taste from €50 per night, breakfast at €7. Strong points: excellent location, friendly staff, right next to the night market.
- Novotel Phuket Phokeethra: Located 1 mile away from the old town. Super spacious double room, modern design from €85, breakfast at €15. Strong points: setting, comfort, ideal to visit the old town, close to the boat to the islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. This is my recommendation for an upscale stay in Phuket Town!
2) Koh Lanta (3 days)
For the 2nd leg of your 14, 15 or 16 day road trip in Thailand, you will leave Phuket and go to another island of the Andaman Sea: Koh Lanta.
To get there, you will have to take a boat departing from Rassada harbor, a few miles East of Phuket Town.
You should ask your hotel to book tickets for you 1 to 2 days before. They usually manage to negotiate better rates than what you would get if you book by yourself.
For example, we paid only 700 Bahts (including transfer to the harbor) instead of 1000 Bahts!
To go from Phuket to Koh Lanta, you will have to take 2 boats:
- First, from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi (a 2h30 journey)
- Then a second boat will take you from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta in 1h15.
You will depart from Phuket around 9 am and arrive in Koh Lanta around 1 pm.
If you prefer to take only 1 boat, there is a faster way to get to Koh Lanta: taking a speedboat!
However, not many seats are available, so you really need to book it in advance by clicking here.
During your boat trip, you will be offered transportation to your hotel in Koh Lanta.
It’s very convenient and prices are the same as those you will get if you book the transfer to your hotel when you arrive in Koh Lanta.
In the afternoon, you can relax at one of the beaches near your hotel or rent a scooter to discover the west coast of the island. It’s where the most beautiful beaches are located!
The more you go to the South, the quieter the beaches will be.
You will find more info about the best beaches of Koh Lanta in my detailed article: The 15 Best Things to Do in Koh Lanta.
Spend your first night at Koh Lanta.
For your second day in Koh Lanta, you should do the 4 islands boat trip.
I really loved that boat tour, it was for sure one of the best days I had during my trip to Thailand!
The islands you will visit are really beautiful and there are a lot of fish.
During your boat trip, you will discover:
- Koh Chuek, your first snorkeling stop
- Koh Waen, 2nd snorkeling stop. The fish and corals are very different from Koh Chuek.
- Koh Muk (the Emerald Cave): after a short swim in a 80 meter-long cave, you will arrive at a beautiful hidden lagoon, bordered by a forest.
- Koh Ngai, famous for its long sandy beach named Paradise Beach and its crystal clear waters . There, you will have lunch and some time to swim.
The price is approximately 1350 Bahts per person (about 40USD) and everything is included:
- Transfer from your hotel to the harbor
- Full day boat trip
- Snorkeling equipment
- Water and fruits
You need to click on the button below to book your 4-island boat trip from Koh Lanta:
The trip that I recommend is on a traditional Thai boat, however if you prefer, you can also book a similar trip by speedboat.
For your 3rd day in Koh Lanta, you have several options depending on your preferences:
1) Go on a boat trip to Koh Rok Island
This is the second most popular boat trip, after the “4 islands” I mentioned above. Koh Rok is one of the most famous spots in Thailand to swim and snorkel thanks to its gorgeous reefs and numerous fishes.
You will have the full day to enjoy this paradise island (1 hour by boat from Koh Lanta).
This boat trip costs around 1800 Bahts (55 USD) per person and everything is included.
To book your boat trip to Koh Rok, you simply need to click on the button below:
2) Stay in Koh Lanta and choose between several activities:
- Kayaking in the mangrove, from Tung Yee Peng harbor. Click here to book!
- A boat trip in the mangrove swamp
- Scuba diving
- A day in an elephant sanctuary to feed and wash them
- Take a cooking class at Cooking with Mon
- Go on a walk in the old town of Koh Lanta
- Visiting Khao Kaew Caves or Tiger Cave
- Take a walk in Mu Koh Lanta National Park
All the details about these activities can be found in my dedicated article: The 15 Best Things to Do in Koh Lanta.
Spend one last night in Koh Lanta.
Accommodation in Koh Lanta
In Koh Lanta, hotels are located on the west coast of the island, close to the numerous beaches.
As always, the best rooms are fully booked months in advance, so make sure to book as soon as you have your travel dates!
- Hub of Joys Hostel: Hostel located 350 metres from Long Beach. Clean and pleasant dormitory bed from €6 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: friendly staff, 5 minutes from the beach, good breakfast. This is the cheapest accommodation option in Koh Lanta! Perfect for backpackers.
- Long Beach Chalet: Located right on Long Beach. Bright and comfortable bungalow from 25€ per night, breakfast included. Strong points: swimming pool, direct access to the beach.
- SriLanta Resort: Located on Klong Nin Beach. Thai style villa with a terrace overlooking the garden from 35€, breakfast at 10€. Strong points: 3 swimming pools, the setting, ideal location to go to the beach, comfort. It’s my favorite for its excellent value for money!
- Kaw Kwang Beach Resort: Located on Klong Dao Beach. Nice and spacious double room from 50€, breakfast included. Strong points: sea-view, very quiet and accessible beach, swimming pool, landscaped garden, free pick-up and drop-off at the port.
