Great Thailand Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?


Thailand is a bucket list destination and is one of the most unique and culture-filled countries on the globe. This Southeast Asian gem consists of all kinds of landscapes including magnificent temples set amongst a backdrop of breathtaking mountains in the northern provinces along with crystal-clear waters in the southern islands. Thailand is also home to some of the finest architectural designs in the world including the Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai and the Wat Saket in Bangkok. Below we have listed a great overview of Thailand itineraries to help you plan your trip from as little as a week all the way to an extensive period of time in the country.

How much time should I spend in Thailand?

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The smallest length of time to see Thailand would last from about 6 to 7 days and this will allow you to dip your toes into Thailand’s incredible culture and landscapes, whether it be in the southern islands or in the northern provinces. If you have a few more days in the country then a 10-day Thailand itinerary is the perfect amount of time to add an extra location in, combine the city of Bangkok with the Thai Islands or spend your remaining days exploring the Northern Cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Despite 7 and 10-day trips being certainly doable we would recommend spending a minimum of 2 weeks in the country to be able to really explore its best wonders. In two weeks, you have the ability to tick off multiple bucket list destinations including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, and Bangkok.

Thailand in 7 days

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7 days in Thailand is perfect for those who are on a limited time frame as it allows you to dip your toes into one or two of Thailand’s most beautiful destinations. Thailand’s large size may make you feel a bit pushed for time, so we recommend you make some tough decisions and focus on one or two areas, so you experience them to their fullest.

Spend your week adventuring through the bustling city of Bangkok’s soaking up culturally rich sights including the temple of the Golden Buddha before catching a flight to Chiang Mai to explore Northern Thailand on a 7-day tour to the country. Alternatively, spend 6 days cruising through the gulf of Thailand exploring Thailand’s plethora of magical paradise islands. Spend your trip exploring where culture meets nature making stops at key hotspots including Phuket, Thale Noi Lake, and Khao Luang National Park.

Check out our recommended 7-day in Thailand article for more ideas. You can also browse through our 7-day Thailand itineraries that offer a smorgasbord of options for all kinds of travelers.

Thailand in 10 days

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Whether you are a lover of art and architecture or want to dive into the deep blue waters off the coast of Thailand, a 10-day trip to the country is sure to knock your socks off. Explore lush rainforests, untamed rivers, and beautiful temples, traverse northern Thailand’s hill tribe territory and visit an elephant care center. You can also combine Thailand with one of its neighbors by visiting the surrounding countries that are at its Gulf. Tour Bangkok, explore its key sites, and cruise down the Mekong River with stopovers at Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, and Kuang Si Falls.

You can browse our recommended 10-days in Thailand article for more inspiration or book one of our 10-day Thailand tours below and you will not be disappointed.

Thailand in 2 weeks

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You are in for an in-depth adventure through Siam when you book a two-week Thailand tour. Discover some of the country’s best natural and historic sites as you leave your footprints in places ranging from the mountainous north to the balmy beaches and sunny islands of southern Thailand. Take a leisurely stroll through Bangkok and visit the famous floating market of Damnoen Saduak. Soak up the verdant atmosphere of Kanchanaburi and take a long-tail boat on a ride while in the Hong Islands.

For the more adventurous travelers, cycle through Ayutthaya and enjoy a full-day kayaking experience in the protected waters of Ban Laem Sak. Combines major cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai with picturesque Erawan National Park, known for its namesake, seven-tiered cascade, and the islands and beaches around Koh Samui.

Customize your perfect 2-weeks in Thailand with the help of our guide. Make sure to scroll through our incredible 2-week Thailand tours below for a trip of a lifetime!

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