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The Ultimate 6 Week Thailand Itinerary

The Ultimate 6 Week Thailand Itinerary

I have created this Ultimate 6 week Thailand Itinerary to cover all of the main tourist hotspots in Thailand and a few extras that aren’t visited as often!

I know most Visas on Arrival allow for 30 days but I recommend extending this to 60 if you can.

Personally I think there is too much of Thailand to cover in just 4 weeks but of course, if you are limited on time or have more to spare then please use this guide as the backbone of your plans, adding, removing or adjusting as you need.

Thailand is one of my favourite places in the world, the country is so vast as hand so much to offer.

From island hopping, turquoise oceans, snorkelling, beach days, learning to free dive and a chilled-out vibe in the south to rich culture, temples, Elephant sanctuaries, thick jungles and a more traditional way of life in the north, Thailand just keeps giving.

I hope my Ultimate 6 Week Thailand Itinerary can help you see just how wonderful Thailand is and gives you a taste of everything this wonderful country has to offer. My hope is that it leaves you planning to come back over and over again.

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6 Week Thailand itinerary

Itinerary Overview

  • Phuket — 2 nights
  • Koh Lanta — 4 nights
  • Railay — 2 nights
  • Krabi — 4 nights
  • Khao Sok — 2 nights 
  • Koh Samui — 4 nights 
  • Koh Phangan — 2 nights
  • Koh Tao — 4 nights
  • Bangkok — 3 nights
  • Ayutthaya — 2 nights
  • Chiang Mai — 5 nights
  • Pai — 5 nights
  • Chiang Rai — 3 nights
View of Koh Lanta from Na Muang Waterfall 2

Phuket — 2 nights

You can fly into any of the international airports in Thailand, many people start in Bangkok but I think it is better to start your journey in either the north or the south and continue on from there following the route you wish to take.

My 6 week Thailand itinerary is starting in the south so I recommend arranging your flight into Phuket.

Phuket airport is a large international airport that you can easily find return flights to from most countries in the world.

Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and has lots to offer, however speaking from experience if you have travelled a long way to get there then I would recommend just booking a nice hotel or chill hostel to relax in so you can adjust to the time zone.

Things to do in Phuket

Where to Stay in Phuket

Luxury: Sinae Phuket & Outrigger Surin Beach Resort

Mid-Range: Holiday Village & Natural Garden Resort & Alleyhill Phuket

Budget: Bearpacker Patong Hostel & Peranakan Boutique Hotel

Phuket ➡️ Koh Lanta

After you’ve acclimatised to Thai life it’s time to head out to the islands to get yourself immersed in island life and to get this 6 week Thailand Itinerary really started!

Getting around Thailand is relatively easy and most means of public transport run smoothly, are well organised and often run on time.

Depending on where you are staying in Phuket you will need to make your way to Rassada Pier in Phuket Town by bus, local taxi or Grab (just like Uber in the UK).

You can buy boat tickets on arrival but to ensure you have seats booked I would always recommend booking in advance, I always use 12go.asia here you can find all departure times and book instantly with immediate confirmation.

💡 If you would like to stop at the world-famous party island Phi Phi then this is the perfect time to slot in a 1 or 2-night stay.

Freedom beach sunset phuket

Koh Lanta — 4 nights

A bit more off the typical tourist’s path Koh Lanta is one of my favourite places in Thailand, it is like stepping back in time to Thailand before tourism.

Here you can find cute rustic accommodations, family-run restaurants, beautiful beaches, reggae bars and a whole lot of that chilled island life vibe.

Koh Lanta is a true example of island living, here everything moves slowly and with not too much to do you’re encouraged to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Things to do in Koh Lanta 

Where to Stay in Koh Lanta 

Luxury: Baan Thai Lanta Resort & Long Beach Chalet

Mid-Range: Chomview Resort & Na Vela Village

Budget: Navareeya House Seaview & Hub of Joys Hostel

Koh Lanta ➡️ Railay

Getting from Koh Lanta to Railay is easily done using one of the ferries that depart daily, you can find the full schedule here at 12go.asia and book your chosen time with immediate confirmation.

