16 days in Thailand Itinerary

16 days in Thailand Itinerary

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16 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
2
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
4
Pattaya
— 1 night
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
5
Bangkok
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Suan Dok will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum and Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir. Step out of Chiang Mai with an excursion to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Doi Suthep--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan.

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Chicago, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from Chicago to Chiang Mai. Traveling from Chicago in November, things will get much warmer in Chiang Mai: highs are around 89°F and lows about 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham ©
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

2
nights
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for gifts at de' MARCO Fashions, tour the pleasant surroundings at Railay Beach, and then get great views at Railay View Point. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and then stroll through PhraNang Cave Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Krabi Town visit planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Krabi Town in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Krabi Town can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Patong.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
de' MARCO Fashions ©
de' MARCO Fashions

3
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nai Harn Beach and Spas. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong) and Big Buddha Phuket. Go for a jaunt from Patong to Talat Yai to see Phuket Trickeye Museum about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Freedom Beach, take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point, buy something for everyone on your list at Jungceylon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Patong Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Patong tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Krabi Town to Patong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Patong can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Pattaya.

Things to do in Patong

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Karon, Nai Harn Beach
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Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Phuket Trickeye Museum ©
Phuket Trickeye Museum

1
night
Pattaya

Pattaya ©
Famous for its nightlife and activity-filled seafront, Pattaya remains a major party destination for tourists and expats in Thailand.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the striking features of The Sanctuary Of Truth (Prasat Sut Ja-Tum), admire the masterpieces at Art in Paradise Pattaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Big Buddha Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pattaya trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Patong to Pattaya in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Pattaya are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Bangkok.

Things to do in Pattaya

Museums Historic Sites
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Art in Paradise Pattaya ©
Art in Paradise Pattaya
Big Buddha Temple ©
Big Buddha Temple

5
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.
Madame Tussauds Bangkok and Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Wat Pho and Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Bangkok side-trips: Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya, Wat Mahathat, & more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, browse the different shops at Siam Paragon, browse the range of quality goods at Mango Mojito Shoes, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Nak Prok.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bangkok route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Pattaya to Bangkok takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in November, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
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The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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