2 Weeks in Thailand: Explore Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui

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  • Bangkok

  • Thailand

  • Chiang Mai

  • Phuket

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Coastal

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Curator’s statement

From the mouthwatering flavors of its cuisine to the awe-inspiring ancient temples, Thailand is a sensory feast for the soul. Gracious locals will welcome you with smiles, while elephant-filled jungles and crystal-clear waters offer unforgettable experiences. Get ready to be amazed by Thailand's vibrant culture, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable experiences. Spend four nights in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui.

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Where to stay in Thailand

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Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

Modern sky-rise hotel in the heart of Bangkok with sleek rooms.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Capella Bangkok

Luxe hotel nearby the Chao Phraya River with contemporary rooms and villas offering river views.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Raya Heritage

Luxurious boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Northern Thailand's lush Chiang Mai region, offering a serene and culturally immersive retreat along the banks of the Ping River.

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  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Thailand

A huge royal palace in A view of temples with red and yellow roofing and intricate stonework in Bangkok surrounded by green trees.


  • Tour The Grand Palace: A must-see in Thailand to learn about the history of the royal family.

  • Ghost Tour: Adventure through Bangkok's Chinatown, uncovering chilling legends and haunted alleyways as you learn about the influence of Chinese culture on the Thai people.

  • Street Food Tour in a TukTuk: Jump on a tuktuk as your guide weaves you through the crazy streets of Bangkok, stopping at only the best food stalls along the way.

  • River Cruise: Witness the city sparkle as you glide along the Chao Phraya River on a night cruise, enjoying breathtaking views and a unique perspective.

  • Jim Thompson House: Explore the fascinating life of Jim Thompson, a silk pioneer, and step into his stunning Thai-style house filled with art and history.

Chiang Mai:

  • Explore the Night Markets: Shop until you drop at the night markets. Saturday and Sunday markets bring even more vendors than the daily setup.

  • Drink Coffee: Enjoy Chiang Mai's thriving coffee culture, sipping craft brews in chic cafes or savoring local roasts amidst ancient temples.

  • Elephant Sanctuary: Visit Patara Elephant Farm, the best ethical sanctuary in the country.

  • Get a Traditional Thai Massage: Unwind your body and soul with a traditional Thai massage, whether you choose a luxury spa or a foot massage on the street.

Koh Samui:

  • Hike to a Waterfall: Explore Koh Samui's waterfalls, hike to Khun Si or Na Muang Waterfalls.

  • Beach Hop: Discover Koh Samui's diverse coastline, from the vibrant shores of Chaweng to the serenity of Maenam. Snorkel in crystal-clear waters, bask on sun-kissed sands and savor island life at each unique beach.

  • Visit the Big Buddha: Explore Wat Phra Yai, home to the majestic Big Buddha statue towering peacefully over the island. Soak in panoramic views, witness serene Buddhist practices and experience the spiritual heart of Koh Samui.

  • Ang Thong National Marine Park: Embark on an aquatic adventure into the breathtaking wonders of Ang Thong Marine Park. Kayak through emerald lagoons, explore hidden caves and snorkel amidst vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life.

Places to eat & drink in Thailand

Plates and bowls of food including meats, vegetables, stews and sauces.


  • Breakfast at Kimpton Maii Lai Bangkok - Stock Room: One of the best reasons to stay at this hotel is the breakfast!

  • Lunch or Dinner at Err Urban Rustic Thai: Easy, cheap and great Thai food.

  • Bar at Tep Bar: Focuses on Thai whiskey drinks and has live music.

Chiang Mai:

  • All Day at Woo Cafe Chiang Mai: Amazing restaurant, flower shop and bakery in the heart of town, a true concept store.

  • All Day at Over and Over Coffee: It's hard to choose the best coffee shop in town, but we love their drinks.

  • Dinner at Anantara Chiang Mai - Jao Ping River Cruise: Enjoy a dinner cruise along the river.

Koh Samui:

  • Dinner at Jun Hom: Delicious open-air dining on the beach.

  • Dinner at Koh Thai Kitchen at The Four Seasons: Located on a hilltop with gorgeous views and amazing food.

  • Dinner at Saffron at The Banyan Tree: Not to be missed.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Charlotte Burgoyne’s guide, Thailand's Best Hidden Beaches (Family-Friendly). This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Phuket.

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