To get to Sala Dan ferry port located in the north of the island I recommend speaking to your accommodation to see if they can book you a joint taxi with anyone else that might also be leaving that day, or to book you a private taxi.

‼️ Note that when you get to Railay the ferries are too large to approach the floating pier so you will be transferred from the ferry onto a longtail boat in the middle of the ocean, this works very smoothly but just ensure you keep an eye on your bag and make sure it gets onto the longtail boat – when we did this someone’s bag got left on the ferry!

Ba Kan Tieng Beach

Railay — 2 nights

Most people skip staying in Railay and just visit for a day from Ao Nang in Krabi but doing it this way means you miss so much!

Railay had to have a spot in my 6 week Thailand Itinerary, it may be small but it has so much to offer from lazing on the beach, hiking to viewpoints, amazing food and rock climbing there is something here for everyone.

Imagine stunning white sand beaches lined with palm trees and huge limestone cliffs as the backdrop.

Not accessible by car there is no major infrastructure here meaning it gives off small island vibes without being an island.

Things to do in Railay

  • Railay Beach
  • Tonsai Beach
  • Phra Nang Cave Beach
  • Phra Nang Cave
  • Phra Nang Beach Viewpoint
  • Hike to Railay Viewpoint & Lagoon
  • Phra Nang Nai Cave (Diamond Cave)
  • Rock Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Wander the boutique shops
  • Eat some local food
  • Visit one of the many cute cafes
  • Relax in a Reggae Bar
  • Take a day trip to Phi Phi – check out my full guide

Embrace the tranquillity of Railay and check out my ‘12 Best Things to Do in Railay in 2024‘ guide to give you a more in-depth insight into the best things to do here and to plan your perfect stay.

Where to Stay in Railay

Luxury: Sand Sea Resort Railay & Railay Phutawan Resort

Mid-Range: Avatar Railay & Railay Princess Resort

Budget: Blanco Hideout Railay & Rapala Rock Wood Resort

Railay ➡️ Ao Nang, Krabi 

Getting from Railay to Krabi is very simple and only a short 5/10 minute journey each way by longtail boat. It’s getting to and from the longtail boat that is the interesting part!

The longtail boats at Railay are always docked just off the shore on the main beach, to get a ticket just head to Railay Beach from the main path and head right, just a little way along you will see a small wooden hut, here you can buy a one-way ticket from Railay to Ao Nang for 200 THB (£4.50).

‼️ Note that you will have to carry your belongings into the ocean, depending on the tide this could be up to about knee height or just below your bum! Of course, depending on how tall you are… It was a very interesting experience having to carry 2 big backpacks into almost waist-height water! Luckily we made it to the boat with our bags all dry.

View from Railay Viewpoint

Ao Nang, Krabi — 4 nights

Ao Nang is located in Krabi and is the perfect place to stay if you are planning on visiting some of the surrounding islands on a boat trip, from here you can get to The Phi Phi islands, Maya Bay and do the 4 Islands Tour.

This popular tourist hub has a lot to offer from bars and vibrant nightlife to traditional spas and sunset spots. Located on the seafront it is also a great place to have the best of both worlds with a busy town offering almost everything to a white sandy beach to relax at.

Things to do in Ao Nang, Krabi

Where to Stay in Ao Nang, Krabi

Luxury: Anana Ecological Resort Railay & Ban Sainai Resort

Mid-Range: The Moon Night Ao Nang Hotel & Sea Seeker Krabi Resort

Budget: @Aonang Guesthouse & Nomads Ao Nang

Ao Nang, Krabi ➡️ Khao Sok

Ao Nang to Khao Sok will be one of your longest travel journeys so far, located about a 4-hour drive north. 

I would recommend completing this journey in a minivan from Ao Nang directly to Khao Sok Van Station. 

If you are booking a multiday trip to visit Khao Sok then speak to them first about getting there as often they can include this in your package.

