17 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Ko Samui Itinerary

17 days in Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Ko Samui Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  22 h 45 min
1
Bangkok
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Chiang Mai
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Bophut
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Ang Thong
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  44 h
End: Chicago

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.
Do your shopping at Central Plaza WestGate and Nightingale Olympic. Step off the beaten path and head to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and Central Chidlom. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bangkok: Wat Phra Pathom Chedi (in Nakhon Pathom) and Mega Bangna (in Bang Phli). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Siam Discovery, look for gifts at Jack Armani Suit, examine the collection at Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Bowonniwet Vihara.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bangkok road trip website.

Chicago, USA to Bangkok is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a 13 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get a bit warmer in Bangkok: highs are around 93°F and lows about 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Bangkok

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Central Plaza WestGate, Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Mega Bangna
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Jack Armani Suit ©
Jack Armani Suit
Central Plaza WestGate ©
Central Plaza WestGate
Mega Bangna ©
Mega Bangna

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Supreme Collection or Tonlamyai Market. Explore hidden gems such as Maerim Elephant Sanctuary and Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham. Change things up with these side-trips from Chiang Mai: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Mae Taeng) and Sanpatong buffalo market (in San Pa Tong). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), view the masterpieces at Glang-Viang Gallery, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and stroll the grounds of Wat Suan Dok.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chiang Mai trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Chiang Mai sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bophut.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Tours Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, Sanpatong buffalo market
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sanpatong buffalo market ©
Sanpatong buffalo market
Tonlamyai Market ©
Tonlamyai Market

3
nights
Bophut

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 discover tucked-away gems like Choeng Mon Beach and Chaweng Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Maenam Beach and Samrong Beach. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Samui Elephant Sanctuary, have some family-friendly fun at Lazgam Laser Games Koh Samui, stop by Modern Suit Samui, and step off the mainland to explore Koh Tan.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bophut online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Bophut takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June in Bophut, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 81°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ang Thong.

Things to do in Bophut

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ko Samui, Maenam Beach
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Choeng Mon Beach
Choeng Mon Beach
Maenam Beach ©
Maenam Beach
Chaweng Beach ©
Chaweng Beach

1
night
Ang Thong

Ang Thong ©
As the capital of a province of the same name, Ang Thong boasts a rich history--most notably as an outpost during the war against the Burmese and the birthplace of Nai Dok and Nai Thongkaeo, two of the war's venerated heroes.
On the 23rd (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Ko Wua Talap Island and then get outside with Ko Mae Ko.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ang Thong day trip tool.

Ang Thong is just a stone's throw from Bophut. In June, daily temperatures in Ang Thong can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ang Thong

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Ko Mae Ko ©
Ko Mae Ko
Ko Wua Talap Island ©
Ko Wua Talap Island

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