16 days in Thailand Itinerary

16 days in Thailand Itinerary

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16 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Taxi:  19​h
1
Khao Lak
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Patong, Phuket
— 3 nights
Ferry:  2​h 30​min
3
Ko Lanta
— 3 nights
Ferry:  45​min
4
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Khao Lak

A tropical adventure in Khao Lak, a cluster of villages on the west coast of Thailand's main peninsula, ensures tourists have plenty of time for basking on beaches boasting a serene and secluded ambience.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Ton Chong Fa Waterfall and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Coconut Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Khao Lak online vacation builder .

San Francisco, USA to Khao Lak is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Indochina Time (ICT), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In December, Khao Lak is much warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Patong.

Things to do in Khao Lak

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Walking tours
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall ©
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
Spas

3
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Buddha Phuket and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Kids will enjoy Patong Beach and Nai Harn Beach. Take a break from Patong with a short trip to Kayaking & Canoeing in Phuket Town, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Freedom Beach, view the masterpieces at The Phuket Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Karon View Point.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Patong route app .

Drive from Khao Lak to Patong in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. December in Patong sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Nai Harn Beach, Karon View Point
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

3
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
Step off the beaten path and head to Long Beach and Lanta Klong Nin Beach. Kids will enjoy Kantiang Bay and Phra Ae Beach. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Koh Rok Island, and stroll through Lanta Animal Welfare.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ko Lanta road trip site .

Getting from Patong to Ko Lanta by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Ko Lanta are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Kantiang Bay ©
Kantiang Bay

2
nights
Ko Phi Phi Don

Find your inner peace on Ko Phi Phi Don, the largest island in the eponymous archipelago.
On the 29th (Tue), make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ko Phi Phi Le, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ko Bida Nok, kick back and relax at Long Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Laem Tong Bay.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don travel route builder app .

Traveling by ferry from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in December, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Ko Phi Phi Le ©
Ko Phi Phi Le
Ko Bida Nok ©
Ko Bida Nok

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Choeng Mon Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Plai Laem, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Getting from Ko Phi Phi Don to Bophut by combination of ferry, bus, and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in December, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Bangkok.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem

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.
Wat Pho and Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at The Grand Palace and Wat Maha That. Change things up with these side-trips from Bangkok: Ayutthaya (Historic City of Ayutthaya & Pridi Banomyong Memorial). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), identify plant and animal life at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, explore the galleries of Jim Thompson House, and explore the world behind art at Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC).

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You can fly from Bophut to Bangkok in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bophut in December, Bangkok is slightly colder at night with lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ayutthaya
Highlights from your plan
The Grand Palace ©
The Grand Palace
Wat Maha That ©
Wat Maha That
Wat Pho ©
Wat Pho

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