Check out 12go.asia to find departure times and to book your journey. When booking make sure your pick-up point is from somewhere in Ao Nang, if you choose a starting point from the Krabi bus terminal you will have to pay for additional transport to get you into Krabi.

Girl at Maya Bay, Phi Phi

Khao Sok — 2 nights

Khao Sok is one of the most beautiful places to visit in South Thailand, it is covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, here you can see huge limestone cliffs, deep valleys, breathtaking lakes, caves and wild animals.

There are 2 main destinations in Khao Sok, either Khao Sok village located near the entrance of the national park or Khao Sok Lake (Cheow Lan Lake). 

Both are equally as beautiful but offer very different things. 

Khao Sok Village is known for its hiking trails, from here you can access tons of incredible walks through the jungle and visit plenty of waterfalls along the way.

Khao Sok Lake is known for its famous raft houses, wooden huts floating on the lake, limestone cliffs, caves and viewpoints.

The Wildlife Diaries give you a more in-depth overview of Khao Sok to plan your visit yourself.

Alternatively, you can prebook a multiday trip and everything will be included for you in the one package.

Things to do in Khao Sok

  • Visit the Caves
  • Hike to Viewpoints
  • Spot the Wildlife
  • Kayaking or Canoeing
  • Jungle trekking
  • Boat tour on the lake
  • Glamping on Khao Sok Lake
  • From January – March look out for the world’s biggest flower Rafflesia arnoldii
  • Jungle Cooking
  • Night Safari

Where to Stay in Khao Sok

Luxury: 500 Rai Floating Resort & Praiwan Raft House

Mid-Range: Khaosok Good View Resort & The Bliss Khao Sok

Budget: Ample Forest Khao Sok & Khao Sok PalmviewResort

Khao Sok ➡️ Koh Samui

This will be another long travel day for you!

This journey consists of a minivan/taxi from Khao Sok to the pier in Surat Thani, where you will then catch the ferry from Don Sak Pier to Koh Samui.

To make sure your travel day runs smoothly many companies offer this journey in one complete package from pick up to drop off at Koh Samui’s pier. 

I would reccomend booking a complete package with land/ferry transport combined, you never know what could happen but if you book this package every connection is guarenteed.

You can check out all of the options on 12go.asia and book directly with instant confirmation.

Jungle walkways

Koh Samui — 4 nights 

Koh Samui has so much to offer which is why I suggest you spend 4 nights here! It will also be some nice down time as the last stop during your 3 week South Thailand Itinerary.

This large island has some amazing beaches, vibrant nightlife, chilled areas, upmarket areas, a massive yoga and wellness scene, waterfalls, jungles and so much more!

It is also a great place to book some day trips out to other islands or to book an ethical elephant encounter! It is such a diverse and incredible island, there is so much to see so I guarantee you will be super busy trying to fit it all in.

Things to do in Koh Samui

Check out my ‘Complete Guide to Koh Samui‘ for more information about where to stay, where to eat and more in-depth information about what to do to help plan your 3 week South Thailand itinerary!

Where to Stay in Koh Samui

Luxury: Melia Koh Samui & Vikasa Yoga Retreat

Mid-Range: Moon Cottage & Erawan Villa Hotel

Budget: Chill Inn Samui & Golden Monkey Samui

Koh Samui ➡️ Koh Phangan

Departing from either Nathon, Maenam or Bangrak Pier you can find a large selection of speedboats or ferries to catch over to Koh Phangan.

When booking if you would like to use a speedboat this journey usually takes around 30 minutes, however, be warned that if it’s choppy there’s a good chance you could get wet!

If you would prefer to take a larger ferry these take anything over 45/50 minutes depending on which pier you are arriving at in Koh Phangan, either Thong Sala Pier or Haad Rin Pier.

I would recommend looking at where you are staying on Koh Phangan and which pier is closest and booking your ticket from there.

You can find tickets with instant confirmation on 12go.asia.

Koh Phangan — 2 nights

Famously known for its full moon parties Koh Phangan has been welcoming thousands of partygoers for decades, however, if partying is not your thing there’s plenty more to see!

