How Many Days Should I Spend In Thailand?

BY Lucie, Yonder escapologist

If you’re considering a luxury holiday in Thailand or perhaps a family holiday to Thailand, one of the first questions on your mind may well be ‘how many days should I spend there?’ – so we’ve canvassed opinions in the office from those who have spent many happy holidays in Thailand and put together this Yonder guide.

On any luxury holiday in Thailand, you’ll want to experience all the things that make this hot, heartfelt, hedonistic, happy country what it is.

And that starts with the food. From fresh seafood served with a sea view to streetside noodles in the heart of Bangkok, Thai cuisine is renowned the world over. In fact, it encapsulates Thailand as a nation with its fiesty flavours, warmth and generosity.

You’ll also want to experience sacred Thailand from its’ Buddhist temples to ancient Banyan trees. The ancient city of Chiang Mai has a magical feel to it, along with its many temples and historic landmarks.

But what really makes a Thailand luxury holiday so special, are the stunningly beautiful natural vistas you’ll encounter on your Southeast Asian adventure. From the quintessential tropical beaches of the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand to paddy fields, lush rainforests and the might Mekong river of Thailand’s northern heartland.

10 days

We’d suggest a minimum of 10 days for any tailormade Thailand holiday. The reasoning for this is that, as a minimum, you’ll want to acclimatise and explore Bangkok for a couple of days after touching down, before spending a few days to a week with your toes in the sand and cocktail in your hand.

Bonkers Bangkok is both crazy and cultured. Use the Skytrain, foot, tuk tuks or taxis to get around, and enjoy everything from street food and night markets to longtail boat cruises on the Chao Phraya river and cultural delights such as the Grand Palace. It’s really worth spending at least a couple of nights in the city when you arrive.

10-14 days

If you really want to switch off and recharge on your luxury Thailand holiday, then five to seven days is the absolute minimum when it comes to your paradise beach retreat on one of the many tropical islands.

And there lies the big issue. There are so many to choose from, each with their own unique characteristics and charm that makes an itinerary of island hopping a very attractive option. Fourteen days will give you enough time to go horizontal for seven to 10 days at a luxury Thailand resort somewhere like Ko Samui or Phuket.

Alternatively, you’ll have plenty of time to visit two or three of Thailand’s castaway islands – think snorkelling in the Andaman Sea to clifftop dining at sunset. Your luxury holiday in Thailand can be tailored by your choice of destinations. Whether it’s a family holiday or a couple’s holiday, perhaps the perfect Thailand honeymoon, at Yonder we’ll create the ideal itinerary for you.

14-21 days

If you can, you should aim to make your luxury holiday in Thailand at least two weeks long. Ideally, a duration of 14 to 21 days will give you the chance to experience – and savour – a little bit of all the amazing aspects of this beautiful country.

Eighteen days, for instance, will give you ample time to hop between two to four of Thailand’s islands – experiencing Andaman Sea islands such as Phuket and Koh Racha or  the Gulf of Thailand paradises like the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. 

Alternatively, an 18-day break will give you chance to experience Bangkok before heading north into the country’s heartland for a culture hit before kicking back on the beach.

Four days in the city of Chiang Mai, in the far north of Thailand, gives you the chance to enjoy activities like cycling around its ancient walls, hiking the surrounding green hills, visiting countless temples and museums and experiencing ethical elephant sanctuaries and far-flung mountain tribes.



Yonder provides luxury holidays in Thailand.  Within this, family holidays to Thailand along with specific requirements for a honeymoon in Thailand are part of Yonder’s bespoke service.  All tailor-made Thailand holidays are created to suit individual wishes.

Whether it is a Thailand beach holiday, spa or yoga break or a cultural tour Yonder’s escapologists know the detail needed to put together the perfect luxury escape.

Yonder arranges luxury experiences in Phuket, Koh Sami, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

All of the Thailand luxury holiday are showcased on the Yonder website. Many of their Thailand holidays are perfectly suited for luxury honeymoons as well as for family holidays and for healthy holidays.

All Yonder itineraries are crafted on a tailor-made, one-off basis, so you can be sure that your holiday will be as individual as you are.