11 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Itinerary

11 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Itinerary

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11 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Bangkok
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Chiang Rai
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Bangkok
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Bangkok

Bangkok ©
Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and then take a stroll through Khao San Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine).

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bangkok travel route builder app .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Bangkok is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Bangkok are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Mon) before leaving for Chiang Mai.

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Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) ©
Khao San Road ©
Khao San Road

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nights
Chiang Mai

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), take in panoramic vistas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, then explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, and finally stop by Supreme Collection.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Chiang Mai tour site .

Traveling by flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Bangkok in April, with lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chiang Rai.

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Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

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nights
Chiang Rai

Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiang Rai trip planner .

You can drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Chiang Mai, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Chiang Rai, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 27°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bangkok.

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Wat Rong Khun ©
Wat Rong Khun

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Bangkok

Bangkok ©
On the 3rd (Fri), examine the collection at Chatuchak Flower Market. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute), then explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC), and then view the masterpieces at YELO House.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Bangkok trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Chiang Rai to Bangkok in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chiang Rai in May, Bangkok is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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