With a massive Wellness and Yoga scene you can make sure your time in Koh Phangan is suited to you.

Despite its size, Koh Phangan has still kept hold of its slow-paced chilled-out vibe. As more people visit it continues to grow its name as a bucket list destination and not only for the full moon party, here you can find crystal clear waters, jungle treks, waterfalls and viewpoints.

Things to do in Koh Phangan

  • Full Moon Party
  • Learn to Scuba Dive
  • Thong Sala Night Market
  • Hike Khao Ra
  • Half Moon Party
  • Watch the Sunset
  • Kayak around the coast
  • Bottle Beach
  • Zen Beach
  • Secret Beach
  • Thai Cooking Class
  • Explore the Island on a scooter
  • Take a Yoga Class
  • Or book a retreat at the Wonderland Healing Centre
  • Do your 200hr Yoga Teacher Training
  • Meditate with Phra Olarn
  • Visit the Waterfalls
  • Kitesurf

Where to Stay in Koh Phangan

Luxury: Zee Luxury Boutique Hotel & Buri Rasa Village Phangan

Mid-Range: Baan Manali Resort & Zama Resort 

Budget: Yangyai Garden Lodge & Blessings

💡 If you are planning to visit around the full moon you can stay anywhere on the island and tons of tuk-tuks run back and forth all night – make sure to prebook well in advance though as prices rise dramatically and the island often gets fully booked!

Koh Phangan ➡️ Koh Tao 

Getting between the 3 islands in Thailand’s Gulf is very simple, there are 2 major ferry operators running these routes, Lomprayah and Seatran.

They both offer a wide selection of departure times and boat sizes. The Lomprayah & Seatran ferries from Koh Phangan depart daily, you can find their schedules on 12go.asia.

Head to 12go.asia to pick the time that works for you and book your ticket with instant confirmation. 

Girls at full moon party Koh Phangan

Koh Tao — 4 nights

Koh Tao holds the spot for my favourite place in Thailand, this small tropical paradise is so tranquil and has so much to offer. 

Famously known for its diving and underwater world, thousands visit every year to get their PADI open water diving certification or learn to Free Dive.

But it has just as much to offer above land too such as jungle hikes, yoga studios, stunning beaches and plenty of amazing food to try.

Things to do in Koh Tao

For more information on Koh Tao, where to stay and where to eat check out my Complete Travel Guide or 19 Best Things to Do in Koh Tao if you are just looking for some fun things to do while you visit the island.

Girl snorkelling with fish Koh Tao

Where to Stay in Koh Tao

Luxury: Cape Shark Villas & Sensi Paradise Beach Resort

Mid-Range: View Point Resort & DD Hut Koh Tao

Budget: The Dearly & Blue Chitta

Koh Tao ➡️ Bangkok

The cheapest and one of the most popular ways to get from Koh Tao to Bangkok is by ferry and then bus. By far the cheapest costing only around £30 per person, it comes at a price with the journey taking around 10 hours!

If you do choose this route be prepared to get the ferry to Chumphon at 10.15 am where you will then be transferred onto a bus for the rest of the journey taking around 7 hours.

Or if you do not want to get a bus you can get the train directly to Bangkok from Chumpogn train station.

Head to 12go.asia to book your transfer from Koh Tao all the way to Bangkok by your prefered means of transport.

Alternatively, if you have a larger budget or don’t want to waste days travelling you can fly from either Chumphon Airport or head back to Koh Samui and fly from Samui Airport.

Mae Head Beach Koh Tao

Bangkok — 3 nights

Thailand’s capital has so much here to keep you busy, known for its ornate shrines, temples and bustling streets this humungous city might not be everyones cup of tea but it is well worth a visit.

Bangkok is not a city that you can spend a few days in and feel like you have seen it, it is a city that needs to be explored slowly, a place where you need to scratch beneath the tourist areas and discover what it has to offer from a locals point of view.