- Rawi Warin Resort And Spa: 5 star hotel located 400 metres from Klong Nin Beach. Modern Thai style double room with wooden furniture and balcony from 85€, breakfast included. Strong points: swimming pools, playground for children, view, competent staff, ample and varied breakfast. Ideal for an upscale romantic stay!
- Pimalai Resort & Spa: 5 star hotel located 650 ft from Kantiang Beach. Very spacious and tastefully decorated double room from 210€, breakfast included. Strong points: the splendid infinity pool, dedicated staff, location, view, excellent breakfast. This is my recommendation for a luxury stay in Koh Lanta!
3) Krabi (4 days)
Your 15-day itinerary in Thailand will now take you to Krabi, still in the Andaman Sea.
From Koh Lanta you will have to take the ferry to Krabi. It takes about 2h30 and costs 350 Bahts per person (including transfers from your hotel to the port).
During the crossing, people will offer you taxis and shuttles to Krabi Town, Railay or Ao Nang. The prices are a bit high for Thailand but you should be able to negotiate a bit.
Anyway, it’s just as expensive as the options you will get when you will arrive in the port of Krabi.
When choosing your accommodation in Krabi, you should really stay in Ao Nang, the main seaside resort of the province. It’s the most convenient!
You can spend your first afternoon in Krabi on Ao Nang beach, or the slighly wilder Noppharat Thara Beach.
Spend your first night in Ao Nang.
For your second day in Krabi, you should go to Railay peninsula, only accessible by boat.
To get there, you simply have to go to Ao Nang beach and take a boat. Tickets need to be bought at a small kiosk near the beach, you don’t need to book in advance.
You can reach Railay in just 10 minutes for 200 Bahts per person round trip (don’t lose your return ticket during the day).
On Railay, the plan is simple: enjoy the beach! The fine sands, turquoise waters, heavenly setting, everything is set for a relaxing day.
The 2 most beautiful beaches are Railay West Beach (where you arrive by boat) and Phra Nang Beach (15 minutes on foot from West Beach). Between the 2, you will find numerous bars and restaurants.
And if you want to do something else than sunbathing and swimming, that’s also possible! You can:
- Rent a kayak or a paddle board
- Climb to Railay viewpoint to admire the panoramic view over the whole peninsula. The climb is very steep and requires using ropes for about 15 minutes, so wear sneakers.
- Climbing activities: Railay is a famous rock climbing spot. To book your climbing course in Railay with a reliable agency that meets safety standards, click here!
On the next day, you should really do the best boat trip of Krabi province.
It start from Ao Nang beach, so it’s super convenient! (now you see why I recommended you to find an hotel there rather than in Krabi town 😎)
The boat trip is once again called “4 islands”. Yep, same name as the boat trip from Koh Lanta, but different islands!
During the day, you will discover:
- Koh Poda
- Koh Kai, also called Chicken Island
- Koh Tup
- Phra Nang Cave (in Railay)
As always, everything is included: hotel pickup and drop off, lunch, drinking water, fresh fruits and snorkeling equipment!
For your 4th and last day in Krabi, you have several options:
1) Visit krabi town and its surroundings.
From Ao Nang, you can rent a scooter or take the song thaew (shared taxi) to go to Krabi.
First, you should go to Tiger Temple (Wat Pham Suea), about 10 km from downtown. Built on top of a hill, the temple offers a 360° view over Krabi after climbing 1,237 steps!
In addition to going to the top of the hill, you can also enjoy a 30-minute walk in the forest in the part of the site called “Wonderland”.
Entry to the temple is free, but ladies, you will have to cover your legs and shoulders!
Then head to Krabi town for a short stroll to explore the main points of interest:
- Wat Kaew Ko Wararam: a pretty white temple
- The Andaman Art Museum and its paintings and sculptures by Thai and international artists
- Krabi market
- Khao Kanab Nam, the 2 karst rocks, symbol of the city.
2) Spend a day at the emerald pool and hot springs.
If you haven’t rented a scooter, the best way to get there is to opt for an organized day trip:
3) Hiking at Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, 20 km North of Krabi.
4) Hiking the Tab Kak Hang Nak trail, 40 km from Krabi.
I tell you everything about these activities in my dedicated article: The 17 Best Things to Do in Krabi.
Spend one last night in Ao Nang.
Where to stay in Krabi / Ao Nang
- K-Bunk Hostel: Hostel located 15 minutes walk from Ao Nang beach. Dormitory bed from €13. Strong points: the staff, the ambiance, comfortable beds.
- Cocco House: Located 1.5 km away from Nopparat Beach. Very clean and quiet bungalow from €30 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: excellent breakfast, free bike rental, good bedding. It’s my favorite for its excellent value for money in Ao Nang.
- Wake Up Aonang Hotel: Located right next to the beach. Double room with large bay windows and sea view from €50. Strong points: the beach adjacent location and all the restaurants, swimming pool, comfort.
- Phu Pha Aonang Resort Spa: Located 800 m away from Ao Nang Beach. Wooden and parquet floor room with patio from €75, breakfast included. Strong points: lush garden, view of the cliff, swimming pool, free shuttle to the town. This is my recommendation for an upscale stay in Ao Nang.
