There is now a little over a month left until I will be heading to Thailand and Vietnam for a month. We have split up the trip so we have equal time in both countries and although two weeks sounds like a long time, when you start to plan things you quickly realise the difficulty in seeing everything in such a small time scale.
I hope this will help you if you are planning your own trip to Thailand, if you have any tips for me or other fellow travellers in getting the most out of the two weeks I would love to hear!
We are a group of backpackers and have a budget of around £500 per person for the two week trip. This means we are relying to the cheapest mode of transport, cheapest accommodation and activities.
Our two weeks itinerary plan as of right now is this.
As you can see our priority was the islands and beaches in the south. We decided because of time to skip Chiang Mai for another visit in the future.
We fly into Bangkok and plan to spend a few days visiting temples and Khao San Road and the other sights. We then catch a train down to Hua Hin, a small town a few hours away from Bangkok which is popular for those who want a short getaway from the city. We don't plan on staying long, but long enough to visit the Wildlife Friends Foundation Trust, a sanctuary for elephants and other animals that are often exploited by humans for entertainment.
From Hua Hin we travel down to Koh Phi Phi and the surrounding islands to enjoy the beaches and laidback life. We have a more relaxed schedule from here on out and may decide to travel to different islands. We then finally want to travel to Koh Tao for the snorkelling and scuba diving. Due to time it is probably unlikely that we can visit the other two main islands in the area. We will then catch a train back to Bangkok and head to the airport to catch a plane to Vietnam where we will spend another two weeks.
I will be trying to update our trip as it happens.