Things to do in Bangkok

Where to Stay in Bangkok

Luxury: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok & Carlton Hotel Bangkok

Mid-range: Hansa Bangkok House & Ayathorn Bangkok

Budget: Dara Three Hostel & Lobsuek Hostel

Bangkok ➡️ Ayutthaya

The quickest and simplest way to get to Ayutthaya from Bangkok is by train.

Often departing in the evening you can find tickets for the short 45 minute journey for as little as £2.

Departing from Don Mueang, you can find the schedule and tickets on 12go.asia.

Ayutthaya — 2 nights

Located about 80 km north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya is a city that not many visit during their time in Thailand but after researching some more destinations for this itinerary it is one that I will visit when we return here.

Carefully placed Ayutthaya was strategically located on an island surrounded by three rivers connecting the city to the sea.

It was originally the capital of the Siam Kingdom and a well-established trading port. However, in the 18th century it was mostly destroyed by the Burmese.

The original old town now forms Ayutthaya Historical City, an archaeological site containing palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

  • Visit Wat Chai Watthanaram (in the evening if possible)
  • Watch the sunset at Wat Phra Ngam
  • Wat Maha That
  • See the famous Buddha Head embedded in a Banyan Tree
  • Wat Ratchaburana
  • Wat Phra Si Sanphet
  • Wat Yai Chaimongkol
  • Visit the Historical City by bike tour
  • Pay respects to the Buddha image at Wat Phanan Choeng Worawihan
  • Explore Old Wat Phutthai Sawan
  • Visit St Joseph’s colourful church
  • Learn about the history at Chao Sam Phraya National Museum
  • Visit the Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch and French Villages
  • Million toy Museum
  • Thai Boat Museum
  • Visit the markets
  • Eat Boat Noodles
  • Try Palm Weaving
Wat Pho Bangkok girl

If you don’t have time to visit and stay in Ayutthaya why not check out some of the day trips Get Your Guide offers from Bangkok to get a feel of the city.

Where to Stay in Ayutthaya

Luxury: Sala Ayutthaya & Baan Pomphet

Mid-range: Baan Thai House & Krodyle Mindfulness House

Budget: Room Story Hostel & T&N Home Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya ➡️ Chiang Mai

Ayutthaya to Chiang Mai is quite a long journey, it is the longest you will make on during this 6 week Thailand Itinerary.

You have the choice of a 13-hour overnight train or a 10-hour bus journey.

If you are looking to keep your budget really low then the train is the best option for you with journeys starting from as little as £5.

The bus costs a little more at £30 but gets you there quicker so it depends on which is best for the adventure you’re on!

You can find the departure times for both and how to book on 12go.asia.

Chiang Mai — 5 nights

Get ready to soak up the rich culture in Chiang Mai, especially within the walls of the old city you can feel the history here running deeply through the streets.

Chiang Mai was once the capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom perched in the mountainous area of north Thailand, you can still see the moat that once surrounded the old city.

Not only rich in culture, Chiang Mai also holds significance religiously being home to over 300 temples including the 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang temples.

Best explored slowly, wander and discover the charm of its streets as well as the quirky modern twist the city now has to it.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Want to visit an ethical elephant sanctuary but aren’t sure which to choose? Check out my Top 5 Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Chiang Mai Guide, providing you with all the information you need to make a fully informed decision for your day.

Where to Stay in Chiang Mai

Luxury: The Inside House & Maladee Rendezvous Hotel Chiang Mai

Mid-range: POR Thapae Gate & Villa Thai Orchid

Budget: Hoh Guesthouse & 18 in Town Homestay

Chiang Mai ➡️ Pai

Pai has become a must-visit destination for backpackers, located about 80 miles out of Chiang Mai along a windy road that is famously known for its 762 bends you have 3 options getting to and from Pai.

You can either drive yourself on a scooter that you rent from Chiang Mai to either keep while you’re there and ride back or you can return it once you arrive.

There is a large number of minivan transport companies making this journey everyday so you can book into the 3 hour journey with one of them.

Or if you are travelling in a larger group you could always book a taxi.