- The Nine Thipthara Klongson Resort: Located 5 km from the sea. Very spacious and tastefully decorated villa with a spa bath, from €220, breakfast included. Strong points: environment, swimming pool, beautiful rooms. My recommendation for a luxury stay in Ao Nang. The best place to spend a romantic holiday!
4) Koh Yao Noi (3 days)
You should end your 15-day trip to Thailand on a small island that is far less touristy than its neighbors: Koh Yao Noi.
To get to Koh Yao Noi, you need to take a boat from Krabi. The journey takes only 30 minutes and costs 300 Bahts per person. Upon arrival in Koh Yao, you can take a taxi to reach your hotel (100 Bahts per person).
For your first day on the island, rent a scooter (300 Bahts) and explore surroundings while stopping at the most beautiful beaches to take a dip.
Spend the night in Koh Yao Noi.
The next day, you should really do the 4 islands boat trip (yes, very original name 🤣. As you’ve noticed, it’s still the same name as the boat trip from Koh Lanta and Krabi, but the islands are, once again, different).
I know that’s a lot of boat trips, but exploring the small islands is for sure one of the best things to do during a 14, 15 or 16 day stay in Thailand!
During this tour, you will discover:
- Koh Ka Mit (Monkey Island)
- Koh Pak Bia
- Koh Lao Lading
- Koh Hong
To book this boat trip, you will need to ask your hotel. The cost is 2500 Bahts for the boat, to be divided between the number of participants.
For your last day in Koh Yao Noi, you should go on another boat trip. This time, you can visit Phang Nga Bay and the most famous island in the area: James Bond Island.
This boat trip is quite different than the other ones you did. It’s not that much about swimming and snorkeling, but rather about exploring the islands and having the opportunity to take pictures of the splendid landscapes. You can also go kayaking in caves.
In addition to the stop on James Bond Island, you will also explore the island of Koh Panyee and its large floating market. There, you will find numerous souvenir shops and restaurants.
The price is 4500 Bahts per boat, shared between the number of passengers.
If you’re tired of boating, you can also stay in Koh Yao Noi and have a walk, swim, go kayaking or simply relax on the beach.
Spend one last night in Koh Yao Noi.
You can find all the best places to visit and the most beautiful beaches of Koh Yao Noi in my article: The 12 Best Things to do in Koh Yao Noi.
Accommodation in Koh Yao Noi
- Tha Khao Bay View: Located to the east of the island. Simple bungalow with fan from €25 per night. Strong points: the incredible view of the sea, the location in the middle of nature, the friendliness of the owners. An excellent choice for a cheap stay in Koh Yao Noi!
- Koh Yao Seaview Bungalow: Located on the seafront, 15 minutes away in a songthaew from the port. Very spacious bungalow with a large bed and private terrace overlooking the swimming pool or the sea, from €45 per night. Strong points: the beach is nearby, the calmness, the swimming pool, the really cheap restaurant which provides delicious food in ample quantities. It’s my favorite for its excellent value for money!
- Paradise KohYao: Located to the north of the island. Tastefully decorated room with an outdoor bathroom and private terrace from €95, breakfast included. Strong points: idyllic setting, infinity pool, private beach, location in the bay.
- Cape Kudu Hotel, Koh Yao Noi: Located to the south-east of the island. Spacious and bright double room with very fancy decoration, from €150 per night, breakfast included. Strong points: design, calm, dreamy setting, friendly staff. A beautiful hotel in Koh Yao Noi, perfect for a romantic stay!
- Laguna Villas Yao Noi: Located to the south-east of the island, right on the beach. Beautiful fully equipped villas, a perfect mix of modern and traditional Thai style from €200 per night, including breakfast. Strong points: sea-facing location, large swimming pool, close to excellent restaurants.
- Six Senses Yao Noi: This is the most luxurious hotel on the whole island. It offers splendid villas with private swimming pools and even a butler that will be assigned to you for the duration of your stay. From €570, breakfast included. Strong points: Spa, gym, private beach, comfort, excellent meals, exceptional service. This is clearly the most beautiful luxury hotel in Koh Yao Noi. A dream place to spend your honeymoon or a romantic stay!
5) Return to Phuket (1 day)
And so, we are at the end of your 15-day road trip to Southern Thailand!
From Koh Yao Noi, you should take the speedboat to Phuket. It takes 30 minutes and costs 300 Bahts per person to get there.
You will arrive in the north-east of Phuket, at Rang Bang Pier. From there you can take the taxi (700 Bahts) to Phuket airport for your return flight.
If you have any question to organize your 15-day itinerary in Thailand, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments sections below.
🚗 Rent a car
🗽 Book entrance tickets and guided visits
🏄 Book your sports activities
🚤 Book your rental boat
🌍 Take a travel insurance
🙎 Book a tour
🚅 Book your train tickets
✈️ Book your flight
Thailand travel Guides
- Buy the Lonely Planet Thailand guide on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk
- Buy the DK Eyewitness Thailand guide on Amazon.com or on Amazon.co.uk
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