12 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Koh Tao Itinerary

12 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Koh Tao Itinerary

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12 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Koh Tao Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  5​h
1
Bangkok
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  5​h
3
Koh Tao
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jim Thompson House and Khao San Road. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chatuchak Weekend Market and Rajawongse Clothier. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, head outdoors with SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bangkok travel planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bangkok is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Bangkok can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

3
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.
Do your shopping at Metal Studio Jewelry Chaing Mai and Mesimu. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community. When in Chiang Mai, make a side trip to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, have some family-friendly fun at Chiangmai Speedkart, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Chiang Mai road trip planning website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Chiang Mai, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Koh Tao.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Maeklang Elephant Conservation Community, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

4
nights
Koh Tao

A holiday in Ko Tao ensures a mix of adventure and relaxation on a fast-developing island in the Gulf of Thailand.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Jansom Bay. We've included these beaches for you: Sai Nuan Beach and Ao Thian Ok. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ao Tanot Bay, head outdoors with John-Suwan Viewpoint, enjoy the sand and surf at Lighthouse Bay, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Koh Tao trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Chiang Mai to Koh Tao takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Koh Tao when traveling from Chiang Mai in December, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koh Tao

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Sai Nuan Beach ©
Sai Nuan Beach
John-Suwan Viewpoint ©
John-Suwan Viewpoint

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