Even if you have a whole month in Thailand, there’s so much to do in the South, where most of Thailand’s islands are. Check out my 30 days in South Thailand itinerary for ideas on how to spend your entire 30 days in Thailand, in the south.
Since many people don’t have a month to spend, I’ve created a two-week island-hopping in Thailand itinerary that hits on Thailand’s island-hopping highlights. If you love the beach, know how to relax but also down a strong, beachy cocktail, you’ll love what Thailand’s islands have to offer.
Two Weeks in Thailand Island-Hopping Itinerary
- Phuket and Patong Beach – 2 days
- Koh Phi Phi – 2 days
- Koh Lanta – 2 days
- Ao Nang and Railay Beach – 2 days
- Koh Phangan – 3 days
- Koh Samui – 3 days
Total: 14 days island-hopping in Thailand
Starting your Thailand Island-Hopping: Getting from Bangkok to Phuket
Most trips to Thailand start in Bangkok, where the massive Suvarnabhumi International Airport lies. However, if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a cheap flight into Phuket. (There are also cheap flights from Bangkok to Phuket as well if you are traveling carry-on only.)
Phuket is the capital of southern Thailand, and where this Thailand island-hopping itinerary starts. It’s home to its own beaches, but also has a large ferry port connecting you to the islands in south west Thailand.
Phuket and Patong Beach - 2 days
Koh Phi Phi - 2 days
Koh Lanta - 2 days
Koh Lanta has local villages you can explore on a motorbike, and a national park to the South where you can see monitor lizards or have a picnic. Make sure to check out Koh Lanta’s many beaches too. Many of them will be near-deserted too for a great opportunity to disconnect.
I loved staying at Sonya Guesthouse on the West side of Koh Lanta. It was owned by a wonderful family who cooked incredible food at their connecting restaurant. The beach was nearby too!
Ao Nang and Railay Beach - 2 days
Koh Phangan - 3 days
Koh Samui - 3 days
In Koh Samui you can find endless things to do, or just enjoy the island vibes and grab a spot on the beach. Koh Samui was one of the first Thai islands to start catering to tourists, meaning there are many resorts and high-end places to spend your time, if that’s what you prefer. There are many hostels also, where it’s easy to find people to explore the island with.
Travelers from all budget groups will gather at the Central Festival mall night market, at Chaweng beach, and at the club after dark! Other things to do in Koh Samui include renting a motorbike and drive (safely) to waterfall hikes, to temples, and markets all around the island.
If you have more time Island-Hopping in Thailand - Koh Tao
If you have more time in your island-hopping in Thailand itinerary, you can check out small Koh Tao island just north of Koh Phangan. It’s best to go there with a group because of some safety concerns (it’s nicknamed “Murder Island”).
Read about some things to do in Koh Tao.
Bonus: Khao Sok National Park
Also located in South Thailand and accessible from Phuket or Krabi and Ao Nang, is Khao Sok National Park. Although it’s not an island by any means, this park is an incredible place to spend some time in nature.
Khao Sok is a great place to alternate your Thailand island-hopping with some Thailand jungle-hiking.
As part of a two-day, one-night tour through Khao Sok National Park, you can spend a night on the water in a floating bungalow, walk through a cave, and go on boat safaris. If you want to experience the beauty of Thailand, not just the islands, head down to this world-famous national park.