16 days in Thailand Itinerary

16 days in Thailand Itinerary

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16 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Chiang Mai
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Patong, Phuket
— 2 nights
ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
ferry:  45​min
4
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
ferry:  1​h 30​min
5
Krabi Town
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
6
Ko Pha Ngan
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra Singh, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Rescue Park, and then see the interesting displays at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain).

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Chiang Mai planning site .

Houston, USA to Chiang Mai is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Houston to Chiang Mai, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Houston in December, with highs in Chiang Mai at 85°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Rescue Park ©
Elephant Rescue Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Freedom Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Nai Harn Beach, and then get great views at Karon View Point. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Patong Beach.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Patong vacation website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Chiang Mai to Patong takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Patong when traveling from Chiang Mai in December, with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nai Harn Beach, Karon View Point, Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong)
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Nai Harn Beach ©
Nai Harn Beach
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta ©
Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 26th (Thu), stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kantiang Bay, then kick back and relax at Lanta Klong Nin Beach, and then stop by World Fashion Suits.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ko Lanta trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Patong to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Lanta can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lanta Animal Welfare ©
Lanta Animal Welfare
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay
Lanta Klong Nin Beach ©
Lanta Klong Nin Beach

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Maya Bay.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. In December in Ko Phi Phi Don, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the ferry to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Laem Tong Bay ©
Laem Tong Bay

1
night
Krabi Town

Krabi Town ©
Krabi Town takes you away from the bustle of coastal beach resorts in this region.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), then take some stellar pictures from Railay View Point, then enjoy the sand and surf at Railay Beach, and finally stop by VICTORIA Fashion House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Krabi Town trip planning tool .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Phi Phi Don to Krabi Town in 1.5 hours. December in Krabi Town sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ko Pha Ngan.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) ©
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Railay View Point ©
Railay View Point

2
nights
Ko Pha Ngan

Ko Pha Ngan ©
Ko Phangan vacations serve as an ideal escape for backpackers and other spontaneous travelers.
On the 31st (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Chaloklum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Salad Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Khao Tham, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Thong Nai Pan Noi.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ko Pha Ngan holiday maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Krabi Town to Ko Pha Ngan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Ko Pha Ngan can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Ko Pha Ngan

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thong Nai Pan Noi ©
Thong Nai Pan Noi
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): step into the grandiose world of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Jim Thompson House, then steep yourself in history at Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, then contemplate the long history of Historic City of Ayutthaya, and finally explore the ancient world of Wat Mahathat.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bangkok online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ko Pha Ngan to Bangkok takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Ko Pha Ngan in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 72°F in Bangkok. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Highlights from your plan
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho
Historic City of Ayutthaya ©
Historic City of Ayutthaya
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That

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