16 days in Thailand Itinerary

16 days in Thailand Itinerary

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16 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Bangkok
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Drive:  22​h
3
Rawai, Phuket
— 3 nights
Drive + ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
Ko Lanta
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Chakri Group (Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat), examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Bangkok, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bang Saen Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bangkok travel route tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Bangkok is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Indochina Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Bangkok at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Bang Saen Beach, Woodland Muangmai
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Madame Tussauds Bangkok ©
Madame Tussauds Bangkok
Bang Saen Beach ©
Bang Saen Beach

2
nights
Chiang Mai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Baan Tipmanee, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerchor Elephant Eco Park, and then stop by Umbrella Village - Bor Sang. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat San Pa Yang Luang, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Buppharam, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chabaprai Massage, and finally hunt for treasures at Bumrung Buri Market.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chiang Mai sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bangkok in December, plan for little chillier nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rawai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Umbrella Village - Bor Sang, Wat San Pa Yang Luang, Baan Tipmanee
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Chabaprai Massage ©
Chabaprai Massage
Umbrella Village - Bor Sang ©
Umbrella Village - Bor Sang
Wat Buppharam ©
Wat Buppharam

3
nights
Rawai, Phuket

Rawai ©
A trip to Rawai, a beach resort on the island of Phuket, rewards visitors with access to quirky museums, heritage sites, and animal conservation projects.
Escape the urban bustle at Yanui Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ao Sane and Maithon Island (Honeymoon Island). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Alex Fashion House, play a few rounds at Phuket Golf Leisure, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat NaiHarn.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rawai day trip planning app .

Drive from Chiang Mai to Rawai in 22 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rawai when traveling from Chiang Mai in December, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Rawai

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Karon, Spas
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Yanui Beach ©
Yanui Beach
Spas
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
We've included these beaches for you: Kantiang Bay and Khlong Dao Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ko Rok Nok and Khao Mai Kaew Cave. It doesn't end there: stop by The Boss Collection and browse the exhibits of Lanta Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ko Lanta trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Rawai to Ko Lanta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Khlong Dao Beach ©
Khlong Dao Beach
Ko Rok Nok ©
Ko Rok Nok

2
nights
Bophut, Ko Samui

Bophut
Rocky cliffs and sandy bays draw visitors looking for a action along the coastal area in Bophut, where diving and snorkeling opportunitys abound.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Choeng Mon Beach and Chaweng Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Samui Elephant Sanctuary and Spas. When in Bophut, make a side trip to see Buddha’s Footprint Temple in Na Mueang, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Cove Beach, don't miss a visit to Pagoda Khao Hua Jook, take in the spiritual surroundings of Laem Sor Pagoda, and look for gifts at James Fashion.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bophut trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight from Ko Lanta to Bophut in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, shuttle, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bophut when traveling from Ko Lanta in January, with lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Buddha’s Footprint Temple, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Samui Elephant Sanctuary ©
Samui Elephant Sanctuary
Chaweng Beach ©
Chaweng Beach

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