12 days in Thailand Itinerary

12 days in Thailand Itinerary

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12 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
2
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 1 night
ferry:  45​min
3
Ko Lanta
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 30​min
4
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Newark

3
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.
Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Wat Mahathat). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Wat Pho, explore the historical opulence of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and get a taste of the local shopping with Chatuchak Weekend Market.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read Bangkok online route maker .

Newark, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Newark to Bangkok. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Bangkok reach 87°F and lows reach 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) ©
Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)

1
night
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Viking Cave, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then don't miss a visit to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Laem Tong Bay, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maya Bay.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ko Phi Phi Don travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and ferry from Bangkok to Ko Phi Phi Don takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry; or take a bus. December in Ko Phi Phi Don sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint ©
Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le

1
night
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ko Lanta day trip planning app .

Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in January, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach, don't miss a visit to Bangla Road, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Phuket, then look for gifts at Dress Men Fashion, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Patong tour planner .

Getting from Ko Lanta to Patong by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In January, daytime highs in Patong are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Big Buddha Phuket
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bangla Road ©
Bangla Road
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Chiang Mai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chiang Mai when traveling from Patong in January, with lows around 62°F. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Wat Phra Singh ©
Wat Phra Singh

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