For more information on how to get from Chiang Mai to Pai check out my full guide where I cover all options, how much they cost and how to book.

You can also find all the departure times for the minivans on 12go.asia where you can also book your journey.

Pai — 5 nights

Once a sleepy village high in the mountains of northern Thailand, Pai has become a well known and loved tourist hotspot. 

Attracted by the combination of hot and dry weather, fresh mountain mornings, the slow-paced hippy vibe, sunrises and sunsets that are not to be missed as well as a deep-rooted sense of culture and connection to nature.

This beautiful village has so much to offer and is one I highly recommend, I know 5 nights may feel like a long time to spend here but trust me you’ll thank me later, everyone I know who’s visited has always said there is never enough time to get lost in the Pai hole.

Things to do in Pai

  • Catch the sunrise or sunset at Pai Canyon
  • Eat your way through the Pai Night Market
  • Visit the Bamboo Bridge
  • Big Buddha Temple
  • Tipsy Tubbing in the Pai River
  • Wat Si Don Chai Temple
  • Visit the surroudning Ethnic Villages
  • Explore the Farmland around Pai
  • Visit Pam Bok Waterfall
  • Tha Pai Hot Springs
  • Mo Paeng Waterfall
  • Visit the Land Crack
  • Take a Yoga Class
  • Join a Breathwork Workshop

Where to Stay in Pai

Luxury: Reverie Siam & Family House Zen Boutique Resort

Mid-range: Pai Village Boutique Resort & PaiApartHotel

Budget: Pai Nam Now & Society House Luxury Hostel

Pai ➡️ Chiang Rai

To get from Pai to Chiang Rai annoyingly you have to first make your way back to Chiang Mai, from there you can catch a bus.

To get back to Chiang Mai either go back the way you came or try the alternative, renting a scooter or catching a minivan.

There is only 1 bus that departs daily from Chiang Mai at 7 am – to book head to 12go.asia and select your chosen day of travel.

Chiang Rai — 3 nights

Chiang Rai is a city located in the mountainous province, about 3/4 hours north of Chiang Mai near the borders of Myanmar (Burma) and Laos.

Chiang Rai attracts most of its tourists for its famously known White Temple, Wat Rong Khun as it is locally known is a royal temple that once housed the jade Emerald Buddha.

Here you can discover more about the rich northern history of Thailand and learn more about the Lanna Kingdom at the Art & Cultural Park Museum.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

  • White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
  • Chiang Rai Walking Street
  • Join a Full Day Tour of Chiang Rai’s Highlights
  • Visit the Clocktower
  • King Mengrai Monument
  • Chiang Rai Night Bazaar
  • Chiang Rai Beach
  • Khun Korn Waterfall
  • Huay Mae Sai Waterfall
  • Pong Phrabat Waterfall
  • Wat Huay Pla Kang Temple
  • Wat Rong Suea Ten
  • Visit the nearby Mountains
  • Take a dip in the Hot Springs
Temple Statue Thailand

Where to Stay in Chiang Rai

Luxury: Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai & Le Meridien Chiang Rai

Mid-range: Homestay Chiangmai & Laluna Hotel and Resort

Budget: Sleepy House Chiang Rai & Baan Jaru

Chiang Rai ➡️ Chiang Mai ✈️ On to Your Next Adventure!

Once you’re finished in Chiang Rai it’s time to go home! I hope you have had an amazing time exploring Thailand from South to North with this 6 week Thailand Itinerary.

You have probably been sipping coconuts, lying on white sandy beaches, exploring crystal clear oceans, hiking through jungles, exploring temples, admiring Elephants, eating street food and soaking up all the Thai culture has to offer.

I hope that Thailand has brought you as much joy as it does me and that you have found this itinerary useful.

Depending on which journey you booked you may need to make your way back to Phuket airport, to do this head back to Chiang Mai and you can fly from there. Alternatively, you can fly onto your next destination from Chiang Mai.

If you are planning your 6 week Thailand Itinerary and have any questions please drop them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help!

Shark Bay Main Beach

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