16 days in Thailand Itinerary

16 days in Thailand Itinerary

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16 days in Thailand Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Bangkok
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Bophut, Ko Samui
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Krabi Town
— 2 nights
Ferry:  4​h
4
Ko Lipe
— 1 night
Ferry:  3​h 15​min
5
Ko Lanta
— 2 nights
Ferry:  45​min
6
Ko Phi Phi Don
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
7
Patong, Phuket
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Pho and Jim Thompson House. Visit The Grand Palace and Wat Maha That for their historical value. Take a break from Bangkok with a short trip to Historic City of Ayutthaya in Ayutthaya, about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), shop like a local with Chatuchak Weekend Market, and stop by Raja's Fashions.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bangkok vacation planning tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Bangkok is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Indochina Time (ICT) is 5 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, Bangkok is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Bangkok

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Bophut, Ko Samui

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 2nd (Thu), stop by Classic International Suits, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Plai Laem.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bophut day trip site .

Getting from Bangkok to Bophut by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bangkok in January since evenings lows in Bophut dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Krabi Town.

Things to do in Bophut

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Wat Plai Laem ©
Wat Plai Laem
Classic International Suits ©
Classic International Suits

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 3rd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Tup Island, then step off the mainland to explore Bamboo Island, and then look for gifts at de' MARCO Fashions. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Poda Island, stroll through Railay Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea).

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Krabi Town itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Bophut to Krabi Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bophut in January since evenings lows in Krabi Town dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Lipe.

Things to do in Krabi Town

Parks Nature Outdoors
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De' MARCO Fashions ©
De' MARCO Fashions
Railay Beach ©
Railay Beach
Tup Island ©
Tup Island

1
night
Ko Lipe

Ko Lipe ©
With a name that means "Paper Island" in the local Chao Ley language, Ko Lipe is known for its white sand beaches, historical villages, and diving attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): head off the coast to Ko Lipe, get interesting insight from Tours, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunrise Beach.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ko Lipe trip app .

Ride a ferry from Krabi Town to Ko Lipe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Krabi Town to Ko Lipe is 1 hour. In January, daily temperatures in Ko Lipe can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Ko Lanta.

Things to do in Ko Lipe

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ko Lipe ©
Ko Lipe
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sunrise Beach ©
Sunrise Beach

2
nights
Ko Lanta

Ko Lanta remains an ideal place for relaxing holidays off the west coast of mainland Thailand.
On the 6th (Mon), stop by World Fashion Suits, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Koh Rok Island and then kick back and relax at Lanta Klong Nin Beach.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ko Lanta holiday maker .

You can ride a ferry from Ko Lipe to Ko Lanta in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ko Lipe in January, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Ko Lanta. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Ko Phi Phi Don.

Things to do in Ko Lanta

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Koh Phi Phi Viewpoint, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then explore the gorgeous colors at Ko Bida Nok. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Laem Tong Bay, then stroll through Long Beach, then Head underground at Ko Phi Phi Le, and finally explore the striking landscape at Viking Cave.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ko Phi Phi Don trip planner .

Getting from Ko Lanta to Ko Phi Phi Don by ferry takes about an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Patong.

Things to do in Ko Phi Phi Don

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

4
nights
Patong, Phuket

Patong ©
Take advantage of nighttime entertainment and daytime relaxation on a Patong vacation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nordic Fashion. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Big Buddha Phuket and Chaithararam Temple (Wat Chalong). Change things up with these side-trips from Patong: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Phuket Town) and Nai Harn Beach (in Nai Harn). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Patong Beach, browse the exhibits of The Phuket Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Freedom Beach.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Patong vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Ko Phi Phi Don to Patong takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In January, daytime highs in Patong are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Patong

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Phuket Town, Nordic Fashion, Nai Harn Beach
Highlights from your plan
Freedom Beach ©
Freedom Beach
Patong Beach ©
Patong Beach
Big Buddha Phuket ©
Big Buddha Phuket

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